The Oregon Story Board are “looking at the film and video, animation and VFX, gaming, and digital media landscape across Oregon and bringing companies that are crossing boundaries and pushing stories together.” Their goal is to “increase the economic viability, innovation, impact, and stature of companies that fit within this network.” Check out the interactive infographic that illustrates a map of digital storytelling companies in Oregon. If you have a digital story, please add it to the growing map.
The accelerator provides physical space, business mentorship, collaboration opportunities, infrastructure support, networks, and seed capital to early-stage companies in the film, video, animation, visual effects, digital media and gaming sectors during a four-month class.
OSB is spurring job growth and economic viability for companies at the intersection of these industries, with the premise that collaboration and shared resources will lead to more business opportunity in our creative, technology-infused economy.
Five digital storytelling companies graduated from OSB’s inaugural accelerator program this fall, which culminated in an exciting Demo Day presentation January 9th at the Hollywood Theatre.
Kick-off for the new accelerator class will take place in late June with a planned Demo Day in mid-late October.
Oscar- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Will Vinton will be the keynote presentation at the 5th Annual McMinnville Short Film Festival on October 3, 2015. As a Director and Producer of 3D animation, Will Vinton has won virtually every film and television award given a filmmaker – several hundred in total. Will directed and produced the world’s first all Claymation feature film, the critically acclaimed ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN. Soon after, he directed the first three California Raisin commercials that launched a legendary series of hip commercials, entertainment, merchandising, and a CBS Saturday morning TV series, THE CALIFORNIA RAINSIN SHOW. And his theatrical feature, FESTIVAL OF CLAYMATION, a compilation of his early short films has been an enduring hit at college campuses everywhere. Tickets for the presentation will be available as we get closer to the date. For more information, visit mcminnvillefilmfest.org.
Alloy Entertainment, and CW‘s “Significant Mother“, is set to shoot in the Portland area late spring and will air in August. The series shot three digital episodes for The CW Seed last year, and now has upped the series to TV. The show will star Josh Zuckerman (“Desperate Housewives”, “90210”), Krista Allen (“What About Brian”), Jonathan Silverman (“Weekend at Bernie’s”), Emma Fitzpatrick (“The Social Network”) and Jay Ali (“The Fosters”).
The 14th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival took place over the week end in southern Oregon. AIF gives special focus to small independent features and shorts and always includes Oregon projects.
Of note, “A River Between Us” premiered to a sold-out audience, with the filmmakers, Sen. Jason Atkinson and on hand to discuss this personal documentary. The film documents the healing of the Klamath River through the “mending of hearts among farmers, fishers and indigenous peoples”*.
You can see the 2015 winners list here.
Lower Boom is a new Portland-based micro-budget film studio, talent incubator, and Film Discovery platform developer, and they are having a launch party this Monday, April 13th, at Dig a Pony (736 SE Grand).
They are going to screen their inaugural project, the short film LETTER B, a fictionalized recreation of the Beatle’s documentary Let It Be, with an all-female cast as the band, and will also highlight their upcoming projects. Read More »
The Northwest Film Center presents:
Essential Gus Van Sant (& His Influences)
film series & class
Film dates: April 23-June 5, 2015
Class dates: April 25-June 20Over the last three decades, Gus Van Sant has created an extraordinary body of film work. His first long-form films of the late 1980s and early 1990s, known as the “Portland Trilogy”, feature rebellious characters on the fringes of mainstream society who yearned to form new communities. The films became instant cult classics, earning Van Sant acknowledgment as one of the most talented and imaginative filmmakers of the indie film renaissance. Over the next decade, he directed a number of films that brought him critical and commercial success (the hugely popular GOOD WILL HUNTING and his bold remake of Hitchcock’s PSYCHO), before embarking on a re-evaluation of his artistic process and a return to his early indie roots. This later remarkable group of films features innovative visual style and groundbreaking sound explorations. Along with this survey of his films, we offer an exciting selection of works by filmmakers that have influenced the Van Sant’s film practice, including works by Stanley Kubrick, Werner Herzog, and Béla Tarr.—Mario Falsetto.
Mario Falsetto, Professor Emeritus in Film Studies at Concordia University, Montreal, and author of the just published “Conversations with Gus Van Sant,” is teaching “Essential Gus Van Sant,” an eight-session non-credit course April 25—June 20. See School of Film for registration information.
Enrollment in the Essential Gus Van Sant provides FREE admission to all of the films in the series.
July 1st will mark the beginning of a new fiscal year and a new round of funding for our film incentive programs. As a result, we are preparing to open up the application process for our “local filmmaker” program, commonly referred to as the Indigenous Oregon Production Investment Fund (iOPIF).
We will begin accepting iOPIF applications on May 4th, 2015. Our iOPIF Advisory Committee will evaluate all applications submitted between May 4th and May 8th as having been submitted at the same time. We are looking for projects that are fully financed and ready to be produced this year.
- No applications will be accepted before May 4, 2015.
- All applications must be submitted electronically to [email protected]
- In order for applications to be considered complete, the following must be attached:
• Script, synopsis, or project bid
• Budget (including Oregon projected spending)
• Production schedule
• Finance plan
• Proof of funding
• Producer’s letter of intent
Full details on the iOPIF incentive program can be found on our website: oregonfilm.org/incentives
As a reminder, the legislation for iOPIF now allows local “media production services” to be eligible for rebates through the program. Media production services, as defined in the bill, include post-production services and interactive video game development. For more information on the changes to the iOPIF that went into effect last year, please read our previous posting and FAQ here…
We will notify all applicants of the status of their application by the end of May. If you have any questions on the application process or the iOPIF program, please email [email protected].
Snow knows… NOTHING! Hinge Digital proudly presents our own twist on the misadventures of Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow. Does Snow know romance? Giants? Anything? Check out our new GoT inspired Snow Knows shorts and let us know what you think!
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s On Screen/In Person program tours independent American filmmakers to communities throughout the mid-Atlantic region to screen their recent work. To further engage audiences, Filmmakers also collaborate with host sites to develop community activities, such as artist talks or workshops.
The Foundation covers all travel costs, reimburses the selected filmmakers for eligible expenses, and provides $200 per day for expenses. Filmmakers also receive a $400 stipend for each engagement on tour.
Filmmakers from across the United States are eligible to submit films for consideration. Film submissions may include animation, documentaries, experimental and narrative work.
NEW! Filmmakers submit their films free of charge through a streamlined online application process. Click here to view the program guidelines and access the new online application.
The deadline for film submissions is April 10, 2015.
Questions concerning On Screen/In Person or the application should be directed to Kimberly Steinle-Super at [email protected]
On Screen/In Person is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.