Contestants are asked to submit a one- to two-minute video about how the Peace Corps, a Peace Corps Volunteer, or a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer changed their lives. Winners will receive $500, $1,000, or a grand prize of $2,500. Entrants do not need to be a Peace Corps Volunteer or former Volunteer to enter the contest, which runs until Sept. 30, 2010.
Call for Entries: 2011 San Francisco International Film Festival
Held each Spring for 15 days, the San Francisco International Film Festival, recognized throughout the world as an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in the country’s most beautiful city, is accepting submissions to SFIFF54, to be held April 21–May 5, 2011. Narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, family films, youth-produced and television works in all lengths are considered.
Refreshingly intimate for a festival of its size and scope, the International combines a range of marquee premieres, international competitions, new digital media work, live music performances and star-studded gala events.
The primary deadline is Monday, November 8; the final deadline for short films is Monday, December 6; and the final deadline for features only is Monday, December 13.
Toronto: Traveling without moving at ‘wavelengths’
Wavelengths, the Toronto International Film Festival program that ferries viewers deep into the world of contemporary experimental film, celebrated its tenth birthday in 2010 and received a sweet birthday gift: A completely sold out first show. Even enthusiasts who had lined up more than thirty minutes early were turned away from the 200-seat theatre at the Art Gallery of Ontario (along with your loyal scribe and similarly surprised colleagues from The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Pacific Film Archive and the Walker Art Center). It was an auspicious start to curator Andréa Picard’s extensive program of more than thirty individual pieces.
Experimental cinema is often neglected by mainstream/arthouse or narrative/documentary dialectics; it’s neither fish nor fowl. Yet it thrives in programs from Rotterdam to Berlin, from San Francisco’s Crossroads to New York’s Views from the Avant-Garde. This year, world-class work… Read the rest
IFP PARTNERS WITH UN FOR ENVISION | By Mary Anderson Casavant
This weekend the documentarian as activist was discussed at “Envision: Addressing Global Issues Through Documentaries,” an event presented by the IFP and UN and hosted by The New York Times at The Times Center. In her introductory remarks, IFP Executive Director Joanna Vicente pledged that the program, now in its second year, would continue to use the UN’s Millennium Development Goals as its focal point and praised the program for attempting to “envision a better world for all and achieving that through media.” It was a sentiment echoed by Kiyoa Akasaka, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, who professed himself a “die-hard” fan of documentaries and praised filmmakers for “deepening our understanding of complex issues.”
The morning got off to an impressive star with a keynote speech by the iconic actor, singer and activist, Harry Belafonte. The former UNICEF ambassador passionately exclaimed that there was no “greater cause… Read the rest
Like a *****-slap to those who have accused it of excessive reverence for French fare over the past 48 years, the 2010 New York Film Festival is bookended and centered on American movies—oddly enough, all from the big studios. David Fincher‘s The Social Network (pictured above) opens the event September 24; Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter is the October 10 Closing Night selection; and Julie Taymor’s The Tempest, the Centerpiece.
I’ve seen none of them, but early reviews of The Social Network have been very positive, not surprising from the director of Se7en and Fight Club. Evaluations of Hereafter have been much less flattering, but then, it’s Clint Eastwood, and even a PSA would be worth a look. Critics have been hard on The Tempest, but what else would you expect with a film by Taymor? Hopefully it surpasses Titus and Frida. Perhaps Broadway suits her better than Alice Tully Hall.… Read the rest
On line film contest site for all ages and skil levels
Dude, You Hear About that Online Video Contest?
What's this all about?
Welcome to On Live Video Contest! We link to all the video contests on the 'net. If you're a creative type with a camera, then just find a contest below that tickles your fancy, read the rules, make a vid, and enter!
User-generated content contests may or may not be losing their cache, but regardless of success or backfire, their numbers appear to be increasing, and they’re definitely here to stay. For brands and marketers, the online video events are a helluva lot easier to produce, provide more content and, most importantly, cost significantly less than dropping a few million at your local, fancypants, ad house on a 30- or 60-second spot. For filmmakers, they provide a means of motivation and create an opportunity for some unbeatable exposure. They also have some sick prizes. Filmmaker, Indy Mogulcreator, and Next New Networks’ promo guru, Justin Johnson has seen the spoils firsthand:
“I entered a video contest that Converse was having a couple years ago, and even though I didn’t win, they still sent me a free pair of Chucks…My friend David Lehre (of Myspace: The Movie fame) won a couple of cars in a contest, and actually just appeared on Kimmel for winning another one. My friend Brad just won his second vacation (this time to Greece) from travel site Contiki.”
Justin always prefers the contests judged by panels as opposed to the online popularity events that measure how many friends you can get to vote for your video. They’re a better measure of quality and talent and offer “a great way for struggling freelancers and young upstarts to prove they kick ***.” Problem is, how do you find them?
Justin created an answer: www.onlinevideocontests.com
Along with the talented, Southern Californian coder, Aaron Pollock (who you should e-mail at aaronpATthezipperDOTorg if you need a programmer/css guy) Justin started up Online Video Contests in late 2006. At the time, he had just started to dabble in the space and was ready to dig deeper to see what pieces of possible gold he could find for himself and his filmmaking friends. Plus, he was doing a URL search one day and saw the domain was available and figured he had to start something before someone else did (I totally know the feeling – why do you think we jumped on Tilzy.TV!?!).
He and Aaron came up with a streamlined information site, offering aspiring filmmakers only the essentials. The sleek, tumblr-like design informs would-be winners of what the contest is all about, how many days they have left, and how much they can win. For instance, in the next 11 days, there’s at least $80,000 up for grabs between seven competitions, including a shot at a $57,000 check from Heinz.
Justin tells me that he’s updating the list constantly and the site has developed enough online recognition to where he no longer has to do that much exploring. Many brands, marketers, advertisers, and other sites contact him whenever a new contest is launched. He’s also been able to get some sponsorship from eBillme, who runs a monthly Shopping Confessions contest with a $1,000 prize.
“These things are popping up all over now more than ever…They spread good will to the future of the industry, and toss mad bank to the lucky, and deserving winner. It’s a win for the brand, and a win for creativity.”
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