Richmond International Film Festival – CALL FOR EARLY SUBMISSIONS – MAY 15th

FILMMAKERS & SCREENWRITERS,

The Richmond International Film Festival’s Early Entry Deadline is this Friday, May 15th at midnight.  To get your project into consideration for the 2015-2016 festival, check out the full details below.

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Call for Entries

Richmond, Virginia, USA

Festival Dates: March 3 to 6, 2016

Early Entry Deadline:  May 15, 2015 ($35 shorts, $45 features)

The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) has become one of the largest international competitive festivals in the Mid-Atlantic. RIFF brings more than 120 film screenings, industry panels, Q&As, live musical performances, industry and community mixers, the red carpets, and more, all of which bring the spirit of Hollywood to beautiful Richmond, Virginia at the Bowtie Movieland/Criterion, the Virginia Historical Society, and the historic Byrd Theatre. In 2011, USA Today called the 1,300-seat theatre, “One of the top 10 places to still see a movie in splendor in the United States.”

A competitive and spirited festival designed to honor true film artists; RIFF welcomes produced films and screenplays of all genres and niches (features, shorts, and new this year web series). With the aim of promoting established award winning filmmakers and also discovering up-and-coming talent, the Richmond International Film Festival works to promote its participating filmmakers and writers through various media outlets and production partners.  The festival is an exciting collaborative platform for writers and filmmakers as it brings talent together from around the world and helps launch careers.

SUBMIT TODAY VIA FILM FREEWAYEnter Here

Sponsored by Sony, the Virginia Film Office, Creative World Awards, the Media Industry Xchange, Virginia Production Alliance, and more.

For further info, visit the RIFF website.

        

NORTHERN VA/DC – GI FILM FESTIVAL TICKET DISCOUNT – May 18 – 24!

The GI Film Festival, the nation’s only military film festival, is returning to the Northern Virginia and DC for its 9th year, May 18th – 24th, 2015! The lovely folks @ the festival have given us a discount code to encourage Virginians to check it out! Enter code VSO15 for a 15% discount off all tickets — good for any event!

It’s quite a powerful line-up of high-quality films for, by and/or about the military. View the full program of feature films, documentaries, shorts, red carpet events, awards presentations and more at http://giff15.com/

A few highlights include the North American premiere of “KAJAKI” – a BAFTA-nominated thriller from the Academy Award winning producer of “The King’s Speech”.

Also screening is “SPY”, a new action comedy from Twentieth Century Fox, starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham and Rose Byrne. Part of Wounded Warriors Appreciation Night, special guests include recovering warriors from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other units around the DC metro area.

For all you Dolph Lundgren fans — he’ll be arriving via military transport to the red carpet for the May 23rd World Premiere of “War Pigs”, a WWII film also starring Mickey Rourke and Luke Goss.

Another great element of the festival is the Thematic Film Collections – GIFF features a host of films on important, impactful topics from the battlefield to the home front. Experience stories on healing after loss, veterans returning home, soldiers Missing in Action, facing long odds and confronting the true, terrible reality of war both during and after conflict. There are films from around the world and even those made by veterans, each with a unique voice.

With gorgeous venues and unforgettable films, we hope you can be a part of this wonderful festival.

GIFF Trailer 2015!

        

HAMPTON ROADS – Virginia Production Alliance General Meeting – 5/12!

To everyone in the Hampton Roads area — don’t miss the next VPA general meeting for the Hampton Roads district! The film office’s own Andy Edmunds will be visiting and answering any questions you may have. Another special guest — Ernie Smith of Skelly Films will talk to everyone about his experiences producing two indie features and lead a discussion about how to best grow our local film community. Details below!

Tomorrow night is the next VPA general meeting of the Hampton Roads district!

We’ll be visited by the director of The Virginia Film Office, Andy Edmunds, who will speak to the Hampton Roads film community about the VFO and to answer your questions about the film production industry here in Virginia.

We will also have a sit down discussion with Ernie Smith of Skelly Films who is joining us to talk about his experiences producing two indie features and his thoughts on the growth needed in the local film community.

Tuesday May 12th
Regent University
Communications Theatre Building, Screening Room A
1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA. 23464.
Be there at 6:30PM to meet and network, then stay for the meeting from 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Free for VPA members. $5 for non-members (Cash only).

Inspire. Advocate. Collaborate.
The Virginia Production Alliance

        

CENTRAL VA – Movie Making Camp with Final Act Drama – Register Now!

Movie Making Camp with Final Act Drama

STUDENT ACTING AND PRODUCTION CAMP FOR FILM AND TV

Grades 4th -12th

http://www.finalactdrama.com/summer-film-camp.html

1 week session    June 22 – 26, 2015  9am – 4:30pm

Students attending the Movie Making Camp will write, produce, direct, act, and digitally edit his or her own short film. Students will rotate among crew positions to learn different jobs on the film set.  Taught by instructors with TV and Feature Film experience, students will use digital video cameras and digital editing systems to create their film.  Students will walk away from this course with their very own copy of their project as well as very practical experience in movie making.

