- Sylvia Plath, on rape culture, etc (via knightdress)
After the recent winner of Tropfest caused a huge amount of disgust and disdain amongst the filmmakers I know, a friend of mine said 'Listen guys if we are gonna complain about the lack of good film festivals we should just go out and start one.'
Tropfest started in a cafe in Sydney and was merely a screening of John Polson’s own film (plus a few mates films, but he awarded first place to himself anyway?) and now is the world’s most widely broadcast, accessible, and mainstream short film festival.
It’s also a tight knit boys club of previous winners, a plethora of racism, sexism, and homophobia, and shows a severe lack of change in the Australian film industry.
So - why not start a new festival?
Queer, feminist, films. Not a queer festival. Not a feminist festival. An open festival that rather than broadcasting films of equality towards a specific audience, it presents them as the norm.
A festival where the writing and the style takes merit over the punchline or the accessibility to a mainstream audience.
I know how to start, and I know where to start. With a website, a facebook page, a twitter account, someone to jack up the social media. With a quirky venue and great pics as a campaign. A handful of second-rate sponsors to get us through the first year. An open call to young filmmakers all over Australia.
Direct contact with minority communities such as the queer, the disabled, the POC, the feminists, anyone else who is tired of not seeing themselves represented on the big screen. Represent yourself. Make these films.
Just an idea, anyway. I’ll probably do nothing with it, unless I find support from enough friends and filmmakers.
Tentatively called Notfest. Just because it’s not Tropfest.