Parties and Events
Our largest event is the Thursday Night Networking party, an annual tradition. More than a casual mixer this is a networking party where each filmmaker is introduced to the room, giving them an opportunity to promote their project (thus increasing their audience attendance) and identify others of interest for some unabashed brain-picking. With local restaurants and wineries participating in this simultaneous "Taste of Idyllwild" event, great food and drink make this a must-attend evening. Oh, and did I mention that this event is free?
The festival photo banner will be available to all for the entire length of the fest. Have your picture taken with cast, crew, other filmmakers and celebrities. We also will have a roving video crew doing interviews throughout the fest. Location: The Rustic Theatre, 54290 North Circle Drive, Idyllwild, CA
We once again have a beautiful mingling site next to the theatre, the Quiet Creek Art Gallery. This will be open the full length of the festival for gathering, extended Q&A discussions, etc. These two rooms will be buzzing the entire festival--a centralized place to meet and your connection to the town of Idyllwild (coupons, menus, special offers), etc. Since everyone passes through this room for registration and tickets it's the best place to set up cards, movie posters, and props to promote your project and a great place for media interviews.
Why should directors have all the morning fun? This is another new event for 2013. Meet, mingle and compare notes
from both sides of the hiring fence. We'd also like to introduce you to a wonderful local music duo; Swift Pony will be providing entertainment and inspiring you to consider them for your next soundtrack.
Award nominations will also be announced at this event, the day before the Sunday ceremony.
This event is limited to 50 people so "buy" your free tickets asap.
The Director's Breakfast is open to directors of all projects, short film to feature. We're adding a speaker this year, topic currently tba. This is a networking and learning event; to get the most out of the meeting resist the temptation to dine with those you know, instead seating yourself with filmmakers you've never met. The goal is a good meal and shared insights. What could be better?
Three mini-events sprang up last year and we'd like to see more of these in 2013. These are events organized around a specific movie or documentary, typically held at a local business. There was a cocktail party at the Prairie Dove gift shop, a gathering of the like-minded at Earth N' Fire, and a makeup demo at the Quiet Creek Art Gallery. These public events, customized by you, are a great way to bring attention to your project, particularly if held just before your premiere screening. Contact local businesses to arrange such an event or ask us to help match you up with a location that suits your theme and help you publicize the event. This works particularly well for documentaries--conversation sparks interest.
After the awards have been handed out the last thing anyone wants is to have the festival end abruptly without time to savor the week's accomplishments. We've got you covered with an afterparty immediately following the Award Ceremony. Before you shuffle your award home to hang on a quiet wall, you'll have one more chance to mingle, have your picture taken with awards, and solidify your contacts with potential future collaborators.