COVID 19 UPDATED SCHEDULE
DUE TO COVID-19 THERE WILL BE A SLIGHT CHANGE TO OUR 2nd ANNUAL 2021 FESTIVAL.
First off we want to say thank you for your submissions. It really means a lot to us that you have reached out to be a part of the magic that we have created at Skiptown Playhouse for Filmmakers. Last year we had an amazing turnout with so many talented people in attendance. Here is where we stand.
We were really looking forward to this years festival and to be able to run it as normal. However being that conditions have not improved in America, we have to take into extreme consideration not only the compliance orders of the state of California and city of Los Angeles, but more importantly the safety of our patrons and filmmakers from all over the world.
After careful deliberation, we have decided against an online festival as it defeats the purpose of what we created when building our festival. The connection between the independent film community and ability to network and make long lasting relationships is really at the core of what we want to continue. WE WANT TO DO THIS THE RIGHT WAY.
We have put together a schedule that we feel is good for accomplishing our goal and maintaining our experience. We know this sets some things behind, but given the circumstances we are doing our best.
SEPTEMBER 14th 2020
NOTIFICATION DATE FOR 2nd ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL (ALL ACCEPTED FILMS NOTIFIED)
OCTOBER 21st 2020
2nd ANNUAL FILM NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED / SEMIFINALIST STATUS ANNOUNCED
OCTOBER 28 2020
SUBMISSIONS BEGIN FOR 3rd ANNUAL 2021 FILM FESTIVAL
JUNE / JULY 2021 (EXACT DATES TBD)
2nd ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE WITH SCREENINGS AT VENUE
WINNERS ANNOUNCED LIVE AT FESTIVAL / POSTED ONLINE
3rd ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE ON SCHEDULE
THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING
We are sponsored by Princ Films, an International Distribution Representative, which makes our festival a great (one of the best) opportunities for independent film makers to have their work seen and optioned for international distribution representation at all of the major film markets around the world.
Skiptown Playhouse International Film Festival is a new festival that specializes in low (under 5 million budget) independent films with great potential for the world wide market. It is a great outlet for filmmakers from all over the world to showcase their work and be seen by distributors, producers, and other industry professionals working in Hollywood. And what better place to be located, than Hollywood itself!
The festival is run by the owner of Skiptown Productions, Vincenzo Carubia who also works in acquisitions for Princ Films. This festival is a great opportunity for filmmakers to have their work seen and showcased to industry professionals who have the potential to distribute their work at the major film markets around the world aka international sales distribution.
This intimate theater is known for it's comfy chairs, red curtains, and warm ambiance that is created by the owners Vincenzo, Anny, and Michelle. Opening in February of 2018, the theater quickly grew a following in the comedy community in Hollywood and started growing a following for its film screenings as well through Blackout Cinema (a local film group).
Now Skiptown decided to grow its adventure by creating a week long film festival event with opening / closing night parties, as well as red carpet photos, guest speakers, panels, and a carefully selected variety of shorts / features, and more.
Awards will be given to the following categories
FEATURE FILM CATEGORIES
Best Picture (US OR INTERNATIONAL BEST OF FEST)
Best Special Effects
Best Production Design
Best Performance By a leading male
Best Performance By a leading female
Best Ensemble cast
Best Original Score
Best Supporting Actor (Male)
Best Supporting Actor (Female)
Best Original Screenplay
SHORT FILM CATEGORIES
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Director Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Music Video
Best Web Series
Best Foreign Language Short Film
Best Experimental Short Film
Best LGBTQ+ Short Film
Best Actor in a Short Film
Best Actress in a Short Film
Audience Favorite (Short)
Audience Favorite (Feature)
Notable Student Film
New Filmmaker Award (For a first time filmmaker)
THE TARA LYNN PHILIPS RISING STAR AWARD for a new face making a splash in entertainment
Premiering at our festival is a beautiful thing! However it is not required. You can have screened at other festivals and won awards, that will not affect the selection of your film.
Films MUST be under 5 million in budget.
Films CANNOT have a completion date prior to 2017 to be considered.
Films may have some distribution attached to submit and be considered.
Films must be in the completed stages of production. Minor tweaks only.
Films must be completed with online screeners in order to be considered.
We will ONLY review online screeners at this time for review.
Any films not filmed in English must provide the proper English subtitles to be considered.
Press packages are only necessary after the selection process is completed.
You may submit a POSTER and / or TRAILER / SYNOPSIS / TALENT ROSTER with your film screener submission. It is encouraged but however not required and will not directly effect your chances of selection.
Submitters understand that by submitting they are not guaranteed selection into the festival and even if selected they are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and entrance into all screenings, receptions / etc.
Due to the limited size of the venue, filmmakers accepted into the festival will receive free entree into their own film screening as well as entry into opening and closing night parties.
We screen all of our selected films off of an EPSON HD projector and have upgraded sound system in place for screening with comfortable chairs for your viewing pleasure.
There are NO REFUNDS on any materials or submissions at any time.
All submissions are FINAL.
Please do not contact about the status of your project before the notification date. We will notify you on or within several days of said date.
The number one rule is that you come ready to mingle and have a great time!