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Pioneers Of The Digital Revolution

 Tuesday, October 30----“We realized pretty quickly that the existing system was not going to work in our benefit…..so we decided it was easier to create a new alternative rather than battle the system that was in place”, filmmaker Lance Weiler declared at the Power To The Pixel Conference last Friday at the London Film Festival. And thus, the gauntlet was launched, as a new generation of filmmakers, distributors and marketers discussed the myriad ways that the digital revolution is upend...

"Anthony Artis' "The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide"

Anthony Q. Artis  Anthony Artis is a 15-year veteran of the film and TV industry whose features and shows have been screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, the IFP Feature Market, Slamdance, and on MTV. He is the manager of the Film and TV Production Center at New York University's renowned film school.    Features & Benefits Pull off your vision in creative and cost-effective ways Bonus DVD with video and audio tutorials, interviews, b...

Sold out sessions @ VIFF’s 22nd Annual Film and Television Forum

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The VIFF’s 22nd Annual Film and Television Forum delivered boffo box office as this year’s showcase of award-winning speakers propelled figures to an incredible 30% increase over last year. Sold-out sessions included The Art of Creative Producing with PGA Producer of the Year Ron Yerxa (Little Miss Sunshine) and Mary Jane Skalski (Station Agent); Co-Venturing with the US featuring top execs from Regent Studios, Fox21tv, Lifetime TV, The N. and Insight Film Releasing; Robert Thirkell’s (Bri...

New Filmmakers’ Day at the Vancouver Film and Television Forum

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The Ever-Popular New Filmmakers’ DayThe VIFF’s 22nd Annual Film and Television Forum builds to an exciting climax on New Filmmakers’ Day (NFD), showcasing a truly world-class line-up of award-winning film professionals. The only event of its kind in Western Canada, NFD provides emerging filmmakers with the tools necessary to launch a great career. Hot on the heels of launching Opening Night at the Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Jeremy Podeswa, Writer-Director, Fugitive Pieces brings his s...

VIFF Film and Television Forum

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The VIFF’s 22nd Annual Film and Television Forum announces their most impressive showcase to date. From the Oscars to the Golden Globes, from the Emmy’s to Grand Jury Prizes, and from Audience Awards at Sundance and Cannes, the Forum boasts the best of filmmakers from around the world. Four full days of seminars, workshops and master classes for film, television and interactive professionals are scheduled to take place at the Vancouver International Film Centre and Vancity Theatre from Septe...

The Indie Oscars Get Ready To Take A Bow

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For the last couple of years, it is becoming increasingly harder to tell the indies from the majors. When a truly indie film like LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE may just win the Best Picture Oscar race on Sunday evening, the distinctions leave those in and out of the industry just a little bit confused. So, let's just do away with labels and appreciate the films that made the strongest impressions, and leave our dictionaries at the door. The 2007 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards ceremony airs live on Sa...

The Indie Oscars Get Ready To Take A Bow

     Friday, February 23----For the last couple of years, it is becoming increasingly harder to tell the indies from the majors. When a truly indie film like LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE may just win the Best Picture Oscar race on Sunday evening, the distinctions leave those in and out of the industry just a little bit confused. So, let's just do away with labels and appreciate the films that made the strongest impressions, and leave our dictionaries at the door. The 2007 Film I...

Documentaries And The Web: A Date With Destiny

Saturday, December 2----At the "think tank" conference dubbed DocAgora, one of the many parallel events here at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA), the marketing, financing and sales opportunities for documentaries on the web was discussed in a lively debate. One of the most vocal proponents was James Fabricant, the head of marketing and content for MySpace UK. Fabricant was one of several speakers who offered some glimpses into the way that documentary filmmakers can...

Slamdance Podcast launches on iTunes

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The Slamdance Film Festival announced that Apple is launching the "Slamdance Podcast" on iTunes. In a unique creative partnership, the video Podcast will include trailers and screening times for many of the festival's films, as well as festival highlights, alumni updates and other unique clip content, all for free and available for download to anyone with a new video iPod or on their Apple computer. In conjunction with the Podcast itself, Slamdance will host a Podcasting screening and discussion...

Newport International Film Festival all set for next week

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The 2005 Newport International Film Festival, the 8th Annual event, will get underway Tuesday, June 7th – 12th, 2005, and run for six glorious days and nights of entertaining films, informative symposiums, and, of course, those glamorous Newport parties. The Festival atmosphere is relaxed, yet filled with all the enchantment, energy, and excitement of Hollywood. The Newport International Film Festival draws filmmakers and celebrities from around the world. This year the festival will honor wri...

Newport International Film Festival highlights

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The 2005 Newport International Film Festival, the 8th Annual event, will get underway Tuesday, June 7th – 12th, 2005, and run for six days and nights of entertaining films, informative symposiums, and, of course, those glamorous Newport parties. The Festival atmosphere is relaxed, yet filled with all the enchantment, energy, and excitement of Hollywood. This year the festival will honor writer/director/actor/musician Michael McKean with the annual Claiborne Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement....

Malibu fest will feature 30 and open with Mad Hot Ballroom

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THE MALIBU FILM FESTIVAL6th EDITIONFestival to Take Place April 14 – April 18The Malibu Film Festival (MFF) will screen over 30 films at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica in the sections of Short Live Action Films, Animated Short Films, Short Subject Documentary Films, Feature Length Documentary Films, Narrative Feature Films, announced today by new Festival Director, Tiffany Peckosh. The Festival will feature 5 World Premieres, 9 West Coast Premieres, 3 Los Angeles Premieres and 4 Academy Awa...

comedy storms Slamdance: It’s snowing laughs in PC !

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COMEDY STORMS SLAMDANCE: It’s snowing laughs in Park City!Happily married in Park City, Salt Lake, Deer Valley and Provo Comedic tour de force John Leguizamo summed up the typical Park City experience perfectly. “I saw a lot of REALLY depressing movies and then went home.” In the digital era of documentary overload, one Independent voice is quietly laughing back from the grave. For the past 10 years Sundance an...

Slamdance "by filmmakers for filmmakers"

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The Slamdance Film Festival, often called the ‘independent alternative’ fest held in Park City, Utah (January 21-28, 2005), unveiled its line up with a record 23 World and US feature premiers (including works-in-progress) as well as a striking departure for its Opening and Closing Night films.Two documentaries will bookend the festival: opening the festival is Mad Hot Ballroom (Marilyn Agrelo: USA), a gloriously fun chronicle of New York kids training for a ballroom dance contest. The film, ...
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