PARK SLOPE — A young filmmaker is hoping he can turn Park Slope into the next Park City.
Film student Aaron Fisher, 24, has created the first-ever Park Slope Film Festival. It's not quite at the scale of Park City's famed Sundance Film Festival in Utah, but Fisher thinks the mini movie-a-thon could be an important first step for novice filmmakers.
"There are no awards, but the filmmakers get to gain exposure and also meet other filmmakers," said Fisher. "If you're a filmmaker, even if you're not showing, it's a great place to network. There will be producers in the audience."
The deadline to submit films for possible screening in the festival, first reported by F'ed in Park Slope, is June 23. Film length is limited to just 15 minutes.
Fisher and festival co-founder Brett Chalfin will review the submissions. They're hoping to select five to seven movies to show at the free festival, which will be held July 7 at Two Moon Art House & Cafe at 315 Fourth Ave. between Second and Third streets.
Fisher, a student at the School of Visual Arts who's lived in Park Slope since he was 5-years-old, recently completed work on a seven-minute "dramedy" called "Prom Night," a story about trying to fit in as an adolescent.
In selecting films for the festival, Fisher said he's looking for filmmakers with a gift for visual storytelling, and films that "tell great, compelling stories and have excellent, dramatic performances."
He said he came up with the idea for a Park Slope film festival when he realized one didn't already exist.
"I wanted to create something that would encourage collaboration among the next generation of filmmakers, and I think Brooklyn is a great place to do that," he said.