Monday

Call for Entries!

"Film will only become an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper." 
Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) French poet, novelist, painter, and filmmaker.

The DIY Film Festival is now in its twelfth year.  Hooray!

A festival that's dedicated to highlighting "do it yourself" filmmaking, we've been honored to be part of this totally independent movement.  Some of the films we've seen have been part of Kickstarter campaigns, some have been financed by friends and family, and many have been created under the auspices of a film school.

We've also seen films from across the globe; this past year's winners included films from Uganda and Ukraine - and their films tell fresh new stories from the point of view of people living in far flung places across the globe.  Film is a universal language, and whether it's shot in the streets of India, or the streets of Manhattan, the one thing these filmmakers have is a burning desire to tell a story.

We've had the great opportunity to honor documentaries from around the globe - this past year's winning documentary was shot in Antarctica over the course of an entire year.

Here are some notes on the winning films and the finalists from this past year's festival:

DOCUMENTARY
Director Keith Reimink
Keith Reimink decided to head down to Antarctica with his Canon Vixia to see what he might be able to discover "down under."  His film is haunting and amazing.


DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Directed by Matthew VanDyke
Festival winner Matthew VanDyke's haunting portrait of the war in Syria told by two people who are in the midst of it.  The idea of being able to film under such circumstances is pretty astounding, but the heartbreaking visuals of what's happening now in their country is hard to turn away from.  


DRAMATIC FILM FEATURE
Directed by John Adams and Toby Poser
John Adams and Toby Poser have taken DIY Filmmaking to a different level - they enlist the acting talents of their kids while making these moving portraits and telling compelling stories.  The images are beautiful, the characters rich and full of development, and the stories are worth checking out.

DRAMATIC FILM SHORT
Directed by Tyler Bodamer
Tyler Bodamer's haunting portrait of a love affair - with a boy who is trying to find roots in a rootless world, and a girl trying to find her own way on the planet - he creates a haunting portrait of a time and place where two young lovers can find each other.

WORLD CINEMA FEATURE
Directed by Jeremy Etienne and Julienne Rathore (India/Norway)
This film was shot on the streets of India using local kids telling their own compelling story.  A film that looks like it must be a documentary, but is actually great story telling, is reminscent of the films of Satijat Ray, the great Indian filmmaker who also filmed on these same streets.

JURY PRIZE
Directed by Krista Imbesi (Uganda)
Moving and compelling portrait of people working in Uganda to help those that have been neglected by society.  This documentary takes the viewer into the huts and homes of these people, and leaves an indelible impression not easily forgotten.

WORLD CINEMA SHORT
Directed by Mariia Ponomarova (Ukraine)
Mariia Ponomarova is a filmmaker working in Ukraine, telling unusual and fun stories of everyday people.  Her directing style and artistic sense is evidenced in this unusual tale about a train stopping on a snowy afternoon.

COMEDY FILM
Directed by Godefroy Ryckewaert
This is just a really fun comic take on the idea of a local man who decides to become a super hero.  Last glance, Godefroy had taken down the link to the full film, but hopefully the trailer is still available.  Short but very funny.

MOCUMENTARY
Directed by Chris R. Wilson and Zacharia Persson
Former DIY Fest winner Chris Wilson is at it again.  He brings a decidedly surrealistic sense of humor to his filmmaking, and this mocumentary, pretending to be a documentary about some guys trying to think up of a plot for a film, but filming the actors who come in for an audition when there is no script, is firmly out of left field.  

STUDENT FILM
Directed by Eric Hayes
A stylish look at an unusual hit man.

ANIMATION
Directed by Ari Grabb
A fun romp into the mind of an offbeat filmmaker with an eye towards cutting edge animation.

Congratulations to all of you filmmakers for finishing your film. 

Here are some novel ways to find DIY Distribution: 

KinoNation (which puts it onto Itunes) there are many creative ways to get your work in front of an audience, and to also get your money back from making your film.
CreateSpace (which then puts it onto Amazon) 

However, it's important to remember, we don't always pick up the paint brush to pay the rent; sometimes we're compelled to pick up the brush, to approach a blank canvas with our heart in our hand, to try and express ourselves in a way that only we can accomplish.  It takes courage to dip the brush and face the canvas; there's no time like the present to make that effort!

