The FestivalThe BIG MINI MEDIA FESTIVAL is a two-day event hosted by the Media Arts Department of Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus. The festival recognizes the best long and short form documentary, experimental, short form narrative and Super Short video productions created with the MiniDV and digital formats. Short- and feature-length screenplays are also in competition and rewarded - though not read nor performed during the festival itself.
With our twelfth festival, we celebrate a decade of the Big Mini Media Festival and as always, continue to encourage filmmakers of all genres and technical levels to submit their videos, and again demonstrate this year's festival as an exciting array of independent video.
Festival Theme - "Story Telling in the Age of the Internet"
Join Jorge Rivera and a group of award winning filmmakers for a discussion on the pros and cons of emerging technologies and the internet as a distribution and presentation platform.
Friday November 15th
The Ballad of Cat Dean
Gennaro Dominguez (USA)
An ad executive moves to Brooklyn and clashes with his hipster neighbors.
Dawn George (Canada)
"Adaptation" examines and emphasizes how we are corporeally failing to adapt to our environment, despite and due to the rapid progression of technological advances.
Ken Cohen (USA)
In Brooklyn, the neighborhood "killer tag" game enters its last day. Bob tries to get to work - even as all his neighbors want to kill him to win the local prize.
Panel Discussion: "Story Telling in the Age of the Internet"
Description - Over the years, the formats for storytelling have changed: starting with the oral tradition, to text, radio, film, TV and then video, digital and now the internet. How was this new format changed the nature of storytelling? What value have we gained? And, what have we lost? Storytelling in the age of the internet - what that is, and how has it affected our lives.
Tagline:Stories that have a vision on now, that looks to our future.
Panel Moderator - Jorge Rivera.
JORGE RIVERA is a multi-platform screenwriter and producer, who's work has included independent television, film and award winning digital productions. He also teaches a variety of New Media subjects that include screenwriting and video production for the web.
At ValDean Entertainment, Jorge has served as Head Writer and Co-Writer on several of their most well known web series including: ODESSA (winner of the SYFY Imagine Greater Award and development deal), LENOX AVENUE (optioned by BET Digital Networks), and the BABY DADDY MEMOIRS.
Prior to writing for ValDean, Jorge's best known work was the web series RHYME ANIMAL (starring Al Thompson) (the Cleveland Show, The Royal Tennenbaums) and Craig "muMs" Grant (of HBO's OZ), Which recently took home the 2011 Independent Film Quarterly Best New Media/Webseries prize. In 2010, he produced and directed the UNPROTECTED a branded content web series which took home two Honorary Webbys in the Branded Entertainment category.
Yamin Segal holds a BA in Film Production from Emerson College, and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NUY's Tisch School of the Arts. His web series, East WillyB, which he wrote, produced, directed and edited, has received praise in over 30 publications including the New York Times, Univision, CNN, and was named "1 of 3 web series to watch" by The New Yorker.
As a screenwriter Yamin has completed a number of award-winning projects including his original screenplay Que Lindo Es Bailar, which was a finalist at the Sundance Film Festival's Producers' Lab, and was selected to participate in the Nantuchket Screenwriters Colony. In addition, Yamin's short film El Landroncito, produced in his native Nicaragua, was honored with the Special Jury Prize by the Miami Short Film Festival, and won Best Short Narrative at the Arizona International Film Festival.
Chris Chan Roberson has been teaching at NYU since the Fall of 1999. For over ten years he's been involved with the Future Filmmakers Workshop and Summer Filmmakers Workshop (classes offered to high school students). Chris has won a Telly Award for his editing work while at Robert Small Entertainment and was an editor for TV shows on Comedy Central and The Biography Channel.
Currently Chris is the Studio Manager/Lead Producer at YouTube Space NYC, a free facility for monetized YouTube partners to make content for their YouTube channels. On YouTube, you can find Chris writing and performing at AllHailRetcon, CourtneyChrisChannel, and the Neibauer series on SciFiRiot.
J. Sibley Law, Founder and CEO of Saxon Mills, is the creator of twenty online television series ranging from cooking shows and animation series to political spoofs and scripted narratives and everything in between. One of the first YouTube Partners (ever), he is an Official Honoree of the Webby Awards and he regularly creates commercials for broadcast. Additionally, he co-founded the NYC Web Series Writers Group for the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV), where he also serves on the board of directors. His book, Streaming Media Delivery in Higher Education is available on IGI Global. His articles about the online video industry can be read in various industry publications. Additionally, he is a co-founder of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (now called Festival Stratford) in Connecticut and was its executive producer from 2005-2010. In addition to all this, he has been a management consultant for Fortune 500 companies since 2000. In this role he has worked with top-level executive management and line producers in every major industry segment for hundreds of the world’s most profitable companies.
Kirill Vostrikov (USA)
It started as a simple day of a simple girl in Brooklyn but things went wrong…
Rachael Sonnenberg (USA)
(Short Narrative/Honorable Mention)
8-year-old Luke believes in the Tooth Fairy… Do you?
