Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Lost Weekend instant film contest


Our California friends at the SoCal Film Group are hosting the Lost Weekend Instant Film Contest next month. If you're a film-maker, or a film-maker wannabe, or even a film-maker groupie, this post's for you.

The press release goes like this:

The Lost Weekend instant film contest at the 2006 Silver Lake Film Festival

Taking place the first weekend of the Silver Lake Film Festival (March 24-26), the "Lost Weekend" short film competition gives teams of contestants 48 hours to conceive, write, cast, film, edit, and premiere a short film, based on specific parameters assigned at the beginning of the contest.

The contest will officially begin the evening of Friday, March 24th when the filmmaking teams receive their instructions. Teams then have until the evening of Sunday, March 26th to complete their films.

The completed films will be shown at a special Silver Lake Film Festival screening at the Monte Cristo club (3100 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles) on March 28th. Prior to the viewing, all films will be reviewed and judged by a special panel appointed by SoCal Film Group. At the screening, the “Lost Weekend” awards will be announced, along with prizes provided by participating sponsors.

Lost Weekend entry spaces are limited.

Information on The Lost Weekend Instant Film Contest timeline, prizes, and rules now available! To register, contact us at Please include "Lost Weekend" in the subject.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for interested companies and individuals. For more information, please email Steve Barr or Tim Clark. would love to see some camera-savvy Goddesses take this challenge. Who knows what parameters will be assigned that weekend, but you can put the Goddess spin on pretty much everything. Pack up your equipment and your crew and "move to Beverly.... Hills, that is."

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The Lost Weekend Instant Film Contest Premiere Party!

Leave your GPS at home, it's time to get lost!

Because what good would it do to have a film contest without a party to celebrate afterwards? Here are all the details:

PLACE: Club Monte Cristo
DATE: Tuesday, March 28

Completed Lost Weekend films, from the sublime to the ridiculous, will be shown at a very special Silver Lake Film Festival screening party at the fabulous Club Monte Cristo (3100 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles) on March 28th. The first annual Lost Weekend awards will be announced at the screening, and winners can the claim snappy prizes provided by our beloved sponsors.

But the party doesn't end there. In fine Ray Milland style, The Lost Weekend continues at the lovely Monte Cristo way into the wee hours with a full bar, DJ, dancing, lounge, rooftop patio and a cornucopia of unusual amusements.

Valet parking is available. The Monte Cristo is also just a block or so away from the Wilshire/Vermont stop of the Red Line train, for people who want to dash over from Silver Lake Fest activities at the Arclight (which is conveniently near the Hollywood/Vine stop of the Red Line train).


The Monte Cristo is very near Wilshire and Vermont. If going TOWARDS downtown on Vermont, make a left on Wilshire, the club is on a little ½ street, Westmoreland (look for big iron fence at street dead end), with the entrance to the club off the parking lot in the back.

$10 at the door, 21 and over please.
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