Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office

Production Calls

  • 12/17/14
  • SCFEO Film Mixer Notice

    A conversation with and entertainment by  
    Kelly Wright,  has been postponed until 2015.

     

  • 12/16/14
  • Insipration Film Festival 2015

    January 15-17, 2015 / Lakewood Ranch Florida
    www.inspirationfilmfest.com

    This Year's theme is Heroes & Villains.

    $5,000. Top Prize Now seeking submissions.

    Hosted By Inpiration Academy
    Flyer

    Updates: 12-10-14

    The festival will be held at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Films will be screened from 9:00am-6:00pm. At 6:00pm, there will be a cocktail hour on the patio, followed by the Q&A session & awards ceremony in one of the theaters. Larry Gilliard, Jr. of HBO's The Wire and AMC's The Walking Dead will be joining us at our closing ceremony (Q&A Session/Awards Ceremony). 

    More information can be found on our website, as well as ticket purchase: www.inspirationfilmfest.com

     

     

     

  • 12/09/14
  • REEL SCREEN AWARDS

    June 2, 2015, Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica CA
     
    BE A CONTENDER IN THE PRE-EMINENT CELEBRATION OF UNSCRIPTED EXCELLENCE

    Take advantage of the early submission rate and enter now for the Realscreen Awards! We've revamped the program and added a new category in non-fiction programming in addition to its diverse assortment of unscripted categories.

    COMPETITION
    Talent/Studio-based
    Lifestyle
    Game
    Shiny Floor Game Show

    REALITY
    Docusoap
    Docureality
    Docuformat

    NON-FICTION
    Archive-based Programming
    Arts & Culture
    Environmental/Natural History
    Event Programming **NEW**
    History/Biographical
    Science & Technology
    Social Issues/Current Affairs

    LIFESTYLE
    Food
    Design/Fashion
    Health & Well Being
    Home (Renovation, etc.)

    DIGITAL & BRANDED CONTENT
    Brand-funded Program
    Multi-platform Project
    Web Series/Programs

    Winners will be honored in a high-profile presentation at Realscreen West in June 2015. Questions? Contact Jessica Wa Kumbu at jwakumbu@brunico.com or 416 408 2300 ext 237.

    SUBMIT

  • 12/02/14
  • Belk Southern Designer Showcase Competition Seeking Talented Designers.

    Belk Inc. is seeking designers with Southern ties for its third annual design showcase, which focuses on apparel, shoes and women's accessories. Winners of the Southern Designer Showcase will see their designs sold at Belk stores and on Belk.com in spring 2016.

    "We are thrilled to give a new group of emerging fashion designers the opportunity to bring our customers the fashions they love," Arlene Goldstein, Belk's vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction, says in a news release.

     

    Applications are being accepted through Feb. 2. Entry forms and directions for submission are available atbelkdesigncontest.com.

     

    Designers must be 18 or older and live in the South or have a strong connection to the region.

    A panel of senior Belk executives in merchandising, marketing and fashion direction will select a group of finalists by Feb. 27.

     

    They will present their designs April 16 at Belk's corporate headquarters in Charlotte.

    Winners will be announced May 14.

    http://belkdesigncontest.com/

  • 11/12/14
  • 11/12 mixer! BATMAN Originator & Exec Producer Michael Uslan!

    DON'T MISS SEEING & HEARING MICHAEL USLAN, the originator & executive producer of ALL of the BATMAN films franchise, plus so many other career achievements!

    Film Mixer

    November 12, 2014
    5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Topic:

    FROM ALL-THINGS-BATMAN TO CHINA'S ECONOMICS

     
    Guest Speaker:
    Award winning,
    internationally acclaimed producer:

     

    Michael Uslan
     
    The Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office will host MICHAEL USLAN,
    the originator and executive producer of the "Batman"
    film franchise, at a community mixer event
    on November 12th in Sarasota, Florida.

    Mr. Uslan's extraordinary career not only includes the breakthrough Batman film franchise that transformed the way superheroes were portrayed in film, which began with the Tim Burton-directed Batman of 1989 through the Dark Knight trilogy to the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film currently in production, and abundant other distinctions.  Mr. Uslan is the author of his memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman published by Chronicle Books, and the SCFEO will have a limited number of autographed copies of the book available at the November 12th event.

