As most seasoned filmmakers already know, and many new filmmakers are just about to find out, rejection is part of the filmmaking process. With Sundance and Slamdance recently announcing their acceptances and a slew of other fests getting ready to announce, this is the time of the year where rejection can really seem daunting. As a recently rejected filmmaker myself, I understand just how tiring it can be to read “We received a lot of excellent entries this year, but unfortunately…” This year, STIFF has teamed up with the Stranger to offer something that I don’t believe has ever been offered by a film festival in the history of film festivals – a LEGIT way for a filmmaker to buy his or her way into a set of film festival laurels and help a great northwest charity at the same time.
For those unfamiliar with the Stranger, it is Seattle’s largest alternative weekly (similar to the Village Voice, Austin Chronicle, San Francisco Guardian or Portland Mercury) with a print distribution of over a quarter million per week and online distribution of over 8 million a month. Every year, they put together an online holiday auction called Strangercrombie where they sell one of a kind items that range from the exquisite (private dinners with the city’s best chefs) to the obscure (a phone conversation with Chris Crocker, the idiotic “Leave Britney alone guy” from Youtube). All of the proceeds go to a fantastic local charity. You can read more about Strangercrombie here.
This year, STIFF is contributing a feature and short slot in the 2008 program as part of 2 filmmaker packages that are coupled with either a scholarship to the Seattle Film Institute of a 6- month membership to the Northwest Film Forum.
This is full acceptance for your film that comes with a screening, inclusion into all program materials, laurels to put on your DVD boxcover, and all of the other filmmaker perks. Bidding starts at just $1.99, so it may be possible to get guaranteed acceptance into a festival for less money than it would cost to actually submit to a film festival. Hurry, because the auctions end at 5PM Pacific time on December 14th. If you’re looking for a good way to promote your movie, you may even want to look into bidding on a film review, news story , or full page in the Stranger to do whatever you want.
Director, Seattle's True Independent Film Festival