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Sycamore Film Festival

“Thanks for everything. You opened so many lovely doors to so many wonderful hearts. That's the part I liked most about the festival. The others in attendance felt the same way. Trust me.”

– Mitch Markowitz, Hollywood television and film writer, Los Angeles, CA

“The Sycamore Film Festival is the perfect example what a film festival should be. After arriving at the festival, I immediately felt like I was in a community of filmmakers that I can't wait to work with. Between the great films and parties, and surprisingly unique panels, I can't wait to submit for next year.”

– Cordelaine Kline, producer and DP of "Para Mi Hermano", Austin, TX

“Thank you all so much for a wonderful time in Sycamore! Mary and I really enjoyed ourselves and hope to see you all again sometime!”

– James Hampton, actor, writer, director, Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe nomine & Mari Deese Hampton, producer, television and film actress, Los Angeles, CA.

“Congratulations on a successful festival and thanks for showing me and my cast/crew a great time! We've gone to a good handful of festivals, and we need to share that Sycamore is the best when it comes to treatment of filmmakers, quality of films, organization, accommodations, and friendliness of the staff.

Your film moderator was great moderator, had great questions, and led a great conversation.

I definitely received a boost of inspiration to start working on another film. Hopefully I can get it done in time to submit it to next year's fest!

- David M. Baker, producer/editor, Chicago, IL.

“It was my pleasure to be part of the Festival and I want to thank you for inviting me. I had a wonderful time and was very impressed with your organization of the event and the choice of films. I was particularly pleased that you gave students an opportunity to show their work and that you gave out awards for those most deserving.

The "Films on War" panel was a great idea - in conjunction with the showing of "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Refuge", and you gathered a very impressive group of individuals.

Congratulations to you, your staff, the Jane Fargo Inn, volunteers and the City of Sycamore for making us all feel so welcome. Personally, it was so refreshing to spend time in your small town and to experience such friendliness and wonderful hospitality. Thanks again for the opportunity to participate in the festival....and I hope I can do it again!”

- Marie Rowe, Hollywood writer, casting director, publicist, producer and actress, Los Angeles, CA.

“Just wanted to let you know what a blast I had at the festival and how impressed I am with you and your team. It was as enjoyable as it was professionally managed and organized -- a spectacular job by everyone on the team.

You folks did Sycamore proud -- who knew among the corn fields you could have pulled off such an international event? So congrats again and here's hoping I'll have one or more films to enter into next year’s fest. Thanks!

– Thad Vassmer, veteran corporate director and independent filmmaker, Sycamore, IL.

I can't thank you enough for the fantasitc weekend. Everyone was so welcoming, from the talented group of filmmakers to the engaging audiences. All of your work and passion, really created a supportive and fun filled environment for all involved. Thanks so much for inviting me and the rest of my gang to be a part of it all. Hopefully Sycamore has recovered from the whirlwind of Ben Dreyfuss. By the way, Ben told me he had a blast.

I'll certainly recommend the festival to other filmmakers. If you need any assistance with next years festival, please let me know. I'd be more than happy to help in any way I can. Who knows? Maybe Ben and I will have another short done by then.
– Kyle Bowe