August 7-10, 2014 | Bangor, Maine
KahBang Film is about Discovery | #GetPlayed
The KahBang Film Festival is a discovery festival for independent cinema, dedicated to showcasing emerging films and filmmakers and exposing them to new audiences. The festival is a program of the non-profit organization KahBang Arts and is part of the KahBang music|art|film brand. To serve this mission, the KahBang Film Festival takes place annually during the KahBang Festival, New England’s largest indie & discovery festival which additionally features over 65 music performers and dozens of art exhibits, allowing for a wide, diverse audience of festival-goers to attend Film Screenings.
In-Competition Screening Categories
Narrative and Documentary feature films, directed by new filmmakers, who are turning heads in the independent film community. A selection of feature length, Narrative and Documentary films, directed by a group of new and emerging filmmakers you’ve never heard of. Wes Anderson, Sophia Coppola, Richard Linklater and many other iconic, indie filmmakers have never submitted films to this category.
Documentary + rockers that rock(ed) = some of the most interesting filmmaking in the industry. If you’ve made such a film, about a musician or musicians, or the musicians industry – feel free to submit it. This category is a fan favorite for our Music Festival attendees.
They prefer to be called “Little Films”, but these tiny opuses often have more to say than their feature-length counterparts. Quick, brief, and to the point. These films are less that 20 minutes in length. Shorter films=more stories.
New to the festival in 2013, our Experimental Category showcases shorts in an array of genres that combine the arts of innovation, technology and cinema. These films challenge the conventional landscape, cultivating & highlighting new media forms in the cinematic culture. Get weird with it.
Horror Shorts New Category
These films pack all the bone chilling, toe curling horror into 20 minutes or less.
Out-of-Competition Screening Categories
Sound Bites: Music Video
In 1981 video killed the radio star, yet, in a surprise twist, was acquitted of all charges when it was realized that nobody cared. Decades later KahBang offers a category devoted solely to honor the brilliance that is Music Videos. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their work and have the rights to the music – or else the filmmaker may be labeled an “infringer”, and punished for infringing. If MTV won’t play ‘em, we will.
Notable Alumni Films
The KahBang Film Festival has included notable submissions including 2013′s “The Dirties”, 2012′s “Black Rock”, written and directed by Maine’s own Katie Aselton, 2011 Sundance Film Favorites, “New Low” and “One Too Many Mornings” as well as the AFI Silverdocs Grand Jury Award Winning Documentary “Wo Ai Ni Mommy”. 2010 also saw the birth of our “Music Docs” category, screening the popular Maynard James Keenan wine documentary, “Blood Into Wine”.