    Additionally, Mr. Uslan was the executive producer on one of 2013's biggest box office hits, "The Lego Movie", he was the first college instructor to teach an accredited course on comic book folklore at any university, he has won the daytime Emmy Award for outstanding children's animated programming, and much more.  

    Please plan to join the SCFEO for this exceptional guest's appearance, clips of various projects followed by discussion, an audience Q&A, and other interesting aspects of
    Mr. Uslan's impressive and broad spectrum career.

      Location: 

    Ringling College of Art and Design

    Academic Center Auditorium

    2700 N. Tamiami Trail

    Sarasota, FL 34234

    REGISTER NOW!

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

    Special Thanks to our event Sponsors!

    For more information please contact Tina Shumway at 941-309-120 X 104 or tina@filmsarasota.com
            

         
     
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  • 11/04/14
  • Screening Locally Shot Film - Sex Ed With Haley Joel Osment

    Screening of Sex Ed - featured on The Today Show, E! News, Entertainment Tonight, USA Today and 175 other publications in the last month.  Join us in Tampa Nov 8th or catch a screening in Orlando or Miami. 

    Tampa Special Event info

    Additional info

    Poster

    Link to SEX ED trailer:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2vmzw9GjEo

    Link to Buy Tampa Tickets (on sale now, including the Nov 8 special event)
    https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/Locations.aspx

    Link for Orlando/Miami Tickets (goes on sale Mon or Tues)
    www.amctheatres.com

  • 07/15/14
  • Production Community Notice- Kickstarter

    http://www.studiosystemnews.com/celebrating-the-kickstarter-short-film-festival-with-ssns-top-crowdfunds-for-crossover/

  • 07/09/14
  • Production Community Notice- Among Ravens

    ·         Local ConnectionActor Castille Landon was born in Sarasota and raised in Bradenton.  Local Producer Dori Sperko brought the writer/director of Among Ravens to Bradenton and Sarasota to film his next feature, the thriller Wind Walkers, coming Spring 2015.

     AMONG RAVENS is sort of The Big Chill meets Little Miss Sunshine.  The film explores the lives of a privileged cast of characters who seem to “have it all”, but are living behind facades of perfection and happiness.  Into this idyllic world comes Chad, a strange and beautifully odd character,  in whose presence their dark secrets begin to surface.  Naturally, they blame Chad and turn on him.  All of this is seen through the eyes of a 10 year old girl who befriends Chad.  But is he as innocent as he seems?

     

    • Friday July 18 –  AMC Veterans in Tampa.  Starts around 7 pm (check for local show times, week of).  Tix not yet on sale.  Showing all week, but Dori & Castille will do meet and greet on July 18 evening show.

     

    ·       Thurs July 31Carmike Royal Palm 20 for Bradenton/Sarasotatix available NOW at http://www.tugg.com/events/10216.   Dori & Castille will do meet & greet.

     OUT OF TOWN?  It’s available NOW as a pre-order on iTunes, but I think it’s a little cheaper if you wait until the July 18 release date.  Should also be on Premium VOD on July 18. 

     TRAILER:  http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/amongravens/

  • 07/09/14
  • Casting Call - "Joshua"

    Production Community Notice:

    Casting Call "Joshua"

    Triple Knot Productions is looking for special talent in our new production of "Joshua". We are looking for unique individuals to help carry the role of a few supporting characters.

    "Joshua" is being produced with the intent to be submitted with two goals in mind. Our first goal is to submit it to "Project Greenlight" that has a deadline of August 8th, 2014. The second goal is to distribute the project nationally to be part of our "Think Twice" campaign that has thought -provoking messages.

    Female: Age 35-45, white, attractive, must be willing to show deep emotion, anger, and frustration.

    Male: Age 35-60, white, bald, goatee, beard, tattoos preferred. This actor will be playing the stereotypical prisoner that is the terror on his cell block.

    Female: Age 13-18, mixed-race, attractive, must be willing to portray herself, cold, but hurt and yet angry.

    Male: Age 1-3, mixed-race, cute baby

    Submit All Headshots and demo links to brian@tripleknotproductions.org

    Shooting locations will be in Tampa and Orlando.

