The 909 Film Festival

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  • July 9, 2014

Did you know that Claremont is home to one of the very few Independent Film Festivals in Southern California? The 909 Film Festival was the vision of local Independent Film Maker, Eddie Gonzalez. This film festival seeks filmmakers who either reside in the 909 area code or those who will create a short film with the time parameters of 9 minutes and 9 seconds (9:09). The idea is to highlight something unique, interesting or funny about the 909 area through the medium of film-making. Categories over the years have included: Narrative, Animation, Music Video, Documentary and Experimental. The first annual 909 Film Festival was held on September 9, 2010 at the historic Pomona Fox Theater in Pomona, CA. The last three film festival’s have been held at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA due in part to their commitment to supporting local community events and also because of their support of local film-making.The 909 Film Festival celebrated its fourth year in 2013 and is currently looking for new films for the 2014 program. Submitted films are to fall within the following criteria: All submitted movies must be 9 minutes and 9 seconds or less (9:09, NO EXCEPTIONS!), or the film-maker must reside within the 909 area code. There is small submission fee of a $9.09. If a film submissions fails to meet this criteria, they will not be eligible for the festival. The 909 Film Festival event is always free and open to the public.

More than $1,500 in prizes were awarded at the 2013 Film Festival, including the GNOMIE Award for the best 909 film.

Last but not least, the submission deadline is always 9/09! Whether you’re a professional or amateur filmmaker, the 909 film festival is searching for you!

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Check out the trailer for the upcoming festival!

Hope to see you at the 909 Film Festival!