January 6, 2015

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Monthly Update:

2015 has arrived. Here’s wishing everyone our best for the New Year ahead.

For us, it’s pretty much been nonstop ever since this past October’s CW Show. So with the April Show lined up and the holidays finally over, all I’m looking forward to is a nice quiet month of catching up on anything that isn’t CW Show or regular work related before I need to start thinking about April’s show next month.

APRIL SHOW POSTCARDS ARE READY TO GO: One good thing about being busy is that I get in a groove and sometimes manage to get ahead of the game. Such was the case with postcards for the April 10-12, 2015 Show as they are back from the printer and ready to go. If you live within a couple of hours of the convention hotel, right now is a great time to start to advertise the April show. Say the word and we’ll be more than happy to send you a stack of fliers or postcards to pass out. Bars, specialty shops, video stores, tattoo shops, college campuses, mail order businesses, music stores... All good places for Wasteland attendees to hang out. If you frequent any place that you think may be a good place to put a stack of cards or run a mail order business and want to toss one in with orders, then by all means, get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to send you off a stack. As always, any help in spreading the word about the show is truly appreciated and tends to do much better than generic ads or radio spots have ever done for us.

OK, time for the usual CW Show reminders before I wander off and find anything other than Wasteland work to do today…

TICKETS: We don’t just say it. We prove it to the best of our ability twice a year. For the 60+ hours worth of Movies, Panels, and Programming we offer our attending fans over the course of three days, there is no better bargain out there than an advance ticket to a Cinema Wasteland Show. No “hidden fees” at a Wasteland show guarantees every fan through the door is treated just like the person standing next to you in line; and your ticket in gets you everything we have to offer except for an autograph from our guests.
Between now and March 20th, 2015 you can get an advance 3-Day Pass to April’s Show for only $40. And don’t forget that a 3-Day Pass always gets you into the Dealer and Guest Room half an hour before single day pass holders without paying “early admission fees” other conventions charge extra for.
Single day passes are also available until March 20th for only $20, and both single day or 3-Day Passes will be available at the door after the March deadline.
Grab your passes on line at: http://www.cinemawasteland.com/cinemashow/ticket.html
* Also remember that this past October’s Show was the last time a single day pass at the door on Saturday was $20. We offer over 32 hours of continuous programming on Saturday’s alone, so starting with the April 2015 Show, a single day pass on Saturday will now cost you $25 at the door, which is still cheaper than most conventions that don’t offer nearly as much for your admission money as CW does. Day of show prices will remain $20 on Friday and $15 on Sunday.

HOTEL: One thing you can always count on is that the hotel will be sold out by show time. We take over the entire hotel, so things fill up nice and steady until there’s no rooms left by the show’s weekend start time. Help support the show and avoid the headache of having to stay down the road by making your room reservations today. Reserve your room through our web site, or by calling The Holiday Inn reservation line at 1-877-408-4913. Remember you MUST ask for “The Cinema Wasteland Room Rate”, or they will tell you that they are ”sold out” and have no rooms. And PLEASE only reserve as many rooms as you plan on using.

And finally, one last reminder about short and film submissions.

First Rule: Your movie or short film needs to be 100% finished before we’ll consider screening it.
Second Rule: The film you submit can't be older than a year or so old or already have DVD or cable TV distribution since we're basically trying to help independent filmmakers get the word out about their films to our attending fans.
Third Rule: When your movie or short film is completely finished, just send us off a screener to watch and consider. Send a regular DVD or DVD-R,and not a blu-ray disc. Make sure you include contact information so we can get back to you if we do decide to screen your short or feature, and patiently wait to see if we get back to you. It’s that easy. 
Since we’ve always supported the independent filmmaker, we don’t do things like your average every day film festival does things. Namely, we don’t charge to screen your movie or short film and just take your money and run whatever somebody sends us. We simply watch everything that is sent to us and fit as many indy films into the weekend schedule that we can squeeze in around all the other guest related movies and events that we normally cram into a Wasteland Weekend. We do keep film submissions for up to one year’s time so if we don’t screen your film or short one show, it very well could make the next show.
We do watch and tend to enjoy everything we receive but please don’t take it personally if we don’t screen your submission. Chances are it just didn’t make it into the weekend schedule because we received way too many submissions in a short amount of time and/or had more films that fit a certain theme that matches the weekend we’re currently running.
Because we don’t charge to screen your film or short, a screening does not come with free passes into the show. A pass into the CW Show however is much cheaper than any film festival submission prices.
The submission cut off date for any given CW Show is two months before the event so we have time to watch and review everything we receive. We review all submissions by their post mark date, so anything received after the cut off date will only be included if we have screening time to fill.

OK, that’s it for me this time around. With things set to go for April, I’ll be back to not say much again next month.