Charlottesville – The Virginia Film Festival Call for Entries!

Charlottesville, VA – March 26, 2015 – The Virginia Film Festival has announced the launch of its 2015 Call for Entries, inviting filmmakers from around the state, region, and throughout the world to submit feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and experimental works for consideration for the upcoming Festival. The 2015 Virginia Film Festival is scheduled for November 5-8 in Charlottesville.

The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia.

“As the Festival has continued to grow in stature, including a record-breaking 2014 that saw us break box office records by an astonishing 46%, we have increased our commitment to bringing in emerging filmmakers and sharing new voices and talents with our audience,” said Jody Kielbasa, Director of the VFF and Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia. “Our Call for Entries is a great way to cast this net even wider net for our Programmer Wesley Harris and myself to find and present exciting new work,” Kielbasa said. “We look forward to another outstanding crop of films and artists this year to add to a program that has earned an increasingly strong reputation each year for its quality and its depth.”

This year filmmakers can make their submissions online at Once again, The Virginia Film Festival is committed to fostering talented Virginia filmmakers, and Virginia residents and students at Virginia schools are eligible to have their entry fees waived. The fees for non-Virginia filmmakers submitting by the regular deadline of July 24 will be $35 for features and $15 for shorts. Those submitting by the extended deadline of August 21 may do so for $50 for features and $25 for shorts. The fee for students outside of Virginia to submit a film is $10.

The notification date for filmmakers will be September 25.

For complete submission guidelines visit


The 3rd Annual DC Web and Digital Media Fest – MAY 2 – NOVA/DC

For the third year, the DC Web and Digital Media Fest will showcase the best in online filmmaking. The event will feature the best in Web series ranging from comedy, drama, horror and soap opera. Along with the best online films, the festival also highlights new digital media, such as gaming and app development.

Founder of 20/20 Productions, Otessa Ghadar was one of the earliest adopters of web media, putting her creative talents into her globally viral show, Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden. The show started as her MFA thesis at Columbia University and has become one of the longest running Web series.

Through compelling work, the mission of the festival is to entertain, educate and promote these new and innovative forms of modern art.

Entries from game developers, Web series creators and online documentary makers are still being accepted. Entries will be accepted through March 21 with a $70 registration fee. Final entries will be accepted by April 4 for $90. International entries are welcome.

The films shown in previous DC Web Fests have been featured in the Annual DC International Film Festival, making it a one-of-a-kind viewing experience for artists and admirers alike. Early bird tickets are available online for $10. Tickets include admission to the 6 to 10 p.m. viewing at the Goethe Theater in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown. An after-party screening upstairs will feature dancing and refreshments.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

When: Saturday, May 2nd, 6-10pm

Where:  The Goethe Cultural Institute, 812 7th st, Washington DC

What: Saturday’s events will include screenings of official selections, special industry guests, and an after-party.

Tickets: are now on sale for the screening and party.  Visit for tickets.

Submit: The festival is also currently still accepting work.  The last-chance submission deadline is April 4th.  Submission link is

More info: Check out more at our website:



WIFV Production Design Master Class – Northern VA/DC – APRIL 9

WIFV Master Class Series Presents:

Production Design Master Class with Trystin Kier Francis April 9   

This seminar will cover the fundamentals of Production Design, the role of the art department, how Production Designers work with Producers and Directors, and how to become a Production Designer. We will explore some of the unique and exciting departments that comprise the art department, and how they contribute to the film.

Production Design Master Class with Trystin Kier Francis Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Interface Media Group , 1233 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 Members/Students: $15; Non-Members: $30

RSVP here

Trystin Kier Francis, Allied ASID, Principal and Chief Creative Officer of The Trystin Kier Company, will lead a presentation on Production Design. Trystin has worked with WIFV previously as the Production Designer for “Lunatic Fringe.” His work can be seen in the Washington Post, and on local television shows. He also designs for model homes.

