StudioFest: A One-of-a-Kind Festival

July 3, 2018
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There are movie lovers and programmers at festivals, but not always an abundance of financiers. Its a real challenge to go from financing the short film to raising the funding for something longer.

Jess Jacklin and Charles Beale, StudioFest co-founders and full time producers, have been in the industry long enough to recognize one painstaking problem, financing. To be a filmmaker, we can all agree is an expensive and sometimes debilitating venture. Especially if you're trying to hit the festival circuit hard. Festivals, though they promise the pomp and circumstance of Sundance, can typically cost a filmmaker more than just a plane ticket. Plus, frankly, the festival market is damn crowded.

Don't get me wrong here. I think more platforms for film and art in general is a great thing. However, the oasis that is a festival is all too often luring hopeful filmmakers in search of their next big break to nothing more than a dry lake bed with an expensive price tag for the journey.

"There are movie lovers and programmers at festivals, but not always an abundance of financiers. Its a real challenge to go from financing the short film to raising the funding for something longer," says Jess.

Insert StudioFest. An entirely new approach to what we consider to be a "film festival" to be. It's quite simple which is what makes it so enticing. To enter, you need to submit your short OR screenplay and had never made a feature film (in your prospective position). The StudioFest team will then select 10 finalists (5 screenwriters and 5 short film directors) to join them at an intimate gathering, in the Catskills of upstate NY. Travel stipend, room and board will all be included!

Accommodations (not too shabby)

Over the course of the weekend filled with screenings, readings and networking opportunities, 1 screenwriter and 1 director will be selected to partner with StudioFest who will offer finance and aid in the making of their feature film!

“We aim to align the skew,” says Beale, “bringing talented filmmakers straight to their first feature.”

Judges Jamie Donnelley (Grease) Stephen H. Foreman (The Jazz Singer) and Liz Nord (No Film School) are just a few slated in attendance.

If there's one thing I love about this approach, its the end-goal. The sole purpose is to bring one talented filmmaker to the goal they've been aiming for; making their first feature film. Unlike most festivals that simply give creatives their expensive 15 minutes (or less) of fame, StudioFest aims to curate sustainable success as its founding principle. Which is something me and the team at ShareGrid can absolutely get behind which is why we're a proud partner.

The deadline for entries is July 8th and late deadline is August 3rd. So, be sure to submit and hopefully we'll catch you in Upstate NY this Fall!

To learn more visit studiofestofficial.com

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Brent Barbano

I have been a freelance Cinematographer in Los Angeles for over 10 years. Hailing from Syracuse, NY, I also studied at Syracuse University’s film program. I am a proud member of IATSE Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild.

I am the Co-Founder of ShareGrid and I happily contribute my findings, ideas and news on ShareGrid with all of you.

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