INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Film Finance Overwhelm Part 2
By NALIP mentor Stacey Parks. You can read more of Stacey's wisdom, plus take her online workshops and resources, by joining Film Specific. And don't miss her special NALIP 12 Conference workshop in Newport Beach next April!
Because Film Finance Overwhelm (Part 1) was such a popular post, I decided to do a Part 2. And because many of the comments and emails I got came in the form of questions, I decided to make the format of this post in Q+A form.
Q: What are the benefits from both sides of partnering with a Production Company or more experienced Producer?
A: The obvious benefit to the new or less-experience Producer is pretty obvious - you get to leverage someone else's track record to get your film made. But what about the benefit to the other Producer (the bigger one)? The benefit to them is that you are bringing them a killer concept and/or killer script that they didn't have before. In my own pitching experience I find that every single one of the Producers I speak to says they are always looking for the next killer project - and they don't really care where it comes from! Enter YOU. One of the keys to this approach is that hopefully you can bring more to the table than just a script, for example some kind of unique expertise. What areas of expertise do you have that you can contribute? Do you have existing relationships with foreign distributors for instance? How about marketing expertise? Are you a producer who can qualify for international co-production funds because you have a European or Australian or New Zealand passport? Think along those lines of some unique contribution you can bring to the partnership.
Call for Proposals: Producers Institute for New Media Technologies - Indigenous Science
In 2011, the Producers Institute for New Media Technologies - Indigenous Science is seeking proposals for science-themed interactive and participatory digital media projects and tools. The Producers Institute will be held in San Francisco from June 10-19, 2011.
Since 2007, the Producers Institute has been connecting documentary filmmakers to emerging technologies, creating new participatory platforms and transmedia experiences that have become integral tools for social change movements on the ground. We turn our focus for Producers Institute 2011 in San Francisco to the integration of digital media, science and emerging technologies in a distinctly cultural framework. We will select eight film projects (documentary, narrative, experimental, or animation) that envision a science-based interactive tool or platform as part of a transmedia concept that includes the participation of the community it is designed to serve.
Deadline for Proposals is 5pm PST on January, 17, 2011.
Visit the 2011 Producers Institute webpage for details and submission information.
Important: The context for Indigenous Science proposals, as in our past Institutes, is the notion of story-driven technology, where the collaboration and participation of local and global communities should inform the work at every level.
Past media projects and tools in the Producers Institute include mobile data/story collection interfaces to combat human rights abuses and public health crises, geo-located story maps for environmental justice, video games to raise awareness about Iraqi refugees and human trafficking, augmented reality experiences on National Park land, national social action networks for communities fighting hate crimes, and much more.
The work process will bring together your media team, with a scientist and an NGO partner. The goal is to leverage the power of storytelling to bring the science and technology out of the institutions and into communities, and to connect science educators and researchers in country with those in academia. The project can be community-based, classroom-based, installation or performance, web, mobile, or some transmedia hybrid. It can be software as a service, an interface for digital learning, data collection and dissemination, or some combination. The project should be collaborative and cultural, and contribute in a significant way to global understanding. Think smart cities, affective computing, cognitive machines, responsive environments, new media medicine, mobile environmental tracking and geoscience, robotics, object-based media, assisted technologies, immersive biology...etc. Think about science through a multicultural lens, as essentially participatory rather than objective, as humanistic, and beyond borders. We want to do some networked protyping that extends across and beyond traditional disciplines, where a rich narrative informs a groundbreaking, scientifically rigorous interactive community project.
NCLR Cancels 2010 ALMA Awards
By Lee Hernandez, Latina.com
According to a report by Latina.com, the Alma Awards, which normally air every fall and honor the positive portrayals of Latinos in the entertainment field, have been cancelled this year.
"Unfortunately, we're not doing the [ALMA's] this year," said Delia de la Vara, one of the producers of the show, and the Vice President of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).
"We heard there was interest from other broadcasters to carry the ALMA Awards and we started to pursue that," said de la Vara. She explained that NCLR is still having "conversations" with other broadcast networks to air the show and so they opted not to air the 2010 show in order to focus on a strategy to bring the show back bigger and better than ever before in 2011.
"We're working toward a 2011 fall broadcast of the show during Hispanic Heritage Month," said de la Vara. "That's the right time to showcase the stories about the contributions that Latinos are making in television, film, music and sports."
At the moment, the NCLR doesn't have a specific date for the 2011 Alma awards, nor do they know the network they will air on.
"We're not ready to announce anything about a new broadcast partner, or any details related to that," said de la Vara, who explained that the NCLR is still working through details with potential partners.
"But we hope to be ready to announce our broadcast partner in the first quarter of 2011, and if we can by that point, also announce the date for airing the show."
