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Vine Film Festival to Cover Bushwick Venue With Screens

By Meredith Hoffman | October 15, 2013 8:05am
 The Vine Film Festival is currently accepting submissions.
The Vine Film Festival is currently accepting submissions.
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BUSHWICK — When viewers step into Bushwick’s newest film festival, they won’t have to sit down or calm down to focus on one narrative for long. Instead, dozens of 6-second films will play on screens throughout the room, in the first Vine Film Festival.

“We’ll have multiple projections playing Vines on a loop throughout the space you can walk around and watch…It’s going to be kind of a wild space but we think it’ll work,” said the festival’s founder Karly Snajczuk, who is holding the event at Bat Haus co-working space. “We wanted it to be a celebration…like an opening at an art gallery.”

The festival’s structure, she said, catered to people who are “more independent in their viewing” — and who may have shorter attention spans.

“A lot of the naysayers of Vine say you only have a 6-second attention span [to make or watch a film], but I say those limitations give people reason to be more creative,” she said of the format. “Still, if we’re talking about people who only have this short attention span, why would I call in this group of people and make them sit down and watch and listen? I just want people to come in and watch as they please.”

To submit to the festival, people only need to type the hashtag “tinylittlevideos” at the end of their Vines and the films will be considered, she said.

And the best Vines will be honored at a “mock award ceremony” with modest prizes that are still being determined, noted Snajczuk, who works in freelance film production and has friends in the film industry.

The Vine Film Festival is Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. at Bat Haus on 207 Starr St.