Erik Mondrian, one of the winners of the New World Notes competition for a free ticket to the inworld private premiere of STÖMOL, enjoyed my film so much he told me I should consider submitting it to a film festival. If you’ve seen my Lab Gab interview with Strawberry Linden, you’ll hopefully know by now just how much of a novice I am to all of this film-making stuff, and therefore won’t be entirely surprised to learn that my response to this was, “How do I do that?”
Luckily for me, Erik not only set about educating me on festival portal,filmfreeway.com, he also went through the thousands of festivals there to find the perfect match for STÖMOL: the Denver SUPERNOVA Digital Film Festival.
Established in 2016, the festival showcases “animation and motion-art created by individual artists or teams using computer software as the focal development of their work […] Genres are not limited but tend toward narrative, abstract, experimental, playful, mind-bending, gaming/machinema, music video, educational, documentary, etc.” The festival takes place around the city of Denver, displaying selected films to its residents via public LCD screens. This year, due to Covid-19, there will be fewer screens for this and a greater focus placed on accessing the festival online. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘World on fire.’
BUT Erik discovered SUPERNOVA with just two days to go before the submission deadline, so a hasty application had to be put together. And I was delighted to learn yesterday that STÖMOL has been selected for the festival, which will run from 17 to 19 September.
If you’re a Denver resident, then, there’s a chance that you could get to watch STÖMOL on the outdoors screen at the corner of 14th and Champa during the festival. If not, you can watch STÖMOL and the other festival entries online (head over to the festival site for details). The schedule has not yet been published but I will add the details in a new blog post just as soon as I have them.
Header image taken from the 2020 SUPERNOVA promotional video, which can be watched in full here.