Pre-Registration Pricing Deadline 4/1/15 (price goes up by $15 afterwards)

Tuition $250.00 + $15 Registration fee

Register at http://www.finalactdrama.com/summer-film-camp.html

Movie Making Camp this Summer!   Don’t miss it!

Chesterfield County Air Port – Meeting Room

Monday – Friday            9am – 4:30pm

7511 Airfield Drive, Richmond VA 23237      (Chesterfield)

Final Act Drama’s Executive Director is Russ Randall.  For over 25 years, he has been acting, teaching, writing, producing, and directing stage and screen productions children, teens and adults.  Students that complete the screen acting courses are eligible for auditions in area Commercial, TV, or Film productions through Final Act Drama Talent.

For more information, please email us at Info@FinalActDrama.com

804-858-3446

Register online at http://www.finalactdrama.com/summer-film-camp.html

        

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Seminar: The Fundamentals of Reality Television – May 18th – $50 fee

Nationally- recognized entertainment attorney Kirk T. Schroder will be hosting a seminar, “The Fundamentals of Unscripted Television On All Sides: Deal Points from Talent to the Producer”

May 18, 2015  7:30 PM – 9 PM

The seminar will cover the legal and business aspects of development, production, distribution and intellectual property issues in reality television, including matters relating to transactional issues inherent in such programming.  Discussions will include the nature of network contracts in reality television and representation of both the network and talent.  Time will be set aside for questions with the lecturer, Kirk Schroder.

Location:

The Seminar Center

624 Berkmar Circle

Charlottesville, VA 22901

RSVP to Heather at heather@schroderfidlow.com

$50 – all proceeds support Cvill Movement for the People, an area non-profit for children.

About Kirk T. Schroder:

Kirk T. Schroder of Schroder Fidlow, PLC is a nationally recognized entertainment lawyer and a former Chairman of the American Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Law section.  Kirk has an extensive film and television practice representing major studios, producers, talent and distributors.  He is a frequent national lecturer on film and television industry legal and business topics.

 

        

RICHMOND – Casting Non-Union Female Actors in Car App Commerial – 5/30-31

Barking Iron Productions is seeking regional, non-union female actors for an upcoming Car App Commercial shooting in Richmond, VA. Actors must be comfortable wearing lingerie for one scene. Absolutely no nudity.

CAR APP COMMERCIAL
Non-Union
Barking Iron Productions
Director: Julian Ashbee & Miles Coulton-Thompson
Shoot Dates: May 30th and 31st
Shoot Location: Richmond, VA
Compensation: $100.00/day plus meals

FEMALE LEAD, Age range 20-30, Any ethnicity. This role is all about an attitude. It will be very important for our female protagonist to exude an air of confidence, a sense that she knows what she wants. And what does she want? To ride, to explore, to live life in the fast lane. She represents to our future viewers and potential app users; the game, the chase, an unknown goal beyond the horizon that makes you want to keep on driving.

TO SUBMIT:
Please send your headshot (or recent photo), resume, and availability for the shoot dates to
carcommercialcasting@gmail.com

Thank you!

        

CENTRAL VA – Film Industry Training @ CCWA – May 16&17

To everyone who wants to get their start in Virginia’s thriving film industry!

It’s almost time for the Film Industry Training class, May 16 & 17.  The course is a two day workshop, hosted by CCWA Training in partnership with the Virginia Film Office and Virginia Production Alliance aimed at providing students with the skills they need to be a valuable team member on set.

This course provides practical training for entry level Production Assistant positions. This valuable 2-day training will allow you to work confidently on the sets of commercials, television shows, net media projects, fashion shows, theatrical stage or movie sets. Participants will learn on-set etiquette and protocol from seasoned filmmakers. Participants have the option of attending Day One, Day Two, or both days. However, those attending Day Two alone must either have taken the Production Assistant Training  in the past, or be able to demonstrate on-set experience. This program will provide the tools required to be a success from the very first day on a film set.

Cost: $85 (1-day) | $150 (2-day)

Discounts for students, veterans, and VPA members:
$50 (1-day) | $100 (2-day)

CCWA – Workforce Development and Conference Center
1651 E Parham Rd
Ste 103
Richmond, VA 23228

For more details, and to register:
www.ccwatraining.org/film

 

        

Washington, D.C._”Collaboration and Partnership Agreements” Legal Workshop _FEE $15

On May 19th, The Law Office of Jaia Thomas presents the webinar, “Collaboration and Partnership Agreements.” The webinar will equip writers and content creators with the tools necessary to protect their work product. The webinar will provide an overview of the standard clauses included in collaboration and partnership agreements. The webinar will also walk attendees through the joint copyright registration process. Most importantly, the webinar will discuss how to deal with collaborative relationships gone bad.

