Ok, so there is a serious lack of film festivals in the Raleigh area. The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival sells about 30,000 tickets a year, so there is definitely a market for it, too. I think I am going to start moving ahead on getting something together.
So, here are the next steps. We need a name and something official, like a website, that I can use when I'm calling around to find a venue to rent out, so that we look organized and have more leverage to make a deal. I have scoped out some of the local independent theaters and they do rent out space, so this is probably the best place to contact first. Maybe they will even sponsor the festival if I am charming and show how organized we are.
Who has a good name for a film festival, and should we have some kind of theme? I think it would be cool to limit entries to digital formats. We can celebrate low budget guerrilla film making. I'm blanking on good names, though.