Austin Comedy Short Film Festival
Fall 2017 Official Selection
A comedy about preparing for a film festival, that hits close to home.
"Film Festival Fodder" is a fun short comedy screenplay that should be produced as a short comedy film. It really has fun characters and I think that some of our judges may have seen a little bit of themselves in the characters. Jennifer Katz is a talented writer that has had consistent success on the film festival circuit. We caught up with Jennifer for an interview.
- What is the title of your screenplay and why did you think that your screenplay was a good fit for the Austin Comedy Short FF? “Film Festival Fodder is a short comedic script, so it seemed a natural fit with the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival. And, hoping that since it’s such a popular festival, it will attract filmmakers in search of a strong script.”
- What inspired you to write this screenplay and how did you come up with the title? “Having worked in the film festival world for nearly twenty years as a publicist and programmer, I’m often recalling some of the more bizarre moments I encountered. Between the VIP guests and the audiences, I have plenty of fodder to write about. Those in the film fest world will definitely relate to the frenzy, and the avid film fest-goers will appreciate the sneak peek behind-the-scenes. The title, Film Festival Fodder, popped out of my mouth one day, and it stuck. The fact that it’s alliterative felt like a bonus.
- What was your inspiration for some of the characters in your screenplay? “My inspiration for the characters came from the many colleagues, filmgoers and special guests – local and international – I encountered over the years. There was a constant state of comedic drama that attached itself to the film festival, and the ways in which we dealt with these moments and issues were often even more humorous.”
- In your mind, where do you see this story taking place and why? “Although most of my screenplays take place in New York, this script never really needed a specific location. I think that’s one of the aspects that adds to its universal appeal, imagining it taking place in just about any city.”
- Do you have plans to fund the production of this film independently? If so, where are you at, in the process? “I have no immediate plans to make the film myself. I’ve been in search of a filmmaker and/or producer interested in making this low budget, high-energy, short film.”
- Has creating this screenplay helped your writing career in any way? “This particular screenplay has helped my career in that I’ve received very positive feedback from everyone who’s read it. Between that and the awards and placement in most contests I’ve entered, I’m hoping this will lead to the film being made. Then I will be able to say definitively that this script has tangibly helped my screenwriting career.”
- What were some of the creative challenges that you encountered while writing this screenplay? “This is the first short I’ve written so the real challenge was writing a script in 15 pages versus 115. One of my strengths is writing dialogue, and in this case, I had to really pare it down. But, in the end, I think it made the script even stronger.”
- How do you promote your screenplay on social media or other online websites. “Right now, I’m promoting this screenplay and others through contest and festival websites, as well as on LinkedIn.”
- Did you have any funny or weird ideas that popped into your head while writing this screenplay, that didn't make the final draft? “I can’t say specifically, but let’s just say that there were definitely stories I could not write about because they were too over the top.”
- Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? “Film Festival Fodder has placed in ten screenplay contests and festivals thus far. It has been awarded the Audience Choice Award for Screenwriting, Second-Rounder, Finalist, Runner Up, and Semi-Finalist and Official Selection on multiple occasions.”