I’ve been asked how Skyline Indie Film Fest is going to work? How did you get it off the ground? Is it open to the public? How much are tickets? Is there going to be an awards ceremony? So obviously there is a dearth of information about the festival. Let’s get that squared away, shall we?
September of 2011 I thought I should take on this adventure of launching an indie film fest to take place here in Winchester. I’d use venues and vendors from Old Town, City of Winchester, and Frederick County and capitalize on a wealth of sense of community in this area and try to create a new, hip, cultural event that can appeal to a wide range of demographics. Days, weeks, and months later I’d gone over all aspects I could think of to launch this event. Speaking with potential venues, sponsors, filmmakers, restaurants and caterers, web designers and marketing companies. I soon realized this would have to be a bootstrap event and hope that people would get excited and come aboard to help “foster the indie spirit”. They did, they, have, and they still are.
I solicited filmmakers from around the world. Thousands of emails, hundreds of phone calls, faxes, re-directions from filmmaker to distribution specialists, to studios and on and on. After some time my pitch became solid and I started getting traction and ultimately submissions started rolling in. Each submission gets viewed by the festival screening committee. Three volunteers are on the committee and majority rules, two yeas it’s an official selection, two nays and it’s thanks for your participation but you’re not in the competitive festival. As director of the festival I reserve the right to program some of the nays, non-competitively, during festival weekend. …perk…
Official selections are then sent the judges! All of whom I hope will be in attendance on festival weekend. These four volunteers were asked to participate based on several criteria and a great respect for their opinion on film and filmmaking. They will return their results, comments, and ratings of each film to me and then I’ll commission the trophies! Every official selection will be programmed multiple times during festival weekend and each screening is open to the public. Matinees are $7.00, evening shows are $9.00-$9.50 and will be available online as programming gets finalized. You’ll be able to pay at the door of each venue, too, but we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. Many of the filmmakers and actors will be present and available for Q&A sessions so we hope as audience members you’ll be inclined to engage the filmmakers after the screenings.
We hope we can put together an awards presentation ceremony but we’re playing fast and loose for now. We are coming down to the wire as festival weekend is only 5 weeks away and there are so many plans still up in the air. Just remember; we’re indie, we’re bootstrap, and we’ll get it done!