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Fungi Film Festival
October 16 @ 7:00 pm - October 30 @ 8:00 pm
The first screening of the Fungi Film Festival is October 16 at 7pm PST. During this opening night, the FFF’s selection committee and jury (composed of McCoy and other mycophiles [fungi-lovers] from Portland) will be hosting the event live from McCoy’s mushroom farm. Here, they will grant five festival awards to select films, with one being the Audience Choice Award, which is voted on by viewers during the opening night.
The Festival will also be livestreamed (and hosted live by the FFF committee) on October 17 at 8pm PST, October 23 at 6pm PST, October 24 at 10am PST, October 28 at 10am PST, and on October 30 at 6pm PST.
The world’s first international short film festival dedicated to fungi – The Fungi Film Festival (FFF) – has announced the lineup for its 2020 program. This first year of the Fest will feature over 30 films from Serbia, Ireland, Norway, Australia, the United States, and Canada. With a run time of over three hours, this niche festival’s first year offers a rich exploration of the many reasons that mycology (the science of mushrooms, molds, yeast, and lichens) has rapidly increased its popularity around the world in the last few years.
The FFF will not only feature a small number of mini-documentaries detailing why fungi are important for humans and the environment (a near-requisite component of the Fest for viewers new to mycology), but also a wide variety of creative approaches to the beauty and otherworldliness of mushrooms and molds. Some, such as symbol-rich visuals of Nurse Log (Canada) are odes to these powerful and silent organisms. Other films explore the darker and more mysterious nature of fungi, as found in the short fairy tale of The Mushroom Huntress (U.S.A.) or in the unraveling of a personal fear of fungi carried through The Place with the Whales (U.S.A.). Other short films in the Fest, such as Trashrooms (U.S.A.) and Mycelia Messages (U.K.), are purely expressions of a love for any and all things related to mushrooms. In addition, the Fest features several biographies, narratives, digital animations, and abstract shorts.
The FFF was first envisioned by Peter McCoy, a Portland-based mushroom farmer and mycology educator, as well as the author of the book Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working With Fungi (Chthaeus Press, 2016), which explores the many intersections between human cultures and fungi. “As a life-long cinephile and mycologist, combining these topics in a fungi-focused film fest not only seemed like a natural fit to me, but also long overdue,” said McCoy. “With the Fest’s program now set, I can’t believe the variety of films we received and the amount of passion that all of the filmmakers put into their pieces, many of which were made just for the FFF. It was hard to narrow down the nearly 100 films we received, but the result is a lineup that I am excited to share this fall.”