“The BNFF” – 6 Day Countdown

 “The BNFF” –  6 Day Countdown 
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Dear BNFF Friends, Volunteers, Interns, Filmmakers & Attendees,


We are only 6 days away from the BNFF 8th Annual Kick-Off. Plain and simple – it’s going to be fantastic! 140 Films – 10 Days Long – Special Guests – Great Films – 30 Year Reunion of The Natural (April 25th – 7pm) – Film Finance Forum (April 30th – 7pm) – and much more -
www.thebnff.com or 716-855-3022 – $10 General Admission – $5 for Senior/Students/Veterans – a show you will not want to miss!

 Regards To All,


Bill Cowell, Founder/President

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival






Alliance for Women in Media Foundation & The Loreen Arbus Foundation Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Journalist Scholarship Information & Application


Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2014

Since 2009, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has partnered with The Loreen Arbus Foundation to focus on the needs, achievements, contributions and stories of citizens with disabilities.

We are pleased to announce the 2014 competition’s theme of My Voice, My Time. Students are invited to submit a creative writing piece of 750 to 1,000 words, focusing on the challenges and triumphs that come with living with a disability along with their goals and outlook for the future.  Applicants will also need to submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member as part of the submission process.

This journalist scholarship program consists of one $2,500 scholarship, made payable directly to the winning student’s educational institute.

The winning student must also be able to attend AWMF’s Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 11, 2014 in New York City to receive the scholarship. Female undergraduate and graduate students studying media, journalism, English, communications and related fields are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the scholarship and past recipients visit our websiteDeadline:  Materials must be submitted byMarch 31, 2014 to Amy Lotz at alotz@allwomeninmedia.org. For questions, please email Amy or call: 703-506-3290.

Alliance for Women in Media
Alliance for Women in Media Foundation
1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500
McLean, VA 22102
(P) 703.506.3290 ~ (F): 703.506.3266

LA Harbor International Film Festival


LA Harbor International Film Festival Presents:

On Location Shorts Screening at LA Harbor

We are pleased to announced a specially curated screening of NFMLA’s 2013 On Location shorts program at the LA Harbor International Film Festival! The films will be exhibited at the historic Warner Grand Theatre in Downtown San Pedro. The Warner Grand Theatre is a lavish, art-deco theater opened to the public on January 20, 1931. Jack Warner called it “The Castle of Your Dreams.” Tickets are available here.

When:  SUNDAY March 30th, 2014 at 1:00PM

Where: LA Harbor International Film Festival

Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St. Los Angeles, CA, 90731

Questions? Email: stephaniemardesich@yahoo.com  Or visit: http://www.laharborfilmfest.com 




Texas Filmmakers Showcase Accepting Entries

Presented by the Houston Film Commission, the Texas Filmmakers Showcase is a special screening event consisting of the best of Texas short films and videos (less than 40 minutes in length) shown to studio executives, agents and producers in the Hollywood film community. The filmmakers whose projects are selected to participate will travel to Los Angeles to attend the screening.

The screening is accompanied by a reception where filmmakers and industry professionals meet to discuss filmmaking, financing, distribution and additional industry topics. The first screening of the 2014 Texas Filmmakers Showcase will be held in Los Angeles in June with additional public screenings shown in several Texas during the rest of the year.

Submissions must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2014. Click here for information and submission guidelines.

Meet the Casting Directors

Meet the Casting Directors

When: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Film Independent Office
Address: 9911 W Pico Blvd 11th Fl Los Angeles, CA 90035
Who: Members Only
Cost: Free to Film Independent Members (get tickets)

A great casting director should be one of the first relationships you forge when you set out in pre-production on your feature. The right casting director will add legitimacy to your project, can help you access the best talent for you to assemble a cast that is right for your story and that will appeal to investors.

We’re pleased to present our first panel event featuring some of the top casting directors who specialize in independent film: Nicole Arbusto (C.O.G., Terri), Julia Kim (Starlet, Dawn Patrol), Richard Mento (Warm Bodies, Cedar Rapids), and Emily Schweber (That Evening Sun, Secondhand Lions). Vice President of the Casting Society of America, Matthew Lessall (Rocket Science, Mean Creek) will moderate.

The panel will offer tips on when and how best to approach a casting director; some dos and don’ts to observe; and ways to get around the Catch-22 that faces many indie filmmakers: you can’t get money without a cast and you can’t attach talent without money. They’ll also talk about the growing field of webseries and original internet content.

The event will conclude with a reception to give members a chance to meet and chat with all the panelists.

