Sign off from Los Angeles: video journal (6)

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A video blog message by John Forrest, Festival Director.

Sign off – with optimism

John Forrest signs off his US visit in Hollywood, before ending his trip by watching a movie at the LA Film School on the Sunset Boulevard.

He is optimistic that the contacts he has made and the discussions he has engaged in may lead to new ventures and directions for the Insight Film Festival.

Watch this space for news as it happens.

The sign off video (00.46)

Outcomes of the trip so far

During John Forrest’s stay in New York he met up with Jordi Torrent, Project Manager, UNAOC and PLURAL + Youth Video Festival. As a result of this meeting, John and Jordi agreed that the Insight Film Festival should become a Partner organisation to PLURAL+ and that Insight would present an award at the 2013 PLURAL+ Awards Ceremony.

The winning entry of the Insight-Coexist Award, Admissions, has been screened on two further occasions as a direct result of the film having won the award. Admissions was one of a number of films screened as part of the MOCAfest strand of the 9th World Islamic Economic Forumheld in London at the end of October 2013 (29-31 October 2013). Admissions was also screened as part of Insight’s contribution to the programme of the 9th International Movies and Religion Festival held in São Paulo, Brazil (2-8 December 2013).

Insight remains in contact with all the other filmmakers and festival directors interviewed in the video compilation. Some positive outcomes from the trip take longer to appear than others and Insight hopes to be able to report further on any developments that emerge.

Return trip to New York

As a result of John Forrest attending the PLURAL+ 2013 Awards Ceremony on 5 December 2013, he has the opportunity to meet more filmmakers and event organisers during the first week of December.