Got Content? Thinking About Submitting To A Festival?

Do you have content that you have been thinking of entering into festivals?

Film Festivals’ Deadlines is a comprehensive database of worldwide film festivals updated in real-time. “Nowadays the offer of festivals on the internet is so dispersed that we understand that you go nuts looking for the perfect festivals for your films. That’s why we are here, to bring you the biggest list of festivals worldwide. If you don’t have enough money for a distribution company nor time for surfing through all the submission platforms, Film Festivals’ Deadlines is your best tool.  Here you’ll find the essential information of any festival around the world. Besides, you’ll always be on time to submit your film because the list is organized by deadlines. Consult detailed information about each festival such as; celebration dates, deadlines, fees, genres, contacts, etc.  Distribute your films using “Film Festivals’ Deadlines” and find all you need to know about festivals you’ve never heard of before.”

Here is a (long) list of upcoming international and national festival entry deadlines (updated 01/11/2022)  Note deadline dates are written date/month/year:  Read More »

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OAFG21 Winner – Short Film, “You Go Girl!” To Screen At Sundance

The OAFG21 winning team on the set of “Ash Land”, from left to right – Adrian Alea, Shariffa Ali, & Courtney Williams.

“You Go Girl” – the fourth annual Outdoor Adventure Film Grant– “Oregon’s Outdoors Are For Everyone” winner (OAFG21) – will be screening at Sundance! Filmmakers,  Shariffa Ali, Kamilah Long, Courtney Williams, and Adrian Aleas’ short film tells the story of Audrey, a New York City comedian who can make a joke of any situation, faces a staggering challenge in the beautiful mountains of Oregon. Can this city woman overcome her fears and rise?  “You Go Girl!” will be screening at Sundance 2022, in the U.S. Live Action Short Films.  This program was included as part of a celebration for Sundance’s 40th anniversary. The 2022 short films will all screen in programs or preceding features in-person in Utah, the majority of them will screen online along with the 40th collection, and a small collection will screen in person at seven Satellite Screens venues around the country during the Festival’s second weekend. The Festival takes place from January 20-30, 2022.

“You Go Girl!” was created in partnership with producers Adrian Alea (ALIALEA Productions), Kamilah Long (The Black Whole, Inc.), and Courtney Williams, and was made possible, in part, by an “Outdoor Adventure Grant” from the Oregon Made Creative Foundation, Travel Oregon and Oregon Film, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

This year’s festival slate comprises work from 26 countries, with 59 shorts selected from a record 10,374 submissions.

More about the Outdoor Adventure Film Grant – Oregon’s Outdoors Are For Everyone” (OAFG21)

Oregon’s open spaces and outdoor pursuits are for all Americans and visitors, yet there is a well-documented inequity in America that is deeply rooted in our shared cultural history, and as a whole, our outdoor spaces are not equally utilized for a multitude of historical, social and cultural reasons. The OAFG aims to help support and amplify stories and storytellers (both in front of and behind the camera) utilizing Oregon’s outdoor spaces as a backdrop. The OAFG21 specifically invited applications from experienced BIPOC filmmakers and on-camera subjects to create a short film pitch that is able to inform, inspire, capture and/or reveal a personal journey involving an outdoor pursuit that is set against the backdrop of Oregon’s majestic landscape.

This $20,000 Grant was provided by the Oregon Made Creative Foundation in conjunction with Travel Oregon.

The grant was awarded to a small team of independent filmmakers and a production company based in Southern Oregon: Shariffa Ali, Kamilah Long, and Adrian Alea, who describe themselves as, “the perfect amalgamation of specialized skills and lived experiences. We are a collective of theatre-makers, film producers, fundraisers, writers, designers, and community organizers who have just completed principal photography on our first collaboration, a short film entitled “Ash Land” which follows an African-American woman, living in the wilds of Oregon, who receives a visitor that forces her to reconcile her past and re-imagine her future.

