Ann Arbor Film Festival 2019 #CallforEntries #FilmFestival

Posted September 6, 2018

The Ann Arbor Fillm Festival is the longest running experimental and avant-garde film festival in North America. Founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year’s festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works.

SUBMISSION DETAILS
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is open to all motion pictures and all genres that demonstrate a high regard for the moving image as an art form. Work previously submitted may not be re-entered. Entries are accepted in one of two categories: short and feature length. Short films are 59 minutes and under in runtime. Feature films are 60 minutes or longer in runtime. Foreign entries should have English subtitles.

The 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival will be held March 26–31, 2019, and the call for entries is now open. Submissions will be accepted through the end of September 2018.

For the month of September, the final deadline period, standard submission fees are $60 for a short film (1-59 minutes) and $70 for features (60+ minutes).

One AAFF entry form or withoutabox entry is required per film. Please submit a brief 2-3 sentence statement (no more than 70 words) about your film for use in the festival program.

FORMAT
Formats accepted are 16mm and URL links. If you would like to submit a 16mm print of your film for pre-screening, please contact the AAFF at submissions@aafilmfest.org to make shipping arrangements. We do not accept DVD, Blu-Ray, VHS, or video data files for screening purposes. Filmmakers whose work is selected for screening at the 57th festival in March 2019 will be notified by February 1, 2019.

Please do not submit a press packet with your film. Due to the volume of entries, we cannot ensure that your press packet will survive submission season.

Questions? Email us at submissions@aafilmfest.org or visit https://www.aafilmfest.org/

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Casting and Crew Call for Short Film “Machavellian” [Grand Blanc, MI] #casting #filmcrew

Posted August 12, 2017

PLOT SUMMARY: An unassuming man finds himself in a tangled, dangerous relationship with a beautiful, abused woman.
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56th Ann Arbor Film Festival #filmfestival #callforentries

Posted June 9, 2017

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year’s festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works.

Awards:
The AAFF offers approximately $21,000 in cash and in-kind awards each year.

Entries:
Open to the public

Eligibility:
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is open to all motion pictures and all genres that demonstrate a high regard for the moving image as an art form. Work previously submitted may not be re-entered. Entries are accepted in one of two categories: short and feature length. Short films are 59 minutes and under in runtime. Feature films are 60 minutes or longer in runtime. Foreign entries should have English subtitles.

Formats:
Entries are accepted in the following formats: Internet Link (URL) and 16mm. We DO NOT accept DVD, Blu-Ray, VHS or video data files for screening purposes.

If you would like the festival to prescreen a 16mm print of your film, please contact the AAFF directly to make shipping arrangements at submissions@aafilmfest.org

One AAFF entry form or withoutabox entry is required per film. Please submit a brief 2-3 sentence statement (no more than 70 words) about your film for use in the festival program.

Please do not submit a press packet with your film. Due to the volume of entries we cannot ensure that your press packet will survive submission season. If your film is accepted, you will be notified of how to submit your press material.

Fees:
Deadlines for the upcoming 56th AAFF (Festival dates: March 20-25, 2018)
* Early Deadline: July 1- July 31 ($30 Short / $40 Feature)
* Official Deadline: Aug. 1 – Aug. 31 ($45 Short / $55 Feature)
* Late Deadline: Sept. 1 – Sept. 30 ($60 Short / $70 Feature)
For more information: http://www.aafilmfest.org

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1st Annual “I See You Awards” for Low Budget Indie Filmmakers [Detroit, MI] #filmfestival #callforentries

Posted March 28, 2017

Now there’s an awards program designed specifically for low-budget independent filmmakers.

The awards were created by Terri Lee, a professional film critic for WWJ Newsradio 950 / CBS Radio Detroit. Terri is a member of several film critics groups, including the Detroit Film Critics Society (DFCS) and the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the largest film critics group in the U.S. and Canada.

The “I See You Awards” provide an opportunity for low-budget independent filmmakers worldwide to be recognized and rewarded for their accomplishments. The first annual awards will be handed out on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Boll Theater in downtown Detroit, the hottest turnaround story in the United States!

Currently, sponsors include the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, Emagine Entertainment, The Lee Group, LLC and WWJ Newsradio 950/CBS Radio Detroit, among others.

We are currently accepting nominations on our website: www.iseeyouawards.com

Filmmakers who enter via the FilmFreeway link will receive 50% off the entry fee by using the code: ISYA2017.

