Friday, July 18, 2014

Win A Screenwriter's Package!!

July's Filmmakers Alliance competition is dedicated to SCREENWRITING.

The month's prize is a Screenwriter's Package including the following :


* A copy of FINAL DRAFT 9 (the latest version of Final Draft - $249 value).

* A copy of DRAMATICA story development software ($269 value)

* A professionally organized TABLE READ of your completed script utilizing top-notch actors.

Here's how you win:

1. Simply post a single-paragraph synopsis of your feature film idea on the Facebook competition page. No longer than 100 words (but shorter is always better) - NO EXCEPTION.

2. Include at least one or all of the following hashtags #FilmmakersAlliance, #GenreHacks, #FinalDraft and #Dramatica in your post (does not count against your 100 words). 

3. Generate likes for your post.

4. The top ten posts with the most likes by Midnight, August 15th, 2014, will then go to a judging committee and the best synopsis among them WINS!! 
(Additional information/material may be requested prior to committee's final decision)

Simple as that. So, the sooner you start, the better.

NOTE: YOU MUST BE A BONA FIDE MEMBER OF THE FILMMAKERS ALLIANCE TO PARTICIPATE (Facebook "membership" does not count)! If you aren't a member yet, sign up HERE


- Get $80 off the full copy of Final Draft and $31 off the upgrade (32% off both products). 

- Also, get Dramatica Story Expert, Dramatica Pro, or Movie Magic Screenwriter for $99 (up to $150 savings per product).

Discount code is available for all products on the FA's community page. Offers good until close of competition: August 15th.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sundance's NEXT FEST Line-up Announced!

Check it out here!

New Zooppa Brand Competitions!

We’re excited to share a few fun filmmaking opportunities with the members of the Filmmakers Alliance.
Zooppa is an online platform that connects brands with creative users. The way it works is, brands post their creative briefs on the Zooppa site for Zooppa members, at which point they may enter as many videos as they would like to win cash prizes and represent huge brands in online and broadcast advertisements. Ultimately, Zooppa is an online crowd-sourcing platform where brands turn to for refreshing and relevant user generate content. Signing up for the Zooppa community is 100% free and allows you access to all of our campaigns at any given time. This is a cool way to exercise your filmmaking skills and boost your portfolios!

As a fellow filmmaking community, Zooppa would like to share with the Filmmakers Alliance a few campaigns going on right now. Here they are!
Fun and Flavor with Lindsay Olives
Produce the next film advertisement for Lindsay Olives by submitting a video to the “Fun and Flavor with Lindsay Olives” Campaign!”
Lindsay has been bringing joy to people’s lives for over 100 years and is a staple in the American kitchen. The thing about olives is -- you either LOVE them or you don’t.
Lindsay’s California Black Ripe Olives is looking for 15 second or 30 second videos showcasing their product. Use your imagination to create an entertaining and humorous scene! To participate in this project, pledge now and receive $25 in product coupons that you can use in your film. Head to the brief to learn more!
Submitting a video is easy! Simply sign up for free at and upload your video.
Stats: The contest closes on July 14th at 4:00 PM PDT with $15,000 in total awards. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000.
Help Create a Brighter Future for Our Children
Project Sunlight is a growing movement of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably.
Faced with an increasingly apathetic an unengaged world, Unilever wants to stress the need for a positive outlook and willingness to act. Together, and through small actions everyday, we can begin to achieve the unprecedented possibilities of our world. The purpose of this campaign is to inspire others to join Unilever in making sustainable and informed decisions each day.
Through a compelling video (up to 90 seconds) or a series of 3 prints, show us an uplifting piece that inspires our society, especially parents, to create a brighter future for our children. Check out the contest brief on Zooppa’s website to learn more!
Your piece should be heartfelt and informative that ignites social change and a positive discussion surrounding how children will have a better, brighter future.
To participate in this campaign go to to create an account and begin submitting your work.
Stats: The contest closes on July 28th at 4pm PST with $70,000 in total awards. The grand prize winner will receive $20,000.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Filmmakers Alliance Celebrates LA MUSE at the LA Film Festival!

Broad Green Room / Filmmakers AllianceSamy's Camera and Section 101 invites FA members, filmmakers, film lovers, festival friends, industry mavens, creatives, and culture vultures to a special celebration of the LA MUSE film series at The LA FILM FESTIVAL.

Join us on June 15th for a pre-Father's Day Dinner toast at the historic Variety Arts Club on 940 S. Figueroa St., - a gorgeous 1920s landmark theatre in the heart of the downtown festival scene. Come celebrate the fest, it's LA MUSE film series and connect with LA's expansive filmmaking community with complimentary beer, wine, and cocktails - in an amazing space created by Broad Green Room.

The event is free for FA Members and invited guests. You should have received a promotional code. Otherwise JOIN FA! :)
Event pic

Variety Arts Club
940 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Sunday, June 15

Broad Green Logo   FA logo     S101 logo

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Los Angeles is "Cine City" in June!!

Lotsa cine-stuff happening in Los Angeles this month and you will probably see me at ALL of it!!

Here's what's up in scheduled order:

Dances With Films - May 29th (TOMORROW NIGHT) thru June 8th
Los Angeles Greek Film Festival - June 4th thru June 8th
Cinegear - June 5th thru June 8th (don't worry, you can do both!) Exhibits are 6th and 7th
NALIP - June 5th thru June 8th
New Media Film Festival - June 10th and 11th
Los Angeles Film Festival - June 11th thru June 19th

And, I'm certain there's a much more that I'm forgetting - or simply not aware of. And, of course, there's also great stuff like LA Film Forum and Cinefamily, that happens on a regular basis.

Since I am an associate programmer of the LA Film Festival - as well as Filmmakers Alliance being a participating org - you will be hearing a lot more about that fest from me in the upcoming days. But I urge you, if you're in LA, to support your filmmaking community - and yourself - and get out to as much of this as you can!!

See ya there!!

In July:
Downtown Film Festival LA - July 9th thru July 19th
Outfest - July 10th thru July 20th

Friday, May 23, 2014

Interesting BFI Report on "Borrowed Time"

Here's an interesting case study on the British film "Borrowed Time", which was done more like an American Indie than the kinds of foreign films that hit our shores. Much to be learned from it.

Check it out!