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Withoutabox.com says PollyGrind Film Festival of Las Vegas is a “one-of-a-kind event"
Praise is becoming common place for film festival that has been featured in MovieMaker magazine for three straight years.
The fifth annual event, currently accepting entries, was a recent spotlight festival for the website, which features 3,000 film festivals on five continents.
Currently accepting entries, the international film festival is steeped in artistic freedom and celebrates individuality, diversity,creativity, and empowerment by showcasing the work of filmmakers with defiantly independent visions.
“In the Spotlight today is the 5th Annual PollyGrind Underground Film Festival of Las Vegas, igniting Sin City with fantastic films that stretch the boundaries of storytelling,”
The praise is becoming common place for PollyGrind.
In April, PollyGrind made it into MovieMaker magazine for a third straight year, nabbing a slot in its 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2014.
Previously, PollyGrind was named to Movie Maker’sTop 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2012 and Top 5 Coolest Experimental/
In the current issue, MovieMaker says PollyGrind "Specializes in all things alternative, with a wide variety of films not shown elsewhere."
In March, PollyGrind was praised by Weng’s Chop as “one ofthe legitimate champions of truly independent filmmaking.”
“It’s cool to hear these things,” festival founder and director Chad Clinton Freeman said. “It shows all the hard work that goes into this event year round is appreciated. I’d love to stop and celebrate, but I am always too busy getting ready for the next go-round.”
The festival has also been praised by the likes of Albert Pyun, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Eric Stanze, Greg Lamberson and Lloyd Kaufman. FearNet has called it “Boldly adventurous, audacious, and rebellious."
At the 2013 festival, anti-bullying activist Corey Taylor presented the festival the very first Corey Taylor Talks award for "The Coolest Film Festival."
"Thank You For Supporting The Underdog!," the plaque reads.
As Withoutabox wrote, “More than a festival, PollyGrind is a year-round community that prompts animated dialogue between great talents while championing the films it discovers.”
The festival has seen more than 80 of its official selections earn distribution deals with the likes of Lions Gate, Showtime, IFC Midnight, Wild Eye Releasing,Whacked Movies and more.
Distribution contracts and consultations were awarded to winners in 2011, 2012 and 2013, along with several thousand dollars in prizes.
Feature film official selections at the festival are also looked at for distribution through its new label PollyGrind Presents, while short films are considered as special features and for compilation releases through a number of outlets.
As a member of the Film ExChange, an international network which includes seven film festivals such as Independent Film Awards Berlin, Art of Brooklyn FilmFestival, and South Texas Underground Film Festival, PollyGrind also sends three films to the RxSM Self-Medicated Film Expo in Austin to compete for the Crossroads Award during SXSW.
PollyGrind’s fifth annual event is slated to run October 16-18.
The regular deadline for submissions is April 30, with a late deadline of May 13, a Last Minute Deadline of June 30, and a Withoutabox Extended Deadline of July31. Filmmakers will be notified of their acceptance status by September 1.
Feature films, documentaries, shorts, medium films, trailers, music videos, promos and screenplays of all genres are welcome.
As one of the first festivals to screen, embrace, and award the underground gems Slime City Massacre, The Bunny Game, Dear God No!, Road to Hell, Hate Crime, Daddy’s Little Girl, Ratline, The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol, and Adam Chaplin:Violent Avenger, PollyGrind “lives to champion underdogs by turning them into beloved sensations,”
Before Jen and Sylvia Soska's American Mary success, their debut Dead Hooker in a Trunk won numerous awards at PollyGrind. Before Calvin Lee Reeder starred in the hit V/H/S or directed The Rambler feature, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, he won Best Director at PollyGrind.
Additionally, Randy Moore’s 2013 Sundance film Escape from Tomorrow was a 2012 official selection and Craig McIntyre’s L.A.Maniac (formerly The Los Angeles Ripper), slated to be released May 13 by Kaufman’s distribution company Troma, played the festival in 2011.
An IMDb qualifying event, PollyGrind has been said by Withoutabox.com to revel “in the bold, the exciting, and the avant garde” and “single-handedly redefined what to expect during the film festival experience.”
Past festivals have included concerts,burlesque and art shows, a social media contest, a live audio recording of the audience for a DVD audio commentary, charity events, as well as a zombie red carpet walk and cupcake eating contest, while still staying focused on celebrating good quality films.
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Chad Clinton Freeman