The Seattle True Independent Film Festival (Or, STIFF), is open for submissions.
In general, I’m not too fond of film festivals. Once the place where indie filmmakers could get a showing, they seem to have become merely another venue for those already on the big-name list to see and be seen. And considering my opinion on the need for independent filmmakers to find new models for distribution than the festival route, I wouldn’t normally recommend submitting in most circumstances.
But I like STIFF better than that. They really appear to be committed to showcasing local, independent film. While this can sometimes (more than I’d like) result in the showing of some sub-par films (and boy, have I seen some bad ones!), it’s a fun experience to participate. STIFF feels more like a community showing–an actual festival even–than a competition.
Any filmmaker out there in the Seattle area (or Washington state, for that matter) would be well-served to submit. Local producers submit for free, receive a full pass whether or not the submission is accepted, and if a screening does come of it, the worst that can happen is some critical feedback.
Think of it as a really easy way to screen a project for an audience, without having to go to the trouble and expense of renting a theater and trying to get your flaky film friends to actually show up for a change…