Thank you, Interface Media Group, for providing the venue for the WIFV Master Class Series


Richmond_VCUarts Cinema Seeking Actors for Short Film_April 11-12_PAID

VCUarts Cinema is seeking actors and background for ENDURING DUPLICITY, a Digital Short Film to be shot April 11-12, 2015 in and around Richmond, Virginia. Please send head-shots and resumes to: Please include the role(s) you are submitting for in the subject line. Include shoot date availability and your travel distance to Richmond. The auditions will be held in Richmond, Virginia, March 29, 2015. Thank you in advance for your submission! Submitting does not guarantee an audition; you will be contacted with the audition time and location if selected.


Story Synopsis: 

LeSean, an optimistic dreamer, only wants one thing: to take his high school sweetheart to prom; the issue being, Eric, his boyfriend, isn’t too fond of the idea. Caught between a secret and a hard place, LeSean is slowly consumed by despondence after watching Eric choose the side of his gay bashing friend during a school brawl. Recognizing that waiting around for him to change won’t make things better, LeSean breaks things off with Eric. But, to LeSean’s surprise, Eric persistently begins to back up his words with actions and finally asks LeSean to prom. LeSean faces the grim reality that maybe some secrets are better kept quiet.


Production Company: VCUarts Cinema Department

Executive Producer: Julian Pozzi

Casting Director: Portia Black

Shoot Dates: April 11-12, 2015

Audition Date: March 29, 2015

Audition Location: Richmond, Virginia

Pay: $25-$75 per shoot day



SUBMIT current head-shots and resumes to:

Include the following information:

Role(s) you are submitting for in the subject line


Union Status:

Contact information:

Shoot date availability:

Travel distance to Richmond:


Seeking the following principal roles:


LeSean (Male, African American, 18 to mid 20s)

Young and  in love, LeSean is almost optimistic to a fault.  He wants his relationship to be publically validated but doesn’t fully understand the consequences of that choice. Must be comfortable with kissing a member of the same sex. $75 PER DAY

Eric (Male, African American, 18 to mid 20s)

Quiet and cunning.  Eric is a true realist that has a firm grasp of all the negative consequences of his actions. He isn’t ready to make a public statement about his relationship. Must be comfortable with kissing a member of the same sex. $75 PER DAY

Mike (Male, African American, 18 to mid 20s)

Short, loud, and boisterous, Mike is a homophobe and has a bit of a Napoleon complex and uses violence as a defense mechanism. He fears he may, in fact, be gay himself and seeks to “mask” it. By being overly masculine.  $50 PER DAY

Brian (Male, African American, 18 to mid 20s)

Brian is openly gay and very comfortable in his own skin. He’s very outgoing and positive. He’s often a target of aggression from those that are uncomfortable with his sexuality.  $50 PER DAY

Teresa (Female, African American, 30s-40s)

Teresa, (LeSean’s mom) is very understanding and open to her son’s sexuality even though he doesn’t say anything.  She wants LeSean to open up to her, so that they can talk about it. $25 PER DAY

Mariah (Female, African American, 18 to mid 20s)

Mariah is a popular pretty girl in school that every guy wants. She wants to be with LeSean and be appreciated for more than her looks. $25 PER DAY


Roy W. Dean Spring Grant: Application Deadline April 30th, 2015!

The Roy W. Dean Spring Grant is now accepting applications!

The deadline is April 30th.

The Roy W. Dean Grant funds independent feature, documentary, and short films that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without its help, might otherwise never get made.

It seeks films that need help getting started or getting completed.  Grant winners receive a cash award as well as goods and discounted services offered by film industry companies and professionals who care about getting good films produced.

The winner receives $25,000 in film goods, services, and funds to get their film started or completed. The grant seeks short films, documentaries, features, or series that are unique and make a contribution to society.

Now, in its 23rd year, the cash portion of the grant has increased to $3,500. Winner will receive about $25,000 in goods and services from Edgewise, Silver Sound, Nice shoes, Carmen Borgia and many more wonderful organizations who give back to filmmakers through our grant.

