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Other opportunities for your vertical videos by Adam Sébire

In the interests of promoting opportunities for vertical filmmakers, we want to let you know about another tallscreen video competition (some might say our ‘rival’ — but so far as we’re concerned the more the merrier! :-)

Nespresso Talents 2016 is for 3min vertical shorts also (although our Vertical Film Festival accepts longer videos for screening out of competition). Nespresso's event happens before the VFF (their deadline is the 10th of April) so the good news is that you can enter their competition and ours without breaking any rules.

Nespresso deadline 10 April
Vertical FF deadline 30 April
Nespresso winners announced 12 May at Cannes screening
Vertical FF winners announced 21 May at Katoomba screening

 

Or, if your film’s already finished and ready to go, here’s one other (much smaller) competition to consider: MIP Digital Fronts http://verticalvideo.miptv.com/  — but be quick as it closes today!

 

21 May 2016 — save the date by Adam Sébire

Carrington Brewery.

Vertical Film Festival fans can circle two dates in their 2016 diaries now!

  • Saturday 30 April — this is the deadline for entries to the Festival (both in and out of competition).  Entries are now open, and are free.
     
  • Saturday 21 May — Festival screening night in the Carrington Brewery, Katoomba, Australia, 8pm.

We're excited to be one of the first events in the Carrington Hotel's atmospheric micro-brewery space, an old power station which was recently renovated to produce boutique beers.

Visitors to the Blue Mountains will probably already know of The Carrington, a grand old hotel perched on the mountain-top, dating back to 1883.  The Katoomba Brewing Company now adjoins it and has beautiful brickwork (around the corner in the picture) on which we'll be mounting our 4 metre-high vertical screen for your viewing pleasure!

As well as enjoying an evening of great tall-screen films, if you're a beer connoisseur you're in luck: the bar will be serving the real thing amidst the hops from 7:30pm, half an hour before the Festival kicks off, as well as at interval and after the announcement of our winners.

2016 — the 2nd Vertical Film Festival by Adam Sébire

We're happy to announce that the 2nd Vertical Film Festival (VFF) will be held in May 2016.

Details are to-be-confirmed, but most likely it will be one Saturday evening in May, and once again in Katoomba in Australia's Blue Mountains. We plan to screen once again in a beautiful vertical venue and to keep the same Festival sections as we introduced last time:

  • ⇧ THIS WAY UP ⇧, the first worldwide vertical video competition for shorts under 3 minutes.
  • TALL SHORTS, an out-of-competition section featuring a curated collection of extraordinary vertical cinema (generally under 10 mins) from around the globe.

To get the word out, Adam Sébire (who's up in the Arctic enjoying the aurora) has created a vertical teaser for the Festival.  Please share it far & wide! https://vimeo.com/150033726

 

The website will be updated with entry details in early January, but we wanted to let filmmakers know as early as possible, to give them impetus to shoot their next film vertically. If you're new to the concept, have a look under the "For Filmmakers" menu above for tips & techniques. One day it'd be great to set up a kind of vertical filmmaking virtual community & hub ... one day! Meanwhile feel free to add comments below.  

It's been a while between posts, and a lot has happened in vertical filmmaking since our inaugural festival; there are signs that tall-screen filmmaking is on the cusp of something big, including three vertical features (that we know of) either underway or completed and an app called Vervid which is positioning itself as the YouTube of vertical video. A good summary of other goings on (though almost a year old now) is Vertical Film 2014.  And last, but not least, take a look at this beautiful vertical film below, just completed by Jean-Charles Granjon.

That's it for now.  We look forward to lots of amazing adventures in vertical video with you over coming months.  Be sure to check back here occasionally for more details of the Festival in 2016 (and to save your fingers you can also reach the Festival site simply by going to http://vertical.video )

¡Hasta la vista, verticalistas!