The 18th International Animated Film Festival in Bègles admits animated short and feature films, and conducts screenings in 35mm (optical sound), video BetaSP Pal or DVD formats, and foreign films if they are without dialogues, with french dialogues or subtitled in french. The festival, which is free to filmmakers to enter, runs through December 14. The inaugural Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Festival is a chance for independent and upstart filmmakers to showcase their works and talent in a small scale film festival that runs December 4-7 in Philadelphia. The Toronto Fantasy Worldwide International Film Festival brings together various fantasy, science-fiction and anime genre, running December 4-8. The festival seeks to exhibit globally produced feature, short, animation and documentary films from the genre that has provided 19 of the 20 top best selling box office hits of all time. In a special engagement set for the Bahamas International Film Festival, Laurence Fishburne will be on hand for a special tribute and presentation on Sunday, December 7. Academy Award® winner Sir Sean Connery will again be attending as Festival Patron and presenting Laurence Fishburne with the Career Achievement Award. Chris Lockhart, former executive story editor of ICM, now with the William Morris Agency will hear pitches from Alameda Writers Group members, at the December 6 session in Glendale, and will reveal what works and what doesn’t. Guests may become members at the meeting for a membership fee.
The International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) is the annual conference and trade show for professionals from the film festival industry. The Summit, which will be in Las Vegas, December 7-9, provides a platform for the community to explore ways to collaborate and promote the advancement of the film festival industry. BMI will be hosting its Annual Holiday Party with cocktails, edibles, and live DJ. Raffle tickets will also be sold for a chance to win great items from Puma, Gibson Guitar, Silver Jeans, Solstice Sunglass Boutique, the Ellis Hotel, and more, All happening December 9 in Atlanta. The WIFV-MD Holiday Happy Hour Party, made up of professionals, students, organizations and dedicated women and men who support, envision, write, direct, participate in and produce independent films, movies, TV series, documentaries, industrials, multi-media, etc., will include a feature film screening with Q&A at their December 11 party in Timonium, with the customary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. The December 17 iStandard Producer Showcase is a live Music Producer-Specific event that puts the aspring hitmaker in front of a panel of prominent music industry tastemakers. Record Labels send their A&R’s, Artists come out looking to collaborate, and other Producers, Engineers, Publishers, Entertainment Attorneys, and more seeking the next hot producer at this New York event.
The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Media, Entertainment and Performing Arts Industry News and Events” page at actorschecklist.com/news.html. Video and podcast versions of this news summary are also available at popular video sites around the Web like MySpace, YouTube, Daily Motion, as well as on The Actor’s Checklist podcast blog at actorschecklist.com/loudblog, a great place to get your iPhone, ipod or Apple TV download from. The Free Home Video Showcase at http://www.actorschecklist.com/video now serves as an archive for all past video presentations. This month on video you will again see an interesting array of performing artists from the indie sector on video. Newly introduced this month to The Actor’s Checklist website is Google Friend Connect technology where visitors may now sign in with their Google, Yahoo, AIM or OpenID account. You are encouraged to explore the entirety of the site for instances of Google Friend Connect deployment, including its use on the news page at http://www.actorschecklist.com/news.html. Happy Holidays to all from The Actor’s Checklist!