Sunday

The DIY Film Festival is on the air!

Welcome to the DIY Film Festival...



We are an online festival that features the best in do it yourself filmmaking.

It was the filmmaker Jean Cocteau who pointed out, "When the cost of filmmaking is as much as a pencil and a piece of paper, then you'll find true art."
The elusive Oscar

This is our 15th year in highlighting the best in DIY Film and Filmmakers from around the world.

Our filmmakers submit films from across the globe, and we are proud to say that we've had films from filmmakers in India, Iran, Israel, South Africa, Ukraine, South America, North America, Asia, Canada... and across the 50 states.


They're wondering when you'll pick up a camera.
We're a festival that focuses on great story telling. We emphasize telling a story, having a beginning, middle and end and a premise for the story, as well as a passion for why someone is telling it.  We've had innovative films from animators, from men, women and children across the globe - we try to highlight those films and filmmakers who've found a way to overcome the obstacles to make their vision.

Please look to the right of this page for interviews from some of our filmmakers around the globe.  They talk about why they picked up a camera, why they wanted to tell their story, and gave us an opportunity to highlight their work.

Special thanks to Roger Jackson at FilmHub, an online distribution delivery system that all of the winners of the festival are able to take advantage of, as well as Pinnacle editing systems, which has been sponsoring our festival for years with their great beginning edit systems.

We're glad to be back on the air, and gearing up for this year's festival!  Thanks for submitting your films through WithoutABox.com - as they are the only source we use to put together our slate.


Our 2018 Best Film, see interview to the RIGHT --->
Please look to the posts below to get a sampling of some of the films and filmmakers who've submitted in the past... and may the DIY Filmmaker's Flag always fly high!


And the 2018 winners are...


We are pleased to announce the WINNING FILMS for the 2018 DIY Film Festival. 



Please take a look at these titles as they represent the finest in Do It Yourself filmmaking.  


BEST FILM - BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE




"A FORCE IN NATURE – JOHANN EYFELLS" 

DIRECTED BY HAYDEN DE MAISONEUVE YATES

"Portrait of an Artist as an Older Man." Proof that the need to create strikes people anywhere on the planet.  Wonderful exploration of the famed Icelandic artist. 
Hayden demonstrating how hats and cameras have shrunk.
"Jóhann Eyfells, a 93 year-old Icelandic sculptor living in Texas, reveals the forces that shaped his life from his early years in Iceland, the land of fire and ice, to his professional life as an artist and teacher in Florida. 
After the death of Kristin Eyfells, a sculptor, painter, and his wife of nearly 60 years, Johann moved from Florida to Texas. Despite the loss he still feels for Kristin and his physical age, Jóhann continues to create new massive and monumental works exploring our understanding of time and space while struggling to find recognition for both Kristin and himself in the artistic world.

Filmmaker with artist Eyfells in 2016



A Force in Nature: Jóhann Eyfells from Alien Spaceman on Vimeo.

The DIY Laurel Flying High! Congrats Hayden


BEST DIRECTOR - 
TAMIR RAWLINGS  

for "LITTLE STAR" 

DIRECTED BY TAMIR PETER RAWLINGS


Production Still from "Little Star"
An elegiac look at memory, and those who represent our deepest bonds on the planet. Terrific visuals give the audience a sense of nostalgia for an earlier time and relationships that are thicker than water.



"After picking up an unexpected passenger, Scott and his older brother Kirk travel along Montana's "Hi-Line." As the road trip hits one rough patch after another, Scott tries to remember the simpler times when they were close."




Still from "Little Star"


Little Star teaser (2017) from Tamir Rawlings on Vimeo.


BEST FEATURE COMEDY 

"SERIOUS LAUNDRY"



DIRECTED BY KEN WEBB


Director Ken Webb and his cast from Serious Laundry
A comedic look at murder and mayhem that begins in a casual conversation in a laundrymat. Darkly sly and entertaining trip into a murderous fantasy.
Director Ken Webb

"When a young man gets seduced into helping with the removal of a dead body, he must find out the truth behind the corpse before he loses his life or gains a fortune. It's a madcap comic heist film with a lot of heart."




BEST COMEDY SHORT

"HANDS FREE: “HOW MAY I HELP YOU?” 

DIRECTED BY AMY SCHLOERB


Comedienne Amy Schloerb
A comedic look at what everyone wonders is really going on with hands free questions. 

Actor/Director Amy Schloerb works in television (Black-ish, Criminal Minds, 1600 Penn), has an animated stand-up comedy web series and created a laugh out loud look at one woman's hands free encounter.  





BEST SHORT DRAMA

Don't Hide the Madness
"DON’T HIDE THE MADNESS"


Filmmaker Kimberley Rai

DIRECTED BY KIMBERLEY RAI

A young woman searches for a tool to express to her parents what it feels like to have bipolar. A documentary short from a talented South African artist who explores depression in this moving short film. 

Here's a sample of her earlier work "I am Princess Vlei" 

Here's a sample of her work:

"Dancing with Demons" a film by Kimberley Rai from Kimberley Rai on Vimeo.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

"KWANXWALA – THUNDER"  

DIRECTED BY SARAH SHAMASH


A unique look inside a native North American tribe of Alert Bay, Canada that struggles to retain it's identity in a challenging and changing landscape. 


Canadian Artist Filmmaker Sarah Shamash

Teaser: Kwanxwala - Thunder from Sarah Shamash on Vimeo.




