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Chicago Really Short Film Fest Announces 2005 Event Date, April 1 Deadline for Submission










Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 9, 2005 -

Maia Entertainent today announced the details of its second annual Chicago Really Short Film Fest, to take place on May 7, 2005 at the Abbey Pub (3420 W. Grace Chicago, Il 60618). Festival organizers also announced a call for filmmakers to submit their short pieces, emphasizing an April 1st deadline for consideration.

Presented by Maia Entertainent, ChicagoFilm.com, Image Union and eFilmCriticÂ’s Erik Childress, the Chicago Really Short Film Fest is unique in both its format and submission requirements. Submissions for the fest must be under 15 minutes and may include short films, animations, documentaries and music videos.

The one-night only film festival is interspersed with two bands (TRS-80, Project .44) and sketch comedy (The Patel Leads) and the majority of the films submitted for the event consist of low-budget, independent and underground films from both local and national talent.

“We started this festival as a way to screen some of our favorite local filmmakers and to throw a really good party at a great venue. We were amazed at the high quality of submissions we got last year from all over the country and the support we got from both the independent filmmaking community and a really responsive audience. We had a packed house last year and a solid lineup of films and our goal is to go even further than that this year,” said festival founder Rick Ramirez.

Submitting filmmakers are eligible for consideration for several awards and prizes: The Audience Choice Award, the ChicagoFilm Go Shorty Awards, the eFilmCritic Award, and all event participants are in consideration for a paid screening on WTTW Channel 11Â’s award-winning film show Image Union.

“We really go all out to make sure that all our accepted filmmakers receive a larger audience and more exposure than they might be able to get anywhere else,” said Ramirez.

“Last year three of the films from the festival ended up being screened on Image Union, where not only were the filmmakers compensated for their films, but they were able to expose their work to a large, appreciative new audience of Chicagoland film fans. Our goal with this festival is definitely to put on a great show, but also to discover and expose the work of talented short filmmakers.”

The 2005 Chicago Really Short Film Fest Submission date is rapidly approaching. The regular submission deadline is April 1st. The submission fee is $ 15 and $ 5 off per additional film, with discounts available for student filmmakers. Late registration goes until April 7th, with a $ 50 fee for late submission.

For submission guidelines and a link to an online submission form, visit http://www.maia-entertainment.com/submission_requirements.php

For more information on the festival, visit http://www.maia-entertainment.com/film_fest_info.php

To see the 2004 winners, visit http://www.maia-entertainment.com/short_fest/2004/fest-awards.php

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The 2010 International Experimental Media Congress, the first Congress of its kind since the 1989 Toronto Experimental Film Congress, will assemble film, video, new media artists, theorists, archivists, and curators from around the world, who will be in Toronto through April 11 for panels and discussions related to experimental media production, exhibition, dissemination, criticism, pedagogy and reception. The International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) is an annual conference and trade show for professionals from the film festival industry who will be in Amsterdam through April 9 to participate in presentations, interactive panel discussions and networking events, and to look forward to the Dinner With Strangers event that allows attendees a unique and fun opportunity to meet and dine with festival colleagues from all over the world. The 2010 French Quarter Festival, opening April 9-11, highlights New Orleans’ signature music, food, and culture in the historic neighborhood, mostly by a musical smorgasbord of jazz, r&b, funk, folk, opera, gospel, blues, and brass bands, but also with over 105 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, and the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, forming the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” with local cuisines from the area’s finest restaurants including such festival favorites as Jambalaya, Crawfish Bread, Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Muffaletta, Crawfish, and more.

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Las Vegas International Film Summit March 29th to April 5th, 2010











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Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) June 19, 2009

Las Vegas International Film Summit™ has been created by a group of highly experienced film-makers, marketing professionals, and top business executives, dedicated to the development and promotion of the art and craft of filmmaking.

This is a new space of expression for the art and craft of filmmaking. This yearly mega event will cover every single aspect of the motion-picture production process in an unprecedented 7 days tradeshow and an international film competition, to be held at the Sands Expo, The Venetian and the Palazzo Casino Resorts of Las Vegas, Nevada, from March 29th to April 5th, 2010. “Our mission is to use Las Vegas spectacular hotels and infrastructure to host the most influential film festival in the United States, and with that, contribute to the development of Las Vegas as an international cultural capital for the growing industry of cultural tourism”, said Joaquin Rodriguez, the festival coordinator.

