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Updated April 14, 2014

Volunteer with the Prescott Film Festival! 

The Prescott Film Festival and the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center would like to appreciate our current volunteers AND sign up new volunteers!

Volunteer Appreciation & Sign Up Night - April 26 @ 4:00 pm

Whether you’ve helped before or you’re new to the team, we need you to make the 5th Annual Prescott Film Festival the best ever! Our Volunteer Team is filled with people who are committed to helping us bring the best in independent films and filmmakers to the Prescott area and provide a great experience for our audience. We need you!!
Come out and Join the Team!

What to Expect
• Starting at 4:00 pm, sign up, Pizza and Soda in the lobby
• Fun short films including a preview of some official selections for 2014.
• Hear all about opportunities to volunteer at PFF and the YCPAC.
• Free admission to our Feature Screening for all who sign up to volunteer.

Screening at 6:30 pm
More information at: www.prescottfilmfestival.com


The More You Know – Notes from the Film Office

Marketing Yourself

Are you a film industry professional looking to market yourself or your company?  There are a couple of things you can do.

The Arizona Production Association publishes a manual every year listing crew and companies related to the film industry located in Arizona.  This manual is distributed to production companies and producers looking to film in Arizona and is promoted by the Phoenix Film Office and other film offices around the state.  The same manual is also available on-line and you may visit it to find out current rates to list yourself.  The site is: www.azproduction.com


Updated April 7, 2014

IFP - Celebrate with Us at the Phoenix Film Festival

After three great challenges, we are going to finish out the year with a final screening, and handing out our yearly awards! 

What's Happening?
During the show, we will screen the first place films from every challenge for the year, as well as the audience favorites.
Then, we'll hand out awards!!
THEN (yes, there is even more!) we'll have an after party where we hand out the award for the audience favorite for the year. 

What are the Details?
Where:The Phoenix Film Festival
When: Monday, April 7th at 7:10 pm

The Audience Award will be announced immediately following the screening at Blue Agave. 

How Do I Get Tickets?
Tickets are $13 and available at the Festival Ticket Office or online here
If you have passes to the Phoenix Film Festival, you can also use those to get tickets to the Challenge Screening. 

Questions?
Contact tj@ifpphx.org or aaron@ifpphx.org with any questions. 


Nationwide Family Casting

Award winning production company now casting families who are constantly being put on a pedestal. We want to know what it’s really like to be the Joneses. We want to hear your story. Do your kids have some big shoes to fill to live up to the family name? Do people constantly judge you because of who your family? We are looking for dynamic families with tons of personality who want to show what it’s really like to be  a big fish in a small pond! Does everyone constantly compare themselves to your family? Is your family the talk of the town? If this sounds like you or for more information please contact: 310-734-3420  or veranoproductions@gmail.com
 

 

Casting Call

A major cable network is casting online couples nationwide between the
ages of 28-45, that have never met in person, have been dating for at
least three months, and would like the opportunity to finally connect face
to face. Couples selected to participate in this new and exciting
docu-series will get a week long rendezvous to take their romance beyond
the internet, and ultimately help affirm their feelings for each other. If
this sounds like you or someone you know, we want to hear from you!

To be considered, please reply to castingonlinecouples@gmail.com  with
your name, age, location, photo, a brief bio about your online
relationship, and a Casting Producer will be in touch ASAP!


 

 

Updated March 28, 2014

Tucson Cine Mexico 2014 Program

Don’t miss the ninth installment of Tucson Cine Mexico Thursday, March 27-Sunday, March 30. All screenings are free. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. Program and ticket info below or go to www.tucsoncinemexico.org.

Calling All Screenwriters: Mex/US Treatment Competition

The Latin American Training Center-LATC, with support from Film Tucson, National Association of Latino Independent Producer-NALIP, UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Sonora Turismo, Festival International de Cine de Guadalajara, and Final Draft Screenwriting Software, announced a new 2014 Mexico-US Screenplay Treatment Competition

Focused on cross-border themes, the competition aims to encourage co-productions of feature films between Mexico and the US, to promote location shooting in border states and to help new writers find success in today's highly competitive film and entertainment industries.

The competition was announced in a press conference on March 20th at Visit Tucson. Present were: Steve Solot, President of the LATC; Shelli Hall, Visit Tucson/Film Tucson Director; Freddy Cabral Porchas, Sonora Turismo; Felipe Garcia, Visit Tucson/Vamos a Tucson Exec VP and Peter Catalanotte, Visit Tucson/Film Tucson Project Manager. The Competition was also announced on March 25th during the Festival International de Cine de Guadalajara-FICG 29.

Find out everything you need to know about the competition here.