BEST STUDENT FILM

"AFTER THE RAYNE

DIRECTED BY WASLY CASTILLO


Filmmaker Wasly Castillo
"After the Rayne" tells the story of a six-year-old girl, her emotionally distraught father, and a babysitter who wants to help them. When a mother passes away on vacation, the father tries to deal with his pain and still take care of his daughter. He turns to a college student for help. (Film school: St. John's, Queens, NY) 
Filmmaker Castillo and actress Dolce Demce



JURY AWARD


Still from Fixit Fables

DIRECTED BY OAN LINDBLAD

An entertaining cast of young kids, brings inventive life to this short story that is set in their imaginary world.  Reminiscent of Stranger Things, this unusual group of inventie children who are hired to "fix things" takes the viewer on a unique adventure.


An awesome acceptance speech by filmmaker Oan.  "Closer to honesty" should be the anthem of every DIY filmmaker, and Oan has put together an acceptance speech that rivals any we've seen. A great shout out to his film program at UCSC (Santa Cruz).  

Take a minute or two to watch this excellent acceptance speech below.
Fixit Fables - Winner of The DIY Film Festival Jury Award from Oan on Vimeo.



BEST WORLD CINEMA


"VISMRIT: FORGOTTEN" – NEPAL - 

DIRECTED BY ANIMESH SAPKOTA
Filmmaker Sapkota

Shot in Nepal by first time Director Animesh Sapkota, this film is reminsicent of the visual imagery of Satijyat Ray, Fellini or Terrence Malick in its stark use of unusual faces, vistas with little or no dialog. The pacing lulls the viewer into a world where poetry of light and image become more important than what is said.






CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE 
DIY FILMMAKERS.

INTERVIEWS WITH THE WINNING FILMMAKERS WILL BE FEATURED IN A PANEL TO THE RIGHT OF THIS POST AS SOON AS WE CAN GATHER THEM.

THANK YOU ALL FOR SHARING YOUR FILM WITH US!!!

"When the cost of filmmaking is as much as a pencil and a piece of paper, only then we'll find true artists in cinema." Jean Cocteau





Friday

THE FINALISTS ARE ANNOUNCED!!!!

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 DIY Film Festival. 



Please take a look at these titles as they represent the finest in Do It Yourself filmmaking.  

The winners will be announced in the next couple of weeks.


FEATURE FILM FINALISTS

"LITTLE STAR." DIRECTED BY TAMIR RAWLINGS




SERIOUS LAUNDRYDIRECTED BY KEN WEBB



COMEDY FILM FINALISTS

THE BIGGEST GAME INTOWN. DIRECTED BY JOHN NAVA




HANDS FREE: “HOW MAY I HELP YOU?” DIRECTED BY AMY SCHLOERB





DOCUMENTARY FINALISTS

KWANXWALA – THUNDER  DIRECTED BY SARAH SHAMASH




VOICES IN THE DARK. DIRECTED BY REBECCA HOWLAND (Article)


Director Rebecca Howland

A FORCE IN NATURE – JOHANN EYFELLS DIRECTED BY HAYDEN DE MAISONEUVE YATES


A Force in Nature: Jóhann Eyfells from Alien Spaceman on Vimeo.

MIRAGE DIRECTED BY ELI HAYES (WEBSITE)



STUDENT FILM FINALISTS

FAITH THROUGH THE STORMS DIRECTED BY DINA SIX 


THE DANCE DIRECTED BY JASON RHODES




JUST LAST YEAR DIRECTED BY MIKAL EWING, ALLA BAVEA



WORLD CINEMA FINALISTS

EL HOMBRE QUE SIEMPRE HIZO SU PARTE - THE MAN WHO ALWAYS DID HIS PART – ECUADOR - DIRECTED BY ORISEL CASTRO AND YORK NEUDEL




VISMIT: FORGOTTEN – NEPAL - DIRECTED BY ANIMESH SAPKOTA




BRIDE PRICE VS.DEMOCRACY – SWEDEN - DIRECTED BY REZA RAHIMI






CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE FINALISTS!!! 

LONG LIVE THE DIY FILM SPIRIT!!!


WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN A COUPLE OF DAYS OR WEEKS.


Saturday

It's that time again!

It's time for final submissions for the DIY Film Festival!!! (March 16th, 2018)
 Time is fleeting. Tempis Fugit.


Finalists will be announced within a few days after the 16th, and the winners will be announced towards the end of the month.
Clocks and bunnies. What gives?

Thank you all for submitted to our film festival, now in its 15th year!

Our submission period is coming to an end (March 16th, 2018) when Finalists will be Announced. (Winners to be announced a week later.)

What's that thing on his wrist? An analog clock?


This year again, we've had submissions from across the planet, and as a result of winners and finalist not being able to make a screening in Hollywood, we've gone completely online for our festival.

Online Film Festival? Meeow!
The DIY Film Festival Winners will be featured online with interviews about their process, how they came to be filmmakers, and why they made their film as well as any links to promotional material or the films themselves.


Winners are awarded an editing software package, courtesy of our friends at Pinnacle Editing Systems (A Corel industries product), are emailed a certificate suitable for framing along with a garland for their website, and are eligible for online distribution through our co-sponsor FilmHub.com "A new way for film distribution."


We at the DIY Film Festival feature the best in Do It Yourself Filmmaking, and our filmmakers have gone on to success in the industry, including commerical directors, feature film directors and award winning filmmakers.  (see posts below)

We also try to highlight their work and careers, (see the links to the side of this page) and we try to follow the motto from avante garde filmmaker Jean Cocteau: "When the cost of filmmaking is as much as a pencil and piece of paper, then we'll find true art."

Please pick up your camera and find some art.

All hail DIY Filmmakers and Filmmaking!!!!  We salute  you!!!!  (And may the odds be ever in your... well, you know what we mean. "Film on!")

The End of the Journey...