  • 07/03/14
  • Annual Improv Festival

    Next Weekend July 11th & 12th -Please see link for details.

    http://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/show_shows.php?id=439

  • 07/03/14
  • Production Community Notice

    FYI, to our countywide production community, all filmmaking professionals and those that want to become professionals:  Please see this article and remember the terrible cost of human life that this “Guerilla Filmmaking” decision caused.    This legal consequence may potentially be a precedent setting situation that impacts projects across the nation:  http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/midnight-rider-filmmakers-charged-with-involuntary-manslaughter/  .  Rules, regulations and permits serve an important purpose and our film commission will always try to help with information about those processes in Sarasota County, so please don’t hesitate to call us.  (941) 309-1200 ext. 104

  • 06/19/14
  • Young Filmmaker-Editor Needed ASAP

    An individual is looking for a young person w/moxie & own equipment to put a reel together. Need to shoot & edit some existing footage & looking for a web designer.  Ideal candidate is probably a film student on summer break or Ringling student.  Needed ASAP

    Resumes to: SandraFaye888@gmail.com

  • 06/10/14
  • Venice Theatre Presents

    THE DESTINATION - aactWorldfest

    - Monday June 16 - Saturday June 21.

    aactWorld Fest2014

    A world-wide week-long community threatre festival happening June 16-21, 2014 in Venice.

    Performances, Workshops, Fellowship

    Who can attend? Anyone with a love of theatre! You'll have the time of your life at this festival.

    To register or for more information 941-488-1115

    www.VeniceStage.com/international

     

     

  • 06/04/14
  • Film Florida Elects 2014-2015 Officers: Jeanne Corcoran named Vice Chair.

    FILM FLORIDA ELECTS 2014-2015 OFFICERS; MICHELLE HILLERY NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE ORGANIZATION

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    For Immediate Release
    Tuesday, June 3, 2014  

     

    June 3, 2014 - Michelle Hillery, the Deputy Film Commissioner for the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission (FTC), has been named President of Film Florida. It was announced at the annual Film Florida meeting at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL.

    "Michelle has built an outstanding reputation as a business executive with a proven track record for teamwork and collaboration," said Palm Beach County Film Commissioner Chuck Elderd. "Her passion for the entertainment business, combined with her creativity and vision, will be a tremendous asset to Film Florida, and I'm very pleased she was elected."

    Said Hillery: "It is a great honor to be named as the next President of Film Florida. I am hugely excited by the opportunities that lie ahead and look forward to working with the incoming leadership such as Sen. Andy Gardiner and Rep. Steve Crisafulli in the Florida Senate and House on creating more jobs for Floridians."

    As Deputy Film Commissioner for the FTC, Hillery is responsible for the development and implementation of the FTC's contracts, marketing program, budget analysis, audit, public relation efforts, website coordination, and the Internship Program. Hillery is also responsible for the oversight of an annual Office of Economic Sustainability contract and programs relating to education including the Palm Beach International Film Festival's Student Showcase of Films.

    Additionally, she has worked with feature films such as Bad Boys II, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence; HeartBreakers, starring Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gene Hackman and Ray Liotta; In Her Shoes, starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and  Shirley MacLaine; Parker starring Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham; independent films such as Hitters Anonymous staring Linda Blair, Clint Howard and Steven Bauer; Boynton Beach Bereavement Club, starring Joseph Bologna, Dyan Cannon and Sally Kellerman; music videos Its 5 Five O'Clock Somewhere, staring Alan Jackson as well as Celine Dion's A New Day Has Come with Jimmy Buffett.

    Under Hillery's leadership, the FTC has been recognized with some of the industry's most prestigious awards including a gold Addy Award and a Telly Award. She also sits as an advisor on several boards including the Film & Television Institute and Palm Beach Gardens Five Star Magnet Program.

    The other Executive Board officers elected are:

    1st Vice President - Judson C. French, Jr., Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts (Education Council)
    2nd Vice President - Kelly Paige, Level Talent Agency (Industry Council)
    Secretary - Herta Suarez, SAG-AFTRA (Labor Council)
    Treasurer - John Lux, IDEAS (Industry Council)
    At Large - Sheena Fowler, Women in Film and Television - Florida (Associations Council)
    Immediate Past President - Leah Sokolowsky, Teamsters Local 769 (Labor Council)

    Additional board members include the Film Commission Council: Dale Gordon, Tampa/Hillsborough County Film & Digital Media Commission - Chair; Jeanne Corcoran, Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office - Vice Chair; Bonnie King, Space Coast Film Commission - Secretary; and Alternates: Debbie Miehls, Bradenton Area Film Commission; and Jerry Jones, Charlotte Harbor Florida Film Office.

