Introducing our 4th guest judge: Majira Strawberry
So far we’ve managed to strike a good balance of both furry and industry judges. The goal has been to ensure that our talented filmmakers don’t just get recognized within the fandom, but also in the film, video and digital entertainment realms. We want to help open career doors for our entrants and finalists. One of the hardest things for creatives in the furry community is getting enough opportunity to have their hard work recognized outside of the fandom, to where it can offer greater opportunities for ongoing work. One reason is lack of access to people of influence. Another reason is fear of persecution. Many furs within our community are afraid that the more public exposure the fandom gets, the more negativity it will bring. This is a very valid concern, as the public has typically been less than favorable towards our community. Does this mean that the furry community will become mainstream? Not necessarily… but it does help enable furs within our community gain mainstream opportunities for their talent by putting them within reach of folks of influence, not only within our fandom but in the relevant creative industries.
The film and video industry is a massively mixed bag of talents from many different backgrounds. A melting pot if you will. Hollywood itself is no stranger to the eccentric, and well-known for its embrace of the extraordinary. If some of the most prominent figures can look beyond the stigma and support the raw talent that this community has to offer, then I think the future is bright and we’re all in very good hands. Two of our judges so far who are not members of the fandom (Freddie Wong and Jesse Cox) have not only expressed a genuine interest in helping our filmmakers by joining our judging panel, but they are genuinely excited about seeing what our talented filmmakers come up with! Every judge is volunteering their time, and we are extremely grateful for that!
However, we also appreciate that sometimes to truly understand the perils, the triumphs, and appreciate the narratives prevalent in our fandom you need representatives and judges who are right there in the thick of it! So it is without further adieu that we would love to introduce you to our next special guest judge who will not only provide some valuable links to our furry community but has some impressive film and video clout of his own…
Our fourth special guest judge is Majira Strawberry!
Majira Strawberry is a popular YouTuber and online personality in our fandom, and a talented producer and filmmaker in his own right. Boasting over 18 million total views on his YouTube content, and a strong social media following, he is an active and motivated furry whos content has not only reached a huge number of furs within our community but also represented many of the core themes of our fandom through his creativity.
But let’s let the amazing foxy filmmaker speak for himself!
Hi, Everyone! My name is Majira Strawberry, and I am an independent filmmaker. I am honored to be a judge alongside such amazing and talented individuals. My passion for film first started when I was a child; I would film short videos with my neighbors. I joined the furry fandom at the age of 16 and thus Majira Strawberry a red fox with green accents was born. A few years later, during my freshman year of college, I started to film my first ever weekly vlogs. Along with filming my weekly vlogs, I also studied Film and Geography at Kent State University. I ended up Graduating from college in just three years with my Bachelor’s degree and have since dedicated my life to my YouTube channel.
In April 2017 I decided to quit the day job and to pursue YouTube full time. For me, that meant specifically Furry YouTube, and since taking this giant step so much has changed. I have been given the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and amazing people in the form of video collaborations, and I won an Andy Award for Best Technique at the Anthronational Film Festival during Anthro Northwest (2018). I have also gotten the amazing opportunity to travel the world as a Special Guest and Guest of Honor at various conventions worldwide, and my channel now has over 225,000 Subscribers and over 20,000,000 Views! That’s insane, and it’s all thanks to my amazing Strawberries, friends, and family that I am able to pursue this to such a degree. I’m looking forward to seeing all the awesome movies the amazing and talented filmmakers of the furry fandom come up with this year. :3
Majira joins Jib Kodi, Freddie Wong, and Jesse Cox as our fourth (of six) special guest judges for the Furry Film Festival. Remember, entrants have until September 25th to submit a film! To see a full list of rules and requirements, please visit our FAQ Page.
Collaborate with other furs and produce something fantastic!
We encourage all our filmmakers and creatives within this fandom to tell some truly amazing narrative stories. But we also understand it’s a big undertaking to produce a film (even a short one)! Keep in mind that you don’t need to do this alone! Maybe you have a specific skill set you would like to offer an existing filmmaking team. Or, perhaps you already have a team and want to recruit more talented creatives? There’s a telegram group for the Furry Film Festival where you can chat with others about the festival and seek out other filmmakers! Join up, meet others and get creative!Join the F3 Telegram Group
Remember, releasing episodically throughout the festival submission period is the official F3 short film series. Watch Episode 1: Provenance…
‘The Fandom’ documentary is almost funded!
Speaking of great filmmaking, we wanted to let people know that the amazing documentary about our fandom is almost fully funded on Kickstarter, but needs your help to push it over the line. No doubt you’ve already seen the season 1 series on YouTube, but if you want the fully-fledged real-deal, please consider pledging to their Kickstarter!
To read more about ‘The Fandom’, visit our spotlight page, and also check out their Kickstarter page below…