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Kickstarters We Love: ‘Her Story’ follows young couple through a terminal illness

It’s pretty clear crowdfunding is here to stay as a platform for indies to both finance their films and rally an eager audience. Success for many begins with the pitch video. One such project, “Her Story” does it just right. Curious backers are introduced to the Austin-based production team as well as main characters Rae and Carter, a young couple braving a tragic diagnosis. Thanks again to writer/actress Haley Alea Erickson (“Rae”) for giving us a peek behind the campaign. And most importantly, holler if you got dollar, folks! The team has already reached more than half of their $5,000 by June 4th goal. — Christina B.



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So What’s The Deal With…Applying for Filmmaker Workshops?

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Writer/director Erin Li (Photo: Randy Blohm)

I first met Erin Li when both of our films screened at Urbanworld Film Festival in 2011. Her intriguing short “L.A. Coffin School” and vibrant passion for filmmaking convinced me she was definitely one to watch. I recently reached out to Erin because I wanted to pick her brain about her successful experience with filmmaker workshops. As a 2012 Film Independent Project Involve Fellow she directed and co-wrote  “To The Bone”, which played at LA Film Festival and Slamdance. “To The Bone” was chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick and recently featured on Upworthy. She’s now in post-production on “Kepler X-47” as part of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. You can also catch her on Twitter at @MsErinLi. A big thank you again to Erin for sharing her insight! — Christina B.

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So What’s The Deal With…Short Films on The Festival Circuit?

Following up on my recent post about film festivals offering opportunities to air on HBO, I reached out to NYC-based filmmaker Donald Conley whose short film SLEEP was a finalist for such a prize at the American Black Film Festival in 2012. A big thank you again to Donald for sharing his insight on navigating the festival circuit. SLEEP, which “explores the loss of adolescence and the psychological effect death has on the minds of young children”, will air again on HBO Go starting June 15th— Christina B.



Photo by Lemia Monet.

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Tribeca Film Fest Wants Your Short Shorts In #6SECFILMS Competition (ends 4/7)


Tribeca Film Festival’s #6SECFILMS Vine Competition

From TFF: “Here’s how it works: Vine creators will make as many Vines as they want in any of the following categories: #GENRE, #AUTEUR, #ANIMATE, or #SERIES (see details below), and our team of jurors will choose their favorites from a shortlist we share on the site. (More jury details to come, but we’re excited to share that our jury panel already includes actor Adam “The King of Vine” Goldberg and Director Penny Marshall!)”
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WATCH & VOTE: PBS Online Film Festival (ends this Friday 3/22)


“Story of an Egg” by filmmaker Douglas Gayeton.

How many film festivals let you sit in the judge’s chair? Check out 25 diverse short films eligible for the People’s Choice Award now streaming online. Voting ends this Friday (March 22nd). Maybe one of these stories will even leave you inspired to push forward on your next project.

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WATCH & VOTE: Afrinolly Short Film Competition Finalists


Afrinolly Short Film Competition (via Shadow And Act)

Voting ends on March 8th.

The Afrinolly Short Film Competition is aimed at digitally showcasing African cinema talent and providing a platform to foster the generation and of African content and make same available online.

The 20 finalists – ten each from the short film and documentary categories – were selected on the basis of the narrative’s imagination and originality, the plot’s ability to attract and retain the viewer’s attention, clarity of purpose and an overall professional impression. Other criteria for selection included having adept mastery of technical aspects i.e. sound quality, costume, acting, screenplay, editing, lighting and camera work.

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Oscar-Winner Octavia Spencer Wants To See Your Shorts (Enter By Feb. 10th)


Short Film Competition Hosted by Actress Octavia Spencer (THE HELP, SMASHED, FRUITVALE) on her Facebook Fan Page

Deadline: February 10th

From Octavia’s Facebook page:Here’s the deal: If you’ve shot a short and it’s just sitting around your hard drive, post a link to it here on my page before Feb. 10th. Film can be from anywhere in the world as long as it’s subtitled, and can be any genre. It can NOT exceed 20 mins in length. YOU MAY ONLY POST YOUR FILM ONCE!  Though you may enter multiple films.  The Winner will receive: CANON EOS 60D, Platinum 6000 Digital Tripod and $1000. 

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How to Enjoy Sundance 2013 From Home


I still can’t believe the biggest film kid meetup of the year is almost half over. Things are still very much happening during Sundance’s B Week (the 10 days are often referred to as A Week and B Week by attendees who aren’t staying the whole festival). If you’re an indie film lover like me, but couldn’t make it up to Park City this year, have no fear. The festival has done a great job of providing event content of all sorts available anywhere with an internet signal. Enjoy!

Option 1: Livestreams
At Sundance, no indie film lover is left out. At almost every film screening, panel and music performance I’ve attended, I’ve always seen a staff member behind a camera recording the experience. One of my favorites was definitely EL MARIACHI From The Collection Screening Q&A with director Robert Rodriguez.

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Vote for FOCUS FORWARD Semifinalists in Socially Conscious Film Competition

This is definitely a first for me. I received the same message from three film folks I know. Each wanted to spread the word that they’d made it to the semifinalist round of the “Focus Forward” competition, which means they’re currently vying for the Audience Favorite Award. Woot woot!
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Emerging Filmmaker Reflects On Screening At Cannes 2012 (Guest Post)

A brief intro: I met filmmaker Michael Daye (based in south-west England) when we were both participating in the Visions Film Festival in North Carolina in March. When he mentioned that he would be attending Cannes later in May, I humbly asked him if he wouldn’t mind sharing the experience on the blog. You can watch the official Shorts Corner selection, “Aldilà” HERE and see more at http://michaeldaye.com/. A big thank you again to Michael for offering this great recap for us all. — Christina B.

As a filmmaker just starting out, one of my ‘bucket list’ checkboxes has been to attend the Cannes Film Festival at some point. When the opportunity presented itself to me a few months back, I just couldn’t bear to say no, even though I was maybe not as ‘ready’ as I would have liked to be. Nonetheless, it was a massively worthy endeavour, and something I would recommend to anyone wanting a leg-up in the film business.

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SHORTS LOVE: Vote today in Shadow And Act Digital Filmmaker Showcase!

A quick refresher: “Inspired by the popular Black Cinema blog of the same name, the Shadow and Act Digital Filmmaker Showcase is a year long competition of short films from around the globe. Participating films must have themes that reflect the African Diaspora experience.” Many of the films have garnered success on the festival circuit (MEN IN LOVE by Keith Davis and CLOSE by Tahir Jetter) and others feature the early work of today’s breakout stars/directors (Adepero Oduye and Rashaad Ernesto Green). Who knows what impact a click of a mouse might have? You could help a fellow indie get their big break with an offer to turn their project into a feature or even just start-up cash to make their next short film.

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