Aug 252011

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‘Tomoko’s Kitchen’ screens at the third annual HollyShorts Film Festival

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 8, 2007

Award-winning director Shawna Baca screens her latest 35mm short film Tomoko’s Kitchen at this year’s annual HollyShorts film festival in Los Angeles, CA. Tomoko’s Kitchen, a dramedy starring Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), David Lander (Laverne & Shirley), and newcomer Tomo Kawaguchi, is about the daily hustle and bustle of life screeching to a halt when an apartment building’s security doors malfunction and a group of disparate residents discover how oven-fresh cinnamon rolls can change destinies.

Tomoko’s Kitchen premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival-Short Film Corner and won the Audience Choice Award from the 2007 Emerging Filmmakers Short Film Festival.

HollyShorts Film Festival will be held at the Cinespace Digital Superclub and will be hosted by LATV network VJ Viviana Vigil. Screenings begin at noon and there will be an After Party from 8pm-12am hosted by renowned hip hop DJ Biz Markie.

Tickets are available through HollyShorts at For specific screening times please visit

Sunday, August 12, 2007

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Cinespace Digital Superclub

6356 Hollywood Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90028

Lunch reservations recommended (323.817.FILM)



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Jul 122011

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SAE Sponsors Best Digital Short Award at 14th Annual Raindance Film Festival

London, UK (PRWEB) September 15, 2006

The Raindance Film Festival is in its 14th year and again proves to be an exciting industry event with 80 of the best independent feature films and 150 short films. The festival will also be host to a Q & A with film producers and actors, industry panel seminars, Stanley Kubrick screenings and networking opportunities. The Jury for this year’s event includes Lou Reed, Dame Judi Dench, Marky Ramone and Kevin Macdonald to name a few.

SAE, as part of its commitment to the digital film industry has joined the Raindance Film Festival to recognise those filmmakers who are using digital media to produce short films. “We feel that digital film making is the future of this industry and therefore would like to recognise those who are embracing the technology and using it creatively in their films,” comments SAE London Manager Matthias Postel.    

SAE offers courses in Digital Film Making at two of its UK campuses and elsewhere around the world. The courses are based on the latest technology in digital film such as green screens, HD cameras, Editing and Compositing software and visual effects lighting technology. SAE offers both a diploma and a degree course with degree programmes validated by Middlesex University.    

For more information on the Raindance Film Festival please visit

For additional information about SAE visit


Angi Kuzma

Marketing Manager

SAE Institute London

United House

North Road


N7 9DP

Phone: 0207 609 2653

Fax: 0207 609 6944


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Jul 042011

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Call for Entries: Second Annual Summer Shorts 2006 Film and Video Competition Open to All Film and Video Makers

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 28, 2006 ( announces its 2nd Annual Summer Shorts 2006 contest, which is open to all film and video makers around the world. The short film and video competition welcomes all genres and multiple submissions.

The purpose of the short film contest is to provide filmmakers the opportunity to gain more visibility in the industry and gain future opportunities for career advancement, as eligible works will be showcased online, viewed by industry professionals and shown at future film screenings and tradeshows.

“The contest is free to enter. We have wonderful prizes. The winners will be featured in our magazine, which is distributed to studios, cinematographers, and professionals working in the industry,” says Kim E. Welch, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of StudentFilmmakers magazine. “Directors and producers visit our website and our booth at tradeshows looking for new talent. This is an opportunity to connect with them and show your work.”

The rules allow for films to be within 5 minutes and 85 megabytes in digital movie file size, and submitted via URL, FTP, CD, or miniDV tape. Additionally, only QuickTime movie file format is accepted. Summer Shorts 2006 participants must visit the contest’s website for additional rules and guidelines to enter,, and films must be submitted by September 30, 2006, 5:00 PM EST.

The finalist will be announced at the website on October 15, 2006. The winners will be announced on November 20, 2006.

The Summer Shorts 2006 contest is organized by and sponsored by Princeton Server Group, FujiFilm, The New School, Lowel, JVC, Abel Cine Tech, Sony, and Final Draft.

All eligible films will be showcased at, and viewers can review and rate films online. Finalists and winners will be selected by the StudentFilmmakers committee and a panel of film industry experts. The top ten eligible films will advance to the final judging. The final winners will be determined based on entertainment value, creativity and production value.


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Jun 262011

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NWProjections Sixth Annual Bellingham Film Festival

Bellingham, WA (PRWEB) November 4, 2005

NWProjections Sixth Annual Film Festival, highlighting local filmmakers from Whatcom, Skagit, and Island Counties, will be held in downtown Bellingham Nov. 10 – 13. The films’ subjects range from a documentary film, “El Pueblo Unido,” featuring the plight of the Skagit Valley farmworker; an experimental film, “The Vanishing Loggers,” focusing on Northwest logging families; to an animated film, “Skeeters,” tracing the comic adventures of two Pacific Northwest mosquitoes.