How to Shoot Action Scenes

How to Shoot Action Scenes
When: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Film Independent Office
Address: 9911 W Pico Blvd 11th Fl Los Angeles, CA 90035
Who: Members Only
Cost: Free to Film Independent Members (get tickets)

People always associate ‘action scenes’ with Hollywood blockbusters, but even the smallest indie dramas may contain fights, falls or car crashes—scenes that need to be choreographed, filmed and edited precisely if they are to feel authentic and convincing.

Film Independent is pleased to welcome action cinematographer Lawrence Ribeiro who will give members an introduction to filming action scenes in indie films. Lawrence will go over some of the tools and tricks of the trade that the indie film maker can utilize. Topics covered will include: who makes up a stunt team and what to look for when hiring one; safety on set; understanding the culture; “Action Design” and how that relates to designing a fight scene or a car sequence; tips for editing a fight scene and how to “cheat” stunts in editing, including the importance of sound design to achieve the desired effect.

Lawrence Ribeiro is an action cinematographer who specializes in combining stunts, culture, movement and aesthetics. Lawrence has shot over 100 action sequences, from car chases and motorcycle stunts to fight sequences, and has been mentored by the top stunt coordinators in the industry – Garrett Warren, Gary Powell and Andy Armstrong. Earlier in his career, Lawrence also trained classically under well-known cinematographer Howard Wexler as well as Lane Leavitt, an innovator in the stunt world.

Validated parking in the building garage after 5:30 pm.

Fix it in Pre: Planning for Post-Production

Fix it in Pre: Planning for Post-Production

When: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Wildfire Post-Production Studios
Address: 640 S San Vicente Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90048
Who: Members Only
Cost: Free to Film Independent Members (get tickets)

They say you should begin with the end in mind, and never was that adage more true than when referring to post-production. Film Independent is pleased to present a crash-course in post-production planning hosted by Wildfire Post.

You’ll learn why it’s imperative to think about delivery before you’ve shot a single frame; how delivery requirements have evolved over the last five years; and how to plan you production workflows so that your post-production experience runs as smoothly as possible. Wildfire will also offer a list of essential must-dos of post-production scheduling and “please-dos” of budgeting.

Street parking is available.

Directors Close-Up 2014

Directors Close-Up 2014

When: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm Feb. 11, Feb. 19, Feb. 27, Mar. 5, Mar. 12
Where: The Landmark Theatre, West Los Angeles
Address: 10850 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064
Who: Open to the Public
(get tickets)

The Film Independent Directors Close-Up offers filmmakers and film lovers a unique opportunity to hear directly from the best indie directors and their collaborators, as they explore specific aspects of their craft. Through five in-depth conversations, participants in the program get to ask questions and experience a rare insight into the creative process as we examine the work of the most prominent directors working today.

New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards Announces 2014 Finalists

New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards™, now in its 57th year of honoring the World’s Best TV & Films™, announced the 2014 Finalists. The GrandJury® members of award-winning industry experts from around the globe selected the Finalists from 36 countries. Award-winners will be presented trophies at the 2014 Television & film Awards Ceremony on April 8th at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas.

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Call for extras on new Cate Blanchett film in Cincinnati

Actress Cate Blanchett attends the premiere of "The Monuments Men" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDTN) – A feature film starring actress Cate Blanchett will be shot in Cincinnati this Spring.

‘Carol’ will star Blanchett and Rooney Mara. It will be directed by Todd Haynes.

The Cincinnati Film Commission just made a call for extras on its web site.

It says 700 people will be cast as extras.

The commission is also calling for various vehicles from the 1950s that will used in the film.

The web site says the film is a love story that follows the relationship of two women in 1950s New York.

Visit the Cincinnati Film Commission online for information on how to apply.

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Nevada County’s first film office is no more

In wanting to avoid the cost of transporting a crew of 55-plus to Vermont where “The Christmas Card” was originally set, Nevada City became the recipient of a $2 million lucky fluke as the film’s producer, Lincoln Lageson, knew our area because his parents were raised here. While he initially sought a local film office, he nevertheless made do without one as the cost savings of filming on the West Coast for the LA-based production company was significant.

However, that was why Lageson has actively participated on the advisory board of the Northeast CA Counties Film Commission (www.FilmNortheastCACounties.com) as it’s usually a nonstarter for a production company to work in a locale without a film office to service specialized needs.