Nationwide Family Casting

Award winning production company now casting families who are constantly being put on a pedestal. We want to know what it’s really like to be the Joneses. We want to hear your story. Do your kids have some big shoes to fill to live up to the family name? Do people constantly judge you because of who your family? We are looking for dynamic families with tons of personality who want to show what it’s really like to be  a big fish in a small pond! Does everyone constantly compare themselves to your family? Is your family the talk of the town? If this sounds like you or for more information please contact: 310-734-3420  or veranoproductions@gmail.com

Reality Casting Opportunity

We are now casting nationwide for a new docu-series about online couples
who haven't met in person. Would you be able to post the following casting
call to your casting call page?

A major cable network is casting online couples nationwide between the
ages of 28-45, that have never met in person, have been dating for at
least three months, and would like the opportunity to finally connect face
to face. Couples selected to participate in this new and exciting
docu-series will get a week long rendezvous to take their romance beyond
the internet, and ultimately help affirm their feelings for each other. If
this sounds like you or someone you know, we want to hear from you!

To be considered, please reply to castingonlinecouples@gmail.com  with
your name, age, location, photo, a brief bio about your online
relationship, and a Casting Producer will be in touch ASAP!


Updated March 24, 2014

Phoenix Film Festival to Host Teen Night ON Saturday, April 5th!

The Phoenix Film Festival has announced Teen Night for the festival, to take place on Saturday, April 5th.  Teen Night will show two classic films for the evening including 1995’s CLUELESS and 2012’s THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER; both films having the central characters/themes involve teenage life. Tickets are $20 and include both screenings and chances to win great prizes. CLUELESS will begin at 5:10 pm; while THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER begins at 7:20 pm.

CLUELESS

A parody of Jane Austen's novel Emma, about Cher, a popular girl who spends her days playing matchmaker, helping friends with fashion choices, advising the new girl at school on a makeover, and looking for a boyfriend.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world

The 14th Annual Phoenix Film Festival, occurring this year from its opening night on April 3rd to its conclusion on April 10th, is rapidly approaching. Continually breaking attendance records since its inception, last years’ festival saw over 23,000 attendees and there are hopes to pull in even more film enthusiasts this year.  The week-long Festival will be held once again at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theaters located at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85054. 

If you are a movie lover, this is an event that is not to be missed. Tickets and passes are on sale now and available through the Phoenix Film Festival website www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Film Festival Ticket Center next to the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater. Tickets range in price from $13 for a single screening to $300 for a platinum pass.   For more information call 602-955-6444 or go to www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.


Project Runway Casting Announcement

We’re now casting a new season of Project Runway! Season 13 casting became Project Runway: Under the Gunn, so we’re excited to see what designers have to show us for Season 13 (Redux)!   

We're excited to offer designers the chance to showcase their work during New York Fashion Week, and the opportunity to win $100,000 or more to launch or expand their own fashion line.

The application deadline is April 14, 2014. Applicants can learn more and download the application at http://www.bmpcasting.com/casting/pr/ or email us at prcasting@bunim-murray.com


CBS’ Big Brother Casting Call

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 12PM-3PM
Location: Lucky Strike/Gypsy Bar – 50 West Jefferson, 2nd Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003

* Bring your outgoing, fun personality - no need to bring anything else!

http://bigbrothercasting.tv/

* If you absolutely cannot make the open call, you are encouraged to apply online!

Are you an outgoing, intriguing, competitive person who would make the perfect BIG BROTHER House Guest? Are you up for anything and everything? Are you ready to live inside the BIG BROTHER House with a group of strangers while multiple cameras record your every move and sound 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Are you willing to compete for half a million dollars against other participants as aggressive and ambitious as you are? If you can answer yes to these questions, you just might qualify as a contestant on Big Brother!


Updated March 17, 2014

14th Annual Phoenix Film Festival Opening Night Premiere and Party

The Phoenix Film Festival opening night premiere and party is fast approaching! The night kicks off on Thursday, April 3rd at 6pm in the Party Pavilion with tastes from some of the best restaurants in town, great entertainment and some special silent auction items. At 7:30, the Phoenix Film Festival will present its 2014 Visionary Award to Steve Rizley and Cox Communications, followed by the opening night film: A24’s LOCKE.

The Visionary Award is presented annually by the Phoenix Film Festival to a member of the community and a supporter of film. Steve Rizley is an important pillar of the community and this is the 10th year that Cox has been a presenting sponsor of the festival. Rizley is senior vice president and general manager of the Cox Communications Southwest Region and serves as board chairman of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross and on boards of the Greater Phoenix Leadership and the Banner Health Foundation.

Immediately following the opening night film screening of LOCKE, Director Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things) will be in attendance to participate in a Q&A with the audience!

