Re: 45th Ann Arbor Film Festival

From: 40 Frames (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Apr 01 2007 - 13:42:13 PDT

> First, and foremost, the Ann Arbor Film Festival DOES accept 16mm film
> for prescreening purposes. This year, two, out of over 2,000 entries,
> chose that option.


Does AAFF pay for shipping both ways for those who submit work on 16mm
for pre-screening purposes?

> In the days when we would ONLY accept 16mm for prescreening, it was not
> uncommon for film makers to plead with us to
> accept a VHS screener, so providing a 16mm print is not always
> preferable, or convenient, for the film maker.

There could be any number of reasons for this request by filmmakers (print
not currently available, bad experience with pre-screening and damage in
the past, AAFF is not covering shipping and it costs more than shipping
VHS, etc.). I'm curious if it is known what the percentage was of people
making the request to pre-screen VHS vs 16mm?

Believe me I understand the reasons you have provided for DVD use, like I
said previously, I'm in a similar boat.

> I would prefer to look at all films on film, for prescreening purposes.
> But, that doesn't seem yo be possible any longer. I have come to accept
> the DVD, not prefer it.

I was attempting to point out the impact of running prints less often...
and what this does in terms of projectionist practice and familiarity and
what it does to the projection equipment (left to sit around for long


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