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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


1st Annual White House Student Film Festival

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 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…

12th Annual Women in Film & Television Florida Jingle Mingle Dec 5th

It’s that wonderful time of year again! The 12th Annual Jingle Mingle has finally arrived – and YOU’RE INVITED!


WHEN: Thursday, December 5th from 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

WHERE: Winter Park Farmer’s Market, 200 W New England Ave. Orlando, FL 32789

WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Mingle with Florida’s top production, digital media & entertainment associates! Silent auction, 50/50 Raffle, fabulous food, flipbook photo fun, music, cash bar, and more!


  • $20: Members of participating organizations in advance
  • $30: Non-members

Participating associations include: FMPTA, AAF-Orlando, FemFessionals, IDGA, DMAF & Film Florida

**Tickets are complimentary with a new or renewed full membership to WIFT-FL. Click here to apply or renew.**


Unwrapped gift donations accepted on behalf of the Monarch Academy School for Autistic Children. See below for suggested donations.


At this year’s Jingle Mingle, all unwrapped gift donations will go to the Monarch Academy School for Autistic Children. Please see the list below for donation suggestions:

  • Leap pads
  • Talking board games
  • Waffle bat and balls
  • Science dvd’s
  • Beach ball
  • Innotab cartridges (regular innotab)
  • Blow-up ball pit
  • Playdough kits
  • Putty
  • Modeling clay
  • Occupational lacing kits
  • Computers
  • Ipads
  • Wireless internet sticks
  • Headphones
  • Wooden puzzles
  • Trampoline
  • 24 challenge math game
  • Water-based paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Beakers
  • Bunsen burners
  • Mason Jars
  • Lab workbooks
  • Litmus paper
  • Magnets
  • Measuring scale
  • Microscopes with projectors
  • Unbreakable mirrors
  • Science books/journals
  • Scissors
  • Slides for microscopes
  • Stylus
  • Children’s encyclopedias
  • Personal children’s dictionaries
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Therapeutic scissors
  • Outdoor swing for older students (porch swing that sits on the ground)
  • Bill Nye Science DVD’s
  • Educational software games ages 12+
  • Large therapy balls
  • Soccer ball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer net
  • Hula hoops
  • Weighted pencil grips
  • Puzzles 48+ pieces

The Monarch Academy thanks you for your support!

Gus Corbella: Keep Florida’s Film Industry Booming

As many of you know, Indie Cinema Showcase is as ‘indie‘ as the films we showcase. We are a zero budget production doing our best to bring YOU the best of Florida’s film, television and local entertainment goings on. When our mighty four person Field Team comes together, we utilize all available resources we can find to provide the very best coverage out of our own pockets. Yes, I said that collectively, OUR pockets. Sometimes it’s at a small sacrifice… other times it’s at a great one.

Personally, I have turned down paying work from major networks (when coverage couldn’t be rescheduled) to make sure we have at least a skeleton crew to cover an event for Indie Cinema Showcase. Call me stupid, but that’s how much I believe in what we’re doing here at the show. Those who know me personally know, I only back causes and brands that I wholeheartedly believe in. ICS is one of those causes.

Like all of you, our Field Team and show producers actively work in this industry as well as produce Indie Cinema Showcase. As of January 2014, we will enter our Fourth Season. While this show is truly a labor of love for all of us, we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t love it. And we’re not the only ones who feel this way about our industry here in Florida. Below we share an example of such passion, penned by Gus Corbella for the Tallahassee Democrat last month;

Keep Florida’s film industry booming

Oct. 28, 2013 6:30 PM
Written by Gus Corbella
Opinion Columnist

Gus Corbella is serving his third term as chairman of the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council, the lead advisory body to Florida government on entertainment issues. He is also the director of government law and policy for Greenberg Traurig in Tallahassee ( 

I can’t help but smile when I read in Variety about the mayor of Los Angeles begging film and television studios not to take work out of his city.

A recent study by Film Works LA finds that movie production in Los Angeles has plummeted 60 percent since its peak 15 years ago. Increased taxes and regulations are driving the entertainment industry out of California in a sort of reverse manifest destiny, and studios are farming out productions throughout the country, including here to Florida.
The Sunshine State has been successfully utilizing tax credits to attract the industry to shoot major motion pictures, television series and other independent productions here. The benefits to Florida are many: high-wage jobs, boosts to the local economies and worldwide publicity for our state. However, entertainment incentives in Florida are at a critical juncture, and our state could suffer unless we act during the upcoming legislative session.

