Saturday, March 30, 2013

Call for entries: Animated Shorts

Hello, KC Animators ,
We have a call for entries with a focus on Animated Shorts and we would like to invite you and your readers to enter.

The FilmDayton Festival will focus on several categories, including Animated Shorts,  Ohio Shorts, Horror Shorts, Experimental Shorts, and Documentary Shorts.

The entry deadline is May 1, 2013 (early bird discount for entries before April 1). For more info, visit and our online submission page at

Selections will be shown during the FilmDayton Festival, August 23-25, in Dayton, Ohio.

Official release and category info are below. Let us know if you have any questions.

Megan Cooper, FilmDayton Executive Director
David Temmesfeld, Festival Shorts Coordinator
Patrice Hall, Festival Marketing Coordinator
More information:
Experience the 2013 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival (August 23-25, 2013)


Regional Festival Announces Open Call for Shorts
2013 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival welcomes shorts from all genres to submit for the summer festival

For Press Information, contact Megan Cooper:

Details available at:

For More Information on Applying, contact David Temmesfeld, Festival Shorts Coordinator:  

March 4, 2013 (Dayton) – The 2013 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival is the first year in the five year festival history when they are accepting submissions. In past years, the Dayton-based fest has featured such great films as Daughters of the Dust, Winter's Bone, Bilal's Stand, Marwencol, Compliance, Tchoupitoulas, Trash Dance and many more. After establishing a following as a festival with high standards, savvy audiences, quality films, interesting panels, and great hospitality to filmmakers, FilmDayton has announced they are opening the festival programming up for submissions.

Features remain invitation-only, but short films may be submitted for consideration in the following genres:

Narrative Shorts

Whether it's comedy, drama or romance – send it in for Narrative Shorts. If it's under 30 minutes and tells a great narrative story – this is for you. (Note: Comedy Shorts under 5 minutes should be considered for submission to "Flick My Clip" – a selection of super short comedy films curated by Ryan Singer. Separate submission process announced soon.)

Documentary Shorts
There are new trends in documentary and we encourage you to show us how you tell a story. Submit your under 30 minute documentary to the FilmDayton Festival. With Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, and Jim Klein (among many others) as some of our local documentarians, the FilmDayton community knows and LOVES docs! Come join us.

Ohio Shorts
FilmDayton is Ohio Proud! We're ready to show off our regional talent with a dedicated Ohio Shorts screening. Anything goes here – if it's good and it's got a significant Ohio connection (filmed in Ohio, written by resident, directed by native, stars local graduate, etc) – it could get seen at the FilmDayton Festival as part of Ohio Shorts.

Horror Shorts
Did you know that Dayton has an exciting underground horror community with a national following?!? Regular screenings and the annual Horror-rama mean our audiences know and love the genre. Submit your under 30 minute horror/thriller fare for consideration for the FilmDayton Festival.

Experimental/Animation Shorts
We love the feeling that a good film can elicit. Sure, sometimes that's with a great storyline, but sometimes it's from the surreal, the abstract, the animated and the otherwise created. If you've got an experimental or animated short under 30 minutes, submit it for consideration to FilmDayton.

Submission Details:
The festival will be Friday, August 23 – Sunday, August 25 with the majority of the screenings at The Neon in downtown Dayton. In addition to features and shorts, the festival also includes panel discussions, Q&As, workshops, a Pitch-It competition, and social/networking opportunities. If selected as a festival favorite, films may be shown at a later date as "The Best of the Fest."

The short film must be under 30 minutes (shorter films given higher priority) and completed since January 2011. Judging criteria includes (but is not limited to) story, cinematography, editing, continuity and an overall rating. Filmmakers will not receive their score sheets, but will be informed if they are accepted into the festival by July 15, 2013.
•    Early Bird (submitted by 4/1/2013): $30,         $25 Withoutabox submission
•    Regular Deadline (submitted by 5/1/2013): $40,     $35 Withoutabox submission
•    Late Fee (submitted by 6/1/2013): $50,         $45 Withoutabox submission

All this information and more is available at and our online submission page at

Megan Cooper, FilmDayton Executive Director
David Temmesfeld, Festival Shorts Coordinator
Patrice Hall, Festival Marketing Coordinator
More information:
Experience the 2013 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival (August 23-25, 2013)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Entries Open for 2013 Heartland Film Festival

