The Disposable Film Festival, now it its sixth year, is the iconic festival that celebrates the artistic potential of disposable video: short films made on non-professional devices such as one-time use video cameras, cell phones, point and shoot cameras, webcams, computer screen capture software, and other readily available video capture devices. The festival and the devices with which artists create their videos have both matured since the inception of the Disposable Film Festival.
“The whole video landscape has changed since DFF launched 7 years ago. Back then, making a film on your cell phone was a weird, experimental idea. But now the revolution has happened and disposable has completely mainstreamed, with films like SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN (2012) shooting on iPhone. The focus has changed with the times too. We're still committed to showing fresh approaches and techniques, but the days of counting pixels are long gone. Disposable is the new reality of filmmaking.” said Festival Co-founder and Executive Director Carlton Evans.
To celebrate this new reality, Opening Night kicks off with festival favorite Competitive Shorts at the famous Castro Theater, on March 21 at 8:00 PM. The evening showcases a curated selection of the best of thousands of disposable films made on a variety of devices from around the globe. All films will be rated by an expert panel of judges, and fans can vote for their favorites during the Audience Choice Award.
“Every year we meet new people who commit themselves fully to ideas and stories, making beautiful work that resonates with us throughout the year, so for DFF 2013, we wanted to really dig into a few topics and explore them fully,” said Managing Director, Katie Gillum. “So where we had one or two targeted workshops in the past, we’re putting on a full weekend of amazing practitioners to immerse attendees in the process of storytelling and making that story a reality. And as a festival in the Bay Area where food photography, food film drive a lot of our dining choices, we wanted to explore the human stories behind the beautiful food and high-end restaurants the area is known for. So this year we're expanding out Lights, Camera, Social Action! work to look at restaurant and food workers' experiences.”
DFF will wet your appetite for food, film and justice at Just Food: Dining with Justice Dinner + Screening on Friday, March 22 at 7:00 PM. This event includes dinner and a movie with lively Q&A discussions.
Fans and would-be disposable producers will learn techniques to visual narration and other secrets to creating interesting films at the DFF’s Weekend Workshop: Visual Storytelling. This two-day event is on Saturday, March 23 at 1:00 PM and Sunday, March 24 at 4:00 PM.
DFF Geek: Film and Tech Expo will help connect fans to the latest gadgets, sites, apps, and accessories in disposable filmmaking. This unique expo takes place on Saturday, March 23 at 1:00 PM. Event is free.
The festival will wrap with panel discussion Lights, Camera, Social Action! On Sunday, March 24 at 1:00 PM. The event will focus on social advocacy and filmmaking. Event is free.
Further information, tickets, and addresses for all the events can be found at the Disposavle Film Festival site.
ABOUT THE DISPOSABLE FILM FESTIVAL
Selected by MovieMaker Magazine as one the world’s “coolest film festivals,” the Disposable Film Festival (DFF) was created in 2007 to celebrate the artistic potential of disposable video—short films made on non-professional devices such as cell phones, pocket cameras and handycams, webcams, and other readily available video capture devices. The Disposable Film Festival hosts traditional theater and outdoor “Bike-In” screenings, competitions, filmmaking workshops and other events to showcase the best work within the disposable genre. The Disposable Film Festival premieres each year in San Francisco before traveling to cities across the country and internationally.