 

All attendees will receive a sample Partnership Agreement.

 

REGISTER: http://www.jathomaslaw.com/category/sports-and-entertainment-blog/

        

Washington, D.C._Production Company Seeking Production Manager

A Washington, DC based Production company is seeking a Production Manager to be responsible for overall management of the production office. This individual would be the key person in the production department, reporting directly to Producers and Head of Production.

JOB DUTIES:

*Working closely with all other heads of departments to ensure that productions run smoothly, meeting deadlines, and staying within budgets.

*Throughout shooting, monitoring schedules and budgets, and preparing regular report sheets for producers, detailing all aspects of each shoot.
*During pre-production and shooting, dealing with any unexpected circumstances and preparing workable alternative plans,

*Overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day running of shoots, working closely with members of all other production departments.

*Overseeing the 1st AD’s preparation of daily call sheets for actors (non-union) and crew members, etc.

 

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
*Must have experience in series production, cost reports/budgeting, scheduling, and staff management (including hiring).
*Strong organizational, problem-solving and highly developed communication skills required.
*Must be detail-oriented and have a methodical approach to work
*Ability to work effectively, and with diplomacy and sensitivity, with all members of the production team
*Knowledge of how to ensure that all necessary licenses and clearances have been obtained for a production
*Good understanding of how to comply with regulations relating to liability and indemnity when shooting at different locations
*Current knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, and associated procedures, including copyright, data protection, public liability, etc. and how to comply with regulatory requirements
*Have knowledge of the requirements of the relevant health and safety legislation and procedures

Position starts immediately.
Please email resume to MacNeil@storyhousegroup.com

        

Hampton Roads Virginia Production Alliance General Meeting! 5/12/15!

The May meeting for the the Hampton Roads district is not one you will want to miss!

The guest speaker will be Director of The Virginia Film Office, Andy Edmunds. Andy will give an update on what’s happening in film and television production in Virginia, including the role that the Film Office plays in our industry’s growth and expansion.

Many of you have questions about Virginia’s production goals for the future and how Hampton Roads fits into those plans. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to ask those questions and more importantly– get answers!  Come network with other film professionals in the area, and meet the new Hampton Roads board!

DETAILS

Tuesday May 12th

Regent University

Communications Theatre Building, Screening Room A

1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA. 23464.

Be there at 6:30PM to meet and network, then stay for the meeting from 7:00PM – 8:30PM Free for VPA members. $5 for non-members (Cash only).

        

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia High School League Film Festival – May 29-30

High school filmmakers across the Commonwealth submitted 88 films to the inaugural Virginia High School League (VHSL Film Festival), and 36 have been designated Official Selections and will be honored with a screening at the festival, which will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University, May 29-30.

In addition to screenings of the selections,  the festival will include guest speakers TyRuben Ellingson (special FX), Jochen Kunstler (editing), Jerry Williams, and Ellie St. John (inside the mind of a juror).  Official Selection filmmakers will also take part in a Q&A immediately after their films have screened.

An alliance of Virginia’s public high schools, the 313 member schools of the VHSL serve the Commonwealth’s youth by establishing and maintaining standards for student activities and competitions that promote education, leadership, sportsmanship, character and citizenship.  Nearly 200,000 students participate in 28 different sports and 11 academic activities, culminating in over 155 state championships each year.

VHSL Film Festival encourages participation, supports filmmaking education, and recognizes student achievement in film as an academic program.  The League believes that film is both an art form and communication tool that encourages creativity in individuals and crews, and sharpens students’ knowledge of conceptualizing, researching, writing, casting, directing, acting, cinematography, and editing.

For more information, and to purchase tickets to the various screenings:

http://www.vhsl.org/activities.filmfestival

For information on exhibiting or placing an ad in the festival program, please contact Sharon Condoulis, programs assistant, at scondoulis@vhsl.org

        

HARRISONBURG – Submissions of Documentaries to Valley DocFilmFest

Harrisonburg – Now accepting submissions of recent documentaries (shorts & features) made by Virginia filmmakers and/or recent documentaries made about Virginia to be shown as part of the Valley DocFilmFest .  NO FEE.  Films selected will be shown mid-to late June.  The Valley DocFilmFest is presented by Virginia Film & Stage and JMU’s Lifelong Learning Institute  and it is part of the Valley ArtsFest, a month long celebration of the arts in Harrisonburg, Virginia

For further info please contact ValleyArtsFest@gmail.com


        

NOVA – Casting for Short Superhero Film – Auditions May 9th – PAID

CASTING NOTICE

Production Title: Superhero Miles Morales Fan Film
Union/Non-Union: SAG New Media, Non-union welcome
Production Type: Independent short film (~8 minutes)
Project Format: 4k Anamorphic
Production Location: Washington, DC & suburbs
Production Company: Bard Tales Productions, LLC
Company Website: www.bardtales.com
Director: Ivan Kander
Producer: Chad Horn
Email: audition@bardtales.com

If interested, email audition@bardtales.com with headshot, resume and audition time preference (must be between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 9). Some video auditions will be accepted for select roles.

