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Friday, May 13, 2011 - 12:38 PM - Tampa Indie Film Log for Filmmaker C. A. Passinault

Reverence Film Festival Development Proceeds

This year and most of next year, a series of private, invitation-only underground film festivals by Tampa Bay Film will proceed, and they will have all of the effectiveness and influences as a larger film festival event. One of those underground film festivals, the Halloween Drive-In, will be done this fall, afer two aborted attempts in as many years. Reasons aside, we are in great shape to actually doing the Halloween Drive-In this year, and this film-festival-in-car, which is a little more than that now for reasons which cannot be revealed (I will say that it required certain capabilities in order to make it more cost-effective by being able to also do a tie-in project, and this is why the previous two attempts were aborted; the second attempt, I went out and bought all of the supplied, and some people cancelled at the last minute. With an underground film festival limited to four people, myself included, just one person cancelling is a 25% drop in attendance; tiny film festivals can be more difficult to pull off than large film festivals, as attendance is more of an issue than overall logistics), will be one of the most unique film festival projects ever done. After the initial Halloween Drive-In, I plan on changing the format and expanding it, and make it one of our largest underground film festivals.
Of course, this isn’t what this post is about. This post is about our first “real” film festival event, which I would call a conventional film festival, but that would only be true in respects to it being a public film festival event. All of the smaller underground film festivals swarming around aside, the large film festival event properties are where it’s at for most people, especially the general public, as they can attend those. Starting with Reverence, Tampa Bay Film, Eventi Stage, and Frontier Pop have the largest and most comprehensive network of film festival event properties in the Tampa Bay area. They will also be the most effective, as all of the film festivals not only tie in with each other, but they also tie in with the assorted series of underground film festivals and Tampa Bay Film indie film industry events like the Tampa Film Conference (TFC); all of the film festivals and indie film events interlink and cross-promote each other.
Of course, it is going to take at least a year and a half to deploy all of these properties and get them running on a recurring schedule. A year and a half is also a significant number because that’s how far ahead that the debut of the Reverence Film Festival is; from this moment, I have the next three years pretty much planned out, and although that schedule is officially tentative, I expect that, at the end of that three year period, that Tampa Bay Film will own the most advanced, effective network of film festivals and indie film support events that the Tampa Bay area has ever seen.
The bottom line is that, if Tampa indie film is going to actually get “on the map”, and if our independent film scene has any chance at all in becoming a worldwide innovator and leader in independent film, we are going to need all of this support infrastructure. Speaking for myself, and entertainment industry professional who has invested two decades of work into independent film, and who plans on independent film on being a major part of my career in the future, I’m going to need all of this. It isn’t enough to just go out and make great independent films. You have to know where you are going with it, and invest in what you need to make it happen. I also happen to care about filmmakers and Tampa independent film as a whole, and I don’t have any problem sharing those resources with other filmmakers and helping those filmmakers out.
With the Reverence film Festival, however, we are looking at something really special for a number of reasons. First, it is my first major film festival events, and it is the first in what will become a network of film festivals and events. Second, the Reverence Film Festival is only a conventional film festival in the broadest of definitions. This film festival is not your typical film festival, and it is a very unique, special hybrid film festival which will be integrated with interactive theme event technology specifically developed for my event production company beginning back in the early 1990's (and proven for the first time in a theme event on January 31, 1998). The Reverence Film Festival will be much more than just a film festival, and it will be the first Theme Film Festival ever done, at least in Florida. Of course, the reasons that I brought up the Halloween Drive-In underground film festival are because I wanted to let all of you know that there would be underground film festivals before and after Reverence, and because both the Halloween Drive-In and Reverence focus on Halloween, horror films, and similar genres.
Out of all of my film festival event properties, I expect Reverence to be one of the most fun to run, as well as one of the most entertaining for the participants (notice that I did not call them “guests”. My other film festivals in the network, although they will all be polished and extremely effective for their target markets, as well as worthwhile, are more indie film-centric, and more business. The Tampa Film Showcase monthly film festival and professional networking event series, the Frontier Film Festival, and the Tampa Film Conference are more focused on the business and market aspects of independent film. Reverence is meant to be more fun and entertaining is more ways than just independent film, although ALL of my events will share features such as keynote presentations and the most sophisticated security out of any Florida event. Yes, even Reverence will have a keynote presentation, and one of the purposes of that keynote will be to promote the debut of the Tampa Film Showcase, which at that time will begin a few months after the first Reverence Film Festival. The Tampa Film Showcase will even be heavily promoted and advertised in the Reverence film Festival playbill program (all of my film festivals will have printed playbill programs, too, which the sponsors will love. Playbills are but one of a many standard features in all of my film festivals and events).
