I love this time of year — when I can say “we are now accepting entries for the 10th annual ashland independent film festival, April 7-11, 2011.” We’ve had some time to recharge, strategize, and plan for the coming year, and now we’re looking forward to seeing new work from talented filmmakers from all over the globe!
The website looks great (big thanks to Krista, our Systems Manager for her design work), and you can find lots of information there about the festival and how to enter your film. If you are a Southern Oregon filmmaker, your entry fee is waived (FREE!) so make sure to check out our Locals Only and also the free Launch Regional Student Film Competitionon the website. Please help us spread the word!
Throughout the fall and early winter, our programmers and staff will attend film festivals around the country. Over the next month or so we’ll be at Pt. Townsend, Bend and Mill Valley Film Festivals. Please say “hi” if you are there, and join us on Facebook for updates.
In Programming, we have been putting a lot of thought and effort into making this area of the festival as “green” as possible. Our hope is to stop generating reams of paper reviews, entry forms, press kits, etc., and boxes on top of boxes of plastic dvd cases, and we’re looking to keep as much as possible online, and to take advantage of all the resources available to us to do so. As a start, we hope to see lots of SOS (“Secure Online Screener”) submissions throughWithoutabox.com this year. Check it out!
Lots more to come – stay tuned!