2017 The Block festival announces call for entries

Organizers of The Block film & art festival (held October 6-7, 2017 in Logan) — incorporating the 6th year of the annual Logan Film Festival — are excited to open submissions for all categories including features, shorts, documentaries, animations, exhibits, and installations.


Submission period begins February 6th, 2017. Filmmakers may enter their films digitally or by mail, with links to Filmfreeway, Withoutabox, or a mail-in form found at www.theblockfestival.org.


Films must be received by July 31st, 2017 to be considered. Shorts are considered films with a run time of 45 minutes or less, while features are films longer than 45 minutes. Student films of all lengths and categories are acceptable, and students attending high school or university are eligible for a 40% discounted submission fee. Additionally, filmmakers within a 350 mile radius of Logan, encompassing all of Utah and parts of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Nevada, qualify for the discounted entry fee by using the online code UTAHN17 and providing a proof of residency.


Worldwide professional and amateur filmmakers, working in any aesthetic discipline including narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and exhibit or installation work, are welcome.


The Block hosts a corresponding Art programme alongside the Film programme, offering opportunities for moving picture oriented indoor and outdoor installations and exhibits. There is also a Music programme and Learn education programme. Artists, musicians, educators, and performers interested in participating in these programmes may get in contact with the The Block team at info@theblockfestival.org.


A unique setting of four historic theatres on a single block is the core of The Block festival, host to an average of 45 selected films each year. All films programmed will receive official selection recognitions, and are screened in a non-competitive environment. The Block strongly emphasizes creating an extraordinary experience for festival goers and artists alike, and in support of this goal, requests that films selected represent their film at the event. Attendance by at least one filmmaker involved with each film is highly encouraged, or secondarily, a remote online audience Q&A session after the screening can be arranged.


For more information visit www.theblockfestival.org
About The Block film & art festival
The LFF, Inc. organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and its events are produced entirely on a volunteer basis, by folks (many of which graduated from or are currently affiliated with Utah State University) who are working professionals in creative fields, and have a passion for the arts. Logan Film Festival was founded in 2011 largely through the endless energy of late Utah State University design professor Alan Hashimoto, and LFF continues to be the Film portion of The Block festival’s four programmes. The Block is a different festival experience: an intimate celebration of independent vision and artistic expression, transforming the unique Logan four-theatre downtown city block by empowering creators and inspiring creation. This vision involves collaborating with residents, K-12 schools and university students and faculty, and local businesses to create a community venue for art.


About The Block sponsors
The 2016 event was supported by Cache County Rapz & Restaurant taxes, Cache Valley Visitor’s Bureau, Northern Utah Film Commission, Utah State University’s Caine College of the Arts, Logan City, Utah Film Commission, Morty’s Cafe, The Waffle Iron, The Book Table, S.E. Needham Jewelers, Woodbury Productions, Caffe Ibis, Expercom, Starrsteppers, Intermountain Logan Regional Hospital, Guild Mortgage, Even Stevens, Herm’s Inn, The Factory Pizzeria, Strata Policy, KSM Music, and many other business friends of the festival, individuals, collaborators, and team members. Businesses and anyone interested in supporting or contributing to the upcoming 2017 season can learn more, get in contact, or donate directly by visiting the “Get Involved” section at www.theblockfestival.org.


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