Although a “hidden” arena, there are over 60 film offices statewide, many dating back decades. Every major metro area has its own film office, as do all 50 states, as well as virtually every country around the globe, even small island nations.

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California Film Commission announces the launch of LOCATION CALIFORNIA magazine

As part of its ongoing effort to promote motion picture, television and commercial production across the state, the California Film Commission today announced the launch of LOCATION CALIFORNIA magazine.

The new publication transforms the Commission’s annual statewide film office directory into a content-rich journal highlighting the very best production talent, infrastructure and locations California has to offer.

Distribution of the 2014 edition began earlier this month at the Sundance Film Festival, and will continue at major industry events including the Berlin International Film Festival (February 6-15), AFCI Locations Show (March 27-29), Cannes International Film Festival (May 14-25) and California Locations Conference (June 28). The hard copy magazine is also available by request via the Film Commission’s website (www.film.ca.gov), which includes a digital version of the full publication.

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Council turns down film grant

Parksville council Monday decided against paying the Vancouver Island North Film Commission $5,000 to attract film and new media to the area.Coun. Carrie Powell-Davidson proposed the support, saying, “It’s time to pay to play.” Vancouver Island North Film Commission film commissioner Joan Moore said in a letter to the city that, despite receiving no money from Parksville, the commission continues to include the city in its marketing material and client packages.Powell-Davidson said the film industry is booming again in B.C. and it’s time to reinvest in it.Coun. Al Greir said the city has turned down the film commission before.”It’s another giveaway. We haven’t done the 2014 budget yet,” he said. “I shake my head at council giving away money and not showing restraint.”Coun. Marc Lefebvre asked if giving money to the film commission and appointing a councillor as liaison gives the city influence.

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Fort Lee Film Commission Presents Early African American Talkie

Join the Fort Lee Film Commission and Palisade Interstate Park for a very special Black History Month film program and a rare screening of the first all talking African American movie musical shot right here in Fort Lee.

The program, scheduled for Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Fort Lee Historic Park Museum Theatre off Hudson Terrace and Bruce Reynolds Blvd., features a book reading / signing by Grant Harper Reid whose grandfather co-directed “The Exile” with African-American film pioneer Oscar Micheaux.

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Portland event cancellations and closures

The snow is already causing a nuisance for people all over Portland. What does that mean for all the events taking place this weekend? I’m talking to everybody I can to find out, and will be updating this page regularly over the course of the weekend.

If you’re wondering about an event you don’t see here, let me know in the comments and I’ll try my best to find out.


Polar Plunge: Cancelled

First Thursday: Almost all galleries closing early

Hand2Mouth Theatre: Performances of “Pep Talk” are cancelled.

Theatre Vertigo: “End of Sex” cancelled tonight. Friday show is still scheduled to go on.

CoHo Theater: “Enjoy” cancelled tonight. Friday and Saturday shows still scheduled to go on.

Holocene: Tonight’s show featuring Hosannas and Hustle and Drone is postponed to Sunday.


Lan Su Chinese Gardens: Closed until Saturday morning.

Oregon Zoo: Closed Thursday and Friday. Stay tuned for updates.

OMSI: Closed all weekend. The Empirical Theater will remain open for the Film Festival.


Worst Day of the Year Ride: Challenge route is closed, urban route will remain open for now.

Portland International Film Festival: All events and opening night party still on.

Portland International Auto Show: Open all weekend.

Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show: Open all weekend.

The One Motorcycle Show: No information yet.

Hollywood Theatre: The Philip Cohran show will go on as scheduled.  

Alberta Rose: The Peter Rowan show will go on as scheduled.

Mississippi Studios: The Secret Chiefs 3 and Atomic Ape show will go on as scheduled.

Portland Center Stage: All performances going on as scheduled.

Artists Repertory Theatre: All performances going on as scheduled. 

Portland Baroque Orchestra: All performances going on as scheduled.

Portland Opera: All performances going on as scheduled.

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Greenwich International Film Festival Launches Their First Event, More to Follow

With their first event slated for March 2nd, 2014, and many other events to follow, the Greenwich International Film Festival is picking up a lot of steam. The cosmopolitan community of Greenwich, Connecticut is set to propel itself into becoming one of the next great cities in the world for independent film and art.
The Festival’s greater mission is to harness the power of film to spread awareness about important cultural and social issues while simultaneously acknowledging the power of entertainment and laughter in enhancing people’s lives.

