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Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 10:06am

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So uh... who here has submitted their films to any actual (and by "actual", I mean, "not online") film festivals?

If you have, what happened with it? Did it get screened? Did you attend the festival or not?

If you haven't, why? Do you intend to in the future?

I myself haven't, but I plan to. The reason I haven't is because the only time I've had something that I thought could be submitted, it had copyrighted material in it, so I couldn't.
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 11:52am

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Not yet, simply for the fact that I haven't yet made a film that I consider good enough to enter even in a short film festival. There's a 30 minute film I'm shooting from October that will hopefully be the one, if I plan it carefully enough.

What's happening with your Aculag script? Is that one you're planning to produce in the near future then submit to an actual festival?
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 1:16pm

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I did. In my home town. We ended up in the official selection. We (me and a few actors) were at the screening. Didn't go well though. Horrendous projection. Sound was too low and image quality was pitiful, a stark contrast to another private screening we had at another theater... It was very disappointing. People seemed to enjoy it for the most part despite the technical problems galore. The festival also gave us a nice write up:

http://fantasiafest.com/en/films/film_detail.php?id=1130

Since then we got offers from about 15 festivals from all over the world to submit our film to them.

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Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 1:57pm

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I am going to send in my "theHacker" movie. Its due to 3. September, and I am not near finished, still have a hell lot to do. The filmfestival, is only for people between 8 and 22 years of age, and the movei shouldnt be longer than 30 min, and you are allowed to choose your topic/genre.

The filmfestival will start on the 8th october ( my B-DAY, remember guys biggrin)
and it is goint to be 3days long.

I am just gonna be sooo nervous, cause my movie just has a story, NO CONCLUSION, and most of the other movie, have a meaning. BUT therefore I have alamdv effects, haha. I am just a very nervous type, and hate to speak to public, that will be my greatest challenge.

Cheers,
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Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 4:12pm

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We would, but as of yet, our movies have copyright issues.

So the one we're doing now has all original stuff.
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 4:24pm

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I've submitted to a few local film festivals. Nothing big, student ones run by schools. I've won a few awards and prizes, but again, nothing really substantial.
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 5:26pm

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We did quite a couple of times now. First time was with "Turicon", wich was screened on festivals in the US, Germany and Austria and won a couple of prizes. Then again with "Rose", where I did won 2 professional shortfilm festivals, wich was very cool.
We did attend another festival with "Face to Face", but concentrated more on a release on DVD and on TV, cause it made more sense financially and in terms of how big the audience is we can reach.

Besides, if you win some festival, it does sound nice, but as there are tons of festivals, hardly anyone wouldn't at least win one of them. smile
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 6:06pm

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I entered my first short "samurai monogatari" in for the DM Davies Award for short films at the Cardiff Screen Festival in 2003. It was a great experience to sit down and watch the film with other filmmakers all of varying quality (we seemed to be tucked in at the end of the "digital" shorts, while the rest were funded projects shot on 35mm).

I didnt get shortlisted but the concept of the film led to an interview on an arts show where we ended up having a 7 minute slot of interviews with me and one of the cast members, and clips from the film (that they showed alongside clips of Kill Bill and Last Samurai - which was really cool to see).

From there I was contacted by the television station who broadcast the arts show and they've just paid for a license to broadcast the film 3 times over the course of 5 years.

Suffice to say, we're currently shooting a new short at the moment with the aim of entering it into competition at this years awards. Hopefully we may get shortlisted this time round.
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 7:07pm

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Doctor Macarrbre's Tales of Terror is going to be screened at the Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester later this month and has already been screened at the Brtish International Film Festival earlier this year. As a Futureshock Competition winner Holed Up should be screened at next years Sci-Fi London Film Festival.
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 7:52pm

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I did in my High Schools film festival. It wasnt a contest though, and pretty much everyone gets in...but I honestly can say that my film was the best in the whole screening, not saying much but its still a good feeling when you can tell the audience enjoyed your film the most out of the other 20 or so.
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 8:12pm

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Atomic Productions is entering in the 2005 Dallas 24 hour film race. We missed this year's so we're ready for 2005! It's a race that starts at one indie film theater in Dallas, and ends at another. You have 24 hours to script, film, capture to computer, edit, and burn a movie based on certain themes and locations. To prevent cheating, you are not told the theme until midnight, the day of the race. There's a student race(High School) a Grad Student Race (College and recent grads) and a Pro Race (Professionals....duh). It looks fun.
Posted: Sat, 7th Aug 2004, 8:30pm

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Wow.. I didn't expect so many replies. I want to ask questions for all, but I'm not going to.

