PNR Networks, home to entertainment news sites Popcorn N Roses, Boston Popcorn, and Indie Film Spotlight as well as popular movie podcast Subject:CINEMA, will greatly expand its annual film festival coverage in 2012, nearly tripling the amount of festivals featured every year.
Since 2007, Subject:CINEMA has presented a rundown of films being featured at the four prestige January festivals – Sundance, Slamdance, Santa Barbara, and Palm Springs – on their annual “Fethival Of Film Fethivals” podcast. This year, the podcast will greatly expand the scope of their annual show, bumping the number of featured festivals up to TEN – more than twice the number of festivals previously covered on the show. In addition to the “big four”, the show has added full coverage to four other festivals occuring in January and February: The Victoria Film Festival (Victoria, BC – the first non-US festival to be featured); Festivus Film Festival (Denver, CO), Traildance (Duncan, OK) and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (Missoula, MT). These four festivals were selected as additions to the podcasts’ annual coverage from the dozens of various festivals for their reputations for quality, film pool, and fan approval.
In addition, beginning this year, the “Fethival” will also include rundowns of the big film competition entries at two of the most prestigious festivals in February and March – Berlinale in Berlin and South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin TX.
January’s “Fethival Of Film Fethivals” show is often Subject:CINEMA’s third most-downloaded and listened to show of the year behind the podcast’s annual “Rising Stars list” show on July 4th and the year-end “Poppies And Rosies” awards show on December 31st.
In 2011, Subject:CINEMA added a second “fethival” show to it’s lineup in “Boston Springs A Movie”, highlighting the local Boston film scene’s four springtime festivals – The Irish Film Festival, The Boston Underground Film Festival, The Boston International Film Festival, and the Independent Film Festival of Boston. The experimental show proved to be very popular, especially (and not surprisingly) with Boston film fans, and has been officially renamed “Boston Springs A Fethival” and has been added to the podcasts’ list of annual shows. It will premiere in mid-May.
2012 will see the addition of a THIRD “fethival”-specific podcast, “Subject:CINEMA’s Fall Fethival Fiesta”, in September. This latest “fethival” show, still in the planning and decision stages, is likely to focus on the fall season’s three big festivals – Toronto (Toronto, ON), Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale, FL), and FantasticFest (Austin TX) – as well as several smaller festivals including the super-secretive Telluride Film Festival (Telluride, CO) and the Woodstock Film Festival (Woodstock, NY) among others. The show will air sometime in late September 2012 and is planned as an annual show.
Subject:CINEMA also plans to do segments as part of their weekly show throughout the calendar year focusing on festivals that don’t fall into a timeframe where they can be included in one of the big “fethival” shows, including more complete coverage of SXSW in March, as well as Cannes, Los Angeles, Tribeca, Venice, London, Seattle, and others yet to be determined as the year progresses.
Festivals who might be interested in obtaining coverage for their festival are encouraged to contact SC Producer and co-host TC Kirkham with information on the festival and films scheduled to screen at the show’s email address – subjectcinema [at] popcornnroses.com. They are also encouraged to contact Indie Film Spotlight senior correspondant Larry Richman at larryifs [at] popcornnroses.com. And of course, filmmakers who are on the festival circuit are also encouraged to contact us at the same addresses – we are always on the lookout for filmmakers to interview and films to see that we can bring to the attention of our listeners and readers!