Storyteller Spotlight: Dr. John Tveten

This month for our Storyteller Spotlight series, we are highlighting Dr. John Tveten, the executive director for Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival. As part of this series we will be profiling a range of professions from artists and filmmakers, to journalists and professors, who are making an impact through the craft of storytelling. Add our blog to your RSS feed to keep up with the series as it’s published.

In February, we had the pleasure of traveling to the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival in Arizona. We attended the screenings for Throw, which was an Official Selection, and had the chance to catch up with John Tveten to learn more about the origins of the film festival and what he hopes audiences and filmmakers took away from this year’s event.

Tell us about Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival.

Founded by a group of “displaced Canadians,” FMFF has now grown to receive thousands of entries each year.

What do you look for in an Official Selection?

We’re all connected by this river and this wild place. We need to protect it.

What advice do you have for filmmakers who want to be selected for FMFF or any other film festivals?

Put your effort into the story, and you’ll find success.

Thank you again to the FMFF board of directors for bringing us out to your beautiful town. The 2017 festival was a huge sucesss, which brought nearly 100 films to three venues in six days, with record attendance at all screenings. Stay tuned for film submissions to open for next year on the FMFF FilmFreeway page. Submissions will open May 15 and close October 15.



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