Opening night’s gala event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Bellingham’s Nightlight Lounge, featuring a multi-screen showing of trailers and excerpts from the festival’s 30 featured films as well as sneak previews of area films still in production.

Film screenings also will be held at The Pickford Cinema, Pickford Dreamspace, and the Wild Buffalo, all located in downtown Bellingham. This year’s official film selections showcase the best films in the categories of narrative features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and experimental films.

X-Files Director and Producer R.W. Goodwin will speak at Saturday’s filmmakers’ convention; Sunday afternoon showcases the festival’s popular “Guerrilla Film Festival,” featuring several short films made by Washington state high school students during a 48-hour film production marathon; Awards night, the film festival’s final event, honors the best film in each of the film categories with the “Golden Hamster” award.    

The cost of attending the weekend’s festivities, Thursday through Sunday, is $ 20 for Whatcom Film Association members and $ 25 for non-members. Passes can be purchased at the Pickford Cinema, Village Books, and the Community Food Co-op — all located in Bellingham. Passes also can be purchased on line at

NWProjections Film Festival is a program of Whatcom Film Association, a nonprofit group. For a schedule of events, photos, descriptions of 2005 official selections, filmmakers and more, go to


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Apr 112011

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“Fortunate Son” Wins $ 10,000 Grand Prize In First Annual Haydenfilms Online Film Festival

Kutztown, Pa. (PRWEB) January 20, 2006

“Fortunate Son,” a touching short film about a Vietnam War veteran directed by Quinn Saunders and starring Joe Spano, won the $ 10,000 grand prize in the First Annual Haydenfilms Online Film Festival.

The award was presented January 12, 2006 at a special ceremony at the legendary Director’s Guild of America (DGA) Theater in New York City.

Competing against the winner were “I Killed Zoe Day,” written and directed by Powell Weaver; “Life or Breath,” written and directed by Steve Desmond; and “SmartCard,” directed by James Oxford. The runners-up received prize packages from the festival’s sponsors, WriteBrothers, gettyimages® and Akimbo. Other sponsors of the festival and the awards ceremony included Withoutabox, Zyr, Sposto Interactive, CMP Books, Station Avenue Productions and Chanterelle’s Catering.

A native of Mt. Holly, N.J., Saunders graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University and was accepted into the University of Southern California’s Film Production Program in the spring of 2000. He was awarded an MFA in August 2003 and later worked with leading director Robert Zemeckis. “Fortunate Son” is a result of that mentoring.

“‘Fortunate Son’ is an incredibly moving film and we are honored to have drawn that caliber of production to our first festival. The same is true for the three other finalists for our grand prize, as well as all of the films that we received. Haydenfilms is looking forward to Season Two of our festival that will begin on August 30, 2006,” said Hayden Craddolph, president and founder of Haydenfilms.

The Haydenfilms Online Film Festival is among the first fully online festivals and began in October 2004 as a way for independent filmmakers to showcase their works on the Internet. Thirty-six films were selected as finalists in Season One of the festival that ran from August 30 to October 30, 2005. The top four films are being shown on through the end of August, 2006.

Finalists for Season One of the Haydenfilms Online Film Festival submitted short films of 35 minutes or less that were reviewed by a unique, professional judging panel of eight national media professors and film industry experts. Each judge viewed and voted on the films and the top 36 were made available for online member voting. Entries included student submissions, animated works and documentaries. The Haydenfilms Online Film Festival was the first to accept all short films regardless of genre and the first to offer a $ 10,000 grand prize.

Haydenfilms LLC, founded in 2001, is an independent film production and distribution company based in Kutztown, Pa. Its mission is to create and foster an online network of independent and student film producers and to provide the support and resources necessary for filmmakers to succeed. The Haydenfilms website provides industry news, job and resume posting, message boards and shopping for filmmaking software and equipment.

For more details on the Second Annual Haydenfilms Online Film Festival, as well as other Haydenfilms programs and events, visit

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Apr 072011

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Independent Black Film Festival (IBFF) Announces 2nd Annual Film Festival

(PRWEB) November 17, 2004

Few artistic mediums have the power to reach across cultures, languages, and time itself to influence millions of people in the visual language of their daily lives. Film has such power. The Independent Black Film Festival has partnered with the Dallas Austin Foundation, a non-profit, to award and showcase independent features, documentaries and short films at our juried four (4)day Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia March 3-6, 2005.

Merging urban film, 3D animation, broadband and game technologies, the Independent Black Film Festival will celebrate the achievement of people of color in the arts & entertainment community while encouraging and empowering upcoming artists, through a showcase of diverse and provocative seminars, conferences, panels & screenings.

