December 5th, 2013
I’ve recently gotten some feedback from readers (viewers?) letting me know about certain events that are happening in the coming weeks, asking if I could pass on the information to you.
First of all, there is an international short film festival in Quebec, Canada. The festival itself (the 14th annual) will be in March of next year, but the submission deadline is coming up soon, on the first of November. Because it’s a bilingual festival in Quebec, they’re hoping to get many more English submissions this year.
Here’s some quite helpful and interesting info from the facebook group:
REGARD Saguenay International Short Film Festival is known as one of the six biggest festivals in North America dedicated exclusively to Independent Short Films. Over five days, this event presents more than 100 Independent Short Films from Quebec and all around the world (24 different countries this year).
Last March, at its 13th edition, the festival welcomed over 23,000 people for all its activities. The film screenings mostly occur in Quebec, in the cities of Jonquière and Chicoutimi. What makes REGARD so magical is the atmosphere coming out from the public reactions while they are watching the different programs.
In addition to the screening programs, the festival hosts many other activities.
Among them, some are however exclusive to one edition, you can encounter with:
- Some screenings in the street with the urban cine-park,
- The shooting of an improvised film during the event,
- A cabaret open every night,
- A short film Marketplace gathering several workshops in favor of networking between professionals
- Some films programs dedicated to school attendees, families and teenagers
- A « carte blanche » for a foreign festival
- Snow wall screenings right downtown of Chicoutimi.
REGARD hosts a national and international competition where, this year, over
$30,000 prizes and services were awarded.
Each year, the festival attracts up to 250 professionals of the industry
(directors, producers, distributors, buyers, programmers, journalists,
etc.) who come either to present their film to the public or to participate
to the short film marketplace, unique of its kind in Quebec.
You can find more information on our website at www.caravane.tv
The 14th edition will take place from March 10th to March 14th
Caravane Films Productions
For more information, check out the website, although I couldn’t find much English on it. Otherwise, the facebook group seems promising. And obviously, the email address is always an option.
If you’ve got surplus gallons of corn syrup…
In other news, the British publishing company Hodder & Stroughton is getting ready to release a brand new historical novel/zombie mash-up book (talk about a micro-niche!) called Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter. Perfect for fans of last year’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it’s got the history and atmosphere of a grimy Victorian London with the added fun factor of flesh eating zombies. To celebrate the release, they’re holding a short film competition, asking filmmakers to submit their own zombie mash-up short films.
The submission deadline for this competition is September 20th. So if you plan on entering, you’d better get on it. For more information, check out http://www.wearenotamused.net/ about the contest, and to read the first chapter of the book. Check back soon for an update on this one, I might have a bonus for you.
*Update: I’ve been authorized to offer my readers a free copy of the book that this short film competition is based around. I’ve got three copies actually. If you submit anything, BE SURE TO LET ME KNOW, and after I’ve verified it, I’ll send you out a copy, first come, first served. If you don’t submit anything, or if you don’t claim your prize from me (regardless of whether you win the competition or not) these books will only be taking up space on my shelf, so don’t let me down.
Since we’re on the topic of zombies, I thought this Independent Short Film would be appropriate. Please note, however, that the content of this film, as well as the general theme of zombies is not suitable for all audiences, and some might be offended by what they see or hear. THERE ARE OBSCENITIES AND GORE THROUGHOUT.
Originally posted 2009-08-28 16:14:59.