Movies are a multi-billion dollar industry that are enjoyed by nearly everyone. Hollywood films have been a staple of pop culture since the 20th century and until this day America is considered to be the hotspot for celebrities and stars. However, there are millions of movies made all over the world that might not get as much attention as Hollywood’s latest blockbuster but are usually much more entertaining than the majority of modern day Hollywood films.
Film festivals and “Indy” movies (short of “Independent Films”) have showcased many low budget films and some of them have gone on to earn roaring underground success and even cult followings. Yet many more of these films—despite being clever and well-acted—simply fade into oblivion with very few people realizing that they exist. Luckily, because of advances in technology there are now many websites and television channels that allow people to see some of the little known feature length films that they otherwise would not have seen. However, short films still tend to go ignored even if they have more imagination and heart than any feature length saga. The television show known as the “Official Best of Fest” aims to change that and bring brilliant short films to wider audiences.
Short films are to movies what short stories are when compared to novels—they are simply fully realized stories that can be told in less time than other tales. “Official Best of Fest” is an organization that aims to show the world some of the best but least known short films. Through a half hour television show that airs on PBS and PBS affiliates across the country, Official Best of Fest has gained ground on both television and via the Internet as a prime way to get your short film shown to the masses.
According to the Official Best of Fest website:
“Official Best of Fest [OBOF] is a cutting edge organization that employs an army of curators who attend the world’s top film festivals on the lookout for the best of the best undistributed shorts and features. The goal is to give underappreciated and overlooked independent films the attention they deserve, or as founder Rick Stevenson puts it, ‘help a quality-starved public, junk-food fed audience get cinematic nourishment.’ It’s the ultimate international great film find fed by the world’s best film festival programmers. The most well-written, subversive, innovative independent films only appear at a select few of the world’s film festivals, likely to never enjoy wide distribution. How is the public ever supposed to wade through it all to find the diamonds in the rough? Not everyone can just hop on a plane to catch Sundance, Cannes, or Toronto. OBOF’s team of industry professionals is up to the task of doing the dirty work for everyone. OBOF is financing this service by bringing you boxed sets of ‘the best films you’ve never seen’ – great films that you generally can’t get anywhere else.”
For anyone who is interested in films or is educating a young filmmaker or screenwriter then this show is certainly worth watching. For parents who homeschool the films presented on this show can lead to many discussions about setting, plot, characters, and storytelling or even deeper issues like social, political, and even religious beliefs. There is something for everyone on the presented films that span nearly every genre and tone and anyone who is interested in the creative and performing arts will find this program and organization especially interesting.
For more information visit: http://officialbestoffest.com/