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TvFILM

TvFILM engages dialogue with filmmakers to discuss the inspiration, ideas and concepts behind their work.


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TvFILM is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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TvFILM Season 11 Premieres Sunday, June 30 at 5pm on WMHT-TV

TvFILM  engages dialogue with filmmakers to discuss the inspiration, ideas and concepts behind their work. In addition, TvFILM profiles the people, places and events that are shaping WMHT’s growing independent film and media community.

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TvFILM Season 11 Episode Descriptions
Sunday, June 30th at 5pm
Lindsay Corriveau “Oak Bones” - A woman, carved from wood and brought to life by a possessive artist, unwittingly falls in love with a scarred street performer and the turbulent world he inhabits outside her window.

Victoria Diana “The Cabinet” - A sinister antique sits on the side of the road, awaiting its next victim.

Sunday, July 7th at 5pm
Jordan McClendon “The Hill” - An animation that takes place around downtown Albany NY on State Street. It depicts a downhill skate from the Capitol Building to the SUNY Building.

Joe Gietl “Museum” - A story about a man struggling with violent intrusive thoughts about his wife and his efforts to confront them.

Sunday, July 14th at 5pm
John Lyden “Matt” - This documentary chronicles the struggles of 22 year old Matt Bissett after he is diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in September of 2014. It is his devotion to and love for his fiancée Casey Lockwood that gives Matt a renewed will to fight the illness that is threatening to take away everything he has worked for and dreamed of.

Charity Buckbee “Sudden” - A lonely man decides to become a Home Health Aide after seeing a help wanted ad and befriends a patient with Alzheimer’s.

Sunday, July 21st at 5pm
Shirlee Alkosser & Kashka Glowacka “Bridge For Seniors” - A group of eccentric seniors experience internal realizations as they meet weekly to play bridge.

Morgan Wright “Diana’s Revenge” - There is only one thing stopping Diana from enjoying her snow day: her grandmother. Diana must use her mischievous instincts if she wants any hope escaping her grandmother's house and seeing the sweet sweet sun. Starring Kayla Burns and Annie Krivit, completed for Film I at Emerson College.

Sunday, July 28th at 5pm
Marty Hardin “Movere” - An exploration in locomotion and movement.

Sean Cranston & Jim Powers “Fortune Smiles” - Mark and Crystal are a couple on a ski trip in Massachusetts. As fate would have it, Mark is about to receive a phone call that could spoil their stay.

Sunday, August 4th at 5pm
Jim & Steve Powers “Well” - A man wakes, bloodied in the snow with no recollection of what transpired.

Aden Suchak “Lunch” - A documentary featuring lunch with a grandmother.

Sunday , August 11th at 5pm
Charles Sweeney “Viola” 
An elderly birdwatcher who frequents a remote stretch of deserted beach encounters a mysterious figure who may be someone from his past.

Bobby Chase “Jacob”
After finding his older brother's lifeless body, the suicide prompts cathartic changes in a young man. A true story about discovering the importance of humor amongst life's darkest moments.

Morgan Wright “Meant to Burn Together”
Cruel and unusual, also cool and casual.

Past Episodes

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TvFILM FAQs

What is TvFILM?

TvFILM is a public television series that showcases local, independent short films and filmmakers who reside in the viewing area that WMHT Telecommunications serves. TvFILM, your film on your public television station!

 
How is TvFILM funded?

TvFilm is funded in part by the members of WMHT and with the special support of a grant through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). In order to receive this grant, WMHT must curate the series to fulfill the guidelines as defined by NYSCA.

 
What is the selection criteria?

Our producers and panelists program the series by watching each eligible film and then choosing the films that best fit the criteria as defined by the grant for that season’s seven, half-hour episodes. More Info.

The intention is to receive the highest quality work available in Upstate New York and maintain the highest standards in the film art curated for broadcast. WMHT encourages submissions that explore new genres, original concepts, and alternative points of view with visually driven story lines and less conventional story forms.

 
I was not selected for TvFILM and I feel that my film was better than another I saw during the season.

This can be a sensitive and emotional topic for a filmmaker, but beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. While the professionalism or production value of a film can sometimes be easily identifiable, it can sometimes be difficult to discern what may give a less polished film the “it factor”, making it a selection for the season.

TvFILM believes in the authority of the individual judges, whose qualifications to serve on the panel are derived from their diverse and unique backgrounds, which includes but is not limited to; education, profession, credentials, certifications, awards, bodies of work, past judging and personal experiences.

It is also important to note that each film is not being viewed in isolation but curated as part of a series. Each film must not stand only on its own merits, but within the context of a body of selections that will make up the current season.

Judges are asked to recuse themselves if they have any connection with the film being submitted for selection. We get that it’s a small media market and many filmmakers may have personal relationships with each other. We do not ever wish to allow favoritism to trump artistic merit.

All decisions are final and not open to appeal.

 
My film was not accepted in a previous year. Can I re-submit?

Yes, but only if it has changed dramatically. We are not interested in seeing the same cut again - it should be a significant reworking of the previous version.

 
I am a student. Can I submit to TvFILM?

Yes, but under the terms of the grant, NYSCA requires WMHT to give first consideration to filmmakers actively engaged in a career in the visual arts. Work from these individuals will be given priority. Work from individuals enrolled in a high-school or college program, or who submit a film originally created for class credit may be considered for the series but might not be included if space becomes limited. More Info.

 
I was selected in a previous year. Can I submit to TvFILM again?

Yes, some filmmakers can be featured more than once on TvFILM. However, past selection is not an indicator of the future success.

   

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