Shariffa Chelimo Ali (Director + Co-writer) is an international creative leader committed to advancing radical change through the power of art and activism. She works across disciplines directing films, virtual reality experiences, and plays and moves her audiences to engage with timely issues touching upon Black, Afropolitan, and African-American identities. She is the current Artist-in-Residence at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. www.shariffa.com

Kamílah L. Long (Lead Producer, Actor) is an Oregon-based innovative leader and dynamic theatrical professional, her multifaceted theatre career includes roles as an actor, director, producer, educator, fundraiser, activist, and speaker. She started her career in theatre as a storyteller, which led her to join Actors Equity and becoming a professional actor before completing her undergraduate theatre degree from Alabama State University.

 

Adrian Alexander Alea (Creative Producer) is a Queer Cuban & Ecuadorian-American creative producer and director raising the social consciousness of humanity through storytelling and community building in non-profit, commercial, and trans-media enterprises. Adrian is fueled by producing intimate films that elevate underrepresented voices and evoke a sense of healing and catharsis. www.adrianalea.com

Congratulations again to the team of, “You Go Girl”!

#OregonMade  #Sundance 2022

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The 2021 Killer Valley Comedy Film Festival Returns For The Holiday Season

Traditionally held in Ashland, Oregon, the Killer Valley Comedy Film Festival will stream virtually through their website for one more year, as live theaters still struggle with opening up to a viewing public in 2021.

Following the success of celebrating independent horror films for over a decade, the Killer Valley team spawned a second genre film festival to celebrate the best original comedy films from underground and emerging filmmakers. The Killer Valley Comedy Film Festival was born and now celebrates its third year with hopes to bring some extra joy and laughter to the holiday season.

Last year the Killer Valley Film Festival launched virtual streaming on their website, and the filmmakers behind the movies streamed could not have been happier. Traditionally held in Southern Oregon, often only the local and near-local filmmakers were able to attend. As submissions began to grow beyond the Pacific Northwest, this left more of the filmmakers out of the experience of enjoying other new movies and networking with filmmakers within their favorite genre.

“Happy Prank Day” – comedy film from Ashland, OR director Kurk Kasparian.

Now, following another successful horror film festival in October, the Killer Valley Film Festival is steering its audience to independent comedy filmmakers and opening virtual streaming windows to a worldwide audience.

The comedy festival, and all things “Killer Valley,” do keep some local flavor. Two local Southern Oregon films from directors Kurk Kasparian (“Happy Prank Day“) and Jamison Winternitz (“Please Hold“) are in the mix, along with 21 additional US made films and 17 Foreign Films.

Gedde Watanabe directs “She Had It Coming” in the 3rd block of films at KVCFF.

Highlights of this year’s comedy film festival are “She Had it Coming,” directed by Gedde Watanabe (known for his performance in “16 Candles” along with a number of 1980’s comedy film successes) and “We Three Queens,” starring Emma Hunter (who can be seen in the Canadian comedy breakout show, “Letterkenny“).

The 2021 Killer Valley Comedy Film Festival will be streaming films over three distinct weekend viewing windows, from November 19th through December 5th, 2021. Much of the content is geared towards a mature audience, and of course those with a sense of humor.

Movie fans can purchase a view pass to watch the films at: https://www.KillerValleyComedyFilmFestival.com.

Social Media Links:

Facebook
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Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/killervalleyfilmfest/

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Open House at The Art of Makeup School

Please join us this Saturday, Nov 13th, from 2-5pm, at The Art of Makeup School’s Open House featuring a body painting demo by Face Off celebrity, Kevon Ward!

We will also be offering a Meet & Greet with Kevon, Q&A, giveaways, & holiday treats!

RSVP here while we still have availability. See you there!!

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#CreateResponsibly – Sign The Pledge – Follow The Guidelines – Be An Ambassador

Calling All Creators to join the movement!  The Recreate Responsibly Coalitionaspires for everyone to have a holistic outdoor experience by advancing all aspects of responsible recreation: keeping yourself, others, and outdoor places safe; accessing outdoor benefits essential to the human experience; and building an outdoors for all through justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion

To get involved: Join the Movement

All content creators are invited to become part of #CreateResponsibly and to treat our shared environment with care and respect.  Pledge to #CreateResponsibly and members of this community will receive a badge from Recreate Responsibly to include in their content.

