Film Festival Definition Guide

Film Festival Definition Guide

River’s Edge International Film Festival (REIFF) – Originating in 2005, this film festival has grown to attract international films starting in 2008 and is the second longest running film festival in Kentucky. Maiden Alley Cinema – Paducah’s home for fine film.



Narrative film (aka fictional film) – Film that tells a fictional story or narrative in a traditional, linear way where you have a series of events linked by cause and effect.


Feature film – A film made for initial distribution in theaters and being in main attraction of the screening, rather than a short film.


Short film – Any film not long enough to be considered a feature film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as “an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less.”


Animation – The rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D or 3-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. There are many forms such as traditional (hand drawn animation), stop motion with puppets, clay or cutouts, and computer.


Experimental – This term describes a range of filmmaking styles that are generally quite different from, and often opposed to, the practices of mainstream commercial and documentary filmmaking. Avant-garde is also used to describe such films.


Juror – a group of persons chosen to adjudge prizes, awards, etc. in a competition.




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