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Updated November 18, 2013
City of Phoenix Grant Opportunity for Marketing/Web Development
The City of Phoenix, Community and Economic Development Department, Business Retention and Expansion Division (aka home of the Phoenix Film Office), issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Marketing/Web Development and Incubator/Accelerators on November 13th. This RFP is issued annually for nonprofit groups and for profit agencies/organizations serving City residents.
Local Film Industry professionals might find interest in the Marketing/Web Development area in which “Proposals submitted under this priority should illustrate how Applicant will work with small businesses to implement strong marketing strategies through the use of new media, enhanced on-line presence and video to increase their visibility and grow their business locally, nationally and internationally. Businesses served would otherwise not be able to afford these services.”
There is a potential for two (2) awards for Marketing/Web Development with a maximum allotment of $33,798 for each award.
To download the RFP and find out more, visit: http://phoenix.gov/econdev/businessced/ECONDEVOPENAPPRFP.html
Making Two Students ALMOST FAMOUS!
Take part in this special FUNDRAISING EFFORT by giving back to the community and helping two students live out their dreams. We are giving out two $1000 TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS, one scholar from Phoenix College's Creative Writing program and the other from Scottsdale Community College's Film School for the Spring 2014 Academic Semester.
We have worked closely with the scholarships offices of PC and SCC and both schools are excited to promote the A3F Scholarship Program to their students. Applications are available on our website and will also be provided to the students in their classrooms.
We have raised $725 so far but need to raise $1275 more to reach our goal. Any donation amount helps and 100 percent will go into our scholarship program and is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. To contribute, simply visit our website and make a donation today!
The scholarship RECIPIENTS will attend our 10th Annual 48 Hour Short Film Challenge Top 20 Public Screening on February 27, 2014 as special guests where we will bestow lots of applause, congratulations, a special certificate and the honor of becoming ALMOST FAMOUS!
And don't forget, registration for our 10th Annual 48 Hour Short Film Challenge is now open and is only $30 per team until the end of November. Sign up now!
Updated October 21, 2013
Arizona Production Association - "Fall FUN Mixer"
Join us on November 7 for a "Fall FUN Mixer" at Aunt Chilada's. Its' FREE, and a great way to mingle, network and have a good time
Also in this issue: a reminder about the nominations call for APA's Board of Directors. Keep reading for more info!
APA's "Fall FUN Mixer"
Join us on Thursday, November 7, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm for a FREE happy hour at Aunt Chilada's. They're setting aside a separate area for our group to use, drink prices are reduced during happy hour, and Aunt Chilada's sets out free chips and salsa and one hot appetizer for sharing.
APA will "chip" in another appetizer plate just for our group, AND we've invited a secret, special guest to join us! You just need to obtain your beverage of choice.
This is a GREAT chance to network at ZERO cost to you, so don't miss out on this opportunity. Event Details:
"Fall FUN Mixer"
Thursday, November 7, 4-7 pm
7330 N. Dreamy Draw, Phoenix
Nominations Open for APA's Board of Directors
Dear APA Members:
It's election time! It's time to think about being on the board and contributing to the direction we take as we move forward with a new agenda. It's time to think about helping APA build an international platform for all its members to strut their stuff without ever leaving home. It's time to get involved. We need you. We want new faces, we need new ideas and it's important to not just be a member but to also bring something to the table.
APA has provided a service to those out of market for over 25 years, and we will continue to do so on a grander scale now that we are not limited to a certain amount of printed books. With your help, we can continue the momentum and make this organization bigger and better than ever before.
To be eligible to run, you must be a current APA member in good standing, which means your dues must be paid current. If elected, you must be willing to serve a three-year term, be able to regularly attend board meetings and actively support, attend and participate in one or more committees. (There are currently approximately eight board meetings per year held in a Central Phoenix location. Members who live outside of the Valley may attend by phone conference.)
All nominees will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire letting us know your experience in the industry and any ideas/goals you have for the APA. This form is used to prepare the ballot that will be sent out to members.
Please feel free to ask me, Julie or Jill Ormond any questions you might have to help you make a decision about running for the board.
The DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS to be received is October 31, 2013.
Thank you for contributing to the success of YOUR APA!
