Inaugural Guts & Bolts Short Film Festival to Be Part of Zombie Walk

September is slowly–but most definitely surely–becoming Long Beach’s month of film, as the Long Beach Cinematheque and local electronic music group Toaster Music have paired up to launch the Guts & Bolts Short Film Festival in conjunction with the Cinematheque’s upcoming Zombie Walk. The festival itself is part of a larger project–the A LOT of Zombies and Robots program–funded in part by the Arts Council of Long Beach and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Guts & Bolts (G&B) now joins the QFilm Festival and the Cambodia Town Film Festival in September, with G&B showcasing films that are under five minutes and–most importantly, blood and metal lovers–contain either a zombie–guts!–or a robot–bolts!

guts n bolts1“Over the last few years I’ve collaborated with both Sander [Roscoe Wolff] and Sumako [of Toaster Music] on various multimedia projects, from music to live art to fashion,” said Long Beach Cinematheque founder and Executive Director Logan Crow. “And when Sander told me he had a concept for a short film fest collaboration between his band Toaster Music and the Cinematheque’s Zombie Walk event, I was all ears.”

As submissions continue to be accepted through August 9, a jury will select their top fifteen short films. That list will be announced September 7 and the films screened on September 20. Three films will be honored: one with an Audience Award, one with a Jury Award, and a final selection with an Online Award; these winners will also have their films screened on October 26 at the 6th Annual Zombie Walk Long Beach.

“It’s been thrilling to already have received a lot of interest and inquiries in the short time since we launched our call for films,” continued Crow. “Everything from ‘Are trailers welcome?–yes!–to ‘Can the film have both a robot AND a zombie?’–yes!–to ‘Can filmmakers who don’t live in Long Beach submit their films?–yes!”

To submit:

  • Visit: http://lbcinema.org/gbsff/
  • All submissions must be received by 5PM on August 9th.
  • Submissions must be less than five minutes in length (no minimum length), and must contain either a robot or a zombie, or both. No other content criteria; all genres and styles welcome!
  • Submissions should be posted on YouTube, with a minimum resolution of 720i.
  • Once uploaded, complete Submission Form below, where you will provide YouTube link to film.
  • Click DONATE icon at bottom of page to submit $5 submission fee to Long Beach Cinematheque.
  • Filmmakers are encouraged to share their videos and garner likes/thumbs up – Online Audience Award will be given to the film with the most likes/thumbs up.
  • All videos/YouTube links will be featured on event sites promoting festival, including but not limited to Long Beach Cinematheque and Long Beach Zombie Walk Music and Art Festival websites.
  • For the purposes of fairness in voting, YouTube link where film is featured must not be any older than June 1, 2013.

The Guts & Bolts Short Film Festival will take place on September 20 from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at the empty parking lot on the west side of Pine Avenue, just south of 7th Street.

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