Oct 282011



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2008 International Film Festival Summit Features a Panel Addressing How to Appropriately Measure Your Festivals Success










New York, NY (PRWEB) November 26, 2008

The 5th Annual International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) announces that the River Run, AFI Dallas and San Diego International Film Festivals as well as Ashland Independent Film Festival will take part in a panel discussion that will address considerations and metrics for success including: number of films, number of acquisitions, celebrities, size of audience, longevity, number of impressions and reach at this year’s summit taking place December 7-9, 2008 in Las Vegas.

The session entitled “Success Metrics: Where to Set the Bar”, will take place Monday, December 8th at 4:00 pm and be moderated by Andrew Rodgers, Executive Director, RiverRun International Film Festival.

There are so many different definitions of success and “bigness.” There are film festivals that attract hundreds of thousands of people, and yet are not on the mainstream radar, and festivals which show only a few dozen films that are world famous. This session will address considerations and metrics for success including: number of films, number of acquisitions, celebrities, size of audience, longevity, number of impressions and reach? Most notably, these different metrics have differing relevance to the constituents served by festivals – audiences, filmmakers, sponsors, media, film industry etc. Hear from different festivals on how they approach benchmarking and defining success.

Panelists include Michael Cain, Artistic Director & CEO, AFI Dallas International Film Festival, Graham Leggat, Executive Director, San Francisco International Film Festival, and Joanne Feinberg, Director of Programming, Ashland Independent Film Festival.

Some of this year’s attendees include: AFI Fest Presented by Audi, Atlanta Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Bside, Starz Denver Film Festival, FilmThreat, Palm Springs International Film Festival, River Run International Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Gen Art, San Diego Asian Film Festival, DC Shorts Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, AFI Dallas International Film Festival, SXSW, Variety, Withoutabox and many, many more.

The 2008 IFFS Presenting Sponsor is Withoutabox. Platinum sponsors include B-side with Gold sponsors Enta USA and The NEB. Other sponsors include: Agile Ticketing, Avid, AAA Flag & Banner, AREA 4, Eyesoda.com, inticketing, Festival Media Corporation, Filmfestivals.com, FilmMaker Magazine, FilmThreat, MovieMaker, NAMAC, Production Hub, Qube Digital Cinema and Variety.    

About International Film Festival Summit (IFFS):

The International Film Festival Summit is the only annual conference and trade show for professionals from the film festival industry. The IFFS provides a platform for the community to explore ways to collaborate and promote the advancement of the film festival industry. This is a place to dialogue with your peers, share insights and gain knowledge that will help you grow your film festival and foster sustainability. The IFFS is dedicated to providing resources, information and avenues of communication for industry professionals and the entertainment industry. For IFFS Europe visit http://www.iffseurope.com. For IFFS North America visit http://www.filmfestivalsummit.com.

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Comedy Film Short is the Hot Ticket at Summer Film Festivals — Owning Mahowny Scribe, Maurice Chauvet










Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 12, 2007

Screenwriter and now director, Maurice Chauvet has an enviable film festival schedule this summer with his comedic short film and has barely enough time to do laundry between festivals.

Chauvet, best known for the screenplay adaptation of the film Owning Mahowny (Sony Classics, 2003) and to live theater audiences as playwright, has a side-splitting comedy short film on the 2007 film festival circuit — “Three-Fifty.”

Recognize that number? It’s the classic charge for video late fees. Chauvet delivers the hilarious story of a guy who tries to weasel out of his late fees at the local video store only to discover their database has access to intimate details of his past — and his future. Backstage West called the stage version “screamingly funny” and “especially hilarious” and audience squeals at the film festivals agree.

Making its world-premiere this April in Aspen, Colorado at the Aspen ShortsFest, comedy “Three-Fifty” was one of only 12 American films accepted into the prestigious festival. Indie Wire called it one of the two notable American films at the fest. Two weeks later, Nashville audiences were laughing it up at the Nashville International Film Festival and one week after that, comedy “Three-Fifty” had its Los Angeles premiere at Silver Lake Film Festival

The short comedy’s next film festivals:

July 12    Dances With Films, Los Angeles, CA

July 28    Napa/Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival, Napa, CA

August 4    Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, Texas

August 10 Hermosa Shorts Film Festival, Hermosa Beach, CA

“We’ve found our audience and are having a great time building our fan base,” said writer/director Maurice Chauvet. “To take a comedy out into the world and hear people laugh and enjoy the film is what it’s all about. We got to make EXACTLY the film we wanted to make and that is a priceless experience.”

Chauvet used the actors who created the roles on stage for the short film: Evin Grensted, Michael Angelo Stuno, Melinda Augustina.

About Writer/Director Maurice Chauvet: Maurice Chauvet received a Genie Award nomination for best adapted screenplay for Owning Mahowny (Sony Classics, 2003). He has written feature films for 20th Century Fox and Nickelodeon/Paramount. Maurice is a founding member of the Venice, CA-based theatre group Apartment A and is the company’s Co-Artistic Director. His produced plays include The Thing in the Corner, Ascension, A Safe Distance (Ovation Award nominee, best world premiere play, Backstage West Critics list), Sunday Morning, Suicide Sam, All Night Radio, Bobby Zero, The Chess Game and Wild Kingdom. Chauvet is repped by William Morris Agency

Trailer, Photos, Chauvet interview available at: http://www.myspace.com/threefiftythemovie

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May 132011
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by Jorge-11

The city with the highest population in the USA, New York, is also one of the most important centers for film making and appreciation. If you wish to attend film festivals, NYC is a place that will never disappoint you. This guide will introduce you to some of the prominent local film festivals in NYC.