Here’s why: The $296 million in tax credits appropriated for the industry since 2010 by the Legislature have mostly been committed. That is a testament to the success of the program and the industry’s interest in our state.

As legislators struggle to identify where to best invest limited resources in the coming months, I hope they’ll see the incredible value that has come from luring these productions to Florida. Legislation will be considered in the coming months to reseed and modernize the financial incentive program to keep Florida competitive with other locations trying to attract these productions. Providing a reliable and stable funding mechanism that will guarantee Florida as the “go-to location” for entertainment production is an opportunity that Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature should not pass up this spring.

Any resident of South Beach can attest to the transformative powers of television. “Miami Vice” changed the landscape of South Florida in the 1980s by re-energizing Miami as one of the emerging entertainment capitals of the world and the global center for Hispanic media.

“Burn Notice,” one of four major television shows recently produced in South Florida, wrapped up a seven-season run this year and is now in syndication in more than 200 countries. The movie “The Truman Show” helped convert the sleepy town of Seaside and State Road 30A into a major beach destination. Many of the top video games played by enthusiasts globally are produced in Maitland, which is also becoming a high-tech hub for military, medical and training simulation development.

Don’t forget the little dolphin named Winter, who starred in “Dolphin Tale.” The modern family classic re-energized the city of Clearwater and made the Clearwater Marine Aquarium a tourist destination for children and families throughout the world.

Considering all our years of success, it would be regrettable for Florida to suffer an entertainment exodus simply because we failed to take the necessary steps to cultivate this blossoming industry in our state.

Without a doubt, the entertainment industry can continue to play a substantial role in our state’s economic recovery and diversification. According to the Office of Film and Entertainment, production in Florida has created more than 100,000 jobs for Floridians in the past three years alone, paying more than $658 million in wages to talented professionals who call our state home.

This creative economy also has tremendous ripple effects on our local communities. Feature films and television productions spend on average $225,000 per day on-location, providing an infusion of new money to local businesses, including hotel rooms, rental cars, restaurants, legal and medical services, security, office space and equipment rentals. “Burn Notice” alone generated more than $120 million in total local direct spend during its run, employing more than 200 cast and crew and thousands of extras. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the promotional value of the show to be $170 million a year.

Florida is uniquely poised to permanently attract and grow this vibrant industry within our state. Legislators should capitalize on this opportunity and commit in the months ahead to renew our efforts to lure these productions to Florida. From the big screen to the iPad screen, it’s time to hear “lights, camera, action” being barked out once again in Florida – not time to yell “cut!” to our efforts.

This Op Ed appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat and was featured on on October 29, 2013

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 or email us at

See you soon in Key West!

Best regards,

Brooke Christian
Founder and Chairman
Key West Film Festival

Film Florida’s 2013 Tallahassee Wrap Up

Short and Long Term Growth Strategies for Cultivating & Growing Florida’s Entertainment Production Industry

Film, Television, Production & Entertainment Industry Stakeholders Invited

WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 2013


Continental Breakfast will be served

WHERE: The Florida State Capitol Building

300 Monroe Street, 3rd Floor

House of Representatives Majority Conference Room

Tallahassee, FL 32399

This is the last of in a series of Film Florida Forums that have been held across the State.

This presentations was designed to reinforce the value of the entertainment production industries to Florida’s economy, as a job creator and tourism inducer. Compelling case studies and data about the success of Florida’s incentive program will be discussed.

ALSO, please join Film Florida for our presentation directly after the Wrap Up:

11:30am – 12:30pm

The Florida State Capitol Building

300 Monroe Street

House Office Building 102 – Reed Hall

Tallahassee, FL 32399

Your participation at these events is important to shaping the future of the Florida Film & Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive Program!

Register Now!

RSVP is required as seating is limited.

We look forward to seeing you in Tallahassee!

Networking Opportunity: October WIFT Wednesdays at 310 Lakeside

Every 4th Wednesday of the month!       6-9pm

310 Lakeside Restaurant
301 East Pine St., Orlando 32801
*Street Parking is FREE after 6PM

Mix and mingle with your fellow Women in Film and Television members in a casual setting every 4th Wednesday of the month for WIFT Wednesdays.

