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Jeff is the head curator of the James River Filmmakers Forum. He currently sits on the board of directors of The James River Film Society.

The James River Short Films 2017 Call for Submissions

JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS – October 20th, 2017

Co-sponsored by the VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE

DEADLINE: August 15th 2017

$2,000 IN PRIZES!

GUIDELINES:

WHAT IS JAMES RIVER SHORTS?

James River Shorts is a mini-festival devoted to the short. The centerpiece is a juried competition for short films (20 minutes or less) from around the globe that best embody what the James River Film Society and James River Film Festival are all about – the art of film and film as art. It’s also the James River Film Festival’s little sibling. Even a snapshot of the guests from the past 20 years of the JRFF – Michael Almereyda, Caroline Martel, Tom Davenport, David Gatten, Ross McElwee, Jodie Mack, Peggy Ahwesh, Jem Cohen, Bruce Bickford, Richard Kelly, Chuck Statler, Karen Aqua, Joanna Priestley, Richard Myers, Pere Ubu, Martha Colburn, Mel Stuart, The Brothers Quay, Jonas Mekas, Les Blank, Ray Harryhausen, Tom Verlaine, Charles Burnett, Albert Maysles, John Columbus, Stan Brakhage, Scott MacDonald, and William Wegman – shows that we have a broad concept of the art of film and film as art. Therefore, we encourage all types of short films: fiction, nonfiction, animation, experimental, and more. We define short, you define art.

ENTRY CRITERIA/CATEGORIES

James River Shorts is designed to celebrate the art of film regardless of category or genre, yet films made for educational or industrial purposes are not relevant to our mission. Maximum running time is 20 min.

CATEGORIES

Our festival is designed to have no regard for traditional categories like fiction, nonfiction, animation or experimental. For the festival we will select the films that we feel best represent the art of film and film as art, regardless of type or category.

SELECTION AND SCREENING

Those entrants who become finalists for the Awards screening October 20th will be notified by September 25th 2017. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, October 20th, 2017, 6:30 pm James River Shorts Awards Screening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre. A special guest filmmaker/film curator (TBA) will make final all designations of cash awards.

AWARDS

Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be given for first, second, and third places. The Kathryn Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award will be presented to best film by a Virginia filmmaker. The audience will also vote for the People’s Choice Award.

24th Annual James River Film Festival Pass NOW AVAILABLE !

A FULL FESTIVAL pass is now available at our webstore .  For just $46.65 you can attend all of our festival programming April 6th – 9th !

You can purchase yours HERE !  We hope to see you at the festival this year !!

All advance passes are **WILL CALL ** only.  No passes will be mailed out .  You can pick up your pass at any festival event at the admissions table .

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

• Thursday, April 13th, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
• Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theater
• 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8.00 (VMFA members $5.00)

 

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) Director: Kent Jones 

In 1962, French New Waver Francois Truffaut sat down with director Alfred Hitchcock to record a conversation the would last three years and culminate in a ground-breaking book on the master’s mise-en-scene. At Hitchcock’s death, Truffaut remarked that “almost all of the new American cineastes were Hitchcock’s children,” and probably included himself as well.  Introduction and Q&A with Trent Nicholas and Michael Jones, Film Studies instructors in VCUarts Art History.  100 minutes

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents Silent Music Revival: Richmond Avant Improv Collective

• Sunday, April 9th, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
• The Bijou Film Center
• 304 E. Broad St., Richmond , VA
• Admission: $5 ($5.46 in advance via webstore )

 

Silent Music Revival: Richmond Avant Improvisational Collective Accompanies Surreal Classics

Richmond Avant Improvisational Collective (RAIC) will perform live spontaneous soundtracts to surreal and irreverent Dada classics. Ballet Mechanique (1924) Fernand Leger, and Seashell and The Clergyman (1928) Germaine Dulac with scenario by Antonin Artaud. RVA musician Jameson Price (Lobo Marino) has hosted and organized Silent Music Revival film screening events for over 10 years.  Cash bar available !  75 minutes

