3 is the magic number

We’ve been MIA since our deadline for our Summer Film Festival for a very good reason: We’re reviewing our submissions! We will announce our submissions Saturday, July 1.

How do we decide which films are selected? 3 is the magic number.

Every film is reviewed three times by three separate judges. Each judge rates the film from 1-10 in the categories of Originality/Creativity, Direction, Writing, Cinematography, Performances, Production Value, Pacing, Structure, and Sound/Music. The scores are averaged into an Overall rating for each film. Then, we very scientifically put the films and the scores into a Excel spreadsheet and sort them by rating. The top rated films are selected for our festival!

Want to learn more about our festival? Want to volunteer? Email natalie@senastudiosny.com

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Today is our deadline!

You have until midnight to submit your film for consideration for our summer film festival! Head over to FilmFreeway to submit today!

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Summer 2017 Judges!

We are proud to announce our judges for our Summer 2017 film festival. Bios coming soon!

Tim Deery, Actor and Library Staff

Denise Dragiewicz, Award-Winning Documentarian

Tania Jeudy-Doykin, Producer

Nancy King, Film Aficionado

Matt Lewis, Filmmaker and Instructional Designer

Tim Lorge, Writer

Bill Phair, JudyCast

Emmy Potter, Actress and Writer

Sue Resnick, Editor

Shareef Snuggs, Filmmaker and our 1st movies4movies audience member!

Trish Sullivan-Rothberg, Actress and Distributor

Wasan Syananondh, Film Aficionado

Jay Varney, Artist

Jessica Wagner, Actress

Why we don’t give Fee Waivers

June 16 is the deadline for our summer film festival…that means my inbox is blowing up with requests for fee waivers from filmmakers all over the world. Some are respectful…others not so much. [PRO-TIP: If you’re conducting business correspondence, and emailing the director of a film festival IS business correspondence, do not fill your plea with GIFs and emojis. And when I say no and offer you a generous discount, don’t say that’s not enough with more GIFs.]

So, why do we charge entry fees for our film festival? Why doesn’t movies4movies offer fee waivers?

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS. Not for the movies4movies staff, but for everyone else:

Location fees.
Location permits.
Insurance.
Food.
Advertising.
Promotion.
Social Media.
DVD production.
Projectors and Screens.
Programs and other printables.
Garbage bags and other incidentals.

Additionally, movies4movies would like to eventually compensate its staff and judges for the endless hours they dedicate to our festival.

Currently, the movies4movies film festival is solely supported by entry fees. The movies4movies film festival is FREE for our audience to attend…giving us audiences of almost 200 at our competition film festivals – meaning more viewers for your films! The mission of movies4movies is to have your movie be seen!

Other film festivals offer fee waivers but their goals are different – they make money off of tickets sales and have big sponsors to defray the cost of operating the festival.

So, we want to show your film! We’re filmmakers ourselves – we know that entry fees are expensive! However, if you ask us for a fee waiver, we won’t give you one.

movies4movies at the DigiAwards

movies4movies has partnered with the Mercy College Digital Storytelling Learning Community to present a block of films by Mercy College students. Last night, the Mercy College Digital Storytelling Learning Community held an award ceremony where 40 films were celebrated for their achievements. Winners will be screened at our May 21 film festival. Congratulations to these talented your filmmakers!

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