Oh Yes, There's a Bacon Film Festival in New York City This Month
Now this is a festival I want to attend. Want to be one of the first "Bacon Film Critics"? If your answer is yes (who wouldn't answer yes?) then this is the film festival for you. I was going to write about the alternate All the Boys Love Mandy Lane poster, but this is much more enticing. Hosted by the Hormel Bacon Party, the first ever International Bacon Film Festival is about to kick off in New York. The fest will feature hand-picked short films with bacon screening at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on October 17th. Luckily, most of the shorts are online and they're hosting a fan favorite contest with a prize of a year supply of bacon.
There aren't many details available about the International Bacon Film Festival, but Variety published a piece with some basic details. The festival runs only one night, on Thursday, October 17th, and will include screenings of the 11 winning shorts - most of which are available on the YouTube page HormelBaconParty. Yes, this is essentially just one giant publicity stunt designed to get more people to eat more Hormel bacon, but I'm totally fine with that. Nothing like some food-infused comedy to lighten the mood around here. For those who want to dive right into the bacon (and the short films), here are three of them we liked watching:
For more info on the "Bacon Film Festival's Fan Favorite award", head directly to this Facebook page. In addition to linking to all of the YouTube shorts, they also provide some details on the voting for fans not in New York City: "Seriously, add 'Bacon Film Critic' to your résumé immediately, because you're in charge of deciding the International Bacon Film Festival's Fan Favorite award. The director critiqued most favorably will receive a one year supply of bacon, as will one lucky Bacon Film Critic! So sit back, and enjoy the show (or don't enjoy it because you're such a critic)." Sadly, voters won't win any free bacon, but at least they get to determine who does. And some of these shorts, while fun and bacon-obsessed, just aren't that good at all.
Yes, this is all marketing fun and games but it's amusing and brought a smile to our face, so why not spread the love. I was honestly surprised to read that "hundreds of films were submitted, according to organizers, ranging from comedies to romances." If only they could've got Fincher or Aronofsky to make a centerpiece short. Hopefully there's a tasting at the actual film festival in addition to all of the screenings. See you there.