The fourth annual P21 Fest , taking place Oct. 1-4, may be screening over 50 films (30 of which are World Premieres) but all parties involved insist that these four days will not comprise a “film festival.”
The folks at Project Twenty1 have assembled a long weekend’s worth of fresh cinema, workshops, competitions and swanky parties that will satisfy all tastes and interests. Held at the International House of Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut St), rather than simply screening premieres for audiences, P21 Fest invites speakers to educate aspiring filmmakers on a range of topics including marketing, skincare and makeup for film, casting tricks and how to hunt down grants. Run entirely through volunteer efforts, Project Twenty1 is committed to the promotion and exhibition of the arts and their creators through film and animation.
The festival will begin on Thursday evening at 7 P.M. with the Philadelphia premiere of You Might As Well Live , a story about a man named Robert who has failed at everything but has decided to turn things around, setting him “on a madcap adventure involving a drug racket, a roller-skating transvestite, a bar-mitzvah and an air hockey tournament which leads to heartbreak and unexpected triumph.” Project Twenty1 is very excited to share this film with Philly, as it’s “one of the funniest films [they’ve] seen in a long time.” The screening will be followed by an opening night celebration at Distrito , just up the street (at 3945 Chestnut) where a sleek new Glidecam HD-2000 will be raffled off to one lucky attendee.
Friday will be jam-packed with fascinating educational workshops, topped off with Speed Networking at 4:30. Speakers will offer valuable advice on everything from marketing tips to exciting new film techniques while Speed Networking offers the opportunity to distribute your business card, demos and headshots to professionals in the entertainment industry—music to an arts student’s ears and an afternoon not to be missed!
Friday evening will have something for everyone as P21 presents the ten best dramatic short film submissions of 2009 in the Filmathon Shorts Showcase at 8 p.m.. The day will close with Friday Night FX , a dress-up themed party where Makeup FX artists will use attendees’ faces to create burns, scars and scabs, competing to be Project Twenty1’s Best FX Artist of 2009. For $5 at the door you will be encountering some frightening faces at the Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St) and may find some inspiration for a spooky Halloween costume.
Saturday and Sunday will both be a mix of workshops and screenings, including the 21 Day Competition Films, workshops on FX Makeup and more premieres than you can shake a stick at. Saturday night will feature the Philadelphia premiere of Fairview St. , a film about a man returning to society after four years of incarceration for armed robbery and what befalls him as he tries to reclaim his life. The screening will be followed by an event at Upstairs at Marathon Grill (40th and Walnut) at which all are welcome to contribute their work to the open screening while mingling with participating artists and industry professionals.
The P21 Fest will close with an awards ceremony on Sunday night, free and open to all, recognizing filmmakers in categories such as Best Film, Best Director and Best Writing. After the ceremony, the Closing Night Party @ 12 Lounge will celebrate all of the 2009 participants as the week finishes with a bang. Aspiring filmmakers are encouraged to bring their business cards, as P21 judges and other professionals will be in attendance and willing to chat with emerging talent in this casual setting.
P21 Fest is no place to sit back and watch a few flicks but is instead an exciting few days in which the art world comes alive, makes connections and celebrates great work created in 2009. Whether you foresee yourself diving into the film industry after graduation or are just curious of what these fresh filmmakers are up to, these four days in October will prove a phenomenal opportunity to get a sense of what the creative minds of Philly and beyond are up to.
Admission varies by event, so visit the website for more information. Those interested in attending many or all of the events should check out the P21 Fest 2009 VIP All-Access Pass which, for $60, will grant free admission to all screenings, workshops and evening parties.
You can contact Samantha Ronan at firstname.lastname@example.org