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Casting Call for Short Film “Motel” [Muskegon, MI] #casting

Posted February 15, 2017

PLOT SUMMARY: Motel is a short drama about a young woman, Tori, who finds herself at rock bottom. She is a prostitute and addicted to drugs when she starts to remember a night she had at a motel with her boyfriend, Luke, 10 years prior. She begins to realize how far she has fallen when she begins having vivid memories about her past. She must decide whether or not she would like to continue living the life she is living, or to chase the love she once had and change everything.
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Casting Call for Short Film “The Gift of the Magi: A Screen Adaptation” [Metamora, MI] #casting

Posted January 20, 2017

PLOT SUMMARY: A screen adaptation of O. Henry’s short story “A Gift of the Magi.”
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Open Casting Call for Short Film “Brothers” [Hadley, MI] #casting

Posted May 18, 2016

PLOT SUMMARY: A man joins a trading caravan to find his lost brother.
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Casting Call for Short Film “Breakdown” [Metamora, MI] #casting

Posted March 4, 2016

PLOT SUMMARY: A man must outwit two hunters after meeting them for only five minutes.
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Open Casting Call for Short Film [Lansing, MI] #casting

Posted October 5, 2015

PLOT SUMMARY: Leslie, a paramedic, is attempting to understand that he cannot save everyone.
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Casting Call for Short Film “Where the Grass Grows Thick” [Metamora, MI] #casting

Posted May 31, 2015

PLOT SUMMARY: Set in an apocalyptic landscape, a drifter is caught raiding a building by its owner (the loner). The two have a brief conversation, where the loner feeds the drifter as a test of sanity. The drifter fails resulting in his death.
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Casting Call for Feature Film “Those of Us” [Lapeer, MI] #casting

Posted March 10, 2015

LOGLINE: A boy survives in a world where every animal has been killed by a viral epidemic. With the help of his friend, they take a stand against the vicious government.
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Casting and Location Call for Web Series “Happy Normal People” [Grand Rapids, MI] #casting #locationcall

Posted September 11, 2014

PROJECT TITLE: Happy Normal People
CLASSIFICATION: Independent
STATUS: Non-Union
CATEGORY: Web
FORMAT: HD
DISTRIBUTION: Public access
SHOOTING SCHEDULE: Shooting schedule will be made once casting has been completed
SHOOTING LOCATION: Grand Rapids, MI area

SYNOPSIS:

Casting call for first season comedy-drama web series. Revolving around seven main characters, the ten episode first season focuses on the gritty and real life situations they encounter. Episodes will range between 3 – 8 minutes.

CASTING THESE ROLES:

– MALE 1: Main role – mid 20s to mid 30s. Bisexual, bearded, very easy-going, light-hearted, enjoys the company of his friends. In a relationship with Female 1.

– FEMALE 1: Main role – mid 20s to mid 30s. Gentle natured, and knows what she wants but tends to let others decide for her. She’s honest to a fault and wants what’s best for everyone in her close circle of friends. Sisters with Female 3, in a relationship with Male 1.

– MALE 2: Main role – mid 20s to late 30s. The voice of reason in the group. His smile is contagious. Very loving and laid back. Ready to take on the world. Married to Female 2.

– FEMALE 2: Main role – mid 20s to late 30s. Loving towards her husband (Male 2) but likes to get out with her girl friends. Sociable, can keep the conversation going. Likes to make people laugh.

– FEMALE 3: Main role – Mid 20s to mid 30s. Lesbian. Just came out. Unsure of where her new life is taking her. Introverted, but comfortable around her group of friends. Close with her Sister (Female 1).

– MALE 3: Main role – mid 20s – 30s. Gay, bearded, adorable. A little shy, but goes for what he wants. Newest member to the group. Dating Male 4 (already cast).

– PARKER: Guest spot in episode 9 – mid 20s to late 30s. Female 3’s ex.

LOCATIONS NEEDED:

A portion of filming will be outside in a backyard for a bonfire. The show is dependent on the cast because we would have to be allowed to shoot inside their own home. Shoots will mostly be in the living room/kitchen areas, but some scenes involve the bedroom and/or bathroom.

COMPENSATION: Non-paid
OTHER COMPENSATION: Film credit
EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: happynormalpeople@gmail.com
SUBMISSIONS TO INCLUDE: Headshot, Resume, Snapshot okay, Demo reel link

OTHER NOTES:

If any of the characters sound appealing to you or you know someone who would be interested, please pass along the information. The website is http://happynormalpeople.wordpress.com.

Casting and Crew Call for Feature Film “Agility” [Detroit, MI] #casting #crewcall

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Posted August 23, 2014

PROJECT TITLE: Agility
CLASSIFICATION: Independent
STATUS: Non-Union
CATEGORY: Feature Film
FORMAT: HD, DV
DIRECTOR: Garrick Givens
SHOOTING LOCATIONS: metro Detroit and possibly Ontario

LOGLINE:

Fable-like vignettes of seven strangers lives centered amidst their common treatment from a wise and gifted massage therapist.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3950640/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1

CASTING THESE ROLES:

Up and comers looking for experience or pros looking to lend a hand to a pet project, this film is for you!

