From: DOMINIC ANGERAME (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Sep 23 2007 - 09:08:31 PDT
Hi Nicholas.....I agree that one of the purposes of
Film Festivals are to present new work hopefully by
younger filmmakers. However many Festivals present
work that has seldom or never been seen.
When I mean "older" work I refer to films not made
fifty years ago, etc. I used that example in a
previous post just to be extreme. I am talking more
about films made relatively recently. Let's say (again
to be arbitrary) within this century. If I see on a
regulation form that there is a two year limit...I
normally do not send my work to that Festival. It is a
costly and time consuming thing to do. (Two years ago
I had to hire a person just to enter my film ANACONDA
TARGETS into all the festivals that I was phyiscally
able to enter). If I do not send in the work because
of an age requirement no one is given the opportunity
to see the work let alone even program it.
So the film has no chance on being exhibited unless it
is invited to be part of a side bar that is often put
together with specially invited works or filmmakers
whose work has been exhibited at major Film Festivals,
such as Rotterdam, London, New York, etc. or are well
Perhaps a special section of the Festivals could
provide a exhibition of films worthy of being shown
that were made past the age requirement.
They would not be in competition, but could be
programmed separately or incorporated into the
Festival in some way.
--- Nicholas Hamlyn <email suppressed>
> 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
> > City it asked what date the film being entered was
> > made and there were two boxes (one to be Checked)
> > the dates were 2006 or 2007.
> > Now suppose I found a film that my father made in
> > in the attic that no one had ever seen and it was
> > masterpiece...I could not enter it into a festival
> > because it is not new...or a new Oskar Fischinger
> > was found made in the 30's, etc. that too would be
> > excluded...
> > I agree with giving younger and newer filmmakers
> > opportunity to show their work at festivals and
> > encourage them to do so....I also feel the
> > should be given to older films, some that have
> > 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
> > entry forms that films over two years old are not
> > acceptable.
> > The Montreal International Film Festival also has
> > same regulation....it is stated on the
> > The Media City Festival on line description does
> > indicate that a film cannot be more than two years
> > however the application form seems to indicate
> > you cannot.....
> > PS I am still entering the festival and not
> > the boxes marked 2006 or 2007 and marking the film
> > 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
> >> is more than two or
> >> three years old at an experimental festival seems
> >> arbitrary and
> >> unnecessary. I also immediately thought to
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >> regulations for
> >> entry to the festival.
> >> TIME LIMIT
> >> Onion City - last three years
> >> Images - Last two years
> >> NO TIME LIMIT LISTED IN ENTRY RULES
> >> Media City
> >> TIE
> >> NYUFF
> >> Black Maria
> >> Cuculorus
> >> Experiments in Cinema V 3.0
> >> N/A (no call for entries/regulations listed at
> >> moment)
> >> CUFF
> >> PDX
> >> FLEX
> >> Antimater
> >> -Jason Halprin
> >> ------------------------------
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >> since in reality a filmmaker cannot enter every
> >> festival within this time limitation. It would
> >> that a true experimental film festival would have
> >> time of release limit....what does it matter if a
> >> film
> >> is three years old and no one has had the chance
> >> see it.....
> >> I can understand this with commercial film
> >> where they only want new releases however why
> >> the alternative film festivals follow such a
> >> ridiculous regulation....
> >> Dominic Angerame
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