Las Vegas International Film Summit ™ will be open to all industry professionals and film enthusiasts as well. We welcome everyone who is or wants to be part of the international filmmaking community”, he added.

Las Vegas International Film Summit will be divided in three major stages:

The Motion Picture Industry Network: A trade show that will host film commissions from all over the world, unions, production companies, equipment rental houses, wardrobe, locations, catering, EFX, post production, legal services, advertising and much more.

The Film Competition: A selection of 30 feature films, 10 short films, 10 feature documentaries and 10 student shorts films.

The International Film Showcase: A selection of International films representing 21 of the most influential producing countries of the world.

Las Vegas International Film Summit ™ will have over $ 90,000 dollars in prizes, spectacular red carpets, VIP parties, international premieres and much more.

For more information visit http://www.lvifs.com

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Mira Sorvino and James Cromwell to be Honored at Artivist Film Festival and 2005 Artivist Awards April 19-24










(PRWEB) December 4, 2004

Mira Sorvino and James Cromwell to be Honored at Artivist Film Festival and 2005 Artivist Awards April 19-24

Second Annual Humanitarian Film Fest Also Pays Tribute To Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Prevent Child Abuse America And Farm Sanctuary.

The Artivist Film Festival, which recognizes socially conscious filmmakers, activist celebrities and charitable organizations, has announced two of the four celebrities that will be honored at Artivist Film Festival 2005 as well as the four worthy charities.

Artivist Film Festival 2005 is set to recognize the outstanding contributions of Mira Sorvino for her work with Amnesty International and international human rights as well as James Cromwell for his tireless efforts dedicated to animal rights and Farm Sanctuary. Two additional celebrities will be announced shortly for their respective work for Greenpeace benefiting environmental preservation and Prevent Child Abuse which fights for ChildrenÂ’s Advocacy. The celebrities and charities will be honored at the 2005 Artivist Awards, an awards gala that will be held on the last night of the festival.

The festival, which will begin on April 19, 2005, will once again take place at the famed Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Over the course of the six day event, filmmakers from around the world will compete in various categories of film or video including narrative, documentary and short film. Committed to strengthening the advocate voice of activist filmmakers and artists, Artivist Film Festival creates a much needed platform for them to share their work with large audiences. Artivist is now accepting film submissions and will announce the final roster of films that will be in competition in February 2005.

“Activist filmmakers can become a powerful voice for positive change in our global community,” said Artivist Film Festival Founder Diaky Diaz. “Their films address a variety of social issues ranging from international human right and children’s advocacy to environmental preservation and compassion for all sentient beings. Activist films educate, inspire create awareness and ultimately encourage people to contribute to the improvement of our world.”

Artivist team members are also presently securing sponsors for the festival as well as commencing on an aggressive marketing and public relations campaign that will ensure maximum exposure for the charities and film festival as well as for the sponsors. In addition, supporters may become members of the Artivist Patron Circle.

Artivist Film Festival 2005 follows on the highly-successful footsteps of the inaugural Artivist Film Festival that was held last April. The premiere festival attracted over 4,240 people, more than 150 international filmmakers, producers and artists from 14 countries, all of whom participated in the screening of 89 films. Highlights of the last yearÂ’s festival included screenings of such notable films as Super Size Me by director Morgan Spurlock, Uncover The Truth Of The Iraq War by Robert Greenwald and The Corporation from

filmmaker Mark Achbar.

The 2004 Artivist Awards were bestowed upon Ed Begley, Jr. and Greenpeace for environmental preservation, Mike Farrell and Witness for International Human Rights, Tippi Hendren and Humane Society of the United States and France Nuyen and Child Welfare League of America

for childrenÂ’s advocacy.

The Artivist Film Festival is the first festival dedicated to addressing social, global, political, animal rights and environmental issues through film, visual arts and music.

For more information on Artivist Film Festival 2005 or to schedule a time to speak with members of the Executive Board, media should please contact Lauren Lewis at office (818) 990-4771, cell (818) 970-0052, llewispr@aol.com.

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