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Mike Free opening the 2017 Sparrow Film Project Awards Ceremony and Gala.
Mike Free opening the 2017 Sparrow Film Project Awards Ceremony and Gala.
Sparrow Film Project Gearing Up for 10th Year

(released 8/23/2018)


"It starts with a three week, three minute movie making experience." The project started when a rag tag group of artists chose a movie title out of a hat and then had three weeks to make a three minute film using the title. The films were screened and awards ceremony held at The Sparrow Tavern. Ten years later, the project has grown to fill the Museum of Movie Image Redstone Theater to capacity with screenings, awards gala, and after parties. There's even a bar crawl.  The challenge of the assignment has varied over the evolution of the project, but the core rules of three minute film produced in three weeks remains a constant.

The 2018 Sparrow Film Project will start with a Monday Mixer for Movie Makers. Mark your calendar for August 27, 2018 to join Sparrow Film Project producer and man behind the stick for happy hour drinks and introductions to fellow film makers, Mike Free. You can bring your own team or Mike can help to find your team among the bar patrons. The Monday Movie Mixer will be held at the Sparrow Tavern located at 24-01 29th Street in Astoria.

Once teams are created, the teams will gather on September 9, 2018 at The Let Love Inn at 7:00 p.m. for team sign-ups and the assignment announcement. The Let Love Inn is located at 27-30 23rd Avenue in Astoria and the announcement is scheduled for 10:00 p.m.

Once your team's assignment is announced, you will have three weeks to completely produce your three minute film for submission on September 30, 2018 at midnight.

If you or your teammates are not able to make the announcement or you are reading this from outside of the Astoria, New York area, then you can read up on how to submit and participate online. Go to sparrowfilmproject.com

Once films are submitted for judging, the next thing to plan for is the Screenings and Bar Crawl on December 1 and 2, 2018.  The Awards Gala will be Thursday, December 6, 2018. Past awards galas included reception, screenings, hors d'oeuvres and bar intermission and live music that played into the awards presentations. Astoria’s film community has a pulse here.




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