MISSION STATEMENT (back to top)
FESTIVUS is the film fest for the rest of us. Our goal is to support and encourage awesomely badass, truly independent film. Festivus isn't for the deep-pocketed Hollywood type. We're here for the guy that pawned his car to make a film. That's what independent cinema is about. That's what FESTIVUS is all about. Festivus is for you, the truly independent filmmaker.
TO THE FILMMAKER (back to top)
Be a part of FESTIVUS, the Film Fest for the REST OF US! We don't care who your publicist is or what awards you've won. It doesn't matter. If you've got a great film then we want to see it! Festivus recognizes that filmmakers are the MOST IMPORTANT part of this business.We're not Sundance and we never will be. We don't want to be. Too many film festivals do all they can to attract D-list celebrities and fancy-pants foreign filmmakers that nobody has ever heard of. Then they brag about it. If you're trying to sign Kirstie Alley for your next picture then this isn't the festival for you. If you've sold plasma to help fund your next film, then you'll fit right in at Festivus. No red carpet, no celebrities, no fluff. Just real INDIE flicks for real INDIE fans.
OUR PROMISES TO YOU, THE FILMMAKER
Festivus was an amazing experience from the moment I got accepted via email until the end. They picked me up at the airport and gave my local friends passes and were available to drive us wherever we needed to go .
everything was so organized.
and... I won for Best Narrative short so I cant complain.
I will definately recommend to my friends and will be submitting my next one for sure!!!
Our film "Railed" also screened at this year's Festivus Film Festival... and we couldn't be any more proud to be a part of the Festivus Family. Like stated many times above, first and foremost they treat the filmmakers like gods!! This is something I truely hope they carry on in the following years when they are the 500 pound gorilla of the festival circuit. Festivus was a blast.. We enjoyed everything about it... If you're looking to submit to any festivals next year and are reading this.. we STRONGLY recommend this festival. It's worth the submission fee!! Thanks again to all the staff and crew of Festivus and making it such a great experience for us.
We couldn't have had a better time at Festivus 08. I can say that everything the festival was building up to be, was that, and even more. The Festivus crew kept the weekend flowing through screenings, filmmaker events (yes we played paintball! Sorry about those welts Tim, but war is war.) and after parties.
Audience attendance was great. They had clearly done their part in notifying the community about the event from the various media presence and folks walking around with weekend passes. So to everyone who was there I say it was great to meet you, for everyone who had their film in the lineup I say congratulations and for anyone thinking about submitting next year do it, and go if you get in!
First off, the reason we entered this festival was its mission statement. There goal is to support and encourage �??awesomely badass, truly independent films�?�the guy that pawned his car to make a film.�?? After meeting most of the filmmakers and watching their films, this festival totally surpassed its goal. Great films, with great stories behind the making. It was AMAZING!!! I have been to 8th and 9th year festivals that haven�??t got it as together as this festival. My advice to everyone: NEXT YEAR, ENTER! And if you are lucky enough to get in, GO!
Well, I have to say that FESTIVUS launched with all the fan fare that was promised! We too, had a really fabulous time. It was so great to meet so many filmmakers, and to finally spend some time with some of my WAB buddies in person. You all more than lived up to my expectations! We loved The Curtis Hotel. It was "trendy", retro-hip and very comfortable! I don't think they could have made a better choice for a host hotel. The Festivus staff was cheerful, helpful, and genuinely interested in making sure we felt welcome and appreciated.
Me and Greg Lobb from Life with Fiona were also blown away by pretty much everything about the inaugural Festivus FF, and we look forward to them being around a long time and getting to say we were in the first one!
They put many much more established ones to shame, and part of the reason is that they not only ARE filmmakers themselves but that they actively solicited and considered advice from their peers - the best way to learn your way around quickly, if you get lucky.
Just wanted to chime in and say the guys at Festivus did an amazing job. It was a fun festival, and the programming was top notch. Congrats to all the filmmakers and event staff. If only all festivals could be run this well. Thanks to Johnathan and Tim for the hospitality and letting me screen "The Dead Beat." I'm looking forward to next years fest.
A belated quick thank you for a great weekend of film. You should be very proud of yourselves for staging such an interesting event, and for laying a very solid foundation for years to come. The selection of films was bold, brave and innovative. The festival is truly independent in sprit, and freshly devoid of the sycophantic star-worship of so many so called 'indie' and 'international' film festivals. I saw some great films, met with some great people - other filmmakers and audience members alike, and made some great contacts and friends. The most important achievement was creating a positive, nurturing and celebratory environment for emerging film makers, and gifting audiences the chance to experience films they may otherwise not get to see. I, as were all the film makers who attended, was looked after in ways so thoughtful and so far above any expectations, and treated with respect and encouragement. I would recommend any film maker, no matter how experienced/inexperienced, working at whatever level, to submit their film to Festivus.
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