Santa Cruz Film Festival 2010

Posted: May 25th, 2010 | Author: | | Tags: | No Comments »

The Santa Cruz Film Festival closing ceremony happened a little over a week ago. The awards were announced and flowers passed to the winners and everyone went home happy.

This was the ninth annual SCFF and the first without founder Jane Sullivan. As the film festival has grown, so has the quality of film and the organization of the festival itself. This year, under the new director of development, Jess Damsen, there wasn’t the begging for money that we’ve listened to in past years. Sponsorship was up and attendance was up as well.

Although I wasn’t able to attend as many films as I wanted to (a Laurie Anderson show precluded an entire Saturday’s films), I was able to attend quite a few. I was lucky enough to see many of the shorts programs and most of the narrative feature films. The shorts programs were very good, but I get tired of having the “sci-fi and experimental” films during late-night showings — I have a tendency to fall asleep on work-nights if I get bored.

In the next couple of days, I’ll be sharing some of my thoughts on the festival films. I didn’t write about all of them, but hopefully enough to give a fair representation.

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