Tribeca Film Festival: Main events taking at BMCC this week

The 2017 edition of the Tribeca Film Festival is well underway (even Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance), but there are still plenty of movies and events going on this week, culminating with the 45th Anniversary Reunion of “The Godfather” cast at Radio City Music Hall. Although most of them are sold out, there is an option of “rush” tickets, which means that a line will form 45 minutes prior to the event and some tickets will be released for the same price if there are any cancelations or no-show. Here are the highlights for this week at the BMCC – Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers St) April 25 8pm: “Paris Can Wait” World Premiere. Audiences will be treated to French food pairings inspired by the film. April 26 6pm: “The Exception” US Premiere. After the Premiere Screening: A conversation with director David Leveaux and actor Christopher Plummer. 8:45pm: “The Circle” World Premiere April 28 6pm: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. World Premiere. After the episode: A conversation with co-creators and executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and cast members Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, and Carol Kane. Moderated by co-host of Morning Joe, Willie Geist. April 29 10am: “Aladdin” Special Screening. Before the Movie: Join Brad Kane, the singing voice of Aladdin, for a special 25th anniversary performance of a soundtrack favorite..

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Why Filmmakers Submit Early To Film Festivals – 7 Reasons

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You’ve finished your short, feature or documentry — congratulations — it’s festival submission time! Submit early! This is when you cross your fingers and toes and hope you get selected.

Here at Raindance Film Festival we’ve had a quarter of a century dealing with submissions from filmmakers, and nearly as long submitting our own work to festivals around the world. We also know how manic the filmmaking process is and how filmmakers rush to meet submission dedlines for the biggies like Berlin, Cannes, Raindance, Rotterdam, Sundance, SWSX and Toronto.

Here’s 7 Reasons You Submit Early To Film Festival

1. The Festival Programmers Will Be Fresh

One would think this is a no-brainer. But no, most filmmakers seem to wait until the last minute before they ship off their submissions. This means the festival programmers are faced with a huge number of submissions at the last minute. Remember that programmers have to finish their selections well in advance of the festival opening in order to allow for time for websites to be built, reviews written, films scheduled and hospitality arrangements made.

Raindance starts programming for each year’s festival a month after the previous one ends!

Benefit from the freshness of the programmer’s eyes.

2. Save Money

Have you ever had to pay for surge pricing on Uber? Most festivals, including Raindance have scaleable fees that rise dramatically as the deadline approachs. Early submissions are always the cheapest.

3. Festivals have time to ask you questions

I can speak from years and years of experience that the more time we have to work with you following selection, the more time we have to discuss your film and release strategy with you. In poll after poll of filmmakers who’ve attended Raindance the one regret they all have is: «I wish I had more time to plan my festival screening.»

4. It gives you time to research the festival’s programming strategy

Each film festival has a programming strategy. Early submission allows you to research a particular programming style before submitting. You won’t need to ask the boring questions that festivals like Raindance get asked all the time.

5. It allows you time to market your project

Getting the marketing vibe right is one of the trickiest things any filmmaker can do. Giving yourself the right amount of time allows you to test your marketing approach, to do AB testing and other promotional and marketing activity.

Remember: one of the best ways to get selected is to submit early, and then mount a marketing campaign. Festival programmers will notice your online activities.

6. You can meet other filmmakers

Get your social media up to scratch and start asking your ‘crowd’ about what you are trying to do and use their experience. Or collaborate. Or share accommodation!

7. You can plan your festival strategy

Successful filmmakers have learned that the backbone to their success is a strong and well thought out social media marketing and promotion strategy. Submitting early to festivals means you have the time and energy to create a viable social media strategy, not only for your film, but for you as a filmmaker.

The Acid Test

Are you ready to submit your films to a film festival?
Have you looked at their past editions to see if you can just their previous programming?

What about Raindance? Have you looked at our film festival website?

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Our Top Canadian Film Picks

This year is Canada’s 150th birthday! To celebrate we at Raindance Canada have assembled a list of our favourite quirky Canadian films for National Canadian Film Day.

11. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

10. Defendor

9. Slaughter Nick for President

8. The Hamster Cage

7. It’s All Gone Pete Tong

6. One Week

5. The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico

4. Pontypool

3. The Trotsky

2. The Dirties

1. Barney’s Version

Do our picks line up with your favourite northern hits? Get out and watch some Canadian content and have a great National Canadian Film day.


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Celebrate Composers in Trailer for ‘Score: A Film Music Documentary’

Score: A Film Music Documentary

«Music is the one thing that we all understand, that we don’t understand.» Gravitas Ventures has revealed a trailer for a documentary about the work of composers, titled Score: A Film Music Documentary. This played at film festivals all last year and is opening in theaters this June, which is great news because I’ve been waiting to see this. The doc profiles the work of composers and also examines how important music is to movies. Featuring interviews with composers including Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Trent Reznor, Rachel Portman, Junkie XL (aka Tom Holkenborg), Brian Tyler, Thomas Newman, Bear McCreary, Moby, Garry Marshall, Jerry Goldsmith, and lots more. Hoping this goes deep into the art beyond just some chats. ›››

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Watch: Walk of Shame Stirs Up Emotions in Short Film ‘Forever After’

Forever After Short Film

«I’m not doing too well, mum.» Another outstanding short film to watch. Sometimes it’s the moments you least expect when you are suddenly forced to reflect on your life choices. This short Forever After, made by writer/director Charlotte Scott-Wilson, follows a woman who wakes up after a drunken one-night stand and must take the dread «walk of shame» back home. Along the way she begins to feel the heavy emotions of reality, and has many moments of reflection that make her start questioning what she’s doing. I really like this short, it’s meaningful and makes you think about your own life, while keeping our attention throughout. ›››

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First Trailer for Action Film ‘Pilgrimage’ with Jon Bernthal as ‘The Mute’

Pilgrimage Trailer

«You will see the safe delivery of our holiest relic to Rome. Go with God.» RLJ Entertainment has debuted a trailer for an indie action thriller titled Pilgrimage, set in the religious times of 13th century Ireland. The film is about to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this month, hence the release of the trailer to build extra buzz. The story follows a group of monks who must escort a sacred relic across the «Irish landscape fraught with peril». There’s plenty of gnarly violence in this. Starring Richard Armitage, Tom Holland, John Lynch, Stanley Weber, Lochlann O’Mearáin, Hugh O’Conor, Eric Godon, plus the badass Jon Bernthal as a character named «The Mute». This actually looks pretty cool, consider me interested. ›››

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Watch: Amusing Chicken or Egg Claymation Short Film ‘Time Chicken’

Time Chicken Short

«In the beginning their was faith that the egg was the start of all life. Then came reason that the egg must have come from a great chicken.» So what came first: the chicken or the egg? The eternal, unanswerable question finally gets addressed in this amusing, wacky short film titled Time Chicken. This claymation short was written, directed and animated by Nick Black, who made it over two years using Canon DSLRs and handmade sets from various objects he found. It’s a totally wacky but incredibly enjoyable short film, that does have touches of «Robot Chicken», but still feels like something original. You just need to watch and enjoy because while it might seem odd, it’s so much fun and will make you laugh. Plus it’s under 6 minutes. ›››

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