Published on January 6th, 2023 | by XO0
How do you improve upon a formula that has worked successfully for the past 10 years?
Dave Brown has figured out the right way: mostly by not touching a thing, but throwing in fun extras just for fun.
What Dave Brown has created is the Indie Night Film Festival, the world’s first and only weekly film festival. Each Saturday, he and other film fans gather at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood to screen about five short films, trailers, episodes of trailers, or even a feature film or two.
Each week’s selections are also available for online viewing, through a service called Indie Night On Demand.
Indie Night attracts a wide spectrum of the entertainment community, from Oscar-winning actors to established directors and producers to film students to independent filmmakers. Casting directors have attended as well as composers.
The festival started as a networking tool. When Dave Brown came to California after graduating from Morehouse College, he saw there was a need for industry people to have an outlet.
Since then everyone loves the social part of film festivals, but most of them are once or twice a year. Although he was advised that no one would show up or submit their films, on a weekly basis, both predictions proved to be untrue.
Indie Night has proven to be a fun event and there’s no shortage of creative compositions. Supporters and regular guests have included actor Morris Chestnut; actor/singer/producer Jamie Foxx; producer Datari Turner; casting director Robi Reed, and the late John Singleton, the director of “Boyz in the Hood.”
Season 10 wrapped up in December, and Brown extended an invitation to the whole community to join him Saturday, Jan. 14, for the start of Season 11.
As with other seasons, a panel of judges will choose up to five films for screenings. People who aren’t chosen for a particular week are encouraged to keep on sending until their film gets selected.
Along with getting things ready for the 2023 season, Dave Brown and other festival staff are getting ready to take the show on the road.
Later this year, they plan to bring the festival to multiple cities where they’ll hold mini-festivals and invite filmmakers in these communities to submit their work.
They’ll also be speaking at area colleges about the festival and life in Hollywood, including important dos and don’ts for people interested in pursuing their show-biz dreams.
Plus, the Indie Night team will offer details about internships for theater arts students who want to get involved with the festival. They may even have a chance to show their own film someday.
Along with inviting the film community to submit their projects, Dave Brown is also seeking sponsors for individual festival nights as well as ongoing support through the whole season.
He’s looking forward to continuing to entertain audiences as well as provide opportunities for independent filmmakers to have their projects screened as well as meeting other industry members.
To learn more about Indie Night or how to submit films, visit https://indienightfilmfestival.com and follow the event on social media at @indienightff.