Friday, February 27, 2015

New Hampshire student filmmakers--Call For Entries: NH High School Short Film Festival & MONIFF Cave Light Scholarship Contest

NEW HAMPSHIRE HIGH SCHOOL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

REMINDER--The submission period for the 2015 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival is open!

Now in its eighth year, the Festival has become one of the marquee film festivals in the state, shining a spotlight on local filmmaking and rewarding future members of the industry for their craft.

CHANGE IN DEADLINE! Due to snow days and school closures this winter, the deadline has been pushed back to April 7, 2015.

Students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 at any of the state’s public or private high schools, as well as New Hampshire homeschooled students ages 14–18, may participate. Submissions do not have to have been created as part of a school project but cannot be longer than seven minutes, including titles and credits. They must have been produced after May 24, 2014, the date of last year’s Festival.

Each year, the Festival receives dozens of entries from student filmmakers across the state. A panel of judges made up of New Hampshire film industry professionals reviews all submissions and selects those that will be screened. Originality, cinematic storytelling and technical execution are key scoring categories. Top films will be shown at the Festival, which takes place at Red River Theatres in Concord on May 23, 2015, beginning at noon.

Festival awards include Jury Award Winner for Best Film, Jury Award Runner-up, Jury Award Finalists and Public Service Announcement Award. Award-winning films will be screened at the New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth and the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival in Concord.

In addition to providing students with a public venue for showing their work, the Festival is also a great way for students to build their resumes and make their college applications stand out.

Rules and guidelines, film submission forms and other information about the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival can be found online at www.nhstudentfilm.com.

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[From the Monadnock International Film Festival:]

MONIFF CAVE LIGHT SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Cave Light Scholarship
$1000
This award is given to the best short film produced by a High School Student in the State of New Hampshire, and is made possible by Filmmaker and Writer Toni Nagy. To enter the competition, contact: monadnockiff@gmail.com

Guidelines:
Only High School in the State of New Hampshire students may submit their work
This Scholarship is to be awarded to a Director, Writer, Producer, or to the Film itself
Film must be under 5:01 minutes in length
Film must have been produced in the past four years
Any theme or topic is acceptable
All submissions are DUE BY APRIL 1st

Work will be judged based primarily on quality of story, but overall production, use of lighting and audio, editing techniques, composition of shot, directing skills, and performances will be factored in. In addition to the $1000 cash prize, the film will be screened in the Local Look Shorts Program at MONIFF, be viewable on the festival website, and be shared on festival social media pages.

How to Submit: Email in a secure private youtube or vimeo link to monadnockiff@gmail.com, subject line "CLS SUBMISSION: film title"

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Hampshire's Mark Constance and team wins DGA Award for "Olive Kitteridge"


[Congratulations to New Hampshire's Mark Constance and the director's team from "Olive Kitteridge" on their DGA Award! Mark sent along this update:]
Mark and Bethany Constance had a successful journey to the Director’s Guild Award Ceremony in Los Angeles on February 7, 2015 as the Mini-Series “Olive Kitteridge” was awarded the DGA Award for it’s Director and her directing team. This was the third time Constance had been part of the nominated Director’s team and he was happy to finally receive the award: “It’s definitely vindication for many years of hard work. We’ve come up short a couple of times but I’m forever grateful to have worked with three incredible directors in Lisa Cholodenko, Spike Jonze and Paul Greengrass and to be part of these three projects over my career. Although I’ve worked in this business for many years it’s pretty surreal to be standing on the stage looking out at the audience and see Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Richard Linklater, Barbara Streisand, Bradley Cooper, Wes Anderson, Bill Murray and many others clapping and looking back up at you. This is a huge event for members of the DGA as it’s voted on by all your peers; the directors, assistant directors and production managers in our Guild. We were presented our award by Katey Sagal and Bethany and I are huge fans of Sons Of Anarchy so that was the cherry on top for us!!!”

