The Against All Odds Film Festival
The Against All Odds Indie Film Fest is a celebration of all courageous artists who manage against all odds to make something beautiful in the face of adversity. As improvisers we use certain basic tenets of improv as our guides. These tenets form the DNA of all creative endeavors.
Celebrate Creative Failure
Accept and Build with what is ("Yes, and...").
Make your partner look good
Dare to be: boring, whacky, obvious, etc!
Receive, Receive, Receive!
Improv isn't about being "clever." It is about being conscious, and in the moment. What's here, now? That's our material.
What Are We Looking For?
1. Against All Odds
We are looking for films that reflect a spirit of daring, joyful creativity in the face of adversity-- for filmmakers who have managed to produce something they love despite hardship, opposition, or even apathy on the part of others.
2. McGuyver it!
Yep, it’s a cliche, and cliches work because they reflect truth. We are interested in films that show the ability of the filmmaker to take a hunk of gaffer’s tape, some wire, a few c-47’s, and a piece of cotton pillowcase, and make an airplane that actually flies. (Or whatever--you’re the McGuyver, you get it!)
3. Accept and Build with What Exists
A fundamental tenet of improv is “yes, and...” This little two word phrase is central to the philosophy of improv. It doesn’t mean that you necessarily agree with what is being said or done-- "yes, and...” means that you accept reality, and build with what is (even if what is kinda sucks). So we look at films that have a basis in the realities of this interesting time that we live in.
4. Story matters
Whether you submit a fictional narrative film or a non-fiction documentary, or even an experiment in expressionism, there is a story inherent in meaningful art, and your story needs to matter. We would rather screen a technically sketchy film that tells an important story in a fresh and vital way than a “perfect" endeavor that doesn’t. We hope you have asked yourself: what’s the story, and why does my audience care?
Finally, what do you want your audience to do differently after seeing your film? We love films that make us uncomfortable, that make us weep or laugh. We love films that make us move.
Shorts: (1-35 minutes)
- Narrative Fiction
- Web series episode or outtake
- You Tell Us!
Features: (40 minutes or more)
- Narrative Fiction
General Submission Period:
Feb. 15--May 20, 2017
June 30, 2017
Friday evening. Aug 18, 2017, and Saturday, Aug 19 2017
Shorts — $25
Features — $35
How do I enter?
Submittal is easy through FilmFreeway! Click the link and follow the steps provided.