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How Many Film Festivals Can There Possibly Be?

by Batman (writer), Redondo Beach, CA, May 25, 2007

Well, I'm here to tell you. This comes up because right now, the most famous festival, the Cannes Film Festival, is taking place in, you guessed it, Cannes. Which is apparently a French word meaning, "Film Festival." In any case, a quick check of the site will tell you that there are more film festivals each year than there are days of the year.

You've probably heard of Cannes, not to mention Toronto and Sundance, and maybe even Telluride. And just recently, I heard about a new one dealing with movies shot on of all things, your cell phone. I've told you about the 168 Film Festival as well, so, I'm hoping you know about that one, too, as I'm going to be fund raising again in the fall.

But I digress. Why the need for so many film festivals? Are there really that many movies out there? Or, as I fear, maybe there are too many people attempting to make movies.

Case in point: Has anyone started watching On The Lot? If you're not a filmmaker like myself, the answer is probably a resounding, "No!" The process of making a movie is tedious for the most part, and not prone to the environment that it's all that interesting to watch someone else do, either.

So, for the uninitiated, and terminally bored that have read this far, I can tell you that they've already had to make a 2 1/2 minute movie in 24 hours, and the ones that made the cut after that, have to make a one minute film in one hour. We'll hopefully see some of the results of this next week. At the end of this 13 week shillfest, the winner will get a development deal worth (lifts pinky to his lips) One million dollars!

Where was I? Oh, right, film festivals. My guess would be that no matter where you are, you're probably within driving distance of one near you. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow. But soon. And for the rest of your life....

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2 comments on How Many Film Festivals Can There Possibly Be?

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By Steven Lane on May 25, 2007 at 11:29 pm
I looked at your website, film festivals and poker, a nice mix. I've found it easier to lose your ass making movies than playing poker. Welcome to the group.
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By VeroniqueChevalier on September 23, 2007 at 04:34 pm
Steve, did you really say that it is possible to "lose your ass" playing poker? Does Weight Watchers know about this?
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