RESFEST Starts Worldwide Travels In September

The seventh annual RESFEST, the darling of the multi-media set, is kicking off its latest tour in San Francisco in mid September, eventually traveling to 15 cities in nine countries.

Among other things, the festival program will include short film and music video showcases, a Michel Gondry retrospective, a program of Spike Jonze rarities and, for the first time, live music. This year’s docket will also include a special presentation of Daft Punk and Leiji Matsumoto’s animated musical feature Interstella 5555, which premiered at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

“RESFEST continues to grow in exciting ways, both in terms of programming and audience,” says fest director Jonathan Wells. “Our founding vision of becoming a global festival showcasing the best work by both emerging and established creators is definitely embodied in this year’s event.”

RESFEST producers say they received over 1,500 short film submissions, from which they culled five thematic shorts programs.

As part of the 2003 festival, RESFEST will host Studio Tours in each city. These visits to several acclaimed motion graphics, design and production studios will allow attendees to meet with an array of designers and filmmakers working in small, independent houses as well as larger production firms. Attendees will see how each studio is configured and get a peek at recent and in-progress projects, all while speaking with the artists directly. Participating studios include Imaginary Forces (L.A.), Shepard Fairey (L.A.), Freestyle Collective (N.Y.), Psyop (N.Y.), Twenty2 Product (S.F.) and the Orphanage (S.F.).

For Fall 2003 dates, locations and cities (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago, Barcelona, Bristol, Cape Town, London, Seoul, Tokyo, Japan, Hakata, Osaka and Melbourne) check into