De la Vara said that Desperate Housewives star, Eva Longoria, who is always involved with the Alma Awards, will remain a part of the show going forward.
"Eva's been part of our core team on the production for the Alma's, so she will be a part of the awards as she has been for the past four years," she said. "Our title sponsor Pepsico is also going to be moving forward with us because they have a long-term commitment in support of the Alma Awards."
The Alma Awards were created in 1995 by the NCLR as part of a strategy to counter negative stereotyping of Latinos in U.S. Entertainment. This is the first year in some time that the show will not air.
Last summer, actress Selena Gomez told us what it meant to her to attend the Alma Awards. "I remember when I went to the awards, it was America Ferrera, Penelope Cruz and all of these other incredible actresses that I had the honor to be with because we could all bond over the same thing," said Gomez. "That was a great feeling."
Call for Entries: Los Angeles Film Festival
The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival is currently accepting submissions. Select narrative features, documentary features, and short films participate in the Festival's three competitive sections, the winners of which are chosen by special juries. In the Short Film Competition, awards are given for Best Animated or Experimental Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best Narrative Short. Feature films, short films, and music videos must have been completed after January 1, 2010.
Early Deadline: December 3, 2010
Regular Deadline: January 14, 2011
Short films and music videos: February 11, 2011
Feature-length narrative and documentary films: February 24, 2011
Click here for a full list of eligibility requirements and submission information.
Call for Entries: L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition
L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival and L.A. Comedy Scripts Screenplay Competition are still accepting submissions in the following categories for the upcoming 2011 Festival:
* Comedy Short Films (30 minutes or less)
* Comedy "Shortie" Shorts (5 minutes or less)
* Animated Comedy Shorts (30 minutes or less)
* Feature Scripts (80-135 pages)
* Short Scripts (30 pages or less)
* Half-Hour Comedy TV Pilot Scripts
L.A. Comedy Shorts attracts heavyweights from the world of comedy including Will Ferrell's 'FunnyOrDie.com', Cartoon Network, and Atom.com. Celebrity participants have included Bobcat Goldthwait, Adam Carolla, Jane Lynch, Patrick Warburton, Mark Hamill, Dax Shepard, Missi Pyle, Bob Odenkirk, Julie Bowen, Aisha Tyler, Dave Koechner, and many more!
Winners receive cash, prizes and valuable industry meetings. Winning scripts and films have been requested or reviewed by CAA, ICM, UTA, Gersh Agency, Disney, Benderspink, and many others!
Late Deadline: December 3, 2010
Final Deadline: December 20, 2010
Think you're funny? Submit today! Visit www.lacomedyshorts.com
Sony Launches Online Casting Call Service
Moviegoers and TV viewers can now get closer to their favorite projects than ever before with Sony Pictures Entertainment's Face of the Fan, a new initiative for virtual talent sourcing. By visiting www.FaceOfTheFan.com, users nationwide can participate in online casting calls and contests for Sony Pictures' properties turning today's fans into tomorrow's stars. With this ongoing program, crossing all of Sony's platforms film, television, and online Face of the Fan will give the biggest fans a chance to get involved with Sony's most popular franchises.
Face of the Fan launches with a casting call for Screen Gems' and Lakeshore Entertainment's successful action franchise Underworld, for which the filmmakers are searching for a fresh talent to play a pivotal role as a female teenager. Users from across the country can log onto the website, download select pages from a script to rehearse, and then upload their audition video and other credentials for submission. The submitted videos will then be reviewed by a panel of studio and production executives; selected participants may be contacted by casting agents for future roles. The site will also help users spread the word and expand the conversation by providing them with the tools to share the programs with their family and friends through social networking.
"The Face of the Fan program enables us to source people from all over the country to find unknown talent and give them a shot at something they may not have otherwise been able to do," said Clint Culpepper, president, Screen Gems.
Future Face of the Fan initiatives include a casting call for Screen Gems' Mortal Instruments and a contest tied to Columbia Pictures'/Sony Pictures Animation's highly anticipated 3D hybrid live-action/computer animated family comedy The Smurfs, as well as an upcoming contest from Sony Pictures Television for "Wheel of Fortune."
The concept for Face of the Fan builds on several past initiatives from Sony Pictures, in which uber-fans were chosen to participate in various marketing-related activities. Whether meeting talent on the red carpet, interviewing them at Comic-Con, or becoming guest correspondents covering the movies, these contests allowed the winning fans to get close to actors and filmmakers like never before and share their experiences online with their friends, family, and other fans.
Commenting on the announcement, Dwight Caines, president, Worldwide Digital Marketing for Sony Pictures, said, "As new Face of the Fan initiatives roll out, we hope to provide a unique way to reward those people who show tremendous enthusiasm for their favorite movies or TV shows by giving them an opportunity to meet talent and filmmakers."