    The Association Council elected Richard Seres, AICP Florida - Chair; and Thomas Mitchell, FMPTA - Vice-Chair.

    The Education Council elected Lucia Fishburne, Florida State University College of Communication & Information - Chair; David Jaffe, Lynn University - Vice Chair; and Ralph Clemente, Valencia College - Secretary.

    The Industry Council elected Dawson Peden, Cineverse Miami - Chair; and James Stamatis, Telemundo - Vice-Chair.

    Herta Suarez, SAG-AFTRA; and Leah Sokolowsky, representing Teamsters Local 769 will continue to represent Labor Council on the Film Florida Executive Board as Secretary and Immediate Past President respectively.

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    Contact:
    Michelle Hillery, mhillery@pbfilm.com,  561.233.1000
    Christy Tricoli, christy.marie.tricoli@gmail.com, 407.947.3086

    info@filmflorida.org 

     

    © 2014 Film Florida - All rights reserved.

  • 06/04/14
  • "The Last Five Years" Theatrical Production this weekend.

    Little Grey Hat Productions Presents "The Last Five Years" by Jason Robert Brown is a beautiful, intensely personal musical about the beginning, middle, and end of a relationship.

    A successful writer named Jamie meets an ambitious actress named Cathy, and through songs and scenes they unravel the story of their life together. What makes this show so unique is the way it is told: Jamie is travelling forwards in time, from their first date to the day of their separation, but Cathy is travelling backwards within the same time frame. The award-winning musical was made into a movie this year starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

    Little Grey Hat Productions LLC is proud to make this our first show, and will be presenting it in numerous locations in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, throughout Summer 2014.
    For Tickets and Information go to:
    www.littlegreyhatproductions.com

    CURRENT PRODUCTION
    To reserve tickets, call:
    Home Resource
    SOLD OUT!

    The Broadway Bar
    1001 Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    June 6th, 7th, 8th - 8pm
    June 7th - 2pm
    $15.00 each
    http://www.broadwaybar.com
    (941) 953-4343

    The South Florida Museum
    201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    June 21st - 9pm
    $15.00 each
    (941) 746-4131, ext. 31

    Backstage at The Players Theater
    838 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
    July 26th - 8pm
    July 27th - 2pm
    $20.00 each
    (941) 365-2494

  • 06/03/14
  • Are you a singer? Try out for Country Idol at The White Buffalo Saloon

    Qualifications Begin June 18th 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Register on Site

    *Must have quality Back Track Music (cd or flash drive MP3)

    *16 years of age and up (All participating under 18 must have parental consent and signature)

    WHITE BUFFALO SALOON

  • 05/29/14
  • Attn: Film Lovers - Newly Established SRQ Independent Films Presents

    "SRQ Independent Films was established to give Sarasota film lovers the thrill of watching locally produced movies in the comfort of their homes. What could be more exciting than to see nail biting drama or outrageous comedy taking place in locations that we all know so well?  Chances are you'll even see someone you recognize.  "It's no surprise that in a community like Sarasota we have some world-class artists, and that includes film makers" says Mark Troy, SRQ's founder.  "Isn't it great to discover jewels right in your own back yard?"

    To watch the best of locally produced films for free, simply "Like" the SRQ Films Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/srqfilms

     

     

  • 05/28/14
  • Auditions!

    AnythingArts.com - provides great audition links -- Be sure to check the audition pages of local theaters so you don't miss anything (click the theater name): Florida Studio TheatreThe Players Theatre of SarasotaManatee PlayersThe Golden AppleIsland Players
    source thanks: Anything Arts.com

  • 05/27/14
  • ATTENTION FILMMAKERS & ANIMATORS!!

    ONE WEEK LEFT!!!!

    Ryan Justice posted in Ringling College of Art + Design - Digital Filmmaking

    Campus MovieFest has launched an amazing new opportunity to find the best Animation, Special Effects, Character Illustration and Music Composition students out there!

    One lucky student in each of the 4 categories will win a weeklong animation experience shadowing at FOX Animation Domination High-Def Studios in Hollywood to learn from their top animators! And thanks to Adobe, one winner will even win the grand prize of $5,000 USD to bring their own creations to life! Your entry could even get featured by FOX Animation Domination High-Def, Adobe, the ShortsHD TV channel, and/or in-flight on Virgin America!