Planning is underway to launch the first annual Greenwich International Film Festival, an event that will highlight and showcase the works of independent filmmakers and artists from around the world. The festival is already gearing up to give everyone a little taste of what to expect from the yearly showcase. The Greenwich International Film Festival will hold its launch event on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014. An Evening with Oscar, sponsored by Moët Hennessy and Serendipity, will take place at the J House in Riverside, CT. This is the first of many events the GIFF will host, leading up to inaugural festival in the summer of 2015.

“We’re strongly committed to making the Greenwich International Film Festival an event for every film enthusiast, artist, and industry professional. An Evening with Oscar is just one of the many events we’re planning to bring cinephiles and industry professionals together in one place,” says Carina Crain, Executive Officer and co-founder of the Festival. “Greenwich is the perfect fit for independent filmmakers, as the area is a global center for professionals looking for a good investment.”

“The Festival’s greater mission is to harness the power of film to spread awareness about important cultural and social issues while simultaneously acknowledging the power of entertainment and laughter in enhancing people’s lives,” says Wendy Stapleton Reyes, GIFF Executive Director.

The ultimate goal of the GIFF is to attract people from all over the world, and help make Greenwich a center for independent film. The Greenwich International Film Festival has been gaining a lot of well-deserved attention throughout the Greenwich community and beyond. The festival features many prominent members of the film and finance community on its Executive Board, including screenwriter Jeb Stuart, critically acclaimed action screenwriter of Die Hard and The Fugitive, George Walker, CEO of Neuberger Berman, and his wife Nancy Dorn Walker, Today Show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees first baseman and beloved Greenwich resident, Emily Wachtel, writer, actress, and producer, and Clay Pecorin, Greenwich native and producer of such movies as The Big Wedding starring Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton. Tickets for An Evening with Oscar are currently on sale now, and can be purchased online.

About Greenwich International Film Festival:

The Greenwich International Film Festival was founded by Carina Crain, Colleen deVeer, and Wendy Stapleton Reyes as a not-for-profit event celebrating the art of visual storytelling. The Festival aims to help filmmakers showcase their work and connect them with film industry professionals. The Festival’s greater mission is to educate and entertain.

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Film Annex Sponsors First International Sporting Event Paid in Bitcoin (BTC) – New York Open Team Judo Championship Sunday, March 2, 2014

The New York Open Team Judo Championship will be a showdown between France, Germany, Japan, Canada, Poland and USA on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the New York Athletic Club. The teams in the Judo tournament include some of the strongest players in the world, featuring World Champions and Olympians.

Match Schedule – Sunday March 2, 2014

Preliminary rounds at 10 am
Semifinals at 2 pm, and
Finals begin at 4 pm.

Prize Money in Bitcoin

The New York Team Judo Open will be the first international sports competition to pay its prize money in Bitcoin, which is a peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency. At the time of this press release, 1 BTC = $850 USD. Each team consists of five athletes in the following weight divisions: 66 kg, 73 kg, 81 kg, 90 kg and over 90 kg. Total prize money of $3,500 (4.12 BTC) and a coveted champion’s plaque is at stake: the winning team will receive the champion’s plaque and $2,000 (2.35 BTC) to proudly bring back to their native country. Second place team will win $1,000 (1.18 BTC) and third place team will win $500 (0.59 BTC).

Film Annex Founder and Fourth Degree Blackbelt Yodan Francesco Rulli stated, “As a premier international sporting event, the New York Open Team Judo Championship is the perfect event to introduce Bitcoin as a payment system for international sporting events. We look forward to our continuing sponsorship and support of Judo and its athletes.”

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Zonta Club Of Santa Clarita To Host Women’s Film Event, Lunafest

Established in 2000, Lunafest brings women together in their communities by highlighting women as leaders in society through nine short films by women filmmakers.

To date 110 filmmakers have been features and nearly $1.9 million has been raised, according to the Lunafest website.

Films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. Trailers of this year’s films can be previewed online, by clicking the blue box at upper right corner.

The event will be hosted by the Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley, an organization of over 60 professional women who have strived to advance the status of women through service, advocacy and awareness since they were founded in 1974.

The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is one of more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs part of Zonta International, an organization with more than 30,000 members. Zonta International has consultative status with the United Nations and is the means by which we participate in service projects around the world.

All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and Zonta Club’s local and global programs to improve the lives of women. Thus far, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by LUNA, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, raised over $556,000 for Breast Cancer Fund and over $1,000,000 for other women’s non-profit organizations.

The event will take place at the Canyon Theatre Guild in Downtown Newhall at 7 p.m. General admission is $40 and includes admission to screening, pre-screening lobby reception, food, a glass of wine and a swag bag and are available to purchase here.

