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Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Big Water Film Festival?
The 2012 Big Water Film Festival will run November 9-11, 2012.
Please click on "schedule" or "films" to see our 2011 line-up. Click here for the 2010 program.
Where does the Big Water Film Festival take place?
The Big Water Film Festival is held at StageNorth in Washburn, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior. StageNorth is a 140 seat theater with a two-story lobby perfect for the opening night reception. Click here to visit the StageNorth website.
How do I get there?
StageNorth is located at 123 Omaha Street in Washburn, WI, just 1 block south of Highway 13. Click here for a map to help with directions.
What is the deadline to submit films for consideration for this year’s Big Water Film Festival?
The deadline for film submissions is July 15th, 2012. Click here to submit a film.
Can I submit my film online?
Not at this time. NTSC versions of Blue Ray and DVD submissions are preferred. Please submit a screener with your submission form and the $10 entry fee.
What are the criteria used to accept films?
The Big Water Film Festival selects a wide range of films. We actively support the creative efforts of regional and local filmmakers, as well as national and international films. BWFF welcomes features and shorts, documentaries, animation… and films relating to water! Take a look at the films we showed in 2011 (click on "films") and at prior year award winners. Link to prior year awards.
How can I participate in the Big Water Film Festival?
There are many ways to participate.
First and foremost, as a lover of film, you can view the film selections of the Festival, and cast your ballot for the “Audience Favorite” Award.
As a filmmaker, you are invited to submit your films, feature films, documentaries, animation, or any other creative film expression for consideration for the up coming film festival. The deadline for film submission is July 15th, but the Committee encourages early entries. Submit your film today.
As a sponsor of the Big Water Film Festival, you can provide financial backing to bring promising filmmakers to the Festival, filmmakers who present their films and share their experiences with audiences and workshop attendees. Link to sponsorship forms. The Big Water Film Festival is a project of the Bay Area Film Society, a non-profit organization, so your personal donation is tax deductible. Become a sponsor today.
As a student of film, you can visit filmmaker dialogues for tips on a wide range of topics, from filming in extreme weather conditions to finding financial backing to get a film produced. Click here for more information.
Volunteers are needed through the Festival weekend, from set-up on Thursday through awards on Sunday. Volunteers who work for one block can see the film block after their block for free. Click here to become a volunteer.
How can I buy tickets?
Tickets are available through the StageNorth box office by clicking here. You can purchase tickets on line until October 30 for this year’s Festival. After October 30, you can reserve tickets by calling StageNorth box office at 715-373-1194, paying for tickets, and having them held at the box office for you. Tickets are also available in person at the box office during any hours StageNorth is open prior to the Festival. Volunteers staff the box office throughout Festival weekend.
What do tickets cost?
There are choices! You can purchase a Festival Pass for the whole Festival for the amazingly low price of $35! Or, if your time is limited, you can purchase a block of films on any day for just $8. Day passes are also available for $15.
What awards are offered at the Big Water Film Festival?
Everyone who attends any Block of the Festival is eligible to vote for the films they view for the Audience Favorite Award. You will receive ballots as you enter the theater for each eligible film.
BWFF will also award prizes for Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Short Short and the Loren Savitsky Young Filmmaker Award.
What is the Loren Savitsky Young Filmmaker Award?
The Loren Savitsky Young Filmmaker Award is given each year to one filmmaker age 25 or younger whose work screens at the Festival. The award is offered in honor of cinematographer and Washburn native Loren Savitsky who tragically died in a 2009 motorcycle accident in L.A. at the young age of 23. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, Loren was cinematographer on the short film, Just One of the Gynos, which screened at the 2008 Big Water Film Festival, and earned Best Short Film honors.