21st Dec2017

New found-footage film festival coming to San Francisco

by Phil Wheat


The Unnamed Footage Festival, a weekend of found footage horror, first person cinema, and faux documentary, is coming to the historic Balboa Theater in San Francisco on March 24th – 25th, 2018.

The slate of films will consist of narratives shot in the first person, and show the exciting diversity within the medium that has gone uncelebrated until now. While The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity defined the genre, many others went under the radar. The Unnamed Footage Festival will offer audiences the chance to revisit older titles and discover new ones, while exploring comedy, science fiction, and drama, with an emphasis on the genre most often linked to found footage – horror movies.

A collaboration between Philadelphia’s Unnamed Film Festival and the Bay Area-based organization, The Overlook Theatre, The Unnamed Footage Festival will include in-competition new selections from around the world and a series of revival screenings. The two-day event will feature in-person talks and Q&As with filmmakers who contribute to this niche subgenre, as well limited edition art and collectibles for badge holders.

UFF is currently looking for films made by anyone, anytime — there are no limits regarding completion date or release status. Due to the nature of this genre, sometimes films take years to complete and slip through the cracks, and UFF’s goal is to hunt down and revive these movies and give new films the chance to screen theatrically.

Submissions are being accepted through February 15th, with a flat submission rate of $5 per short and $10 per feature. “Just go out and shoot something,” says the garbled voice of the Unnamed Representative. “A big part of this is to encourage filmmakers to play in this underappreciated storytelling format. There is so much room for exploration, and we want to see what strange and exciting things artists can do with it.”

Submissions for The Unnamed Footage Festival are now being accepted through Film Freeway; whilst badges will be on sale in early 2018. For more info check out: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


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