Sunday, April 20, 2008

Film Fest Friday - Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival

Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, pop culture convention focusing on sci-fi and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the US, it's going to take place in Atlanta, Georgia over labor day long weekend (Aug 29 - Sep 1) and it's one of THOSE conferences, you know what I mean... where Star Trek alums show up to sign autographs and all the people attending get dressed up like their favorite video game characters? That's right, one of THOSE festivals. The kind that you secretly want to go to, but you just can't bring yourself to... These conferences are like Halloween for nerds, where girls who would usually wear an oversized sweater and an ankle length skirt, throw on a bunch of spandex and dress up as Wonder Woman. Check out this link to some pictures that were taking at last years Dragon*Con. You can find more links to pictures, plus other information on the conference at the home page here. As much fun as I'm sure the conference would be and as much as we like nerdy girls dressed up in dominatrix Darth Vadar outfits, we're going to talk about the film festival that takes place at Dragon*Con, as we're an indie-horror film site about indie-horror.

The Dragon*Con Indie Film Festival doesn't actually bill itself as a horror festival, but there's lots of horror films that screen there. Check out all the 2007 films that screened here. The festival is a combination of film oriented panels, celebrity guests, new and classic independent feature and short film screenings, discussions, and a short film competition (sometimes referred to as the Dragon*Con Independent Short Film Festival). All that combined with the 30,000+ Dragon*Con attendees creates an extraordinary film event. For film-lovers, you can hear some of the masters discuss their projects, watch the films entered in the festival, and then drop by a panel and hear the winning directors / producers discuss their films. Film screening and panels will mix, guaranteeing that you won't have a moment without something film-related to do.

It would be a great festival to get your film into and if you want to submit your film, Dragon*Con is a great opportunity to meet others in the field, discuss the trials and tribulations of making a film, get some tips, and make some connections. They're currently accepting submissions and the deadline is June 15. For more information on how to submit your film, click here. Unfortunately, though... if you do submit your film, you better start thinking about what you're going to wear now.

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