The red dirt international film festival is a 2-day event in downtown Stillwater, OK, October 25th and 26th (Friday and Saturday). Featuring up to 100 films, from full-length movies and documentaries, short films and music videos from filmmakers both local and worldwide, the event will also include live musical performances, vendors, and other special events. Formed as an ancillary division of Inspire Shine Heal (http://www.inspireshineheal.com), festival directors Damon and Marisa formed the event to bring more inspiration, culture, and entertainment to central Oklahoma, as well as to inspire people of all ages through the united power of the film medium.
The festival will take place across various venues in Stillwater and on the Oklahoma State University campus all day that last Friday and Saturday of October (including a midnight screening on Saturday), and will be preceded by a filmmakers and press launch party the night before the kick-off. The event will culminate with an awards ceremony the Sunday after the two days of nonstop films. A fun-run marathon will also be included in the festivities, with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit Payne County's CASA chapter, to assist abused and neglected children represented by court advocates.
We've spent many months planning this event, and have shown that we need at least $10,000 to properly run the full-event. Fortunately some of these overhead costs will be covered by film submission fees, which are standard to the filmmaker submission process. However, almost all film festival submissions are now processed through the web-clearinghouse, Withoutabox (https://www.withoutabox.com). This directory is the primary method by which most festivals become known to filmmakers looking for upcoming submission deadlines for festivals that match the style or requirements for their own films. With a Withoutabox listing, our red dirt festival (so-named because of the colour of central Oklahoma's unique earth), will be able to take in submissions from all over the globe, reaching a very wide audience of filmmakers on very little marketing costs.
The setback is that a Withoutabox level we wish to operate under has an establishing fee of $1,500 (https://www.withoutabox.com/index.php?cmd=register.festivalFeeSchedule). With the success of this Kickstarter campaign, we'll be able to get a WB account established in enough time to receive a suitable number of film submissions, by which the larger festival will be able to be implemented from all our past year's worth of planning.
Damon is a college film professor, filmmaker, and co-founder of the Artists' Coalition of Stillwater, which has had numerous successful large events in downtown Stillwater and on the OSU campus. Marisa is in her genius with event-coordinating and management, and is the instrumental charm balancing out Damon's earnestness with her down-to-Earth practicality, humour, and natural-charisma with all those who she meets. Together we make an unstoppable team whom primary purpose is to give back to the local community and the world entire, through helping to spread the positive messages of inspiration we can all find in the world around us.
Please help us in any way you can to pay it forward; we've got plenty of great rewards to help you decide a contribution that works best for your needs, and every bit coming in will be most appreciated and recognised. Please note that since Kickstarter campaigns are all-or-nothing, that if we don't make our $1,525 goal by the end of these next two weeks (ending July 24th), then we won't get any of the funding as it cancels-out all prior contributions in the system. We promise you that as we get the festival up-and-running, that it'll always be handled responsibly and conservatively to ensure the best quality experience for all attendees, no matter your age or particular interest in films and festival activities. From Damon and Marisa at ish, we thank YOU for believing in us and all the possibilities of your local community!!
Risks and challenges
The only real risk we face after securing our Withoutabox account is that we might not receive as-sizable an amount of film entries as we hope (we're looking to receive at least 300 with this being our first year). Considering that filmmakers worldwide use the WB service and discover many of the festivals they submit to by order of submission deadline in the WB queue, this shouldn't be a problem.
However, Damon is used to helping organise events with the Artists' Coalition, such as the annual downtown Art Walk. In the event that we can't meet the eventual $10,000 goal we've projected, we have created several models of smaller versions of the festival (as well as larger ones!) to fall back onto (or step into!) as the submission fees come in.
Bear in mind that any funding we receive over this initial $1,525 we're seeking here will go towards that greater $10,000 goal!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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