The Great Festival Rebound of 2020: Chapter Two - The Filmmakers
Cody Calahan and David Koechner on set of Vicious Fun
Off the hop, what is/are your film(s) and when did your film(s) (finally) premiere in 2020?
Cody Calahan (CC)/Chad Archibald (CA): The Oak Room premiered at Fantasia in August and Vicious Fun Premiered at Sitges in October, where it opened the Panorama Fantastic section of the festival.
Jill Gevargizian (JG) - The Stylist -Fantastic Fest (world), Sitges (international), FrightFest (UK)
Elza Kephart (EK) - Slaxx. The Fantasia Film Festival in August 2020.
Lex Ortega (LO) - I world premiered my second feature called "Animales Humanos" at Morbido FIlm Fest 2020.
Jesse Blanchard (JB) - Frank & Zed, October 10th, 2020 as part of the Nightstream Film Festival
Reese Eveneshen (RE) - For the Sake of Vicious, September 2020
Gabriel Carrer (GC) - We were lucky enough that the Fantasia International Film Festival hosted the world premiere of “For the Sake of the Vicious”.
Bao Tran (BT) - My film THE PAPER TIGERS world premiered at Fantasia International Film Festival.
Amelia Moses (AM) - 'Bleed With Me' premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival in August and 'Bloodthirsty' premiered at Fantastic Fest in October. Both virtually!
Natasha Kermani (NK) - Our film is called LUCKY, and while we were supposed to have our festival premiere at SxSW, we ended up first screening with Fantasia - which was really lovely and a great way to introduce the film to the world.
Izzy Lee (IL) - At the Chattanooga Film Festival, virtually, in late May. I was going to attend the physical fest in April, but we all know what happened. Thankfully, CFF did a super-cool job with their Microsoft partnership with rad events — it was a great success, really fun.
Ashelea Wessel (AW) - My latest short, WEIRDO premiered virtually at HORRIBLE IMAGININGS in September. When we started submitting, COVID had already started to spread in North America and the first festivals like SXSW had already taken the hit, so upcoming fests were beginning to work on figuring out virtual screenings and the like. Some held out hope for the possibility of a live fest but I think most of those dreams got dashed pretty fast.
Andrew Hunt (AH) - Spare Parts - my second feature. I directed my first film 10 years ago and it essentially was the start of Raven Banner, so I spent these last 10 years co-managing the company, helping others get their films made, releasing other people's films, etc. So I was really looking forward to travelling to festivals with my own film in tow after all these years, but nooooo... Covid shit all over that. But regardless it's had a good festival run without me present. It had its World Premiere at BIFAN in July.
Luciana Garazza (LG) - Scavenger - My film premiere at “FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE MAR DEL PLATA” in November 2019, but the COVID situation delayed our local premiere here in Cordoba. Then we were expecting to be able to premiere in Brazil at FANTASPOA FILM FESTIVAL but the same happened there (COVID restrictions). Finally we premiere in Europe at BUTFF in the Netherlands in 2020.
Sandra Arriagada (SA) - An anthology called "APPS" that we filmed with Lucio Rojas, José Miguel Zúñiga y Camilo León, near the end of 2019 and that we planned to release right now in January. Now we are resigning ourselves to a possible online premiere, if there is no effective vaccine, maybe in October.
Justin McConnell (JMcC) - CLAPBOARD JUNGLE first premiered in early June at Canadian Film Fest, which partnered with Superchannel to broadcast it on pay cable across Canada in a one-time-only screening. It was a very unique situation in that it also came with a broadcast sale/window for 2021, so that was a huge financial cherry on top. That's the kind of thing that before this didn't ever come directly from a festival selection. Blood in the Snow had the same partnership later in the year, and I think it's been a very good opportunity for Canadian filmmakers given the huge change in how things are being done.
Jimena Monteoliva (JM) - Fortunately we were able to premiere LAVA (by Ayar Blasco) and TO KILL A DRAGON (by yours truly) in 2019. For 2020 we had to premiere DEEPER WOUNDS by Ramiro García Bogliano. We were invited to premiere at BAFICI but the festival was canceled! So we waited all year for new festivals to come but systematically they were being cancelled or online and we weren't sure about going with that option for a new movie… but finally La Habana Film Festival invited us as well and as it was a hybrid festival we agreed and just got premiered last week. We are beyond happy about that. Also, we were supposed to finish the shooting of my new movie, WELCOME TO HELL with the hopes of sending it to festivals by the end of 2020, but the shooting was cut! We are now crossing fingers to see if we are able to finish the shooting next February, more than a year later.