    But first, our judges will have to deem your portfolio piece worthy – including David Silverman, known for directing The Simpsons Movie and Monsters, Inc. Additional judges include Adobe’s Dan Cowles, FOX Animation Domination High-Def execs Nick Weidenfeld, Hend Baghdady, and Ben Jones.

    Submit your original work online at www.animakethis.com before June 2, 2014!

     

  • 05/20/14
  • Grant Opportunity

    The Film Grant Where You Win Even If You Lose

    The deadline for the Roy W. Dean Summer Grant is June 30th, 2014. If you win, you get $2,000 cash and close to $30,000 in film goods and services to help complete your project. Donors include many major industry companies like Edgewise Media, Lightning Dubs and many talented editors, colorists, etc.

    But, if you don' t win, you still end up ahead. Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation from Carole Dean, founder of the grant, head of the non-profit film fiscal sponsor From The Heart Productions, and author of the Second Edition of the bestselling- book, ' The Art of Film Funding' . She has 20 years experience judging films, mentoring filmmakers, and is also a fiscal sponsor for many other films.

    Application and guidelines are on www.fromtheheartproductions.com. "We want films that are unique and make a contribution to society, docs, shorts and features are accepted."

     

    Thank you for your time,

    Kris Blackburn

    From the Heart Productions

  • 05/15/14
  • Casting Call - From the Producers of Tobacco Wars- Reality TV Show Opportunity

    In Trouble Zone Productions:
    The producers of "Tobacco Wars" (CMT) are casting for their new reality TV Shows Now! They are looking for family owned and operated businesses.

    Is your business a Realuty TV Show?
    Do you have a cast of Characters?
    Do you have the drama?

    "Testimonials

    "We sold 719 cars in one month and broke the world record for most used cars sold. ITZ is the most creative marketing team in the country."
    John Marazzi, owner, Brandon Honda, Florida

    "I received 25 calls a day every day my TV show ran."
    Jerry Webster, owner, Source One Credit Repair, Naples, Florida

    "Our place was packed, I had a line out the door. Reality TV is the future of advertising.""

    For more information contact INTROUBLEZONE.com

    1-877-858-8171

     

    Chuck Ardezzone

    CHUCK@INTROUBLEZONE.COM

    (917) 375-6527

    Chuck Ortino, owner, Pete-zza, Bonita Springs, Florida

  • 04/15/14
  • Summer DIGITAL FILM SEMINAR

     

     

     

     


    11th Annual Ringling College Digital Film  Seminar

    June 16-27
    For more information:
    www.ringling.edu/SummerArt

    941-955-8866

     

  • 04/11/14
  • NBC Comedy Needs Your Ideas!

     

    NBC Comedy- Your Next Big Idea could be the NEXT BIG COMEDY- For more information go to www.nbccomedyplayground.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 01/09/14
  • "Free Ride" that shot throughout Sarasota County

    SEE THE FILM!  JAN 10th -  The Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office is proud to announce the release of Free Ride by Director Shana Betz starring Academy Award Winner Anna Paquin (trailer: http://bit.ly/FreeRideTrailer), which rolls out in theaters in LA and NYC and on every major VOD/cable system outlet this coming Friday January 10th! Based on Shana Betz's true life story, this retro roller coaster indie was shot entirely in Sarasota County! Please support this film's release by watching on VOD on Friday or
    at a theatre near you.

    Festival Opening Night Film ~
    Ft. Lauderdale International
    Film Festival
    Award Winner ~ Tangerine Entertainment Award - Hamptons Int'l. Film Festival

    Praise for "FREE RIDE": 

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/movies/anna-paquin-in-shana-betzs-free-ride.html?ref=movies&_r=0


    "...neatly re-creates the casual, copacetic sexuality and drug use of the '70s with enough authenticity that ... it never feels like simplistic moral retribution." Variety 10/20/13
    "...montages of hedonistic good times (including some druggy, gropey parties that are witnessed by the kids) leading to menacing turns of events and inevitable encounters with the Feds. Betz and her cast have a firm grip on the domestic side of things..." Hollywood Reporter 10/30/13
    "The opening moment of "Free Ride," Friday night's gripping curtain-raiser for the 28th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, is quick to introduce the carefully calibrated tension to follow for the next 83 minutes." The Go Guide 10/17/13

    http://FreeRideMovie.net

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