Film Events

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” The movie follows Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark as they become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games, sparking rebellion in the Districts of Panem. Showings are Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. University of Idaho, Student Union Building Ballroom, Borah Theater, 709 Deakin Ave., Moscow. Free. (208) 885-7251.

“The Greatest Game Ever Played” In the 1913 U.S. Open, 20-year-old Francis Ouimet played against his idol, 1900 U.S. Open champion, Englishman Harry Vardon, rated PG. This movie night fundraiser includes a raffle package from Spokane Chiefs Hockey. Birthday shout-outs in the pre-movie slideshow are available for $10. Tickets will be available starting one week prior to the movie at the theater ticket office. All proceeds fund The First Tee programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Sunday, Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. $5/adults; $3/age 17 and younger. (509) 850-5346.

Totally Tubular Tuesday $1 movies at the Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. Tuesday: “The Muppet Movie”; Feb. 18: “Clerks”; Feb. 25: “Labyrinth.” Showings start at 7 p.m. (509) 327-1050.

“Fierce Green Fire” Free screening of the documentary exploring the environmental movement. The film has won numerous awards at film festivals across the country and features narration by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende. From conservation to climate change, the film chronicles individuals and groups who risked everything for their cause and succeeded against enormous odds. Directed by Mark Kitchell, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his previous film, “Berkeley in the Sixties.” Hosted by the Idaho Conservation League. For more information, visit www.idahoconservation.org. Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 265-9565.

“Mean Girls” Tina Fey’s hilarious debut screenplay starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amy Poehler and Amanda Seyfried. Rated PG-13. Sponsored by The Inlander. Thursday, 8 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $4.

FLIC Features Award-Winning Filmmakers

The Montana Film Office is glad to  announce that the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) is going full steam towards its January 24 opening.

Nestled along the beautiful shores of Flathead Lake, FLIC is entering its second year of screening films from around the world. Entries came from across the globe to be screening for audiences in the valley.

Films will screen all day Saturday and Sunday, with an after party taking place for the public to mingle with the featured filmmakers on Saturday night. Opening night will feature Polson filmmaker Brooke Pepion Swaney and her film “Okay Breath Auralee” [...]

Crimson Winter Debuts in Helena

Montana Film “Crimson Winter” premieres this weekend at the Myrna Loy Center. The film will run Red Lodge, Bozeman, and Missoula. See the screening schedule.

A collaboration between Montana filmmakers, Isaac Marble and Bryan Ferriter, “Crimson Winter” is a dramatic thriller shot in Montana and starring Montana talent.

Beginning in 2011 the film was entirely funded, cast, and shot through Ferriter and Marble’s efforts. Raising over $350,000 and hiring both in-state and Los Angeles-based actors, the crew shot through grueling temperatures, having the cast perform their own stunts, and horseback riding (which proved to be eventful). In the end they created, in the words of Deny Staggs, the Montana Film Commissioner, a “phenomenal” film.


Nominate your favorite local artist for two annual awards

Nominations are being accepted until March 12 for candidates for the Farmington Area 2014 Artist-in-Residence and Distinguished Service to the Arts Awards.

Each year the Farmington Area Arts Commission proudly presents the two awards in celebration of the positive spirit of the arts and the talent in the community.

Last year’s awardees were aviation artist Robert Aikens (Artist-in-Residence) and The Farmington Art Foundation (Distinguished Service to the Arts).

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DK Publishing and WWE(R) Announce Global Partnership

DK Publishing and WWE announced today that they have entered into a multi-year global agreement to publish and market titles based on WWE events and WWE Superstars.

The agreement will include up to 18 DK releases over three years, including the two upcoming commemorative books WWE 50: Celebrating 50 Years of Sports Entertainment, which chronicles the company’s 50 year history and 30 Years of WrestleMania, the ultimate guide to WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza. DK will also publish a new line of children’s books focusing on the careers of John Cena(R) , Dwayne “The Rock(R) ” Johnson and other top WWE Superstars, as well as sticker books, autobiographies and various historical guides.


A reel boost as Glasgow Film Festival hosts 60 premieres

The UK premiere of acclaimed director Wes Anderson’s new movie The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of 60 first screenings that cinema-goers can look forward to at the 10th Glasgow Film Festival.

Next month’s event also boasts the Scottish premiere of Under The Skin, which was filmed in the city and stars Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson as an alien who seduces male hitchhikers.

