Last weekend we were honored to be awarded the Oregon Festivals and Events Association’s Ovation Award for Best Performing or Fine Arts Festival. Brian and I were able to attend the OFEA’s annual conference with several other event coordinators from Baker County.
This award is quite an honor, something that I didn’t envision receiving when Brian convinced me 5 years ago to have a film festival at the Eltrym. Our festival started out as a wee, tiny little event wherein 11 local filmmakers showed their films for local audiences. Every year we try out a few new things and get a few new people involved, and our festival has evolved into a 4 day affair with films from around the world, educational workshops and even an awards ceremony. Brian and I don’t work on this alone, we get a lot of help from a lot of wonderful people, organizations and businesses in Baker County.
We just want to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who helps us with our festival, Baker County tourism and the Oregon Cultural Coalition for granting us funds to get us going, the filmmakers who submit their work to us and everyone who attends. It’s pretty awesome when we all come together for something fun and productive like this, and it’s also awesome when we get a nice, shiny award for it.
In honor of the selection of great short films we’ll be screening tonight at the NW Film Center’s “The Best of the 39th Annual Filmmakers’ Festival,” we will be offering a one-day early bird sale of Festival Passes. Today only, passes will be offered for $30. These passes will not only be offered at the screening, but will be offered online. You’ll want to get them at the theater tonight, though, because we will also be showing a sneak-peak of two films that will be included as part of the official selection for the 2014 Festival.
Get your passes here, or get them tonight while you’re here for the screening.
On Thursday, February 20th at 7:00 PM, Thomas Phillipson from the Northwest Film Center will be at the Eltrym to present The Best of the 39th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, a selection of short films.
The Best of the 39th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival presents a cross-section of the state of filmmaking in the Northwest. The Northwest Film Center presents this showcase to bring the filmmakers wider exposure and offer this independent regional work to venues large and small.
FESTIVAL JUDGE: MAUREEN SELWOOD
Maureen Selwood is a visual artist who works with hand-drawn animation for film, installation and performance. Selwood graduated from Tisch School of the Arts (NYU) and is currently on the faculty of the Experimental Animation Program at CalArts.
BIRD OF FLAMES
CHEL WHITE / PORTLAND
A TAX ON BUNNY RABBITS
NATHANIEL AKIN / POWELL RIVER
BAHAR NOORIZADEH / VANCOUVER
SAL STROM / TIGARD
THE WHALE STORY
TESS MARTIN / SEATTLE
KANAKO POOKNYW / OLYMPIA
IN ALL FORMS
JAMES HEBERS / VANCOUVER
LATER THAN USUAL
DAVID HOVAN / VANCOUVER
DEAR PETER, WOODCHIPS
ORLAND NUTT / PORTLAND
STERLING HALLARD BRIGHT DRAKE
ROBERT SICKELS / WALLA WALLA
DEAR PETER, WOODCHIPS II
ORLAND NUTT / PORTLAND
Our listing with Withoutabox is now live and we’re accepting submissions for the 2014 festival, which will take place August 14-17.
We’ve made one major change to our festival this year: we are only accepting comedy and animated shorts. So if you’ve got something that’s either going to make us laugh or leave us in awe of your animating abilities, OR BOTH– please enter. Likewise, if you like to laugh and admire animation, mark your calendars for our 5th annual film festival– AUGUST 14-17th.
Check out our submit page or click the WAB logo below to submit to a festival that has been described as both prestigious and classy by people on the internet.
The 2013 Program Guide is now available online. In the program, you’ll find the schedule for each screening, details about workshops, and the award nominations. Printed versions will be available at the theater.
We’ll see you at the festival!
As you know, the 2013 We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival will take place in just over 2 weeks, August 15-18. We are honored to be presenting 58 films from around the world, including 4 films from Eastern Oregon filmmakers.
For the first time, this year we will be offering 3 workshops for those interested in filmmaking. If you want to learn about animation, researching for historical documentaries or the process of DIY filmmaking, from development to distribution, these workshops are for you. Please check out our workshops page to see just what is being offered and to register.
If you’d like to buy a festival pass or tickets to any single screening, you can do that here.
Our official selection will announced to filmmakers this Saturday, June 15th, at which time Brian and I will begin working out the official schedule and program.
We have 183 films to screen, and our selection committee has been working at a steady the past 6 months to screen them all. It is really an incredible task to view, appreciate and critique 183 film created by people of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world and decide which films should be selected to screen at our festival. As always, our filmmakers have submitted some brilliant pieces that we can’t wait to share with the public.
It’s only two short months until the festival, so keep checking back for updates, the official schedule and the program guide.
Planning of the 2013 festival is well underway.
Our panel of judges has been enjoying our monthly screening parties where we are working our way through the ever-growing list of film submissions. It’s actually a lot of work to view, appreciate and evaluate twenty or so films in one evening. However, it’s a job we all enjoy.
We are very excited to be able to offer filmmaker workshops for the first time this year. Joanna Priestley, Steve Wursta and Benjamin Morgan will be offering workshops for aspiring filmmakers and the intellectually curious. These workshops will be a very affordable and valuable educational opportunity on the topic of filmmaking, which is rarely offered in Baker City. We’ll post more about these workshops soon, at which time you’ll be able to register for the workshops.
We will continually be working on marketing and event planning over the next six months. If you have any ideas or feedback from previous events, or you just want to pitch in and help, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you as we work to make the 2013 festival the best yet.
The festival this year was a lot of fun (and really exhausting). We really enjoyed putting it together this year, and are looking forward to getting started planning next year’s festival.
We looked at the festival this year much like you would look at a brand new event. Everything we were doing was new, and we were just playing it by ear and figuring out the best course as we went along. We learned so much this year, and we are extremely stoked to begin planning next year’s festival.
Guests for each screening (like this crazy guy) were greeted by our paparazzi, Megan, and had their photo taken on the red carpet.
On Friday night, filmmakers and festival organizers met up on a private rooftop terrace overlooking Main Street for “The Filmmakers Ball” where we were able to listen to some great music by The Channel Cats and eat some delicious food provided by Zephyr Bakery.
The Channel Cats
On Saturday afternoon, Brian and I were interviewed on camera by one of our filmmakers. That was interesting. Next year I might need to hire a stylist. (Nevermind, I don’t think they exist in Eastern Oregon).
On Saturday night, after our screenings ended and the ballots were cast and counted, Brian announced the winners outside underneath the marquee.
Blake Stone wins the award for Best Student Film for his film, “Kenji.”
Filmmakers are invited to sign the backdrop
Thank you to everyone who helped make our festival a success. We hope see you next year!
Votes have been cast, ballots have been counted, and winners announced.
But before I get to that, I want to mention how much our viewers enjoyed the films. I don’t think there was any film that didn’t get a vote in at least one category. We had lots and lots of write-ins, and a lot of positive feedback. The great thing about a short film festival is that we are able to present a little something for everyone.
So, filmmakers, great job!
Here are the winners:
BEST PICTURE (audience choice): Happy Voodoo
Best Student Film: Kenji (Blake Stone)
Best Director: Will Godar for Sides of Me
Best Cinematography: Rajah Samaroo for Silent Wave
Best Actress: Megan Kinney for Sides of Me
Best Actor: Ben Dreyfuss for Mine is Mine
Please stay tuned, as I make time to blog a recap of the festival and post photos. It’s going to take me a week or two to wrap this festival up, as Brian is out of town and I have a lot on my plate right now.
Thank you to all who participated for a great festival this year!