Last night, I attended the first-ever Food of the Gods Film Festival, located in central Austin. The festival, held to celebrate the 30th anniversay of the Bert I. Gordon “classic,” was an impressive first-year festival. The programming was pretty predictable (just Food of the Gods), and there weren’t any filmmakers present (many of them are dead), but all the same… it was a great festival. I urge filmmakers to submit their work to future editions of the FOTGFF. There’s really only one criteria for programming: Your film must be the Bert I. Gordon 1976 H.G. Wells adaptation, Food of the Gods, starring Ida Lupino.
This keeps the number of submissions fairly low, fest insiders reported. But the experience is worth it. Maybe next year there will be panels. But, they did have an informal awards ceremony, where the top prize was a DVD copy of the Rosie O’Donnell made-for-TV film, Riding the Bus with My Sister. Meanwhile, you can visit the festival’s comprehensive Web site, right here.