Prescott Film Festival - "Halloween Silent Film with LIVE Accompaniment!"
It’s a Halloween tradition as The Prescott Film Festival presents the 1922 silent film Nosferatu;
A Symphony of Horror with LIVE accompaniment from the inimitable Jonathan Best! October 31st, 6:30pm, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.
Join the Prescott Film Festival as they present this very first film adaptation of Dracula. (Ok – it was an unauthorized adaptation.) All copies of the film were supposed to be destroyed, but, lucky for Prescott, a few copies survived.
We will be screening the brand-new HD Re-Mastered version of the film from Kino Lorber. This is a sneak-peek as the film will not be available to the general public until November.
Costumes are encouraged for those who are done with trick-or-treating and ready for some more grown-up fun! (Children are welcome, but please be advised, this is a VERY scary film!)
Tickets are $10 General Admission and $5 for Yavapai College Employees and students from any school. Tickets can be purchased at the door 45 minutes before showtime or in advance at www.prescottfilmfestival.com
Updated October 14, 2014
Almost Famous Film Festival: Top 20 Screening
Watch the Premier of the Top 20 films from this year's just completed 72 Hour One-Script Film Challenge. There are time-traveling flicks, garden trolls, magical pants, lots of mysterious keys and everything in between!
Join us on Thursday, October 17 at 7PM at AMC Arizona Center 24 Theatres. Support these local filmmakers by cheering on the movies that made the Top 20!
Tickets are just $8.00 each and will be available at Will Call on the 17th starting at 5p.m in the AMC lobby behind the ticket counter. These shows typically sell-out, so hurry up and order today! *screenings are usually for ages 12+.
Sailbear Labs - Free Workshop!
Learn the basics of shot composition while making your heart happy!
Ever wonder what makes a picture draw you in? What is it about Star Wars' cinematography that is so fascinating - and makes you feel like you're part of the action? Join us Saturday, 10.19.13, as we show you how to set up camera shots to make them more visually appealing! You'll get to create short films using the techniques we'll teach you, which we'll view at the end of the workshop & on the Sailbear Labs YouTube channel. No experience necessary!
Saturday, October 19, 2013
11:30 - 1:30pm
Halle Heart Children's Museum
2929 S 48th Street
Tempe, AZ 85282
Free, but please RSVP so we have enough materials for you!
Updated October 7, 2013
IFP Presents: "FourWalling Workshop"
Let’s say you have made a film, and you want people to see it. Traditionally, you may show it in a theater, and the theater takes a percentage of your total ticket sales Four Walling offers an alternative to this model where you pay a flat fee for the room, and then any profits you make back over that amount are yours to keep. This model gives you flexibility in your ticket pricing and allows you to reach out to viewers at any price that you want.
Bonus Content on Social Media Strategy
Mindplate will also be offering tips and tricks on how to successfully reach out to viewers through social media. They have developed a 5 step strategy to allow filmmakers (and artists of all kinds) to make meaningful connections with their audiences.
We are encouraging all participants to bring in laptops or any device of your choice in order to make this a working session. It’s not just a lecture, we want this to be active and useful time for everyone.
When: Saturday, October 12th from 1-3pm
Where: Grand Canyon University
Sign up now!
More information here!
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this unique event.
Casting Opportunity: "Copycat"
Is your singing voice always compared to a current famous artist? When blindfolded could your friends and family SWEAR you sound like Adele or Justin Timberlake? If so, here’s your chance to win $5,000!!!
MTV is casting for a new and fun music competition show. We are looking for singers who sound just like a FAMOUS and CURRENT musician. Be it Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry, or someone else, we are seeking "sound a-likes" who want to take part in this music competition show!
If this sounds like you or someone you know let us hear from you! Contestants must be 18 years or older. Please send an email to email@example.com with your name, location, contact info and tell us which current contemporary artist you sound like. Please don't forget to send us vocal samples of you singing.
*The artists listed above are not affiliated with this project.
Updated September 30, 2016
Prescott Film Festival
Just a quick reminder; we will be screening the indie hit from the Sundance Film Festival, The Kings of Summer this Saturday, September 28th at 4:30pm. This will be the first time our PFF audiences have the opportunity to experience the NEW seats in the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center with; I’m SO happy to say, cup holders!
