Experience HATCHfest in Bozeman, Montana

The third annual HATCHfest will be held October 3 through October 8, 2006 in Bozeman, Montana. This unique six-day audiovisual arts festival, covering film, music, fine art, design, fashion, photography, dance, architecture and writing, is a showcase for young artists and experienced professionals, and provides both competition and mentorship networks. Hundreds of art and film schools from across the globe are invited to compete.

Mission of the festival is to provide mentorship, education, inspiration and recognition to the next generation of creative innovators.

Film competitions are in the Feature Film, Student Film and Short Film categories. The Moonlight Basin Outstanding Filmmaker Award is comprised of $10,000 in cash, $15,000 Panavision package, $7,500 postproduction work at the Syndicate and $2,500 scholarship to Screen Writer’s Boot Camp. HATCH has awards for Cinematography, Editing, Writing and Original Score with awards consisting of a $15,000 Panavision package, $2,500 postproduction work at the Syndicate and $2,500 is scholarships to the Screen Writer’s Boot Camp. HATCHfest 2006 will also feature an audience award for best picture. This year HATCHfest has inaugurated a competition for young architects. The winner, who must be a student or recent graduate, will be asked to design and build a multi-purpose stage for HATCHfest 2007.

Gibson Guitar awards the Gibson Guitar New Musician with a brand new Gibson Acoustic Guitar.

HATCHfest showcases films from ten Groundbreakers as well as world premiere studio releases and independent films, with filmmakers and actors participating in Q & A sessions following the screenings. HATCH pays travel and accommodation for each of the groundbreaking artists who will share one large house called the Hatch House. It was a childhood home of Gary Cooper.

Films will be shown at the historic Ellen Theatre, which opened in 1919. It was named after Ellen Trent Story, the wife of Nelson Story who settled in Bozeman in the mid-1800s. He drove 3,000 head of cattle from Texas to Bozeman, which formed the beginnings of the cattle industry in Montana.

Music is a major aspect of the festival. With featured artists, their mentors and aspiring musicians participating. Last year’s event included performances by Jackson Brown, Mike Relm, Stephen Perkins, Mike Doughtey, Eightrack Mind, Josh Martinez and Willie Waldman. In addition to the New Musician contest a child prodigy is featured every day during the festival and performance art takes place in the evenings.

An outdoor fashion show will be held on Main Street before the October 5 film screening. The fashion show will feature the work of the two groundbreaking student fashion designers alongside the works of seasoned professionals. The Fashion portion of the festival is judged by five jurors. Two Groundbreakers will be featured and prizes worth $7,500 will be offered.

The State of Montana is, of course, Big Sky Country, and who could better represent this Spirit of Montana than native son Gary Cooper? The first Spirit of Montana Award, named for the legendary movie star, was presented to Peter Fonda by Jeff Bridges. The 2006 recipient will be announced later this year.

HATCHfest also honors all forms of Native Art with its Nativespirit Award, designed to spotlight and honor Native cinema, filmmakers, performers and artists.

Through panel discussions and so-called backstage sessions, mentoring will be developed and young people in the various disciplines will have the opportunity to establish long-term relations with experts in their field.

HATCH 2006 unveils the INNOVATOR’S LOUNGE, showcasing graphic design and motion graphic talents from across the country. The competition criterion is simple: using his or her own innovative techniques, tell the story of an innovative hero, company, or product through the evolution from non-existence to current status. Only ten installations from print and ten from motion graphics will be chosen, and the exposure could lead to possible job opportunities with one of the ten well-respected jury members.

Fine art and photography exhibits will be displayed throughout downtown Bozeman.

This year HATCH is introducing a screenwriting competition, with $5,000 in prizes.

The 2006 Festival will also feature for the first time the Hatch Space Architectural competition. Design students and recent graduates will be asked to submit a design that transforms a performance space with two looks, daytime for panels, evening for music, and the project must also integrate advice from another discipline. The winning entrants will build and design the stage for HATCH 2007.

Bozeman, home of Montana State University, is one of the most diverse small towns in the Rocky Mountains, with an eclectic mix of ranchers, artists, professors, ski enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.

But HATCHfest does not confine itself to a few days in October in Bozeman. Hatch Labs are year-round creative workshops across the country that focus on film, music, photography, art, design and writing. They’re led by mentors from the top of their respective fields.

Although a young festival, HATCHfest has already attracted a wide range of well-known artists and executives in the creative arts. Attendees in the first two years included actors Peter Fonda, Michael Keaton, Jeff Bridges, Bill Pullman, Margot Kidder, Rick Schroder and Dean Cain. Among the directors and producers who have been to HatcHFest are David Anspaugh (“Rudy,” “Hoosiers”), Academy Award nominee Jon Amiel, Rodrigo Garcia (“Mi Vida Loca”), Michael Anderson (“Millennium”), Gabrielle Savage Dockterman (“Missing in America”), William Katt (“Twin Falls, Idaho”), Darren Lemke (“Lost”), Dick Shepherd (“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”) and Patrick Markey (“A River Runs Through It”).

Senior executives from Universal Studios, Imagine Entertainment, Fox Distribution, Paramount and Variety have also attended previous HATCHfests together with distinguished university professors, cinematographers, musicians, writers, photographers, artists and fashion designers.

Among the sponsors of HATCHfest 2006 are Moonlight Basin, a local resort, Gibson Acoustic, Runco Projectors, Thirsty Ear Hi-Fi. J2 Entertainment, Screenwriters Bootcamp, Moose Factory and Kidz On-Line. Other sponsors are being finalized and will be announced.

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