OPEN ROLES (age, description, etc. not rigid by any means)

LAURA P. – (24-36, tall) – A ballerina with a sharp personality nursing her recent ankle injury.

DELA H. – (18-26, petite) – A prostitute by day and gun informant by night. Barron and struggling with the news.

MANNIE – (50+) A holistic healer and neighborhood midwife whose hands become worn.

*PLEASE SEND VIDEO SUBMISSIONS TO: Gdeuce21@gmail.com

(make email title role(s) reading for)

1) A minute long monologue, comedy

2) A minute long monologue, drama

SEEKING THESE CREW POSITIONS:

Indie low budget feature, dv, seeking small crew to assist in shooting. Second feature film of honors cinema graduate Garrick Givens to be shot in metro Detroit (and possibly Ontario). Looking to put a crew together prior to a public crowd funding venture so those donating will know who is working with me.
Positions are needed as followed:

– Costume Designer (1)

– Make-up Artist (1)

– Asst. Camera Operator (1)(DSLR exp.)

– Sound Engineers (2)(Mixer and Boom exp.)

– PAs (2)(Tasks will include script/costume supervising, set tear up/down, assisting the talent/crew etc.)

*PLEASE SEND EMAIL W/ FOLLOWING TO: Gdeuce21@gmail.com

(make email title position(s) interested in)

1) Resume
2) Work samples etc.
3) Any info you feel is significant

COMPENSATION: Deferred
OTHER COMPENSATION: Film credit, DVD copy, Snacks/beverages, Lodging, Transportation
SUBMISSIONS DUE BY: 9/9/2014
EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: Gdeuce21@gmail.com
SUBMISSIONS TO INCLUDE: Headshot, Resume
AUDITION ADDRESS: Online

Casting Call for Short Film “Another Night Out” [Grand Rapids, MI] #casting

Posted January 7, 2014

PROJECT TITLE: Another Night Out
CLASSIFICATION: Independent
STATUS: Non-Union
CATEGORY: Short Film
FORMAT: HD
DISTRIBUTION: Festival circuit
PRODUCER: Trevor James Burnett
WRITER: Trevor James Burnett
DIRECTOR: Trevor James Burnett
CASTING AGENT: Trevor James Burnett
SHOOTING SCHEDULE: January 29th, 30th, 31st
SHOOTING LOCATION: Grand Rapids, Michigan

LOGLINE:

Life has just begun for Mason Lindblom. Life is about to end for Jim Tremblay. The boy and man are complete strangers. Jim feels he has nothing else to live for. Mason has his whole life ahead of him and is unaware of the hardships life brings but how beautiful life can be. The story documents a night where the two lives meet for one brief moment and then continue in two different directions.

CASTING THESE ROLES:

Jim Tremblay – A man in his forties. He feels he has nothing to show for his life as it stands right now. He is an alcoholic and extremely unhappy.

Mason Lindblom – An eight-year-old boy who has a much more fresh outlook on life. He is experiencing life. He has very caring and loving parents.

Mary Lindblom – Woman in her late twenties or early thirties. She loves her boy. The stresses of life beat her down but her son makes her smile. She knows life can be cruel at times but it so worth living for.

COMPENSATION: Non-paid
OTHER COMPENSATION: Film credit, DVD copy, Meals, Snacks/beverages
SUBMISSIONS DUE BY: January 16, 2014
EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: trevorjamesburnett@gmail.com
SUBMISSIONS TO INCLUDE: Headshot, Resume
AUDITION DATE: Sunday, 01/19/2014
AUDITION START TIME: 1:00PM
AUDITION END TIME: 4:00PM
AUDITION ADDRESS: 4311 Forestway Dr. SE Apt. 34, Kentwood, MI, 49512

SPECIAL NOTES FOR AUDITION:

The audition will be held at Eastland Apartments in Kentwood, Michigan.

Open Casting Call for Feature Film “Aladdin 3477” [Michigan] #casting

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Posted January 3, 2014

ALADDIN 3477 OPEN CASTING CALL

Production Company: Kaleidoscope Koi Entertainment, LLC and Planetmatt Entertainment

Casting Director: Brandt Keller

Shooting Dates: May through August 2014, various around Michigan

Open casting calls have begun for the live-action feature film, Aladdin 3477, based on the classic Arabian Nights tale, set 1,500 years in the future. The independent production is open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial) and is seeking male and female roles of all ages. The movie will feature a huge ensemble cast of all types. All parts are paid and/or compensated.