Other events on the programme, which runs from February 20 to March 2, include film screenings in unusual locations around Glasgow.

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Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest Begins Thursday

Film enthusiasts from across the Ozarks and beyond will gather in Eureka Springs this weekend for the first-ever Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest at the City Auditorium.

The event celebrating the art of independent filmmaking will feature a series of “Made in Arkansas” films and shorts, special guest speakers and workshops.

Festival organizer Teresa DeVito…

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San Diego Comic-Con International

San Diego Comic-Con International: No more four-day badges for 2014

Comic-Con International is making some changes in its registration and ticketing process for its 2014 San Diego expo, including eliminating the extremely popular four-day badges.

Only single-day badges will be sold for this year’s convention, which runs July 24-27 at San Diego’s waterfront convention center.

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Better Sound on Any Budget Professional Advice for Independent Filmmakers

Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

Baltimore, MD

Ever wanted to improve the sound on your film or commercial but didn’t have the budget to use a studio? Join us for an evening of tips and tricks from Studio Unknown’s founder, audio post director and re-recording mixer, Kevin Hill, and sound designer and foley artist, Matt Davies.

Following the workshop, Jack Gerbes, Director of the Maryland Film Office, sits down with filmmaker Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) for a brief interview.

Finally, Jack will lead an open Q&A with a panel consisting of Ed, Kevin, Matt, filmmaker Erik Kristopher Myers (Roullette) and unit production manager Stacie Jones Gentzler.

Come meet some new people in the Mid-Atlantic film community, learn some techniques for better film sound and interact with two great directors.  It’s going to be a fun night!

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Euro Fest

Euro FestWhen: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Film Independent Office
Address: 9911 W Pico Blvd 11th Fl Los Angeles, CA 90035
Who: Members +1
Cost: Free for Film Independent Members (get tickets)

Film Independent is pleased to present our popular orientation on the spring European festivals and markets. The first six months of the year feature some of the most important festivals of the entire circuit, including Rotterdam, Cinemart, Berlin, and Cannes. These events can be important sources for pre-sales, financing, and distribution for the American indie.

Hear from our panel of experts who will explain how American indie filmmakers can make the most of all these festivals have to offer. Panelists include festival expert Peter Belsito (Sydney’s Buzz), filmmaker Katherine Fairfax Wright (Call Me Kuchu, Imperial Dreams) and Film Independent’s Associate Director of Programming Doug Jones.

Of course, you can still attend even if you’re not planning to visit these festivals/markets.

Validated parking in the building garage after 5:30 pm.

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Spirit Awards Nominees Are Announced

Award Season Fever is about to reach epidemic proportions thanks to this morning’s announcement of the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominees. We are excited to reveal that the Best Feature nominees are: 12 Years a Slave, All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska.  (See the full list of nominees in all categories below.)

We’re especially thrilled this year that seven of the nominees are Film Independent Members: Neal Dodson (Producer, All Is Lost); Rose Troche (Producer, Concussion); Troche is also a Film Independent Fellow (Fast Track 2011); Michael H. Weber (Screenwriter, The Spectacular Now); Jill Soloway (Writer/Director, Afternoon Delight); Morgan Neville (Director, 20 Feet From Stardom); Julie Goldman (Producer, Gideon’s Army); and Aaron Douglas Johnston (Director, My Sister’s Quinceañera).

Now comes the fun part: the big vote—don’t forget: only Film Independent Members vote; join by December 6 to cast your vote— and, of course, the big show on March 1.


Best Feature
12 Years a Slave, All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska

Best Director
Shane Carruth, Upstream Color; J.C. Chandor; All Is Lost; Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave; Jeff Nichols, Mud; Alexander Payne, Nebraska

Best Screenplay
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine; Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater Before Midnight; Nicole Holofcener Enough Said; Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now; John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

Best First Feature
Blue Caprice, Director/Producer: Alexandre Moors; Producers: Kim Jackson, Brian O’Carroll, Isen Robbins, Will Rowbotham, Ron Simons, Aimee Schoof, Stephen Tedeschi; Concussion, Director: Stacie Passon, Producer: Rose Troche; Fruitvale Station, Director: Ryan Coogler; Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker; Una Noche, Director/Producer: Lucy Mulloy, Producers: Sandy Pérez Aguila, Maite Artieda, Daniel Mulloy, Yunior Santiago; Wadjda, Director: Haifaa Al Mansour, Producers: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

Best First Screenplay
Lake Bell, In A World; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon; Bob Nelson, Nebraska; Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight; Michael Starrbury, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

