In the South Wales industrial town of Port Talbot, the International Youth Film Festival runs through August 7. This festival is an IMDb Qualifying Festival, and Sir Anthony Hopkins is the Festival Patron. Film makers and friends are welcome to attend the Nominees Party and Mayors Reception on August 6, which will be the festival’s main networking event, where film projects may be openly discussed, and there will also be an unveiling of a brand new life size oil painting of Patron Sir Anthony Hopkins. Located on the banks of Lake Maggiore at the foot of the Alps, the medieval town of Locarno conducts the Locarno Film Festival for new films from all over the world. This year, the Pardo d’onore Swisscom, will honor two esteemed contemporary filmmakers: Chinese filmmaker JIA Zhang-ke and Swiss filmmaker Alain Tanner. And in another ceremony, the Locarno will confer the Excellence Award Möet & Chandon to the French actress Chiara Mastroianni, followed by a roundtable discussion with the actress. Celebrity etiquette and networking expert, Naomi Torre presides over a “Cool Down On Sunset…”, a Los Angeles summer mixer on August 5 where B2B Marketers come to relax, socialize, network, and take advantage of Luxe Hotel’s happy hour menu. The evening is organized by the Business Marketing Association, Southern California, dedicated to business-to-business marketing executives, company presidents, and marketing communicators.
Lollapalooza 2010, the annual musical extravaganza held in Chicago’s Grant Park, August 6-8, features such acts as the Grammy-nominated electropop band Hot Chip. GALApalooza is the official preview party of the Festival, and will treat guests to a one-of-a-kind cocktail party and private concert under the stars of Grant Park. Also, online social networking community Do312 – www.do312.com – is the official Lollapalooza after-shows organizer, with scheduled shows at multiple Chicago venues. Koffeehouse presents its Fourth Annual “Evening of Independence” Concert benefitting MusiCares® with featured performances by Verve/Universal recording artist and actress Katharine McPhee, Island Def Jam recording artist Jon McLaughlin, Ironworks recording artist HONEYHONEY, LA-based indie rockers The Daylights, and two-time Grammy-nominated, Sixpence None The Richer – who are reuniting for their first show in the U.S. in six years. Available VIP tickets include pre-paid parking, access to the VIP lounge with open bar and food, a mention of you or your company in the official event program, gift bag of goodies, and the best seats in the house. Noted Casting Director Helen McCready offers two workshops to take place as follows: Boynton Beach, August 7; Bonita Springs, August 8. The workshops cover: Auditioning for leading and supporting roles; The differences between those who book work and those who don’t; Auditioning sides for guest starring roles; How to stand out and book supporting and co-starring roles; How do you connect to Hollywood. Additionally, fully registered attendants will be emailed over 1,000 email addresses of Hollywood contacts active in the industry.
At the 2010 University Film & Video Association Conference, August 10-14 in Burlington, will be world-class screenings, panels, script readings, and new media exhibits. And there is also the traditional Thursday night picnic at Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center, the UFVA golf tournament at Kwiniaska Golf Club in Shelburne on Friday morning, and then the Saturday evening dressy-casual banquet closing the conference at the IDX Student Life Center overlooking Lake Champlain. PhantomCon is an annual conference celebrating paranormal research and the Horror movie industry. The organizers goal is to connect fans, followers, researchers, sensitives and skeptics with an audience interested in their findings. The Western North Carolina Paranormal Research Society invites all interested parties down to Hickory to attend, and hosts a Meet & Greet Dinner on opening evening August 12. Co-sponsored by BMI, along with the Sandestin Resort and Southwest Airlines, the first annual Sandestin Music Festival will divert voluntary donations collected at the festival to support the National Audubon Society and its efforts to help birds and other wildlife affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The celebrations, which are free with a printed ticket, opens with singer/songwriters at Hammerhead’s Bar & Grill, then moves onto Rum Runner’s for a jam session, and finally settles into Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack for a late-night concert. There’s also a VIP Package that includes priority seating and a meet-and-greet with all the performers on Sunquest Cruise’s yacht, the Solaris, after the show on Saturday.
