2nd Annual

Fester: The Mindf*#k Festival

January 01, 2015 to December 31, 2015

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FESTER is a semi-monthly film series in Santa Monica showcasing “Mindf*#k Movies,” films that crawl inside your head and stay there like the memory of a fever dream.

We want the best plot-twisting, genre-bending, mind-f*#king movies unfindable on TV, Netflix, iTunes, or anywhere else outside our monthly screenings. No restrictions on year of production or previous festival appearances!


Did you make the next Primer or Donnie Darko? Did other festivals think your movie was too weird or out there? Want to show your MindMindf*#k Film on the big screen in the heart of Hollywood? Submit!

Partnering with Vidiots Foundation, we regularly screen a new selection of independent Mindf*#k Movies for eager crowds.

Filmmaker Q&As follow screenings whenever possible.


Charles Disney (Festival Registrar)


1. Please do not submit content that has any kind of significant distribution in place, such as Netflix, iTunes, etc.
2. Your film can have been produced in any prior year.
3. All films selected to screen should be able to provide a high quality print/master.


1. To be eligible, the application must be completed in its entirety and submission fee paid to FESTER, a Summergy Media, LLC, and Downtown Independent Theater, LLC event (“FESTER”). Submission fees are not refundable. Selection by FESTER is based on entirely on subjective evaluations of eligibility and taste.

2. Eligibility is not dependent on when your film was produced or released. FESTER is looking for those great films that might have been too out there for other festivals or distributors.

3. To be eligible, your film must not have any significant distribution arrangement in place. FESTER wants to feature content people can’t get anywhere else; if your movie is available on Netflix or iTunes, it’s probably not for us. If you feel there are special circumstances that should exempt you from this rule, please explain.

4. If selected, you must provide FESTER a high quality print/master for your film’s exhibition, such as a 35mm print, DCP, or ProRes file. We prefer not to project from DVDs or BluRays, both for reasons of image quality and the likelihood of disc failures. You are responsible for the delivery and return of your prints. By submitting your print or master to FESTER, you agree to hold FESTER entirely harmless for any potential damage to your prints/masters. Please take appropriate precautions to make sure they are protected. If your film is selected, you agree that failure to submit a master one week before your screening will result in a liability to FESTER of $1,000 that we may take legal action to enforce.

5. You may withdraw your film from consideration at any time with no penalty unless it has already been announced for FESTER’s next screening, in which case you agree that withdrawal will result in a liability to FESTER of $1,000 that we may take legal action to enforce.

6. FESTER may withdraw your film from scheduled exhibition at any time for any reason in its unlimited discretion. You agree to hold FESTER harmless for any such decision.

7. In order to screen your film, you must control all necessary rights for exhibition or have permission from the rightsholder(s). If selected, you must provide adequate documentation for those rights or permissions to FESTER and execute a release agreement. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless FESTER, its parent company, the venue, and any of their respective directors, officers, employees and representatives against any claim whatsoever arising out of exhibition of your film at FESTER, including, but not limited to, copyright infringement.

8. If your film is accepted, you agree to execute a release allowing FESTER the right to use clips, stills, graphics, or other representations of your film for promotional and marketing purposes in any medium.