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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #168: Getting In Bed with Film Festivals! A Panel at San Diego Film Week.

Have you ever wanted to take a peek behind the curtain of film festivals? If you are a filmmaker, have you thought about some of the things you should do to increase your chances of acceptance into festivals? Those questions and more are what this episode is all about. This was recorded live on Saturday, February 11th during our panel at the first San Diego Film Week, an event designed to spotlight San Diego-based filmmaking and film festivals. Horrible Imaginings was invited to showcase some of our program during the event, and we were also invited to join a panel. I was joined on stage by Beth Accomando of Cinema Junkie Podcast and my partner in crime in Film Geeks SD, as well as Brian Hu from Pacific Arts Movement's San Diego Asian Film Festival and Moises Esparza from Media Arts Center San Diego's San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Photo by Leirigh Films

I am excited about two things about this panel. One, this is information we can provide not just to panel attendees, but to any aspiring filmmakers or even film lovers in general who are curious about festivals. Making this a podcast was a no brainer. Two, our audience was comprised mostly of film students, many in high school, who genuinely want to learn more about this side of the film industry. I have to thank Jodi Cilley and San Diego Film Week for encouraging young people to attend events like this. They were engaged and, as you will hear in the podcast, asked some excellent questions! As an educator myself, this was pretty damn exciting.

The outline of tips (LOTS of details in the conversation!):

  • 1. Research festivals

  • 2. Make sure your film fits

  • 3. Prepare a press kit

  • 4. Take the time to step away from your film and come back to it with fresh eyes so you can make it the BEST it can be. Show it to a test audience!

  • 5. Rejection is an unfortunate part of the process--how to handle this difficult aspect

I hope you find this podcast informative and helpful! As always with live panels, we probably missed a lot so feel free to add your thoughts in the comments! Also, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is now accepting submissions! We have been on Film Freeway's Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Festivals list for six months running now--don't miss joining the family!

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June 14, 2015 Posted by admin in General

#140: Funky Bollywood: The Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema with Todd Stadtman

You are in luck, especially if you were not able to make our Funky Bollywood discussion at San Diego's own Digital Gym Cinema last night, because I decided to make a podcast of the episode. And what a great idea, too, because it turned out to be one of the best and most enthusiastic Q&A's I ever moderated, and now we can bring it to YOU! Die Danger Die Die Kill Blogger and fellow "Mysterious Order of the Skeleton Suit (MOSS)" Agent Todd Stadtman joined us all the way from San Francisco to discuss and sign copies of his new book "Funky Bollywood: The Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema."

Funky Bollywood screenshot

Films from India, and films from the filmmaking machine that has come to be known as Bollywood, are still largely unknown or misunderstood by many of the cineastes I tend to meet on a regular basis. As with most film industries, Bollywood churned out films of a wide variety of genres from action to fantasy to horror. I couldn't wait to have this conversation with Todd about this particular subset of films because I think a lot of people would be fascinated to learn about they have to offer, how they can be found and kept alive, and how they can be introduced to new and varied audiences.

At the book signing!

At the book signing!

As far as finding Bollywood films, you should get Todd's book as a guide in your search. I sincerely recommend it! You can order it now from FAB Press by clicking on the picture:


We also mention YouTube and Netflix as ways to find some of these films, but Todd points out as a place to purchase DVDs, as well as Indian grocery stores and other Indian stores (including India Sweets and Spices in Mira Mesa for you San Diego folks) in cities with Indian communities. Remember to follow me on Twitter @HIFFSD and Todd @FOURDK. Todd also writes for the venerable cult film site Teleport City and acts as co-host of the Podcast on Fire: Taiwan Noir and Infernal Brains podcasts, as well as the musical radio program Pop Offensive on 9th Floor Radio.

Our Funky Bollywood Discussion Topics:

1. Why populist international cinema is important.

2. The response from the Indian community to the book

3. Why choose Bollywood films, and specifically why choose the action genre to write a book about?

4. Where do you find these films?

5. Watching films without subtitles.

6. Bollywood and Hollywood and international inspirations.

7. Defining “Bollywood” and different regions of Indian films.

8. The international allure of the action genre.

9. Where to find theatrical screenings of Bollywood films.

10. More ideas of where to find Bollywood films.

11. Differences in films from different parts of India.

12. Different character archetypes in 1970s Indian action cinema.

13. Explaining the title “Funky Bollywood,” and the music of Bollywood cinema.

14. Modern Bollywood

15. The influence on the partition of Indian and Pakistan had on the “Lost and Found” films.

16. The beauty of artifice in cinema.

Listen to the episode here: