Category Archives: Outside of Florida…

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


AOTG Post Production Photo Scavenger Hunt starts 8/20

If you are a Post fiend, a social media shutterbug or both, this contest is for YOU! It starts TOMORROW, Tuesday, August 20th so get registerin’! It’s FREE *and* you can win cool post-y prizes!

Also editing peeps, check out my pals from the North over at Art of the Guillotine. They compile all the editing news you need to know and deliver daily to your inbox! AOTG also throws together some great video content to assist and inform…

AOTG Post Prod #photohunt

The First Ever Post Production Photo Scavenger Hunt!

Special thank you to Jen Vargas who suggested Aotg do this, check out her blog and work on Central Florida Top 5 and Indie Cinema Showcase

How To Play: Playing along is really simple. For three days in August we will release a small list of items or concepts you need to find around your cutting room. Some will be easy, some will be hard. For each item you get points based on their difficulty. We are open to creativity, so if we ask for angry talent and you decide to dress up and take the photo all the better. Of course you could just sneak a photo of some angry talent. 

You will need to find the items from the daily list posted on and with your phone, take a photo of the item or concept and share it on Twitter with the hashtag #posthunt. 

Check out other people’s photos with the hashtag #posthunt, make sure to not duplicate a concept (actual items can duplicate) or it won’t be counted.

Days last from 8 AM EST. until 8AM EST the following morning. At that point the day’s items are retired and you need to move on to the next day’s list. Each day the top posts are shared via facebook and twitter. Team efforts are allowed! 

Dates: August 20-22, 2013 

Prizes: 1 year Lightworks Pro, Motion Elements Gift Certificates, AJA T-Tap, and Da Vinci Resolve! 

Disclaimer: Don’t post racy photos, it’s all in good fun, enjoy yourself and share this with friends! 

Sign up at

Filmmakers in Austin! Check out Lights. Camera. Help.


Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE IT when my worlds combine and form a nifty hybrid of awesome; film and volunteering, space and social media or any combination of all the above. “Lights. Camera. Help.” is a film festival after my own heart. LCH Co-Founder & Exec Director, Aaron Bramley, and I go way back on Twitter. (He used to work for another cause close to my heart, American Cancer Society.)

On the heels of last weekend’s Global Peace Film Festival here in Orlando, this Austin, TX based fest is shining a light on some fantastic organizations. LCHFF kicks off tonight at Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. Florida film peeps working/living in Austin should check it out. Read more about them below…

On Twitter: @NPFilm, #LCH2013

Big Impact on the Big Screen at the Film Festival for Causes

The 5th Annual Lights. Camera. Help. Cause-Driven Film Festival is set for August 15-17.

Austin, TX – July 14, 2013 – Lights. Camera. Help.’s uniquely cause-driven Film Festival kicks off on August 15 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Village Location. The three-day film festival will host dozens of cause-driven films that focus on the good happening in the world and the organizations that are getting it done. The festival brings together activists, film fans, advocates, nonprofits and filmmakers to show us the beautiful results when causes and films meet.

The Festival’s Program Coordinator, Virginia Hernandez, said “We’re so proud to present this year’s film selections. The quality and variety of submissions we received was truly impressive, and as a result, we were able to cultivate a unique and inspiring program. We are excited to show these works, and even more excited to draw attention to the great causes behind the films.”

Badges are $70 and come complete with entry to all three nights of the festival, dinner and a drink each night and admittance to the awards party on Saturday night. Tickets may be purchased for $25-$30 for admittance to a single night of festival screenings. You may also purchase a ticket to the awards party on Saturday night only for $20.

Aaron Bramley, co-founder and Executive Director shares his excitement about the closing awards event, stating, “The awards party will be a chance to celebrate those who do good in our community, network with other filmmakers and nonprofit professionals and award prizes to the nonprofits associated with the winning films of the festival. With numerous food and drink sponsors, it’s sure to be a night to remember.”

Our featured, closing night film this year is Brasslands, a story of the world’s largest trumpet competition in a tiny, Serbian village. The competition is teeming with Serbian trumpet champions and Roma gypsies, and, this year, an unlikely brass band from New York City. The festivities and competition that commences is a testament to the transcendent nature of music. This documentary film shows that despite vast political, racial and ethnic divides, people can gather to dance, to enjoy music and to celebrate life. The screening will include a panel discussion and audience Q&A with the directors, a group of filmmakers from Meerkat Media Collective.

On Friday night, join us after our feature “When I Rise” for a discussion with the director of that film, Mat Hames. When I rise is a feature-length documentary about Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.

For a complete list of the films that will be screening, you can visit our website. The nonprofits that are represented in the films include Austin locals I Live Here, I Give Here, Center for Public Policy Priorities, and Austin Children’s Shelter, among many other national and international organizations such as Mama Hope, The Kashi REAL Project and The Nature Conservancy. Lights. Camera. Help. is thrilled to have such a varied cast of organizations and we hope you will come out on August 15-17 to support them and us.

Lights. Camera. Help. is a nonprofit organization that enables others to create significant positive change through film. We do this through an annual film festival, our education program and a matchmaking service that pairs filmmakers with nonprofits. Information is available at

Late Night Writers Workshop (NYC)

Okay, so this unfortunately does NOT take place in Florida, however, it was too cool for me not to share. You don’t have to be based in New York City to participate but you will have to attend the workshop in the Big Apple.

Some of you (sadly) commute for work. Some of you are Improv folk, some of you are comedy sketch folk. Some of you are just great writers! This workshop is an excellent opportunity to fine tune your voice. (I hope AJ Nickell is reading this!)

