"Curtis" joins the lineup for Tri State Breakout
The Philadelphia Independent Film Awards has added the short film drama "Curtis" to the list of nominees for Tri State Breakout. It had previously received Honorable Mention. It replaces the short film "Traits" which has been removed from consideration. "Curtis" follows the struggles of a young man who's escaped an abusive home yet continues to keep a watchful eye on his tween-age younger brother who is still trapped at home. It was directed by Tannis Spencer.
The 2018 Nominees Are In!
The list of the 2018 film awards nominees for the film and web series production categories are now available. View the full list of production category nominees here. Full pages with photos for each category will be published this week. Pages for the nominees for the acting categories as well as Best Director, Cinematography and Score will be published later this week as well. The current list of film production nominees are as follows:
The 5 Shorts Project enters its 4th Season
Season 4 of the 5 Shorts Project will showcase the debut works of five individual female filmmakers on Saturday, March 17, 1-3 pm. at PhillyCAM, 699 Ranstead St., Philadelphia, PA. Admission is free and members of the public are welcome.
Founded by Shameka S. L. Sawyer, the 5 Shorts Project, helps aspiring filmmakers produce their first works.
The Season 4 lineup includes:
- A is for Apple by Theresa Anderson - On the first day of school, the heat is turned up on unsuspecting students when their teacher, Dr. Anne Savage, throws them a few surprises in first period chemistry.
- Love Finally by Janelle T. Harvey - When repeated heartbreak spurs a shaky Faythe to ditch dating altogether, she’s confronted with a new man who makes her heart flutter. But can he be the lifeline that makes her feel secure enough to wade back into the deep end of the dating pool?
- #NPWD (New Phone Who Dis?) by Kamillah Abdul - A young carefree woman finally decides to take a stand in her life and make some changes. But in a moment of weakness, she finds herself drifting back to her old ways. Her past then catches up with her and a decision has to be made.
- N O W by Bethel Sheppard Bates - Three people wrestle with the devastating aftermath of failing to do the right thing at the right time.
- Pocket by Dione Mcleod - Just when she thinks she's got it all together - great career, great boyfriend, great new job opportunity - Erin runs headlong into her ex, Sam, who starts to expose the cracks beneath her oh-so perfect surface.
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Who do YOU want to see get the IFAP Impact Award?
Don't just sit there - let us know! Cast your vote for 2018 IFAP Impact Awards! The award goes to one female and one male recipient each of whom has made a significant contribution to film, TV, and media. Vote online today!
Vote online to pick the 2018 winners!
Voting has now opened for the 2018 IFAP Impact Awards and YOU the public will be choosing the winners. Learn more on our IFAP Impact Award page and don't forget to vote! Online voting closes Sunday May 13.
Could the Box Office Success of "Black Panther" Claw Open the Door to More Indie Filmmakers of Color?
IFAP Founder Floyd Marshall and others
weigh in on the "Black Panther" phenomenon
“With a [worldwide] box office of $520 million and climbing, I think Black Panther will make Hollywood more comfortable giving directors of color larger budgets. Sad that they didn’t in the past, but it is what it is. With this movie breaking records with an all-Black cast, it lets Hollywood know that the African-American dollar is a force.
This will give more people of color broader opportunities and negotiating power when looking to make a film. It will open the door for more independent filmmakers of color on the cusp, because studios will want to be the one to find the next Coogler.”
"Black Panther" has
IFAP Strategic Planner Kia Jones...
"I would hope that Coogler’s efforts are not just pushed under the rug but actually get Hollywood’s attention.
I also hope that this movie has inspired minority filmmakers to continue doing what they do, making great films, staying knowledgeable in their craft, and never giving up."
...Tinsel & Tine Film Blog Editor Le Anne Lindsay
"Yes, I believe it will [open doors to more indie filmmakers]. However, I don't just think it's the success of "Black Panther."
I think "Black Panther" is partly successful because it's a part of the zeitgeist of the moment -- a moment that's been building for years, but particularly since the #OscarsSoWhite backlash."
From Indie Film Fests to Studio Blockbuster
Director Ryan Coogler started as an independent filmmaker and directed the critically acclaimed "Fruitvale Station."
The film won the US Dramatic Grand Jury and Audience prizes at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Watch Coogler's 2013 acceptance speech via Raw Showbiz.com and watch the trailer (left).
TV station hosts a sold out event
The 2018 Women in Media (WIM) New Year Mixer drew a full house Tuesday, Jan. 23 at NBC10/Telemundo62 studios in Bala Cynwyd, PA.
Featured speakers included: NBC10 Meteorologist Brittney Shipp (pictured above), NBC10 News Reporter Aundrea Cline-Thomas, Fox29 Entertainment Reporter Mina "SayWhat" Liona, and KYW News' Rebekah "Bex On Air" Maroun.
NBC10 and Telemundo62 Vice President of News Anzio Williams also stopped by to greet attendees, who packed an event that was sold out well in advance.
Women in Media (WIM) exists to support female media professionals as well as women seeking a media career. It was founded in 2013 to foster positive images of women in film, TV and other media. Visit the WIM website to learn more.
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