 

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Bruce Willis Becomes #OregonMade in “Bandits” at the Hollywood Theatre

What’s better than Bruce Willis in a ponytail or Cate Blanchett hitting Billy Bob Thornton with her silver Mercedes on Naito Parkway? Well, watching this turn-of-the-century comedy heist movie on a 35mm print for its 20th anniversary comes close.

This December 15 at The Hollywood Theatre you can have it all in the next installment of our #OregonMade Film Series.

BANDITS takes a Grand Tour of Oregon from Portland’s Broadway Bridge, through a room with a view over Lake Oswego, over to Oregon City for a quick bank job and then south to Silverton (doubling as Klamath Falls) and Salem before heading into California and finishing this not one, not two, but three different time period narrative of a three-way love triangle in Century City.

This one comes from Barry Levinson who will always have a prominent place in cinematic history for DINER and WAG THE DOG on their own (oh and a few others as well, sure) but come see it just for the fake mustaches and bad wigs.

Get your tickets here.

 

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OMPA Event: Horror Through An Inclusive Lens

Thursday, October 28 | 4-5pm | Free | RSVP for Zoom info
OMPA invites you to join Horror Through An Inclusive Lens. What terrifies you depends on your personal experiences. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Monstrous Femme Films to present a panel of women, non-binary and Black horror filmmakers around how their unique experiences influence their stories. This conversation centers traditionally marginalized horror filmmakers but all are welcome. Event funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. RSVP for Zoom info (https://ompa.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/ompa/eventRegistration.jsp?event=963&).
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Oregon Film Trail Adds Canby’s, Eco Park!

City of Canby officials with the newest sign on the Oregon Film Trail.

The City of Canby’s Eco Park was added to the Oregon Film Trail and commemorated with a community dedication. NBC’s “Grimm” was filmed in the city’s Eco Park in early 2014.  The public celebration was held on Friday, October 29th right in beautiful Eco Park. Canby City’s Economic Development Department assisted production crews to identify a location by providing access to the park and found parking to store trailers, equipment, and crew facilities.

As the Oregon Film Trail continues to grow, the sign marker in Canby recognizes the importance of “Grimm” as just one production among many that filmed there and in other locations around Clackamas County, and across the whole state.  “Partnering with the Oregon Film Trail is an exciting opportunity for Canby,” said Sarah Spoon, Canby City Councilor. “We have been developing the sense of place that makes Canby special. This partnership, plaque, and spot on the Oregon Film Trail map allow us to show the whole region how beautiful and unique our community truly is as we continue to establish and market our value as a destination worth visiting.”

The collection of Oregon Film Trail markers aims to strengthen the correlation between the film and TV industries, economic development, tourism, and local interest alike.

Look for another marker on the Oregon Film Trail that celebrates “Grimm” in Pier Park, north Portland.

For more information about the Oregon Film Trail, visit https://www.historicoregonfilmtrail.com/.

 

 

 

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Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ Took Inspiration From Florence, Oregon

You still have time to take part in the City Lights Cinemas and the Siuslaw Public Library District presentation of the “Frank Herbert Dune Celebration,” honoring the historical ties between the Florence dunes and the seminal science fiction classic that influenced a generation of books, music, and films.

In 1957, Herbert traveled to Florence, Oregon to write a magazine article on the Oregon Dunes. “…Sand dunes have been known to swallow whole cities, lakes, rivers, highways,” he wrote to his agent, fascinated by the struggle between nature and humanity.

The article never materialized, but the awe of the Oregon dunes became the inspiration for “Dune,” one of the most influential science fiction novels of all time.

See both the 1984 Universal picture directed by David Lynch, and the greatly anticipated 2021 Warner Brothers adaptation directed by Denis Villeneuve, while learning the rich history behind Dune and the Oregon Coast.  Experience the world of Frank Herbert in the birthplace of Dune – Florence, Oregon.

