Today, Skyline is simply a festival. A great little scrappy indie film festival that focuses on the exhibition and presentation of new, undistributed indie films in an awesome community. And the community is getting funky and the vibe is getting better. Slowly. But surely. The feel, the look, the appreciation and acceptance of art and performance in all its many forms reminds me of, now famous, awesome cities like Asheville and Wilmington, NC from years ago before they were the cultural destinations they are today. I am excited to live and work in Winchester and to see the young guard ease into positions of authority and become responsible for the positive changes that are sure to continue.
This community and its potential is why my family chooses to live in the City of Winchester. It’s why we shop in Old Town almost exclusively. It’s why we bought the Winchester Book Gallery and it’s why we founded the Skyline Indie Film Fest. It is also why we’re planning on building the festival to entertain our growing audience, to educate and facilitate filmmakers in the business and perhaps most importantly to foster and nurture young filmmakers here in our own community.
Skyline Indie Film Fest is its own exhibition element. Each September we host the festival weekend in Old Town Winchester and the year to year growth has been impressive. The audience has established that they want it so we’re going to keep delivering great indie films of all genres to them each September, provide networking and community between filmmakers and the audiences, and a general accessibility throughout the festival. We will have our share of parties and mixers but Skyline is about film, that’s our focus and we hope you will join us.
Education may seem presumptuous at first. Filmmakers know how to make a movie so who are we to offer to educate them? The simple fact is that completing a film isn’t even half the distance to the goal line if your aim is to reach any type of distribution. You’re a great filmmaker, congratulations. How are your marketing skills? Are you a graphic designer? Ever managed a crowdsource campaign? Ever negotiated a contract? Do you respond to emails timely and professionally? Are you surrounded by an able team or by friends lending a hand? Organization, networking, and execution are key and critical elements of nearly all projects, particularly film projects. If we can help champion indie filmmakers by sharing our experiences and resources, we should. It’s just that simple and we are eager to help.
The most exciting element for us here at Skyline is enrichment. We aim to launch a 5 day Film Camp for young filmmakers between the ages of 10 and 18 each summer! The young filmmakers will be working with professional film mentors and the incredibly short period of one week they will form a film crew, assign responsibilities, imagine a concept, write it, shoot and edit it, and finally present their finished product to their friends, family and peers on the last day of camp. Professional mentors, professional equipment and at the end of one week, young professional indie filmmakers. There is no better investment in the future of indie film than to foster the indie spirit of the young and imaginative.
There it is. That’s what we want from Skyline Indie Film Fest today. The ideas, the dreams, the hopes and the community are always growing in scope. Won’t you join us?