Tuesday

Congrats DIY Film Fest Winner Cody Blue Snider on winning the Seattle Film Fest!

Cody Blue Snider, winner of the DIY Film Festival in 2011 has just won Best Short at the prestigious Seattle Film Festival. Here's the trailer on VIMEO

Kudos Cody!




GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE 
AWARD – BEST SHORT FILM
Fool’s Day, directed by 

Cody Blue Snider (USA 2013)









JUNE 8, 2014 | 10:30AM PT


Alex Stedman
News Editor, Variety.com
@a_sted

Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was the big winner at this year’s Seattle Film Festival,
 beating out “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ and “The Fault in Our Stars” to win the
 Golden Space Needle Award for best film.

GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD – BEST SHORT FILM
Fool’s Day, directed by Cody Blue Snider (USA 2013)
First runner-up: The Hero Pose, directed by Mischa Jakupcak (USA 2013)
Second runner-up: Strings, directed by Pedro Solis (Spain 2013)
Third runner-up: Mr. Invisible, directed by Greg Ash (United Kingdom 2014)

Fourth runner-up: Aban + Khorshid, directed by Darwin Serink (USA 2014)

Thursday

Call for Films!

"Film will only become an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper." 
Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) French poet, novelist, painter, and filmmaker.

The DIY Film Festival is now in its twelfth year.  Hooray!

A festival that's dedicated to highlighting "do it yourself" filmmaking, we've been honored to be part of this totally independent movement.  Some of the films we've seen have been part of Kickstarter campaigns, some have been financed by friends and family, and many have been created under the auspices of a film school.

We've also seen films from across the globe; this past year's winners included films from Uganda and Ukraine - and their films tell fresh new stories from the point of view of people living in far flung places across the globe.  Film is a universal language, and whether it's shot in the streets of India, or the streets of Manhattan, the one thing these filmmakers have is a burning desire to tell a story.

We've had the great opportunity to honor documentaries from around the globe - this past year's winning documentary was shot in Antarctica over the course of an entire year.

Here are some notes on the winning films and the finalists from this past year's festival:

DOCUMENTARY

Director Keith Reimink

Keith Reimink decided to head down to Antarctica with his Canon Vixia to see what he might be able to discover "down under."  His film is haunting and amazing.


DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Directed by Matthew VanDyke

Festival winner Matthew VanDyke's haunting portrait of the war in Syria told by two people who are in the midst of it.  The idea of being able to film under such circumstances is pretty astounding, but the heartbreaking visuals of what's happening now in their country is hard to turn away from.  


DRAMATIC FILM FEATURE

Directed by John Adams and Toby Poser

Directed by John Adams and Toby Poser

John Adams and Toby Poser have taken DIY Filmmaking to a different level - they enlist the acting talents of their kids while making these moving portraits and telling compelling stories.  The images are beautiful, the characters rich and full of development, and the stories are worth checking out.


DRAMATIC FILM SHORT

Directed by Tyler Bodamer

Tyler Bodamer's haunting portrait of a love affair - with a boy who is trying to find roots in a rootless world, and a girl trying to find her own way on the planet - he creates a haunting portrait of a time and place where two young lovers can find each other.



WORLD CINEMA FEATURE

Directed by Jeremy Etienne and Julienne Rathore (India/Norway)

This film was shot on the streets of India using local kids telling their own compelling story.  A film that looks like it must be a documentary, but is actually great story telling, is reminscent of the films of Satijat Ray, the great Indian filmmaker who also filmed on these same streets.


JURY PRIZE

Directed by Krista Imbesi (Uganda)

Moving and compelling portrait of people working in Uganda to help those that have been neglected by society.  This documentary takes the viewer into the huts and homes of these people, and leaves an indelible impression not easily forgotten.


WORLD CINEMA SHORT

ICE CREAM
Directed by Mariia Ponomarova (Ukraine)

Mariia Ponomarova is a filmmaker working in Ukraine, telling unusual and fun stories of everyday people.  Her directing style and artistic sense is evidenced in this unusual tale about a train stopping on a snowy afternoon.


