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Idaho International Film Festival


Boise, Idaho

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  1. Mack Lewis
    November 17th, 2009 at 12:06 | #1

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    I’m a little biased since they screened my short film there, but this is a well rounded festival that always manages to show exceptional foreign and domestic films. Their dedication to showcasing local filmmakers is one of its best qualities. Shout to Bruce Fletcher, Toni Gillette and Lyle Banks for providing Boise with this festival. Thanks!

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  2. October 25th, 2009 at 11:58 | #2

    Showing my film, THE FALL OF ’55 (www.fallof55.com) at the Idaho International Film Festival has been among the highest points of my career as a filmmaker.

    First off, the organizers are friendly, helpful and very supportive of filmmakers. They have a diverse collection of films, great venues and fun festival parties. The festival was well-promoted and well attended.

    Our situation was unique in that we made a highly-anticipated local documentary. The IIFF organizers were flexible to our needs — allowing The Fall of ’55 to show in their largest venue, Boise’s treasured Egyptian Theater. They also allowed us to hold a panel discussion immediately after the film, where we were able to elaborate on our film’s local story.

    I’m grateful for our experience there, and eagerly await being able to show other projects at the Idaho International Film Festival.

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  3. October 19th, 2009 at 22:53 | #3

    Simply one of the best festivals around.

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  4. October 19th, 2009 at 20:43 | #4

    Radically fun and blurry festival with amazing, well-rounded films and insane parties.

    Worth it every year even if your film isn’t playing.

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  5. film4life
    October 19th, 2009 at 16:22 | #5

    This festival is about the filmmaker first. Charging no submission fees, programmer Bruce Fletcher believes that charging no fee makes it about the films themselves – not about an obligation to filmmakers with bad films who pay, or about films with stars, distribution, etc. Its all about the films with these guys. Lyle Banks, owner of the festival, Erica Cornwall, Erin O’Neal, and the rest of the genuinely sweet staff are the best to work with, and even make it out to see the films! In one case, Banks actually ran my film’s Q & A afterwards. Try getting Redford to do that! And for the most part, they give you TWO screenings!!

    Not to mention they fly you in and put you up in a nice, swanky, 4 or 5 star hotel with free shuttle service, etc. The fest is so packed with events, panels, and films, that you will find it a job to just keep up with everything you want to go to.

    Like most regional festivals, you have an edge being an Idaho film when it comes to attendence and local press, but I saw press and strong attendance for films from all over. The fest was a great place to catch foreign features as well.

    Boise itself is a film loving, friendly, sincere, and enthusiastic town. Food is great, drinks are great, and at night, the craziness comes out and the partying begins (which makes sense because its a college town, near Boise State). The 3 venues are fantastic, the top one of course being the Egyptian theatre, which is a huge, sprawling, and beautiful place to play your movie. If you go ahead of time, you will have no problem tagging up the town with your promo materials. The town is surprisingly festival friendly.

    Although we didnt take any awards or receive any major write ups, it didnt even matter. I was hooked. My film played to audience member and I got personal reactions from audience members who my film touched personally – this had a strong effect on me. I felt more personally connnected to the viewers. After taking my first, micro budgeted feature film to Idaho International, I now have a serious fear that this fest may have completely spoiled me for others…

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