The deadline for entries into the 2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) is quickly approaching. Fly fishing filmmakers hoping to be part of the largest live event in their industry must submit their films by Friday, November 1st.
“It’s exciting to see what the filmmakers have been doing this season”, says F3T co-owner Chris Keig. “We’re going to have some difficult decisions to make during our selection process. We’ve already received some really stellar materials and there are always some diamonds in the rough that come in just before the deadline”.
The appeal and reward for filmmakers to be selected in the F3T’s annual offering is huge: with its continent-wide reach, dedicated audience of over 50,000 people and reputation for putting on the best live experience in the fly fishing event industry. Now that past films are available in iTunes, the interest and allure has only increased.
While notoriety and exposure are certainly enjoyed by selected filmmakers, the F3T isn’t blind to the difficulty and costs required to film and produce quality content. “We only show original content and we have the highest standards for quality”, Keig explained. “We recognize this demand can be hard on filmmakers. One thing we’ve been committed to since day one is rewarding them financially for their efforts. Whether they use the cash to offset production costs, clear some extra music, fund a future outing, or just buy some gear and beers, we want them to know how much they mean to us.”
For those still hoping to submit their work, the good news is that films don’t need to be completely finished by the deadline. The process is broken up into three parts: the first submission can be a trailer or incomplete full piece. Once thefirst cut is made the F3T will notify filmmakers and they will submit a fine cut of the full-length piece for final decisions by December 1, 2013. After the final selections are made final versions will be due no later than January 1, 2014. As always, all films must have music and footage clearance and not be included in other fly fishing film tours.
The Fly Fishing Film Tour is produced by Webeye Group, LLC. It is the original and largest event of its kind. The 2014 F3T will run from January through the end of the year in over 170 North American cities. It will reach an estimated audience of over 60,000 people, partner with over 180 fly shops and raise over $250,000 for conservation groups and charities. It is sponsored by Costa, Patagonia, Sage, Yeti Coolers, Scientific Anglers, Trout Unlimited, Mountain magazine, The Drake magazine and Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. For more information visit www.TheF3T.com