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InFocus: Canadian Cinema
Date: Jul 13, 2024
Time: 3:00pm to 10:00pm
City: Los Angeles
Entrance Fee: $10-30
Phone: (213) 741-7400
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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts its annual InFocus: Canadian Cinema program, with support from Telefilm Canada and the Québec Government Office in Los Angeles, and community partnership with its longstanding partner, the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles. The InFocus: Canadian Cinema program spotlights independent Canadian storytellers in a program that spans a collection of thirteen short films across two shorts programs, including alumni of SXSW, Tribeca and Slamdance. The day also features the North American premiere of Cambria Matlow’s feature narrative, Why Dig When You Can Pluck.

The day’s programming begins with InFocus: Canadian Cinema Shorts I, a selection of shorts by independent Canadian filmmakers, explores family dynamics, diasporic communities, the bonds between women and the pursuit of goals both grand and petty.

The afternoon continues with InFocus: Canadian Cinema Shorts II, a collection that gives us an incisive and playful meta-film, digs into cultural beauty standards and self acceptance, holds space for grief and loss, and includes stories of intergenerational connection and coming of age experiences.

The evening concludes with the North American premiere of writer-director Cambria Matlow’s debut feature film, Why Dig When You Can Pluck, preceded by the world premiere of Maureen Payne-Hahner’s short film, Belinda. Why Dig When You Can Pluck is a nuanced, atmospheric and unconformable portrait of motherhood that is sure to start a conversation. “Society is not kind to female hyphenates, and we’re told we can’t possibly be good at both mothering and artmaking. We’re told that being a mother means other people get to decide what is and isn’t true about you. I wanted to tell a story that speaks the truth and opens the doors of permission for the next mother to speak hers,” says Matlow.

NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year, across both our general and InFocus programming. All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects for consideration for upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the schedule for InFocus programming, which celebrates diversity, inclusion and region by spotlighting communities of filmmakers within our filmmaking community as part of our monthly program. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The South Park Center is an ADA compliant venue and is wheelchair accessible. We request captioned films from all filmmakers participating at our Festival. For any accessibility needs, please send a request to at least 72 hours prior to the event.
Ghost Ranch Writer's Retreat
Date: Aug 11, 2024
Time: 8:00am to 8:00pm
City: Abiquiu
Entrance Fee: $725
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Austin Film Festival hosts a yearly screenwriters and filmmakers’ retreat at the artists’ haven Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. This year, our creative getaway will take place August 11-15, 2024. In a small group setting, the retreat explores finding and developing your creative voice.

This year, Wendy Calhoun (writer/producer – The Rookie: Feds, Prodigal Son, Station 19, Empire, Nashville, Revenge, Justified) and Jim Hart (writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Muppet Treasure Island, August Rush, The Hot Zone) will speak and offer insight on their writing process.

Previous attendees have described the Ghost Ranch Writers Retreat as:

– “The AFF Writers Retreat is a deeply meaningful experience for all writers. Its humanity, its warmth, its sincerity; none can be overstated.”
– “By far my best investment to grow and challenge my writing in a supportive environment.”
– “A magical historical creative oasis, a place where ideas and conversations flow and grow. You disconnect to reconnect—one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.”

We are currently offering a $25 off promo code: GHOST25OFF.

Hope to see you at Ghost Ranch! If you have any questions on the event, please feel free to visit our website or call the Austin Film Festival office at 512-478-4795.
Hands on Directing with Simon Hunter
Date: Sep 21, 2024
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
City: London
Entrance Fee: $299.94
Phone: +44 (0)207 930 3412
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Presenter Simon Hunter has directed 3 internationally released feature films, and over 100 commercials and short films. In this 2 day intensive masterclass, Simon will share his learning about how to successfully mange and direct films with little budget, and multi-million dollar budgets

The director is ultimately responsible for every image and sound that appears on the screen. Learn the art and craft of film directing by getting behind the camera and shooting a scene yourself with Simon Hunter. That’s why this weekend masterclass is called Hands-on Directing.

This intensive weekend masterclass teaches students the techniques behind maximising the performance of the cast while realising the importance of the ultimate audience – the camera. Attendees will be given a number of practical exercises to undertake, including directing a short dramatic scene.
19th Annual Hamilton Film Festival
Date: Oct 18, 2024
Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm
City: Ancaster
Entrance Fee: $25-45
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19 years at the Hamilton Film Festival and we've hit the TOP 100 best reviewed festivals status a few times on FilmFreeway and are now a Canadian Screen Award Qualifying festival.
We have put a pause on the "themed" events for now so we are open to everything. We accept short, mid-length, feature, episodic / series, and screenplays.

A initiative we started during the pandemic will continue as will have NO MORE LATE FEES! ONE TIER, ALL YEAR, is GOLD! That means there will be NO inflated fees based on when you submit. Fees will be the same from open to close.

GOLD members on FilmFreeway will be able to take advantage of our additional Gold Member discounts.

Following us on social media is beneficial as throughout the year we post limited time / quantity discount codes that will offer a 19% discount off submission fees.

Those familiar with our dates know that we have been running in November since 2008, and in 2023 we moved the event into October, so that we can take full advantage of our new venue in the Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre, that we share with dozens of productions. The October dates will allow us to fully utilize the facility, which is also the home of our film school!

The 19th Annual Hamilton Film Festival continues to be one of Canada’s most important film festivals for Canadian and International films as it has an industry development component, and a market. It is also one that programs over 100 independent films which means there is plenty of room for your film. We are not part of any distribution circuit and our screens are dedicated to the indie filmmaker on the festival circuit.
Hosted in a city with a booming film scene, it has become a go-to destination to live and work for several people in the film and television industry with year-round opportunities to network, engage, pitch and participate. Distributors, festivals and industry professionals actively look to the Hamilton Film Festival for content, connections and top-notch engagement.

Included in your submission fee is the option to become a delegate at our networking and meet-up events, at no extra charge. So even if you film is not accepted, you can still participate and take advantage of the networking and industry development that HFF has to offer!
The Hamilton Film Festival has a school of media arts inside the new Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre where will will host classes, camps, workshops and panel discussions year round. We will also utilize this learning space during the festival!
Edinburgh Short Film Festival
Date: Oct 25, 2024
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
City: Edinburgh
Entrance Fee: $6-10
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Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2024

Friday Oct 25th - Sunday Nov 10th 2024

We're back with our 2024 edition and excited to screen a wonderful programme

There's dozens of UK Premieres, including Cannes, Berlinale, Annecy Award winners and winning shorts from Film Festivals across the globe

We're also screening guest programmes from the Belgian Short Film Agency, our European Film Fests Showcase & FREE filmmaking workshops and masterclasses!
Networking Mixer and Screenings
Date: Nov 23, 2024
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
City: Waterford
Entrance Fee: $10
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Each year the festival holds a series of screenings. We also will be having a networking drinks mixer event. This is for filmmakers and writers to network and socialise in our venue at Waterford Crystal. The festival team also meets up with filmmakers for post-screening drinks.
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