At the upcoming North Park Music Thing – San Diego Music & Media Conference, August 13-14, conference attendees can learn about the music business during panel discussions, workshops and demo review sessions. NPMT will present speakers who are involved in local, regional, and national music – including keynote speaker Kim Fowley, who managed the all-girl band, The Runaways, from the 1970s. At the “Music Industry 101” workshop, panelists will discuss recording a quality demo, developing an effective promo package, building a functional website, booking and promoting consistent gigs, and releasing your first record. Each night following the workshops, NPMT showcases nearly 100 musical acts from throughout the Southwestern United States, at 14 select San Diego-area venues. The Feel Good Film Festival in Hollywood, August 13-15, is a competitive showcase encouraging the development, production, and distribution of short or feature length film with happy endings, that make audiences laugh, and that capture the beauty of this world. Winning projects will be entertaining, optimistic, humorous, and/or heartwarming, and leave the audience feeling good. Opening and closing night celebrations highlighting festival submissions take place in the venue’s courtyard.
During the 2010 monitorLATINO Convention in Guadalajara, August 15-18, registered attendees can take part in the “Demolition Demo” in which a panel discusses the importance of “a good composition and excellent performance as keys to music industry success. Producers may register their demos for a chance to have it reviewed when the Panel reaches a selection of demos submitted while sharing their tips for helping the composer/producer to take a career to the next level. Film Florida, which fills a leadership role in Florida’s film and entertainment industries by representing a coalition of interests, including private industry, local film commissions, industry associations and labor organizations, conducts a quarterly marketing, legislative, councils and admin meeting over two days beginning August 16 in Naples. At the SCFEO August Film Mixer / Reception on August 17, a discussion on the “virtual” future of film and television production will be discussed by Darren Frankel, President – Stargate Studios, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages served, in an evening hosted by University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Peachtree Village International Film Festival in Atlanta is presented by The African American Cinema Gallery (AACG) & Gipp. Museums, and showcases feature length films, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and screenplays from around the globe. During the festival’s run, August 19-22, for one of the slated panels, “Cast Me If You Can”, panelists tackle the subject how to prepare for television and film auditions, followed by a Q&A. There is a Meet-up each night of the festival in the lobby of the host Hotel for networking and drinks.
Media Communications Association-International holds its Beach Party August 22 in Mission Bay Park, and this year provides a full “Tostada Bar” complete with chicken, beef, and vegetarian toppings, with pineapple upside down cake for dessert. Enjoy lawn games, water sports, of course networking, and if you arrive to the party with your jet ski or boat, you can pull up right next to the swim area. The goal of BLUE Ocean Film Festival, as a film festival and conservation summit of underwater filmmakers and marine researchers, is to share the latest insights on what is happening in our oceans, when it runs from August 24-29. A companion community festival shares highlights of the film competition with presentations from the filmmakers and scientists who created them. Other special events will include: “Intro to Underwater Filmmaking Boot Camp”, a “Welcome to Monterey Networking Reception”, with samplings of local food and wine from the Monterey area, a VIP Gallery Reception for a David Doubilet photography exhibit. This summer, Strasbourg International Film Festival runs from August 27 through September 5, and is focused on industry networking working at a grassroots level to build community involvement and participation. There will be filmmaker introductions to films followed by questions and answers after screenings, industry panels/workshops, out-of-competition screenings, and free filmmaker brunches. The film festival also plans to have special events for students and the community-at-large.
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 which will now have a language translation button to convert its contents into any chosen language. The companion video news summary can be found on the podcast blog as well as on the most popular video sharing sites. Last month the video news summary featured Grey Duck Production’s ‘The Telephone Game’, Matt Oakey of Toronto based music and film producers, Padded Cell Productions with ‘Little Noise’, Indian Slap Bass master out of Kerala, India, Jayen Varma, Parisian film director Vince Bosco with latest work, ‘Beyond Love’, Pop Rock band out of São Paulo, MegaRex. Follow the posting of the news summary on Twitter. Streaming video can now be played directly into your Real Media Player, and your Windows Media Player. Past video from the monthly video news summary is archived on the Free Home Video Showcase which now serves as an archive for all past video presentations but without the audio news narration.