Members of the Roslyn Events Committee are gearing up to watch some movies next week — movies made by real people — and they’re turning to the community for help.
There’s one week left for aspiring filmmakers to enter a movie into the Roslyn Film Festival, held March 26 at the Roslyn Fire Company.
In its fifth year, the film festival has become something of a staple in the community. Each year, the red carpet is rolled out parallel to Bradfield Road, and audience members are interviewed prior to heading up to the screening room on the second floor of the fire house, where they’re treated to a handful of independent movies.
Abington Commissioner, film festival creator and festival judge Lori Schreiber said the festival has grown every year since its inception, adding that the past three years have been standing room only.
The proceeds of the film festival benefit the fire company.
“Each year we’ve raised a little bit more for the fire house — we raised over $1,000 last year,” Schreiber said. “And all through the year, people ask me, ‘When is it coming?’ The show is wonderful, and it’s a great time.”
This year, Schreiber said the events committee has been receiving a lot of short — really short — movies.
“The shorts are like a couple of minutes,” Schreiber said, “which is kind of new for us.”
“And there’s a word of mouth going around colleges now,” Schreiber said. “I think that we have had a couple of students from Temple University submit films.”
Following the March 1 deadline, judges from the Roslyn Events Committee will pare down the entries and decide on an order for the show.
The cost to submit an a film for consideration is $25. Films must be no longer than 30 minutes, PG-friendly and in DVD format. For all of the requirements, click here.
The audience votes on the top three films; last year, a judges’ award was added to the fray.
And, as she's said in the past, Schreiber said she doesn't see the festival ever moving out of Roslyn.
For more information, visit www.roslynfilmfestival.com.