COMEDY FILM

Directed by Godefroy Ryckewaert

This is just a really fun comic take on the idea of a local man who decides to become a super hero.  Last glance, Godefroy had taken down the link to the full film, but hopefully the trailer is still available.  Short but very funny.


MOCUMENTARY

Directed by Chris R. Wilson and Zacharia Persson

Former DIY Fest winner Chris Wilson is at it again.  He brings a decidedly surrealistic sense of humor to his filmmaking, and this mocumentary, pretending to be a documentary about some guys trying to think up of a plot for a film, but filming the actors who come in for an audition when there is no script, is firmly out of left field.  


STUDENT FILM

Directed by Eric Hayes

A stylish look at an unusual hit man.

ANIMATION


Directed by Ari Grabb

A fun romp into the mind of an offbeat filmmaker with an eye towards cutting edge animation.

Congratulations to all of you filmmakers for finishing your film.  Find a way to get it out in front of the public, whether distribution, or self distribution, or finding a way to put it out through CreateSpace (which then puts it onto Amazon) or KinoNation (which puts it onto Itunes) there are many creative ways to get your work in front of an audience, and to also get your money back from making your film.

However, it's important to remember, we don't always pick up the paint brush to pay the rent; sometimes we're compelled to pick up the brush, to approach a blank canvas with our heart in our hand, to try and express ourselves in a way that only we can accomplish.  It takes courage to dip the brush and face the canvas; there's no time like the present to make that effort!


Tuesday

And the winners are....

are proud to present...
Both JM Northern Media's Book Winners and DIY Film Fest Winners

Congratulations to all the 2014 DIY Film Fest honorees!  Both Honorable Mentions and the category winners, and all DIY film enthusiasts everywhere, we salute you!

We did a little bit of saluting on Saturday night at the annual Gala festival, which honored both DIY Filmmakers and JM Northern Media's Book Fair contestants (www.diyconvention.com)

We had a handful of filmmakers on hand, and the ones who could not make it sent in clips of themselves, or a thanks in lieu of there being there in person.  Understandable, as we have finalists from Israel, Iran, Ukraine, Uganda and Norway to name a few.

But those who could make it had a great time.  Here's a list of the WINNING ENTRIES and some photographs to go along.  All Honorable Mentions and Winners will get a certificate, and the Winning films will get editing software from our sponsor Pinnacle Editing systems, now a division of Corel Industries.

See the post below for links to the films and filmmakers.
Thanks again and keep the DIY flag flying high!



BEST FILM  
Directed by Matthew VanDyke

A scene from the gripping documentary, Fest Winner "Not Anymore"


Scene from the dramatic film shot in Aleppo Syria
Shot DIY in Syria during many gun battles
 
BEST DIRECTOR(S) 
Directed by John Adams and Toby Poser
 
Knuckle Jack's co-director Toby Poser
JURY PRIZE

Directed by Krista Imbesi (Uganda) 
Documentary about handicapped children in Uganda


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Director Keith Reimink
 
Director of the South Pole Doc Keith Reimink sent a video message
HONORABLE MENTION:
Directed by Gary Null

Director Christine Farina
Tyler Bodamer and Christine Farina (and others)
DOCUMENTARY SHORT 
Directed by Adam Becker

HONORABLE MENTION:
Directed by Chad Withers


BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE FILM 
Directed by John Adams AND Toby Poser

Best Feature and Best Directed "Knuckle Jack"
HONORABLE MENTION
Directed by John Adams and Toby Poser

Directed by Casey Puccini

Directed by Gorman Bechard

BEST DRAMATIC FILM SHORT  
Directed by Tyler Bodamer
For Anabela

Tyler Bodamer "For Anabela"


HONORABLE MENTION
Directed by Jennifer Sheridan and Matthew Markham

Directed by Leslie Hope

Directed by Sherese Robinson Lee


BEST WORLD CINEMA FEATURE  

Directed by Jeremy Etienne & Julienne Rathore (India/Norway)

BEST WORLD CINEMA SHORT  
DIRECTED BY MARIIA PONOMAROVA (UKRAINE)

