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e-Newsletter - Volume 5, Number 04
Our FREE Online Film Festival Starts Tomorrow at 2pm CST
by Bill Anderton

From time to time we host online events of interest to our students, mentors and guests. Our next event starts this coming Friday at 2pm CST. In cooperation with the Illudium Film Society, we will be presenting a FREE Online Film Festival.

It is FREE and open to the public. Please join us and invite as many of your friends as you wish.

Click here to see the festival's mini-site for details and our promotional video.

Festival's Films

We will be presenting four unique short entertainment films from the open-source movement. The general theme for the festival is community-centric grass-roots-funded short films that have been made on very small budgets but with results comparable to any studio-funded major feature film.

In the times of big budget studio films costing $100-million or more to make, see what a small group of folks can do with almost no budget, free software and lots of talent!

Presented On-Demand via High-Quality Streaming Media from New High-Def Masters

We will present the festival's films via high-quality streaming media services. All four films are presented on-demand and can be view at your convenience at any time during the festival. Just pop in anytime during the weekend and spend an hour with us seeing these impressive films.

The films are all "short subjects" of 10-15 minutes each.

All you need to participate is a broadband connection and a web browser. Our online film festival is FREE and open to anyone without registration or reservation.

This event will also mark the public debut of our newly upgraded media platform. We have specially re-mastered all four films using our new platform and will be using the film festival to showcase our new capabilities.

Elephants Dream

The film tells the story of Emo and Proog, two people with different visions of the surreal world in which they live. Viewers are taken on a journey through that world, full of strange mechanical birds, stunning technological vistas and machinery that seems to have a life of its own.

Big Buck Bunny

Big Buck Bunny is a comedy about a well-tempered rabbit “Big Buck”, who finds his day spoiled by the rude actions of the forest bullies, three rodents. In the typical 1950's cartoon tradition Big Buck then prepares for the rodents a comical revenge.


In the film we meet a lonely girl who is saved on a barren snowfield by a shaman. In the hut of the shaman she tells her life story; how she found a wounded baby dragon in a dilapidated city, and how a deep bond grows between them. When the little dragon is kidnapped violently by an adult dragon, she takes a long quest. After her visit to the shaman she then undergoes a dramatic confrontation with the adult dragon.

Tears of Steel

The film’s premise is about a group of warriors and scientists, who gather at the “Oude Kerk” in Amsterdam to stage a crucial event from the past, in a desperate attempt to rescue the world from destructive robots.

From Little Acorns

The film was community-based and all of the creative work was performed by volunteers as a public service for a Texas township. This film uses both live action photography and photo-realistic 3-D animation to illustrate the old English idiom, "mighty oaks from little acorns grow." The general idea was that great things may come from small beginnings. This film has been used on our website for the last three years as a reference sample. It has been re-mastered and shown in the festival as a continuity reference showcasing the capabilities of our newly upgraded media platform.


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