Re: Media City 2008 / Festival Rules

From: DOMINIC ANGERAME (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Sep 23 2007 - 08:46:03 PDT

Yes comment was meant to be a compliment,
Your programming is consistently creative and
interesting at the London FF.

I agree that Film Festivals are not the end all for
screening opportunities for filmmakers. I encourage
all experimental filmmakers to promote their work
outside the festivals as well... Film Festivals do
offer higher exposure to film works presented and
often times other curators of film exhibition centers
program their screenings from these films shown. Also
Festivals give the opportunity for filmmakers to
present their work to a larger public.

I ran a film Festival the SFAI Film Festival from
1979-81(actually one of the founders of it) so I know
the work involved especially if it is free and the
overwhelming amount of material submitted, especially
in this day.

I am interested in what is fair to the filmmaker, who
can often spend five-six years making the work and
then only has two years to try and have it exhibited
at a Festival.....I think that it is a problem that
could have a resolution.

Dominic Angerame

--- Mark Webber <email suppressed> wrote:

> i don't know if dominic's compliment was pointed in
> my direction, but i'll
> graciously accept it, with thanks (!), and not worry
> how the sentence may
> have progressed beyond the ensuing ...
> the london film festival does have a two year
> limitation on entries. i'm
> afraid i actually do not know why this was
> instituted, though i am thankful,
> when looking through all the entries each year, that
> there is some (albeit
> arbitrary) limit to the sheer numbers of works i
> have to watch.
> a rule that causes more personal distress is the "uk
> premiere" - i would
> much rather have the freedom to present a selection
> of work regardless of
> whether or not it has been shown in another venue or
> city, where it was
> perhaps only seem by a handful of people. i also
> think that it is unfair to
> force the makers to choose between different
> screenings and have to miss out
> on other invitations. i think the concept of the
> premiere is completely
> irrelevant to this kind of work (and i imagine
> audiences would feel the
> same).
> there is thankfully no entry fee for the london film
> festival, but on the
> other hand, there is policy of not playing a
> screening fee. the festival is
> non-competitive. outside of the two-year rule for
> new work, we also show
> recent preservations. the two-year limit is
> occasionally disregarded if we
> are featuring a guest filmmaker with a solo show.
> with respect, i think dominic's arguments are
> slightly overstated ...
> festivals are not the be all and end all - there are
> plenty of other
> screening opportunities in most countries, and the
> perceived glory of being
> "anointed" by the "major international institution"
> is short lived. any
> programmer or curator worth their salt will consider
> any outstanding work
> regardless, and if arbitrary rules preclude
> screening in one context, will
> find another.
> all that said, i am very happy to have the
> opportunity to be able to present
> programmes within the LFF. they are seen by larger
> than average audiences
> that often do not appear to be made up of the usual
> suspects (not preaching
> to the converted), but are nonetheless focused and
> open.
> mark
> > Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 20:25:46 -0700
> <email suppressed>
> > Subject: Re: Media City 2008
> >
> > Hi Jason....Many International Film Festivals have
> > very impressive experimental film categories,
> > especially in Europe, and here in is
> costly
> > here in the States, however Europe is generally
> > free....Oberhausen has the same two year
> limitations,
> > and I also believe that Osnabruck does too....and
> Mark
> > Webber could correct me, I believe the London Film
> > Festival also has the same requirement...their
> > experimental section is superbly curated....
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> <email suppressed>.

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