Mel - The script is about 25 pages at the moment. I'm planning to have it done by the end of this month so I can start getting shots planned, and have the actors start getting their lines down. And yeah, that's the one I plan to put into festivals.

JC - That sucks that the projection was bad. Did you print the movie to film, or was it projected digitally?

I'd like to get a list of all fairly major festivals in the country, and maybe some that are abroad. I want to see what my options are. Whenever I look for listings, all I get is the 24 Hour Festivals and Sundance and such.
Posted: Sun, 8th Aug 2004, 10:32am

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You may find this site full of international film festivals useful

http://www.britfilms.com/festivals/browse/?c=74
Posted: Sun, 8th Aug 2004, 1:05pm

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Aculag wrote:

JC - That sucks that the projection was bad. Did you print the movie to film, or was it projected digitally?
It was a digital projection. No money to transfer to film - it would cost more than the whole movie! LOL! But we had two digital projections before this one (in different theaters) and they were cristal clear with amazing sound. So go figure. It just seemed to me that our film was treated with little regard because our film had no stars and wasn't part of the "big" ones. They gave us a weird screening time: Wednesday, 5:20 PM (!) and there was not much staff to take care of us or the film for that matter - hence the bad projection. They had made an appointment with us at noon to check the film before the projection. Nobody showed up until 1:30 PM... And the girl that came had no clue. We did the test, told her what was wrong (and how to fix it!), she assured us everything would be fine but of course it wasn't. During projection, the booth was off limits and we couldn't get anybody to talk to them until it was over and one of their staff came to me and said: is it me or the sound was very low?

Needless to say, I was livid.
Posted: Sun, 8th Aug 2004, 3:50pm

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My animated short The Furniture, have been on servel festivals under the last year. The latest one was the Kids for Kids festival in Athens where I won the youngsterjury award for best animation 12-16 years. (I was 14 when I made the film and now I'm 17) The next festival will be the November festival here in Sweden, this time with another animation: Marathon. And maby the NYFF festival in Norway.

I think festivals is a good place to show your work and see what other people are doing and get some inspiration.
Posted: Sun, 8th Aug 2004, 7:39pm

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I submited my film to Filmfestival VĂ¥rrullen half a year ago or something. I did ran in the finals but I didn't have much competation except a couple of great documentaries.
I belive I did end up at 5th place against something like 40 movies.
It was a great experience just to have your movie shows at a huge screen, and see that the quality actully was good.
I'll try to enter more filmfestivals in the future, its a great expereince and everybody should do it. I meet some really nice people, including chicks! mmhmm biggrin
Posted: Sun, 8th Aug 2004, 9:45pm

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Mellifluous wrote:

You may find this site full of international film festivals useful

http://www.britfilms.com/festivals/browse/?c=74
Wow.. There are quite a few I didn't know about in Colorado. Thanks for that list!
Posted: Sun, 8th Aug 2004, 10:15pm

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Just out of randomness, is melif a christian? it looks like it from his signature....
Posted: Mon, 9th Aug 2004, 12:29am

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Bryce007 wrote:

Just out of randomness, is melif a christian? it looks like it from his signature....
No...the opposite
Posted: Mon, 9th Aug 2004, 2:06pm

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A satanist!
Posted: Mon, 9th Aug 2004, 2:19pm

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Satan has a bad press. I see him a a Plucky Underdog.
Posted: Mon, 9th Aug 2004, 2:24pm

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I see him as a distinguished gentleman. Smoking a pipe with the boys on week-ends over a brandy. Listening to the wistful piano playing of his own personal Scott Joplin.
Posted: Mon, 9th Aug 2004, 8:00pm

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Could be. Charles Gray with the face of Jude Law, with a quip for every occasion and a cravat to match.
Posted: Tue, 10th Aug 2004, 1:55pm

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Heh - nope, I'm not anything & I wouldn't even go so far as to say I am an atheist...& Satan misunderstood. I'm sure he's having tons of therapy because of what all ye accusing Christians say about him
Posted: Tue, 10th Aug 2004, 3:20pm

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Well, as we all know the greatest trick that Satan ever pulled was getting us not to beleive in him. The second greatest involves an egg and three cups.
Posted: Tue, 10th Aug 2004, 8:29pm

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I don't believe in David Blaine, and he does a pretty good egg and three cup trick.
Posted: Wed, 11th Aug 2004, 8:14pm

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David Blaine strives to be cool. The Devil simply is cool.

You will, of course, have heard the one about the dyslexic devil worshippers who summoned Santa.