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Which Challenges would you like to see run in 2020?

Which Challenges would you like to see run in 2020?

Poll ended at November 9th, 2019, 3:16 am

1000<400
25
3%
1930s
18
2%
1940s
18
2%
1950s
19
2%
1960s
20
2%
1970s
22
3%
1980s
20
2%
1990s
20
2%
2000s
12
1%
2010s
15
2%
0 Official Lists / "Unofficial"
25
3%
Academy Award nominees
19
2%
Action
16
2%
Animation
25
3%
Banned Films/Video Nasty
6
1%
Blaxploitation/African American
23
3%
Comedy
23
3%
Coming of Age
14
2%
Conquering the World
12
1%
Crime Films
19
2%
Criterion/Masters of Cinema
18
2%
Cult/Grindhouse/Drive-In
17
2%
Degrees of Separation
15
2%
Doubling the Canon nominees
23
3%
Doubling the Canon (iCM list)
15
2%
Directed by Women
29
3%
Giallo/Slasher
12
1%
In Competition at Cannes
16
2%
Jonathan Rosenbaum Essentials
11
1%
LGBTIQ+/Queer
18
2%
Low IMDb Rating
23
3%
Martial Arts
13
2%
Musical
18
2%
Mystery
16
2%
Re-watch
12
1%
Romance
9
1%
Run the Director (watch 3+ films per director)
30
4%
Sci-Fi/Fantasy
30
4%
Short Films
16
2%
Silent Era
23
3%
Space and Time Travel
16
2%
Sport Movies
9
1%
Suspense/Thriller
13
2%
TSPDT + TSPDT 21st Century
19
2%
War
16
2%
Western
25
3%
 
Total votes: 833

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Re: Which Challenges would you like to see run in 2020?

#41

Post by 72aicm » November 7th, 2019, 2:52 pm

Close to 36 hours left. This are the ones making it as of now:

01. Run the Director (30 votes)
02. Sci-Fi / Fantasy (29 votes)
03. Directed by Woman (28 votes)
04. Unofficial (25 votes)
05. Western (24 votes)
05. 1000<400 (24 votes)
05. Animation (24 votes)
08. African American (23 votes)
08. Comedy (23 votes)
08. Low IMDb rating (23 votes)
11. DtC nominees (22 votes)
11. Silent Era (22 votes)
13. 1970s (21 votes)
14. 1960s (19 votes)
14. 1980s (19 votes)
14. 1990s (19 votes)
14. Crime films (19 votes)


And a six way tie for the last three spots:

18. 1950s (18 votes)
18. Academy Award nominees (18 votes)
18. Criterion / MoC (18 votes)
18. LGBTIQ+/Queer (18 votes)
18. Musical (18 votes)
18. TSPDT + TSPDT 21st Century (18 votes)

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#42

Post by Mochard » November 7th, 2019, 4:30 pm

I was wondering if you are going to try to have the top 12 run in separate months? That way the top favorites don't clash with each other.

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#43

Post by albajos » November 7th, 2019, 4:37 pm

It so even that it doesn't really matter (4 votes between 4th and 13th)

The best is to focus on having opposites in a month so that someone (me) can't get easy triples

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#44

Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » November 7th, 2019, 4:45 pm

Just as a counterpoint, I like triples being attainable.
That's all, folks!

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#45

Post by 72aicm » November 7th, 2019, 4:50 pm

Challenges we had this year that (most likely) will be held next year: 7/17

From the tie: 3/6.

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#46

Post by Mochard » November 7th, 2019, 5:41 pm

albajos wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 4:37 pm
It so even that it doesn't really matter (4 votes between 4th and 13th)

The best is to focus on having opposites in a month so that someone (me) can't get easy triples
Like 3 decades together :ph43r: :whistling:

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Post by albajos » November 7th, 2019, 6:09 pm

f.ex
Run the Director (30 votes) - Low IMDb rating (23 votes)
Directed by Woman (28 votes) - Sci-Fi / Fantasy (29 votes)
1000<400 (24 votes) - Animation (24 votes)
African American (23 votes) - Silent Era (22 votes)
1980s (19 votes) - Western (24 votes)
1990s (19 votes) - Crime films (19 votes)
DtC nominees (22 votes) - Unofficial (25 votes)
Comedy (23 votes)
1970s (21 votes)
1960s (19 votes)

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#48

Post by St. Gloede » November 8th, 2019, 7:30 am

One thing I believe we should consider is to set up a general ICMFF challenge at the same time as the festival, to encourage more people to participate and add incentives to watch films outside of the specific categories they may be interested in.

