The Self-Inflicted 30 Day Film Festival

About the 30 Day Film Festival


Thirty movies in thirty days. This site contains the first complete "30 Day Film Festival," and will be the future site of many more.

But what is "The 30 Day Film Festival"? In February 2004, The Late Train Productions wrote, shot, and edited one movie every day for thirty straight days. The four Austin filmmakers worked out of their own house, posting the daily results on their website. They called it "The Self-Inflicted 30 Day Film Festival."

They reasoned that any filmmakers could do this, so they didn't expect anyone to notice. They just wanted the practice.

As the movies piled up, people started watching. Soon college dorm floors, frustrated businessmen, lazy housewives, and high school dropouts waited anxiously for each "episode." One movie was even shown in a Journalism class.

The filmmakers had a broader audience than originally anticipated, but still only one slim day to spend on any part of the project. Desperation drove the content toward divergent extremes - longer shorts, prophetic satire, sourceless parody, self-reflective mockery, and bleeding-heart violence. Pushing forward through sleep-deprivation and work overload, they warped established storylines and experimented with special effects, camera movements, and post-production techniques.

And something else happened: the movies got better.