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Startfest Film Festival 2013 Web Exclusive

The ICS team visited the 1st annual Startfest Film Festival. The Student Art Festival helps educate, exhibit and recognize the achievements of aspiring high school and college students. Startfest is the ONLY film festival where students compete against their peers and receive valuable, constructive feedback on their work from leading industry professionals. Through their unique judging criteria students are able to focus on their challenges as well as appreciate their successes. STARTFEST also is a great place to network with fellow filmmakers, enthusiasts and professionals. For more information about the festival visit their website at http://www.studentartfestival.org

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1st Annual White House Student Film Festival

http://www.whitehouse.gov/filmfestival

Yes, THAT White House.

In the sprit of DeLand’s own STARTFEST and other student geared film festivals and showcases such as; the Flamingo Film Festival in South Florida and Palm Beach International’s Student Showcase of Films in West Palm Beach, comes the 1st Annual White House Film Festival. The topic? Technology in schools; how does a student currently use technology in school and what kind of role will technology play in future classrooms? Given the current iGeneration, I will be very curious to see the entries. The TechHead in me is even more curious to see HOW they choose to capture their entries…

Official selections have a chance of screening at the White House in mid-February 2014, as well as promotion on the White House’s Official web (YouTube AND Vimeo) and social media sites. Not bad for a K-12 student’s first film fest, right? Should the White House need an outlet to cover this soon-to-be-esteemed, inaugural film festival (and include travel/accomodations!) or a great, kid-friendly panel of professional judges, our ICS Field Team is standing by. (I have never been to Washington, DC!!)

More entry information for teachers/students via whitehouse.gov/filmfestival below…

You don’t have to be a kid to be excited about this:

The first ever White House Student Film Festival launches today — and it’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12. We’re asking you to answer these big questions:

What’s your education story & how does technology and connectivity fit into how you learn at school or on your own? How do you imagine technology will change the educational experience for kids in the future?

Films can be short – in fact 3 minutes tops. The official selections will be featured on the White House website, and shared across the world on White House sites and official social media accounts. In fact, if selected, you may have a chance to attend the film fest yourself at the White House.

Ready to get started? Check out our official page at WhiteHouse.Gov/FilmFest — where you can learn more, read the official rules, see how to submit your video, and hear from Bill Nye (the Science Guy). And if you’re a parent, guardian, or teacher, make sure you spread the word to kids with big ideas!

We can’t wait to see what you make.

Here are more important details you should know:

  • Every student entry has to have a parent/guardian or teacher sponsor.
  • Films can be submitted now through January 29th, 2014. 
  • If your video is selected as an official selection, you could have a chance to attend the mid-February screening at the White House.

Read the complete rules (and submit your video!) at WhiteHouse.Gov/FilmFest


Enzian Theater’s Brouhaha Announces 2014 Florida Film Festival Selectees

Imagine it. You make a short film and submit it to festivals, including Enzian Theater’s monthly FilmSlam. You blink, and win First Place. Next, your film advances to Enzian’s Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase (or you just submit directly to Brouhaha). When the selectees are announced, your short film is among them, and you realize, “I’m going to the Florida Film Festival!” Sounds cheesy but this just happened to 14 locally produced films.

Are you or your films among them? Here’s the breaking news direct from Enzian‘s website;

Now featuring an Audience Award, Brouhaha has quietly grown to become one of the premier outlets for locally produced films and videos, the best work from film schools statewide, and a fun-filled gathering for lovers of independent film. Audiences are made up of filmmakers, film educators, local production representatives, industry organization members, and the general public, all fascinated by the scope and creativity of films screened each year representing the entire spectrum of Florida’s immense talent pool.

The following films from the 22nd annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase, held this past weekend November 23 & 24, were selected to represent the “Best of Brouhaha” in the 2014 Florida Film Festival (April 4 – 13):

RUNAWAY RENN (directed by Zachary Johnson, FSU, ***Audience Award Winner***)
THE FEAR OF BEING UNINTERESTING (directed by McKenzi Vanderberg, Rollins College)
DEAD TO RIGHTS (directed by Daniel Neil, Ringling College of Art and Design)
CHICKEN OR THE EGG (directed by Elaine Wu & Christine Kim, Ringling College of Art and Design)
THE PAST (directed by Sean Sida & Garrett Callahan, Full Sail University)
MOONBOUNCE (directed by Michael Kefeyalew, FSU)
SMALL WORLDS (directed by Steven Sobel, Daytona State College)
TECHSQUAD (directed by TL Westgate, October FilmSlam winner)
THE FLY (directed by Jarelis Cabrera, Trinity Preparatory School)
WHERE IS ALICE? (directed by Zachary Beckler, UCF)
BYE HYUNGJIK (directed by Hyungjik Lee, FSU)
FINAL STRAW (directed by Riccardo Renna, Ringling College of Art and Design)
RUNAWAY (directed by Susan Yung, Emily Buchanan & Esther Parobek, Ringling College of Art and Design)
LITTLE AFRICA (directed by Curtis Adair, FSU)