(Cash Bar) Drink Specials:
All Three Olives Vodka flavors $4
16oz. Draft specials – Bud Light $2 / Peroni $3
All Domestic Bottled beers $3
House Wines $5
Well Drinks $4

Free and open to the public.

Come learn more about WIFT-FL and what we have to offer industry professionals!

Enzian FilmSlam Results: October 2013

Audience Vote Results for October (last Slam of) 2013:

    1) TechSquad (2013) 
    Director & Producer: TL Westgate; Writer TL Westgate, Michelle Bretana
    Running Time 8:46   Website:
    Synopsis: When the Department of Homeland Security needed a new task force to fight modern day crimes, they teamed up one hero cop with one tech savvy cop to form TechSquad.

    2) In Vain (2013)
    Director & Writer: Charles Frisby; Producer Kristin Frisby
    Running Time: 15:45  Website;
    Synopsis: Popular internet blogger Alexis suffers from a mental breakdown as mysterious visions in her mirrors haunt her every waking moment. 

    3) Earn (2013)
    Director: Kevin Shah; Producer Ylian Alfaro Snyder; Writer Kevin Shah, Paul Decker
    Running Time: 10:53
    Synopsis: After his death, a father sends his son on a scavenger hunt. In a surprising twist, the past unravels, allowing him to find himself again.

    See you at the 22nd Annual Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase on November 23 & 24th!

Enzian FilmSlam this Sunday, October 13

Enzian FilmSlam. It’s FREE to submit. Tickets are only $5. You get to check out your work on the big screen in front of an audience of people who aren’t (necessarily) your friends. There’s a Director Q&A after the screening, plenty of networking time afterward at Eden Bar… what filmmaker WOULDN’T take advantage of this?!

Never fear! Enzian’s annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase is right around the corner! Next month to be exact. Click this link to find out more information.

To round out the last FilmSlam of 2013: 

In Vain (2013)
Director & Writer: Charles Frisby; Producer Kristin Frisby
Running Time: 15:45  Website;
Synopsis: Popular internet blogger Alexis suffers from a mental breakdown as mysterious visions in her mirrors haunt her every waking moment. 

Amazing Grace (2013)
Director: Todd Thompson; Producer & Writer Tony Sterling
Running Time; 9:23  Website;
Synopsis: Older man wants to marry younger woman but he has to overcome jealousy of the way she looks, acts and dresses around other men. A surprise awaits him.

TechSquad (2013) 
Director & Producer: TL Westgate; Writer TL Westgate, Michelle Bretana
Running Time 8:46   Website:
Synopsis: When the Department of Homeland Security needed a new task force to fight modern day crimes, they teamed up one hero cop with one tech savvy cop to form TechSquad.

Earn (2013)
Director: Kevin Shah; Producer Ylian Alfaro Snyder; Writer Kevin Shah, Paul Decker
Running Time: 10:53
Synopsis: After his death, a father sends his son on a scavenger hunt. In a surprising twist, the past unravels, allowing him to find himself again.

Speculum (2013)
Director/Producer/Writer: Kris A. Truini
Running Time: 3:51
Synopsis: Darkness can poison our souls and stain our heart with hopelessness and depression. A man can have every excuse to end his life but never a reason. Minds are fragile and the lack of hope and happiness can kill us so easily.

SP #7 (2013)
Director/Producer/Writer: Carl Knickerbocker
Running Time: 2:30   Website:
Synopsis: Religion, social structures and mortality, cuddled in eerie and dunked in darkness. Perhaps an unsettling dream? Part of a series of philosophical driven shorts. In the Suburban Primitive style.

Sleepy Fun Time (2013)
Director & Writer: Carson Griffin; Producer Carson Griffin & Teri Harrison
Running Time 6:27  Website:
Synopsis: When Danielle decides to have a slumber party, her and her friends soon discover an unexpected, unexplained, and unusual guest has arrived. Thus making it a night that will scar them with a powerhouse of blood, laughs, and pies.

The Bloody Jug Band – Roadkill Boys (2013)
Director: Steven Shea; Producer: T.W. Anderson, Steven Shea, John Theisen
Running Time: 4:10
Synopsis: A happy couple goes camping in the woods, but little did they know they would run into the Roadkill Boys and their lives would change forever…

FilmSlam 2014 dates: COMING SOON!

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