Film Festivals – Round 1

We locked the Reparando edit this week. We still have work to complete before we are completely finished, but decided to move forward with Film Festival entries so we could make some of the 2010 season. Film festivals are a great way to present a film to a broad audience, network in the film community, and possibly gain distribution. A few of the festivals are Oscar qualifying … it doesn’t hurt to dream. We are hopeful that Reparando will not only get accepted into festivals, but that it will win a few to gain some exposure for our film and help raise capital for Micro-Finance in Guatemala.

Through an amazing website called withoutabox.com we were able to enter into 17 film festivals scheduled from August 2010 through March 2011 with relative ease. We will notify you as soon as we know if our film is accepted into each festival. We look forward to sharing this amazing story with the public.

The table below details the film festivals we have entered so far and are listed in order of festival dates.

Festival Information Festival Dates Notify Date
Grand Rapids Film Festival PO Box 1772
Grand Rapids MI 49501
U S A
Phone: 616-451-2700
Fax: 616-301-1500
info@grfilmfestival.com
http://www.grfilmfestival.com
08/25/10 – 08/29/10 08/06/10
San Diego Film Festival 10981 San Diego Mission Rd.
Suite 112
San Diego CA 92108
U S A
Phone: (619) 582-2368
Fax: (619) 286-8324
programming@sdff.org
http://www.sdff.org
09/29/10 – 10/03/10 09/01/10
Kansas International Film Festival c/o Leawood Theatare
3859 W. 95th St
Overland Park KS 66206
U S A
Phone: 913-642-4404
info@kansasfilm.com
http://www.kansasfilm.com
10/01/10 – 10/07/10 08/15/10
Heartland Film Festival 200 South Meridian Street
Suite 220
Indianapolis IN 46225
U S A
Phone: 317-464-9405
Fax: 317-464-9409
info@heartlandfilmfestival.org
http://www.heartlandfilmfestival.org
10/14/10 – 10/23/10 09/04/10
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 819 Central Avenue
Hot Springs National Park AR 71901
U S A
Phone: 501-321-4747
Fax: 501-321-0211
hsdfi@hsdfi.org
http://www.hsdfi.org
10/15/10 – 10/24/10 09/10/10
Arpa International Film Festival 2919 Maxwell Street
Los Angeles CA 90027
U S A
Phone: 323-663-1882
Fax: 323-663-1882
arpafilmfestival@gmail.com
http://arpafilmfestival.wordpress.com
10/15/10 – 10/17/10 09/01/10
Jacksonville Film Festival c/o TigerLily Media
2011 Belote Pl
Jacksonville FL 32207
U S A
Phone: 904-858-9889
Fax: 904-858-9887
info@jacksonvillefilmfestival.com
http://filmfestival.jacksonville.com
10/13/10 – 10/17/10 09/13/10
Philadelphia Film Festival 600 Chestnut Street
Suite 705
Philadelphia PA 19106
U S A
Phone: 215-253-3599
Fax: 215-754-4969
submissions@filmadelphia.org
http://www.filmadelphia.org
10/14/10 – 10/24/10 08/20/10
Santa Fe Film Festival 60 W San Francisco Street
Suite 307
Santa Fe NM 87504
U S A
Phone: 505.988.7414
Fax: 505.988.7648
info@santafefilmfestival.com
http://www.santafefilmfestival.com
10/20/10 – 10/24/10 09/30/10
Austin Film Festival 1801 Salina St.
Austin TX 78702
U S A
Phone: 800-310-3378
Fax: 512-478-6205
programming@austinfilmfestival.com
http://www.austinfilmfestival.com
10/21/10 – 10/28/10 09/22/10
Savannah Film Festival c/o Savannah College of Art and Design
PO Box 3146
Savannah GA 31402-3146
U S A
Phone: 912-525-5051
Fax: 912-525-5052
filmfest@scad.edu
http://filmfest.scad.edu
10/30/10 – 11/06/10 08/31/10
AFI Fest 2021 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90027
U S A
Phone: 866 234 3378
Fax: 323 462 4049
programming@afi.com
http://www.afi.com/AFIFEST
11/04/10 – 11/11/10 10/08/10
St. Louis International Film Festival Centene Center for Arts and Education
3547 Olive Street
St. Louis MO 63103-1014
U S A
Phone: 314-289-4150
Fax: 314-289-4159
mailroom@cinemastlouis.org
http://www.cinemastlouis.org
11/11/10 – 11/21/10 09/15/10
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 131 South Higgins Avenue, Suite 3-6
Missoula MT 59802
U S A
Phone: (406) 541-3456
programming@bigskyfilmfest.org
http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org
02/11/11 – 02/20/10 01/01/11
Cinequest Film Festival Attn: Programming
PO BOX 720040
San Jose CA 95172-0040
U S A
Phone: 408-995-5033
Fax: 408-995-5713
programming@cinequest.org
http://www.cinequest.org
02/22/11 – 03/06/11 01/15/11
San Diego Latino Film Festival c/o Media Arts Center San Diego
921 25th Street
San Diego CA 92102
U S A
Phone: 619-230-1938
Fax: 619-230-1937
entries@sdlatinofilm.com
http://www.sdlatinofilm.com
02/10/11 – 02/20/11 02/15/11
Omaha Film Festival PO Box 540730
Omaha NE 68154
U S A
Phone: 402-415-6272
omahafilmfestival@gmail.com
http://www.omahafilmfestival.org
03/03/11 – 03/06/11 01/30/11

Overwhelming the Odds

Four years ago today, I became a father. Little did I know how my story would become entwined with Guatemala. We started out capturing Guatemalan culture so our sons could appreciate their heritage, but we ended up connecting to our own.

Two and a half years ago, I met some young men in a Guatemalan prison. After listening to their stories, I realized that both my sons and I could be in that prison in different circumstances. I had to respond. That is how Athentikos was born.

We wanted to serve in global missions, while remaining authentic to who God made us to be. We are not carpenters or doctors – we are creatives. We didn’t go to construct or heal, we went to capture stories to share so that others might be inspired to respond.

Fast forward to May 2010 … we have been editing for over a year and are almost ready to lock our picture. I have learned so much about Guatemala and my family. When I look into the eyes of my sons, I am reminded of Shorty’s pain and struggle – how he lost his family to Guatemala’s Civil War. I am reminded of our own pain and struggle – how Amelia and I were not able to have children. But neither story ended there. Shorty has been healed and we have two precious sons. The pain of the past will always be in some corner of our minds, but we choose to embrace it as part of our journey.

I look forward to sharing the documentary with you all very soon … and I look forward to watching it with my sons as a reminder that God’s grace is overwhelming the odds to repair the broken.

Scott