Written by: FFT Webmaster | March 2nd, 2011
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In the Spotlight this week are DANCES WITH FILMS, championing undiscovered independent films from around the world in Los Angeles, California, and the MAUI FILM FESTIVAL, serving up savvy crowds, smart films, and huge buzz, against the stunning backdrop of Maui, Hawaii.
Los Angeles, California – USA
June 2 to 9, 2011
The 14th Annual DANCES WITH FILMS (DWF) is dedicated to discovering and championing unknown works by filmmakers from around the globe and providing them with a unique opportunity to screen in front of critics, audiences, and industry heavyweights.
Taking place in the heart of the filmmaking industry, Los Angeles, CA, the Festival presents nearly 100 films each year through a captivating program of feature and short narrative and documentary films, as well as music videos. In true independent fashion, DWF requires that films in competition have no “stars” in the production, instead relying on quality filmmaking to attract audiences and industry alike.
Highly respected in the independent festival world, DWF offers filmmakers a place to make connections, take meetings, and network with industry decision makers. Each year numerous distribution companies and development departments attend DWF specifically in search of projects overlooked by mainstream outlets. Throughout the years, the Festival has premiered films of future Oscar nominees, series creators, leading actors, and many others who went on to successful careers in the industry.
March 2, 2011 – Regular Deadline
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Along with one of the most distinctive statues given on the circuit, DWF awards in-kind goods such as the Canon 5D SLR Camera, FilmTracker, and Movie Magic Budgeting software. New this year for all films across all categories, is the Industry Choice Award, jurored by a blue-ribbon panel of industry pros, and offering the winner a meeting with one of the judges.
Alumni include 2011 Oscar-nominee Jesse Eisenberg (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) and Carmen Marron whose film, GO FOR IT!, was recently picked up by LIONSGATE. Alumni Mark Olsen and Will Scheffer (creators of “Big Love”) sum up the experience best, saying: “DWF manages to keep its focus on heart and soul while still putting small films on the map.”
Don’t miss your opportunity to screen at what The Hollywood Reporter calls “The defiant fest of Raw Talent.” Submit your film to Dances With Films today!
Wailea, Hawaii – USA
June 15 to 19, 2011
A world-class celebration of independent filmmaking, the 12th Annual MAUI FILM FESTIVAL (MFF) takes place amidst Maui’s breathtaking scenery, beaches, and sunshine. In addition to the desirable location, MFF offers filmmakers an opportunity to screen in front of enthusiastic crowds at what the Los Angeles Times hails as “Hawaii’s answer to Sundance.”
Taking place over five fun-filled days, MFF features under-the-stars film premieres, special screenings, festival tributes, filmmaker panels, culinary arts celebrations, parties, and more. Audiences will find a program of original cinema that challenges, enlightens and inspires. Noteworthy premieres at MFF have included HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, WHALE RIDER, ONCE, THE COVE, NOWHERE BOY, DEPARTURES and THE NOTEBOOK, among many others.
Industry players such as studio execs, celebrities, festival directors, and distribution companies flock to the Festival each season along with international media outlets offering filmmakers their chance to gain great exposure for their official selection. Recognized for its near-magical mix of major studio, mini-major, and independent work from around the world, MFF has programmed the work of Jason Reitman, Miguel Arteta, Davis Guggenheim, Catherine Hardwicke and other celebrated talents.
March 10, 2011 – Regular Deadline
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Hailed by the Hawaii Tourism Authority as one of only six “Signature Cultural Events” on Maui, MFF helps as many exhibiting filmmakers as possible attend to partake in the festivities. As indieWIRE has noted, MFF “serves up feasts, stars and enlightenment where there’s enough A-List presence to make it an island celebration worthy of its industry recognition.”
Sundance’s Trevor Groth declares, “The Maui Film Festival exceeded my expectations. The Celestial Cinema is mind-blowing! It’s one of the most beautiful venues anywhere in the world to screen a film.” Screen your film in paradise; submit to the Maui Film Festival today!