Due to limited seating at The Bijou Film Center, buy tickets in advance, HERE !   Tickets purchased online are WILL CALL ONLY; no tickets will be mailed.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse with Screenwriter Angela Faye Martin

• Sunday, April 9th, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8 ($8.55 in advance via webstore) 

The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse (2015) Directors: Alex Crowton & Bobby Bass
With guest screenwriter/narrator Angela Faye Martin and others

Dancing Hoods’ Mark Linkous spent some  years in Richmond, where he founded Sparklehorse and released the album “Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionlot”. Writing songs of rare beauty and gutsy reverberating guitar, more releases followed and the fame he wasn’t ready for found him. Juggling personal issues and creative juices, he retreated into the Smokies of North Carolina. A haunting portrait of a talented and beautiful soul. Appearances by David Lowery (Cracker), Adrian Utley (Portishead) Gemma Hayes, Angela Faye Martin and more.  Also screening Jem Cohen’s Nice Evening Transmission Down and Hi, How Are You? (animated short by Daniel Johnston). 130 minutes. (co-sponsored by Plan 9 Records)

Advance tickets available HERE. All advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No tickets will be mailed.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival present The Ralph Stanley Story with Filmmaker Herb E. Smith

• Sunday, April 9th, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8 ($8.55 in advance via webstore)

The Ralph Stanley Story (2000) with guest filmmaker Herb E. Smith 

Plenty of that “high lonesome” sound with over 20 songs by the Stanley Brothers and appearances by Dwight Yoakam, Patty Loveless, Junior Brown, Ricky Skaggs, the Clinch Mountain Boys and more! Follows the early days and Ralph’s decision to carry on after his brother’s death. Powerful and uplifting! Including bonus footage of songs performed at his funeral.  (an Appalshop production) (co-sponsored by Deep Groove Records).  85 minutes

Advance tickets available HERE. Advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No ticket will be mailed.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents Suburbia (aka The Wild Side) (1984)

• Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 12 Midnight
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $8 ($8.55 in advance via webstore)

Suburbia (aka The Wild Side) (1984) Director: Penelope Spheeris 

From the director of Decline of Western Civilization, a punk version of Rebel Without a Cause. Spheeris hired her actors (musicians and punks) off the LA streets, for a realism that’s hard to replicate. Originally test-marketed in RVA’s Biograph Theatre in ’84! Appearances by TSOL , DI and The Vandals.  (co-sponsored by Vinyl Conflict)  100 minutes

Advance tickets available HERE. Advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No tickets will be mailed.

 

The 24th Annual JRFF presents Zero for Conduct (1931), Cowards Bend the Knee (2003) & Heart of the World (2000) with Guy Maddin

• Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
• Grace Street Theater
• 934 W. Grace St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $10 ($10.61 in advance via webstore )

Silent Music Collection: Recluse Raccoon Accompanies Guy Maddin Selections

Guest filmmaker Guy Maddin introduces personal favorite: Jean Vigo’s classic revolt film, Zero for Conduct (1931) screened with live sound courtesy of Recluse Raccoon.  Madden will also screen his Cowards Bend the Knee (aka The Blue Hands) (2003), the first of his “trilogy” and shot on Super 8 for $30,000, comprised of ten short films set between 1930-1960.  It’s adapted from a ten part peephole exhibition and recalls Fritz Lang’s Dr. Mabuse series. Plus, Heart of the World (2000), containing over 500 shots in it’s 5 minute length, and winner of the Genie for “Best Short Film”.  120 minutes

Advance tickets are available HERE. All tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No tickets will be mailed.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents The Memoirs of the Jewish Marlboro Man with guest filmmaker Stefan Osdene

• Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
• Grace Street Theater
• 934 W. Grace St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: Free

Memoirs of the Jewish Marlboro Man with Guest Stefan Osdene

Filmmaker and ex-Richmonder Stefen Osdene premieres his work-in-progress about his father, a Philip Morris, chemist who defied federal inquiries into the tobacco industry, while denying his Jewish heritage. “Part Ken Burns, part Ken Anger, part Eraserhead,” says the director of his film.  His father also consorted with a pack of colorful RVA personalities who appear in the film!  Additional credits:  Dan Ollman, Sam Villanueva.  40 minutes

