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Bare Bones Film Festival

Bare Bones Film Festival

Contact

223 N. 3rd St.Suite 201
Muskogee, OK 74401
918-616-1264 (voice)
775-307-1545 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Shironbutterfly Ray, Festival Director/Programmer

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 7    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

We champion the struggling independent Auteur who literally does it all or who gathers a close team who contributes what's needed to get their movie make. By having in attendance, mediamakers from all across the U.S. and Canada and by bringing in experienced and award winning directors, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and stunt professionals to conduct workshops and discussion groups, thus sharing their knowledge, we are paving the way for an independent movie explosion in Oklahoma.

This 4-day film festival will primarily focus on the Screenwriter and the need for making transitions. ScreenWriter-Director, Actor-ScreenWriter, Actor-Producer, Cinematographer-Editor, are just a few of the hyphenates we encounter.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

Rules

Budget projection meets 'bare bones' criteria. Bare Bones is defined as budgets of five million dollars or less. "No frills"-"No Waste". Standard screenplay structure/format, rights to project, not currently optioned. Oklahoma locales are eligible for special OK Soil Award. We accept all genres, with special interest towards thrillers, horror, sci-fi, and Romantic Narratives.

Awards

Finalists eligible for a live screenplay reading during the festival. 1st look for possible production from several independent producers and production companies. No cash awards available at this time. Other prizes awarded by event sponsors.

Bare Bones Film Festival

Contact

223 N. 3rd St.Suite 201
Muskogee, OK 74401
918-616-1264 (voice)
775-307-1545 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Shironbutterfly Ray, Festival Director/Programmer

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 7    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Bare Bones Film Festival

Contact

223 N. 3rd St.Suite 201
Muskogee, OK 74401
918-616-1264 (voice)
775-307-1545 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Shironbutterfly Ray, Festival Director/Programmer

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 7    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Bare Bones Film Festival Announces Contest Results

The Bare Bones Film Festival has announced their screenwriting contest results.

Updated: 05/03/2008

Bare Bones Fest Announces 2007 Screenplay Finalists

The Bare Bones Film Festival has announced their screenplay finalists for 2007.

Updated: 03/12/2007

Bare Bones Film Fest Announces Film & Screenplay Awards

The Bare Bones Film Festival has announced the winners of its film and screenplay competitions.

Updated: 04/27/2001

Bare Bones Announces 2001 Finalists & Semifinalists

The Bare Bones Film Festival has posted biographies for the 2001 Finalists & Semifinalists.

Updated: 04/13/2001

Bare Bones Film Festival

Contact

223 N. 3rd St.Suite 201
Muskogee, OK 74401
918-616-1264 (voice)
775-307-1545 (fax)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Shironbutterfly Ray, Festival Director/Programmer

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 7    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Christopher Canole

An interview with screenwriter Christopher Canole regarding the Bare Bones Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: "Felix the Flyer" Latino Chariots of Fire...as a Cuban mailman runs in the 1904 Olympic Marathon he recounts his 1200 mile super-run up the Mississippi River to battle the world's greatest marathoners chasing him in the most bizarre race in history, filled with racism, cheating, and drugs to become an inspiration for all future underdogs.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: Bare Bones is a challenging film festival contest that requires you to present a low budget project proposal. Since Felix the Flyer is a historical feature film script, budget is often used to reject even award winning scripts. In my case, Balboa Park in San Diego is an exact replica of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, and the marathon back then was more like today's high school cross-country race. Winning in the Bare Bones Film Festival is a great marketing tool for unproduced writers.

As an added benefit, since I was born in Oklahoma and am part Charokee , this festival helped me reconnect to my roots. Felix is the first of three Olympian stories I planned on writing years ago. I just finished Her Swastika Sword, the story of Helene Mayer in the Nazi Olympics. I hope to someday write a new version about the great American Indian and Olympic champion Jim Thorpe. The other contest I've won include the AAA Creative Screenwriting Grand Prize, Script Magazine Grand Prize, Queens International Film Festival, Kids First Film Festival, Screenplay Shootout, and I have placed in the top three or honorable mention of the New York Hip Hop, Indie Producers, Gaffers, Twin Rivers, Indie Gathering, Screenplay Festival, San Diego Film Festival, Acclaim Film, and WriteMovies.com

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: ShIronbutterfly Ray kept in constant touch with me both through email and on the web site. She even arranged a newspaper interview before the awards were announced.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: Feedback was not part of this contest.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: As I said before a Bare Bones win is a great marketing tool which I will add to a postcard I send to interested producers. And I am sure future affiliation with the Bare Bones Film Festival will continue to nourish my career. In fact the producer of Godfather and Apocalypse Now, Gray Frederickson , has requested Felix through the Bare Bones contest.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I am a Cal Arts masters degree graduate, union set photographer and actor who decided it was time to create my own stories. In the past three years I have written eleven screenplays: Bloodgroove (60?s college story), Drawn Together (political thriller), DVD Day (science fiction doomsday), Spring Snow (Mishima novel adaptation for my PhD in literature), Runaway Horses (Another Mishima), Z.I.A. (Family Zoo story), Counter-Clockwise (Science fiction romance), Felix the Flyer (sports biography), Pen Dragon (comic book fable), The Last Limo (post 9/11 American Odyssey) and Her Swastika Sword (sports biography).

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I live in La Jolla which isn't bad when I see the number of actors, directors and producers who visit my little village. I lived in Culver City with my Aunt Dallas as a kid on the back lot fence of MGM Studios. Like the Bare Bones return to my Oklahoma roots, perhaps I will return someday to the foothills of Los Angeles.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I am now blocking my first romantic comedy, Sunset Suites, which takes place in a nursing home and deals with the whacky insights I've gained in the past six months taking care of my 92 year old Aunt Dallas. She looked exactly like Bette Davis which created many funny moments in her life. And as the main "Nail Girl" for Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose, she saw things few could imagine.

Posted Thursday, May 8, 2008