But, if you don’t win, you still end up ahead.  Each applicant gets a consultation from Carole Dean, president of From The Heart Productions, author of the bestselling- book, “The Art of Film Funding”.  With over 20 years’ experience judging films, mentoring filmmakers, and helping films get funded, she will give the applicants advice on improving their story, their pitch, and their project.

Application and guidelines are on our website at

Contact: (805) 984-0098


RICHMOND – Assistant Directing Seminar – Mon. March 30th – FREE

“The Importance of the AD to Both Process & Creative”

with French AD & Director Jean Achache and Charlottesville based AD Jack Steinberg. Discussing what this important on-set job entails and how their role affects both production and the creative.

Free and open to anyone in the film business – both experienced & learning, but please rsvp to or sign up here. Students welcome!

This is a MasterClass with the 2015 French Film Festival-Richmond, Virginia. Sponsored by The Virginia Film Office, Virginia Production Alliance, and Trademarky Films, with moderator: Virginia Bertholet.

Where: Trademarky Studios, 1613 W. Main St., RVA 23220

When: Monday, March 30th from 7:00-9:00 PM


ALEXANDRIA – Internship Opportunity with Documentary Production Company


JOURNEY FILMS is seeking an intern/s to help creatively implement an effective social media strategy around their new documentary film CHAPLAINS — coming to national Public Television this Fall.

Take a look at the trailer of the film:

Interns will work directly in consultation with the film’s producers and social media strategists. Interns will interact with national media, religious leaders and leading educators.

*Note* : This is an internship with a Documentary Production Company that is in Post-Production of their current film, CHAPLAINS.  Their next project and production — which the Intern may be asked to help on — will likely begin during or after Fall 2015 — that is when cameras will turned back on.



Journey Films is an independent television and film production company that has produced more than 30 award-winning documentary films on topics of religion, faith and spirituality that have been seen on PBS, ABC, NBC, BBC and other networks worldwide.

Please check out their website, specifically the information we have on the film CHAPLAINS, before you apply.


*Open-minded and knowledgable about different religions — They do not represent any particular faith at this organization, but embrace all.

*Quick-thinker, Multi-tasker, Idea Generator, and Follows through.

*Photoshop / InDesign / After Effects

*Spanish-speaking (a plus !)



Minimum Requirement: 15-20 hour weekly.

Location: Old Town Alexandria — 1413 King St, Alexandria, VA (Metro: King Street Stop)

Pay: Stipend offered — discuss upon interview.



Please send cover letter explaining your interest in working with Journey Films and this film in particular, why and how this position will fit with your interests and/or areas of expertise.

Attach resume / writing samples / video reel — one of these or all of these — just to give a little sample of the type of work you’ve done — even if it’s unrelated to documentary film.

Email your cover letter and resume to: 

Subject line: CHAPLAINS Internship 


MCLEAN – Job Opportunity: Production Coordinator – Cortina Productions

Production Coordinator – Cortina Productions is seeking a Producer/Writer for a contract position for a minimum of 2-3 years experience. Must have experience executing contracts for production crew members, experience preparing locations for shooting, including equipment rentals and logistical planning,  on-set production experience – dealing with the logistical operations of a film set.  Experience in historical film production preferred. Must be available to start immediately through the end of May with the possibility of an extension beyond that.

Ideal candidate will have

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent attention to details
  • Ability to Multi-task
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office Suite programs
  • Knowledge and interest in history is preferred.


Please e-mail your cover letter with day rate, and resume to No phone calls. Please include the job title in the subject line.

Cortina Productions

McLean, Virginia


VIRGINIA BEACH – Casting call for non-paid, non-union short student film – March 27th

What: Casting call for Regent University grad student project; Non-paid, non-union.

Genre: Short film, suspense/horror.

Where: Regent University, Communications building, room 101

When: Friday, March 27th @ 6:30PM

Shooting dates: April 3rd and 4th (night shoot, aprox. 5pm – 1am)

The short film explores a home break-in with a supernatural twist.

 Looking for:

Strong male lead (20’s -50’s) – Character is unstable, running from something he cannot see when he breaks into a house, taking an unsuspecting woman by surprise.

