2018-08-22 / Features

Sparrow Film Project To Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Kaufman Astoria Studios

The Sparrow Film Project, the iconic short-film challenge, returns this year for its 10th anniversary, celebrating the artistic, imaginative and DIY ethos of the Astoria community. The announcement was made on August 14 by Artistic Director Michael Freeland and Technical Director Sal Milazzo.

The Sparrow Film Project is made possible with major sponsorship from Kaufman Astoria Studios.

To commemorate its 10th year, The Sparrow Film Project will introduce a brand new, unique assignment for their participants, showcase eclectic musical performances, noteworthy appearances and special screenings throughout neighborhood venues. The centerpiece of the Sparrow Film Project is an awards competition in 14 categories that will take place at the Closing Night Gala on Thursday, December 6 at the Museum of the Moving Image.

The Sparrow Film Project is an annual short-film competition that challenges firsttime and established filmmakers to create three-minute films in three weeks. For each edition, filmmakers are guided by a unique set of criteria based on a new theme, and each team draws a random assignment from a hat. Since its inception, the Sparrow Film Project has championed films that display a high-degree of craft and ingenuity, while imbued with wonder and whimsy.

In over five years, SFP has grown to over 500 submissions, highlighting provocative, experimental, groundbreaking films, both local and international in scope.

The Sparrow Film Project 10th Anniversary Events:

The Sparrow Film Project Mixer: Monday

Aug. 27, at The Sparrow Tavern, Astoria.

The Sparrow Film Project Filmmakers Sign-up: Sunday, Sept. 9, at Let Love Inn, Astoria. Registration is from 7 pm to 10 pm. Drawing starts at 10 pm.

The Sparrow Film Project Filmmakers Turn-in: Sunday, Sept. 30, at The Sparrow Tavern.

The Sparrow Film Project 2018 Screenings: Saturday Dec. 1 at Museum of the Moving Image.

The Sparrow Film Project 2018 Bar Crawl: Sunday Dec. 2, multiple locations TBD.

The Sparrow Film Project Awards Ceremony and Gala: Thurs. Dec. 6, Museum of the Moving Image.

Roumeliotis’ goal was to acknowledge and celebrate the close-knit, intensely creative and artistic Astoria community. “With the film studios in our backyard, Astoria and Long Island City’s cinematic roots are deep, Roumeliotis said. I have always said that the film project is bigger than Sparrow. The goal was to make The Sparrow Film Project one of the borough’s artistic traditions.”

Roumeliotis also owns the aforementioned The Sparrow Tavern, featured in 2014 on the Food Network’s Diners, Driveins and Dives.

Technical Director Sal Milazzo said,“There is no better feeling than seeing all your neighbors dressed to the nines to celebrate their work; to me, it feels like the Great Astoria Prom. I am always impressed with first-time filmmakers, some of these teams have no prior experience and still manage to make truly inspirational work.”

Artistic Director Michael Freeland said, “Like many of the films made, we are a bare-bones production; we only succeed through the continued support of our neighbors, local businesses, and the Astoria Arts District. We are lucky to live in such a passionate community.”

As in previous years, The Sparrow Film Project supporting sponsors include B&H Photo & Video and Radebeger Pilsner.

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