The Block is a DIFFERENT film festival experience.
A unique 4 historic theatres on a single block is the nucleus for dozens of interactive film screenings (year six of the Logan Film Festival), a music stage, local business hosted galleries & bands, outdoor art installations, vast-topic educational sessions, & exceptional food offerings throughout two days.
ALL ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
We emphasize celebration not competition, and creating the best possible experience for everyone by focusing on interaction between the artists/filmmakers & their audiences.
At it's core, The Block is about inspiring imagination & creation. Encouraging personal expression through the arts is a major reason this organization was developed by artists over the past eight years.
THE HISTORY: YEAR SIX OF THE LOGAN FILM FESTIVAL
The Block directly incorporates and revolves around what the established Logan Film Festival (LFF) kickstarted in 2012. Several LFF founders preside on The Block team, and continue to shape the film-centric core of the two-day event.
It’s a 6-year mark for LFF, and the 2nd year joining forces with The Block, creating an more exciting environment designed for growth, more attendee and artist engagement, and to be a memorable one-of-a-kind experience.
ABOUT LOGAN, UTAH
The Block is hosted in the city of Logan in Cache Valley, Utah. Logan is one of the few cities in Utah with a National Historic District exhibiting wonderful old buildings and mansions in a picturesque mountain valley, the Wasatch range of the Rocky Mountains. It is surrounded by century old farms, incredible mountain and valley scenery, forests, lakes, and dozens of small farming communities perfect for filming all throughout it's very dynamic seasons.
Logan is also home to Utah State University, the Utah Festival Opera, and the Northern Utah Film Commission, providing filmmakers with access to local film crews, equipment, locations, and talent.
BACK TO OUR ROOTS
Under the direction of much missed LFF originator and visionary Alan Hashimoto, the film festival was intended in its first year to be part of a downtown art/design week. At The Block, we believe this is an exciting direction to return to, which will result in an increased draw, a renewed energy, sustainability, and help distinguish this event from the thousands of other film festivals across the world.
All films submitted are considered equally and carefully, through a multiple-stage prescreening process involving both outsider volunteers as well as industry professionals.
Because we feature a vast array of art mediums at The Block, this is a unique opportunity to get a broader scope of public audiences than other festivals may offer. Logan is home to Utah State University, bringing many college students and an ethnic diversity to the festival. The community is active in outdoor recreation, being less than hour away from numerous Wasatch ski resorts and mountain trials. Family and youth also have a large turnout & benefit from friendly, clearly indicated programming.
Awards & Prizes
"Not your average film festival: why an experience makes the difference."
The support and feedback from what we’ve accomplished in the last 6 years has been encouraging. Veteran filmmaker guest speakers from Oscar and Emmy winning films have called LFF, “one of the best festivals they’ve ever attended”. Available on their blog online, a detailed, positive account of visiting AFI director and editor duo from the film “Pyro & Klepto”--an audience favorite--paints testament to a realization:
The experience of attending the festival is what people love most.
Not awards. Not playing up a competition. Routinely low attendance to awards ceremonies, and our winning filmmakers often surprised to receive trophies or prizes, goes to prove that it’s not why people are attending or why films are submitted to this event. Whether it’s the audience members or it's the artists presenting their work, when the experience of coming to the festival is extraordinary and satisfying, that’s when we’ve succeeded and people come back.
By contrast, in modern times with increasingly accessibly submission platforms and filmmaking tools, it’s become easy for new festivals to spring up and exist more for making money off the mirage of accolades, than being about celebrating the art of filmmaking. Thousands of very similar film festivals across the country and the world have emerged in the last decade, and essentially function by charging fees for entries from all around the globe, choosing a handful of them to be shown, and then pitting those films against each other in competition for awards that, in reality, are not significant to the fate of the film. Even at one of the major dozen or so notable, high-profile market festivals (Sundance, TIFF, Cannes, etc.), often distribution is not secured by being accepted or winning an award.
After initially chasing these trends with minor growth using this model year to year, The Block is a pivot into a unique direction that builds upon the truth from our feedback and observations: that the in-person experience at the festival is what counts.
You wouldn’t go to a music concert or a music festival, just to listen to a band’s new album played back over the loudspeakers. You’d feel ripped off if the band members didn’t show up or didn’t come out on stage. Similarly, the musicians themselves come to present what they do in-person, to an audience, and not to compete against the other bands or to try to win an award. We believe independent film can live in the same realm of artistic appreciation, and independent filmmaking should not have to ride the coattails of an industry obsessed with competitive Hollywood award seasons.