Aladdin 3477 is written and directed by Star Wars Artist Matt Busch, who’s illustrations are recognized around the world, his books have become New York Times Bestsellers, and his independent movies, documentaries, and Online videos have shattered records and won awards. Years in the making, Aladdin 3477 has already received an incredible amount of buzz world-wide (Google it!), and is finally set to begin filming in May!

This epic sci-fi adventure is not a musical like Disney’s Aladdin, nor is it animated. The film is said to look more like Star Wars, set in futuristic Asia, and feel like a worldly Indiana Jones adventure. While the Aladdin you’re familiar with focuses mostly on the charming thief and the Princess, this version has a much larger ensemble of main characters of all ages and ethnicities. There are plenty of juicy, exciting and unique roles for all types.

All applicants over the age of 18 will be considered. The majority of filming will take place in Southeastern Michigan from May through August of 2014, so applicants already living there during that time is a plus. Travel expenses will be covered for any locations or sets outside of Southeastern Michigan. All ethnicities are encouraged, though Asian, Indian, and Middle Eastern are a plus. Acting experience is not required, but is a plus. For certain characters, martial arts, athletic or gymnastic experience could be a plus. Aladdin 3477 is a non-Union independent production.

HOW TO APPLY: Send a brief inquiry telling us about yourself (and/or resumé) to: brandtjkeller@gmail.com. Please include a recent headshot or photo(s). If you have a demo reel or videos of your work hosted Online (YouTube or Vimeo) please provide links for us to view. Applications will be accepted until January 31st, 2014. Considered applicants will be contacted for auditions, which will take place January through March of 2014.

You can find out more about Aladdin 3477 at the official website, www.Aladdin3477.com. More casting and production updates will be posted at the website as they are made known, so check back for further details.

Casting and Location Calls for Feature Film “Futility” [Farmington Hills, MI] #casting #locationcall

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Posted May 14, 2013

PROJECT TITLE: Futility
CLASSIFICATION: Independent
STATUS: Non-Union
CATEGORY: Feature Film
FORMAT: HD
DISTRIBUTION: Festival circuit
WRITER: Garrick Givens
DIRECTOR: Garrick Givens
SHOOTING SCHEDULE: Last week of June thru July. Re-shoots in August.
SHOOTING LOCATION: Farmington Hills, Metro-Detroit, MI

SYNOPSIS:

Have or ever had a job you loath? It’s another summer for a nameless manager of a swim club in upper middle class suburbia. The movie begins with this person getting called into work on their day off (Smith, “Clerks” ). The manager encounters lazy employees, nasty children, and a multitude of other rambunctious characters. Throughout the movie the manager notices people over look and not fully appreciate what they have. The manager meanders through life curiously upbeat minus the occasional rant reminiscent of a Holden Caulfield (Sallinger. “The Catcher and the Rye”). And despite being indifferent to many aspects of classic hollywood style productions the manager begins drafting a narrative to reach the public on such issues. The manager attempts to rid the work of authorship and profit as an “independent film” but quickly learns as to the difficulty of the task at hand.

*NOTE: I WILL NOT BE ACTING IN MY FILM.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:

OPEN ROLES: (Age range not absolute)

McTeague – young man, distinct attitude and confidence. (18-24)

Jennifer – self centered high school girl, one big bitch. (16-18)

Father – (35-50)

Mother – (35-50)

Adrian – Adventurous, excitable, fun loving. (16-18)

Joe – the buddy (16-18)

Margie – bad communication skills, awkward, lingerer. (14-16)

The women – Stereotypical female model type, sharp. (18-24)

Girl – curious, respectful. (12-14)

LOCATIONS NEEDED:

A train car

House (ranch)

COMPENSATION: Deferred
OTHER COMPENSATION: Film credit, DVD copy, Meals, Snacks/beverages
EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: Ggivens1@binghamton.edu
SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE: Headshot, Resume
AUDITION DATE: Saturday, May 18th
AUDITION START TIME: 2 pm
AUDITION END TIME: 4 pm
AUDITION ADDRESS: William Costick Activities Center (Belfast room) (28600 W 11 Mile Rd Farmington Hills, MI 48336)

SPECIAL NOTES FOR AUDITION:

(SHOOTING THIS SUMMER IN FARMINGTON HILLS)

PREPARE A MINUTE LONG MONOLOGUE AND BE READY TO COLD READ.
QUESTIONS? Call or email me: (248) 425-8442, Ggivens1@binghamton.edu

(PARKING WILL BE VERY LIMITED THAT DAY)

OTHER NOTES:

*NOTE: I WILL NOT BE ACTING IN MY FILM.