Here is a review of the film courtesy of our Board Chair Ron Hammer, graciously published by the Prescott Daily Courier:
And the link to the Facebook Event for the screening:
Tickets can be purchased on-line here: www.prescottfilmfestival.com, where you can also view the trailer.
Prescott has fallen in love with short films and a week from Sunday, October 6th, 3:00pm, we’ll be bringing you some of the BEST in short films from around the world, the Manhattan Short Film Festival. This is a world-wide event for audiences; films are screened across the globe for one week only, and audience members choose the winner for Best Short Film and Best Actor.
Tickets for both events are $8 General Admission and $5 for Yavapai College Employees and students.
Planning ahead; don’t forget our traditional Halloween night silent film with LIVE piano accompaniment by the amazing Mr. Jonathan Best. This year’s silent film is SO creepy! Nosferatu; A Symphony of Horror, from 1922. If you want something truly unique this October 31st, join us and feel free to wear a costume! (This event is one of our biggest, so you might want to plan on being there a bit early.) Tickets are $10 General Admission and $5 for Yavapai College Employees and Students.
Casting Opportunity - "Food Court Wars"
My name is Jason Skweres and I'm one of the casting producers with "Food Court Wars", a TV show currently airing on the Food Network. I was contacting you today, as we just began casting for season two and we’re looking for contestants in the Arizona region. We plan on shooting an episode in Sierra Vista, AZ this season and the Film Office/Commission has always been a great help to us in the past, since we’re looking for small business owners, entrepreneurs, etc. That being said, I wanted to touch base with regards to what we’re looking for, in hopes that you may help spread the word and/or perhaps point us in the right direction with regards to potential contestants.
About The Show:
Executive Producer Gordon Ramsay’s Food Court Wars pits two teams of aspiring food entrepreneurs against one another as they battle to win their own food court restaurant, rent-free for a year. Each week it’s a different U.S. city mall. The mall wants to open a brand-new "local" eatery in the food court that offers a fresh region-specific menu. Stakes are high as teams must test their concept, market their brand and run their outlet for a full day feeding hungry shoppers. The team whose restaurant makes the most profit wins their eatery space — a prize worth over $100,000!
Email Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org
Casting Opportunity - "America's Most Desperate Landscapes"
DIY Network is searching for some of the ugliest front yards in America for a special edition of “Desperate Landscapes”. It’s the biggest makeover licensed contractor Jason Cameron and his team will do all year!
Jason wants to see video and pictures of you and your very desperate front yard! We’re not talking small problems like a bad lawn or some dead shrubs. We’re looking for over-the-top desperation on the front of your house and in your landscape. We want yards so ugly that it will take a massive two-day transformation to take them from worst to first!
Jason wants to see your yard and hear from neighbors who hate your landscape. The first step to getting Jason to show up at your house is by showing us your fun spirit and your depressing landscape. Jason’s advice: BE CREATIVE! Your video will be one of hundreds he’ll receive so make a video that will really stand out.
Applications are online at www.jaytv.net
Updated September 16, 2013
Time to get schooled by Sailbear Labs!
We're kicking off our 2013-2014 filmmaking workshops with a free workshop for students ages 12-18 at one of our favorite places: Knowasis! Join our Crash Course in Stop Motion to learn the basics of stop-motion animation, and make your own short film!
When: Sunday, September 22, 2013, 1:30-3:30pm
Where: Knowasis teen center at Scottsdale Public Library, Civic Center branch
Let us know if you can make it!
FREE Independent Film Marketing Workshop
IFP Phoenix is proud to partner with Mindplate.tv and GCU to bring you a workshop about how to use social media to market your independent film. Watch for more details on this interactive workshop and mark your calendars today.
Saturday, October 12th -1pm
Almost Famous Film Festival Movie Night!
Phoenix Burton Barr Library: The A3F has been invited to show some of our films on Tuesday, September 24 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. at the Pulliam Auditorium (downtown library branch). This screening is open/free to the public and we will be screening a collection of our Audience Winners from past challenges. We will place the list of films on our website later this week. They average 60 people for these events, let's show them a little A3F hospitality and pack this place! We will leave time for some Q&A's for any filmmakers in the audience. More details coming soon to our website.
