12 days left to enter NAFF ‘13

It’s time to get those movies of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond submitted to the fourth annual New Art Film Festival, dearest filmmakers! Programmed by yours truly on behalf of C-U Confidential, the Art Theater Co-op, and the Boneyard Arts Festival presented by 40 North 88 West, the NAFF is an anomaly in the festival landscape because it takes regional (or, some might say, “micro-urban”) filmmaking seriously as entertainment, history, and ephemera. We are fortunate the C-U can foster such a subculture to have alongside the traditional fine and performing arts.

The NAFF is set to amaze the masses on Friday, April 12, from 5 p.m. to Midnight. Entries are due to the Art by Friday, March 8, 5 p.m. CST. (Yes, that’s next week.) A little bit more detail for the diehards can be found after the jump; we’re avidly awaiting your work!

~ Jason Pankoke

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(Champaign, Illinois) January 29, 2013: The premier community cinema event of Champaign, IL, has announced its Call for Entries! The New Art Film Festival, returning for its fourth consecutive year to the Art Theater Co-op on Friday, April 12, 2013, showcases the cinematic talents of creative filmmakers of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond! The NAFF will consider features, shorts, and Webisodes of all genres, with preference given to work produced within the last three years.

Please drop off or mail a non-returnable DVD (not Blu-ray) screener of your work(s) to The Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, IL, 61820. Address it to “New Art Film Festival 2013, c/o Jason Pankoke, Program Director.” No submission fee! Include the following info as hard copy or e-mail to cuconfidential@gmail.com: Year of Production, Running Time, Name of Director(s)/Producer(s)/Writer(s), Names of Primary Cast, Name of Production Company(ies), Plot Synopsis, Filmmaker Bio(s), Print Source (i.e., Contact Info we can share w/public). Deadline: FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013, 5 P.M.

At this time, the NAFF concentrates on showing the best in Illinois-made independent cinema with a stress on the local, given our association with the annual Champaign County Boneyard Arts Festival presented by 40 North 88 West. However, we do encourage artists from Chicago, Carbondale, Springfield, Decatur, et al, to consider the NAFF for their work!

If you have queries, please go directly to the source by writing cuconfidential@gmail.com! Good luck, everybody!

Jason Pankoke
Program Director
New Art Film Festival


Jason Pankoke
Program Director, New Art Film Festival

Austin McCann
General Manager, the Art Theater Co-op


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