Longmont Movie Making Marathon Call for Entries Open

Longmont's Front Range Film Festival 2016 poster.
Longmont's Front Range Film Festival 2016 poster.

Film Maker Entry Deadline is April 7, 2016

Contributed by Jill C Brooke, Film Curator, Front Range Film Festival

The Longmont Front Range Film Festival is currently accepting team applications to participate in the juried movie making competition, “Main Street Movie Making Marathon.”

Teams will have from April 8, 2016, until April 29, 2016, to complete a movie. The movie may be in any form — documentary, narrative, or experimental — as long as the movie is shot entirely on Main Street Longmont, in Downtown Longmont CO. Boundaries are from 3rd Avenue to Longs Peak and from Coffman Street to Kimbark Street.

All teams must attend the mandatory, preparatory Program Release Party on April 8, 2016, 6pm, at the Firehouse Arts Center, located at 667 4th Avenue, Longmont CO.

All participating teams are encouraged to submit their application forms now online or have a downloaded printed copy with them when they arrive at the Program Release Party.   The registration fee is $25/team, payable online or with a check payable to the “Firehouse Art Center”.

The 4th annual Front Range Film Festival is focused on the importance of film in Colorado, with mostly Colorado film makers and topics. The mission is to connect the Front Range to Film by showcasing Colorado Craft Cinema. In addition to short and feature length films, the festival includes a film contest, workshops, inter-active displays, panel discussions and speakers. It is highly focused on the Downtown Longmont Creative District.

At the April 8 Program Release Party, a designated member from each team will randomly pick:

  1. Two awesome downtown locations, both of which must appear in their movie, and
  2. Two, thematic elements, both of which also must be included in their movie.

Teams are encouraged to visit their selected locations as soon as possible and sign up for the limited time slots available for shooting between April 8 and April 27, 2016.

By 6pm on April 29, teams will need to provide:

  1. A Youtube or Vimeo link to their finished movie and (if possible)
  2. The source digital video file on either a thumb drive or a DVD data disc.  These may be dropped off at the Firehouse Art Center in Downtown Longmont.

Additionally, films must conform to the following criteria:

  • The video file must be of projection quality.
  • Your film must be no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Your film must be acceptable for a PG-13 Audience.
  • The first 5 seconds of your film must be blackscreen.
  • Filmmakers can use their own original music in their film, or they may use music that is copyright-free or public domain.
  • While filming in Downtown Longmont, all team members are asked wear Film Festival t-shirts — which will be given out at the April 8 Program Release Party.
  • Filmmakers must be 14 years or older.

This is a juried competition. Movies selected as finalists will be screened for the public on May 1, 2016, during the Front Range Film Festival. There are cash prizes, as well as an external hard drive awarded to the winning team!

More details and updates are available on Longmont’s Front Range Film Festival Facebook Page and on the official festival website.

Longmont’s Front Range Film Festival is in its fourth year. It is a production of the Firehouse Art Center. Tickets for this year’s festival are expected to range from $10 for one screening or event to $75 for a full festival pass. Movies are screened at The Longmont Theatre Company and Lefthand Brewery. In addition to finalists from the Marathon, films to be screened include Alfred and Jakobine and Rolling Papers.

Ed. Note: When work begins later this month, or when attending the festival April 27-May 1, 2016, tweet Longmont experiences with the official hashtag, #COcraftcinema.

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