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Festival Spotlight Friday: HollyShorts Film Festival is Tinseltown’s Independent Heart
by Kelly Leow

Here’s a recipe for a successful short film festival: Throw two ambitious 24-year-olds, a phone call, a cheaply-rentable theater, and a projector together and mix well. The following interview with HollyShorts’ co-director Daniel Sol delves into the (perhaps comically) independent origins of the festival, now in its ninth rendition, yet full of the same enterprising, [...]

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Festival Friday Spotlight: Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival Shares Recipe for Perfect Festival Cocktail
by Lara Colocino and Haven Goldstein

Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) was born to be original. The festival’s name may lead you to imagine a strangely colored alcoholic beverage one might ingest on a beach – and in fact, we still aren’t quite sure what the moniker has to do with film. All we do know is that with over [...]

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Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals: Vote Here To Decide Our Five Runners-Up
by Lara Colocino

For the past two weeks, MovieMaker has been running Coolest Film Festival vote-offs, asking our readers to vote for the “25 Coolest Film Festivals—” the sister list to the “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” Below are our runners-up in the General category, all encompassing festivals that screen most of the genres you can think of; the [...]

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Festival Spotlight Friday: San Francisco Frozen Film Festival is Hella Chill
by Lara Colocino

No one can say that the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival (SFFFF) is short on spirit. The festival aims to broaden its community’s film scene by screening great films, showcasing new art, playing music, and more, but the organizers also exude a contagious love of cinema and a genuine desire to help moviemakers share their [...]

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Make Your Voice Heard: Vote Now for the Second Round of Coolest Film Festivals!
by Lara Colocino

You’re probably aware that every fall, for the better part of a decade, we’ve published a list of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals”—the sister list to our “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” After a lot of debate and consideration, we decided to kick the “Coolest” list up a notch this year and let our [...]

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MovieMaker Wants Your Vote: The Voting Process Has Begun for Coolest Film Festivals!
by Lara Colocino

You’re probably aware that every fall, for the better part of a decade, we’ve published a list of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals”—the sister list to our “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” After a lot of debate and consideration, we decided to kick the “Coolest” list up a notch this year and let our [...]

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Festival Spotlight Friday: San Antonio Film Festival Celebrates 19th Year
by Rory Owen Delaney

Low key mix of good movies, good people and good times at the 2013 San Antonio Film Festival. San Antonio is probably not the first city that springs to mind when you think of film festivals. It’s not Park City, Austin, or Toronto, but it’s not trying to be, either. San Antonio is world famous [...]

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Festival Spotlight Friday: Los Angeles Film Festival Celebrates 19th Year
by Lara Colocino

The Los Angeles Film Festival began with a bang June 13 and runs through this Sunday, June 23rd Our new Festival Spotlight Friday series threads together MovieMaker’s long-running Festival Beat, a collective journal featuring some of the year’s most interesting film festivals. Each week we’ll report from cities across North America and beyond to give [...]

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The New Festival in Coachella: Triumphs, failures, and lessons from the inaugural AMFM Fest
by James Kaelan

The inaugural AMFM Fest, which shares a valley with the Coachella Art and Music Festival, may have been too ambitious. But the future is bright. Starting a new film festival in a big city is tantamount to gentrifying a neighborhood. Not only do you have to program great films, host good parties, and assemble intelligent [...]

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2013 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund Grantees Announced
by Rory Owen Delaney

Gucci Tribeca Documentary fund gives moviemakers artistic and financial freedom. Funding a feature film is never easy. Funding a documentary is even more of a challenge. The good news is that even for those of us who aren’t independently wealthy, there are more viable strategies now than ever. You can go the way of Indiegogo [...]

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