Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Organizers High On Marijuana Film Festival

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Put this in your pipe and smoke it: The first annual World Marijuana Film Festival is set for late May, and organizers are trying to cultivate interest in it.

The festival takes place May 28-June 3 in Ibiza, Spain, and it will focus on four categories of pot films: features, documentaries, short subjects, and cultivation.

The organizer, High Times editor Steven Hager, says there’s a need for a cannabis-oriented film festival, especially for how-to-grow videos, but sadly, “it’s not taken seriously.”

He expects at least 12 films will compete for the coveted “Golden Leaf” award, including AKA Tommy Chong, a documentary about the comedian’s arrest and incarceration for selling a bong.

Films will be accepted for consideration until May 1, and Hager expects the film festival to be a huge hit and credits that, in part, to its location.

As he puts it, “Spain has completely decriminalized marijuana so people will be able to partake while watching the films.”

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