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Angela Snow
Fri 11 Feb 2011Link

In reply to Tanaz Eshaghian's post on Wed 12 Jan 2011 :

http://www.joshsgibson.com/
Great DP with a speciality in travel filming


Ria Murphy
Sat 12 Feb 2011Link

Internship: Intern for Promises Films and work directly with Academy nominated, Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker.

Location: Berkeley, CA at the Zaentz Media Center
Duration: Through 2011
Salary: Unpaid. (our FCP system is available to this intern).
Hours: 10 hours week, as many hours as you wish, can be done from your home.
Application deadline: February 25th, 2011
How to apply: Send cover letter and resume to ria@promisesfilms.com

Promises Films is an independent documentary production company located at the Saul Zaentz Media Center in Berkeley, CA. We are in the Outreach/Distribution/Publicity phase for our latest documentary film Our Summer in Tehran, which follows filmmaker (and former Globetrekker host) Justine Shapiro and her 6-year-old son to Tehran where they spend the summer with three very different Iranian families. The film will be broadcast on public television stations across the nation in April 2011. To learn more about the film and view clips, visit our website at www.oursummerintehran.com.

We are looking for a very organized individual who is has strong computer skills and is able to update our website using HTML and CSS. We want to find someone honest, who possesses common sense, integrity, and self-initiative. We yearn for that special person who is interested in being part of the final phase in making a film: distribution or who is fascinated by the themes this film explores: US-Iran relations, citizen diplomacy, interfaith relations, cross cultural communication, and alternative media. This is a wonderful job for a motivated college student or anyone interested in learning more about how an independent documentary film gets out into the world.

In this position, you will learn about how an independent documentary attracts publicity, outreach, domestic and international distribution and broadcast. You will be exposed to some fundraising and screening events. This internship offers you an opportunity to connect with other filmmakers at the Zaentz Media Center, build your resume, and learn the nuts and bolts of how to make an independent film. Past interns and employees have gone on to do their masters in journalism and filmmaking (USC and Stanford) and work at Pixar, Pilot Films and TV Production in London. This internship does not involve hands-on, field production.

Promises Films is a non-profit organization.

Required Skills
• Must have strong skills in editing HTML and CSS in order to make necessary updates to company websites
• Technical excellence with Apple computers, Microsoft Office, and Google docs
• A whiz with social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter
• Ability to communicate well over the telephone, email, and in person
• Well-organized with strong follow-through and attention to detail
• Ability to take direction and work independently, without the need for constant supervision
• Familiarity with Final Cut Pro a plus! (on-going editing for new web-clips)

Responsibilities will include
• Updating company websites and social media sites
• Mailing/shipping and tracking shipments of DVD screeners
• Outreach to the Iranian-American community, museums, libraries, schools, and universities to host screening events of Our Summer in Tehran
• Maintaining the office contact database on FileMaker pro.
• Coordinating receipts, invoices, and donations with our office bookkeeper
• Post content about Our Summer in Tehran on organizational websites, list-serves, and social networking sites
• Editing clips for the film’s website and YouTube (optional-depending on your interest and skill with editing)

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to ria@promisesfilms.com.


Gabrielle Weiss
Sun 13 Feb 2011Link

Anyone filmed or done any work in Sudan, specifically Juba? I'm trying to budget for a fixer, driver and not too sure what the rate would be.
Also, any suggestions to Juba accomodations would be great!


John Burgan
Sun 13 Feb 2011Link

I've emailed a colleague who might be able to advise, Gabrielle.

BTW with your professional experience you should apply to become a Full Member and you can search the Pro forums yourself


John Burgan
Mon 14 Feb 2011Link

A word of warning if you are thinking of submitting your film to, or attending the Swansea International Film Festival (via Shooting People)


Bill Jackson
Mon 14 Feb 2011Link

Wow! I think I could hold a better film festival in my home theater. At least I like filmmakers...

Edited Mon 14 Feb 2011 by Bill Jackson

Mike Paterson
Mon 14 Feb 2011Link

In reply to John Burgan's post on Mon 14 Feb 2011 :

What a parasite! He also does other festivals via Amritsa (classy website). You're probably best off steering clear of these ones too:

Swansea Bay Film Festival
Heart of England International Film Festival
International Youth Film Festival
International Film Festival of Mind, Body, Spirit & Ecology
International Film Festival of South Africa
International Film Festival Ireland
International Gay Film Festival UK
International Film Festival of Australia – Barossa Valley
International Film Festival Thailand
International Film Festival of West Wales


Laura Moire Paglin
Mon 14 Feb 2011Link

I love how they're all "international".


Monica Rosales
Mon 14 Feb 2011Link

CALL FOR ENTRIES! Documentary Films! 2011 DocMiami Film Festival

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Feature Documentary
Feature Documentaries with a total running time from 61 – 180 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Documentary Short
Short Documentaries with a total running time between 4 and 30 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

MiniMovies
Very short documentaries and fiction forms plus all experimental genres allowed with a total running time of under 4 minutes (this is up to 3 minutes and 59 seconds, not a second more!) – Go to the limit of documentary film making: free form – free content –(All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

Documentary Medium-Length and Essay Forms
Medium length documentaries and documentarian film essays with a total running time between 31 and 60 minutes. (All films in a language other than English require English subtitles)

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Our organization is dedicated to promoting the best that documentary film making has to offer worldwide. We seek to provide film makers a forum which promotes their unique contributions to the evolution of the cultural arts within South Florida and within the entertainment industry as a whole. In addition we:

- Provide a documentary film festival to promote the art form of up and coming documentary filmmakers at a local, national and international level.
- Host a film expo highlighting global film organizations and professionals.
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Gabrielle Weiss
Wed 16 Feb 2011Link

Thanks John Burgan for your help and advice! Much appreciated.Hopefully your friend has some good ideas...


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