HONORABLE MENTION
Directed by Adi Navon (Israel)

Directed by Elham Sepehrjou (Iran)


BEST COMEDY FILM
Directed by Godefroy Ryckewaert

HONORABLE MENTION
Directed by H.J. Leonard

BEST MOCUMENTARY  
Directed by Chris R. Wilson & Zacharia Persson

Zach Persson & Chris Wilson


Scene from Mocumentary "Throng"


BEST STUDENT FILM 
Directed by Eric Hayes

HONORABLE MENTION
Directed by Dan Siegelman

Directed by Vasily Chuprina

Directed by Benjamin Warhit


BEST ANIMATION 
Directed by Ari Grabb

HONORABLE MENTION 
Directed by Parker Winans

 
The gala event




Fest Co-founder Rich Martini

Stacy Green & fest co-founder Bruce Haring

Applause for all of you!!!



This year's finalists!

Drum roll please....

Ladies and gentlemen, we at the DIY Film Fest are pleased to announce this year's finalists in the DIY Film Festival... (click on the titles to watch a trailer or view a link)


FINALISTS

DOCUMENTARY

Director Keith Reimink

Director Christine Farina

Directed by Gary Null


DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Directed by Matthew VanDyke

Directed by Adam Becker

Directed by Chad Withers


DRAMATIC FILM FEATURE

Directed by John Adams and Toby Poser

Directed by John Adams and Toby Poser

Directed by Casey Puccini

Directed by Gorman Bechard


DRAMATIC FILM SHORT

Directed by Jennifer Sheridan and Matthew Markham

Directed by Leslie Hope

Directed by Tyler Bodamer

Directed by Sherese Robinson Lee


WORLD CINEMA FEATURE

Directed by Jeremy Etienne and Julienne Rathore (India/Norway)

Directed by Krista Imbesi (Uganda)


WORLD CINEMA SHORT

Directed by Adi Navon (Israel)

Directed by Elham Sepehrjou (Iran)

ICE CREAM
Directed by Mariia Ponomarova (Ukraine)


COMEDY FILM

Directed by Godefroy Ryckewaert

Directed by H.J. Leonard

Directed by Chris R. Wilson and Zacharia Persson


STUDENT FILM

Directed by Dan Siegelman

Directed by Vasily Chuprina

Directed by Eric Hayes

Directed by Benjamin Warhit


ANIMATION

Directed by Parker Winans

Directed by Ari Grabb


Congratulations to all of you!!! If your film is not listed, it only reflects the amount of amazing films that come in from across the globe.  It's a victory to finish your film, and we wish all of our entrants the best of luck at getting their films into the marketplace and to be seen around the planet.  These films were absolute standouts in their categories, and we congratulate them all on a job well down.

Our annual gala will be in late March, details to be determined, where the Winning films are announced along with the Honorable Mentions.  Congratulations to all of you!!!!

The DIY Film Fest Team

Wednesday

DIY Film Fest Deadline


Hello!  As the award season heats up, just a reminder that the DIY Film Fest accepts entries up until Feb 15th.. So if you haven't popped it into the mail and were planning to, please do so.





We also accept vimeo or online submissions, but only through withoutabox.  So once you've signed up for submission with them you can send us an email with the link and you're entry number.



The awards and DIY Film Fest banquet will be held in March this year.  Venue to be determined, but it's always a fun adventure.  The finalists will be announced towards the end of February, and if you can make it to the banquet, a good time is always had by all.





2013 winner Thomas Dolby performing the music of his film "Invisible Lighthouse"
Here are some pix from previous banquets:


Last year's winner Thomas Dolby has been touring with his film, and has had amazing response worldwide.  Kudos to him and his live performance of the film and the music last year was amazing.  This year's show promises to be just as interesting.  We have film entries from around the world, and an amazing array of story tellers, who over and over prove that do it yourself filmmaking is the wave of the future.
 2012 winner Cody Blue Snider & Jessie
Filmmakers schmoozing
2013 gala at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood


Thanks again for your submission and we look forward to announcing the finalists and the banquet in March! Break a leg, and keep up the good work and best of luck with your film!!!!