The Reverence Film Festival is what Saints and Sinners should have been. It will easily exceed what the Halloween Horror Picture Show did, as well as fill the void that it left, and will even be better than the Horror and Hotties and The Ladies Of The Night film festivals (no offense to Danford, Lalino, and others; you all know that I respect and recognize what you’ve ll done, and that I support you, but event planning is something that I do, and it is something that I’ve been good at, for decades. If Reverence was never meant to be better, and if I had no hope of pulling it off, it wouldn’t be worth doing, now, would it? One of the reasons that it is taking me a while to do any of these film festivals is that I don’t take short cuts, and I want to do things right.)
The Reverence Film Festival is important because it will help set up some standard features in the other film festivals and events, and because it is the start of a series of film festival events and indie film support events by Tampa Bay Film. After Reverence, the Tampa Film Showcase will debut in eastern Hillsborough County, and there will be a Tampa Film Showcase film festival event every month thereafter, even on months where my other film festivals are running (without conflicts in schedule, however, as many of the same teams will be involved with different film festivals, and I certainly don’t want to be competing against myself). The Tampa Film Showcase will be the backbone of our network of film festivals and indie film events (and it will have at least one other purpose which is currently classified, and which I cannot reveal right now). The Tampa Film Showcase will put larger film festivals, such as the Gasparilla International film Festival, to shame, and make them look bloated, slow, pretentious, and ineffective in comparison. After that first year of 12 Tampa film Showcase events, and after the second Reverence Film Festival that fall (and the third Halloween Drive-In underground film festival, perhaps), will see the premier of our flagship film festival, a monster annual film festival called the Frontier Film Festival, which the Tampa Film Showcase leads into every year. Although smaller film festivals such as the Tampa Film Showcase will easily be able to defeat larger annual film festivals such as Gasparilla, it will be the Frontier Film Festival which will actually go head to head with the largest film festivals; well, what’s left of them, at least. The Frontier Film Festival will set the standard for what a large annual film festival should be in any market, and it should be noted that the Frontier Film Festival is designed to be that standard as a stand-alone film festival, and that the support of my other film festival and indie film event properties are more of a bonus than anything else.
A few months afer the debut of the Frontier Film Festival, the Tampa Film Conference will debut. At that time, not only will all of the indie film support infrastructure be in place, but an ongoing series of film festivals and events will continue. Besides the Tampa Film Showcase monthly film festival and professional networking event series, the Frontier Film Festival, the Reverence Film Festival, and the Tampa Film Conference, there will be an irregular series of underground film festivals, customized film festivals, and indie film premiers, and although every component of the much larger machine will be stand-alone components able to function without the others, they will ALL be interconnected, and will ALL cross-promote and support each other.
Did I mention how the Tampa Bay Film Online Film Festival fits in with all of this? I didn’t? Did I mention how Tampa Bay Film fits in with all of this? That, too? Did I mention how the upcoming Tampa Bay indie film community fits is with all of this? No, I didn’t. Many of those details are classified, and although a few will be revealed on a need to know basis, they will continue to be classified. You can’t be a leader and set standards if we allow aspiring competitors to rip us off and steal ideas. Our loss is the loss of Tampa indie film, and we have a vested interest in protecting the future of Tampa indie film. We intend to steamroll the competition in every way, and in an overwhelming fashion, and it would be more difficult to do that it we gave away the store.
Going back to the Reverence Film Festival, it will be the first to set up standard features which will be adopted with all of our underground, film festival, event. All of our events will be highly documented and covered in our publications. Our events will be documented much more than any other events in Florida, too, although these efforts will largely be invisible to those in attendance. Our security will also be second to none, with a level of security never seen in any Florida (or national) event. These efforts will also be mostly invisible to the average person in attendance. These measures are for professional accountability, as well as to preserve the enjoyment of our events for the participants. Although we do not expect to have any trouble or disruptions, we are prepared for it, and it is our intentions to have productive and safe as allowed under both legal and ethical guidelines. When dealing with some people in the Tampa indie film scene, you never know, and you have to be prepared to address their professional shortcomings if any incidents happen. Those who break the law will face severe legal and civil action, and they will discover that we will possess an overwhelming amount of evidence to use in any action which we may have to take.
At any rate, although the Reverence Film Festival is about a year and a half away, work on both the Reverence Film Festival and the Tampa Film Showcase is ramping up now. I have a lot of work to do, and as I build my team, they will, too. Regarding the Reverence Film Festival, I have to buy at least six computers for that film festival alone. Why all of the hardware? You’ll just have to wait and find out.
This will all be worth the wait.


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