image by Holly Fisher

Filmette Film Festival is an annual 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.

The festival will focus on works across four genres: Narrative, Documentary, Animation and Experimental. Films need not be premieres or created within the last year as the goal is simply to showcase the best. 

The Filmette festival is presented by Harvestworks where screenings will take place December 2nd and 3rd, 2017

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L to R: Drew Pisarra, Gisburg, Loui Terrier

L to R: Drew Pisarra, Gisburg, Loui Terrier

Gisburg: A composer, singer, and sound/music editor/assistant for film directors such as Ethan Coen, Robert Duvall, Rob Marshall, Stacie Passon, Martin Scorsese and Amie Siegel, and Peter Stasny. 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 Record, and GP music and has also composed original music for several features and shorts. More here.

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, 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 to produce over 50 documentaries, commercials, and local music videos. His last three independent short films have won many awards, premiered at NYC Film Festivals and have screened at Film Festivals in Europe, Asia, South America, the United States, and Canada. His latest film, Don't you see is in the festival submission stage and right now he is working on his next movie Message in a Bottle More.

“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.”
— founder Gisburg