April 15, 2007 – BROOKLYN, N.Y. — THIRD ANNUAL JILTED FILM FESTIVAL™ OPENS MAY 1, 2007 AT SUGAR IN DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN
Screenings will take place during TriBeCa Film Festival
NEW YORK (April 14, 2007) –The Jilted Film Festival™ – a film festival for comedy shorts that have been rejected by at least one other festival – will take place Tuesday, May 1st at Sugar, a bar, lounge, and restaurant located at 311 Church Street between Walker and Lispenard Streets in Tribeca. The event will be free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
Top jury-selected entries will be screened, and the first 50 audience members to arrive will receive goodie bags.
Founded by Brooklyn filmmaker and comedy writer Mellini Kantayya, Jilted is presented by the media production company Brooklyn Tree Productions of which Ms. Kantayya is the creator and artistic/managing director. Ms. Kantayya is also an actress who has appeared in independent films and daytime serials.
Ms. Kantayya’s comedy short was rejected by five (count ‘em FIVE) major film festivals despite belly-aching laughs and rave reviews from test audiences. She found little comfort that many colleagues, all creators of brilliantly hysterical films, were experiencing the same. Vowing to avenge their collective rejection, in 2005 Kantayya launched the first film festival solely for comedy short films that have been jilted by other film festivals.
“The festival has been a smashing success. It’s fun, oh so campy, and best of all, free,” says Kantayya. “Both filmmakers and audience really get into the jilted spirit,” adds Kantayya.
The Jilted Film Festival, now it’s third year, will be held in conjunction with Dahlia’s Flix and Mix. Hosted by Dahlia Smith, Dahlia’s Flix and Mix showcases independent films Tuesday nights at Sugar.
For more information please visit www.brooklyntree.com
About Brooklyn Tree Productions
Named for the Betty Smith novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Tree Productions was founded with the mission of mirth making through the creation of fresh, imaginative, and engaging media and events for diverse audiences.
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