The Disposable Film Festival is a one of a kind. Heading into its ninth year, this festival features only short works created using cell phone cameras, pocket cameras, DSLRs and other everyday, low-cost equipment.
The festival starts this year in San Francisco on April 7 - 10. It then displays its selected works in cities throughout the US.
There are a couple of things that I love about this festival. The first is that its creative use of everyday equipment allows almost anyone to share their talent. This levels out the playing field for those short on budget.
Another great thing about this festival is that they really work to educate up-and-coming filmmakers on what it takes to make it in the industry. They offer panel discussions at no charge, so everyone can attend.
It's the perfect event for those looking to break into the film industry.
This four-day event kicks off on Thursday, April 7th at the Castro Theater Mezzanine with a reception beginning at 6pm. From 8pm to 10:30pm at the Castro Theater, watch the best of online video made with personal screens and celebrate the technology that is changing how we look at life.
The cost for the VIP reception and Opening Night pass is $35 per person, $20 if you want to skip the pre-screening VIP party.
From 4pm to 5:30pm at BAVC, you can attend a special lecture entitled Sound + Vision: A Master Class with Marc Weidenbaum. Here, you'll explore film sound in depth.
Filmmaker Happy Hour is a great, FREE opportunity for both aspiring and accomplished Disposable Filmmakers to mingle. This networking event will take place at Churchill's from 6pm to 8pm.
The DDF concludes with the two-day Storytelling Weekend Workshop, presented by Adobe and featuring Bianca Giaever, whose success has landed her gigs at This American Life, Radiolab, and the New York Times Op-Docs.
In addition to learning the ins and outs of storytelling, participants will also learn how to use Adobe Premiere Clip, a free mobile app for smartphones, and the basics of Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
The workshop will take place from 10:30am to 4pm at the SF Film House.
You can purchase your tickets in advance on the Disposable Film Festival website.
In addition to the Disposable Film Festival, San Francisco features almost 50 other film festivals every year.
CAAM Fest: Another popular one in March is CAAM Fest (formerly the Asian American Film Festival). It features works from both Asian and Asian American artists. In addition to films, it also includes events focused on food and music.
International Film Festival: One of the largest every year is the International Film Festival in April. This internationally recognized event features more than 150 films over the course of two weeks.
SF Human Rights Festival: This is one of my personal favorites. It includes independent films that tackle issues around human rights. It is done through the University of San Francisco and includes almost a dozen engaging and thought provoking works. All sessions are free.
All Others: Click this link for a list of all the annual film festivals in San Francisco. They range from the Greek Film Festival, which features pieces from Greek artists, to Another Hole in the Head, which showcases the best works from up-and-coming sci-fi, horror and dark fantasy filmmakers.
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