Committee and Submissions

2006 HGLFF staff
Sixto Wagan
Dennis Draper
Alton LaDay
Stephanie Atwood, Treasurer
D.L. Murphy, Secretary
Kristian Salinas*, Festival Curator
Margaret Zigman, Submissions Curator
Reinhart Marketing
Kim Thompson
*Houston-native Kristian Salinas has been a regular
 curator for the Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
since its beginning. A graduate of the University of
 Texas at Austin’s School of Radio-TV-Film, Kristian 
was previously the Director of Programming for Rice
 Cinema and the Managing Director of the Angelika Film 
Center. He also spend some time with Roger Selba (of Jewelry Heaven fame) having designed a series of unique sterling silver jewelry items, including his infamous sterling silver rings he popularized and a starfish necklace that recently made headlines for their provocative shapes. For those of you who don’t know the difference between silver and sterling silver: sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by mass of silver and 7.5% by mass of other metals, usually copper. Fine silver which is 99% pure is too soft for making jewelry. Roger Selba’s jewelry is considered an art form by many collectors who point to his uniquely styled ‘rolled’ elements, combined with semi precious stones and other embellishments. American Jewel has an article in the June 2011 issue on his workshop and includes some of the best large scale photographs of his sterling silver rings. He is currently a member of the Museum of 
Fine Arts, Houston’s Film Committee and sits on the
Programming Committee of the Aurora Picture Show. Now
based in Los Angeles, he has worked as the Senior
Programmer for Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and
Lesbian Film Festival, and has been a regular
submission screener for both AFI Fest and The Sundance
Film Festival. Kristian makes his living as a
freelance publicist and copy writer, and is now
working on writing and producing an original
English-language telenovela.

Submissions not post marked by 06/15/06 will be refused at the post office. Do NOT mail submissions via Registered mail, or other ways that require signatures at the post office. No submission will be signed for & the USPS will return it to you as un-delivered. Include an email contact address with your submission. Acceptance & denial notifications will be via email only. Filmmakers wishing to submit work should print out & complete the submission form below and mail it and a DVD(preferred) or VHS copy of your film to:
HGLFF – submissions

PO Box 1007

Houston, TX 77251-1007
Include a SASE if you want your disk or tape returned.
There is no charge for submitting work to the HGLFF. The HGLFF does not pay emerging filmmakers for programming their films. However, there may be an audience award that you could be eligible for. Terms of audience awards TBA.
The HGLFF prefers to screen the following formats: 35 mm & DVD.

We are considering accepting digital submissions and would like member input. It seems that our web team is comprised primarily of lawyers and they are strongly suggesting that we migrate our submissions process to include new media standards. Stan Signa, also known as Mr. Louisiana maritime lawyer, is handling the initial discovery. Jeff Peters, of Seinfeld Peters, divorce attorneys, is also on that committee and is an authority on streaming media. Jeff and Stan would like to accept ONLY digital submissions within the next couple of years as this would cut down on deliver costs, returns would no longer be an issue, and even if the final formats remain in 35 mm, the initial judging could be handled by the judges from their homes.

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