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Post by kingink » November 8th, 2019, 1:14 pm

Sounds like a good idea St Gloede!
But I would like to suggest something completely new! A NO FILM challenge. Don't watch any films for a whole month. The thread could be used as a support group for the withdrawal symptoms. :ph43r: :ph43r: :ph43r: :P

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Post by St. Gloede » November 8th, 2019, 1:47 pm

Ha, that could actually be needed. Honestly, when I hit 10k features seen (probably next year) I'll use it (or try to use it) as a reason to slow down, start to rewatch more films, etc. You know "rewatching is good for the soul" kinda thing. Will I succeed? Who knows.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » November 8th, 2019, 4:48 pm

kingink wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Sounds like a good idea St Gloede!
But I would like to suggest something completely new! A NO FILM challenge. Don't watch any films for a whole month. The thread could be used as a support group for the withdrawal symptoms. :ph43r: :ph43r: :ph43r: :P
That's more or less what I am doing this month on my own. So far I have watched one short, a 9 minute John Carpenter short that I have been searching for for a long time. On;y 9 minutes in 8 days. I'm using the extra time to get chores done, read, make lists for future challenges and spend more time with my son. No support group necessary - :lol:

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Post by hurluberlu » November 8th, 2019, 6:17 pm

St. Gloede wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 7:30 am
One thing I believe we should consider is to set up a general ICMFF challenge at the same time as the festival, to encourage more people to participate and add incentives to watch films outside of the specific categories they may be interested in.
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It came to my mind as well, ideally as an official challenge or is it too late, sol ?
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Post by St. Gloede » November 8th, 2019, 9:25 pm

I was speaking of next year, but, as it is not a full month event, "Official" status is not too important. If there is interest, anyone can set up a thread, and it can be linked in with the festival.

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Post by sol » November 9th, 2019, 3:26 am

hurluberlu wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 6:17 pm
St. Gloede wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 7:30 am
One thing I believe we should consider is to set up a general ICMFF challenge at the same time as the festival, to encourage more people to participate and add incentives to watch films outside of the specific categories they may be interested in.
:thumbsup:
It came to my mind as well, ideally as an official challenge or is it too late, sol ?
St. Gloede wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 9:25 pm
I was speaking of next year, but, as it is not a full month event, "Official" status is not too important. If there is interest, anyone can set up a thread, and it can be linked in with the festival.
@hurlu - albajos is correct. It's too late to include iCMFF as an Official Challenge for 2020. We could discuss including it next year for 2021, but I don't think that it would fit in with the Official Challenge model. With the more popular Official Challenges, multiple users attaining 100+ watches within a single month, and even with the less popular Challenges, it usually takes 70 or 80 films to secure a win. Unless things have changed a lot since I participated in the IMDb days, the Film Festival lineup across all categories is only a few dozen films, which does not seem substantial enough to me for an Official Challenge.

As Gloede has suggested, it would probably be better to run an iCMFF Challenge next year in an Unofficial capacity. Running it as Unofficial will also give more flexibility with the start and end dates, compared to the Official Challenges which all start/end at the start/end of a single month.

Thanks for the suggestion though. It is never too early to think about Official Challenge ideas for 2021. :circle:

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Post by hurluberlu » November 9th, 2019, 8:12 am

Alright, thanks sol. I can understand why people focusing on the three official challenges would feel too busy to participate on the ICMFF on top if there is no overlap. Hence my suggestion to have it as an official challenge. But let see how it goes...
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Post by sol » November 9th, 2019, 8:26 am

hurluberlu wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 8:12 am
Alright, thanks sol. I can understand why people focusing on the three official challenges would feel too busy to participate on the ICMFF on top if there is no overlap. Hence my suggestion to have it as an official challenge. But let see how it goes...
What if we placed a theme/country challenge in November that would have a potentially large overlap with the next iCMFF? Maybe Comedy or Crime?
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Post by Coryn » November 9th, 2019, 8:48 am

Surprising Mystery didn't make it out.

Definitely a lot of great picks but kinda dissapointed Coming of Age didn't make it although I definitely understand.
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Post by hurluberlu » November 9th, 2019, 9:07 am

sol wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 8:26 am
hurluberlu wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 8:12 am
Alright, thanks sol. I can understand why people focusing on the three official challenges would feel too busy to participate on the ICMFF on top if there is no overlap. Hence my suggestion to have it as an official challenge. But let see how it goes...
What if we placed a theme/country challenge in November that would have a potentially large overlap with the next iCMFF? Maybe Comedy or Crime?
Probably that Unofficial would remain the best match as the ICMFF films are typically recent. And mostly Dramas.
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Post by sol » November 9th, 2019, 9:15 am

hurluberlu wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 9:07 am
sol wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 8:26 am
hurluberlu wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 8:12 am
Alright, thanks sol. I can understand why people focusing on the three official challenges would feel too busy to participate on the ICMFF on top if there is no overlap. Hence my suggestion to have it as an official challenge. But let see how it goes...
What if we placed a theme/country challenge in November that would have a potentially large overlap with the next iCMFF? Maybe Comedy or Crime?
Probably that Unofficial would remain the best match as the ICMFF films are typically recent. And mostly Dramas.
While I would prefer to shake up the challenge doubles if possible, I agree that keeping Noir and Unofficial together is logical for that reason - and jvv has just stated the same on the other thread - so I'll add it in to the tentative schedule. :thumbsup:
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Post by AB537 » November 13th, 2019, 2:46 pm

I may have missed something, but have the tiebreakers been settled at this point? Also, has it been determined which challenges will take place in each month?

