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26 Films in Production for the 10×10 Filmmaker Challenge

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If you happen to see people filming around town, and if they also seem to be in a hurry, there’s a good chance they’re making a film for this year’s 10×10 Filmmaker Challenge, a program of the 11th Annual Sacramento Film & Music Festival.  Now in its 7th year, the 10×10 challenges filmmakers to make a 10 minute film in 10 days, on an assigned theme and using assigned elements such as quirky props and the Festival’s mini-poster.

Last night, filmmakers and prospective cast and crew members arrived at the Art Institute of California, Sacramento (a Festival sponsor) in enough numbers to require a move to a larger room.  In fact, the 26 teams that signed up to participate caused the maximum running time of each film to be truncated to 8 minutes for only the second time in the program’s history.

After hearing the rules (make it quickly and make it clean!), teams used a pre-assigned number from 1-26 to select their props.  They were also assigned two quotes from a well known movie which they are required to work into their scripts or otherwise include in the finished film, with each team’s assigned movie being different.  Props came in mismatched pairs and included such items as a teeny-tiny tea service and a lug nut wrench, a pair of foam swords, and a 54" inflatable shark and glittery apple.  Quotes came from movies as diverse as Twilight and Gone With the Wind.

This year’s 10×10 theme is "Lines" – chosen for its wide variety of potential interpretations, including such dissimilar contexts as ticket lines, airlines, electrical lines, family lines, political party lines, and stem cell lines.  A quick search in wikipedia reveals approximately 50 different interpretations of the theme.  Additionally, this is the Festival’s eleventh year and the poster is designed around the parallel lines of the number 11.

Teams have until 7pm on Sunday, July 18th to complete their projects and the finished films will be screened at 5pm on Sunday, August 1st at the Crest Theatre, as the closing screening of the 10-day Sacramento Film & Music Festival.  Films are judged on overall quality, and best use of theme, props, and quotes.  And, for the first time this year, films will also be judged in several acting categories, thanks to the help of the Festival’s newest partner Studio24, a full-service talent management company located in midtown.

The Festival runs from Friday, July 23rd to Sunday, August 1st, with 25 ticketed events and, at last count, over 140 films.  The Festival is also hosting the world premiere of a new documentary about the work of Sacramento artist David Garibaldi, followed by a live performance and an auction of his work on Thursday, July 29th.  Tickets and Screening Passes are available at the Crest box office and through tickets.com.

More Festival information and the complete schedule can be found at www.sacfilm.com.


Disclaimer: Tony Sheppard is Co-Director of the Sacramento Film & Music Festival

Photos 1-5 by Paul Le:

1: The Art Institute of California, Sacramento

2. A moment of shock as the Festival Directors realize how many teams there are

3. Filmmaker Jared Martin of Davis displays his props

4. Pre-numbered movie quotes wait to be claimed

5. One pair of props

6. Sacramento Artist David Garibaldi, who will perform at the Festival on Thursday, July 29th

7. Festival poster – designed by Paul Le of midtown’s Sol Design

About the author

Tony Sheppard

Tony is a Professor at Sacramento State, Co-Director of the Sacramento Film & Music Festival and a long-time writer, primarily on topics related to film and the film industry. He is an active supporter of the local arts community, an amateur photographer, and has an interest in architecture and urban planning topics. He is currently designing a 595 sq.ft. house on a very small infill lot in Sacramento.

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