Greetings! Local filmmakers are warned-it’s starting. Festival Season! Time to check copies, finalize edits and make sure those DVD’s have no scratches. Following a typically long-winded announcement is the first listing of contests open to local filmmakers who want their work screened. Please subscribe to this and the Vintage Vinyl Examiner page. It’s free to have both emailed directly into your life. No photos other than mine today. This is about providing info for local filmmakers and keeping the Minnesota film scene alive and thriving. Thank you!
Beginning in Feb. 2011, as a continuation of the film study series, there will begin a regular DVD Review of recent and classic films. This will be a way to evaluate these discs from a collector’s point of view and to assist local collectors by directing them to local venues where they might easily be procured. Readers have noticed that pre-production notes, previews and reviews on this page have been short and vague, deliberately tap-dancing around crucial points of films in keeping with the no spoilers policy. There’s nothing worse than having someone-anyone-reveal too much info about any film before you see it for yourself.
However, once a film is on disc, it is fair game for analysis and the no spoilers gloves are off. Please be advised of this and take it into consideration before reading each disc review. Thank you!
CALLS FOR ENTRIES:
2011 MPLS./ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Now accepting submissions; shorts and/or feature length. NO ENTRY FEE for Minnesota-made films. $10,000 in prize money including $1500 for Best MN-made feature and $1000 for Best Short (including MN-made). More details and info coming soon. Submissions being taken through Feb. 2, 2011. Festival dates: April 14-May 5, 2011. Website for rules, forms and more info: www.mspfilmsociety.org.
This is one of the premiere events of the year (no pun intended). Don’t let this slip away if you have a film made in MN ready to go.
BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL: JUNE 3-12, 2011
Final deadline-March 16, 2011. $60 entry fee. Categories: Feature Narrative, Short Narrative, Experimental, Documentary, Animation. Check website for full details, submission forms and link to withoutabox.com. www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/submit
This website is very inclusive featuring extensive information about past contests, FAQ’s, etc. Great opportunity!
IFP MN CINEMA LOUNGE IS BACK!
Any and all Minnesota filmmaker can submit a film for possible screening. Many filmmakers choose to attend for a brief Q & A following the screening. It’s a great op for immediate feedback. Screenings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m., Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis. FREE!
Check this website for details, forms and rules. www.ifpmn.org
Members of the local film community are encouraged to attend as a way to circulate and visit with others on common ground. True, parking is a challenge during the current snow emergency but it’s worth a bit of a walk to see what others have done and to scope out a way to put your own work on display. Heed the parking warnings which are strictly enforced. The event is fun–having your car towed is not.
CELLARDOOR CINEMA SCREENPLAY CONTEST
Now open for submissions-narative fiction screenplays, short to feature-length. GRAND PRIZE: Winning screenplay goes into production at end of contest.
Deadlines: Early-Mar. 15; Regular-April 15; Late-May 15; WAB Ext.-June 15.
Details, rules, forms: www.cellardoorcinema.com/contest. Email: contest [email protected]
2ND ANNUAL Z-FEST COMPETITIVE FILM FESTIVAL
Deadline: forms due by 6 p.m., Feb. 1st, 2011. $100 entry fee. Top Prize: $1000.
This is a unique approach to filmmaking-teams submit a screenplay, then are given a specific period of time in which to complete a film. The films are screened and judged at a party and awards are presented. This is a very challenging event. Last year’s contest resulted in some fascinating presentations. Local filmmakers who want to test their skills should jump immediately to www.zsyst.com/zfest.
Good luck to all who enter these contests. These ops provide an excellent chance to have your work and your name out there to keep the Minnesota film scene vital. Don’t miss your chance. As always, seeya at the movies…