Monthly Archives: January 2013

Starlite Micro-Budget Film Festival 2013


The 2nd Annual Starlite Film Festival begins TODAY, January 31st, and continues through Saturday, February 2nd. Starlite Film Fest, according to their Facebook page, “was named after the Star-Lite Drive-In movie theater in Winter Garden that was in operation from 1949 to 1996.” Sadly it was demolished in 1998. There’s even a five-part documentary by local director Heather Lea Gerdes about the Star-Lite Drive In on its YouTube page. Starlite Film Fest can’t replace this historic drive-in of course, but I can’t think of a more respectful way to carry on its legacy than with this film festival.

All films screened this weekend were all made with budgets under $200,000. While those of us who are zero budget may think this is a ton of money, it really isn’t considering all the tent pole movies studios have open wallets for… and even those can be hard to finance! What’s great about Starlite is it’s a totally laid back atmosphere in the lovely town of Winter Garden. All the films are in one place, and all the parties and panels are within walking distance of the gorgeous Garden Theatre!

Speaking of panels, our Field Producer Jen Vargas (I feel slightly insane typing in 3rd person), was invited to speak on Starlite’s Social Media Panel! This panel will discuss the underestimated and often misunderstood role of social media when marketing a micro-budget film. Filmmakers will discuss the social media strategies they have used, and how to effectively reach your desired audience. Among the panelists are IDEAS Orlando President, John Lux, representatives from ProductionHUB and more! All the panels are FREE, so if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by! Our ICS Team will also be on hand throughout the weekend checking out films too.

2013 Schedule:

Thursday, January 31st
7pm – Kickoff Reception
8pm – Robin Cowie, Keynote Speaker
8:15pm – Midnight Son
10pm – After Party

Friday, February 1st
7pm – The First Winter
9pm – Hannah Has a Ho-Phase

Saturday, February 2nd
11:30am – The Racket Boys
1:30pm – Social Media Panel <– FREE!
2:30pm – The Spacewalk
4:30pm – 2xUno
6:15pm – Equipment Panel <– ALSO FREE!
7:30pm – Waterhole Cove
9:30pm – Less Lost
11pm – Awards Ceremony

If you missed Indie Cinema Showcase’s coverage of last year’s Starlite Film Fest, you can watch it here!


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2013 Oscar®-nominated Shorts include Fresh Guacamole, Paperman

Some of us indie folk dream about winning the Oscar, others could care less about such accolades. (I wouldn’t mind working on an Oscar film myself, but hey, to each their own.) We at Indie Cinema Showcase love animated features and all the hardwork put into them. We also think there is some stiff competition in the Animated Shorts category at the Academy Awards this year, including Florida Film Festival favorite, “Fresh Guacamole” by PES. What’s interesting, even reassuring, about fellow Oscar Nominee, “Adam and the Dog” is, it was self-financed with a volunteer crew who worked nights and weekends for TWO YEARS to finish it. Who of us hasn’t done this? Two years later, they’re Academy Award Nominated!

For all you experimental animators, if you saw Wreck It Ralph in the theater, you saw a really cool animated short at the beginning called, “Paperman.” The clean technique used in this short is what has gotten much attention as of late. Walt Disney Animation’s YouTube page had this to say;

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.

(BTW – If any of you animators or ani-fans curious about this technique, check out “Paperclips,” a series of behind-the-scenes footage on Walt Disney Animation’s YouTube page about the inspiration and work put into the making of “Paperman.”)

2013 Best Animated Short Film Nominees
Adam and Dog” Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films)
Fresh Guacamole” PES, director (PES)
Head over Heels” Timothy Reckart, director, and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, producer (National Film and Television School)
“Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare“” David Silverman, director (Gracie Films)
“Paperman” John Kahrs, director (Disney Animation Studios)

The 2013 Oscars will air live on ABC, February 24th at 8pm, and the Scientific and Technical Awards will be announced (but not broadcast sadly) on February 9th.


StereoD Hires D.A.V.E School Grads

FSU: And the Oscar Goes to… Film-School Alumni Find Success in Hollywood

Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana to Host Academy Sci-Tech Awards, Feb 9

Mobile Filmmaking: Gary Kennedy’s “The Maker”

We came across a short film today by local writer Gary Kennedy called, “The Maker.” According to Gary’s YouTube page, he says, “This was written and shot on our lunch break using a Samsung Galaxy S3 cell phone.

He also notes that this short is his directorial debut. For being shot on a Samsung Galaxy S III and edited on Windows Movie Maker, this is a great first effort!


Note to Samsung: Currently we shoot our “Thoughts From the Popcorn Gallery” segment using two iPhone 4S. We would love to see how the Galaxy S III – or even the Galaxy Note II – compares. No pressure…

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