Submissions Are Now Open for the Second Annual “Filmette Film Festival”

Now through September 1, 2017, Harvestworks is accepting submissions for Filmette, a film festival celebrating films which run between 30 and 60 minutes in length. The festival was created to showcase movies that have historically struggled to find an audience and distribution simply because of their unconventional running time. Too long for traditional shorts programs and too short for the theatrical releases given to feature films, these mid-length movies are no less deserving of attention because they run between a half-hour and an hour.

As founder Gisburg puts it: “I've been working for years now on independent films and in that time I’ve met many filmmakers who have given their whole heart (and their own money) to films that didn’t fit into traditional platforms because they were either too short or too long. I thought, this is ridiculous.”

The festival is accepting submissions across all genres: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental and the Unknown. Films do not need be premieres or created within the last year as the goal is to showcase the best. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 1, 2017 at 5PM ET.

The festival will take place at Harvestworks in NYC from Dec. 2nd and Dec. 3rd, 2017.

To submit your film, click HERE or go to filmfreeway.com then search for “Filmette Film Festival.”

About Harvestworks: Founded as a not-for-profit organization by artists in 1977, Harvestworks has helped a generation of artists create new works using technology. Our mission is to support the creation and presentation of art works achieved through the use of new and evolving technologies. Our goals are to create an environment where artists can make work inspired and achieved by electronic media; to create a responsive public context for the appreciation of new work by presenting and disseminating the finished works; to advance the art community’s and the public’s “agenda” for the use of technology in art; and to bring together innovative practitioners from all branches of the arts collaborating in the use of electronic media. We assist with commissions and residencies, production services, education and information programs, and the presentation and distribution of their work.

About Filmette: The original filmette was actually a 35mm hand-cranked camera (with a wooden body) made by Ertel in the 1920s.

Three Filmettes with Girl Power

The three gems below—all of which date back to the early part of the 20th century in one way or another--weren't easy to unearth. The Latest Variety Sensation, I tracked down at Woman With a Movie Camera: Female Film Directors Before 1950 film series at Anthology Film Archives; The Little Match Girl, I discovered after poking around the Internet Archive and A Jury of Her Peers was something I chanced upon via good old-fashion Youtube. All of which has made it infinitely clear to me that more opportunity—such as the Filmette Film Festival—are vital in raising awareness of female talent in the world of the 30-to-60 minute films.
 
The Latest Variety Sensation (1917, 32min) Rosa Porten & Franz Eckstein
This swashbuckling comedy is written and co-directed by its star, Rosa Porten, who plays a spirited variety show performer trying to “lightly” con her way into marriage despite resistance from her bourgeois would-be mother-in-law. Porten’s performance is consummate—from the way she jostles her pet chihuahua to her perfectly timed facial expressions to her mean left hook. The only noise heard at the screening I attended was the sound of the audience snickering with pleasure. (It's a silent movie!)

Rosa Porten

The Little Match Girl (1928, 32min) Jean Renoir
This silent rendition of the Hans Christian Andersen tale features Catherine Hessing as Karen, a young woman who attempts to sell matches on an ostensibly cold New Year’s Eve. Towards the end of the night, she wearily seeks shelter in a wintry nook where she uses her own wares to keep warm. Cue my favorite intertitle: “Cold and hungry, she is stymied by hallucinations.” With Renoir’s attention to fantastical design and choreography, the heroine dances through her dreamscape all the way to the filmette's sobering conclusion. 

Little Match Girl

A Jury of Her Peers (1980, 30min), Sally Heckel
An adaptation of Susan Glaspell's one-act from 1916, this Oscar-nominated filmette centers around a dreary farmstead where a man has been murdered. The prime suspect? His wife! Two women—a neighbor and the sheriff’s wife—discuss vengeance and the shared experiences of womanhood as they carefully review the crime scene. Wonderfully small details like a hint of birdsong and a haphazard stitch in a quilt tug at your heartstrings even as a feminist justice comes into play. In brief, this short (which boasts a 90% female crew) deserves its hype.