In 2001, Michael J Hein founded the New York City Horror Film Festival to cater to the genre of horror films. It is a week-long event held in October or November each year.

One of the most famous local film festivals in NYC is the Tribeca Film Festival. It was established by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2002. The objective of this event has been to revitalize the TriBeCa area, after its tryst with loss of life and property in the September 11 attacks, by infusing festivity into the place. The focus has been on recreating the film festival experience and helping the neighborhood recover from the effects of 9/11.

The HBO Bryant Park Summer Free Film Series is held from June to August and showcases classic films. The location, Byrant Park, provides an unforgettable experience of watching movies under the night skies.

Another must-visit local film festival is the NYC Central Park Film Festival. Typically held in August, this film festival entertains you under the night sky for 5 days in a row. The year 2011 will see the ninth gala event in this series.

Rooftop Films

Local film festivals in NYC have the reputation of being diverse. One such event is the Rooftop Films festival. This event showcases a variety of films on the rooftop, ranging from independent animation productions to New York based documentaries. On each day of the festival, there is music, followed by a line-up of short-films. At per ticket, it is every film enthusiast’s best bet. Arrangements are also in place to hold the event inside in the event of adverse weather.

The Forum Film Festival focuses on the social and cultural impact of the American legal system. Films that revolve around the working of the legal system and the effects of its misuse are showcased in this festival. The Fordham Law School in New York plays host to this event. This is one of the best local film festivals in NYC that does not charge an entry fee.

For more details on the Forum Film Festival, one of the most prominent local film festivals in NYC, visit ForumOnLawCultureAndSociety.org.

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Mar 232011
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by vancouverfilmschool

If you’re a budding film maker or a movie fanatic then a trip to New York is the ideal place for you to spend a holiday. Most of the biggest movie producers have head quarters here so if you’re looking to get a foot in the door then the city can offer up some inspiration and the chance of bumping into one of the many industry big wigs at a local coffee shop. New York is the best place to go for any film buff as many of the world renowned film festivals are held here every year.

New York is passionate about independent film so a trip to the New York Independent Film and Video festival, which was founded in 1993, is a must for any filmmaker just starting out. You can submit films to the competitions or simply attend the festival to watch some of the quirky and unique films on offer. If you’re a horror film fanatic then the New York City Horror Film Festival is sure to get you quaking in your boots. The festival, which takes place late October, early November was first established by Micheal J. Hein in 2001 and has grown in strength ever since. Some of the best horror flicks of the year are championed here and can gather a dedicated fan base that has been known to propel, otherwise unnoticed, films to the big screen.

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Feb 152011
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by vancouverfilmschool

Here is something interesting I came across while researching for potential film festivals to submit my new feature film, Bend and Break into. It can be quite costly to submit your movie into a film festival, so here are some festivals from around the world which have no entry fee.

The No-Entry Fee Film Festivals List

15/15 Film Festival – short must be produced during the contest

African-American Film Marketplace

African Diaspora Film Festival

All Roads Film Festival

American Conservation Film Festival

Amnesty International Film Festival

Archaeology Channel Festival – indigenous peoples, heritgage film

Arizona State University Art Museum Short Film & Video Festival

Auckland International Film Festival

Australian Effects Short Film Festival – showcases digital effects and innovation

Balticon Film Festival – sci/fi convention fest, mostly shorts

Berlin and Beyond – films from Germany, Austria, Switzerland only. Fest is in San Francisco.

Bicycle Film Festival – films featuring or celebrating bicycles.

Black Soil Film Festival – hip hop films

The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival

Brisbane International Film Festival

Buenos Aires Film Festival

Calgary Underground Film Festival

Comic Arts Laugh Festival

Conscious Life Expo Film Festival – where the “the spiritual and progressive community in southern California” comes together

Daytona Beach Film Festival – free for student filmmakers

Delray Beach Film Festival

DOCNZ – documentaries

Docfest – New York International Documentary Festival – filmmakers apply by letter first; festival will request screener if they are interested

DC Meets Delhi Film Festival

DC Independent Film Festival – student filmmakers pay no fee

Down Under International Film Festival

Flyway Film Festivals

Global Peace Film Festival

Green Mountain Film Festival

Greenbelt Utopia Film & Video Festival – fee waived for filmmakers under 18

H2O 360

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Intelligent Use of Water Film Fest – short films about water conservation

Loisaida Cortos Latino Film Festival

Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival

Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival – no fee for films submitted before certain date

Melbourne Underground Film Festival

Native American Film & Video Festival

National Neighborhood Day Short Film Contest – no entry fee for youth

Newark Black Film Festival

New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival

New York Film Festival

New York International Latino Film Festival

Next Reel International Film Festival

Nihilist Film Festival

NoisePop Film Festival

The Other Film Festival

OUTer Gay & Lesbian Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Festival

Pangea Day

Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Providence Latin American Film Festival

Red Stick International Animation Festival

Reel Black Men

Salem Film Festival – send info first, they will request screener if interested

San Francisco Women’s Film Festival

Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.

Scinema Festival of Science Film

Short Shorts Film Festival

Stony Brook Film Festival

Tiburon Film Festival – fee waived for students

Tromadance Film Festival

Vistas Latino Film Festival

Wairoa Maori FIlm Festival

Wanaka Mountain Film Festival

Wellington Film Festival

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