Real to Reel is a collaboration between filmmakers and storytellers. Filmmaking teams have only 5 days to write, shoot, edit—and screen a film based on stories from ten local storytellers. The kicker: none of the teams had heard the stories before they were presented. Decided by you…the winning team walks away with a $2,000 cash prize!!
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BEST OF REAL TO REEL: A storytelling and short-film mash-up
October 4th / 7:30 PM / Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse / 903 Columbia Pike / Arlington, VA 22204
We are thrilled to bring you the Best of Real to Reel where we turn real stories into reel stories in a one-week contest with our partners at DC Shorts. The Best of R2R will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Three firsts! First time in Arlington, first time at the Drafthouse, and first time showcasing the best the stories and films — together in one night — from past contests.
TEAM HAPPY HOUR
October 25th / 6:30 PM / Story District HQ / 3329 Georgia Ave, NW
Happy Hour on October 25 at Story District HQ. It’s a great opportunity for us to explain in more detail and answer questions, as well as for you to meet storytellers and other filmmakers and share tips. If all goes well, we’ll get some actors and composers in the mix, too, so you can plan ahead. To RSVP, Click HERE.
STORYTELLERS: Present Their Stories
November 3rd / Miracle Theater / 535 8th Street, SE
FILMMAKERS: Screen the Films
November 10th / Miracle Theater / 535 8th Street, SE
MIRACLE THEATER / 535 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC
METRO / The theater is located 1.5 blocks from Eastern Market Metro. This area is also served by Metro and Circulator buses at stops within blocks of the theater.
ACCESSIBILITY / Wheelchair Accessible Restrooms / The Miracle is equipped with one wheelchair accessible restroom near the entrance on the building’s main floor and one backstage. Seat Accessibility / There are designated wheelchair and companion seats in the front section of main floor seating. Services for Patrons with Disabilities / Theatre representatives are available to meet patrons with disabilities in the lobby of the building to escort them to designated wheelchair accessible areas as needed. Hearing and Vision Assistive Devices / The Miracle is equipped with devices for assistive listening, audio description and closed captioning. Inquire at the Box Office to receive a device to better assist you with your movie-going experience. Policy on Guide Dogs and Service Animals / Although animals are not permitted in the theatre, an exception is made for guide dogs and service animals.
Want to see your story made into a short film? Pitch us your story or idea. Keep in mind that not all stories can be turned into film easily. The best candidates will have a lot of action, a setting that can be filmed, characters that can be cast, drama, tension, and a strong narrative arc. If most of the story happens through your internal thoughts, it will be hard to film. If it takes place on a roller coaster, it will be hard to film. Get it? And you may pitch a story you’ve performed before.
APPLICATION TO PITCH YOUR STORY
- All film teams must apply to participate. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Ten (10) teams will be selected to compete. Teams will be selected by October 14, 2017.
- All applications must include 3 samples of previous work in the form of vimeo.com links.