The 5th Annual We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival is next week, August 14-17! This year, we made a major change to the festival in that we only accepted submissions of comedy and animated shorts. Over the years, our loyal festival-goers expressed to us that these were the films they enjoyed the most and considered the best part of our festival, so we decided to do more of that. Therefore, most of our programming will make you laugh, or charm you with the fine art of animation or at least make you smile. We will be showing some films that are not comedies or animations. These films are films submitted by local students as part of their filmmaking endeavors throughout the school year, and many of the films shown in workshops and special presentations.
In addition to screening some really great short films from around the world, we have some fantastic people coming to Baker to meet you. Friday afternoon is your opportunity to meet Robert Sickels, Director of the Whitman College Film & Media Studies Program, as he presents his workshop, “Documentaries Are Not Broccoli!” On Saturday, Chel White, filmmaker and co-founder of the film and animation studio Bent Image Labs, will be here to provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of his short films and music videos. Finally, on Sunday our friend Thomas Phillipson from the NW Film Center will be here to present “The Best of the 40th Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival,” a carefully selected cross-section of the state of filmmaking in the Northwest. To learn more about these filmmakers and presentations, please check out our 2014 Presentations & Workshops page.
You can view the festival schedule here and if you want to buy festival passes, you can get them online via the Eltrym Theater.
Festival Passes are available for $40, and general admission to each of the other 7 screenings will cost $8. Robert Sickels Workshop will cost $25, unless you have a festival pass in which case it is FREE!!
We can’t wait to see you at the festival!
Bulimia: The Musical
Amour et Commando
Robert Price (Coming Out)
Billie Worley (Songs in the Key of Death)
Stéphane Duprat (Amour et Commando)
Tyler Collins (V for Visa)
Jackson Tozer (Pint)
Katherine Marmion (DATE)
Diane Montcharmont (Amour et Commando)
Natalie Wallace (V for Visa)
Erica Renee Smith (Sheltered Love)
Jackie Johnson (Bulimia: The Musical)
Tamara Hahn (Gnosis)
Laurent Ardoint (Amour et Commando)
Péter Vacz (Streamschool)
Brody Anderson (Sheltered Love)
Tayler Gahm (Coming Out)
Kristin McCasey (Bulimia: The Musical)
Laurent Ardoint & Stéphane Duprat (Amour et Commando)
Alex Italics (Sheltered Love)
Tamara Hahn (Gnosis)
Jeremy Stewart (Laundry Day)
John McPhail (V for Visa)
BEST STUDENT FILM
Keep on Peeling
Robots in Space
We have finally completed the arduous task of deciding on our Official Selection and notifying filmmakers of our decisions. Watching all these films is such a fun “chore,” but it becomes sort of a drag when you have to make the decision of which films are in and which are out. I’ll admit, it took me 5 days to send out the “rejection” notices, because it was killing my soul just a bit to send them out.
This is our first year of accepting only comedy and animated shorts. We did this because we felt like over the previous four years the comedy and animated shorts are what we and our guests enjoyed most about our festivals, and these are the films that have left their mark on our festival. The films we accepted were easy to accept, no question about it. But I felt like the decisions to not accept certain films was much more difficult.
I am amazed by all of our filmmakers, every single one of them whether we accepted their film or not. I am always in awe of the ability of these people to complete this task of creating a film– from developing a concept, to getting all the pieces together then actually shooting it, editing it and getting it out for people to view. The creative process is something we respect so much.
Brian and I will now be working on the official schedule and we will put that online just as soon as we’ve got it together.
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.