Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival (May 2020!)

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Hello, Film Fans!

It’s been a while since I’ve made an update and I deeply apologize for that. I’m still highly active online (mostly on Twitter — follow me, if you haven’t already!), but I always end up neglecting my blog.

In all honesty, I’ll probably end up neglecting it again after this entry. For micro-updates about events AS they happen (or are in the process of happening), Twitter is where the action is. For BIG updates, I’ll do my best to post here.

Today, for example, warrants a BIG update!

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Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival is BACK!

Actually, that’s “old” news at this point. I announced the return of the Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival last April. However, seeing as it’s been a while since that update: I’m happy to announce that it’s, indeed, still back! And it’s looking better than ever.

Our “deadline” for submissions was Dec. 31st 2019… But, since there’s been so much interest, we’ve added a “late” deadline for February 14th 2020 and an “extended” (Last chance!!) deadline for March 31st 2020.

If you’d like to submit your film, please use our official Festival website on FilmFreeway.com. And here’s that link again for you to copy/paste, just in case: https://filmfreeway.com/IndieFilmWisconsinFilmFestival

After March 31st, that’s it! No more submissions.

At this time, we have over 120 projects submitted from 17 different countries — with more being submitted every day.

We’ve already started watching the entries submitted May – December 2019, but we need to ensure we have time to watch any “late bloomer” entries as well. If you miss the last 2020 deadline, you’re always welcome to submit your film for the 2021 festival!

The New Venue, Hotel Information, and Bonus Events!

The second annual Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival is being held at a new location. We’re hosting the event at the RCC.

Racine Creative Center
440 Main St.
Racine, WI 53404

Racine Creative Center

Our new location gives us an area to have classes within the same building we’re showing films in, allowing us to not only entertain but educate. If all goes as planned, we should have a few classes about filmmaking and screenwriting available for attendees who want to learn more about how to make their own independent films! Those classes/workshops showings will be listed here as they become known.

If you’re interested in teaching a class during the Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival (IFWFF), please email Wayne Clingman (me) at indiefilmwisconsinff@gmail.com

We also relocated to support the efforts to bring life to the Downtown area. The Racine Creative Center (RCC) is using this event as a fundraiser. The RCC is also handling the event tickets (that information should be out late March).

This event is part of Spring Film Days of Racine led off by Animation Celebration Fest the weekend prior, the following week leading up to IFWFF. Events hosted by IFWFF during this week are “pass the hat” to help pay for use of the space.

Coming in from out of town? There’s a hotel about half a mile away:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Racine Harbourwalk
223 Gas Light Cir.
Racine, WI 53403

Double Tree by Hilton in Racine

We’ll see about reserving a block of rooms closer to the event.

There may be construction in the area during the month of the event. We’re still waiting to find out for sure. We’ll pass that information along as soon as we obtain it. As for parking, there’s very limited on-street parking; however, there’s a large multistory parking lot close at hand (parking runs about $0.60/hour).

For bonus fun, We’ll be holding a meet-and-greet on Friday, May 1st as well as a closing party on Sunday, May 3rd. Times and locations TBA — they’ll both be at one of the film-friendly bars in the area.

Judges, Awards, and Programs!

As with the previous IFWFF, filmmaker Jason Love and I will be “Master” judges (we’ll be making the final decisions regarding awards) for feature films, short films, animations, and music videos.Scriptophobic Logo

In April 2019, we happily announced the addition of Zack Long of Scriptophobic as the “Master” judge for screenplays!

Before anything reaches us, we have a team of other judges sorting through everything, helping to decide which films make the cut and should be shown during the Festival.

Although many of our “gatekeeper” judges wish to remain anonymous, I’m pleased to announce that Lauren Spear of HorrorFam.com will be judging HorrorFam.com logosubmissions to the horror/sci-fi category.

Ms. Spear will be watching each and every submission to the category and then passing them along to us with her notes.

Reminder: Attempting to bribe or harass any IFWFF judge before, after, or during the Festival will result in immediate disqualification of your project. It also makes the Elder Gods (and me!) extremely angry. Don’t do it.

We have hundreds of submissions every year, but only have time to show around 60 of them.  Of those 60+, awards will be given to the BEST of the best. The awards are given for:

  • Best Film
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Director
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Short
  • Best Animated Short
  • Best Music Video
  • Independent Spirit Award
  • Feature Screenplay Competition Winner
    • Feature Screenplay Competition 1st Runner Up
    • Feature Screenplay Competition 2nd Runner Up
  • Feature Screenplay Finalist
    • Short Screenplay Competition Winner
    • Short Screenplay Competition 1st Runner Up
    • Short Screenplay Competition 2nd Runner Up
    • Short Screenplay Competition Finalist.

After the films to be shown during the IFWFF are programed and listed, films for mature audiences will be scheduled for after 8:00 PM and marked with an “M.” Note: All films are not for all people!

That’s all for now! I’ll post again before the big event. In the meantime, submit your films and/or screenplays via Film Freeway and follow along with the fun on Twitter.

Zack Long Joins The Festival !

We’d like to welcome Zack Long, editor-in-chief of Scriptophobic, as Press Director for the Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival. Mr. Long will be handling press releases, as well as helping in the editorial area of the festival.

In the time I have to know Mr. Long, I cannot think of a better person to provide the ever needed assistance in these vital roles.

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Long aboard. Screenwriters should take the opportunity to visit Zack’s webpage at Scriptophobic.ca

Zack Long Hero of Film

In the last year events in my life got damn strange, a few steeped up to help in a big way.

One of them is Zack Long.  I like everyone to know more about his efforts in helping in film/writing, if you can use his services please do

was launched by Zack Long with the express purpose of providing articles and resources to screenwriters that love playing within genre – horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action, etc. As well as the free articles and podcasts on the site, Mr. Long also uses as a way to market his screenwriting services: from detailed screenplay notes on character, theme, plot, writing and more, to 1-on-1 lessons and even a four week course on writing the short film, Mr. Long strives to help writers tell the best story they can (and the weirder, the better!). Mr. Long is also the author of Scream Writing: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing the Horror Screenplay, which is expected to be out through Static Pen Publishing by third quarter 2019.