Interesting tidbit about one of this year’s selectees; Techsquad follows in the footsteps of fellow FilmSlam & Brouhaha honoree, Brian Quain’s You Have This Long in that, it too was made in 48 Hours (but NOT a 48 Hour Film Project). Quain’s short was also screened during 2012’s Florida Film Festival. Also, Techsquad is the only selectee not part of a school project, having been produced by local production company Creative Inlet Films. Could (well made) short films made in 48 hours become a trend for local filmmakers? We’ll see…


22nd Annual Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase This Weekend at Enzian

22nd Annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase

Now featuring an Audience Award, Brouhaha has quietly grown to become one of the premier outlets for locally produced films and videos, the best work from film schools statewide, and a fun-filled gathering for lovers of independent film. Audiences are made up of filmmakers, film educators, local production representatives, industry organization members, and the general public, all fascinated by the scope and creativity of films screened each year representing the entire spectrum of Florida’s immense talent pool. The 22nd Annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase will take place November 23 & 24, 2013.

Regular admission is only $5 per program with a $10 Showcase Pass which covers all 4 programs over both days. Admission is FREE for Enzian Film Society members and participating filmmakers!
Click here to join or renew today.

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2nd Annual Key West Film Festival 2013 at Tropic Cinema, Nov 13-17

 

For those of you down South Florida way, here’s a word about the Key West Film Festival 2013, starting TONIGHT at the legendary Tropic Cinema, from Founder Brooke Christian:

Hi all –

I am thrilled to announce the second annual Key West Film Festival will be November 13-17, 2013! This year, KWFF will be bigger and better than ever, and we are pleased to partner with Tropic Cinema once again to make it a success.

In 2012, KWFF screened more than 30 movies, sold more than 2,000 tickets, hosted an amazing kickoff party at the Hemingway House, and curated several sold out panel sessions. We’ve already got a great program on tap this year, and we’re adding to it with each week that passes.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Mariel Hemingway in person as part of our Spotlight Film presentation of RUNNING FROM CRAZY
  • John Waters performing his one-man show as well as a screening of I AM DIVINE with Waters and Director Jeffrey Schwarz on hand for live Q&A
  • Steven Bauer in person with CUBAMERICAN
  • Our all-new Screenwriters’ Spotlight focusing on the art of writing for film – featuring Paul Haggis (CRASH and MILLION DOLLAR BABY) and Terry George (IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER and HOTEL RWANDA).

We are so excited to bring the love of film back to Key West this November. The KWFF team will be in touch soon with more information on tickets, donations, merchandise, and everything else there is to know about planning your 2013 festival experience.

If you would like any additional information in the mean time, visit KWFF’s website at kwfilmfest.com or email us at info@keywestfilmfestival.com.

See you soon in Key West!

Best regards,

Brooke Christian
Founder and Chairman
Key West Film Festival


Indie Cinema Showcase Web Exclusive: 48 Hour Film Project Orlando 2013

We were very happy to see more than a few Indie Cinema Showcase alumni as participants in this year’s 48 Hour Film Project Orlando! See if you can spot them here:

48 Hour Film Project Assistant Producer, Christopher LeCours shares, “The 2013 48HFP was a terrific success. Many new teams entered this year, competing against the likes of veteran teams (including Creative Inlet Films, DM Productions, Aviators and Amps Media Group).  The talent this year was incredible, giving both the audience and the judges 2 incredible nights of entertainment.  It’s truly amazing to see how much talent we have in this small city of ours.  I’m certainly excited to see what next year will bring!

TechSquad, voted Orlando’s Best 48 Hour Film for 2013 now advances to the 48 Hour Filmapalooza, March 6-10th, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana, then possibly to Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner 2014 should it rank in the Top 10 films of the fest. Good luck Team Creative Inlet Films!

Also, if you didn’t read the great article about The 48 in Orlando Weekly by Cameron Meier, you should check it out!

