THIS SERIES IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING FEATURE FILM SUBMISSIONS. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR FILMS. SHORTS CAN BE SENT TO THE ATTENTION OF ANDREW CRANE (20 min. or less). SEE BELOW FOR THE ADDRESS.
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The Alternative Screen: A Forum for Independent Film Exhibition & Beyond...
The Alternative Screen was founded in 1995 to bring the best of provocative, innovative and fiercely independent filmmaking to Los Angeles audiences. It offers independent filmmakers a critically acclaimed, year-round venue to showcase their work to public audiences as well as members of the entertainment industry.
The series primarily focuses on feature films (narrative, documentary) without wide commercial distribution, but we have also hosted LA premieres and parties for independent films on the eve of limited distribution; a showcase of uncensored music videos; short & animated film programs and presentations of work in new media.
Our showcase environment spotlights one individual film/filmmaker at a time and provides an opportunity to obtain reviews from prestigious Los Angeles film critics, a platform for public reaction and an opening for dialog with distributors.
In selecting films to participate in The Alternative Screen, we look for those that convey an independent style, spirit, format and vision.
As film artists struggle to obtain even an art house run, we hope to provide a platform for emerging artists to gain exposure and for audiences to experience rare visual treats.
For more information call: (323) 461-2020, ext. 6 or 115
(please tell us how you heard about us!)
IN CASE YOU'RE WONDERING...
Occasionally we play "revival picks." Films finished in within the past 12 months of the date you submit are eligible. If your film was finished more than 12 months ago you should call us before you send it in if there is a strong reason why we should consider it.
WITH REGARD TO SHORT FILMS...
Short films of any length can be sent to the attention of Andrew Crane for Short Film Showcase consideration. Read on for more details.
Alternative Screen does accept short films, however, we generally do not play films in this program that are longer than 10-12 minutes, because they are shown preceding a feature film. Shorts addressed to Margot Gerber should not be longer than 12 minutes.
If you have a short film that does not seem to fit into the description of what The Alternative Screen plays -- it may fit into the themed short film programs we present several times per year. Use the address below to submit it, but address it to the attention of ANDREW CRANE (ext. 112). Past short programs have included Gay & Lesbian shorts, New York shorts, Women's Shorts, French shorts and Spanish shorts and a sci-fi/horror program.
Short films playing as part of a series may have the opportunity to be reviewed.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Please submit the following materials:
1) A DVD that has been well tested in several commercial DVD players even if it is mastered commercially. Why? They do not universally work in all DVD players. We want to be able to see your film without technical difficulty.
2) Press Kit -- Any written background materials (reviews, write-ups from festival catalogs, background on your film, the filmmakers, actors, synopsis, production notes, etc.) *Submit photos and posters only if you are selected.
3) A cover letter with your contact information: name, address, phone #, fax #, e-mail, website URL... Information on the film: title, running time, year made, awards won, festivals played, format (16mm, 3/4" video??) Do you have a print? How did you hear about Alternative Screen??
4) A self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your submission. Please make sure you are using correct postage. Tapes may also be picked up at our office if advance arrangements are made.
Margot Gerber, American Cinematheque,
6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood CA 90028 USA
(tel) 323. 466. 3456, ext. 115 (fax) 323.461.9737
(shorts should be sent to Andrew Crane at the same address)
Alternative Screen Archive (see what we've screened in the past)