Thanks to the internet, the world of film festivals is no longer confined to the French Riviera and the Hollywood elite.
Now, everyone can enjoy new independent cinema.
The latest online film fest, Indie Online Film Festival, is presented by the New York Times and curated by Film Independent.
Indie Online’s aim is to give four aspiring directors a chance to showcase their talents in front of a discerning worldwide audience.
While speaking with Variety, associate director of programming at Film Independent Doug Jones, confirmed the inaugural event is the perfect platform for the talents of the future.
He said: “It’s easy enough for someone to put their film online, but that’s like throwing a pebble into the ocean. It’s hard enough to make a movie. It’s even harder to get people to watch it.”
In its first year, the innovative event is valuing quality over quantity, with only two features and two shorts on show.
Here is a synopsis of the four films, courtesy of Variety:
“Pincus” directed by David Fenster (79 min.): A man moves home to help his father, who’s afflicted with Parkinson’s disease, casually taking over the family contracting business, wooing a yoga instructor and conversing with his only friend, an illegal alien who lives in the empty homes they work on.
“Towheads,” directed by Shannon Plumb (86 min.): A Brooklyn mother of two boys and the wife of a harried theater director finds comic relief from domestic drudgery by adopting different personas — including drag king, pole dancer and Santa Claus.
“Big Man,” directed by Julius Onah (14 min.): Uzoma loves playing games with his little brother, in spite of his father’s warnings. And sometimes, simple games have serious consequences.
“Record/Play,” directed by Jesse Atlas (11 min.): Sci-fi love story, an official selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, tells tale of war, fate and a broken tape recorder.
The New York Times and Film Independent are hosting screenings of the films followed by Q&As on September 7th and 9th in N.Y and L.A.
Access to this incredible event is just one click away.