Maynard now has its own Film Festival!
A nationwide call for “Small Town Shorts” 2-5 minute film shorts, documenting how small towns are coping during these transformational times.
COVID themes, wildfires, civic and cultural themes are the subject of the festival.
Theme prompts for on-topic stories about small town life in America:
COVID Life: personal stories about coping, life indoor, human conflict, and inspirational stories in your small town
Businesses: unique, thriving, innovative, life during COVID, origin stories
History: Origin stories and how they are reinterpreted or changed
Culture & Arts: Innovation, loss, and coping of the theaters, artists, musicians, Churches, Architecture, AV clubs, music halls, performing arts, etc
Civic Life: Urban design, social unrest, gentrification, health and medical, town committees, Education, High Schools, Library, Board of Selectmen, Town Hall stories, politics, best practices.
Submit by Dec 31, 2020 midnight at Filmfreeway
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Maynard Film Festival is a new national platform based in Maynard, MA, for independent and community-based filmmaking. “Small Town Shorts” is the Festival’s first open call for films that tell stories about how life has changed in American suburbs and rural small towns during these transformational times.
The focus will be on documentary storytelling and community involvement to record how small town culture is changing and coping with social unrest, pandemic, wildfires, and economic recession. Why small towns?…for the access. From town hall meetings to the local farmstand, these communities already know each other. Also, the consequences of the fate of our time will hit harder in smaller communities. Documenting the solutions to hardships, revealing the resiliency, and sharing the struggle are all part of what will be filmed and archived for history. A small town is defined as a population under 100,000 as of 2020.
Filmmakers will make a 2-5 minute short, adhering to themes about small town life. The best short films will be presented on the big screen at the Fine Arts Theatre in Maynard, MA, and released online later.
MFF supports emerging and established voices; curates innovative and interactive experiences and the use of smartphone filmmaking. MFF will be soliciting jurors from museums to judge and archive the best shorts for their collections that focus on these historic times.
Synopsis of Rules of Maynard Film Festival 2021: “Small Town” Shorts
• 2 to 5-minute short Film includes credits
• Adheres to the theme of current changing times in small towns (pop. under 100,000)
• Submit each short Film to Filmfreeway.com/MaynardFilmFestival No DVDs or mail will be accepted.
• No refunds, no exceptions
If your Film is accepted into the Festival, through a jury process, it will be shown at Fine Art Theatre Place in Maynard, MA, in April 2021. You will be notified and asked to submit a 30-sec trailer of your film for promotional purposes. If the pandemic disallows indoor screening, the film festival will be held at an outdoor theatre venue (TBA). At the premiere, people attending can cast a ballot for the short they like best for the “Peoples Choice Award.” There will be a jury for the Best Film in Student, Made in Maynard, and the Best Film for the general category.