Oregon’s New International Bohemian Film Festival Launches … With a Prize - News Release

The weekend festival will also highlight the 40th Anniversary of the locally-made, iconic movie “Animal House,” Aug. 17-19, 2018, and the #worldslargesttogaparty. 

COTTAGE GROVE, ORE., 23 JULY 2018 – This summer, Oregon is home to a new international film festival, to be combined with a significant 3-day event this August. This premier inaugural jubilee connects audiences to artists in film, theatre, storytelling, ideas and new media from around the globe. And, it will honor the 40th anniversary of arguably Oregon’s most iconic movie. 

Len Blackstone is the Producer-Director who sees the Bohemian Film Festival and concurrent events “as major economic development opportunities for Cottage Grove.” 

The Bohemian Film Festival has now closed the call for film submissions, inviting both professionals and amateurs to enter the competition which will feature a jury of judges for the anticipated domestic, international, short and feature-length films. Thousands of attendees and viewers are expected to participate by submitting films, attending the screenings and donning a toga for what will be the world’s largest toga party, at this inaugural event. 

Films have been submitted and be viewed at https://bohemianfestival.com/films/screenings/. They run at various lengths between short length at three minutes to feature length at 90 minutes. Submissions are sought in multiple categories: adventure, drama, mystery, documentary, animation, Pacific Northwest, Sci-Fi, and spirituality. 

In each category, the winning film will be awarded a “Category Festival Best Film” trophy. Some films may also receive a “Festival Best Film Nominee” certificate. The winner will receive a $3,000 grand prize as the Best Film. Trophies and award certificates will also be presented to the exceptional filmmakers whose entries will be chosen and presented during the Bohemian Film Festival weekend. 

The call for submissions has closed, and more than 180 films were submitted from around the world. The films from more than 28 countries include from the United States, India, France, UK, China, Hungary, Iran, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Finland, Australia, Pakistan, and Russia. 

Selected filmmakers who attend will receive an invitation to the hosted Filmmakers’ Reception on Thursday evening, August 16, where the winner of the grand prize will be announced. The reception will be a media event and an opportunity to meet other filmmakers whose films will be screened. Also, the invitation-only reception will include selected film professionals with decades in the industry. Beginning filmmakers will have the opportunity to connect, network, and learn from these professionals. 

Film festival creatives and organizers include Blackstone, as well as Mike Dilley, executive director of the Eugene International Film Festival with a history in major films in Hollywood; Katherine Wilson, the casting director for the Animal House movie; and Travis Palmer, executive director of the Cottage Grove Chamber. 

The 3-day festival will also feature other events, including a party and a parade honoring the 40th anniversary of the release of National Lampoon’s “Animal House,” in which several scenes were filmed in Cottage Grove, Oregon. 

Festival highlights will include the “World’s Largest Toga Party” and a Toga Parade down Main Street – the original route in the film, the Deathmobile, and crew members. The Toga Party will have a beer, wine, and food garden, in conjunction with a music concert featuring Animal House musical highlights from the bands Otis Day and many of the Original Knights, The Kingsman, and The Cry. 

Says Blackstone, “There are similarities between the small town of Park City, Utah, where the Sundance Film Festival is help and Cottage Grove. They’re 8,000 population; we have 10,000. Both 20 minutes from a metro area- either Salt Lake City or Eugene. Both are historical, natural-resource-based communities. They rose out of the implosion of the mining industry. We’re still trying to rise out of the timber industry. They started in the 1970s. We’re just starting. They have skiing. We have lakes and rivers. Let’s view them as an inspiration.” 

The small town of Cottage Grove has twice been selected as an All-American City and held the record for the world’s largest Toga Party until 2012 when two universities in Brisbane, Australia assembled nearly 3,700. The town’s goals are to win back the Guinness Record for the “World’s Largest Toga Party” and have a blast at the same time. 

Cottage Grove is centrally located on Interstate 5 between San Francisco, Seattle, and Salt Lake City; just 20 minutes south of Eugene, Oregon, which is home of the University of Oregon, where most of the movie was filmed. Animal House scenes, such as the parade, were also filmed in Cottage Grove, Oregon. 


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Key links: 

Film submissions can be viewed here: https://bohemianfestival.com/films/screenings/ 

Festival event information and ticketing: https://www.BohemianFestival.com 

Direct ticket sales: https://www.bohemianfestival.ticketspice.com/bohemian-festiva 

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