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Post by sol » November 13th, 2019, 3:03 pm

AB537 wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 2:46 pm
I may have missed something, but have the tiebreakers been settled at this point? Also, has it been determined which challenges will take place in each month?
It's already all done and taken care of. See this thread: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4630

This is the schedule for 2020 that we finally managed to agree on with as much consensus as possible:

2020 Challenge Schedule
MonthCountry ChallengeTheme ChallengeTheme Challenge
January Balkans Sci-Fi/Fantasy 1000<400
February Africa African American/Blaxploitation Academy Award Nominees
March India/Pakistan/Myanmar/Bangladesh Crime films Directed by Women
April Nordic Countries Doubling the Canon Nominees 1950s
May Iberia (Spain, Portugal and surrounds) Western Comedy
June China/Hong Kong/Taiwan TSPDT + TSPDT 21st Century 1960s
July Canada Run the Director Low IMDb rating
August Germany/Austria/Switzerland <400 Checks 1970s
September Russia/USSR Animation Silent Era
October Southeast Asia Horror 1990s
November Mexico Film Noir Unofficial
December Caribbean Documentary 1980s


I'm sorry if you missed the chance to have a say this year, but if you remind me, I can send you a private message next year with a link to the setting-up thread. That is, assuming that I still have the stamina and energy to pull this off again next year. :unsure:
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Post by AB537 » November 13th, 2019, 3:40 pm

sol wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 3:03 pm
AB537 wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 2:46 pm
I may have missed something, but have the tiebreakers been settled at this point? Also, has it been determined which challenges will take place in each month?
It's already all done and taken care of. See this thread: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4630

This is the schedule for 2020 that we finally managed to agree on with as much consensus as possible:

2020 Challenge Schedule
MonthCountry ChallengeTheme ChallengeTheme Challenge
January Balkans Sci-Fi/Fantasy 1000<400
February Africa African American/Blaxploitation Academy Award Nominees
March India/Pakistan/Myanmar/Bangladesh Crime films Directed by Women
April Nordic Countries Doubling the Canon Nominees 1950s
May Iberia (Spain, Portugal and surrounds) Western Comedy
June China/Hong Kong/Taiwan TSPDT + TSPDT 21st Century 1960s
July Canada Run the Director Low IMDb rating
August Germany/Austria/Switzerland <400 Checks 1970s
September Russia/USSR Animation Silent Era
October Southeast Asia Horror 1990s
November Mexico Film Noir Unofficial
December Caribbean Documentary 1980s


I'm sorry if you missed the chance to have a say this year, but if you remind me, I can send you a private message next year with a link to the setting-up thread. That is, assuming that I still have the stamina and energy to pull this off again next year. :unsure:
Thanks Sol, I appreciate the quick response (and work you put into organizing the schedule). This will be helpful in planning my viewing over the next few months. I did get a chance to vote in the main thread, which was my main concern - not too worried about missing the finer points later on.

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Post by Coryn » November 13th, 2019, 4:36 pm

So, how do you guys try to find doubles and triples that are also on official lists?

EDIT: correct me if I'm wrong but the IMDB country look up is really bad ..
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Post by maxwelldeux » November 13th, 2019, 11:28 pm

Coryn wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 4:36 pm
So, how do you guys try to find doubles and triples that are also on official lists?

EDIT: correct me if I'm wrong but the IMDB country look up is really bad ..
I have a paid account on trakt.tv that lets me do power searches... plus I spent a weekend doing additional work to tell what's on an official list.

trakt.tv is built on TMDB data, so it pulls in the first country listed there. While it's not perfect (none of them are), it's a decent starting point.

Most genres are pretty easy (film noir being the exception). Some themes are easy (e.g., decades), some are hard (e.g., specific lists).

As far as what on an official list, I spent a weekend recreating most of the official lists on trakt.tv under my user account. That way I can quickly see what's on a list I've created in my search results. This last part only works for me, unfortunately. It would be easier if I could export these search results, but I can't do that either.

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Post by mightysparks » November 13th, 2019, 11:39 pm

I wish I could IMDb import to Trakt.tv, it seems so useful for some things but I ain't doing a manual 8000+ entries.
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Post by maxwelldeux » November 13th, 2019, 11:46 pm

mightysparks wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 11:39 pm
I wish I could IMDb import to Trakt.tv, it seems so useful for some things but I ain't doing a manual 8000+ entries.
You have to use a 3rd party program, but it works like a charm: https://github.com/damienhaynes/TraktRater

That's actually how I was able to build so many lists so quickly on trakt.

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