A 2012 Film Festival Staring Arnold Schwarzenegger?

December 23, 2011 in Events, Video/Film

I just received an email that made me flinch (see text below). Apparently there is a film festival in Ohio that features Arnold Schwartzenegger as its presenter. I thought it was a joke but after viewing the website it seems legit. According to the ASFF site, films submitted to the festival “should explore the lives and efforts, inspirations and hopes of people striving for achievement.” I am a bit perplexed by this. I mean, are these films supposed to be realistic depictions of athletes or do they strive to be as deceptive as their spokesperson?  

Columbus, Ohio – USA
March 2 to 4, 2012

In the Spotlight this week is the 2nd Annual , an exciting event showcasing the best in short-form cinema focused on personal athletic endeavor. Presented by and named for Arnold Schwarzenegger, the ASFF is a part of the Arnold Sports Fest, the largest multi-sport event in the world. Arnold Sports Fest features 18,000 athletes competing in 45 sports and events and attracts more than 200,000 attendees to Columbus, Ohio each year.

Filmmakers from around the world are encouraged to submit films 15 minutes or less in runtime that explore the lives, efforts, inspirations, and hopes of people striving for achievement in individual athletic pursuits. From body building to boxing, gymnastics to judo, table tennis to track, and skiing, skating, cycling, weightlifting, and more, the ASFF seeks to discover and present films that study the journey, perseverance, and triumphs of individuals who participate in athletic expression and competition.

The Festival encourages both traditional and alternative storytelling and accepts films in a variety of categories. ASFF also features a section showcasing broadcast projects and packages. Winning films are selected by a jury comprised of renowned entertainment and sports industry figures, including Arnold Schwarzenegger. This season’s top films will be awarded significant prize packages and receive exposure during and after the Arnold Sports Festival. What’s more, the Grand Prize winner will be invited to spend a day on a movie set with Arnold Schwarzenegger and will meet with studio executives.

January 1, 2012 – Late Deadline
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Building on the Arnold Sports Festival’s decades-long commitment to showcasing achievement in individual sport and athletic competition, the ASFF serves as a complement to and extension of the largest multi-sport event in the world while celebrating cinematic achievement in athletic-themed works.

ASFF presents a unique opportunity for filmmakers to engage with film-loving sports fans from across the globe and offers the perfect platform to exhibit films that demonstrate the passion, struggle, and triumphs of athletes. Exhibiting filmmakers receive passes to the Arnold Sports Festival, access to filmmaking workshops during the Festival, and are invited to attend the awards ceremony.

Short-form filmmakers: If your work explores the triumphs, struggles, and perseverance of athletes, submit to the Arnold Sports Film Festival today!