Aside from the two traditional ways of seeking movies for a film festival: call for entries/submissions & inviting films that I know about, I want to try a 3rd method: opening the floor up to the readers of my blog to nominate/suggest some movies that I should invite/try to get to screen at my fest.
Read the 2 or 3 posts below this one to get a full idea about my fest. KRIFF will be a very good deal for indie filmmakers; they will get 15% of tix sales, assistance with travel/housing/food & a chance to sell their DVDs & other merch. And no submission fee.
Here's what I am looking for:
- Fiction features
- No Hollywood or indiewood movies - no Hollywood or indiewood stars, or money, or control in or over these projects.
(some exceptions maybe made if a Holly/indiewood actor has a tiny part/more of a favor to a home town friend as opposed to a major marketing move by the filmmaker or something like that)
(also, real indie movies that eventually, after a lot of self-distribution perhaps, got a big name distro co. for the DVD or something - as in the case with The Debut - is OK, will have to look at it on a case by case basis (perhaps even theatrical through an established Holly/Indiewood company maybe OK in some cases - here I am thinking about movies like Tarnation), since self-distribution has only taken root in the indie scene in a big way kinda recently, only w/in the last couple of years)
- Low budget movies, "no" budget movies, ultra-low budget movies
- High quality movies (movies should be either very interesting in a positive way or entertaining)
- Comedies or dramas generally. Arty stuff (people talking a lot? :) very good. Other genres OK if there is something really special about the films/something that would appeal to a person who is not normally a fan of a given film's genre.
- Not sure yet if I am going to have docs & shorts in the fest (there is already at least one excellent short festival & one excellent doc festival in the DC area). Maybe. Feel free to suggest some anyway/just in case.
- Films that would provide a good value to a paying audience member. The image can be scratchy & or out of focus sometimes & the sound can be off/weird, but the film as a whole - the story/content/ideas has to have something valuable to offer - good/great entertainment or some very good ideas worth thinking about.
- The films can be made whenever, they do not have to be from just '06 or '05. Most likely I will program stuff made within the last 10 - 20 years. Actually I am open to films made & released at any point in time.
How's that for some loose guidelines? OK, suggest away. Filmmakers can nominate their own films if they really think their films would work for an ultra-indie film festival. Films that have been or are being self-distributed are specially welcome.