The Cult Critic Curation (T3C) project is a monthly film selection program organized by Cult Critic Review Aggregator. T3C is an innovative marketing & distribution platform which focuses on licensing critical classic and contemporary cult films and selling them to cinephiles. The project is an initiative of CULT CRITIC to discover, showcase and distribute Independent Art-house Cult Cinemas throughout the world. It’s a complete promotion and distribution solution for the selected films. The selected films will be awarded with the prestigious Cult Classic Medal of Honour & Badge and will be listed in the GOLDEN COLLECTION OF CULT CLASSIC, a hard copy film encyclopaedia which will be published annually and will be circulated to all the reputed academic organizations of the world. The program will not only provide the film ‘Cult Classic’ prestige, but also market it and make it go viral.
In the taxonomy of world cinema, cult film holds a very important position. Cult films transgress common notions of good and bad taste, and they challenge genre conventions and coherent storytelling. The basic definition says that a cult classic, is a film that has acquired a cult following.
Cult films are known for their dedicated, passionate fanbase, an elaborate subculture that engage in repeated viewings, quoting dialogue, and audience participation. Recent study says that CULT status can arise both through audience’s discourse and through production or marketing strategies. Film with Cult reputation shared certain qualities, thus leading to cult being employed in some contexts as a label describing a certain kind of film. Cult films frequently break cultural taboos, and many feature excessive displays of violence, gore, sexuality, profanity, or combinations thereof. This can lead to controversy, censorship, and outright bans; less transgressive films may attract similar amounts of controversy when critics call them frivolous or incompetent. Cult films are offbeat of the offbeat. A constant reference in the reception of these films is that of physical and mental liberation from repression – a function similar to that of ancient rituals. Cult films are also referred as Underground Film, Exploitation movies, B Movies, Midnight Film, Camp and Para Cinema.
Although these are the subgenres of Cult Cinema and all they have few distinguished features. Cult cinema is often considered to be a different entity than underground and avant-garde cinema, but these two spheres commonly intersect. Avant-garde and Underground are two crucial components of cult cinema on the level of both particular films and the broader arena of film culture. The references of few celebrated cult classics are Eraserhead, Donnie Darko, The Big Lebowski, Rocky Horror Picture Show, El Topo, The Holy Mountain etc.
MISSION OF T3C PROJECT
The Mission of this project is to discover exceptional art-house cult cinema from all over the world, awarding them the prestigious Cult Classic Medal of Honour & Cult Classic Badge and market them worldwide. The project has been initiated to provide a supportive platform for the exceptionally talented independent cult filmmakers who have taken the risk of making offbeat films and help them to market and distribute their films. Another important aspect of this project is to introduce more people to cult cinema and develop a permanent audience base. We believe that a story driven by a genuine expression can stimulate new thoughts that have the power to promote the fundamental principles of humanism; expand creative frontiers; stimulate new levels of compassion, and even lead to social change. T3C project is a venture dedicated to the discovery and development of new Artists and Audiences.
T3C is a monthly selection program and the call for entry will remain open throughout the year. Submitters may submit their films through FILM FREEWAY or through the Cult Critic website’s submission gateway. A cross-cultural and worldwide judge’s panel (from Asia, Europe and America) will minutely review all submitted films every month and publish a list of selected films at the end of the month and the selected films will be screened fortnightly at a prestigious venue in Kolkata.
This is not an elimination process, so there is no 1st, 2nd or 3rd Award. All the monthly selected films will be treated equally and will receive same benefits as Live screening, Marketing, Promotion and Distribution etc.
As we have mentioned T3C is a selection process so there may be multiple films awarded in a same month or may not be a single film.
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