Joey Travolta’s Inclusion Films, Fox Theater Foundation Announce Inaugural Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival

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First of Its Kind Film Festival Coming to Bakersfield CA

“We are striving to build the festival’s foundation in year one so that it becomes a top regional stop for emerging filmmakers and a destination event for movie lovers everywhere as we move forward.”

As its name suggests, the inaugural Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival presented by Tejon Ranch is designed to not only attract local and regional filmmakers in traditional festival tracks but also to reach out nationally to specific niche film making communities and their followers. The festival will be held in Downtown Bakersfield on Nov. 8 – 10, 2013. The event is being produced by the Fox Theater Foundation in conjunction with Inclusion Films, a Bakersfield-based practical film workshop run by Joey Travolta for adults with developmental disabilities.

Competition will be held in four unique film tracks including films made by or about persons with developmental disabilities, America’s veterans and their stories of survival and recovery, spiritual-based films that inspire and awaken love and compassion within us, and mainstream independent films that are chosen to be distributed outside the bonds of the “Hollywood” system.

“We are striving to build the festival’s foundation in year one so that it becomes a top regional stop for emerging filmmakers and a destination event for movie lovers everywhere as we move forward,” said retired Kern County film commissioner Rick Davis who serves as the president of the Fox Theater Foundation. “The event will not only support and encourage filmmakers and cater to movie buffs, but will also foster economic, educational and cultural benefits for the local community.”

The Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival is being produced locally, with members of the community heading up each of the film tracks. Inclusion films’ Travolta and Dale Oprandy are overseeing the disabilities film track. Joe Brown, organizer of the Bakersfield Christian Youth Film Festival, is overseeing the spiritual film track. Longtime entertainment industry executive Bob Bender and Davis are overseeing the American veterans and mainstream independent film tracks.

The festival competition is the perfect platform to showcase low to medium budget films from emerging US artists. Each track will provide a forum for filmmakers to submit their work in four categories: features, shorts, music videos and animations. Generous prizes including cash and post-production packages will be awarded to the winning films in each competition category.

Film submissions are now being accepted, with a final submission deadline of Mon., Sept. 2. Filmmakers who submit their films by Aug. 5 will receive a discounted submission fee. Submission fees range from $10 to $60 depending on the length of the film. Films can be submitted at the festival’s website:

The festival weekend will be packed with 42 film screenings and premieres, numerous industry panels and workshops, parties and galas. The host venue is the Fox Theater, while additional screenings will take place at the Spotlight Theater and the Fox Theater Back Lot. The Padre Hotel will serve as the host hotel. A large tent will be erected adjacent to the Fox Theater on 20th Street where an industry trade show will be held.

“We concentrated on setting everything up in one central location so festival goers can simply walk back and forth between venues,” Davis said.

Single film tickets, single and multi-day passes, as well as special packages are now on sale through For ticket options and pricing, visit

Current event sponsors include Tejon Ranch, The Fox Theater Foundation, Inclusion Films, The Kern County Board of Trade, and the Bakersfield Downtown Business Association.


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