From Here to Awesome

For filmmakers it is the best of times and worst of times. The tools are more accessible but the market has become saturated….From Here to Awesome is an attempt to answer some of the largest issues facing filmmakers today – discovery, distribution and sustainability.

– From Here to Awesome festival co-founder Lance Weiler

From Here to Awesome is a “new” film festival — both in the sense that it has just launched and in its aims and approach. I encourage all filmmakers using film festivals as a gateway to larger distribution efforts (theatrical, DVD release, etc) to check it out.

Billed as a discovery and distribution festival, FHTA has been dreamt up by three filmmakers with unassailable DIY credibility: Lance Weiler (Head Trauma, The Last Broadcast), Arin Crumley (Four-Eyed Monsters) and M dot Strange (We Are the Strange). Their ethos and aesthetic run through the festival, from the way that they plan to use existing web community portals (YouTube, MySpace, etc) to conduct the submission and selection process, to the festival’s filmmaker-friendly guidelines (e.g., no entry fee, all rights remain with filmmakers, etc).

Submissions are open (as of yesterday); the deadline for submissions is March 7.

In all, it’s an ambitious undertaking, one that seems to be nothing less than a reinvention of the film festival. Here’s wishing them — and the filmmakers that submit — the best of luck.

Check it out for yourself.

2 Responses to “From Here to Awesome”

  1. FROM HERE TO AWESOME | Submissions open Says:

    […] A number of blogs have been picking up the call for submissions. Big thanks to Filmmaker, Self-Reliant, KinetoFilm, and Microcinema Scene, Shooting People and DIY filmmaker. […]

  2. madmind Says:

    Thank you very much for this information.

    This festival sounds quite interesting, especially the fact that they use modern technology to select movies. It is also a pleasure to see that they have nice guidelines that don’t force one to pay them large sums of money to be even considered.
    It would be nice to see that this kind of festivals get a good standing beside the established ones, so that small or completely unknown independent directors get a chance for a bigger audience.

    It will be interesting to see whether my (still unwritten) 3D short movie might make it into it (if they accept shorts at all) or not.