This is our 9th year, and our 15th film festival.
We are often asked where the films come from, and who are the filmmakers.
The films were made by aspiring filmmakers of all ages and experience levels, from all over the U.S. Many were produced by college students, and other films were made to "audition" various skills such as cinematography, editing, acting, or screenwriting.
Budgets range from "zero" dollars, to many thousands of dollars. Some of the films were shot in a day, and others took months to finish. Some were shot on cell phones, and others were shot on cameras that cost more than a Lexus. But regardless of the budget
or available resources, what all filmmakers share in common is a genuine love of the creative process. Most of all, they would like to have an audience see what they have done.
With today's technology, anyone can make a movie, but not everyone can make a GOOD movie...and that's where the "film festival" comes into play. A film festival is like a "clearing house" or "contest" which will sort through hundreds...sometimes THOUSANDS...of films, to find those worth watching. It's not an easy task.