Disposable Film Festival Mobile Film Festivals News, , , — March 6, 2014 14:34 — 0 Comments

‘Watershed year’ for Disposable Film Festival

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Another full house is expected this year when The Disposable Film Festival opens 20 March at The Castro Theatre, San Francisco

Iconic San Francisco film festival, now in its seventh year, celebrates the artistic potential of disposable video


The seventh annual Disposable Film Festival (DFF) is gearing up for its 2014 awards ceremony with its traditional opening night favourite – the Competitive Shorts Premiere held at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre on 20 March (8pm).

Organisers are busy curating a selection of the best disposable films, from thousands submitted from around the world to this years event, all of which were made on a variety of devices.

All films are rated by an expert panel of judges including professionals such as producer Ted Hope (21 Grams, American Splendor, Happiness, The Ice Storm) and British film editor Joe Walker (12 Years A Slave, Shame, Hunger, Harry Brown). Plus, fans can vote for their favourite films on the night in the Audience Choice Award.

“This year was a watershed year for disposable filmmaking. Among the over 2,000 submissions we received from around the world were exhibited a wide range of new, tech-driven techniques, including films made using video apps like Vine and Instagram, innovative usage of available technology like Google Maps, and a wide range of new animation techniques, many of which are represented in this year’s programme. As Disposable Film Festival’s seventh season is upon us, it’s inspiring to see this explosion of creative energy and ideas,” said Carlton Evans, DFF executive director and co-Founder.

Established long before the launch of the first smartphones, the DFF is a truly iconic festival that celebrates the artistic potential of disposable video: short films made on non-professional devices such as one-time use video cameras, cell phones, point and shoot cameras, webcams, computer screen capture software, and other readily available video capture devices.

The devices, with which artists create their video, and the festival itself, have both matured since the inception of the Disposable Film Festival.

“I think the real key to the success of DFF is the quality of the films we show,” says Carlton.  “When we started, making films on cheap cameras was a marginal, experimental activity, performed by a relatively small group of people. These days those films exhibit an astounding richness of technique and content, made by an enormous population that extends well beyond the traditional filmmaking community. We’re just very fortunate to show the work of such wonderful filmmakers.”

The DFF runs from 20 March 20 to 24 March in various locations across San Francisco and  tickets are available at disposablefilm.com, where winning films will also be shown.

Submissions have already opened for DFF 2015, see its website for details, such is the demand for a festival that keeps going from strength to strength and always throws up a few surprises at the awards ceremony.

“At this point there are so many devices on the market that are easy to access it would be impossible to list them all. But we’re seeing a lot of great stuff being made on mobile phones and sports cameras like those made by GoPro. But part of the excitement of the programme every year is to see what new devices people are using to make creative work,” says Carlton.

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