ma·lar·key

/məˈlärkē/

noun: malarkey

  1. meaningless talk; nonsense.

    "that's a bunch of malarkey!"

Why "Malarkey"?

(We are NOT endorsing Joe Biden). 
 
The Malarkey Film Festival is a mostly-for-fun-but-serious-about-art screening event created with the intent to celebrate film, its makers and its community. The Malarkey Film Festival is founded in an effort to take some of the hot air out of filmmaking by lowering the stakes, encouraging audience involvement, and maintaining a commitment to accessibility. 
We strive to create a process that emphasizes the pleasure in creating with the hope of alleviating the inhibiting fear of showing work.

MFF is also a venue to get to know the filmmaking community in NYC, where you can build creative and working relationships at our events. 

How Does It Work?

The Malarkey Film Festival embodies malarkey itself with brand new guidelines for every festival.

Yep, it changes every time. 

If your film doesn't fit this time around, keep checking back on our website for upcoming editions of the Malarkey Film Festival & submission opportunities. 

The Event

If selected, your film will be screened at the Malarkey Film Festival's Screening Event. Each event has a filmmaker meet & greet, screening, live music, and an award ceremony with cinephile-approved prizes.

At Malarkey Film Fest there is an Audience Vote Winner & an Industry Vote Winner. 

For each festival, a film industry professional/artist will watch all selected films, select their favorite, and write feedback for their selected filmmaker. 

Our festivals typically take place at 3 Dollar Bill BK, an inclusive queer bar/art space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

 

MEET THE TEAM

ISABEL MONK CADE

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Isabel Monk Cade is a writer/actor/producer, raised and based in New York City.  In 2018, her original short film, 'SEX PARTY!' premiered at The Living Gallery in Bushwick, and went on to be screened as a part of the Triple Nine Festival. She has since had readings & productions of her work at NY Winterfest 2019 (Hudson Guild Theatre), The Tank Theatre, Naked Angels' T9 Series, STILL BRICK Festival, Salon Variety Show, & more.  Isabel was a featured playwright for Eden Theatre Company's Playwriting Lab in the Spring of 2020, and one of the inaugural playwrights for Kervigo Theatre Company's Meet the Playwright Series.

Isabel continues to write as a way to create roles for womxn that don't fit into any one box. 

 

CLAIRE KLEINMAN

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Claire Kleinman (Chaire Louise) is an artist and filmmaker born and based in NYC. Since graduating from The Cooper Union in 2019, she has been working as a freelance videographer, editor, graphic designer, copywriter and art director between New York, New Orleans, and London. She has collaborated with projects for Kota Dosa collective and Adidas Milano. She also enjoys the olfactory world and conducts scent association & storytelling workshops in NYC public schools with the Leave it Better Foundation. 8 years ago she discovered a spelling mistake on her birth certificate and things have never been the same.

chairelouise.com

 

FAQ

HOW DO THE FESTIVAL GUIDELINES WORK?

 

The Malarkey Film Festival embodies "malarkey" with brand new sets of guidelines for every festival! That means sometimes guidelines are more specific or thematic, sometimes they will be 48 hour film fests, sometimes the guidelines will be wide open! If your film doesn't fit this time around, keep checking back for upcoming editions of the Malarkey Film Festival.

 

WHAT ARE THE AWARDS? CAN I WIn money?

The Malarkey Film Festival does not offer monetary awards at this time. We offer film-related prizes that aim to lift up our filmmakers, including the feedback provided for our Industry Judge Award winner.

Selected filmmakers become a part of our Malarkey collective community through our Meet & Mingle + Resource Net.

 

There will be two awards granted on the night of MFF: Audience Vote Winner & Industry Vote Winner. Both will receive prizes, but only the industry vote winner will receive feedback on their film from the industry judge.

WHAT CAN I SUBMIT?

That depends on what our guidelines are for each given festival. With that said, subject matter is important to us. We understand the importance of free expression, and censorship is never our intention.  We understand the nuances of parody, irony and humor. However, we have ZERO tolerance for racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or ableist messages that make  light, mockery of, or are not meant to further discourse around these issues.

WHAT DOES THE EVENT LOOK LIKE?

 

All selected films will be screened at The Malarkey Film Festival Event typically held at 3 Dollar Bill BK, an inclusive queer bar and art space in Bushwick, Brooklyn NY. The event is a raucous celebration of your films followed by live music, and an award ceremony with prizes any cinephile will enjoy. Following the screening, the audience votes on their favorite film of the evening, and we will present the winner their award that same night, in addition to the industry vote winner.

 

WHAT IS THE INDUSTRY VOTE?

We've decided to up the stakes (only slightly!)...In addition to the audience vote, we've implemented an INDUSTRY VOTE! For each festival, we will be having a film industry professional/artist watch all selected films, select their favorite, and write feedback for their selected winner

WHAT FORMATTING/QUALITY DO YOU EXPECT?

WE VALUE PRODUCTION OVER PRODUCTION VALUE! We can only use what is available to us, and sometimes that’s a RED camera and sometimes that’s an iPhone.  We want to see what you’ve made happen with what you have available in your practice. That said, please learn to export your film properly; intention is key.  If your film is not intended to be a work of glitch art, then there shouldn’t be glitches. 

All entrees must be submitted in a .mov or .mp4 file format and 1080p resolution.

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS FOR US?

 

Feel free to email us malarkeyfilmfest@gmail.com.

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