Call for Documentary Shorts – Bethesda Film Fest – Submit by Jan. 8th, 2016

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is accepting submissions for the fourth annual Bethesda Film Fest, March 18-19, 2016. Filmmakers in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. are eligible to submit a short documentary film, 5-30 minutes in length. Films must have been completed within the last two years, all topics are eligible. A documentary by a young filmmaker, under 18 years old, may also be chosen. Entries must be received by January 8, 2016.

Selected filmmakers are required to attend the formal screenings March 18-19, 2016 at Imagination Stage in downtown Bethesda and speak about their work. Filmmakers whose films are selected will receive and honorarium of $500. Young filmmakers will receive a $250 honorarium.

Submission Guidelines

  • Filmmakers must be current, full time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C.
  • Films should be between 5 and 30 minutes in length.
  • Entries may be submitted online at:
  • Films with non-English dialogue must be submitted with English subtitles.
  • Entries may be submitted on DVD with a completed application (attached) and mailed to: Bethesda Film Fest c/o Bethesda Urban Partnership, 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.
  • Selected filmmakers are required to attend the formal screenings March 18-19, 2016 at Imagination Stage in downtown Bethesda and speak about their work.
  • Entries must be received by January 8, 2016. This is not a postmark deadline.

I greatly appreciate your help spreading the word about this exciting event to your members, colleagues and on social media. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can provide any additional information.


Northern VA / DC – Seeking Freelance Editor

Looking for a freelance editor with his/her own system for a video on DC homeless.
The video will be a 6-8 minute production and is for a non-profit organization.  Ideally must be moved by the topic, willing to work  on a tight budget. Editor will be working closely with the director. We will be shooting with a Sony FS7, lots of handheld, street scenes, location audio.  Ideally should be a very creative editor who can add to the project. Project begins in late March of 2016, but I need to nail down an editor now.  Please email me at:, or  Please briefly give your experience, rates and availability. In responding, put the word EDITOR in the subject line.


Richmond, VA – Casting Director Chad Darnell’s Workshop – Dec. 12th, 2015, 9 AM-5 PM – $100


Chad Darnell is a casting director with over 25 years of casting experience. He most recently handled the location and extras casting for IMPERIUM, MAGIC MIKE XXL, and SELMA as well as the extras casting for MERCY STREET.


(NOTE: This isn’t an acting class. It teaches you survival skills. They will work scenes in the class, but won’t teach you how to act.)

Highlights of the workshop include:

“So you want to be an actor…”

“How Do I Get an Agent?”

Headshot and Resume Evaluation

Branding Yourself with Social Media

Self-taping Auditions

Auditioning in the Room and Other Things That Get You Dead

Creating Your Own Content (short films, web series and indies)

How to Be a Working Actor Outside of LA and NY

A brief “cold reading” mock audition.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Register today!

Contact Yerika for details at




Staunton screening of film about Polyface Farms- Dec.7th at 7 PM

STAUNTON – The News Leader will host a special screening of “Polyfaces” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Visulite in Staunton.

The documentary will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Joel Salatin and the filmmakers, Lisa Jane Heenan and Darren Doherty.

Three years in the making, the film tells the story of Joel Salatin and his farm in Swoope. The filmmakers, Lisa Jane Heenan, Isaebella Doherty and Darren Doherty, and the Salatin family wanted to share the story with their hometown audience.


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Newport News – Sheri Lahris’ Acting Intensive Workshop – Dec. 6th – $80

One-Day Actor’s Intensive Workshop with Sheri Lahris 

December 6th ~ Newport News, VA ~ Special Price: $80

Lean what it takes to break into the business!!!
Workshops for all ages: Classes consist of fabulously fun ways to hone your skills, and gain confidence as well as making long lasting actor friends of all ages here in Virginia and elsewhere. Sheri Lahris has served as an on-set teacher for such actors as Macauley Culkin, Anna Chlumsky, Melissa Joan Hart, and Keri Russell for such studios as MGM, Universal, Disney, Imagine, Warner Brothers, and Nickelodeon Studios. Sheri is also an actress and can be seen on FOX’s Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies and will soon be starring in a new TV series called Coney Island.

