Tuesday, January 05, 2010

A little help to make B-Side super handy

We are 30 days out from the opening night of the festival! Now is the time to begin researching which films you will want to see, getting some rest, cutting back on the drinking and stock up the Tylenol, because the weekend you wait for all year is almost here.

Thanks to our partner, B-Side, festival planning is super easy. From synopses and trailers of films to the Fest Genius, your Oxford Film Festival experience should run smoothly. B-Side can help you pack in as many films and panels as possible without overlapping.

From the B-Side schedule, http://oxford.bside.com/2010, look over each area before planning your festival strategy.

Highlights (the first tab at the top of the page) shows featured films (random selection), audience buzz (what others are adding) and the film festival blog (you are reading it right now!)

Films (the second tab at the top of the page) is a list of the 2010 festival films. The films can be sorted or filtered numerous ways (want to just know what short documentaries are playing? How about just Canadian films?)

Schedule (the third tab) is your new best friend. This is all the films on the handy dandy grid so you know what plays when. This, like the films section, can also be filtered down. This is also where you will add films to create your own schedule. The button "run schedule genius" lets you tell if there is any conflict between films you have selected.

Buzz is the films in order of response from people just like you either adding them to their schedule or after the festival, giving ratings to the film.

My Festival is your saved schedule you have created. If the links, trailers, images, synopses we have provided are not enough to help you make up your mind about which films to see, read the Take 5 with series here or check the fan pages on facebook and find out more about how other people feel about the film (on the Oxford Film Festival Facebook page we have added the pages of the films that have fan pages)

The best part is during the fest, DON'T WAIT to let others know about the film you just saw. You can tweet out your love (or hate) by using B-Side's Twitter festg.

Tweet @festg Title of Film #rating 1-5 and #ox10 to let people know instantly on the B-side schedule and on Twitter your thoughts on the film.

Or as Chris Holland of B-Side describes:

Tweet @festg title of film #rate4 #ox10

The first hash tag is the star rating (you may use #rate1, #rate2, all the way up to #rate5) and the second hash tag indicates which festival you’re attending (e.g. #ox10 = Oxford Film Festival 2010). The unique twitter code for each festival will be announced via the @festg Twitter account.
To associate your Twitter account with your Festival Genius account, log into the festival web site and click “My Festival” then the “edit” button on the far right side. Enter your Twitter name into the proper field as pictured below and save the changes.

For more help, visit the handy  B-Side Features video

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