Strong female lead (20’s – 30’s) – Character is at home alone when a strange man bursts in talking about being chased by something.

Please email resume/head shot to:


CHARLOTTESVILLE – Lights, Camera, Audition: The Technique of Virtual Auditioning ($145 early bird, $160 regular)

Lights, Camera, Audition: The Technique of Virtual Auditioning

an workshop on self-taping led by Erica Arvold, CSA

The ability to self tape and produce a good virtual audition is an invaluable skill in the modern actor’s arsenal.  The virtual audition is not only about the performance, it is also about submitting a video that looks professionally produced.  The quality of a self tape helps your audition stand out from the rest.  You do NOT have to have a film crew to achieve that higher production value – and if you’ve wondered how to improve your own self tapes, this participatory workshop is for you!

Please join producer/casting director Erica Arvold, CSA, and arvold session director Mike Duni for a hands-on, practical workshop on self-taping.  They will work with participants one-on-one, giving tips, advice and feedback to actors who want to improve their basic cinematography & self-taping skills.

Friday, April 24
1 – 5 PM

$145 through 4/10/15
$160 after 4/10/15

We recommend that participants have at least a small amount of experience in self-taping, operating a camera (whether a DSLR or your iPhone), and basic editing (whether you use iMovie or Premiere).   The focus of the workshop will be on taking rudimentary skills to the next level once the camera is on and rolling.

Topics that will be covered include:
– advice on preparation and appearance
– practical and technical tips on taping, including lighting, slating, framing, and sound
– basic setup needed
– how to work with your reader
– basic uploading / delivery

To reserve your ticket, please click:

This workshop is open to participants 17 years of age and above.  Students are encouraged to bring their camera and any equipment they use to tape at home – the goal is for students to leave comfortable and confident and ready to submit a fabulous self-tape.  If you do not have a camera or a phone that you use for taping auditions, please feel free to attend; however, it is recommended that you have basic self-taping knowledge to get the most from the session.


FREE Lecture on Legal Issues in Filmmaking by Kirk T. Shroder – CHARLOTTESVILLE – March 30

Reminder that Kirk T. Schroder, a nationally-recognized entertainment lawyer and former Chairman of the American Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Law section, is giving a FREE lecture in Charlottesville March 30!

He will cover aspects related to development, financing, production, distribution, and recent trends. The lecture is ideal for beginning filmmakers, and for experienced filmmakers with specific questions. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get clarity on a variety of complicated issues!

The Seminar Center
624 Berkmar Circle
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
March 30, 7:30 – 9 PM

Please RSVP to


PBS Drama “Mercy Street” Open Casting Call – APRIL 2 – RICHMOND

Mansion House Productions will hold an extras open call for the upcoming new PBS American drama, MERCY STREET on Thursday, April 2 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Extras Casting Director Chad Darnell is looking for men and women ages 18 and older to play doctors, nurses, patients and soldiers in the upcoming Civil War series.  Specifically looking for very thin men (with no tattoos) and male amputees to play soldiers.

Please come dressed in t-shirt or a tank top.  Please bring a recent snapshot (with name, phone and email clearly labeled on the back) and a pen to be considered.

The open call will be held at 2013 Maywill Street  Richmond VA  23230

Production will begin filming mid-April and wrap at the end of June.

If you can not attend the open call, you may also email photos along with all contact information, all of your (very important) sizes and the city you live in to:

For additional information, visit:


Anne Chapman Casting- Shooting the Prodigal – local to RICHMOND

Anne Chapman Casting is searching for local actors for principal roles in the feature film Shooting the Prodigal. This motion picture is a feature length comedy about a church that makes a movie about the prodigal son.  Shooting the Prodigal has over 50 speaking roles.  Keep an eye out for further breakdowns in the weeks to come.  Pay from $150/day to $275/day depending upon role.  We are currently seeking actors for the following Supporting roles GARTH, NOAH and GEOFFREY.  Submissions are open for those three roles only at present.    

