Cine-Fest 2008

New festival in Louisville aims to
promote filmmaking in the area

Festival features submissions
by amateurs, professionals

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (December 2008) – Attracting film production to Kentucky has been a goal for Tamara Lee Fulkerson for many years. By aiding in a new film festival-expo in the area, she hopes to highlight Kentucky along with like-minded individuals.
Fulkerson’s film industry colleagues at Jefferson Community and Technical College asked her to be an advisor for Cine-Fest because of her connections to the film industry.
Cine-Fest ’08 will “feature film and video submissions from professionals, amateurs and students,” said Terry W. Lutz, professor and Communication Arts Program Coordinator for JCTC. “We will also have seminars, demonstrations, film screenings and discussions.”

Tamara Fulkerson

Tamara Fulkerson

Cine-Fest will be held Dec. 5-6 in the Hartford Building at First and Broadway at the JCTC Downtown Campus. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for general admission. All tickets will be sold at the door.
This will be the second year for the film festival expo. It was begun in an effort “to help inform filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers about opportunities in the area as well as to (inform) them to ways they can pursue their education,” said festival director Scott Davis. Davis is an independent filmmaker and faculty member of the Communication Arts Technology Program at JCTC and founded the first Cine-Fest with fellow filmmaker David Heavener.
“The festival is a means of providing the community with a look into the process of the new Video and Filmmaking Associate degree option in the Communication Arts Technology Program at JCTC,” Lutz said. There has been quite a lot of interest in this program, according to Lutz.
During the expo, professionals will provide seminars in a variety of topics ranging from screenwriting to production to sales. The three categories for entries are Feature Film, Documentary and Short Film. Both students and professionals were able to submit works.
Although there are four main advisors, Davis, Lutz, Fulkerson and Pete Robertson, students at JCTC are actually putting on the festival, said Davis. Students have worked hard to organize two days of film screenings and panel discussions, said Fulkerson.
“Kentucky is currently losing its film program graduates to other states,” Fulkerson said. “Most people don’t realize that there are many established film/media programs in colleges and universities all over the state.”
“Students aspire to be professionals,” said Lutz. “The more exposure we can provide the better.”
A Round Table Discussion about recent film incentive legislation that filmmakers have tried to pass will kick off the festival-expo at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.
Attempts to pass House Bill 756 have failed and as a result, “Owensboro lost two major motion pictures with budgets of approximately $10 million each,” said Fulkerson.
“Film incentive legislation is about jobs for Kentuckians,” she said. Fulkerson is passionate about the film industry, having over 24 years of experience in the advertising and entertainment industries. She is also on the board of Lights…Camera…Kentucky!, a coalition of companies, associations and individuals interested in creating a sustainable and profitable motion picture industry in Kentucky.
Fulkerson has been a past director for the Bluegrass Independent Film Festival. The festival, which was considered a success, was not held this year nor will it be held next year “because of the International Film Festival that has been developed since the BIFF departure last year,” said Kim Buckler, Oldham County Tourism Director. “We were hoping to be able to revive BIFF for next year, but with the economy the way it is in regards to fundraising and the competition with the Louisville film festival with the nationally know sponsors I obtained last year, we decided to pass.”
But such venues have raised awareness about film festivals and their possible significance to the industry. The First Lady, Mrs. Jane Beshear, is supporting film incentive efforts and has implemented The Kentucky Green Team Online Film Festival, Kentucky’s first online film festival with celebrity judges, said Fulkerson.
Cine-Fest ’08 has requested film submissions with Kentucky connections, in an effort to promote Kentuckians in film. “All film festivals in Kentucky help to showcase our state,” said Fulkerson. Cine-Fest ’08 is making an effort to show legislatures in Frankfort “the talent that this Kentucky industry has.
“We need all the publicity we can get to compete in the highly competitive film industry.”

• For more information on the event, visit: www.cine-fest.com.

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