In 2014, Cinema Audio Society (CAS) celebrated its 50th year of excellence in production and post-production sound mixing for film and television. As it approaches its 51st awards dinner, CAS is launching a new Student Recognition Award. The Student Recognition Award is intended to encourage students’ interest in production or post-production sound mixing, and to recognize individual students with exceptional and demonstrated passion for the field.
The CAS Student Recognition Award is a $2,500 award. The selection criteria will focus on the student’s short essays in response to application questions and a professor’s recommendation letter. Five finalists will be selected to participate in an live video chat interview with members of the CAS selection committee, and all five finalists will be invited to attend the 2015 awards dinner as guests of CAS (travel expenses not included), where the Student Recognition Award winner will be announced. Eligibility for the CAS Student Recognition Award is open to any student enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program at an accredited college or university. Students may be pursuing any major (indeed, many current CAS members majored in music, psychology, English, engineering and other fields); but should have a demonstrated interest and some experience in production and/or post-production sound mixing for film and television. Please encourage students who fit the criteria to apply.
Eligibility: Students (graduate or undergraduate) in good standing at a 4-year accredited, degree granting college or university during any school term between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 are eligible to apply.
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2014
Newport Beach Film Festival (16th Annual)
The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) will celebrate its 16th anniversary with an action-packed line up of independent and studio films from around the globe. Scheduled to take place from April 23rd – April 30th, 2015 in Southern California, the Festival will screen an international slate of over 350 films, including feature-length narrative, documentary, short, animated and student films that will compete for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards.
During its eight day run, the Festival will feature an array of nightly special events, including red carpet premieres, gala celebrations, filmmaker receptions, compelling filmmaker Q & As, international spotlights, industry seminars, musical performances, fashion shows and retrospectives. The Festival will host numerous opportunities to connect with enthusiastic new audiences, fellow filmmakers, film industry professionals, non-profit organizations and the media in a beautiful seaside locale in Orange County, California. The NBFF is committed to providing an outstanding experience for both our filmmakers and our audiences.
Special Programs planned for 2015 NBFF include the following: Action Sports Film Series, Environmental Film Series, Art, Architecture + Design Film Series, Music Film Series, Family Film Series, Collegiate Showcase, Youth Film Showcase, and a free Seminar Series.
The City of Newport Beach, California, serves as host to the Festival’s film screenings and special events. Located just 50 miles south of Los Angeles, Newport Beach offers an optimal setting to experience filmmaking at its finest. Newport Beach boasts one of the largest movie consumer groups in the world and a rich filmmaking history. Thousands of visitors every year are drawn to the City’s spectacular coastline, fine dining, shopping, and endless recreational activities. The Newport Beach Film Festival will take place in April 23-30, 2015
Early Bird Deadline: October 24, 2014
Thanksgiving Special Deadline: November 21, 2014
Regular Deadline: December 19, 2014
Late Deadline: January 30, 2015
Categories: Features (Narrative, Documentary, Action Sports), Shorts (Narrative, Documentary, Action Sports), College Student Shorts, Music Videos
NFFTY – National Film Festival for Talented Youth (24th Annual)
- The film’s director(s) must have been 24 years old or younger at time of filming.
- All music and other copyrighted material used in films must be properly licensed. See our Resource Guide.
- All films must be in English or subtitled in English.
The mission of The Talented Youth is the encouragement and acknowledgement of young artists working in the media arts – promoting their accomplishments through festivals and programs and celebrating the extraordinary talent that exists and the compelling stories they tell. We seek to address marked needs in education and networking for young artists, and to expand opportunities for promotion of their work to a larger audience. The mission of NFFTY is to enable, nurture, promote and encourage the next generation of filmmakers to inspire, lead and entertain the world with their stories. NFFTY will take place in April, 2015.
Early Bird Deadline: October 31, 2014
Mid Deadline: December 1, 2014
Regular Deadline: January 5, 2015
Late Deadline: January 26, 2015
Categories: Feature (over 30 minutes), Short (under 30 minutes), Documentary (any length), Animation (any length), Music Video, Experimental
Rob Dunn (Screenwriting – M.F.A. ’13) and Ryan Trevino (Screenwriting – M.F.A. ’12) are finalists in the Nicholl Fellowship with their script Arcadia. Dunn and Trevino met while studying in the School of Film and Television at LMU and became writing partners after graduating.
Arcadia is an action-adventure set in nineteenth-century Greece, amid the backdrop of Greece’s revolution against the tyranny of the Ottoman Empire. The story starts with Lord Byron, the English Romantic poet, as he seeks a legendary treasure that could give the Greek rebels a tactical edge over their enemies. On this adventure, Byron is joined by two unlikely heroes – Davis, an American mercenary who cares more for gold than the ideals of freedom, and Kyra, a tough shepherdess who discovers that her family and fate are tied more intimately to the ancient treasure than she could have imagined. Little do any of them realize, waiting at the end of their sweeping and perilous quest, is an ancient, cursed family of the first werewolves – King Lycaon and his forty-nine sons. These beasts are the keepers of the ancient treasure that Byron seeks, and their thirst for blood and power has only grown since they were locked away thousands of years ago…
While the figures have yet to be reported from the Academy, in 2013, there were 7,251 entries and only 10 advanced to the finals so this is an amazing accomplishment.
The Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting was founded in 1985 by Gee Nicholl in honor of her late husband, Don Nicholl in order to develop a program that would aid new screenwriters. The Fellowship is open to any screenwriter who has not earned more than $25,000 writing fictional work for film or television. Up to five fellowship winners are chosen to receive $35,000 each and will be expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the fellowship year. If selected, Dunn and Trevino will be invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November.
Congratulations again to Dunn and Trevino and best of luck making it to the Fellowship Winner round!
Every March, creatives of all stripes gather in Austin to witness, inspire, and share the visions that will galvanize the filmmakers and ideas of tomorrow. The SXSW® Film Conference & Festival champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drive entertainment and media, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of “film” today, down to its very definition. A nexus of discovery and collaborative energy, SXSW Film celebrates the art and business of the possible.
SXSW’s original goal was to create an event that would act as a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop their careers, to bring together people from a wide area to meet and share ideas. That continues to be the goal today whether it is music, film or interactive technologies. And Austin continues to be the perfect location.
SXSW Film Festival will take place March 13-21st, 2015
*Early Deadline: October 2, 2014
*Official Deadline: October 30, 2014
*Late Deadline: November 13, 2014
*These are RECEIVED BY deadlines!
Categories: Features, Shorts, Music Videos