Planning and operations are moving forward for the 5th Georgetown Film Festival / Adams Morgan Film Festival… we are in the process of securing a location, films are arriving from around the world and many people are interested in volunteering and helping us make this a wonderfully successful event.
Within the next few weeks we’ll have a listing of places to purchase film block passes in advance – $5 as usual – where you can go to purchase opening night tickets and additional event tickets. If you would like to volunteer, please send us an email, tell us what you’d like to do and when you are available…
|Here are the 2005 submission forms… please fill them out completely. C’mon, it isn’t too difficult, and if you can make a movie you should be able to fill out a form. AND PRINT YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS CLEARLY. Remember – VHS for screeners, please. Use the same form for both Georgetown and Adams Morgan. At this time we will review all films at the festival office but then show them in different venues – Adams Morgan will be more experimental, more animation focused, and Georgetown wil be more narrative and documentary focused. But that is not worked out yet and we will probably end up entirely in Adams Morgan…
The only difference is that this season we are raising the submission fee to $25 for regular filmmakers like yourself and $5 for students…like yourself!
This year we are going to try and build a music festival into the program… live music for 4 days! And we are going to take music video submissions… to submit music video’s to the festival just use the same form but write music video on the front of the submission form… and a genre – rock, shoegaze, trench crawl, bubba rock, folk, whatever… and include the band bio and a CD. This is our first year doing this and it should be cool… we are also going to have a live music festival as part of the film festival… we have a music director who wiill coordinate the program and we’ll announce his/her name and contact info very shortly…
The idea is to schedule bands, all manner of mucical acts and singers, duos – all that stuff – between film breaks in a different tent… should be a ton of fun.
Please review this submissions form carefully. You can download the form in ACROBAT.pdf format, print it out, fill it in and mail it to us with your entry fee.
|Our partners at the Venice International Film Festival CIRCUITO OFF would welcome your submissions and we encourage you to visit them at the above link.|
|The Official 2005 Film Log|
|Executive Director of Programming: Jeannette Catsoulis|
|Director of Programming: Tad Doyle|
|Assistant Director of Programming: OPEN|
|Technical Director: Eric “The Dude” Stillions|
|Assistant Official Film Logger: Steve “Big Reel” Duggan|
|2005 Festival Dude and Official Film Logger: OPEN|
|This log is only a confirmation of films received. It is here merely to let our filmmakers know that we have received the work. This is not a list of films in competition. If you are selected for screening at the Georgetown Film Festival2005/Adams Morgan Film Festival 2005 you will receive a request for a BETA SP of the film being requested. This is not a complete list. The deadline is between August 15th – September 15, 2005. We are still looking for a location, and WE WILL FIND ONE. Thanks for your patience and your understanding.|
So far, no big news to report… not sure we’ll be doing the films at farragut program this year or the cinema on the canal either; but we’ll try and have a great downtown festival regardless… here are a few photos from our original theatre located in Georgetown…
ABOVE This is our original stage set with our small screen from 2001, our first year. The stage was built by KADCON and the chairs were supplied by one of the really cool house goods stores in Georgetown. We spent three days clearing the space out, sweeping out the building and turning it into a remarkable film and event space.
ABOVE This is a shot from the stage looking into the audience during a film break between film blocks in 2002; the media control booth is in the center, in the far back with the blue LCD lights of the decks and monitors visible… the projector is above, in the foreground just above the couple in the front row… this was a magical experience and the entire theatre was filled to capacity EVERY SHOW for three days… remarkable.
ABOVELooking into the theatre from the front door, just past the ticket and promo table… this is opening night 2003 and Hurricane Isabel is raging outside with 50 mph winds and sheets of rain and debris… they closed the roads, closed Georgetown and essentially shut the city down but we were all set to open up and show films and get the festival off to a great start… although we were the only ones there we showed films all night until 4am…
The Festival is scheduled for mid-October and will be held in Washington, DC. in the same original theatre where we have held it for so many years. Our concentration this season is on narrative and realism, and we welcome any and all intrepretations which adhere to those simple creative guidelines.
This season we will focus on the idea of getting back to the basics of film making and storytelling, back to the simplest form of the medium, back to super 8, back to 16 mm and then on thru to digital and hyper-digital image processing… and looking at the body of film work as a collective narrative of development in the medium.
We’ll be adding to this as we go, but that is essentially the idea.
Good luck to all film makers, we are looking forward to you submissions and a wonderful 2010 festival season