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 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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