Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Magazine article American Cinematographer

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"We have set the dates for the Ninth Annual Festival of The Americas (formerly based in Atlanta) as November 12 to the 21st, 1976," announced VI Feste Founding Director, J. Hunter Todd. He continued, "Entries opened July 31st, and the final closing date for entries is September 15th, 1976. All individuals and companies that want to participate in the Ninth Annual International Competition or the Film Market should send their request to my attention immediately."

All those requesting entry kits will receive the exciting new Virgin Islands Int'l Film Festival 1976 one-sheet poster, complete entry information, and a complimentary copy of the 250-page Festival and Film Market program from last year's event, which lists hundreds of award-winning films in all categories.

For 1976 the Festival of The Americas will be headquartered in beautiful St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, with four main hotels reserved for film-makers, distributors and the press. The HQ hotels are: Frenchmans Reef, Bluebeards Castle, Caribbean Harbor Club and Lime Tree Beach. Two main festival theaters, seating a total of 2,000, will be utilized, plus ten to fifteen film market screening facilities available with 35mm, 16mm, interlock or videocassette equipment. The Film Market is the only international Film sales event in North, South & Central America.

The Festival of The Americas is the largest film festival in the world in number of entries, with over 2,100 films in 1975 from 38 countries. Competition is unusually fair because of the number of highly specific categories and sub-categories which are judged individually. Major areas of competition include: Features, Shorts, Documentaries, TV commercials, Experimental and TV Production. Over 50 sub-categories include such diverse areas as: Animation, student films, ecology, The Bicentennial, industrial, underwater, first feature, local TV specials and international TVC's. The coveted Gold Venus is the grand prize of the Festival of The Americas, for the best film in the absolute sense. The Silver Venus goes to the best film in each major category, and the gold, silver and bronze Venus Medallions are awarded for excellence in the sub-categories, mounted on an engraved ebony plaque.

The Festival enjoys the complete support of the major Hollywood studios, such as: 20th Century-Fox, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., Allied Artists, AIP, United Artists and Paramount. In addition to this unique involvement with the majors, The Festival takes particular care in recognizing the individual independent filmmaker in Features, Shorts and Documentary Films. In fact, several years ago, The Festival (while based in Atlanta), awarded the Grand Prize for Short Films to a brilliant young filmmaker for his superb entry, "AMBLIN". He then went on to direct the biggest grossing film in motion picture history, "JAWS". The director is, of course, Steven Spielberg, an early "discovery" of The Festival of The Americas. Many such examples exist of The Festival providing such special recognition.

Festival Founding Director Hunter Todd, at 37, one of the youngest Int'l festival directors, is unique as the only major film festival president who comes from a heavy motion picture background. …

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