The past half year the programmer team has selected, watched and discussed their favorite movies from this period, investigating area's from around the globe and a few "genre's" that deserve a closer look, and now it is time to really get the organisational part under construction!
this thread is an open invite to anyone who wants to be on the official festival jury this year
What does a juror do?
An official juror commits to watching the "mainslate", or heart of the festival, and at least one other section
-They have a say in creating the mainslate from the below list of titles that the programmers have selected
-This year they also have input on the size of the mainslate, picking a minimum of 8 or a maximum of 12 titles from the list
-They have the month of October to sign up as a juror in this thread and give their input on the mainslate
-During the festival they watch and discuss movies along with everybody else, although they could also work ahead a bit if they want before the festival has started
-After the festival they present their winners of the mainslate and each section, with as much or as little fanfare as they choose, but a small jury report would be a fun thing to add I think.
NB. We have established as a rule over time that any casual participant who enjoys the festival and has watched a complete section automatically becomes an unofficial juror on that section. I think it is fair to keep the mainslate for official jurors only, but I want to give jurors as much freedom to decide on these things themselves as possible.
For instance how they come to their final decision on the selection of the mainslate. People can select from the list given below titles they have already seen and want to recommend to the others, or titles that they are really curious about. They can do this by discussion in this topic thread, by organizing a poll, by voting through PM's or any way they think is best. Also dividing up the other sections among the official jurors is something that can be discussed here by them. There are 9 separate sections next to the mainslate, each containing 4 or 5 films. Looking at the total of qualifying films it will be most likely be 4 this year, and for a few sections the options are so limited that there is a small chance that we have to cancel it this time around. The slight upside of this is that the "workload" that the jury commitment brings would be a bit lighter. So if you already feel excited, this might be the final piece of motivation to make yourself invited!
So the window between the end of October and the beginning of the festival isn't that big. Please take your time and it is not to late to sign up even if you are reading this only for the first time while October is already well underway... but... the sooner there is a consensus on the mainslate from the jurors, the sooner the programmers can fill in the other sections and full promoting of the festival can get underway, so don't feel obliged to wait until the entire month has gone I will be keeping an eye on this thread, and if voting is happening in another way or another place, I hope to get notified when there is a final mainslate selection made.
In my next post I'll present a list of 36 titles we created for the jurors to select their preferred and ideal festival selection mainslate from
Please join along by signing up as a juror
and mark the festival dates on your calendars!!