Belltower Pictures


Non-Union Low-Budget Feature Film

Director: David Powers

Producers: Ken Roy & Heather Waters

Screenwriters: Deborah Hocutt, David Powers & Greg Womble

Casting Director: Anne Chapman

Casting Assistant: Shannon Laribo

Shoot dates: June 23rd, for 4 weeks

Shoot location: greater Richmond, Virginia area

Audition date: Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Audition location: Richmond, Virginia

Pay: $250/shoot day

Please note, no lodging or travel is provided, local hires only.

Submission instructions

Submit current headshot and resume to:


GARTH: AA Male, mid-late 20s.  Auteur, motorcycle enthusiast, and recent film school graduate.  The most talented film maker in his class.  Working his way up the production ladder but no real big breaks yet, currently bar tending to pay the bills, and letting his good friend JOSH couch surf.   He is bright, has talent, drive, motivation and is a realist.  GARTH has few obligations and fewer possessions, so is able to jump on his bike and travel to where the work is on a moment’s notice.  After heading down to Alabama to help JOSH make a small, faith based indie film, Garth gets a great job offer on the west coast.  This is the chance GARTH has been waiting for, his character and professionalism lead him to a difficult yet rewarding decision.  He is a good friend.

SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  11 days

NOAH: Caucasian Male, mid 20s.  Good looking, all American, boy next door, a “winner”.   Serious and enthusiastic as a first impression, yet becomes immature, shallow and jealous when things do not go his way.    A Youth Pastor determined to become Head Pastor, he is Brother Bob Cross’s right hand man and successor at the Eternal Hope Baptist Church, located in small town Homer, Alabama.  NOAH’s plan includes bringing the dwindling, outdated church to a new generation of congregants through technology, and of course, dating BROTHER BOB’s daughter, EMILY.  This perfect plan becomes his undoing.  Ministry life may not be the best fit for NOAH.

SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  14 days

GEOFFREY: AA Male, late 30s.  Charming, well-dressed, confident and openly gay.  Geoffrey is a very talented dressmaker/designer living back in his hometown, after many years away, to care for his elderly mother.  He owns and runs an awesome vintage clothing shop.  It is the coolest store in town, once you enter through his doors you can be anywhere you want to be.   GEOFFREY really has an eye for fashion and if circumstances were different he would be making a name for himself elsewhere.  He has been a longtime friend of ESTHER CROSS, wife of a local pastor and is currently employing her daughter EMILY.  GEOFFREY is aware he is not welcome b y many members at their church but is willing to wait for the opportunity to change their minds.

SUPPORTING $250/shoot day.  7 days

Auditions are by appointment only.  We very much appreciate your interest in SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL.  

Submitting gets you consideration for an audition, but does not guarantee you one.  You will be contacted with an invitation to audition if selected. Thank you so much!  Anne Chapman Casting


CHARLOTTESVILLE – Seminar: Intro to the Legal and Business Aspects of Filmmaking – March 30th – Free!

The business and legal aspects of filmmaking are rapidly changing as new platforms for distribution continue to evolve. This free lecture will provide an overview of important issues related to development, financing, production, distribution and other current trends in today’s film market. This lecture is ideal for beginning filmmakers and experienced filmmakers who have specific questions in this area. Time will be set aside for questions with the lecturer, Kirk T. Schroder.

March 30th, 7:30-9:00 PM

The Seminar Center

624 Berkmar Circle

Charlottesville, VA 22901



Virginia Production Alliance General Meeting – RICHMOND – 3/23!

VPA members, potential members, and board members!

Mark your calendars for the March 23rd, Richmond General Meeting & 2015 VPA Elections!

This event starts at 6:00 p.m. and is a great networking opportunity. It will feature a look back at the last year’s events, and a look forward to next year’s opportunities. Light refreshments will be served. VPA t-shirts will be on sale – $10.00 cash or check.

VPA members will also be able to vote for next year’s Board of Trustees.

Event Details:
Art Works
320 Hull Street
Richmond, VA 23224

See below for event details