For Immediate Release
March 4, 2013

Contact: Greg Sorvig
Phone: 317.402.5876

 Call for Entries Now Open for 2013 Heartland Film Festival

 Academy Award® qualifying festival expands its award field with additional categories and cash prizes for independent films.
(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) – Independent filmmakers can now submit films for consideration to the 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival. The 10-day Festival, which will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., October 17-26, 2013, serves to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Filmmakers participating in the Festival attend numerous screenings of their films and other special events designed to allow interaction between filmmakers and audiences.   
The Heartland Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® in the Short Films Category. This means that the winner of the Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. Three 2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winners were selected as nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards® and one, “Inocente,” won the Oscar® for Best Documentary, Short Subject.
“Our number of submissions spiked dramatically last year,” said Tim Irwin, artistic director of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. “We expect the numbers to grow again this year and have expanded our Festival Awards field with additional categories and cash prizes. Heartland is truly a filmmakers’ festival and we’re excited to offer even more ways to honor and share these films with Indianapolis audiences.”

Filmmakers are invited to submit independently-produced feature length and short films in Narrative and Documentary categories. Student filmmakers are encouraged to apply for consideration within the standard field of competition. High school filmmakers are encouraged to enter their films in the High School Film Competition, now entering its fourth year.
Submissions will be evaluated for their achievement of excellence in filmmaking and alignment with Heartland’s mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Submissions are accepted through
Volunteer screening committees will help narrow down the initial field of competitors. Juries comprised of individuals from the scholarly film community, local film critics and previous Heartland Film Festival filmmakers will review the submissions and select five narrative features, five documentary features, five narrative short films and five documentary short films including student films, as winners. Outstanding films will be recognized with Heartland Film Festival Awards and more than $125,000 in cash prizes, including a Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature, Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature, Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film and Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film.  

Completed U.S. and international feature length and short films may be submitted by May 1 for early consideration and a reduced submission fee. The regular deadline to submit films for the 2013 Heartland Film Festival is June 15.
Visit for eligibility requirements, a full list of categories, submission rules and more information on Heartland Film Festival’s 2013 Call for Entries page.
About Heartland Truly Moving Pictures
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, a nonprofit arts organization, seeks to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Its flagship event, the Heartland Film Festival®, launched in 1991 and runs each October in Indianapolis, screening independent films from around the world. Each year, the Festival awards more than $125,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to the top-judged submissions. Heartland has awarded more than $2.5 million to support filmmakers during the last 20 years. The organization’s Truly Moving Picture Award was created to honor films released theatrically that align with Heartland’s mission. By bestowing this award seal to honored films, the award allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film’s transformative power and appeal. Heartland is also dedicated to cultivating youth, and thus created the Heartland Institute to provide innovative educational and outreach programs that enrich the minds and lives of youth and aspiring filmmakers. Heartland shares inspiring films year-round in the community through the Heartland Roadshow, bringing meaningful films across Indiana. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 2, 2013

It’s time to gear up for Planet Comicon

Planet Comicon is Kansas City’s largest comics and pop culture convention.
It’s time to gear up for Planet Comicon. The show is going to be bigger than ever this year, with the move to Bartle Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center complex in downtown KC.
As usual, I will be organizing the panel programming for the weekend of events. With the new much larger venue, we expect to have three full tracks of programming. It’s too soon to even pencil in a schedule (the announcements of major guest appearances are just now starting to accelerate), but rest assured that there will be plenty to see. What can you expect?
  • Hollywood Stars! You’ll have the chance to attend Q&A sessions with the major media guests at the show. The announced stars so far are Peter Mayhew (Star Wars‘ Chewbacca), Adam Baldwin (Firefly), Julia Benson (Stargate Universe), and Tom Kane (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). There are other big name media guests yet to be announced… watch this space.
  • More costumes! Last year’s cosplay contest was a major highlight of the show, and it will be more spectacular this time around. The Planet Comicon Facebook group is already crackling with costumers gathering their gear. It’s no secret, for example, that a group of ladies affiliated with the Kansas City Time Lord Society are planning to cover each of the eleven incarnations of Doctor Who in female form – plus a tin dog.
  • Major comics creators! The panel programming will include more comics creators than ever before.  We’ve not set the schedule, but you can be certain that we’ll hear from folks like Jason Aaron, Peter Bagge, Dennis Hopeless, Tony Moore, Ethan Van Sciver, Scottie Young, Brian Azzarello, and many more.
  • Live Doctor Who podcast! We’ve lined up the crew from Topeka’s Traveling the Vortex podcast to host a live session. Join Shaun, Glenn, and Keith as they travel the vortex with the Doctor and end up at the weirdest planet of them all… Planet Comicon.
We will have more convention announcements as they’re available. Planet Comicon will be held April 6-7, 2013 at its new location, Bartle Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. You can find out more information at the show on its newly redesigned website at