High Output’s John Cini worked on a board for Production Equipment Rental Group (PERG) at Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) to come up with a set of guidelines for film shoots as we move forward through this pandemic. Hopefully it will be a good resource to crews, companies, shooters, etc. to get business back up and safely running.
Titled Precautions for Preventing Transmission of COVID-19 for Camera and Lighting Rental Operations, Sound Stages, and Production Vehicles, this version 1.0 draft is available for download here for public review from May 19-June 19.
This guidance document provides measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus for camera and lighting equipment rental operations, facilities that rent sound stages, and for trucks and vehicles used by rental companies. The PERG Task Group applied the recommendations of the CDC, OSHA, and public health officials to rental operations, equipment, and facilities.
Feedback from the industry is encouraged. The article has a form to send back comments, questions, and concerns.
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England Chapter Honors WGBH’s “Basic Black” with the 2020 Governors’ Award
Virtual Awards Ceremony, Saturday, June 13 at 7:00PM eastern
BOSTON, MA – (May 6, 2020) – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter is delighted to announce that WGBH’s “Basic Black”, the longest running live, weekly program on public television focusing on people of color, will receive the 2020 Governors’ Award. Basic Black will be honored at this year’s Boston/New England Emmy® Awards unprecedented virtual ceremony on Saturday, June 13.
The prestigious Governors’ Award is given to individuals, organizations, or companies with ties to the New England region in recognition of achievements which do not fall within the structure of the Chapter’s regular awards. Historically, the Governors’ Award is for truly outstanding and unique accomplishments or for achievements of some duration and durability. For this award, an Emmy® statuette is given.
Originally called “Say Brother”, the show was created in 1968 during the height of the civil rights movement as a response to the demand for public television programs reflecting community concerns.
“Basic Black is a groundbreaking television program that has reflected the relevant topics of communities of color for over fifty years”, said Danielle Mannion, President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England Chapter. “It is a privilege and an honor to present the Governor’s Award to WGBH and everyone who has contributed to the success of this iconic series.”
“Basic Black” is produced by Executive Producer, Delores Edwards, and has been hosted by broadcast journalist, Callie Crossley since 2008. Crossley spoke to her experience hosting the show in this interview from the 50th Anniversary of the program in 2018.
This year, due to the social distancing mandate from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, the 43rd Emmy® Awards will take place on a virtual streaming ceremony on Saturday, June 13 at 7:00 PM EST.
This year’s nominees can join the stream for free by visiting https://newenglandemmy.org
The 48HFP is seeking to work with veteran 48HFP filmmakers and writers to develop a script for production.
For years the 48 hour filmmakers have proven their skill and creativity at film-making. We are seeking to work with our talented filmmakers to go to the next level… create a feature film.
As with any film, it all starts with the script. We are excited to announce the 48HFP Feature Script Project. The goal is to find a script (or scripts) that can be successfully turned into a feature film.
For How It Works, Eligibility, Rules, Terms and Entry fee, visit http://48hourfilm.com/feature-script
Lesley Art + Design’s department of Digital Filmmaking will host an interactive live screening event for their Senior and Junior films. These students accomplished some really great work in challenging circumstances, and with big thanks to department chair Matthew Nash who organized this online platform, they’ll be able to have a viewing event when they were originally going to screen theatrically.
Please join WIFVNE Board member Ingrid Stobbe’s students for some wonderful filmmaking right in your home. You’ll find time codes for what films screen when, and the event is open to the public.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Antidote Collaborative Film Project
The Maine Film Association (MFA), is pleased to announce a collaborative community film project to capture this point in history:
Antidote – Maine Stories from the 2020 Pandemic
Antidote will be a compilation of a variety of works that document the Maine experience during the COVID-19 crisis, created by Maine-based filmmakers– learn more and submit your short film to be included in the collection today!