Platinum Pass holders receive admission to this awesome event, but if you are not a Platinum Pass holder, you can still purchase tickets at PhoenixFilmFestival.com.

The 14th Annual Phoenix Film Festival, occurring this year from its opening night on April 3rd to its conclusion on April 10th, is rapidly approaching. Continually breaking attendance records since its inception, last years’ festival saw over 23,000 attendees and there are hopes to pull in even more film enthusiasts this year.  The week-long Festival will be held once again at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theaters located at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85054.

If you are a movie lover, this is an event that is not to be missed. Tickets and passes are on sale now and available through the Phoenix Film Festival website www.phoenixfilmfestival.com. ; Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Film Festival Ticket Center next to the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater. Tickets range in price from $13 for a single screening to $300 for a platinum pass.   For more information call 602-955-6444 or go to www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.


The Joe Show Showing at the Phoenix Film Festival

If you are wanting to see 'The Joe Show' at the Phoenix Film Festival, and we hope you do, please get your tickets right away as I suspect they may sell out quickly. 

And now the favor: once you have purchased your tickets, please, please pass the word on about the showings.  Grass-roots marketing is how we are getting the word out about this film and your help is greatly appreciated.  We think everyone should see this movie!

As you can see, the screenings are at good times:
• Friday April 4th at 3:10 pm
• Saturday April 5th at 5:40 pm
• Sunday April 6th at 10 am

Here is a link to get tickets:
http://phoenix.festivalgenius.com/2014/films/thejoeshow_randymurray_phoenix2014

There will be Q & A after all three screenings, and I am sure it will be lively!

The film was a hit at the Sedona Film Festival last month, full houses for both screenings and we won the Director's Choice Activism Award -- a very nice honor in a festival packed with great docs.  And then just this past weekend, we won Best Documentary at our second festival, The Geneva Film Festival in the Chicago area. We are honored that the Washington DC Film Festival asked us to submit it to their Justice Matters Competition. 'The Joe Show' will be playing at a festival in New Orleans the same weekend as the Phoenix Film Festival and then it will have it's International Premiere at a major festival and film market in Toronto at the end of April.  All of this to say, until our agents have had a chance to meet with film distributors in Toronto, we will not know when it will be back in Phoenix.  So this may be your last chance for a while to see the film.


Updated March 10, 2014

Sailbear Labs Class

Want to create a short film?
Now you can at the
2014 Phoenix Film Festival!

Sailbear Labs is again an official partner of the 2014 Phoenix Film Festival, taking place April 3-10, 2014 at the Harkins Theater at Scottsdale & the 101. This Festival is attended by more than 23,000 people each year! We handle the middle- & high-school educational program, working with students to create an original short film from script to screen.

Visit the MS/HS Education section of the Festival website for more info on our four sessions: Filmmaker Panel, Screenwriting, Preproduction, and Production. Each day is only $10 and includes a boxed lunch and materials.  Register today for one...or more, if you just can't get enough! This is a great opportunity to learn from panels of experienced filmmakers, and also collaborate with other students over the course of the week to create an original short film. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica.


The More You Know – Notes From the Film Office

CITY RATES

The City of Phoenix does not charge location fees to film on our properties (unless it is a revenue generating facility such as the Phoenix Convention Center or Orpheum Theatre).

That being said, often times you will be required to hire, in an off-duty capacity, a city of Phoenix employee.  It is import to know these costs ahead of time and budget accordingly.  Following is a brief summary of the most common charges a production will face (go to the “City Policies” on the left navigational bar for more detailed information):

Phoenix Police: $45/hr with a 3 hour minimum
Park Ranger: $30/hr with a 3 hour minimum
Aviation Supervisor: $45/hr with a 3 hour minimum

Since the Police will be using official vehicles with your shoot, there is a slight rental fee.  This charge is generally $5/hour rental for the motorcycle and $0.65/mile which is billed from Police Fiscal.

Please contact the Phoenix Film Office for a more concise estimate of your costs as every shoot is different and requires different staffing.


Updated March 3, 2013 

The More You Know – Notes from the Film Office

SIDES (for locals)

Did you know that the Phoenix Film Office will post your casting calls, film events or job openings on our site?  Did you also know that SIDES has over 700 views a month?

In an effort to inform the local film community, the Phoenix Film Office invites locals to submit their casting calls, film screenings, “seeking crew” announcements and other film related activities for consideration in SIDES.  Simply compose an email to filmphx@phoenix.gov with the “who, why, what, where, when and how’s” of your event as well as related links, email addresses or flyers.  We are unable to post advertisements for companies that are for profit.

SIDES (for locals) was created in an attempt to cut down on the number of mass emails emanating from the Phoenix Film Office.


