Monday, July 03, 2006

Now screening entries....

With our early-bird deadline fast approaching (July 15) and our regular deadline just around the corner (September 15), we have started screening some of the entries we have received thus far. Every film festival does this differently, but we seem to have devised a system that works for us.

Round 1: At least 5 minutes of each entry is screened by the co-directors. We look for things like plot, lighting, sound, camera work, etc. If it meets our criteria, it moves to Round 2.

Round 2: Consists of group screenings and/or private home screenings with at least 3 screening volunteers, but sometimes as many as 10. Each entry is screened in its entirety. Screeners give the film a score based on a rubric, using 0-5 stars.

How do you score this film?
0 stars: (This film is unwatchable. I would not recommend it to anyone.)
1 star: (This film is barely watchable, but it could be worse.)
2 stars: (This film has some redeeming qualities, but I’m not sure if I’d recommend it.)
3 stars: (This film is okay/pretty good. I would consider recommending it to my friends.)
4 stars: (This film is good/very good. I would definitely recommend it to my friends.)
5 stars: (This film is amazing. I would certainly recommend it to strangers on the street! We absolutely must have this film in the festival!!!)

Each film then receives an "average score". The films then move to Round 3.

Round 3: The co-directors look at the highest scoring films and begin compiling the festival schedule. Unfortunately, we have few slots (and even fewer this year, since we are moving back to a 4-day schedule after last year's 6-day festival), and we will have to cut "worthy films". We typically break out into fist fights. Name calling ensues.

At any rate, we do our very best to give each entry the attention it deserves. We appreciate the time and devotion, blood-sweat-tears, personal sacrifice that go into each film. Unfortunately, we don't have room for all of them.

If you have questions about your entry at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us: info [at]

Notification deadline = by or before December 1, 2006

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