A great insight into being a 48 Hour filmmaker


Out In The Open Film Festival with Director John Waters TONIGHT at The Abbey

The 7th annual Come Out With Pride® Orlando festivities start October 1st with the Out In The Open Film Festival, and run through October 6, closing with a special Pride on Broadway performance of Mamma Mia at Bob Carr Performing Arts Center.

Filmmakers will be particularly interested in the fest tonight at The Abbey, as it features “An Evening With John Waters!” Many, including myself, are huge fans of his one man show “THIS FILTHY WORLD,” but others know him as director of such films as; Pink Flamingoes, Cry-Baby, Hairspray and A Dirty Shame. Mr. Waters also adds actor, stand-up comedian, writer, journalist, visual artist, and art collector to his already bustling repertoire.

Come Out With Pride Executive Director,  Mikael Audebert, says, “We are quite ecstatic to have worked with several of our partners to bring about diversity and great talents to Orlando, not just on the day of Pride, but throughout the week. We have a little bit for everyone and that is exactly what we wanted to do as our community is a wonderful “collage” that needed to be represented through our week long celebration.”

Cost:

$39 General Admission

$150 Meet & Greet Reception

For information about upcoming events, please visit http://comeoutwithpride.com/, check out the Digital Pride Guide or  download the Come Out With Pride smartphone app (the first ever app for a Gay Pride event in Florida!) for iPhone/Android.


2013 Orlando 48 Hour Film Project Winners

On Saturday, participants of this year’s 48 Hour Film Project finally found out who won! Team Creative Inlet Films won Best Film with their short, “TechSquad,” which has been gaining steady popularity on YouTube. Tieing more than once with “TechSquad” was “The Grand,” by DM Productions. This all-star team, fronted by ICS alum Dale Metz (Director of “See”), also features fellow ICS alumni, “Broken Triangle” Director, Charles Frisby  and maestress of sfx makeup, Ashli Szymanski. “Another Day” from Team Potato and “Private Eyes” from Team Spark Studios both had strong showings and tied for Best Film Runner-Up – among others – while Team O-Town Posse cleaned up in some of the technical categories. See complete winners list below.  (We were very happy to see more than a few ICS alumni as participants this year!)

Fest Assistant Producer, Christopher LeCours shares, “The 2013 48HFP was a terrific success. Many new teams entered this year, competing against the likes of veteran teams (including Creative Inlet Films, DM Productions, Aviators and Amps Media Group).  The talent this year was incredible, giving both the audience and the judges 2 incredible nights of entertainment.  It’s truly amazing to see how much talent we have in this small city of ours.  I’m certainly excited to see what next year will bring!”

Winners of this year’s 48 Hour Film Project awards are…

 

www.48hourfilm.com/orlando

Best Costumes/Wardrobe (tie)

  • Chixor – ReD Arrow
  • The Wendigo – Team Awesome

Best Choreography (tie)

  • Chixor – ReD Arrow
  • La Venganza – The Presidium

Best Musical Score (tie)

  • The Grand – DM Productions
  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films

Best Special Effects

  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films

Best Graphics

  • The Grand – DM Productions

Best Use of Dialogue (tie)

  • Private Eyes – Spark Studios
  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films

Best Use of Prop

  • Private Eyes – Spark Studios

Best Use of Character

  • The Grand – DM Productions

Best Sound Design

  • Psychosis – O Town Posse
  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films (Runner Up)

Best Cinematography

  • Psychosis – O Town Posse

Best Acting (Ensemble)

  • Psychosis – O Town Posse

Best Editing

  • The Grand – DM Productions

Best Writing

  • Another Day – Potato

Best Direction (tie)

  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films
  • Psychosis – O Town Posse

Best Film Runner Up (tie)

  • Another Day – Potato
  • Private Eyes – Spark Studios

Best Film

  • TechSquad – Creative Inlet Films

Congratulations to all the winners! The Best Film for Orlando, TechSquad, now advances to the 48 Hour Filmapalooza, March 6-10th, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana,

 

Also, if you didn’t read the article in Orlando Weekly by Cameron Meier on the 48 Hour Film Project Orlando, you should check it out!

A great insight into being a 48 Hour filmmaker


2013 Orlando 48 Hour Film Project: And the nominees are…

If you didn’t see last week’s Orlando Weekly cover story by Cameron Meier on the 48 Hour Film Project Orlando, you should check it out! (Side note: Look for some familiar ICS faces and names inside!)

