…and what will the eighth NAFF be?

Posted by By at 9 August, at 10 : 03 AM Print

There’s no doubt about it now, NAFFanatics! The only film event in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, dedicated to exploring the breadth of creative media making by our friends and neighbors, the New Art Film Festival, is scheduled to play the Art Theater in downtown Champaign this fall on Sunday, October 29, 2017. We will release more specifics next week, in particular for those aspiring and seasoned film and video producers who will be interested in submitting work for our consideration, but we can reveal the 2017 Call for Entries will go live for one month – next Tuesday, August 15, to Friday, September 15 – and we’ll do our best to announce selections by Sunday, October 1.

We are going to cap the run time for submissions at 30 minutes this year. It is partly to accommodate as much material as we can in a tight four-hour presentation at the Art, but more to jive with your humble program director’s limited time commitments. Without being too dramatic, I debated for the past few months about canceling the NAFF in 2017 and reviving it in 2018, given that I have been absent from Champaign County for roughly half of the past six months due to family business that continues to require my attention. Hopefully, a “small is beautiful” edition will be agreeable to everyone as it will make it a bit easier for me to swing the NAFF during a somewhat disheveled period of my life. Please keep this in mind as we go, friends.

With much of my event preparation bound to take place while I’m out of town, please rely on NewArtFilmFestivalCU [at] gmail [dot] com to send me any questions, requests, or offers to volunteer. (This year would be a very good year for reliable fans of the NAFF to help the cause.) Now it’s time to get down to work and conjure a cornucopia of self-made cinema magic from the people of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond!

Good luck everyone,

Jason Pankoke
Program Director
New Art Film Festival 2017


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