John Cassavetes Award (best feature made for under $500,000)
Computer Chess, Writer/Director: Andrew Bujalski, Producers: Houston King & Alex Lipschultz; Crystal Fairy, Writer/Director: Sebastiàn Silva, Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín & Pablo Larraín; Museum Hours, Writer/Director: Jem Cohen, Producers: Paolo Calamita & Gabriele Kranzelbinder; Pit Stop, Writer/Director: Yen Tan, Writer: David Lowery, Producers: Jonathan Duffy, James M. Johnston, Eric Steele, Kelly Williams; This is Martin Bonner, Writer/Director: Chad Hartigan, Producer: Cherie Saulter

Best Female Lead
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Julie Delpy, Before Midnight; Gaby Hoffmann, Crystal Fairy; Brie Larson, Short Term 12; Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

Best Male Lead
Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave; Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis; Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station; Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club; Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Supporting Female
Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale Station; Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine; Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave; Yolonda Ross, Go For Sisters; June Squibb, Nebraska 

Best Supporting Male
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave; Will Forte, Nebraska; James Gandolfini, Enough Said; Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club; Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12

Best Cinematography
Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave; Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers; Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis; Frank G. DeMarco, All Is Lost; Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess

Best Editing
Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color; Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours; Jennifer Lame, Frances Ha; Cindy Lee, Una Noche; Nat Sanders, Short Term 12

Best Documentary
20 Feet From Stardom, Director/Producer: Morgan Neville, Producers: Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers; After Tiller, Directors/Producers: Martha Shane & Lana Wilson; Gideon’s Army, Director/Producer: Dawn Porter, Producer: Julie Goldman; The Act of Killing, Director/Producer: Joshua Oppenheimer, Producers: Joram Ten Brink, Christine Cynn, Anne Köhncke, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Michael Uwemedimo, The Square, Director: Jehane Noujaim, Producer: Karim Amer

Best International Film
A Touch of Sin, (China), Director: Jia Zhang-Ke; Blue is the Warmest Color, (France), Director: Abdellatif Kechiche; Gloria, (Chile), Director: Sebastián Lelio; The Great Beauty, (Italy), Director: Paolo Sorrentino; The Hunt, (Denmark), Director: Thomas Vinterberg

17th Annual Piaget Producers Award
Toby Halbrooks & James M. Johnston, Jacob Jaffke, Andrea Roa, Frederick Thornton

20th Annual Someone To Watch Award
My Sister’s Quinceañera, Director: Aaron Douglas Johnston; Newlyweeds, Director: Shaka King; The Foxy Merkins, Director: Madeline Olnek

19th Annual Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award
Kalyanee Mam, A River Changes Course; Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn; Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez, Manakamana

Robert Altman Award
Mud, Director: Jeff Nichols, Casting Director: Francine Maisler, Ensemble Cast:  Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant, Reese Witherspoon

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14th Annual CAPE New Writers Fellowship is now officially open for submissions!

Attention writers! Do you have material, but need some guidance on how to successfully pitch your project? CAPE New Writers Fellowship is the perfect program for you.

  • 2 submission categories: Film and Television*
  • Up to 10 fellows will be selected
  • Fellows will receive:
    • $1,000 stipend per Writer or Writing Team
    • Intensive 11-session curriculum with industry professionals in Los Angeles from March to April (all finalists must be attend all classes and lab sessions)
    • Exclusive opportunities to meet with successful entertainment agents, managers, producers, and executives

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HollyShorts Monthly Screening LA January 30th @ TCL Chinese Theatre

HollyshortsHollyShorts Monthly Screening series is an annual monthly short film showcase highlighting various films from all genres, 30 minutes or less. Now 6 years running and 7-8 screenings a year around the HollyShorts Film Festival in August. In Los Angeles, the screenings will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

6:00pm in PS

Films: 6pm
Feature 7E
Asians On Film Festival

Couch & Potatoes (Directors Christopher Lam & Eunsoo Jeong)
A Little Lost (Director Anupam Lahiri)
Waking Up (Director Yuta Okamura)
Real Talk (Director Patrick Ng)
Dumpling (Director Wesley Du)
Reunion (Director Jason Z. Wong)
Sudden: Butterfly and the Dragon (Director James Boss)

HELLS KITTY Episode 11

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2nd Annual Georgia Entertainment Gala

On Saturday, January 11, 2014 the state of Georgia will once again be united for the Second Annual Georgia Entertainment Gala – a night of immaculate elegance showcasing the immense talent that Georgia has to offer in the entertainment industry. This Black Tie Evening includes an awards ceremony created to honor the excellence of Georgia’s film, television and music industry professionals, Live Entertainment, and tantalizing complimentary Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres, and more. While this night is designed to pique all of your senses, it also is developed to advance an excellent cause.

