As Sadie Tillery winds down from the success of the Full Frame Festival that wrapped in April, she admits that as the event’s director of programming, she’s just beginning to think about 2010′s edition of the festival.
She has heard from various industry members that travel is getting harder to budget for, and looks forward to seeing whether people will be traveling to Durham, North Carolina for next year’s edition, running from April 8 to 11. But as for this year’s edition, Full Frame’s delegates and audience numbers were about the same as previous years.
‘We made the conscious decision to keep our pass prices and our ticket prices in line with what they’ve always been and audiences came out the same way they have in years past. We were really excited to see that [Full Frame] was important enough for audiences to come out despite the economic times,’ says Tillery.
She also didn’t see a drop in submissions. They received 1,200, which Tillery was thrilled about, and emphasized it’s about quality and not quantity. ‘We received more international work each year and I think in part that’s due to our travels to other festivals, really keeping our eye out for what’s being made and trying to get Full Frame’s name in front of filmmakers,’ she says. ‘Of the films we programmed, half of them were international work. Over 30 different countries were represented in our program.’
The call for entries for Full Frame 2010 will open August 15. The regular deadline is October 15 and the late deadline is November 30.