Pencil Head's Dusk Til Dawn Film Fest
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The Following are the most frequently asked questions we have received. If you have any questions that are not listed here, feel free to email them to the address at the bottom of the page.












The festival will return to The Aurora Theatre.

The Aurora Theatre
800 Aurora St.
Houston, TX


Q: Who is Pencil Head? -Where did the name come from?
A: Pencil Head is the name of a monster(our mascot) that was designed and created by William R. Dobson III in college in 1989 for a claymation short by the same name, shot in 8mm. I (Mike Garcia) assisted with sound effects, titles, and special effects.

Q: Will the fest really be from dusk til dawn?
A: Well, while we hope to get enough submissions to show films for that length of time, we are also going to have live entertainment to accompany the films.
- update: We tried it at the premiere and found that most people lost their stamina close to midnight. We may have to keep it in name only unless we have enough feed back from people who think they might last from dusk til dawn.

Q: Why did you create this festival?
A: To give independent and small scale filmmakers a venue for their work. It is also a personal memorial to a wonderful and talented friend/brother/artist/filmmaker, William R. Dobson III.

Q: I was wondering about the 'rating' of films you select. Are there any ratings restrictions? What is acceptable?
A: We do not have any ratings restrictions at this time. We haven't had any problems so far and I hate to limit creativity if I can help it.
The one thing we ABSOLUTELY DO NOT ALLOW is Suicide.

Foul Language is acceptable as well as Nudity, Sex, Violence, and Adult Situations.
Both the audience, and filmmakers alike, must be at least 17 years of age to participate.
This is done to avoid any potential problems or conflicts between the films and possible sensitive or younger viewers. (ratings info now added to info page).

Q: I have a couple of films that I'd like to submit. May I submit them on a single DVD?
A: No, we require that each entry be on a separate DVD or VHS tape and appropriately labeled with a completed submission form for each entry. However, you can mail them in the same package.

Q: May I combine publicity materials (bio's, synopses, stills) from more than one film onto one CD?
A: Yes, as long as they are in separate folders appropriately labeled.

Q: How do you decide which films to show?
A: We look at a variety of factors but Story, Originality, and Acting, are key elements...However, Budget is NEVER a factor...
The Director makes the final decision on all submissions.

Q: What is the criteria for judging the winning films?
A: The films are scored privately by each judge using a number system in the following categories:
Story, Acting, Cinematography, Directing, Pacing, Editing, Sound, and Originality.
The judges also add an "overall" score for their overall impression of the film.
The total scores of all judges are then tallied and the winner in each category is determined by the highest score.

Q: Why do you have dancing, isn't this a "film" festival?
A: The dancing has actually been an integral part of the festival since its inception. The dances are meant to compliment the films and are all film-themed performances. Other festivals have bands, jugglers, etc. and we have had a very positive response always.
Also, this is Angel's personal contribution to this memorial tribute to our dear departed friend Willie.

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In Memory of William Richard Dobson III
May 4, 1969 - November 8, 2002

Pencil Head's Dusk Til Dawn Film Fest, website, design, characters, logos, and indicia are ゥMike Garcia 2004, 2005, 2006.
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