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A slew of new compelling short stories are coming to the first ever Ojai Short Film Festival (OSFF) in Ojai, California. Running October 6 to 7th at Greater Goods (145 West El Roblar Drive), the festival features 27 films from all over the world such as the award winning Night Shift, produced by Viola Davis’ production company JuVee. There’s additional star power behind the mother daughter story, Little Match Girl, starring two-time Academy Award winner Kim Magnusson and Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Ferguson.
The festival’s co-founders, Sunil Sadarangani and Aman Segal, believe in the power of short films because of the impact it can spawn on its creators for bigger business ventures. In other words, small content is a vehicle for a longer journey in the filmmaking and entertainment business—it helps creatives get their work in front of audiences.
"Digital tech has given filmmakers a freer hand to fully express their craft using superior production methods to communicate powerful narratives in a limited time span,” Sadaranganitold a Ventura Countylocal paper. “Creators from diverse cultures and communities, therefore, are more than ever seeking a common ground to reconnect, ideate and showcase their debut work for better business prospects and a short film festival is that perfect conduit.”
In addition to the artistic push it gives creators, it also helps that the festival’s prime location is a beautiful place. “Ojai is a destination town,” Sadarangani said. “Its unique geographic location nestled right at the foot of the Los Padres National Forest provides natural magnetic vibration of earth, rock, flora, and fauna.”
“It has attracted many people to hone their art, music, and creations, and is home to many such artists,” he added.
In the end, what matters most is how much short content will grow and evolve as a business venture in the future. Both the co-founders of Ojai see a bright outcome within the next few years because of establishments like OSFF.
“The Ojai Short Film Fest's vision is to provide Filmmakers and Artists, from around the globe, a platform that empowers them to share their stories and to bring the Ojai community closer to the world,” shared OSFF co-founders Sadarangani and Segal. “Moreover,short-form content will be a major revenue stream for filmmakers in a few years, and we want to stay ahead of this ever-evolving, digital universe curve. As filmmakers ourselves, we have faced it all. It’s time for us to take the reins and gallop ahead.”
Featuring 55 films representing 39 countries, the Margaret Mead Film Festival runs October 18, through Sunday, October 21, at the American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West & 79th St.) . This year’s festival includes 14 U.S. premieres and four North American premieres focusing on the theme of “Resilience in Motion,” documenting strength and resilience overcoming the difficult of circumstances.
The festival honors anthropologist Margaret Mead and features shorts, documentaries, features, and animated films with a social focus. The festival opens with Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram, written and produced by Karen Edwards and directed by Gemma Atwal. The film introduces the world to the young women whose kidnapping by Boko Haram, a militant terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria, drew global attention and inspired the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls. Through exclusive interviews, we see how girls who managed to escape are adapting after their imprisonment and rebuilding their lives. There will be a discussion with the filmmakers after the screening.
There will also be non-film activities such as the Mixed Media Lounge in the Museum’s oldest gallery—the Northwest Coast Hall— showcasing storytelling through AR and virtual reality. On Saturday, October 20 at 2pm, the festival will presents a provocative panel discussion, “Whose Story Is It? Rethinking Cultural Representation” in the Museum’s Northwest Coast Hall, which examines how a New York museum can authentically present the voices and stories of First Nations communities across the continent.
To learn more, go to: https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival
The Margaret Mead Film FestivalOctober 18 - 21, 2018
The American Museum of Natural HistoryCentral Park West & 79th St.New York, NY 10024
Featuring the cinema of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, the 2018 New York Baltic Film Festival will include 18 films and showcase 8 U.S. premiere screenings and 8 NYC premieres. Running October 18-21 at Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue, NY, NY), the festival highlights the films of Northern Europe, and will include filmmakers Q&A’s after screenings and after-show networking events, along with the plethora of films, documentaries, shorts, and animation.
To learn more, go to: https://www.balticfilmfestival.com/
2018 New York Baltic Film FestivalOctober 18 - 21, 2018
Scandinavia House58 Park AvenueNew York, NY 10016
Blood of Wolves
The massive New York Asian Film Festival returns with its slate of drama, horror, comedy, action and classics from East Asia. Running June 29 to July 15, at various theaters in NYC with more film than most cities can handle.
The festival opens with the North American premiere of Tominaga Masanori’s Dynamite Graffiti, a drama based on the life and times of Japanese porn mag king Suei Akira, who cultivated future artists such as Moriyama Daido while navigating the world of Japanese smut. The Savage Seventeen set of films feature youth in rebellion with the movies Kim Ui-seok’s After My Death, Ogata Takaomi’s The Hungry Lion, and Naito Eisuke’s competition title Liverleaf. Sunny Chan’s Men on the Dragon, starring Francis Ng and Jennifer Yu, represents the proud tradition of Hong Kong cinema in which a group of blue-collar workers who reluctantly join their company’s dragon boat team. On Saturday, July 14 will be a special secret film screening. The film will not be revealed until showtime, but it is confirmed to be a North American premiere.
Seven films will compete for the festival’s Tiger Uncaged Award for Best Feature Film: Shiraishi Kazuya’s Blood of Wolves (Japan), Nam Ron’s Crossroads: One Two Jaga (Malaysia), Naito Eisuke’s Liverleaf (Japan), Dong Yue’s The Looming Storm (China), Sunny Chan’s Men on the Dragon (Hong Kong), Jeon Go-woon’s Microhabitat (South Korea), and Treb Monteras’s Respeto (Philippines). Six of the seven films are receiving their North American premieres at NYAFF, with one world premiere.
The festival closes with the world premiere of Erik Matti’s BuyBust from the Philippines starring Anne Curtis and MMA world champion Brandon Vera as narcs taking down a drug kingpin against insurmountable odds over one unrelenting rainy night.
For a complete list of films and more, go to: https://www.nyaff.org/
New York Asian Film FestivalJune 29 - July 15, 2018
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