The Against All Odds Film Festival 

IMPORTANT INFO Submission Categories: Shorts: (1-35 minutes)  Documentary  Musical  Narrative Fiction  Experimental  Web series episode or outtake  You Tell Us! Features: (40 minutes or more)   Narrative Fiction or non-Fiction General Submission Period: Feb. 15--May 20, 2017 Notification Date: June 30, 2017 Festival Dates: Friday evening. Aug 19, 2017, and Saturday, Aug 20 2017 Is there a submission fee? Yes. The Mopco Improv Theatre  is  "for profit," but doesn't actually turn a profit (we make most of our money through our consultancy, Koppett). Submission fees will offset the costs of putting the festival together, and help us pay some of our mortgage for the summer. Fees:  Shorts — $25 Features — $35 How do I enter?     Please see the Filmfreeway button, below

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. 
 

 
 

Submission Categories:

Shorts: (1-35 minutes) 

  • Documentary 
  • Musical 
  • Narrative Fiction 
  • Experimental 
  • Web series episode or outtake 
  • You Tell Us!

Features: (40 minutes or more) 

  • Narrative Fiction
  • Non-Fiction

Important Dates

General Submission Period:

Feb. 15--May 20, 2017

Notification Date:

June 30, 2017

Festival Dates:

Friday evening. Aug 18, 2017, and Saturday, Aug 19 2017

Fees: 

Shorts — $25
Features — $35

How do I enter?    

Submittal is easy through FilmFreeway! Click the link and follow the steps provided.