See the 1984 David Lynch classic Dune on the big screen, and discover the tumultuous journey to bring it to cinemas, along with its ties to some of the biggest hits in cinema history.  The grandson of Frank Herbert, who was a consultant on the new Dune film, talked about the legacy of Dune and Florence. Short film produced by City Lights Cinemas and Siuslaw Public Library.

Contrast the book and the film from page to screen in an open discussion led by library director Meg Spencer. Both the novel and the new graphic novel are available at the library and City Lights Cinemas.

Discuss the themes and the meaning of the Dune with the library’s regular virtual book club. Contact [email protected] or call 541-997-3132 for meeting details.  For tickets go here.

 

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Stunning New Filming Location On The Flanks Of Mount Hood

 

Nestled on 23 acres with nearly 20,000 lavender plants of multiple varietals, Lavender Valley Farm is at the foot of the majestic Mt. Hood in Oregon. The multi-family owned charming farm is a working farm that harvests, distills, and packages lavender beauty and household products. For the first time ever, the 10-year old Lavender Valley Farm is available for location shoots and events.

Lavender Valley Farm offers stunning views and striking outdoor spaces unlike anything in Oregon. You’ll feel as if you’ve entered the French provincial countryside of lavender farms. The signature proprietary Lavender Valley Farm landscape shot with year-round snowcaps of Mt Hood in the background can be found in art galleries all over the country. Lavender Valley Farm has fast become a global destination.

Lavender Valley Farm is six miles away from its nearby adjacent River Song Ranch, a 92-acre property owned by the same family with a four-bedroom farmhouse, a super large funky Yurt, an additional house in the woods, a weathered authentic classic barn, green pastures with cows, and several more acres of beautiful lavender. It borders the Hood River with salmon fishing. Both locations work artistically and logistically for any type of production.

Lavender Valley Farm and the River Song Ranch offer many different sceneries depending on the time of year. And while the peak lavender season of July and August is obviously a premier time to leverage the epic locations of the peak purple lavender in season, the winter can offer equally spectacular accommodations and views, especially of Mt Hood with lavender plants in the foreground. Between the two locations, ten minutes apart, we present lots of options to fit the needs of the script scenes. Both locations also have more than sufficient space for honey wagons, wardrobe trailers, catering trucks, and support vehicles, prop trucks, special effects trucks, motor homes for actors, vans for shuttling cast and crew, production cars, picture vehicles, and cranes if needed. Both locations are open to year-round filming.

Located in a region known as part of the fruit loop in Hood River not far from The Gorge and the Columbia River on the Washington State border, both one-of-a-kind locations are available for filming, photography, photoshoots, commercials, and high-end production—short term and long term. Corporate events and wrap parties are available too.

The lavender farm owners will allow some prior approved modifications to the farm property and will consider some reductions in the rents for acceptable modifications that stay with the property. We recognize production personnel is under time constraints in confirming a location. If a location scout or production team is in dire straits and needs a location as soon as the next day, Lavender Valley Farm can move on a dime to accommodate once permits are approved. 

Lavender Valley Farm Property Characteristics

  • 23 acres
  • 20,000 lavender plants
  • Peak season is July and August
  • Retail store that is approximately 350 square feet
  • Modern barn with tractor and lavender distilling processing area
  • Bathroom and shower in the barn
  • Enclosed product manufacturing lab within the modern barn
  • On-site representative to monitor and assist
  • Water from a private well, and sewer services available
  • Cooperative neighbors

River Song Property Characteristics

  • 92-acre ranch property
  • 5 acres of lavender fields
  • 20 acres of grass pasture
  • Yurt
  • Borders Hood River
  • Farmhouse – 4 bedrooms and wood burning stove/fireplace
  • Front porch
  • Stairs
  • Fireplace
  • Barn
  • Cow pasture
  • Dense Woods
  • On-site representative to monitor and assist
  • Water from a private well, and sewer services available
  • Cooperative neighbors

 

 

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