Re: the two year window

From: Roger Beebe (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Sep 22 2007 - 12:29:11 PDT

Yeah, the reasons Chris enumerated are precisely why FLEX has a
nominal two-year window, but we also do lots of programming that
features older work (juror screenings, special screenings throughout
the year, memorial shows, etc.). The FLEX competitive fest also only
takes place biennially, so the two-year window means that it's a call
for anything that's been made since our last festival. (We have a
curated/invitational affair in the off years.) And it does seem a
little strange to imagine, say, putting a classic in competition with
something contemporary for the purposes of awards.

But I do agree with Dominic's sense that it's a little strange to put
so much emphasis on the very contemporary and to neglect slightly
older work. If something comes in for FLEX that is a few years
older, we'll still always watch it & will program it if it makes the
grade. I assume most other festivals must do the same (except those
would-be Sundances where it has to be a US premiere or something to

 From Philadelphia (momentarily),

On Sep 22, 2007, at 1:40 PM, Chris Kennedy wrote:

> I think there's generally a few reasons for that. The more
> practical one
> is that a lot of these festivals have no or low entry fees and
> limiting it
> to the past two years is an arbitrary way to control some of the
> deluge of
> entries. The second is that these fests are often competitive, so that
> having a two year window is a (again, arbitrary) focus for the
> competition.
> That said, I'm sure most festivals are flexible and welcome "older"
> work
> if you contact them. They usually have sidebars out of competition
> or feel
> open to throwing in an "older" work if it suits.
> best,
> Chris
>> Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 17:37:02 -0700
>> From: DOMINIC ANGERAME <email suppressed>
>> Subject: Re: MEDIA CITY 2008
>> A general question and observation. Why is it that
>> most International film festivals, including just
>> about all experimental film festivals have a two year
>> limitation of when a film was released as part of
>> their regulations. This some how does not seem fair
>> since in reality a filmmaker cannot enter every film
>> festival within this time limitation. It would seem
>> that a true experimental film festival would have no
>> time of release limit....what does it matter if a film
>> is three years old and no one has had the chance to
>> see it.....
>> I can understand this with commercial film festivals
>> where they only want new releases however why should
>> the alternative film festivals follow such a
>> ridiculous regulation....
>> Dominic Angerame
>> --- Brook Hinton <email suppressed> wrote:
>>> I figured that's what you meant, just making a
>>> little joke.
>>> On 9/19/07, Artcite / Media City
>>> <email suppressed> wrote:
>>>> Hi Brook & frameworkers,
>>>> Perhaps the listserve is not recognizing the
>>> hyphen?
>>>> It reads alright on our end.
>>>> To clarify, MEDIA CITY 14 festival dates: March 4
>>> to 8, 2008
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> MEDIA CITY staff
>>>> March 48 may prove difficult for some with
>>> "old-school" calendars.
>>>> b
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