Greenpoint film fest taking submissions
by Heather Senison
Feb 17, 2012 | 1785 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Attendees in 2011, photo compliments of the Greenpoint Film Festival.
Attendees in 2011, photo compliments of the Greenpoint Film Festival.
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The Greenpoint Film Festival is gearing up for its second year, taking submissions from the public, in addition to curated programs, for the first time.

Categories for the festival, hosted by Brooklyn's Woven Spaces arts organization, include experimental/avant-garde, narrative, documentary, and animation. The festival is also accepting features, shorts and some student works.

A jury of roughly 10 people will vote on films to select for the festival, according to Director Rosa Valado.

“Everything will be seen, everything will be looked at,” she said of the submissions.

Valado has a keen interest in the environment, so nearly 50 percent of the festival's films will involve that subject. Last year's festival, held in late October, had an entire day devoted to environmental films.

In addition to that focus, organizers hope to take on more student works in years to come, Valado said. Student volunteers and interns are the lifeline of the festival, she said, and in return they have something interesting to put on their resumes.

“The way that we can service the most is by giving recent grads or those who are still in school the opportunity to do something really exciting, not just sit behind a desk and do research,” she said.

Last year's festival showed mostly 60- to 80-minute pieces and had David Lynch and Jonas Mekas as featured filmmakers.

“It was pretty much avant-garde and experimental,” Valado said.

The festival broke ground last year as it was the first of its kind held in Greenpoint. It was held in a performance space on Eagle and West streets, “which is kind of out of the way,” she said. “A lot of people that came had actually never been to that part of Greenpoint.”

Organizers also built the screening space from scratch, making it a nontraditional venue, she said.

The festival was non-profit, with all proceeds paying for rental fees and other expenses.

This year, the festival is set for late September and early October, with the hopes of beating any freak pre-Halloween snowstorms.

Organizers are scouting for an additional space to host it in, which will encourage attendees to visit more local businesses.

The deadline for film submissions is on April 3, with a late deadline on May 3. Organizers will send out selection notifications by July.

For more information, visit Greenpointfilmfestival.org.

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