A great insight into being a 48 Hour filmmaker!

The categories and nominees for this year’s 48 Hour Film Project awards are…

www.48hourfilm.com/orlando

Best Costumes/Wardrobe

  • Another Day-Potato
  • Chixor-ReD Arrow
  • Real Housewives of Superheroes-Ponce Upon A Time Puppets
  • The Wendigo-Team Awesome

Best Choreography

  • Chixor-ReD Arrow
  • LaVenganza-The Presidium

Best Musical Score

  • Another Day-Potato
  • Private Eyes-Spark Studios
  • TechSquad-Creative Inlet Films
  • The Grand-DM Productions

Best SFX & Graphics

  • BFFB-It’s Rendering
  • Chixor-ReD Arrow
  • Rome is Burning-The Ringers
  • TechSquad-Creative Inlet Films
  • The Grand-DM Productions
  • The Wendigo-Team Awesome

Best Use of Dialogue

  • Dateless-Summertime Entertainment
  • Private Eyes-Spark Studios
  • TechSquad-Creative Inlet Films
  • The Grand-DM Productions
  • To Protect and Serve-Makeshift Studios

Best Use of Prop

  • BFFB-It’s Rendering
  • Out To Lunch-Lombard
  • Private Eyes-Spark Studios
  • TechSquad-Creative Inlet Films
  • The Wendigo-Team Awesome

Best Use of Character

  • Another Day-Potato
  • Plans-Destiny Bender
  • To Protect and Serve-Makeshift Studios
  • The Grand-DM Productions

Best Sound Design

  • Psychosis-O Town Posse
  • Rome Is Burning-The Ringers
  • TechSquad-Creative Inlet Films

Best Cinematography

  • Another Day-Potato
  • Private Eyes-Spark Studios
  • Psychosis-O Town Posse
  • TechSquad-Creative Inlet Films

Best Acting

  • Another Day-Potato
  • Private Eyes-Spark Studios
  • Psychosis-O Town Posse

Best Editing

  • Another Day-Potato
  • Private Eyes-Spark Studios
  • Psychosis-O Town Posse
  • The Grand-DM Productions
  • Sketches-Blue Paradise

Best Writing

  • Another Day-Potato
  • BFFB-It’s Rendering
  • Private Eyes-Spark Studios
  • TechSquad-Creative Inlet Films

Best Directing

  • Another Day-Potato
  • BFFB-It’s Rendering
  • Psychosis-O Town Posse
  • TechSquad-Creative Inlet Films

Best Film

  • Another Day-Potato
  • BFFB-It’s Rendering
  • Private Eyes-Spark Studios
  • Psychosis-O Town Posse
  • TechSquad-Creative Inlet Films

Congratulations to all the nominees! The awards show, from what we’re told, should be sometime next week. Keep an eye peeled on this blog for updates as to the location, date and time…


Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival Sept 6-7

#MIFF2013 Indie film friends, take note! The 15th annual Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival starts tomorrow, Friday, September 6th and runs through the 7th. Florida indie spirit comes alive on the Space Coast with events and screenings such as; Matinee Magic, Fright Night Friday, the MIFF Comedy Show, speciality cocktails and a late night film Grindhouse presentation. Purchase tickets, get directions and download a full schedule at http://www.3boysproductions.com/miff.htm!.

 

BIOF

Come see an 18 year old Randy Molnar in his film debut!

This year is a special one for sure. The almost forgotten “Blame it on Florida,” a 60s beach themed film starring a young and carefree Cocoa Beach; back when parking was free and you could park your car in the sand! The film was directed by Brevard Community College alum, Glenn Przyborski.

What I particularly appreciate about this fest is all ticket sales benefit the No Limits Academy, a school for children with physical challenges. Real Food Kitchens, the online show and magazine, will once again be holding a food tasting event with proceeds benefitting The Children’s Hunger Project, “Brevard County’s Backpack Program.

There’s never an excuse to not give back to your community, filmmakers. MIFF is a great example of indie film and community love! See you there!

