Friday, October 2, 2015

Submission tips from a film festival programmer

I love film, and so it pains me a little to offer this grumpy advice to filmmakers (which means I'm also offering it to myself) - but it needs saying.

I'm involved with Weird Film at the Winery (, a night of short 'genre' films (preferably 10 minutes max), run several times a year at an actual winery. It's for horror, fantasy, sci-fi, or otherwise Weird film, geared  to a general audience, that is, people who might bring children.  That doesn't mean everything has to be cheery and squeaky-clean, but if you were hoping to see Saw, this is not your type of event.

Guidelines are clearly stated on Film Freeway.

And yet - along with lots of promising films, in pour 90-minute documentaries about pollution, or straight-ahead dramas, or romantic comedies, or pointless slash pics with no story (if I see one more woman waking up tied to a chair in a room full of power tools, I will ... well, press ctrl W).

- plan your production sound carefully
- respect the length limit  - at least don't go vastly over
- make it easy for screeners to see the genre of your film by providing a synopsis, maybe a trailer
- have the rights to music in your film
- keep credits as short as you can while doing justice to cast and crew
- submit earlier rather than later

These basic practices will make a difference in your chances.
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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Bunny Man at Fargo Fantastic Film Festival

The Fargo Fantastic Film Festival will screen my short film The Bunny Man.

This is their third acceptance of my work and my gratitude endures.

FFFF is a sister event to Valley Con, which features Tony Todd as a guest this year!
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My short film Shelter will screen at the Rome International Film Festival - Rome, Georgia, y'all.
Rome the city in Georgia the U.S. state.
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Shelter visits Tokyo again

"Shelter" has another outing in Tokyo, courtesy of the Scream Queen herself, Mai Nakanishi.

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"Shelter" goes to the Rome International Film Festival

Rome, Georgia, that is!

The legend of Derek lives on... anchored by the wonderful acting of Sylvia Kratins as The Wife, the harassed charm of Thomas Cokenias, and the weary manliness of M (for Mysterious) Jennings.

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"Bunny Man" goes to Horrible Imaginings in September

"The Bunny Man" has been accepted by Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego :)

It's part of the horror-comedy short film block on Saturday Sept. 12:

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Frank Tuttle reviews The Bunny Man

What a delight to see Frank Tuttle's generous review of The Bunny Man!
Frank is a very fine writer of fantasy noir, the creator of The Markhat Chronicles (think a somewhat kinder, yet quite dangerous Sam Spade with trolls).
I have all his books and his warm reception means a lot.
Frank also wrote the script for "The Embalming", a curious tale of the undertaker's profession:
If you like your horror with a snifter of Jim Beam, a really good score, clever editing and terrific cinematography, watch The Embalming. 

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