Film/video festival seeks entries

Film/video festival seeks entries


The Rockford Film Project/Storefront Cinema is proud to announce the first Rock River Alternative Film and Video Festival, to be held the weekend of June 28, 29 and 30 at Storefront Cinema, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Showtimes are 7 and 9:30 p.m.

The Rockford Film Project/Storefront Cinema is soliciting short film and video works to showcase at the Rock River Alternative Film and Video Festival. The festival will feature short films and video works created by producers around the Rock River Valley. “The idea of showing locally produced material has always been appealing to us,” said Ron Schultz, chairman of the Rockford Film Project, “and with this festival, we will have the chance to do it.”

Local film aficionados will jury the festival. Jurists from the Rockford area will pick a “Best of the Fest” as well as Best Student Production. “We hope the Rockford community is up to the challenge of seeing their own work on the big screen, open to the public—and the jurists,” said Marcie Williams, Storefront Cinema general manager, “and if you are, send us your material.” Attendees of the weekend festival will also get their chance to have their voice heard by voting for the “Patron’s Pick” award.

The Rockford Film Project is soliciting recently produced film and video short productions (up to 15 minutes long). For an entry form, call Storefront Cinema at 962-3456. The Rock River Alternative Film and Video Festival is intended to showcase local and regional cinematic art and is open to producers in the Rock River Valley. NIU students and faculty are also encouraged to enter. The entry fee for juried productions is $20. The entry fee for non-juried and student entries is $10. Entry submissions will be

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accepted on DVCam, MiniDV, BetaCam and VHS video tape. Film submissions on 16mm (optical or silent) will be accepted as well. The postmarked entry deadline is May 25, 2002. The deadline for all entries is June 1, 2002. For more information, call Storefront Cinema: 815-962-3456.

Festival Entry Guidelines

The Rockford Film Project/Storefront Cinema prefers non-conventional, experimental, underground, strange and/or beautiful films or videos produced by residents of the Rock River Valley.

Entries must be submitted on VHS or MiniDV. Cassettes must be NTSC format. Each film or video must be accompanied by a completed entry form (photocopies are acceptable) and an entry fee, plus return shipping costs if necessary. If your film is chosen, you will be notified prior to June 8, 2002. If accepted, the print of your 16mm film (optical or silent), DVCam, DVCPro, BetaCam, Mini DV or VHS video tape will need to be in the office by June 15, 2002. The festival does not pay rental fees for programmed work. Selection decisions by the Rock River Alternative Film and Video Festival are final.

Entrants can choose to have their work juried. If your work is selected and you choose to have it juried, it will be shown on Friday and Sunday. Non-juried works will be played on Saturday only. Only juried work is eligible for awards.

Note the entry fees listed above, and add $5 for return shipping. Exhibition copies can be picked up at Storefront Cinema, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, after the festival.

Entry fees must be in U.S. funds only. Checks or money orders should be made out to: Storefront Cinema.

Cost of shipping to and from the festival is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. All film reels, cans, videotapes and cases must be labeled with the title of the entry. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the entrant. Submission videos will not be returned. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. Please use only plastic or bubble pack cases when shipping entries. Do not use fiber envelopes. Fiber envelopes can damage tapes and equipment!

All entries must be mailed to: Storefront Cinema, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103.

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