What will I be learning in the Workshop?

Learn what it takes to have a successful acting career. We will have you get right into performing scenes with other actors and teach you what you need to be a professional actor. These classes are for both the beginner and intermediate students.

Registration Link: –


Richmond, VA – “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt” – 7 PM, Nov. 23rd – FREE

Richmond World AIDS Day Coalition,

Church Of The Holy Comforter & The Byrd Present:

Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt

Monday, November 23rd at 7:00pm

At the Byrd Theatre, FREE To The Public

Panel Discussion To Follow Film

Find out about the Byrd Theatre Foundation’s “Journey To The Seats”. Click here to bring these new updates to your email.


Richmond, VA – Back to the Future Trilogy w/ Bob Gale! – Byrd Theatre – 7:15 PM, Nov. 20th

Virginia Comicon & The Byrd Theatre Present:
The Back To The Future Trilogy
All Three Films:
Back To The Future
Back To The Future 2
Back To The Future III

Starting at 7:15pm Friday, November 20th, Byrd Theatre, Richmond, VA

And featuring special guest Bob Gale in person!

Advance Admission includes Collectors BTTF Comic Book available only at:

Tickets at door: $10

Find out more about the Byrd Theatre Foundation’s “Journey To The Seats”. Click here to bring these new updates to your email.


Northern Virginia/DC – Sepia Works hiring Actors/ Performers – Deadline Nov. 27th



Team Callaloo is looking for teaching artists to join our Arts Education / DMV Touring Team for 2016! Actors / Performers of Color highly encouraged to apply!

Send Headshot, resume and cover letter to
*Must have Theatre/Performance experience / Paid Position
*Application Deadline: 11/27

Who we are:
Team Callaloo is a group of creative professionals based in Washington, DC who specialize in culturally creative children’s media (books, film, live performance, animation and arts education).

General Internship Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Ability to work with a team.
  • At least 3 years of theatre / performance experience (singing and dancing a plus).
  • Ability to command (a plus if you speak multiple languages).
  • Passion for children’s media, storytelling and visual arts.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with strong creative and critical thinking skills.
  • Live in the DC, MD, Virginia area (with access to transportation- car/public.
  • Flexible schedule / Ability to perform during the day.

How to apply

  • Send Headshot, resume and cover letter to
  • Email subject line should read “Callaloo Performance Teaching Artist Interest”
  • Cover letter should include: Who you are, Why you love your craft, An obstacle you overcame
    and What you learned from it and Why you’re interested in this internship
  • Include online links to your work (if available)


Full Application Details:


Webinar – Trademarking and Licensing for Film – Sunday, Nov. 22nd

This Sunday The Law Office of Jaia Thomas will be hosting an end-of-the-year replay of the following webinars:


1). Music Licensing for Film


This webinar will provide filmmakers, producers and content creators with a step-by-step guide on how to obtain proper music clearances and licenses. Attendees will learn the distinctions between in-context and out-of-context rights and how to clear pre-existing music as well as musical compositions. Attendees will also learn about the key deal points and clauses included in any music licensing agreement.


2). Trademark and Brand Protection for Entertainment Professionals


The webinar will provide an overview of trademark and other intellectual property considerations crucial for creative artists and entertainment professionals. Whether a writer, filmmaker, designer or producer, this webinar will provide participants with the legal tools necessary to protect their brand. The webinar will provide a step-by-step guide for successfully registering a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as well as address the five common registration mistakes made by entertainment professionals.


3). How to Form a Production Company


Whether creating television, film or digital content, this comprehensive webinar will provide participants with all the legal tools necessary to form a production company.




The Law Office of Jaia Thomas

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NOVA/DC – National Drone Show 2015 – Dec 2-3

Learn the latest techniques and see them  in action in the Drone Flying Cage.

Register today and enter code VIPTIVA100 for your FREE  Exhibit Hall Pass to both GV Expo and the National Drone Show courtesy of TIVA!

