The film festival's online program guide is coming in March and will be available on our website. As the festival's resident tech geek, I personally sent the batch data file to our partner B-Side on Thursday. In the meantime, I want to give everyone some hints on what to expect:
We've accepted 86 films versus 268 submissions, and the rich variety of countries represented includes: USA and Puerto Rico, Spain, Canada, Uganda, Germany, Serbia, Turkey, Australia, South Korea, Nigeria, India, United Kingdom and Italy.
Many are world or U.S. premieres, and that's very exciting to me: I founded this festival because I thought worthwhile art wasn't always getting the recognition and push it deserved through existing channels. We directors of New Hope Film Festival love our films and we are, quite frankly, astounded by the quality we received in our first year. We also took measured risks, as did many of our filmmakers. This festival has an indie edge, and I think that's appropriate.
We look forward to meeting our audiences and finding out which films win the audience favorite awards in each category. That, moviegoers, will be up to you. The festival will also be a chance to rub elbows with actors, filmmakers, and maybe even a music star or two. The filmmakers are excited, I can tell you. Many will be flying in from Hollywood, Berlin, India, Canada...and we expect patrons from far beyond New Hope, Pennsylvania, too.
That's all for now! More later...