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Couch Fest - everyone's favorite film festival pub crawl - is back

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Couch Fest Films is back after a one-year hiatus (while the festival director relocated from Iceland). The festival is now seeking submissions for short movies under 8 minutes. The only other limitation: films must not suck.

Couch Fest is a film festival that takes place in living rooms and other alternative venues around the world. The public is invited to otherwise private or off-limits spots to come watch a program of short movies. In many cities, where there is more than one hosted location, festivalgoers can travel between spots, making the festival more like a pub crawl for watching movies. Programs range from comedy, to documentary, to the much-loved "Inappropriately Awesome" category.

Couch Fest is a worldwide film event, but since it's based in Seattle, many of it's most ardent supporters are here. With Seattle's community-friendly atmosphere, it's no wonder the festival has the most volunteers for hosts. This year's alternative film-viewing locations are rumored to include a first-ever houseboat. The last festival had a venue in a Volkswagen bus (in Portland, of course).

Past locations have included Thailand, Lima, Reykjavik, and New York, in addition to Seattle. This year's event will be December 6, and submissions are due by September 7 (though earlier submissions will be rewarded with a lower fee).

Couch Fest also has the glory of being the first film festival to accept submission fees using Bitcoin.

You can read more about Couch Fest and learn how to submit your film at


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