Just a glance back at last year's winner: Cody Blue Snider's "All that Remains."
Made when he was 19 for a total of $15K it embodies what we look for in films at the DIY Film Festival. It has a beginning, middle and an end. It tells a story in a way we've never seen before, and embodies the DIY spirit to tell a good story with the tools at hand. Congrats Cody Blue, we expect great things from you.
Meanwhile, this year we've gotten hundreds of films from countries all over the world. Thank you filmmakers from far and way and near and close to submitting your work to the film festival. We're hunkering down now and going through them all - (anyone who submits after the Jan 25th deadline, their film will roll into the next year's festival.) and good luck to all of those fabulous filmmakers who submitted films for this year's fest.
As always, we're surprised, amazed, in awe of you filmmakers who just dove in where angels feared to tread, picked up a camera and told a compelling story. Kudos to all of you!
We all know how difficult it is to finish a film - and then to distribute it, get it out to the film festivals - applause to all of you who finished your films. And the best of luck to you wherever it winds up. It's key to just keep going forward - never get up - never tire - and never forget why you picked up a camera in the first place.
To tell a story.
Results will be posted as soon as possible, and the winning films will be invited to a gala affair at the Roosevelt Hotel in early March (tentatively March 3rd).
Finalists will be notified as soon as the results are in, and excerpts from the winning films, and some of the winning films, will be screened at the event. Details to follow.
Best wishes and luck and all that goes with saying that,
The folks at the DIY Film Festival.