KEY DATES
Auditions: Saturday, May 9th, 2015 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
(Please note all auditions will be given a specific time within this window)
Sides will be provided. Feel free to bring a monolog.
Shooting Lana, Oliver, Miles, Ken: July 11, 12, 13 (backup)
Two additional shoot dates for Miles; 1 additional date for Jefferson & Rio to be scheduled for July or August depending on talent availability.

Character BIOS
[MILES] [GENDER: MALE] [RACE: Half Hispanic, half African American] [AGE: 15 – 18]
Miles was a typical, geeky teenager more obsessed with comics and video games than anything else. That is, until a bite from a radioactive spider gave him superpowers. After the murder of Spiderman, he must decide if he has what it takes to put on some spandex and fight for what’s right.
**MUST BE INTERESTED AND ABLE TO DO SOME STUNTS, UNDER SUPERVISION OF STUNT COORDINATOR.**

[OLIVER] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 30 – 45]
Oliver is an Australian who has started up a nice crime ring for himself in Brooklyn. He is tough, strong, muscular, crude and mean. (Must be able to do a convincing Australian accent.)
**MUST BE INTERESTED AND ABLE TO DO SOME STUNTS, UNDER SUPERVISION OF STUNT COORDINATOR.**

[LANA] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 15 – 20]
Lana is no stranger to crime, but she’s still scared when things get tough. She always seems to do better when her mother is around.

[RIO] [GENDER: FEMALE] [RACE: Hispanic] [AGE: 35 – 40]
Rio is Miles’ mother. She is wise and caring, and always wants the best for her son.

[JEFFERSON] [GENDER: MALE] [RACE: African American] [AGE: 35 – 45]
Jefferson is Miles’ father. He has been around long enough and seen enough that nothing shocks him anymore. He is gruff and blunt. As much as the world around him may disappoint him, he is still lovingly devoted to his family.

[KEN/KENDRA] [GENDER: MALE/FEMALE] [AGE: 15 – 18]
Ken/Kendra is a fast-talking, street-wise teen who has fallen in with a bad crowd. He/she is a tough young thug.

        

WASHINGTON, DC – Production Company Seeking Production Manager

A Washington, DC based Production company is seeking a Production Manager to be responsible for overall management of the production office. This individual would be the key person in the production department, reporting directly to Producers and Head of Production.

JOB DUTIES:

*Working closely with all other heads of departments to ensure that productions run smoothly, meeting deadlines, and staying within budgets.

*Throughout shooting, monitoring schedules and budgets, and preparing regular report sheets for producers, detailing all aspects of each shoot.
*During pre-production and shooting, dealing with any unexpected circumstances and preparing workable alternative plans,

*Overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day running of shoots, working closely with members of all other production departments.

*Overseeing the 1st AD’s preparation of daily call sheets for actors (non-union) and crew members, etc.

 

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
*Must have experience in series production, cost reports/budgeting, scheduling, and staff management (including hiring).
*Strong organizational, problem-solving and highly developed communication skills required.
*Must be detail-oriented and have a methodical approach to work
*Ability to work effectively, and with diplomacy and sensitivity, with all members of the production team
*Knowledge of how to ensure that all necessary licenses and clearances have been obtained for a production
*Good understanding of how to comply with regulations relating to liability and indemnity when shooting at different locations
*Current knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, and associated procedures, including copyright, data protection, public liability, etc. and how to comply with regulatory requirements
*Have knowledge of the requirements of the relevant health and safety legislation and procedures

Position starts immediately.
Please email resume to MacNeil@storyhousegroup.com

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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Seminar: The Fundamentals of Reality Television – May 18th – $50 fee

The Fundamentals of Unscripted (Reality) Television on All Sides: Deal Points from Talent to the Producer

This seminar will cover the legal and business aspects of development, production, distribution, and intellectual property issues in reality television. Discussion will include the nature of network contracts in reality television and representation of both the talent and network. Time will be set aside for questions with the lecturer, Kirk T. Schroder.

May 18th, 7:30-9 PM

The Seminar Center

624 Berkmar Circle, Charlottesville

$50 tickets with all proceeds going to the CVILLE MOVEMENT FOR THE PEOPLE

RSVP to Heather at heather@schroderfidlow.com