In its sixth year the Naperville Independent Film Festival is showing everything from music videos to documentaries, making it the hottest ticket in town.
“There is something for everyone here, there is something for every filmmaker out there, there is a genre for them and there is nothing that we don’t show! In our 6th year now we’ve come full circle and it really is all about our filmmaker and that’s who we cater to,” said Glessna Coisson, founder of the NIFF.
That approach has set the Naperville Film Festival apart from Cannes and Tribeca by making it personal.
“ There is a direct relationship with us, the core group and the filmmaker. I get to talk to the filmmaker directly myself. So there is a report there but its not founder to filmmaker its filmmaker to filmmaker,” said Edmond Coisson, found of the NIFF.
That’s one reason Naperville resident, Mike Krumlauf keeps entering his films in the local festival.
“They are on the same level as me so they know how to coach, and what advice to give to get me in the right direction,” Krumlauf said.
The feedback is paying off recently, the Naperville Independent Film Festival met all criteria to become accredited by the academy of motion picture arts and sciences.
“They are very, very picky and there are only about 35 festivals associated with them and accredited we met all the criteria so when someone enters their film they could win an academy award,” said Glessna.
While the accreditation would put the film festival under a national spotlight, Edmond plans to keep it all about the filmmaker.
“We don’t want to become commercialized like Sundance, that isn’t something i am trying to achieve because then it only mainstream movies the independent is the “key” to the entire festival, we want to keep it about the filmmaker, the star, about us,” said Edmond.
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