The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers today announced the official launch of The Vista Project, a competition that will identify emerging talent in the creative and engineering realms and support future filmmakers in developing interactive cinema experiences. Open exclusively to students enrolled in a two- or four-year accredited university-level undergraduate or graduate program, the competition will award five finalists with $5,000 to create a 10-minute short that could serve as a template for a long-form interactive cinema experience.
Red Digital Cinema, in partnership with Outside TV, has opened audience voting for this year’s edition of REDirect, a short film competition. In its third year, REDirect Explore 2016 celebrates the exploration of the outside world.
The Gold Coast International Film Festival is now accepting submissions of short and feature films for its 2016 festival in November through Film Freeway. The festival returns to Great Neck, New York November 10-15 for its sixth anniversary.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the Hollywood Professional Association today announced the jurors for the second annual SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival. The event is scheduled for October 26, following the Oktoberfest Reception at the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Hollywood, California. The deadline for entries is June 27. For the second year in a row Nick Dager, editor and publisher of Digital Cinema Report will serve as a juror.
Post work for director Rebecca Miller’s new romantic comedy Maggie’s Plan, currently in wide release from Sony Pictures Classics, was a labor of love for Technicolor PostWorks New York. A long-time supporter of independent film, the facility furnished suites and systems to picture editor Sabine Hoffman and her crew. It also provided resources for dailies processing, editorial finishing, color grading, sound mixing and deliverables. The project involved months of concentrated effort, spanning pre-production through the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Independent Filmmaker Project has announced the ten narratives selected for the 2016 IFP Filmmaker Labs, IFP’s annual yearlong fellowship for first-time feature directors. The creative teams of the selected films are currently attending the first week’s sessions – The Time Warner Foundation Completion Labs – taking place May 23-27 in New York City.
New York Women in Film & Television is now accepting applications for its four 2016 Funds for Women Filmmakers. Applications are available online at www.nywift.org. The available grants are The Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant, In-Kind Post-Production Grants, The Nancy Malone Marketing & Promotion Grant and The Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant.
The Brooklyn Film Festival has announced their full slate of films for the 2016 edition of this Brooklyn cultural mainstay, which will include the U.S. premiere of Sean Garrity’s award-winning Borealis set to open the festival June 3. This charming, moving and often comedic family drama stars Jonas Chernick, Joey King, Emily Hampshire and Kevin Pollak and has picked up several awards on the festival circuit, including best director for Garrity and a special jury prize for King at the Canadian Filmmakers’ Festival and an honorable mention for best actress award at the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival. Pollak, Chernick, Hampshire, King and director Garrity are confirmed to attend.
The filmmakers behind the Iron Sky saga are widening the spectrum of productions in their business, inviting fans to start producing professional-quality content in the Iron Sky’s universe. Titled Fanchise, the initiative is an open call to all Iron Sky fans, young filmmakers, game developers and innovators to pitch their concepts of maximum 10 minute experiences – games, short films, VR experiences, graphic novels – whatever inspires the most.
Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights from Visit Films to Sophia Takal’s second directorial feature, Always Shine, which recently bowed at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film. Oscilloscope will release the film in theaters later this year.