Area filmmakers will have a chance to showcase their work on the streets of Longmont this summer.
The BOCO Filmmakers Showcase will be part of this year’s Summer on the Streets for Aug. 20 in downtown Longmont. The Firehouse Art Center is currently accepting family friendly films on any subject, viewpoint or style from Boulder County filmmakers up to 25 minutes in length.
Elaine Waterman, executive director for the Firehouse, explained that the event is meant to foster connections between the local filmmaking community while bringing more eyes to their work following the lack of showings during the pandemic.
“How can we bring local filmmakers together where they can increase exposure to the community and showcase what they’ve already been doing but haven’t been able to share?” Waterman said of the idea behind the showcase.
Organizers of Summer on the Streets thought showcasing work would be a great way to do this, and with the participation of a local filmmaker, the idea for the showcase was born.
“It kind of just all came together really well,” Waterman said.
Firehouse is also hoping to host a filmmakers panel before the showcase where those whose films are selected can talk about their work.
Waterman added that this is part of Firehouse’s efforts to create an ongoing workshop for local filmmakers to build community, similar to the art center’s writer and artist workshops. The idea is to eventually expand, bringing opportunities like lessons from filmmaking experts.
“There’s a lot of stuff that’s going on and Firehouse is just excited to respond to the needs of different areas of the creative community,” Waterman said.
The showcase is looking for films with exceptional storytelling, whether fiction, nonfiction, animation or otherwise. Filmmakers looking to submit can learn more at firehouseart.org/artists/opportunities.