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents Brand Upon the Brain! (2006) with Director Guy Maddin

• Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $10 ($10.61 in advance via webstore)

Brand Upon the Brain! (2006) with Guy Maddin 

This second segment of his trilogy about Maddin’s life in Winnipeg, was originally mounted as a theatrical event.  Young Guy Maddon (played by two actors) returns to a childhood haunt, Black Notch Island, to paint the lighthouse where he once lived and now an orphanage run by his parents. Genre-bending – sci-fi, comedy, melodrama, biography – from one of cinema’s true originals. Shot in Seattle in two weeks for $40,000. Co-scripted with George Toles.  99 minutes

Advance tickets available HERE.  Advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No tickets will be mailed.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents My Winnipeg (2007) with guest filmmaker Guy Maddin!

• Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $10 ($10.61 in advance via webstore) 

My Winnipeg (2007) with guest director Guy Maddin

Maddin describes this film as a ” docu-fantasia” framed as a goodbye letter, that blends “personal history, civic tragedy and mystical hypothesizing.” An oneiric ode to his hometown, and part of his “Me-Trilogy”. The “finest, funniest, saddest film I’ve seen …” Richard Corlis Time  Dialogue by George Toles, with Ann Savage (star of B-noir Detour), Darey Fehr, Louis Negin.  80 minutes

Advance ticket available HERE. Advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No tickets will be mailed.

 

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival Present Slapstick and Donuts with Guy Maddin

• Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 10:30 a.m. 
• The Bijou Film Center
• 304 E. Broad St., Richmond , VA
• Admission: $5 ($5.46 in advance via webstore )

Slapstick and Donuts

Primitive era slapstick shorts and more presented “old school” on 16mm from the James River Film Society archives. Enjoy free coffee and donuts with special guest filmmaker Guy Maddin!  85 minutes

Advance tickets available HERE. WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue.  No tickets will be mailed.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents Archangel (1991) with guest Guy Maddin

• Friday, April 7th, 2017, 12 Midnight
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $10 ($10.55 in advance via webstore)

Archangel (1991) with director Guy Maddin

One of the director’s early classics, with plenty of mad love, campy drama and a couple of amnesiac pilots, Bolsheviks, White Russians, and German Huns converging in the Arctic village of Archangel sometime after World War I. Imagine Dr. Zhivago in the hands of F. W. Murnau or David Lynch!  90 minutes

Advance tickets available HERE.  Advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No tickets will be mailed.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents The Forbidden Room (2015) with director Guy Maddin

• Friday, April 7th, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
• The Byrd Theatre
• 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA
• Admission: $10 ($10.61 in advance via webstore )

The Forbidden Room (2015) with guest Guy Maddin

Co-directed with Evan Johnson, this mind-blowing kaleidoscope of a film follows a woodsman who mysteriously appears on a doomed submarine, finding the crew frantically devouring fluffy flapjacks for oxygen, and flows from one scenario to another like psychedelic nesting eggs. A journey film like no other! “A wild, demented cinephiliac feast!” – Variety  Starring Geraldine Chaplin and Charlotte Rampling.  125 minutes

Advance tickets available HERE. All advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY.  Check in at venue.

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival presents A Late Style of Fire (2015)

• Friday, April 7th, 2017, 7 p.m.
• The Visual Arts Center
• 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA
• Admission: $5 ($5.46 in advance via webstore )

A Late Style of Fire (2015) with guest Michele Poulos

Poulos’ dream inspired her to make her documentary of hard-living poet Larry Levis. Critically acclaimed writer and VCU English faculty, Levis died in 1996,  a victim of talent and self destructive excess. Her film asks, “is self-destruction required for a life in the creative arts?” and traces Levis’ life through marriages, friendships and words. With poets Philip Levine, Charles Wright and others. Producer: Greg Donovan. Score by Iron and Wine. Cash bar available.   92 minutes

Advance tickets available HERE. Advance tickets are WILL CALL ONLY; check in at venue. No ticket will be mailed.