In its 16th year, the 72 Film Festival encourages novice and professional filmmakers to create a film in 72 hours or less. The festival has grown in recent years to accommodate filmmakers from all over the country, who compete from a distance.
Along with the humorous launch party to kick off the competition and three adrenaline-filled days of filming and editing, the teams can’t wait to see their films shown on the big screen at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.
Each year, a set of criteria is given to the participating teams during the launch party. This year at the launch, which was held at Spinners Pinball Arcade in Frederick, the filmmakers were given a dream and interpretation and were invited to either interpret the dream or recreate it. They also received an optional challenge to make a surreal film.
“I think because this year’s films are dreamlike, there will be a definite feeling at the event,” said Clark Kline, co-founder of 72 Film Fest. “Some years it’s not quite like that.
The Montressor Media team, for example, chooses the dream “Haircut”, with the following interpretation: “If someone gives the dreamer a haircut, it suggests that the dreamer is experiencing a decrease in the sense of power. “
The result is “Honey in the Lion’s Den,” a film whose slogan warns, “If you don’t follow your dreams, then your nightmares will follow you. Wise advice.
Several teams have created trailers, which can be viewed on the 72 Film Fest YouTube channel or the 72 Film Fest website.
The black-and-white trailer for “Artist Within” starts out quite smoothly during a gallery opening, but quickly becomes disorienting – as dreams often do.
Turner Bombs’ “The Phone Call” gives off a sort of stress in anticipation of a dreaded phone call to the doctor, signaling that some of those “dreams” depicted in the film might sound more like nightmares.
Wolfhouse Media’s experimental film “Magpie” shows a somewhat disturbing scene that was clearly filmed at the Great Frederick Fair.
The title alone of “Not Dead Yet” is certainly intriguing.
Almost 50 teams competed this year, of which just under 40 made the films on time.
This year, all films – even those created in multiple states, as well as those returned after the 72-hour deadline – will screen on October 8 at the Weinberg. They will be broadcast in two blocks: Students / Amateurs at 6.30 p.m. and Amateurs / Pros at 8.30 p.m.
A 3 p.m. screening on October 9 will show all films that were submitted on time but are not finalists. The finalist films will screen at 7 p.m. that evening, followed by an awards ceremony hosted by Mikael Johnson and Rona Mensah.
“Over the past year, I haven’t done much outside of daily work, I haven’t seen a lot of people or engaged with a lot of things, so to be able to feel like we’re between friends again over those few weekends and recognize the actors on screen again – you kind of feel connected to the world, ”Kline said. “The last two years have been very siled… so it feels like a return to normalcy. “
Teams will be honored in a variety of categories, including acting, writing, cinematography, the coveted Best of the Fest, as well as Audience Choice.
Tickets cost $ 15 for one day, $ 22 for both.
On October 10, a reminder live stream will begin at 3 p.m., for anyone looking to watch from home. Tickets cost $ 15 for the virtual festival.
For a full schedule and tickets, visit 72Fest.com.