The 2nd Act Film Festival’s unique approach gives it an energy shared by filmmakers and audience members.
“Its format and process are completely unique,” said festival director Wade Sellers. “We don’t believe in charging artists to create work, and this year, we are even giving the filmmakers a small amount of money to help offset the cost of their film.”
The film festival is at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at Tapp’s Arts Center.
The festival is a curated film project. Filmmakers submit their names to be considered for participation and a group of media and film professionals select the final group based on their previous work, their filmmaking, and their enthusiasm for independent filmmaking.
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Filmmakers were given the same first and third acts of a three act short script. The filmmakers write the second act and make the film. There is no restriction on genre or subject matter.
“You will be amazed at the storytelling talent that is showcased during the screening,” Sellers said.
“The night of the screenings is an energy that isn’t like any other event in Columbia. A diverse group of 10 filmmakers screening their original works for the first time to an enthusiastic audience makes for a night to remember and only moves independent filmmaking in Columbia forward.”
Here are a few things to know about the 2nd Act Film Festival:
▪ The 10 short films being shown are created specifically for the 2nd Act Film Festival.
▪ All filmmakers must live in South Carolina. This year three are from Columbia, two from Greenville and one from Greenwood.
▪ The films can’t be longer than six minutes.
▪ The diverse group of films this year ranges from romantic comedy to drama, sci-fi and suspense.
▪ All filmmaking teams are given $100 to help make their film.
▪ Audience members will vote for the 2nd Act Audience Award, given to one filmmaker.
The festival is in its third year, and the first two sold out. So get your tickets early.