From: Nicholas Hamlyn (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Sep 23 2007 - 02:19:14 PDT

Isn't the point about festivals that they are precisely where you can
see new work? The more old work they show, the less new work they can
fit in. In the UK, places like the National Film Theatre and some
regional cinemas, show old films in rep, whereas the London Film
Festival shows only new work, which furthermoremust be the UK premiere.

  Media City, by the way, has always shown retrospective programmes
alongside new work: Peter Hutton and Helga Fanderl last year.

Nicky Hamlyn.

On 22 Sep 2007, at 23:39, DOMINIC ANGERAME wrote:

> Hi Jason..when I downloaded the entry form for Media
> City it asked what date the film being entered was
> made and there were two boxes (one to be Checked) and
> the dates were 2006 or 2007.
> Now suppose I found a film that my father made in 1929
> in the attic that no one had ever seen and it was a
> masterpiece...I could not enter it into a festival
> because it is not new...or a new Oskar Fischinger film
> was found made in the 30's, etc. that too would be
> excluded...
> I agree with giving younger and newer filmmakers an
> opportunity to show their work at festivals and
> encourage them to do so....I also feel the opportunity
> should be given to older films, some that have never
> been seen by anyone, the same opportunity.
> I have entered hundred of Festivals over the past
> twenty five years and the vast majority have on the
> entry forms that films over two years old are not
> acceptable.
> The Montreal International Film Festival also has the
> same is stated on the download....
> The Media City Festival on line description does not
> indicate that a film cannot be more than two years old
> however the application form seems to indicate that
> you cannot.....
> PS I am still entering the festival and not checking
> the boxes marked 2006 or 2007 and marking the film the
> correct date...I will see what happens.
> Dominic Angerame
> --- Jason Halprin <email suppressed> wrote:
>> Dominic et al.,
>> I agree that the policy of not accepting work that
>> is more than two or
>> three years old at an experimental festival seems
>> arbitrary and
>> unnecessary. I also immediately thought to myself
>> that this was not
>> the case at many of the festivals I have attended
>> and/or submitted to,
>> so I decided to do some research. I discovered
>> after 25 minutes of
>> nowhere near complete research that my hunch was
>> correct, and the norm
>> for the festivals I've been involved with was to
>> allow all work,
>> regardless of when it was produced (see below).
>> I think the more interesting question here is what
>> value can showing
>> older work have in the eyes of a programmer at a
>> festival? Personally
>> I feel that work that has not been seen widely is
>> worth showing,
>> regardless of when it was produced. But I also
>> believe that the
>> primary goal of a festival should be to give younger
>> and/or less well
>> known artists a place to get seen, hence there
>> should be a bias towards
>> newer work. Thoughts?
>> It would be helpful if people who have first hand
>> knowledge of some
>> other festivals would fill in the gaps or make
>> corrections to the list
>> I have below regarding "time limits" as part of the
>> regulations for
>> entry to the festival.
>> Onion City - last three years
>> Images - Last two years
>> Media City
>> TIE
>> Black Maria
>> Cuculorus
>> Experiments in Cinema V 3.0
>> N/A (no call for entries/regulations listed at the
>> moment)
>> PDX
>> Antimater
>> -Jason Halprin
>> ------------------------------
>> Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 17:37:02 -0700
>> <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
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