On April 18, Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak will present the first edition of Gong Shorts, a unique film festival that aspires to be quarterly or, better yet, a monthly event in San Antonio. But that’s getting ahead of ourselves, says organizer Kimberly Suta, a producer with NiffNot productions. “We’ll see how this one goes first,” Suta told the Current.
The idea is simple: filmmakers present samples of their work in any genre (except porn) that are no longer than 15 minutes. Each film will be screened for at least three minutes. After that point, the audience is able to sound a gong if they hate it, eliminating the filmmaker from competition. However, they have the option to come back for a future edition of the festival with a version that, hopefully, doesn’t suck.
Suta describes it as “an opportunity for filmmakers to try out new ideas, see their work on the big screen, and watch how real audiences react to it.”
The deadline is pretty flexible, closing “once our quota is filled, or literally right before the event,” Suta said. But only the first 20 films received will be screened. The audience-selected winner gets $100, and there is no fee to submit. Theater tickets to attend are $9. Local comedian Jade Esteban Estrada will emcee.
Send submissions (DVD or blu-ray) to Kimberly Suta, NiffNot Productions, 915 South Alamo, San Antonio, Texas 78205. For more information go to filmbaking.blogspot.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.