Casting Notice

Are you the king of DIY? Do you make unique strange one of kind items? Are you an antique collector? Do you make a living reusing historical items? A new cable network real TV series about people who reuse awesome historical items and rebuild/remake inspirational pieces. Please apply email us- if you rebuild/remake/recycle and inspire  daily! Email:CarissaCasting@gmail.com


Updated February 24, 2014  

SB1098

SB1098, the bill to establish a Governor's Office of Film and Media, will be assigned to the Appropriations agenda Tuesday.  It will be heard with the following amendments:

The general fund appropriation will be pared down to $300k.  
There will be a reporting requirement within the first year to document progress.

If you would like to receive updates on the status of any film legislation, please signup for and join the Tucson Film Office's email blast which provides timely information by sending an email to pCatalanotte@visittucson.org.


Almost Famous Film Festival - Top 20 Public Screening

Thursday, February 27 @ 7pm @ AMC Arizona Center 24 Theatres in Downtown Phoenix

Attend the premier of this year's Top 20 films from the 10th Annual Almost Famous Film Festival 48 Hour Short Film Challenge.

Tickets are just $10 each and come with a very cool A3F gift.  Enjoy laugh-out-loud comedies, teary-eyed dramas and everything in between -- we even have a musical to get the show going!  There is also an Audience Vote, Awards Ceremony and we will be honoring our A3F Scholarship recipients.

These films were made by Arizona filmmakers in just 2 days or 48 hours, it's an event not to be missed.  The A3F is the largest film challenge in the Southwest and our Top 20 Screenings are very entertaining and also your chance to support the arts community here in our state.

There is an Honorable Mentions 10 films playing at 5:30p.m. with the Top 20 starting at 7p.m.  The venue is AMC Arizona Center 24 Theatres in downtown Phoenix.  So don't miss out and purchase your tickets now and become Almost Famous! 


Updated February 10, 2014

"The Joe Show" Premiere

The world Premiere of "The Joe Show" (by Randy Murray Productions) will happen February 26th at 6:10pm at the Sedona International Film Festival.  It will also play March 1st at 12:10pm. 

Find out more about "The Joe Show" and information about the Sedona International Film Festival!

Can't make it up to Sedona?  It will also appear at the Geneva Film Festival in Chicago and the Phoenix Film Festival here locally.


Phoenix Film Festival

The Phoenix Film Festival has announced A24’s LOCKE as the Thursday, April 3 opening night film! Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things) and driven by an unforgettable performance by Tom Hardy, LOCKE is a thrillingly unique cinematic experience of a man fighting to salvage all that is important to him.

The 14th Annual Phoenix Film Festival, occurring this year from its opening night on April 3rd to its conclusion on April 10th, is rapidly approaching. Continually breaking attendance records since its inception, last years’ festival saw over 23,000 attendees and there are hopes to pull in even more film enthusiasts this year.  The week-long Festival will be held once again at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theaters located at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85054. 

If you are a movie lover, this is an event that is not to be missed. Tickets and passes are on sale now and available through the Phoenix Film Festival website www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Film Festival Ticket Center next to the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater. Tickets range in price from $13 for a single screening to $300 for a platinum pass.   For more information call 602-955-6444 or go to www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.


Updated February 3, 2014

IFP Phoenix Challenge Screening

Fun, Friends, Films. What else do you want from a Thursday??

We will be screening 17 films on Thursday, February 6th. There will be a cash bar, plenty of great movies, and the opportunity to meet with tons of people in the local film scene. 

Filmmaker Challenges   Screening Details
When: Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Where: The Phoenix Art Museum.
What:
6pm - Cocktails and networking
7pm - Movies!
Awards will directly follow the screening! 

Tickets are on sale now!
Tickets are only $12.
It's going to be a great time- get your tickets here.


Phoenix Film Festival - Screening

The Phoenix Film Festival continues the (R)evolution of Film Series, with bringing classic Hollywood blockbusters to the big screen, on February 13th with the 1975 Steven Spielberg classic JAWS.  Once a month, from January through March, the Phoenix Film Festival will be showing films that revolutionized Hollywood at the Harkins Scottsdale 101; all shows start at 7:00 pm, and are a “Pay What You Want” event. All donations will support the Phoenix Film Foundation. All of the films will be introduced along with a post-film discussion by film critic Colin Boyd, and each film will have a different co-host by a local film critic.  The following films will be showing on the following dates, and co-hosted by the following film critics:

Thursday, February 13th 2014- JAWS; co-hosted by Mike & Joel Massie

Thursday, March 6th 2014- PULP FICTION; co-hosted by Henry Beck

Harkins Scottsdale 101 is located at 7000 East Mayo Blvd. at Scottsdale Road and Loop 101. 

All of the showings are free, and donations to support the film series are appreciated.