Napa Valley Film Festival, November 12-16

Think you’ve got an idea for the next Hollywood Blockbuster or Break Out Independent Movie? Bring it on, and get the chance to join in the fun at the Napa Valley Film Festival, November 12-16!

THE OPPORTUNITY:

PITCH CONTEST: BOOT CAMP

New this year: a two-step process for our annual pitch contest … Boot Camp on Friday Nov 14, and Final Smack-down on Sunday, Nov 16.  For the Boot Camp on Friday morning, industry veteran Peter Belsito and pitch-master Scott Manville teach aspiring writers, directors and producers the ins and outs of how to successfully pitch a new TV or film project. Help decide which of the 20 semifinalists move on to the FINAL SMACK DOWN on Sunday. For the Sunday final round, Peter and Scott host with a panel of experts comprised of studio execs and producers.

HOW TO QUALIFY:

ENTER YOUR PITCH – OCTOBER 15 TO OCTOBER 31

Pitch your best idea for the next Hollywood Blockbuster, breakout Indie Film, or hot new TV show.

Be one of the 20 pitches selected and attend this year’s festival to make your case! A free Friday Day Pass will be provided to each of the 20 semi finalists chosen to attend the Pitch Contest Boot Camp.  The 10 finalists will be provided a complimentary Sunday Day Pass to attend the Final Smackdown.

Winner will receive a $1000 cash prize provided by Manville Media Ventures Inc., plus the opportunity to present their idea to the development and production team at The Weinstein Company in Los Angeles.

Pitches should be 50 words or less.

Learn more today and Submit your pitch by October 31:http://napavalleyfilmfest.org/events/pitch-contest-boot-camp

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About NVFF:

The ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) lights up the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga at the most colorful time of year, November 12-16. NVFF features 125 new independent films and studio sneak previews including Mike Binder’s Black and White starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer; The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley; The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her & Him, with Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy; and The Last 5 Years featuring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

Over 300 visiting filmmakers and celebrities (including screen icon Kevin Costner, actor Mike Myers and actress Shailene Woodley) will interact with audiences at the screenings and intimate events at 14 beautiful screening venues throughout the four walkable villages. Attendees will also enjoy film panels and culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, the spectacular Festival Gala, Celebrity Tributes, Awards Ceremony, and an array of parties, VIP receptions, Vintner Circle dinners and more. For complete details and to purchase passes, please visitwww.napavalleyfilmfest.org or call 707.226.7500.

Thank you for your interest, we hope to see you and your pitches at the Festival this year.

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COSTUME CARNIVAL: The International Ghost Convention @ October 11

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Master Lecture with Andreas Deja on October 11

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Here’s a link to the video: http://vimeo.com/107220791

For more information, click here.

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Deadline Approaching! SFIFF58 Call for Entries

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EARLY DEADLINE – MONDAY, OCTOBER 6

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), recognized throughout the world for its eclectic, intelligent and adventurous programs and live events, is accepting submissions to SFIFF58 (April 23–May 7, 2015).  Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered.

Regular deadline – Monday, November 3
Final deadline (shorts) – Monday, December 1
Final deadline (features) – Monday, December 8

Submit your film now to avoid paying higher entry fees!
Enter online – sffs.org or withoutabox.com.

“It was great to participate with the first Costa Rican movie in the history of one of the greatest and oldest festivals in the U.S. It will be hard to forget the warm and engaged audiences and being in such a wonderful city as San Francisco.”­
—Neto Villalobos, director of All About the Feathers

Neto Villalobos, director of All About the Feathers, at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival. Photo: George F. Gund

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Raise the Bar Recruiting CTNX 2014

Applications for Raise the Bar Recruiting will open on or around October 1st for 3-day and VIP pass holders interested in having your portfolio reviewed by those companies participating in the eXp this year.

You don’t have to rush to apply as you have until October 26th to complete your application and remember this is a two step process. Create a basic portfolio. Apply that portfolio to a recruiting event.

There is some great information for artists and exhibitors who have a 3-day or VIP pass to apply for Raise the Bar Recruiting and other recruiting events happening that weekend.
 http://ctnanimationexpo.com/axFaq.php?cid=6
(If you don’t see your question answered, please email recruiting@creativetalentnetwork.com  and we will answer it and add it to the FAQ)

Important things to know:

You must know your CTNEVT_number to register for Raise the Bar Recruiting. You can locate that by signing into your account on our ticket service website where you purchased your ticket at
http://www.eventregistration.ctnadmin.com and look in your “my tickets” tab.

All meetings with recruiting professionals participating in RBR will be coordinated by our CTN recruiting coordinators and are held on site at the event in the recruiting lounge. We are juggling a lot of peoples schedules so do not schedule your own meetings.

We open the application opportunity early to encourage everyone to apply their basic portfolio to a recruiting event and NOT wait until the last minute.

Applications close on Oct 26th 11:59PDT. There will be not be any extensions unless CTN experiences a technical difficulties on the site.
Avoid any potential server issues. Apply your basic portfolio to recruiting events early.

Let us know if you have any questions.

The team@CTN
818 404 2931

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Muscle Beach- RECRUITING ANIMATORS NOW!

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Berta and Elmer Hader : A Lifetime of Art

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French Cult Favorite ‘Wakfu’ Premieres on Netflix in the U.S.

From Cartoon Brew:

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Since its premiere in France in 2008, Wakfu, an anime styled fantasy-adventure series based on the Dofus/Wakfu MMORPGs, has picked up a dedicated fanbase, even in countries where it hasn’t officially aired like the United States.

Now, through a recent agreement between its Roubaix, France-based production company Ankama and Netflix, the first season of the Flash-animated series has been made available to a global audience of over 50 million Netflix subscribers in the US, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands and Nordic countries.

Netflix has indicated that they plan to add more foreign animated series to their service. “We are thrilled to be working with Ankama to bring its engaging title to millions of Netflix members and expect to further strengthen our relationship with Ankama and other French animation studios,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

Netflix’s pick-up of Wakfu may in part be attributed to the show’s crowdfunding efforts last February. Ankama launched an $80,000 Kickstarter campaign to create an English dub of Wakfu’s first 26-episode season. The campaign went on to raise over US$440,000, reaching almost all of its stretch goals, which included dubbing both of its existing seasons and a new episode of the show.

Wakfu’s worldwide visibility on Netflix will continue to grow throughout the remainder of the year as the streaming giant has stated that it will release the series throughout Latin America as well as France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxemburg when the service launches in those countries.

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“Feature Animation Training” Panel and Demo Reel Review

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Sony PlayStation at AAU Tuesday October 7th at 7 p.m. – 491 Post/ Morgan Auditorium

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