How to Build a Film Festival

The seasons are changing. And with the arrival of fall comes the most exciting and consequential time of year in the cinema industry: the major fall film festivals and the unofficial kickoff to awards season. It's also a major source of films for AJFF, and for film critics, it’s a paradise of prestige movie releases and buzzy speculation as to which titles will go on to claim Oscar gold. There’s one person who has an insider perspective as both a critic and a programmer: our 2021 AJFF Film Evaluation Committee Co-Chair, Jason Evans, who’s also a longtime film critic/journalist. In our latest edition of the podcast, hosts Sara and Brad chat with Jason for a peek inside the selection process for the 21st edition of AJFF, as well as the larger landscape of film exhibition, festivals, and other aspects of the industry that may surprise you, especially in this most unusual year.

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Show Notes

Our guest for this episode was Jason Evans, who has 20+ years of experience at CNN, and has written about film and television for the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and local radio. As a film critic, he attends well over 100 movies every year. He also is a longtime co-chair of the AJFF Film Evaluation Committee.

The music for our episode is provided by the incomparable Joe Alterman. Specifically, our into and outro music is "Pure Imagination" off his album, "Give Me the Simple Life", and our interlude music is "Over the Rainbow" from "More Cornbread (Live)". Check him out on Spofity or wherever you get your music.

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