So, different from virtually every other film festival out there, The Block focuses simply on celebrating independent expression of the arts including filmmaking. Avoiding a contest-driven environment pitting winners against losers, there is no jury and no awards. Laurels for official selections are still provided for those films programmed, and a locally-made, hand-crafted sculpture, “The Hashimoto”, recognizes the efforts of one promising up and coming young filmmaker each year.
Rules & Terms
The Block is about an extraordinary at-festival environment for attendees and artists. Audiences being able to interact with the people who made the film they watch, as well as filmmakers being able to interact with their audiences and introduce their film to new audiences in person, makes for an better experience for everyone. So, films submitted to The Block agree to have a presence* at the event if selected for programming, bringing at least one person involved to represent the film. This may limit the range of film entries compared to other festivals for the time being, but we feel it’s a necessary step to strongly emphasize and communicate what The Block is all about.
*For 2017, with this direction being a newer implementation to what we've done in the past, we will accept films this year that cannot commit to representation at the festival, although it is highly recommended to attend. We may set aside a separate venue for programming films that cannot commit someone to be in attendance. If this venue goes well and the audience interest and feedback is good, we may evolve/continue this concept going into 2018. So, be aware that attendance is strongly encouraged to enhance The Block's festival experience--but, please feel free to submit your film even if you can't make it. We do have resources available to help artists attend, in particular with lodging costs, as needed.
Films entered must have been completed during or after 2013 to qualify.
Shorts are considered films with a total run time of 45 minutes or less.
Mailed entries must be DVD or Blu-Ray Region 1 or Region 2, and must be postmarked by June 23, 2017 (one week before the deadline). Digital files on thumb drives are also acceptable.
Mark disc or drive with:
- Your name
- Your email
- Film title
- Total run time
- Entry category
- FilmFreeway tracking number
Mark your the outer packaging with:
- FilmFreeway tracking number
The Block film & art festival
128 S 100 E #1
Logan, UT 84321
Checks should be made out to:
Student entries must include a copy of student identification, as well as: School name, School location, and Professor or Teacher name.
Qualified local entries may use the discount code UTAHN17 and include proof of residency by email to email@example.com. For example, a photo ID with address listed, or a photocopy of a bill addressed to a local residency. Entries that use the locals discount code without providing proof of residency may be disqualified. Qualifying locals are residents living in any part of Utah, or Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon, & Colorado residents who live within a 350 mile radius of Logan, Utah. (For reference, this extends out to areas like Boise, Jackson Hole, Boseman, Ontario, Elko, Ely, Grand Junction, and Rangely).
Accepted entries will be notified by approximately August 31st, 2017.
Send an email to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
It is a condition of entry that the film is entered by the producer or director of the film. As the producer/director (Entrant) of the film you must understand and agree to the Terms & Conditions of Entry outlined below.
1) Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to enter film work to Logan Film Festival 2017 and The Block 2017. Entrants represent and warrant to the Festival that the Film and all parts thereof are original; that the Film does not contravene the rights of any person or entity and that entrants own or control the Film and all parts thereof and have the sole authority to submit the Film to the Festival; the Film entrants submitted to the Festival is not subject to nor threatened by any litigation. Entrants acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists between the Festival and entrants, and entrants further acknowledge that no such relationship is established by these guidelines, by submission of the Film, or by the Festival’s acceptance, review or retention of the Film.
2) If a film is accepted, entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their exhibition video materials to and from the festival venue. Complete press kits will be needed as soon after notification as possible. Logan Film Festival and The Block cannot be held liable for your exhibition print/video materials which are lost or damaged, and is not expected to return submission materials unless previous arrangements are made.
3) The entrants authorize the Festival to use their name and likeness in connection with any publicity related to the Festival.
4) If entrant's film is accepted into the festival, the festival may use the film or snippets of the film to promote the Logan Film Festival 2017 and The Block 2017, and for subsequent years. Entrants have the right to contact the Logan Film Festival and The Block and opt out their submission materials in the festival's promotions. By entering a film into the Logan Film Festival and The Block through this website, you, the associated Entrant, understand and agree to the Terms and Conditions as outlined above.