Jury of Her Peers

By Genevieve Wollenbecker

First Annual Filmette Film Festival at Harvestworks this November 19-20

Submissions Are Now Open for the First Annual
“Filmette Film Festival”

Harvestworks’ New Film Festival Celebrating Films Running 30 to 60 Minutes

Now through September 30, 2016, Harvestworks is accepting submissions for Filmette, a new film festival celebrating films which run between 30 and 60 minutes in length. The festival was created to showcase movies that have historically struggled to find an audience and distribution simply because of their unconventional running time. Too long for traditional shorts programs and too short for the theatrical release given to feature films, these mid-length movies are no less deserving of attention simply because they run between a half-hour and an hour.

As founder Gisburg puts it: “I've been working for years now in independent film and in that time I’ve met many filmmakers who have given their whole heart (and their own money) to films that didn’t fit into traditional platforms because they were either too short or too long. I thought, this is ridiculous.”

The festival is accepting submissions across four genres: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental. Films do not need be premieres or created within the last year as the goal is simply to showcase the best. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 30, 2016 at 5PM ET.

The festival will take place at Harvestworks in NYC on the weekend of Nov. 19 and 20, 2016. To submit your film, click HERE or go to withoutabox.com then search for “Filmette Film Festival.”

Festival Founders

Gisburg: A composer, singer, and sound/music editor/assistant for film directors such as Abigail Child, Ethan Coen, Robert Duvall, Rob Marshall, Martin Scorsese and Amie Siegel, Gisburg has worked in the industry for over 20 years. She attended the Berlin University as a guest student for composition and modern music theatre with Prof. Dieter Schnebel with whom she toured internationally as a singer. Settling down in NYC in 1992, she recorded several CDs for Tzadik, Knitting Factory Records, and GP music and has also composed original music for several features and shorts.

Molly Gross: As BAMcinématek’s Senior Publicist for nine years, she worked on Sundance at BAM for its three year run and was on the team for the inaugural BAMcinemaFEST. Subsequently, she became the Senior Publicist at the Whitney museum where she worked closely with Light Industry curators Ed Halter and Thomas Beard who curated the film section of the 2012 Biennial. Having studied Electronic Media Art at the Hochschule fur Graphik und Buch-Kunst in Leipzig, Germany, she also creates time-based digital works.

Drew Pisarra: The former VP of Digital Media for both SundanceTV and AMC network was instrumental in launching Shorts On SundanceTV, an online showcase for short films which had previously premiered at the festival, including works by Jill Soloway and Denis Villeneuve among others. A screenwriter as well, his short “18 Kisses of Significance” was presented at Cannes in 2011. His devotion to film also extends to criticism, including his blog Korean Grindhouse which is devoted exclusively to Korean movies.

Loui Terrier: A filmmaker and visual artist, he received his BA in Film and Video Production from Pennsylvania State University, studied fine painting at the New School, and screenwriting at NYU. Loui spent seven years working for a Pennsylvania production company, Filmspace, where he helped produce over 50 documentaries, commercials, and local music videos. His last three independent short films have won many awards, and screened at festivals in Europe, Asia, South America, the US and Canada. His latest film, A Match Made In, is in the final stages of post-production.

About Harvestworks: Founded as a not-for-profit organization by artists in 1977, Harvestworks has helped a generation of artists create new works using technology. Our mission is to support the creation and presentation of art works achieved through the use of new and evolving technologies. Our goals are to create an environment where artists can make work inspired and achieved by electronic media; to create a responsive public context for the appreciation of new work by presenting and disseminating the finished works; to advance the art community’s and the public’s “agenda” for the use of technology in art; and to bring together innovative practitioners from all branches of the arts collaborating in the use of electronic media. We assist with commissions and residencies, production services, education and information programs, and the presentation and distribution of their work.About Filmette: The original filmette was actually a 35mm hand-cranked camera (with a wooden body) made by Ertel in the 1920s.

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