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Dan Savage Launches New Marijuana Film Festival For 4/20

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Columnist and podcaster Dan Savage already created a film festival focused on sex. Now he’s rolling out an entirely new series of events focused on short movies about marijuana.

As part of the the SPLIFF Film Festival, simultaneous celebrations of cannabis cinematography will take place over 4/20 weekend next year in Denver, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland — all in states where marijuana is legal.

“The SPLIFF Film Festival is where filmmakers, artists, animators, and stoners share original film shorts exploring stoner themes,” the fest’s website says. “From serious takes on pot culture to stoner comedy to mind-blowing weirdness—they all have a home at SPLIFF. Creative types of all stripes entertain, challenge, and amaze SPLIFF audiences with short films that examine and/or celebrate recreational marijuana use and its liberating effects on our imaginations, appetites, libidos, and creative energies.”

“At SPLIFF, you’ll see films that will make you laugh, films that will make you think, and films that will make you ask, “What the fuck was that?!” SPLIFF is a film festival by stoners, for stoners.”

Tickets go on sale this fall.

“Artists, filmmakers, and other creators are invited to make and submit short films—4:20 maximum length—for the first annual SPLIFF,” the site says. “We’re seeking films that explore the meaning, pleasures, and culture of recreational marijuana use. Trippy films, comedic shorts, quickie documentaries, parodies of anti-pot educational films (think Reefer Madness ridiculousness or D.A.R.E. scare tactics), mind fucks, pot-influenced journeys, films about pot as a pleasure and pot as a medicine—all these have a home at SPLIFF.”

AVN first noted the festival’s announcement, pegged to this year’s 4/20.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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