September 26, 2011 — The Adrenaline Film Project, a Virginia Film Festival staple since 2004, will make its eighth heart-racing return this year for four days of highly caffeinated fun.
Each year, the Adrenaline Film Project gives teams of filmmakers the chance to write, cast, shoot, edit and screen an original short film in just 72 hours.
The entire event will culminate in a competitive screening in front of a packed crowd at the Virginia Film Festival. Filmmakers will get two opportunities to see their films on the big screen: at U.Va.'s Culbreth Theatre on Nov. 5 at 10 p.m., where an awards ceremony will follow, and again at the Regal Theater on the Downtown Mall the following morning at 10:30 a.m.
Adrenaline Film Project founder and filmmaker Jeff Wadlow, a Charlottesville native, said the event gives filmmakers a rare and unforgettable opportunity.
"Here's a chance to pitch, write, shoot edit and then screen your film for a sold-out crowd in the Virginia Film Festival. People risk financial ruin trying to get a screening like this and we're guaranteeing it. It's a great reminder for filmmakers of why they make their movies. They make their movies so audiences can enjoy them in a communal setting and have an experience and respond to the materials the filmmakers have created."
In addition to giving filmmakers the opportunity to learn from such Hollywood pros as Wadlow, whose directing credits include "Cry Wolf" and "Never Back Down," and fellow mentor Jay Lavender, whose writing credits include "The Break-Up," the Adrenaline Film Project often puts them one-on-one with some of the biggest names in the business.
"It's an incredible thing that the Virginia Film Festival does and Jody Kielbasa makes it happen for us with Adrenaline, because they bring in these living legends, people at the top of their game, like Peter Bogdanovich, Norman Jewison, Mark Johnson, Tom Shadyac and others," Wadlow said.
"These people actually sit down and watch the rough cuts and give notes. I mean, people come to Hollywood and they’re willing to take terrible jobs as waiters and valets just for a chance to shake hands with guys like this. But what we're providing is an opportunity for them to sit down and critique your work."
The Adrenaline Film Project also gives actors the opportunity to work in front of a camera. This year, the event is not only in search of Central Virginia's most talented filmmakers, but also its most talented actors.
"A movie is only as good as the actors who are in it. So not only do we need the best filmmakers in Virginia participating, we need the best actors showing up and being in these films," Wadlow said.
The Adrenaline Film Project experience begins with an "Actors Meet and Greet" on Nov. 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the main lounge on the third floor in U.Va.'s Newcomb Hall. Then, the teams gather again for the official kick-off meeting on Nov. 2 at 5 p.m., at which point the clock starts on the 72-hour process. Each team must turn in the final cut of their film by 5 p.m. on Nov. 6 in advance of the screening later that evening.
Wadlow called the Adrenaline Film Project screening one of the most exciting moments of the entire Virginia Film Festival each year.
"Year after year without fail, filmmakers complete their films, they're exhausted, they feel beat, down. Because they had to make compromises to get it done so quickly, they're starting to question not only the decision to participate but the decision just to be a filmmaker," he said.
"Then they show up at that screening, man, and it is like an injection, like the greatest high they've ever felt. And as soon as that screening is over, they're on cloud nine and they just get it."
Teams interested in participating in the Adrenaline Film Project can find the application and additional submission guidelines at www.virginiafilmfestival.org/adrenaline-film-project/.
Applications from local filmmakers are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 14. Teams will be notified of their acceptance on Oct. 20.
Applications can be delivered to the Virginia Film Festival's office at:
617 West Main St.
Charlottesville, Va. 22903
Hours: Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Or materials can be mailed to:
Virginia Film Festival
ATTN: Adrenaline Film Project
P.O. Box 400869
Charlottesville, VA 22904
For information, visit here.