Saturday, January 17, 2009

NEWSFLASH: Specials & Announcements

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The 2009 PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS: Presenting 31 awards in 10 genre categories—$50,000 in cash & prizes, including a $25,000 Grand Prize!! The PAGE Awards have rapidly become one of the most important sources for new screenwriting talent within the Hollywood community and worldwide. Their award-winning screenplays are
solicited by dozens of producers, agents and development execs, and, as a result, many of their winning writers land script assignments, secure representation and sign option agreements on their work. Are you their next award-winning screenwriter?? EARLY ENTRY DISCOUNT
DEADLINE: Thursday, January 15th. Don't miss it! Enter online.

FILM EDUCATION & WORKSHOPS

ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY's School of Motion Pictures and Television fosters creativity and independence in the art of filmmaking. Students are immersed in producing, directing,
cinematography, editing, screenwriting, production design and acting. Programs offer state-of-the-art-equipment and guidance from top industry professionals in the classroom and on-set productions. Accredited degrees in AA, BFA, MFA are available on campus in San
Francisco or online. To learn more about the School of Motion Picture and Television at the Academy of Art University call 800/544-2787.

The COLORADO FILM SCHOOL offers hands-on training programs in state-of-the-art facilities with emphases in Writing/Directing, Cinematography/Videography, Post Production, Writing/Producing and Acting for the Screen with new programs upcoming in Art Direction,
Film Studies and Animation & Graphics. An Advanced Immersion program that offers 60 credits in 11 months offers a high-speed route to working in film. Their excellent faculty are industry-engaged, and all courses are University accredited and fully transferable. Their students make over 1,000 films per year. Their alumni have had feature work in competition at Sundance and SXSW festivals.

UPCOMING FESTIVALS & CALL FOR ENTRIES

2009 BIG BEAR LAKE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & SCREENPLAY COMPETITION is accepting film entries for the September 10-13, 2009 festival. Festival screens feature films, short films, student short films, High School short films, documentaries and features seminars,
panels and pitchfest. Film deadline: May 15, 2009. Contact 909/866-3433 or info@bigbearlakefilmfestival.com

DC SHORTS gives all entries feedback from the judges—a point which impressed MovieMaker Magazine to name them as "one of 25 festivals worth the entry fee," and "one of the leading film festivals." DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films, created by new and established filmmakers in an era when the art of filmmaking is opening to all. They select films from every genre for their competition screenings.
info@dcfilm.org

"Great Stories Bring Families Together" is the 2009 slogan for the 14th annual INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL on February 26 to March 1, 2009 at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA. At the Film Awards Ceremony, the "Friz Award" for Animation will be presented to Phil Roman, along with Awards for the Best Films, and the most coveted Award of all: The Top Applause Award (the audience favorite). The Screenwriters Showcase is where the Finalists have one scene performed by actors for the general audience, followed by the
Screenplay Awards Ceremony. For deadlines and entry information, call 661/257-3131.

The MAGNOLIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL was founded by Ron Tibbett in 1996 to celebrate his vision of independent film in Mississippi. "The Mag" has been called the most filmmaker friendly festival by many past contributors. The festival takes place in mid-February, in Starkville, Mississippi, and welcomes all genres and all lengths, in competition for awards. Receptions, workshops and luncheons are held in the Starkville and West Point, MS area. Housing, meals, events and local transportation are provided for filmmakers whose work is chosen for screening.

MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL cordially invites screenwriters and filmmakers, playwrights, short story writers, TV writers, librettists, composers, children's filmmakers & writers, and young (18 & under), plus seniors (75 & over), and all filmmakers &
screenwriters, music video filmmakers, and multi-media filmmakers to participate in the truly international 2009 film festival competition. Moondance offers everyone a unique opportunity to come together with other writers, directors and producers to create new opportunities,
develop tools for success and forge new alliances within the international film and entertainment industry. The 2009 Moondance call-for-entries opens in January 2009. E-mail:
director@moondancefilmfestival.com

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL'S STUDENT SHOWCASE OF FILMS
(April 23-30, 2009) This one-of-a-kind competition and awards gala presents $25,000 in cash, scholarships and prizes to Florida student filmmakers. Submission deadline: January 21, 2009. For film categories and submission info, please call 561/233-1000.

The SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL invites you to the 15th annual festival, February 24 – March 1, 2009. The six-day festival features more than 125 films, including features, documentaries, shorts and animation. Filmmakers and audiences from around the world have heralded Sedona's festival as one of their favorites. For more information, please call the festival office at 928/282-1177.

14TH ANNUAL STONY BROOK FILM FESTIVAL, July 23 - August 1, 2009. A highly competitive festival, with shorts and features screened over 10 days, every evening and all weekend, in Staller Center's Main Stage Theater on a 40-foot screen. 15,000 attended screenings in 2008. Closing Night Awards Reception hosted by film critic John Anderson.
Filmmakers enjoy screening to one of the largest audiences on the festival circuit, with up to 1,000 people at a screening. Entry is free thanks to sponsors. Deadline to enter: May 1. Questions? E-mail: filmfestival@stonybrookfilmfestival.com

The 18TH WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL is seeking film submissions. The nationally acclaimed Woods Hole Film Festival will take place from July 25 through August 1, 2009 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For more information, contact info@woodsholefilmfestival.org

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