Dan Savage wasn’t satisfied with just making a film festival that revolved around sex, so he made one about marijuana, too. The podcaster and columnist is the man behind SPLIFF, a film festival “made by the stoned for the stoned.”
The announcement was pegged to 4/20 this year, but will start in 2019. Film festivals usually take place in one location, but SPLIFF will occur simultaneously in San Francisco, Denver, Portland, and Seattle (a.k.a. states where recreational marijuana is legal). It will celebrate all types of marijuana filmmaking over 4/20 next year.
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“The SPLIFF Film Festival is where filmmakers, artists, animators, and stoners share original film shorts exploring stoner themes,” reads the festival’s website. “From serious takes on pot culture to stoner comedy to mind-blowing weirdness—they all have a home at SPLIFF. Creative types of all stripes entertain, challenge, and amaze SPLIFF audiences with short films that examine and/or celebrate recreational marijuana use and its liberating effects on our imaginations, appetites, libidos, and creative energies.”
All types of artists and filmmakers are encouraged to submit short films with a maximum length of 4:20 (get it?). The festival is seeking “films that explore the meaning, pleasures, and culture of recreational marijuana use.
“Trippy films, comedic shorts, quickie documentaries, parodies of anti-pot educational films (think Reefer Madness ridiculousness or D.A.R.E. scare tactics), mind fucks, pot-influenced journeys, films about pot as a pleasure and pot as a medicine—all these have a home at SPLIFF,” the site reads.
Tickets will go on sale this fall.