 

Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival 2013 – Blame it on Florida! is scheduled for Sept 6-7

August 14th, 2013 (Melbourne, FL) – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival (MIFF) is set for Sept. 6-7, featuring a rarely seen 1969 beach movie shot in Brevard County, Cartoon Network Adult Swim personalities, dozens of quality independent films from around Florida and the globe, and the return of “Real Food Real Kitchens.” The 15th annual event will be held at the Premiere Theaters Oaks Stadium 10, 1800 W. Hibiscus Blvd. in Melbourne, Florida.
Each year, the MIFF brings some of the best independent films to an enthusiastic Florida audience and promotes the filmmaking arts while raising money for good causes. The theme of this year’s event is “Blame it on Florida!” in honor of our exclusive presentation of one of the earliest successful independent films, and it hasn’t been seen in over 35 years. Shot in Brevard County in 1969, Glenn Przyborski’s “Blame It on Florida” features retro surf footage and historical shots of our community while telling the story of two girls on spring break who learn to surf. This year’s film festival is proud to honor the spirit of that film and features spectacular films selected from over 250 entries. The MIFF also takes pride in showcasing Florida filmmakers and local talent. This year will be no exception.
At 3 p.m., the MIFF begins with a 2 hour pre-show called Matinee Magic featuring a slate of excellent short films to build the mood for a weekend of film adventure.
At 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, Real Food Real Kitchens, the series about family, food, culture and history, will open the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival for the second year in a row. This year, we will be premiering the first episode from Season 2; a new series, “Real Food Real Kitchens Resorts & Vacations”; the recently released Real Food Real Kitchens magazine; and more to be announced. All of this will be followed by a food tasting event with dishes featured on the TV series and in the magazine.

A fantastic horror program entitled Fright Night Friday is sure to scare genre fans and is planned at 7 p.m., headlined by a Florida feature film, Jaime Velez-Soto’s “Rockabilly Zombie Weekend.”

At 9:15 p.m. Friday, the MIFF is proud to feature the triumphant return of comedian Dana Snyder (Master Shake from “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Squidbillies”). If you missed it last year, we’re sure you heard about it. He will host a spectacular R-rated comedy show featuring films and performance with special guests Lear Bunda (Adult Swim, “Squidbillies”), Matt Mariska (“Code Monkeys,” “Robot Chicken”), Jon Schnepp (“Metalocalypse,” “The Venture Brothers”), Andy Sipes (“Code Monkeys”), and cocktail-making aficionados Pat Martin and Billy Tracey from Facebook’s “What Are Pat and Billy Drinking?” Also featured are “The Dock Show”, “La Croix Boyz” and exclusive content not yet shown on Adult Swim and Comedy Central.

The evening ends with a late night Grindhouse presentation featuring delicious shorts and Joel Wynkoop’s classic karate “masterpiece” “Lost Faith” at 11 pm.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the show begins early at 9 a.m. with the Florida Filmmakers Matinee, which will showcase an exceptional selection of short film projects from around the State of Florida.

At 1 p.m., the Meet the Filmmakers Roundtable Q&A will give a chance for the audience to interact with the filmmakers themselves.

At 2 p.m., special guests Zak Knutson (“MILIUS”) and John Schnepp (“The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?”) will discuss their film careers and how to make a meaningful documentary for today’s audience and the future.

At 3 p.m., director Zak Knutson presents, by exclusive engagement, “MILIUS – the John Milius Documentary.” Directed by Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson, the film details the life story of one of the most influential and controversial film directors in the history of Hollywood, John Milius (“Apocalypse Now,” “Jaws,” “Big Wednesday,” “Conan The Barbarian,” “Dirty Harry,” “Red Dawn”).

At 5 p.m., the “World of Spectacular Films” program features a specially chosen selection of international and non-Florida films.

At 6:30 p.m., the red carpet reception begins, and then a program of fantastic shorts will be shown, followed by the awards ceremony. Films include Glenn Przyborski’s 1969 indie classic “Blame It on Florida,” two Academy Award-nominated shorts, Paulette King’s “Betrayal Square,” Steven Shea’s “Fiend Fatale” and more. The VIP reception upstairs afterward features live performances by recording artists Robin & Eddy, delicious food from The Courtyard at the Oaks, and great camaraderie celebrating independent filmmaking.

Tickets will be available at the Premiere Theaters Oaks Stadium 10, or online at www.premieretheaters.com. The best deal is a $60 pass that gets festival goers into all events all weekend, including the Friday and Saturday night parties. Guests also may purchase tickets for individual events.

All proceeds benefit The No Limits Academy; the Real Food Real Kitchens program will benefit The Children’s Hunger Project.

For more information, go to:
www.3boysproductions.com
www.premieretheaters.com
or join us on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/melbourneindependentfilmmakersfestival

Follow the festival on Twitter @MelbourneIFF.

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