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“Feral Youth” Wins the People’s Choice Award

Movie fans voting at IMTF  have chosen Elcid Asaei’s book trailer—“Feral Youth”—for this year’s People Choice Award. The trailer previews author Polly Courtney’s novel of the same title. You can see the trailer here.

Second place in the popular competition went to another book trailer—”The Sound Machine”—based on a short story by Roald Dahl.  The trailer was directed by Britney Ngaw, Katya Lukin, Elena Tranze & Karla Balcaceres.  You can see the trailer here.

Winners of this year’s Grand Prize and other jury awards will be announced on August 15.


Voting Ended for People’s Choice Award 2015

The stroke of midnight July 21-July 22 marked the end of popular voting for this year’s People’s Choice Award. We are checking the ballots and will announce the winner no later than August 15. (The vote tallying machine will be shut off soon.)

Meanwhile, our jury of industry professionals is screening the entries and will determine the Festival’s Grand Prize Winner and other awards—also to be announced August 15.

We’re grateful to all the filmmakers who entered this year’s competition. We also appreciate the fans who viewed the trailers and took part in the voting.



New Entry Deadline

The deadline for entering trailers in the 2014-2015 competition has been moved to June 30, 2015. This will be the final deadline. All other dates–concerning voting and judging–remain the same.

You can submit your trailer using this site’s online submission form or you can use FilmFreeway.


Good news for “A Defiant Dude”

File this story under “Sometimes Nice Guys Finish First.”

Bo Muller-Moore has just received trademark certification for “eat more kale,” a phrase that he had popularized by silk screening it on T-shirts, bumper stickers, and other collaterals. His goal was to promote locally grown produce.

Muller-Moore’s effort seemed innocuous until Chik-fil-A sent Bo a Cease and Desist letter and legally blocked his trademark application at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

In response to the Chick-fil-A attack, Muller-Moore teamed up with filmmaker James Lantz to begin work on a hilarious documentary about this battle over words. To gain attention and win allies, Lantz created a trailer for the not-yet-finished documentary. And that’s where the International Movie Trailer Festival comes in. The trailer won the Grand Prize in our 2012 competition. You can see it here.

We congratulate Bo, and we’re looking forward to seeing the completed documentary. Everyone is, except perhaps a certain billion dollar eatery.