Behind the Screens – Part Two

Behind the Screens – Part Two

By: Cameron Galvin



A week closer, we keep trucking along in the Pre-Production process. A weekly update of ‘behind the screens’ at the Phoenix Film Festival, we give the film connoisseur’s or just the movie lover an in-depth look into what it takes to put on a film festival. We have some fun new developments that our mix of interns and staff, have been working on this past week in preparation of the 11 day April phenomenon. So, let’s dive in.

Unfortunately, we are still in the rejection process. With so many creative submissions, there just isn’t enough room for all of them. Rejection letters are still being sent out, as we are take one step closer to finalizing the 2019 lineup. We encourage these filmmakers to keep pushing forward as they continue to embark on their artistic journey. On a lighter note, we are in the process of selecting all of the films to be in our ‘showcase features.’ These are non-competition films that we personally recruited from studios, distributors and filmmakers. Like Vito Corleone said in the Godfather: “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” These extraordinary projects deserve to be seen on the big screen, to give these creative minds the recognition they deserve. An exciting event no doubt, as many will make their world premieres and Arizona premieres.

We also have a new daily item called ‘The Five.’ Our crack team of film nerds picks the top five films every day from a different category such as: The top five musicals or top five time-travel films, to just name a few we have done so far.  The process can be rigorous and sometimes heated when it comes to someone’s top five. In the end, we generate a list with some honorable mentions that didn’t make the cut and one of our skilled team members writes it up. We give brief description of the criteria for the films and the selection process. We then list the films we have chosen with a small blurb about the film and what makes it so special. A nice read and potential reminder to re-watch or see for the first time some of the best films made, for our dedicated fans.