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PoorFishy
« on: November 11, 2012, 05:01:25 am »

Hi folks.  I've been looking around for puppet-related film fests and I can't seem to find a whole lot of them.  Does anyone know if such a thing even exists?  Any helpful directions would be... well... helpful.  And appreciated.  Cheers.
« Last Edit: November 11, 2012, 05:30:23 am by PoorFishy »
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2012, 06:27:28 am »

I don't know that there are any.  There are puppetry festivals both regional, national and worldwide that I know often premier or show puppet films. That may be your best bet.

Puppeteers of America http://www.puppeteers.org/ has a national festival every other year and then in the alternate the local regions of the PofA have festivals.

UNIMA http://www.unima-usa.org/ has festivals and events... actually I just checked their website news and it looks like there is a puppet film festival. Here is the link I found to that. http://www.bam.org/film/2012/puppets-on-film  I don't know anything about it though.
pagestep007
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2012, 07:06:30 pm »

I am not sure if there are enough puppet related films are being made to get anyone interested in doing  festivals...  if there was, that would be great.
Na
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2012, 08:17:52 pm »

Sea Beast does one:
http://www.seabeastpuppetry.com/Sea_Beast/Gorilla_Puppetry_Project.html

Also, it's very likely a Henson-related foundation does something. Heather Henson does a lot of work with film.
Na
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2012, 08:18:55 pm »

Oh, and I'd also check Europe. I think somewhere in the UK or thereabouts I saw some puppetry festivals which might have included film.
PoorFishy
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2012, 08:48:08 pm »

I submitted my Zombie Puppets Anonymous to the Puppet Slam through SeaBeast last year.  I just got an e-mail from them saying they are doing it again this year, but shorts only - no features.  I'll keep looking.
PoorFishy
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2012, 08:48:32 pm »

Oh yeah - and thanks for the info.  Much appreciated.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2012, 05:46:24 am »

You may have to organize your own puppet film festival with your film as the main event... hey now that you are through filming you have nothing else to do right? Smiley Do you know Andrew from Puppet Vision? http://puppetvision.info/ He does a lot of film stuff. Drops in here every once in a while. He is Canadian so perhaps you guys could work together on something.  There is also Daryl of StiqPuppets. Also a Canadian. Of course you all could be in opposite ends of the country  Smiley
pagestep007
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2012, 07:18:41 pm »

Thanks for that link Na (I emailed them... am now awaiting notification of the next challenge). and yes now you mention it Heather Henson does do a puppets on film thingy. I could not find out how to get in on it  though. Maybe someone here knows how to.
Shawn on Puppetvision blog there is and article about the second New York puppets on film festival.. so there is one in New York.
Na
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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2012, 04:46:43 am »

You're welcome! As for Henson, I would suspect that you'd have to apply for funding/support. Looking at the Henson Foundation, it appears only for live theatre. ... Ah, a quick google and this is the right place:
http://www.handmadepuppetdreams.com/
Lohifi
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2013, 07:58:45 pm »

Hi! There are some festivals around.

Little Angel Theatre has a puppets on film fest every year including a night of puppet shorts. Our short film made it in this year.
http://www.littleangeltheatre.com/

Also, The Henson Foundation and Brooklyn Academy of Music do this every year.
http://www.bam.org/puppetsonfilm

There is also one connected to the Brighton, UK Fringe Fest called Best of Punched.

Those are good places to start.
Andrew
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2013, 02:49:15 pm »

I'm late commenting on this, but the Atlanta Film Festival is very puppet friendly and actively looking for puppet films right now. There was also a new puppet film festival held in Saskatchewan, Canada this year (not sure if they are doing it again, but hopefully!).

I'm surprised no one mentioned Handmade Puppet Dreams! That is an on-going, touring "mini film festival" that screens great puppet shorts that is organized by Heather Henson's company Ibex Puppetry.
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Na
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« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2013, 11:35:21 pm »

I'm surprised no one mentioned Handmade Puppet Dreams! That is an on-going, touring "mini film festival" that screens great puppet shorts that is organized by Heather Henson's company Ibex Puppetry.

Er, look up...
Andrew
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2013, 01:41:31 pm »

Sorry, I missed that post!
CtrPuppetryArts
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2013, 09:12:16 am »

Yes the Atlanta Film Festival is still accepting Puppet short films! Contact Beau Brown for more info!
https://www.facebook.com/beaubrownproductions
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