Jeff Bernier (USA)
A lone man's search for the perfect sound leads him on an unexpected journey.
The Words I Love
Thanachart Siripatrachai (USA)
I come from Thailand. I am a bookish person and always carry a book with me. When I found a word I did not know, I would ask a stranger sitting next to me to explain the meaning. Later I started to record their voices and put together into this documentary to explore the issue of language.
Silent Threat: Prelude
Aldo Romero (USA)
(Best Short Narrative)
A former news reporter named Pete Winston tracks the stories of different characters who use a social media website for UFO abductees.
Mama Needs a Ride
Matt Florio (USA)
Two mobsters are given an important job: pick up the Don's mother.
Opal Dockery (USA)
A documentary short film about a woman's right to be topless in public.
Saturday November 16
Who's Afraid of the Cape Cod Bear?
Maryanne Galvin (USA)
In May 2012, a Massachusetts black bear altered the course of history. Who's Afraid of the Cape Cod Bear? chronicles this bear's journey, in the context of debates about human coexistence with wildlife across much of North America. The film asks if bears are people with fur, who should adapt to whom and how?
Alberto De Leon (USA)
Jerry, a lonely clown, struggles to be taken seriously in a world where people can only see him as a performer.
Fox Hill Road
Paul Rapalee (USA)
A young adult is showing us how she got through a difficult childhood.
Kelli Bruno (USA)
I wanted to combine my passion for film and my love of music, so I decided to make a film and compose the music score for it. As an undergraduate at Bucknell University, I wrote, shot (with the help of a friend) , edited, and premiered 'BE' during my final semester (Spring 2013).
A Close Call
Nathan Wagoner (USA)
A 21st Century story of love at first sight.
Maria Palacio (USA)
John is a hacker whose life turns for the worst after hacking an important secret file.
Creating a Webisode - Jorge Rivera
The revolution will not be televised, it will be digitized, and it's already here: YouTube viewers around the globe are now watching at least 4 billion hours worth of video per month. 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. More video is uploaded to YouTube in one month than the 3 major US networks created during 60 years of television. That's a revolution.
In this one hour workshop, learn how you can join the movement by launching your own webseries, maintaining that webseries and maybe even turning a profit.
9:22 From Academic Watch to Academic Wow!
Kimberly Calkins (USA)
No one expected that a backwoods, rural school district in Northeastern Ohio's Appalachia region would achieve the academic success that it has. After all, these are the "922ers," the kids from Claymont. Many people call it "Dirtmont" or "Scagville."
SNA: The Supernatural Association
Maria Palacio (USA)
SNA is a government organization that handles all the illegal crimes that the Supernatural commit in their world and the human world.
The Sacred Heart
Andrew Serban (USA)
When an unemployed young woman from Hell's Kitchen and her equally unemployed immigrant boyfriend are threatened with eviction, the couple resort to desperate measures and find themselves in the middle of a real estate war.
David Mech (USA)
Risky Business: A Look Inside America's Adult Film Industry examines the social, psychological and economic impacts of performing in adult films.
Francisco Lafontaine (USA)
A young female dancer struggles with an audition.
(Short Narrative/Honorable Mention/Best Cinematography)
Trapped in a lifeless body with no way to communicate with the outside world, no way to let your loved ones know you're still alive. This is one man's journey to find forgiveness and acceptance in a world he doesn't want to leave and survival in another where reality is all too final.
Andreas Goldfuss (Canada)
The truth about independent filmmaking.
Don't Take This The Wrong Way
Ryan A. Markle (USA)
(Short Narrative/Honorable Mention/Best Comedy)
Three guys heading into their 30s realize that adulthood is something that has to be earned… whether they like it or not.
Best Short Screenplay"The Puppet Masters" by Tracey Maye
Rupert Gannon, president of a supernatural empire, manipulates his political rivals using whatever means necessary to become dictator of the empire.
Best Feature Screenplay"Mass Exodus" by Shaun Delliskave
Imagine - God's own money-laundering scheme. If you were a Jew escaping the Holocaust, one of your best bets to survive was to reach an intrepid group in Italy called Desalem.
When & Where:
The BIG MINI MEDIA FESTIVAL will take place on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Long Island University's Downtown Brooklyn Campus (ten minutes from Wall Street and SoHo). All festival screenings will be held in the LIU-Brooklyn Media Arts Department’s Spike Lee Video/Film Screening Room (see map).
The festival is free and open to the public. Please enter through the Paramount Theater entrance of LIU at the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush Avenue Extension.
Please submit films in one of these formats: DVD (Region 0 or 1, NTSC only), MiniDV (NTSC) or HDV (NTSC).
For more information, please download and read the 2013 entry forms below.
2013 Entry Forms (please download for submissions):Entry Form Videotape Release
Deadline for submissions: August 10, 2013
Late deadline for Withoutabox.com submissions:
August 17, 2012
We'll notify you of acceptance and awards by October 7, 2013
If you want to submit online, https://www.withoutabox.com/login/8257
This event is supported by a grant from Long Island University's John P. McGrath Fund.
Phone: (718) 488-1052