Date and Times
September 18-20, 2020
Time: To be Determined
Film Submission Categories
Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, International (feature or short), Student (feature or short), Horror Feature, Horror Short, Drama/Thriller Feature, Sci-Fi/Action Feature, Drama/Thriller Short, Sci-Fi/Action Short, Comedy Feature, Comedy Short, Local (feature or short), Family Friendly, Made in NY
Run time for Feature Films is any film over 40 mins. Shorts are 39:59 and less.
Unproduced Written Screenplay Submissions
Short Screenplays are 50 pages or less
Feature Screenplays are 51 pages or more
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2020 Special Guests and Events
Film Adaption Workshop (2 parts)
Friday, September 18th @ 2pm
Hosted by Professors Jeroen Gerrits and Jack Bryant
Many of the films we love originate from books, short stories and other literature. Our 2-part Film Adaption workshop will explore both the theoretical and the practical aspects of taking literature and turning it into cinema.
For the first part of the workshop Professor Jeroen Gerrits, of Binghamton University, will first explore film adaption from a critical and theoretical viewpoint. Jack Bryant of Ithaca College will then follow with part 2 of the workshop with his practical approach to writing a screenplay from a literary work.
Associate Professor - Binghamton University
Jeroen Gerrits is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Binghamton University (SUNY). His teaching and research center on intersections between film, literature and philosophy. His book Cinematic Skepticism: Across Digital and Global Turns, published by SUNY Press (2019), draws on the film-philosophies of Stanley Cavell and Gilles Deleuze to argue that skepticism is an ethical problem that pervades contemporary film. He has also published a series of essays on film adaptation, specifically focussing on creative ways of moving across media and cultures. Forthcoming articles discuss Raúl Ruiz' Chilean film adaptation of an Iranian novel (The Blind Owl) and Eric Rohmer's creative cinematic "commentary" on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.
Associate Professor - Ithaca College
Jack Bryant is Associate Professor and Program Director of Media Arts, Sciences and Studies at Ithaca College. He teaches both introductory and advanced screenwriting courses specializing in film, video games and emerging media.
In addition to teaching, Professor Bryant works as a professional screenwriter and screenwriting consultant. His most recent feature films are Fair Haven (2016) and Purity Falls (2019).
exclusive invites for VIP pass holders
VIP events are special events held after the festival each night! VIP pass holders are automatically invited to attend! Filmmakers are highly encouraged to attend as a way to socially network together!
Stand Up Comedy with Comedian Mike Brindisi
Friday, Sept. 18th @ 10pm
- The North Brewery* -
Mike Brindisi has spent the last 15 years going from showcasing in NYC doing standup, Acting in film/Tv, hosting his own radio show & touring with his band “The New York Rock”. Being fulfilled being on a stage singing, doing stand up or just entertaining people, he recently decided to go back to comedy full time. Mike has appeared on SNL, MTV2 & Howard Stern. In music, Mike has played shows with Gavin Degraw, Sponge, Tim Reynolds & on the Vans Warped Tour. Mike brings a huge energy & years of life experience to his stand up and will leave you wanting more.
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*Note: The North Brewery is planning on doing a small remodeling project that should be done by the time this event occurs. In the event that the project is not completed, this event will take place inside Cinema Saver.*
Free Bowling and Live Music
Featuring: Voodoo Highway
Saturday, Sept. 19th @ 10pm
- Ideal Bowling Center -
Join us for a great evening of fun at the Ideal Bowling Center in Endicott! VIP pass holders will receive 1 FREE game of bowling - and 50% off all games thereafter - with free shoe rentals. Hang out and connect at the bar over food and drink and enjoy specials all night! and enjoy live music featuring local band Voodoo Highway!
Voodoo Highway is an original blues-rock jam band in the spirit of classic blues, the Allman Brothers, and the Grateful Dead. Their music has found success on both FM and internet radio, where they have had four tracks from their debut album “Hidin’ Out with the Blues” hit #1 on listener-voted monthly top-10 lists. The band features Dana Stewart on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Bob Rynone on lead and slide guitar and vocals, Tom D’Angelo on drums and percussion, and Irem Ayan on bass; Voodoo Highway & Company is the extended version of the band and also features Curtis Kendrick on keys and vocals.
More events and workshops to come. Stay Tuned!