Make a video. Make a difference…
Calling all aspiring filmmakers! The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office invites you to enter the Fall Edition of our “My message” Video PSA competition. Create a compelling, 25-second video Public Service Announcement (PSA)to encourage teens not to engage in behaviors that can have negative lifelong consequences. Your video can address any ONE of the following topics:
· Illegal Drug Use
· Underage Drinking
· Prescription Drug Abuse
Four finalists will be selected to win a $500 gift card.
The Grand Prize Winner will take home an Apple MacBook Pro®!
More information here!
Updated September 9, 2013
Prescott Film Festival
The Prescott Film Festival will be back at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 28th, 4:30pm with the hit indie comedy "The Kings of Summer." The Yava Java snack bar will be open with popcorn, soda and culinary delights movie goers crave and new seats (with cup holders!) will greet festival audiences for this coming-of-age comedy with a dramatic backdrop.
The Kings of Summer is a comedic coming of age film about three boys who want to escape their parents. So, they decide to run away from home and build their own house in the middle of a meadow.
The film was shot in Ohio and accepted into this year's Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Award. It won the Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature Film at the Dallas International Film Festival.
The screenplay was the first for writer Chris Galletta, whose previous experience was as part of the production staff for The Late Show with David Letterman.
This is the film directing debut for Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts though he has extensive experience directing television shows like Single Dads and Funny or Die Presents…
This will be the only Prescott screening of the film. To watch the trailer and purchase tickets on-line go to www.prescottfilmfestival.com. Tickets are $8 for General Admission and $5 for Yavapai College employees and students.
Please note: The Kings of Summer is rated "R" for language and teen drinking
Our office is casting a feature film called Weightless and we are searching nationally for our lead.
This is a fully funded, green lit and union production. While our search is for a child actor, there are well established actors in the lead roles. Jason Clarke and Ruth Wilson are attached, although that information is not public knowledge at this point.
We are particularly interested in 8, 9, and 10 year old boys who are overweight and under 4 feet 10 inches tall. The movie has nothing to do with his weight, that is just the spec that is being called for. Please submit to: email@example.com
Darin Scott Directing Workshop
Whether you're a Writer, a Producer, an Actor, or anyone else with a burning desire to tell stories in the cinematic medium, Darin can show you the real life, no nonsense techniques that go into making a successful film.
IFP Members receive $50 off the registration fee!! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount code. More information here.
Filmmaker Challenges Director
We are looking for you!! Sadly, Keegan Ead, our current filmmaker challenges director extraordinaire, is moving to Virginia. This is your chance to be a part of IFP Phoenix.
We are looking for:
Film/Editing background preferred
Creative thinking needed
Wordpress/Web skills a plus
Pitch Fest Tucson
Pitch one-on-one with top-notch entertainment industry professionals who know how to get your project made. Present three five-minute pitches to the Pitch Fest's industry professionals, and they will give you valuable feedback to help you sell your pitch. First place is a pitch with a top Hollywood producer; other winners get private consultations with the Pitch Fest professionals. And the Pitch Fest professionals may actually option some pitches!
Saturday, September 28, 2013
UA Marshall Building
845 N Park Avenue, 2nd Floor
$15/FREE for full-time students with ID
Learn the ultimate Do's and Don'ts of pitching to Hollywood, including important tips on how to improve your pitch and how to avoid the biggest pitfalls of pitching. You will also learn how to create an effective logline with the best chance of making a sale. Plus, there will be volunteer opportunities to have pitches demonstrated and improved during the workshop. Taught by award-winning writer, producer, and former TV development executive, Lorna Soroko.
Friday, September 27, 2013
UA Marshall Building
845 N Park Avenue, 2nd Floor
$40/FREE for full-time students with ID
Updated September 3, 2013
Phoenix Film Office Annual Fiscal Year Report
The Phoenix Film Office has published its 2012/13 Fiscal Year End report. To see the impact of the film industry on Phoenix, view the report here!
No Audition Required
One of the biggest networking events in the state, the NAR doesn't disappoint. There will be a raffle, distributors for Indie films, producers, and agents! Mark your calendars now for September 28th and be a part of the event!