The CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars and Retreat takes place during the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival, the first and only LGBT film festival on the high seas! The 2018  application period is now OPEN. Final deadline is October 15, 2017 (filmmakers will be selected and announced). Please subscribe to our newsletter here to be notified of our future call for entries.

In 2018, our first Pride of the Ocean will take place aboard the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas®, en route from Fort Lauderdale to the Western Caribbean. This 8-day, round-trip festival cruise will sail February 25 – March 4, 2018.

The CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars is a series of four intensive sessions of peer critique for independent filmmakers, as well as a program of screening shorts. The program consists of two separate sessions:
1. Screening session: The filmmaker will present their film and lead a Q&A for 10 minutes to the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival audience.
2. Critique session: Besides critiquing your short film, you can optionally add 10 minutes of new material, works in progress, trailers, or whatever you think is important to be critiqued. This critique is your fellow filmmakers and guests invited by Susi Walsh, Director of the Center for Independent Documentary and Film Slam Seminar leader.

Each participant will present up to fifteen minutes of a work in progress. This material can be anything, from clips of raw footage, a fine-cut trailer, or an excerpted sequence from a feature film. We prefer workshop material for the Film Slams to be materialin production, but finished material may also be accepted.

In order to apply to the Film Slam Seminars, you must submit a short film to the CineSLAM Film Festival, which upon acceptance your film will also be screened at The Pride of the Ocean Film Festival.

Please Note – filmmakers who produce feature-length documentaries are encouraged to submit a short cut of their documentary to this program. (10 minutes is best)

Acceptance into the CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars, automatically qualifies your submitted film for inclusion in the CineSLAM Film Festival program. The festival is held annually in Southern Vermont. All films in the festival program are eligible to win the Chessie Award (Best Short at CineSLAM) which includes a $250 cash prize.

Because the CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars are hosted by the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival Cruise, the 2018 seminars will take place on board the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas®, on the 8-day round-trip cruise from Fort Lauderdale to the Western Caribbean. Participants stay on the ship during the 8-day journey, and have access to all Pride of the Ocean program amenities: exclusive cocktail parties, group dinners, Pride of the Ocean festival screenings, and “Bon Voyage Party”.

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