PISS FEST SELLS OUT!
Festival claims nothing to do with micturation
PORTLAND, Ore. – Under intense pressure from the MPAA, The American Family Association, and the White House, the once-redoubtable Portland International Short Short Film Festival, so dubiously known as the PISS Fest, has conceded to changing its name to the much shorter and palatable 10 or Less Fest. Now in its sixth year, the festival, which has become a premiere venue for independent short cinema, has come under fire for its cavalier use of the P-word. Organizers, though, maintain that the moniker change has nothing to do with kowtowing to conservative tastemakers or local hipster film collectives. Program managers say they’re simply tired of having to watch a certain number of videos sent to them each year of a somewhat excretory nature.
“I think PISS Fest might have been giving some people, especially in Scandinavia and Germany, the wrong idea of what our festival is all about,” said festival creator, Tony Fuentes in a recent interview. “And for the record, our official website is not, nor has ever been pissfest.com*.” Fuentes then continued to mutter something about visiting said site only once—and by complete accident—himself.
Festival coordinators refused to comment on the rumor that the name might be changed yet again, this time to the Sunny Water Fest.
For more information on this year's festival, go to www.10orlessfest.com.
*The 10 or Less Film Festival is in no way affiliated with pissfest.com, and in no way will be held accountable for any physical, emotional, or spiritual trauma sustained by visitors of said site. In other words, don’t sue us!
GRAPEFLIX.COM BEST IN THE FEST FILMMAKER AWARD
Our newest sponsor, Grapeflix, has generously created a $1000 Filmmaker Award for 2006. Dig it!
FILMMAKER PANEL ON SAT. OCTOBER 19
For this year's festival we are excited to be working with the Oregon Film & Video Office to produce a Filmmaker Panel (working title: "How to Support your Short Film Habit by Getting Paying Gigs on Richer People's Projects") for the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Jupiter Hotel.