Duluth Short Shorts Film Festival Call for Entries

January 16, 2008
Filmmakers are invited to participate in the third annual Duluth Short Shorts Film Festival. It will take place on February 23, 2008. The competition is open to films five minutes long or shorter. Entries must be received by Friday, February 15, along with a $15 entry fee. First, second and third place films win cash prizes of $250, $150 and $100 respectively.
Films screen at the Play Ground performance space, located at 11 East Superior Street in Downtown Duluth, Minnesota. Rules and other details are posted at: http://www.duluthplayground.org/shortshorts/info.html

Walker’s Women with Vision Film Festival Posts Call for Entries

October 4, 2007

The Walker Art Center is seeking entries for its 15th annual Women with Vision Film Festival, scheduled for March 7-29, 2008. They’re looking for both feature-length and short film and video works by women. The deadline for entry is October 26, 2007.

More details, including entry guidelines, are available at: http://filmvideo.walkerart.org/detail.wac?id=1470&title=Upcoming%20Programs

IFP Minnesota Hosts “On the Lot” Finalist Andrew Hunt

September 24, 2007

Minnesota filmmaker Andrew Hunt is scheduled to speak on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 7pm, at IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts. Hunt will share his experiences, lessons and work samples as a finalist on the Fox reality TV show, On The Lot. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett, On The Lot featured filmmakers competing in weekly elimination competitions with the ultimate prize of a million dollar development deal at Dreamworks. The event is part of IFP’s professional development series for directors.

IFP Minnesota is located at 2446 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114. Ticket prices are $5 for IFP and MFA members, $8 for the general public. For more info, click: http://www.ifpmsp.org/new.html#OnTheLot.

Thanks to Chris Gegax of Signal Pictures for sending over this item.

Call for Entries to the South Metro Short Film Festival

July 11, 2007

According to a press release from the City of Eagan, the deadline for the South Metro Short Film Festival is approaching. Submissions must be received by August 17. The festival will screen films on Friday, September 29. To be considered for selection, films should be 10 minutes or less in length and appropriate for family viewing (G, PG, PG-13). The entry fee is $25.

“Best in Show” winner will be awarded a cash prize and a IFP membership. A film in each age category, youth and adult, will also win cash prizes and “Quality Entertainment Awards.” The judges reserve the right to make up additional awards.

For more information and a link to the entry form visit http://www.cityofeagan.com/live/page.asp?menu=9079.

84 Films Entered in 48 Hour Film Festival

June 12, 2007

Last weekend’s Minneapolis/St. Paul edition of the 48 Hour Film Festival attracted 84 entries. No doubt many of the participants are still recovering from the frenzied film making challenge. The films begin screening tonight with seven two-hour sets scheduled on June 12, 13, 14, and 18 at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis.

The event challenges film makers to complete a short film in just 48 hours. Teams receive their assignment, which includes a genre, character, line of dialogue and prop, on Friday evening and must deliver a finished production exactly two days later.

The event showcases the vitality and creativity of Minnesota’s film production community and usually features the kind of humor that results when film makers are sleep deprived.

More details at www.48hourfilm.com/minneapolis/.

Minneapolis Resident Among the Finalists “On the Lot”

May 30, 2007

Andrew Hunt, a 31-year old promo producer for ShopNBC, is one of the finalists on “On the Lot.” The Fox reality show (think “American Idol” for film makers), which is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and reality tv kingpin Mark Burnett, aired Hunt’s one minute scifi comedy “Spaced Out” on Monday night. On Tuesday’s results show Hunt learned that he advanced in the competition.

A profile of Hunt and his film are available at http://www.thelot.com/contestants/view/?id=2.

While I’ve always thought that short films should be able to find a market on cable/satellite TV, this show is probably not going to prove me right. The format so far is not compelling and the ratings are not good. Still, Hunt could use some home town support in the voting that follows each round of film making.

Ketchup Commercial Contest

May 17, 2007

Heinz is sponsoring the “Top This TV Challenge,” a YouTube-based commercial contest. Details are available at www.topthistv.com. The deadline is August 6.

First place prize? Yea, you guessed it – $57,000!