Here’s Your Big Break

The two-day, NYC-based workshop will consist of improv classes as well as keynote speakers. The selected writers will create new sketch material and gain insight into the dynamics of a Late Night writers’ room as well as learn about NBCUniversal’s Late Night line-up. Participants are given the chance to interact with key writers and producers from across NBCUniversal’s Late Night shows as well as receive feedback on their material. Writing assignments on an NBCUniversal Late Night television show may be available after successful completion of the program but are not a guarantee.


Application Requirements

1. Applicants must submit ALL of the following pieces in one properly formatted “sketch” packet:

  1. 1-2 pages of monologue jokes (a la Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) for one or several characters/host personalities
  2. 1-2 pages of headline news/ topical jokes (a la Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update”)
  3. 2  sketches (no more than 5 pages EACH). These sketches should be character based and at least one should be a “correspondent” or “pre-taped” sketch (Examples: Jimmy Fallon’s “Thank-You Notes” or Jay Leno’s “Ross the Intern”)

This packet must be submitted as ONE PDF file.

2. Applicants must complete the Late Night Writers Workshop application. Please upload the sketch packet  in the application form. Link to be posted during 2013 application period.

3. Applicants must fill out a release form for their submitted packet. Upload form in online application.

4. Applicants must be able to provide their own housing and transportation in the New York City area for the duration of the program weekend. (NOTE: You do not need to be based in New York City to be considered.)


July 15, 2013 – August 16, 2013 (3pm PST deadline) – Submission Period

September 2013 – Finalists interviews / selection

October 4 and 5, 2013 – Workshop in New York City

All dates other than the submission period are subject to change.

Questions (NOT APPLICATIONS) should be submitted to

For FAQ, click here.

Open Call: Chicken & Egg Pictures

If you are a female nonfiction filmmaker, New York and San Francisco based Chicken and Egg Pictures is looking for YOU this summer! Their 9th Annual Open Call for female filmmakers is underway! If you have a cause close to your heart, whether it be; the environment, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education, Music, Healthcare, Community, Human Rights, the Chicken & Egg folks are interested to hear your story! You can even submit an issue not on their list of 20+ themes! The first deadline for LOIs (Letter of Intent) is July 1, 2013. Interested Florida Femmes de Film? Read more below…

Chicken & Egg Pictures is dedicated to supporting women nonfiction filmmakers whose diverse voices and dynamic storytelling have the power to catalyze change at home and around the globe. Since its founding in 2005, Chicken & Egg Pictures has provided more than $2.8 million in financial support for women filmmakers and over 4,500 hours of dynamic mentorship focused on story, craft, and community engagement.

Chicken & Egg Pictures does not have an endowment. We actively raise all funds to provide grants and deliver mentorship directly to filmmakers. This year (for the first time ever) there will be a processing fee required to apply for a grant. Every application is reviewed by a panel of at least 10 expert screeners who insure that every project is looked at thoroughly, fairly, and with multiple perspectives. We believe that it is critically important to have a rigorous review process. 

To help offset hard costs given the high number of applications, a processing fee is necessary in order to maintain this caliber of expertise.

2013 Application Fees:

  • First deadline on July 1st: $20
  • Last deadline on July 15th: $35

Before filling out this application — please make sure you refer to our GuidelinesFAQs & Application Checklist, and Steps Before Applying. 

Autodesk’s “Fix It In Post”

No time for practical effects or in-camera editing? You may want to rethink your strategies, filmmakers.

Either we’ve all uttered this phrase, or frustratingly surrendered to time itself. Unless you’re a Post PRO, your end result may not exactly end up this slick. We came across this nifty short on Autodesk’s YouTube page and had to share it.

(Autodesk is NOT LOCAL but, they are a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Since introducing AutoCAD in 1982, Autodesk has developed a broad portfolio of products to help users design, visualize, and simulate their ideas.)

Related links:

Art of the Guillotine

Videomaker (2008): Fix It In Post Post tees!

2013 Oscar®-nominated Shorts include Fresh Guacamole, Paperman

Some of us indie folk dream about winning the Oscar, others could care less about such accolades. (I wouldn’t mind working on an Oscar film myself, but hey, to each their own.) We at Indie Cinema Showcase love animated features and all the hardwork put into them. We also think there is some stiff competition in the Animated Shorts category at the Academy Awards this year, including Florida Film Festival favorite, “Fresh Guacamole” by PES. What’s interesting, even reassuring, about fellow Oscar Nominee, “Adam and the Dog” is, it was self-financed with a volunteer crew who worked nights and weekends for TWO YEARS to finish it. Who of us hasn’t done this? Two years later, they’re Academy Award Nominated!

For all you experimental animators, if you saw Wreck It Ralph in the theater, you saw a really cool animated short at the beginning called, “Paperman.” The clean technique used in this short is what has gotten much attention as of late. Walt Disney Animation’s YouTube page had this to say;

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.

(BTW – If any of you animators or ani-fans curious about this technique, check out “Paperclips,” a series of behind-the-scenes footage on Walt Disney Animation’s YouTube page about the inspiration and work put into the making of “Paperman.”)

2013 Best Animated Short Film Nominees
Adam and Dog” Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films)
Fresh Guacamole” PES, director (PES)
Head over Heels” Timothy Reckart, director, and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, producer (National Film and Television School)
“Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare“” David Silverman, director (Gracie Films)
“Paperman” John Kahrs, director (Disney Animation Studios)

The 2013 Oscars will air live on ABC, February 24th at 8pm, and the Scientific and Technical Awards will be announced (but not broadcast sadly) on February 9th.


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