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Film Festivals

Film Festivals

Date: Aug 27 2008

Themes: Hobbies, Pop Culture


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Everyone knows someone who’s writing a book and everyone knows someone in a band. But what about movies? Those are harder to make if you want to do it right. You need more than a guitar or a computer. You need lights and cameras and actors.

But there are a lot more movies out there than you think. You can find them on the Internet, but if you want to see them properly in a theater, there are always film festivals of all sorts all over the world.

If anytime a movie ends, you just want to watch another one, film festivals are for you. But Beren doesn’t really want to sit in a theater and watch a bunch of movies in a row. Listen to her and Devan talk about film festivals.


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Beren:  You know what’s so weird to me is the concept of the film festival. Like, I have some friends who are going out of town to go to one and I know some friends who are making a movie and they’re going to submit it to a film festival, and it’s like so weird. I don’t know, maybe cause I’m not necessarily a movie-going person. I like watching movies at home, because it always changes how you react, like if other people are laughing you naturally want to laugh even if it’s not funny. I don’t know…

Devan:  There’s so many film festivals too.

Beren:  There’s hundreds. There’s hundreds. And there’s hundreds of underground offshoots of the main big one in the major city. It’s crazy to me that that many people are making movies.

Devan:  You know when you see…like usually independent movies, and they’ll have 50 different film festival recommendation stamps across the…and reading all these titles, it’s insane. How can there be so many different festivals? And they all have different themes and stuff. It just makes you realize there are so many movies and you only hear about the main stuff that are coming out so it doesn’t seem like there’s so much, but there must be tons of movies coming out all the time if there’s all these different special-oriented festivals all over the place.

Beren:  There has to be like thousands. I think that’s the cool thing about film festivals. If you go to a themed one, like Asian independent cinema, you’d be exposed to stuff you’d probably never get to see, you’re not gonna find in the video store, like Blockbuster or whatever.



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Beren prefers to watch movies at home, so the idea of spending hours and hours in a theater at a film festival is weird to her. But she agrees there is an impressive number of film festivals.

Devan thinks it’s interesting that film festivals are one of the only places to see lesser-known foreign films and independent films. Those movies are hard to rent, so if Beren wants to see them, she’ll have to find a good film festival.

Have you ever been to a film festival or submitted a movie to one? How do you prefer to watch movies?



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i like films which tell something happy ,something about family ,about love ,all the happy things.and i really donnot kick  out the films that have much sex and violance in them

02:57 PM Oct 14 2008 |



I like movie .

I prefer the director of the film director Zhang Yimou

01:00 PM Sep 01 2008 |




I like movise very much.I want to worc at at home or do a job about music and movise.

07:30 AM Sep 01 2008 |



i like to much movies especially american ones cause there are realised with passion and love 

11:03 PM Aug 28 2008 |



if I could i would go to a film festival to enjoy the film industry. I think that film festivals motivate film makers to improve their movies so we can watch better movies every year. I love independent movies and i'd like to have the chance to watch them all  but unfortunatelly they are  hard to get.  


08:15 PM Aug 28 2008 |



I'm like Beren, I prefer to watch movie at home,  you can pause, you can have your blanket, make noise.




04:20 PM Aug 28 2008 |




well iam very fond of movies i really like this film festival.i've never been to film fistival but concept looks to me fantastic not weird as beren says .it actually unite the people to gather in one place and thats really feels awsome to me.

11:21 AM Aug 28 2008 |



USA movie is very exciting,you never know what will happen until you see it

10:23 AM Aug 28 2008 |




 i like moive ,special american movie, there are many imaginational, surpurising pictures,such as Narnia

 i admire the directer's imagination. however,i didn't go for movie festival lively, sometimes watch the reward at home. i hope to go in the future, after all it is exciting to see the actors that u love 

05:05 AM Aug 28 2008 |



me too

04:45 PM Aug 27 2008 |




I like movies which can make your blood hot.

03:19 PM Aug 27 2008 |




I have never been to a film festival – i seldom watch tv either – However , good luck to those independent films , they may have a chance to move to the mainstream if they get noticed !

12:30 PM Aug 27 2008 |



i like moives absolutely. moive is only thing i can do when i’m alone. i mean, i'm a girl always alone, so  movies are my good friends to kill time. i dont like to hang out with friends or do something else. i just enjoy my time alone. but sometimes there really a hard time comes to me which is no good movie to pass my time. i search around internet, dig out all the movies i might interested in and watching them. i like horror moives at time, the time i feel so boring, i will bring up some living dead movies.

i'd love to go to theater and enjoy movies with my bf, but when he isnt around. i'd like to stay home with my pc. anyways, i love moives, that's all

11:38 AM Aug 27 2008 |



me too:) i do not like nearly all “current” china moive, zhangyimou and other directors are rubbish now! even zhang offer a excellent opening ceremony.

08:49 AM Aug 27 2008 |



United States

I like science fiction.  This kind of movie is exciting and challengable. You dont know for sure what will happen. It is like you yourself it the main character in the scene and you are exploring the world even the universy

08:05 AM Aug 27 2008 |

sherry guan


me too and now i like English movies more .first,i think there's more imagination in those movies.what's more ,it's a good way to practise my English.

07:43 AM Aug 27 2008 |



i like movies, and then like film festival.because there are many super player, such as will smith, niko, julie reborts, and then julia andrews and so on.it is crazy to enjoy my like player.Cooli like them.

02:20 AM Aug 27 2008 |

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