interview with MovieMaker Magazine, “This festival is the real deal: Everybody else just talks about doing it, these guys just do it!”
The festival was founded in 1993 by entrepreneur Stuart Alson and is noted for promoting independent films that you’d never get access to in multiplexes across the country, whether it be via the festival circuit or regular theatrical distribution. Alson himself was formerly a stand-up comedian and produced successful live shows in New York before making his own feature length independent film. However, after the film’s completion he began enter it into the festival circuit and began to understand the politics that dominated it as well as now. Alson noted, “I was a businessman and didn’t have time to attend events and schmooze festival directors. I created my own festival because I was tired of entering a lottery that was rigged.