Created by Asante Addae, the Independent Black Film Festival expands the borders of the typical film festival by exploring the technological advances occurring within the film, music and gaming industry.

In addition to the usual foray of feature films and shorts offered at most festivals, IBFF will showcase computer animation, film scoring techniques and screenwriting workshops in tribute to the emerging opportunities for independent filmmaking and writing.

Professional training courses in the industryÂ’s leading specialized software, SOFTIMAGE®, will also be offered in response to the accelerating demand for trained animators and pc gamers additionally PRO TOOLS® will teach a course in Audio Engineering.


• Documentary Jury & Audience Award

• Shorts Jury & Audience Award

• Animated Short Audience Award

• Best Film Score

• Best Screenplay

• Best Music Video     

For more information



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Mar 302011

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Vision Forum to Host the First Annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival and $ 10,000 Jubilee Awards

SAN ANTONIO, TX (PRWEB) April 22, 2004 -

— The Vision Forum, Inc.® is pleased to announce the first annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival and Jubilee Awards. The event will host independent Christian film shorts produced by a new generation of enterprising and creative Christian filmmakers, including home educators, film students of all ages, and independent professionals. The festival will feature film screenings, exciting cultural events, special classes, and workshops with talented directors and filmographers.

“America is discontent with Hollywood’s negative monopoly stranglehold on film and culture,” said Doug Phillips, president of the Vision Forum. “The intense hatred by Hollywood elites for Christianity and the value system which it embodies has created a rift in American culture, and profoundly damaged the American family. We intend to respond, not by cursing the darkness, but by lighting a candle.”

“We seek to motivate the next generation of filmmakers to raise a presuppositionally Christ-honoring standard, and to develop alternative vehicles outside the Hollywood machine for producing and distributing films which will build, bless, and benefit the American family.”

“We believe the Hollywood monopoly is about to be broken,” Phillips said. “Thanks to the development of inexpensive and readily accessible technologies, the success of new channels for distributing films, and the rise of a new generation of entrepreneurial and creative Christian filmmakers, there never has been a better time for Christians to influence their culture for Christ.”

“By providing a platform for Christians to present their art, and by offering appropriate recognition for excellence in Christian film production, we hope to encourage this movement for the glory of God.”

Amateur and professional filmmakers from around the nation have a rare opportunity to present their distinctively Christian films, to have them critiqued, and be rewarded for their hard work. The event will take place in San Antonio, Texas, November 11-13 at the newly expanded 1.3 million square foot Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The Jubilee Awards for Christian film shorts will be presented to the best narrative, best documentary, best political, and best creation film. The $ 10,000 Jubilee Award grand prize goes to the best film of the festival. A best film trailer and an audience award will also be presented.

For more information on the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival and Jubilee Awards, or to join us at the event, please visit the festival Web site at:

Press Contact:

Mark Stubblefield

The Vision Forum, Inc.

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Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) November 3, 2004

Directed by first time filmmaker Marco Santiago Jr., El Trafico won top honors last May at the 24th Annual Scottsdale Community College film festival in Scottsdale, Arizona, which including best of show, best dramatic short, best directing, and best cinematography, among other notable awards. The story reflects the growing violence involved in the trafficking of humans. Set in Southern Arizona, the story depicts a young boy who gets caught-up in the underworld of human traffickers.

“El Trafico” is one of a series of short films directed by Marco Santiago that deal with immigration issues in the United States, human trafficking in general, and their associated violence. “We feel that this film is as timely as you can get considering the current events in the United States and the rest of the world, and the Scottsdale International Film Festival is a perfect venue for local and regional audiences to appreciate the theme expressed in this film.” says Marco Santiago, director of “El Trafico”. “El Trafico is only the beginning. The plan is to continue to crank out content that is relevant, creative, and emotionally impacting,” he continues.

Along those lines, Volarefilms LLC has finished the production phase of a feature length documentary film titled “Into the Border”. In production since July 5th 2003, the documentary deals explicitly with the border issues in Arizona. Also in Production is a short film titled “Once Upon a Time in the Desert”, set to complete filming on September 25th , as well as a 20 – 30 minutes short film titled “86″, due to begin filming in early November. “86” is a highly abbreviated version of the feature length film planned for production in 2005.

For more information regarding “El Trafico”, or for a copy of the “El Trafico” Press Kit, visit or contact Marco Santiago. IMDB information on this project can be obtained at

Volarefilms LLC is an Arizona based independent film company engaged in the development and production of feature length motion pictures, film shorts, and documentaries with the aim of creating works that are commercially viable, culturally significant, intellectually satisfying, and emotionally impacting.


Marco Santiago

Volarefilms LLC


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