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Sedona International Film Festival


Sedona, Arizona

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  1. rose and norman levine
    March 27th, 2013 at 06:05 | #1

    Attending Sedona Film Festival for the last 15 years has been one of the highlights of our move to Arizona. It is pure joy and for movie lovers a smorgasbord of films far superior to most showing in our movie theaters. Keep up the great work Sedona Film Festival. The Q and A questions asked by viewers are delicious. 2012 was a banner year. Can’t wait until the 2013 season.

  2. boris
    March 15th, 2010 at 12:10 | #2

    One more thing. Festival projection was not great. During one screening, my 2.35 aspect ratio was cropped to 1.85, so the film played with left and right cropping throughout.

  3. Boris
    February 28th, 2010 at 23:08 | #3

    I have to disagree with the great ratings. The festival could be cool (I think it desires to be a Mill Valley style fest), but it falls short in key areas. First of all, good points:
    – lovely key staff
    – nice accommodations for filmmakers
    – they feed you really well.
    Based on this, I would have given the festival 3 or 4 stars BUT:
    – it’s very cliquey. It seems to be orientated more at impressing the wealthy patrons and residents of Sedona itself than caring about the filmmakers. It’s kind of lame for industry and networking with other filmmakers.
    – programming is a bit weird. Often two shorts before a feature, sometimes up to 30 mins of shorts before the main feature. One short is fine, but two 15 min shorts before the feature is a bit much. Also leads to a cluster in the Q&A when all filmmakers are present.
    – Front line staff are often poorly trained. As a feature filmmaker, I was refused entry to my own film (even to stand in the back) and had to get the manager to sort it out.
    – No travel allowances (for feature filmmakers) – not a deal breaker, but if you’re asked to haul your own ass there, it better be a great experience.

    At the end of the day, Sedona is a weird place. There are some cool people there, but they are vastly outnumbered by a lot of self-satisfied, parochial, navel gazing, wealthy new-agers. It’s not about you. It’s about them. They mean well, but they never going to be cutting edge. That said, wealthy sponsors mean this fest is here to stay.

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  4. Jason T
    November 18th, 2009 at 21:17 | #4

    I too enjoyed this festival very much, but I must knock off a couple of stars due to the rather thin industry presence. Sedona is a fun and beautiful place. If only they can entice industry there, this would be the perfect fest.

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  5. lightsoutproductions
    November 4th, 2009 at 12:55 | #5

    An amazing fest in an amazing locale. The personal attention given to filmmakers — whether they have brought short films or features is amazing. The festgoers are wonderful:intelligent, interesting, and interested. And the staff is second to none. My mother came out to the festival when is screened my short there. They treated her like royalty. Kinda nuts.

    On technology (which I think everyone should take a moment to note in their reviews of fests): the projection was excellent, the equipment cutting edge and there were no delays or issues. Top notch.

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  6. joabaldwin
    October 18th, 2009 at 21:02 | #6

    This is a fantastic festival. Pure magic, one of the most gorgeous locations possible, and the most welcoming directors and volunteers out there. Great selection, great parties, great awards, it’s #1 on my list for sure.

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  7. Steve Truman
    October 18th, 2009 at 20:08 | #7

    I absolutely agree with Chris on this one. The Sedona International Film Festival is one of the best film festivals I’ve ever attended.

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  8. Chris
    October 8th, 2009 at 00:04 | #8

    As British filmmaker, Chris Jones, said during his acceptance speech after winning the Best Foreign Short Film award, “If Sedona was a small town in England, Festival Director Patrick Schweiss would be given a knighthood!” Patrick Schweiss is what every festival director aspires to be. Adored by filmgoers and filmmakers alike, he’s the type of person whose magnetic energy (fitting for a town of vortexes) and witticism, people can’t say no to, including sponsors. At a time when other festivals are closing their doors or making major cutbacks, this years’ Sedona International Film Festival seemed more lavish than ever.

    This was our second year at the festival. During our first experience we were blown away by the festival’s outstanding hospitality, passionate, intelligent audiences, and remarkable selection of films. As we drove home from that magical red rock town after an unforgettable week, we vowed to try to return the following year. We were delighted eight months later when Patrick and his team invited us back with our first feature film, DETACHED. Yet again, the experience was remarkable. Sedona was only the third time we’d screened DETACHED to an audience, and the first time we didn’t have a single friend plugged among them for support. We were overjoyed to receive two near-packed houses, and Q & A questions unlike any we’d received before. Besides the usual budget and casting questions, Sedona audiences have a knack for digging deeper into the filmmaker process and psyche, even uncovering aspects of our story and film that we had never considered before.

    We were recently discussing our second feature that we are working to fund and shoot soon. We did the time calculation and realized it may not be complete in time to submit to the 2010 Sedona International Film Festival, at which point we made the decision, that even if it means another short film, we MUST create something to entice them to ask us back once more!

    If I could rate it any higher I would.!

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