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Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver International Film Festival is September 25 – October 10, 2014

As one of the largest film festivals in North America, VIFF brings Vancouver audiences some of the best films from around the globe. The 32nd annual Vancouver International Film Festival, September 26 – October 11, 2013 presented 515 public screenings of 341 films from more than 75 countries. For more information on the scope of the 2013 Festival, please see our 2013 fact sheet.

Be sure to sign-up for the VIFF newsletter or join us on Facebook and Twitter so you can stay in tune with Festival news and the year-round programming at the Vancity Theatre.



SXSW Music Film Interactive

Today marks the third registration deadline for SXSW 2014. Register by 11:59pm CST and join in on all the good times SXSW has to offer.

This week we’ve had a flood of exciting announcements, including this year’s Interactive Saturday Keynote, legendary astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. He’s also bringing the re-launch of COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey to SXSW Film. Both events are sure to inspire.

Speaking of SXSW Film, they made headlines with the news that Jon Favreau’s new movie Chef will be their Opening Night Film. Also showing at the festival: the world premieres of Veronica Mars, Break Point and Leave the World Behind.

The SXSW Music Conference told us about the Featured Interview with Sean “Diddy” Combs while the Festival added another 700 artists to their impressive roster including Melissa Etheridge, Action Bronson, and HyunA.

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Year-End: UK Tax Breaks Too Much Of A Good Thing? Tasty Danish Offerings; French Film Biz Blues; Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain

The UK emerged in 2013 as an increasingly attractive location destination with new and expanded tax credits – but can it stand the bulge? Hollywood has cozied up to Britain, not only bringing its films there to shoot, but now its TV programs while it also continues to plumb it as a source of original drama to be remade in the U.S. Across the Channel, after a wake-up call in the waning days of 2012 by France‘s influential Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch, the local industry spent 2013 debating its rich subsidy system that’s spent big (too big?) on talent. Germany‘s local share of the box office is expected to be down for 2013, only slightly, but it’s been fertile ground for the studios working in local language. Meanwhile, Olympics host Russia is seeing its star rise while Italy and Spain are still undergoing financial woes. And yet, nothing seems rotten in the state of Denmark where the box office is top heavy with local films and a new drama series could be the Danes’ answer to Downton Abbey. Here’s a look back at 2013 and some glimpses of what 2014 may hold…


Attention, Filmmakers: Here’s the Distribution Advice You Need to Read

Thom Powers is the documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival; and artistic director for the Montclair Film Festival, DOC NYC festival, and Stranger Than Fiction screening series at IFC Center. He also programs for the Miami International Film Festival and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.

Over at the Stranger Than Fiction web site, Powers writes about how filmmakers can make better deals for themselves in all distribution channels:  theatrical, television, digital and international. He also gets input from filmmakers, publicists and sales agents on topics such as digital rights, educational rights and deal terms. Though his focus on documentary film, his advice works for all independent filmmakers. Read his full article here.

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Grand Rapids Film Festival calls for submissions

Local filmmakers, the clock is ticking to submit your movies to the 5th annual Grand Rapids Film Festival.

The regular submission deadline has passed, but late films can still be submitted to the city’s largest film festival until Jan. 15.

The Grand Rapids Film Festival, founded in 2009, is set to run from April 9-13 at to-be-named venues downtown.

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A Film Festival’s Greatest Quick Hits

‘2013 Sundance Film Festival Short Films’ at IFC Center

A diverse sampler, “2013 Sundance Film Festival Short Films” bundles together prizewinners and other notables from the most recent edition of the festival in Park City, Utah. As with many collections of shorts, there’s a slight danger of whiplash (to borrow the title of one selection) when each filmmaker introduces a look, sets a mood, sketches a story. Over the course of the eight-film selection, you might see a foulmouthed teacher berating a nervous drummer, photographs of working-class villagers by the sea in 1980s northern England, a dead man rising and pieces of furniture roaming the countryside in Ireland.

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Cucalorus Event Explores Film Incentives

The future of the state’s film tax incentives was the main topic of discussion Thursday during a talk about the industry.

“State of the Slate: The Future of Film in North Carolina,” part of the Cucalorus Film Festival, took place at Thalian Hall.