Film Festival


Filminute, the International One-Minute Film Festival, is looking for filmmakers who can cram their vision into 60 seconds or less. It’s a compelling challenge for everyone except the 5-second film team. For them, this would be epic. But if you have a camera and an idea that’s collapsable, they’re hungry for your work. You’ve got to have it into them by August 20th, so get crackin’. For more information, check out their call for entries. For inspiration, check out their highly inspirational Pinterest page. For short films of all sizes, feel free to peruse our curated collection. If you’re not filmmaking-ly inclined, this is the kind of short attention span festival that is perfect for all sorts of spectators, and we’ll be hosting a handful of the shorts that make the cut and play at the festival. Keep an eye out for those later in the month.


A decade after a bloody conflict that saw at least 50,000 dead, Sierra Leone is joining Africa and the world stage in promoting its burgeoning film community. Its storytelling is becoming more and more available, especially through the Sierra Leone International Film Festival which boasts a year-round program which leads to an annual six-day celebration of movies. To delve deeper into the potential of this young world of filmmakers, fest director Layna Fisher joins us to discuss how we’ll be able to experience Sierra Leonean movies and what this festival means for a community emerging from violence. It might not be the only fest in the world with screenings on pristine beaches, but it might be the only one where attendees can row tree canoes to a slave port before dissecting film in a remote African village. Download This Interview


The Shriekfest Film Festival, held yearly here in Los Angeles since the year 2000 (the year twooo-thousaaaaaaaand) has a special place in my heart. It was the first festival I ever covered and one of the first times I realized that saying “Press” meant I didn’t have to pay for things. But it’s deeper than that. Shriekfest is a true filmmaker’s festival. You won’t show up to find big studio pictures being played or people walking down a red carpet, smiling, waving, leaving. When the cast and crew shows up, they sit there with you in a small theater. Hang around to answer your questions. That’s pretty cool. Showcasing both shorts and features, there’s plenty to see for any horror or science-fiction fan. Sure, not every thing you see is going to blow your mind, but every year you’ll manage to find a handful of gems before anyone else gets a chance to see them. On to the winners!


Not Quite Hollywood

A new documentary, Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of OZploitation, was recently released in Australia and is currently touring the festival circuit across the US.


Quentin Tarantino Speaking at Cannes

The man’s formative years were spent flinging his extensive film knowledge in the general direction of willing and unwilling ears and his movies are laced with comments on films, past and present. So who better to stand in front of a room full of attentive film lovers and natter to his heart’s content?

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