For Immediate Release Contact, Janet Rose: 406.880.0684
EQUUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL®
COMING IN 2013 --- The First Equine Focused
Film Festival & Conference
June 2012 --- The EQUUS International Film Festival®, launching in 2013, is the first equine focused international film festival and event conference. Founder & Director Janet Rose says this new, first of its kind event will feature award-winning films solely with an equine focus – stories, topics and issues, as well as special events, speakers, receptions and an Awards Gala. EIFF will be presented in a unique format, hosted by venues in multiple locales – from Montana to Aiken County, South Carolina. Other hosts under discussion include Newport Beach, California, Dallas/Forth Worth and the south Florida region. These are all areas, Rose says, “which are very equine focused and which feature major equestrian events or equine interests,” adding, “we’re pretty certain about Montana because of the dominant western, equine lifestyle and our experience with film events in Montana, which have been very successful. But we’re also exploring Aiken County because of its world-renowned equestrian events. “Even for people who don’t own or ride horses, however, an event of this kind is a big draw for the spectacular films, an opportunity to meet important filmmakers and for the exciting daily events and parties that will be planned.
Rose says that all of the venues under consideration have the best elements for a film festival including climate, great screening center, and an infrastructure that supports an event of this nature. “We know film festivals and both Montana and Aiken County, South Carolina have the right ingredients.” This includes, Rose says - hotels, restaurants, easy access, good local transportation and local economies that support tourism and year round visitors.
The next step say the organizers, is coordinating and signing on sponsors and partners that will include a range of corporate entities who represent the equine industry, organizations as well as individual businesses and others who want to reach a broad cross section of audiences with equine interests. The founder says EIFF® is reaching out to many sponsors ranging from film companies and broadcast organizations to equine industry professionals.
According to Rose, the vision for EQUUS International Film Festival® is to have many different kinds of entities involved. “This is about bringing attention and focus to all things equine and equestrian --- topics, stories, issues, events and sports; it is an event that will draw large audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The one thing they have in common is equine and equestrian interests.” Rose adds, “A festival like this is about entertainment and education, tourism and public investment dollars, which translate into economic revenue for a region, city, town or venue. It’s a win/win but the focus is entirely equine.” The mission of EQUUS International Film Festival® is education and awareness. Rose adds, “ Our focus is on building a public appreciation for and awareness of equine issues and topics. We are inclusive, but the centerpiece is a film festival --- feature films to documentaries, shorts to music videos. EIFF® celebrates equines and the equine world.”
The founder of the EQUUS International Film Festival®, Janet Rose is a former Emmy award-winning television journalist, equine enthusiast and media consultant. For over a decade she has managed and directed international film festivals and media events. EIFF® was established in 2012 and will hold its first Call for Entries beginning in 2013. An advisory committee of renowned individuals from the equestrian, equine and film worlds is now being assembled which will help to guide the event in the years to come.
To learn more about the EQUUS International Film Festival® or to become a Sponsor, Partner, Presenter or Donor or simply to learn more, please visit www.equusinternationalfilmfestival.com or contact EIFF® at:
EQUUS International Film Festival
Mailing Address: PO Box 599
Frenchtown, MT 59834
To promote awareness and understanding of the equine/human bond
To educate and entertain on all things equine
And to improve the welfare of the horse through excellence in film, television and other media