New at GV Expo this year is the National Drone Show, an exciting free-to-attend conference and expo for the continuously expanding drone marketplace.
This event features product demonstrations in the Drone Flying Cage
and instructors from Unmanned Vehicle University providing in-depth
training sessions on topics such as:

Command & Control for Drones
Instructor: Eric Jameson
This tutorial focuses on the Command & Control aspects using drones – what to do with the data, how to manage drones in your organization, and, most importantly, what tools to use when performing those functions.Drones for Large Sporting Event and Entertainment Event Coverage
Instructor: Paul Dragos
This tutorial introduces the concept of using drones and drone technology to cover large sporting and entertainment events better, faster and cheaper than before thought possible.

Drones for Law Enforcement/Security/Public Safety
Instructor: Fred Bivetto
This tutorial explores how drones and unmanned system technologies can be used safely and cost effectively to provide great tactical advantages for law enforcement, support for crowd control, special weapons and tactics (SWAT) units, and home or commercial security businesses.

“Drone-vertising” – Using Drones to Deliver Marketing/Advertising Messages
Instructor: John Minor
“Drone-vertising” is advertising using drone technology; drones are much more cost effective than using manned aircraft for carrying advertisement banners aloft. This tutorial explores the market for using drones in support of the advertising industry.


HARRISONBURG – Super GR8 Film Festival – November 18-19 – Tickets $12-15

What: Super GR8 Film Festival
Where: Court Square Theater in downtown Harrisonburg
When: Wednesday, November 18th 7PM – Black and White Night
           Thursday, November 19th 7PM Color Night
Tickets: $15 door or $12 advance at:

The Super Gr8 Film Festival returns for its sixth year more popular than ever showcasing films at Court Square Theatre in downtown Harrisonburg. Founded locally by Paul Somers and Tim Estep, the festival will feature more than 40 locally-produced Super 8 films.

Each filmmaker makes their film on a single cartridge of Super 8 film, which amounts to just over 3 minutes of footage. There are no second takes or editing of the films; each film has to be carefully planned out scene-by-scene and shot in order. Upon completion of shooting, filmmakers turn in their film reel along with original audio they have created to be put together by Super Gr8’s editor, Brent Finnegan. Filmmakers do not get to view their finished films until the night of the festival screenings to a sold-out theater.

This year’s crop of filmmakers is diverse, with people of all ages and from all walks of life. The beauty of the Super 8 film format is that it levels the playing field since not many people actively use it anymore. “It’s a leap for everyone,” says Somers, “and the most amazing thing is that you see people who have never made a film before making amazing films.”

The 2015 Super Gr8 Film Festival will be held at Court Square Theater in downtown Harrisonburg on Wednesday November 18 (black & white films) at 7 PM and Thursday November 19 (color films) at 7 PM. Immediately following each night’s showing, there will be a reception and awards ceremony at The Golden Pony.


RICHMOND – AICP Show – November 19 – Tickets $10

Where & When: Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street, on Thursday, November 19th at 7:00pm.

The AICP Show: Presented by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, the AICP Show celebrates the art and technology of commercials, and is sponsored by the Virginia Production Alliance, VCU BrandCenter, and the Richmond Ad Club.

Judges select the year’s best commercials in 23 categories ranging from animation, to visual effects, humor, music, cinematography, and sound design. The AICP then packages the best ads into a show that is toured throughout the country including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, and Minneapolis. For the past 12 years, Richmond has been fortunate to be included as one of the stops on this unique and exciting tour.

Admission: FREE for VPA members, VCU BrandCenter, and Richmond Ad Club. $10 at the door for general public.

Reception: There will be a reception next door at New York Deli before the show from 5-6:45 p.m. featuring free appetizers and a cash bar.


Casting Call for UNFOLLOW- Seeking EXTRAS- Nov. 6th -24th


A new feature film called UNFOLLOW is a social media horror movie.

Seeking Mostly College Age, (but all are welcome!!!) EXTRAS for the Indie Thriller Feature Film shooting in Roanoke. Shooting between the 6th and 24th of November.
Are shooting in various locations around the city and need 10-50 Extras each day.

Looking for all types and ethnicities!

There is a $50 a day stipend as well as meals provided while you are on set.  Casting Coordinator will call  each day with location and time.

To apply send an email at with “EXTRA” in the subject box and your name, phone number, and schedule of availability in the body of the e-mail.