We welcome short film submissions from Maine filmmakers of all skill levels, backgrounds, and specialties. Submissions can be of any genre, portraying some aspect of the pandemic. We encourage filmmakers across the state to share perspectives and stories that capture this unprecedented moment in world history, be they documentation of the challenges/heartache/boredom/personal joys or achievements resulting from the crisis and sheltering in place, fictional stories spawned from the creative mindspace that social isolation may provide, video diary entries, cat videos, or other entertaining musings that spring from this trying time.
Antidote will be shared with audiences far and wide via MFA news, virtual screenings, and social media. Other options for television broadcast and possible theatrical screenings in a post-pandemic world are being explored.
Check out the details, submission guidelines, and submission form at mainefilm.org!
Fem/Cine/Anarchy is a free admission, popup screening event in its 6th year celebrating
short narrative films
directed by female-identified persons.
Fem.Cine.Anarchy 2020 is offering $5 submissions to short films 15 minutes or less (any genre except doc) with fem protagonist and fem director with discount code FCASpecial (case sensitive) until 4/30.
After that, submission fees have been lowered overall: $10 for the regular deadline (July 17) and $15 for late deadline (August 7).
Submit on FilmFreeway!
PLEASE CONSIDER SUBMITTING FOR THE 2020 MOFF
Must be an outdoor film. Films can be from anywhere in the world. See length-requirements under categories below. Please use FilmFreeway to submit a 4K or HD (720p minimum) .mov or .mp4 file delivered via vimeo or dropbox or google drive. You must have legal rights and/or permission to use all music. No exceptions. Please read and understand all terms and conditions on the MOFF website or Film Freeway page before submitting.
Feature (40 minutes or more)
Short Feature (12:00 to 39:59)
Short (0:00 to 11:59)
Best Maine Film, Best Film From Away, Best Young Filmmaker, Inspiration Award, Conservation Award, Best Feature, Best Short Feature, Best Short
WHERE YOUR FILM WILL BE SHOWN IF IT IS ACCEPTED:
During the 2020 Maine Outdoor Film Festival in Portland, July 30 to August 2, 2020.
It will also potentially be shown during the MOFF Selects Tour which travels the northeast in late summer/early fall, with a schedule of 10 to 12 screenings.
Award-winners receive a plaque and a prize from a MOFF sponsor.
Visit the MOFF page on Film Freeway
The news tells one story these days. But women’s lives tell another—of women rising up, showing their resilience and empowering others during this uniquely challenging moment.
That’s why Target and the Conferences for Women are returning to our storytelling tradition to celebrate stories of women supporting women and the greater community —and inviting your stories now.
So, please take a moment to share your story. It can be big or small. And, it can be about you or someone you know. The only criterion is that it be about having a positive impact.
We will be sharing select stories through our newsletters and social media. A few lucky entries will also win a $500 gift card to spend at Target and two complimentary tickets to our next Conference.
Visit maconferenceforwomen.org/storytellers to enter now!
The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), a BAFTA-Qualifying event, will be celebrating 10 years! The 2020 competition is looking for filmmakers who are pushing boundaries and telling bold, innovative stories in new ways.
ASFF is a landmark destination for talent discovery and independent filmmaking, sitting amongst the UK’s most prestigious film festivals.
Entries are now open for their 10th anniversary. Open to Shorts, Features, VR & 360 films, they’re looking for innovative, cutting-edge and bold stories from around the world.
ASFF also accepts works across multiple genres including: Advertising, Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family Friendly, Fashion, Music Video and Thriller. VR and Feature Projects.
Submissions close 31 May 2020. They are still planning on delivering the 2020 festival: 4-8 November, York, UK.
ASFF Prizes Include:
All festivalgoers are invited to vote for their favorite film. This award is chosen by audiences throughout the festival’s five day run.
ASFF supports its alumni before, during and after the festival. Official Selection filmmakers receive extensive coverage across all our print and digital platforms.
LEF has offices within two regional areas: New England and California. Through the LEF Moving Image Fund, the New England office supports the creation of new work by documentary filmmakers living in the region, through an application process. LEF California identifies and funds projects proactively. LEF Foundation was incorporated in California in 1985 and endowed by a gift made by its president, Marion E. Greene, and her family. LEF has compiled a significant list of resources, shared below with permission.
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