December 3, 2008
posted by David Holbrooke
This year at Mountainfilm we will probably end up screening about 75 films or so (up from the 65 we played in 2008). How do we find those films - really, through any number of ways. More than 600 films will be submitted this year from people who know the festival and want to come to Telluride. An untold number of other films will come through tips from friends of the festival.
Another important way to find films is through other festivals, which is why I recently found myself on a plane to Amsterdam. The city is host to IDFA
- the biggest documentary film festival in the world, where they play more than 300 non-fiction films.
I had always wanted to go and two years ago, submitted my film, Hard As Nails
. Sadly it wasn’t accepted and I couldn’t rationalize the cost to just go to check it out. Now as Festival Director of Mountainfilm, I had plenty of reasons to be there and bring back some films for our festival.
What was I looking for? Keep reading and you will get a pretty good sense …