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Legislative Update: New Hampshire Film & Television Office following HB655, hearing scheduled 2/19

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: The New Hampshire Film & Television Office is currently following a bill that has been introduced in the New Hampshire House of Representatives--HB655, establishing a credit against business profits taxes for motion picture production expenditures in New Hampshire. The legislation has been introduced by Rep. Eric Eastman of Nashua. A hearing on the bill has been scheduled for Thursday, February 19 at 10:30 a.m. with the House Ways and Means Committee. The Film & Television Office has made itself available to answer questions and provide information as requested during this process. Full text of the bill can be found at: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2015/HB0655.html. The New Hampshire Production Coalition has been working with Rep. Eastman and is available for further information. Inquiries can be made to NHPC President Tim Egan at timothytegan@gmail.com.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

No February New Hampshire Film Office Discussion Event--next one set for March 16

Due to a scheduling conflict on our end, we will not be hosting a New Hampshire Film Office discussion event at New England College, Concord this month. Please join us for our next event set for Monday, March 16 at 6 p.m.

http://www.nh.gov/film/roundtables.htm

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Hampshire Dept. of Transportation, Institute of Art team up for Aviation Exhibit at State Library

[Here's a really neat photography exhibit on display now at the New Hampshire State Library!]

NH DOT, Institute of Art team up for Aviation Exhibit at State Library

“A Focus on New Hampshire Aviation: A Photography Project” will be on exhibit at the N.H. State Library in Concord from Feb. 2-25, 2015.

A partnership of the N.H. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics, the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Institute of Art, the exhibit focuses on general aviation and includes images of aircraft, airports and people involved in the state’s aviation industry. Photography for the exhibit was created by current and past students of the New Hampshire Institute for Art, led by Professor Gary Samson.

New Hampshire’s airports range from grass strips to 11,000 foot runways and serve everything from homebuilt helicopters to Boeing 737s. Aviation in New Hampshire provides more than 9,000 jobs and strengthens the State’s economy by more than $1.1 billion.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The N.H. State Library is open weekdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For more information about “A Focus on New Hampshire Aviation: A Photography Project,” visit the N.H. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics, website, nh.gov/dot/org/aerorailtransit/aeronautics/index.htm.

Monday, February 2, 2015

New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival now accepting entries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2, 2015

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
603-271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHCulture

NH High School Short Film Festival now accepting entries

The N.H. Film and Television Office is now accepting submissions for the 2015 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival.

Now in its eighth year, the Festival has become one of the marquee film festivals in the state, shining a spotlight on local filmmaking and rewarding future members of the industry for their craft.

All films and supporting materials must be submitted electronically or arrive at the N.H. Film and Television Office at 19 Pillsbury Street in Concord by 4 p.m. on March 31, 2015. Mailed submissions must be postmarked by March 31. There is no entry fee.

Students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 at any of the state’s public or private high schools, as well as New Hampshire homeschooled students ages 14–18, may participate. Submissions do not have to have been created as part of a school project but cannot be longer than seven minutes, including titles and credits. They must have been produced after May 24, 2014, the date of last year’s Festival.

Each year, the Festival receives dozens of entries from student filmmakers across the state. A panel of judges made up of New Hampshire film industry professionals reviews all submissions and selects those that will be screened. Originality, cinematic storytelling and technical execution are key scoring categories. Top films will be shown at the Festival, which takes place at Red River Theatres in Concord on May 23, 2015, beginning at noon.

Festival awards include Jury Award Winner for Best Film, Jury Award Runner-up, Jury Award Finalists and Public Service Announcement Award. Award-winning films will be screened at the New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth and the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival in Concord.

In addition to providing students with a public venue for showing their work, the Festival is also a great way for students to build their resumes and make their college applications stand out.

Rules and guidelines, film submission forms and other information about the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival can be found online at www.nhstudentfilm.com.

The New Hampshire Film and Television Office, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, works to expand business activity and employment throughout the state by acting as a liaison between the film industry and an established network of government agencies, the state’s film industry workforce, and local property owners. The office is responsible for location assistance, public relations and general production support in an effort to broaden the cultural and economic impact of film and television production in the state. For more information about film and television production in New Hampshire, call 603-271-2220 or visit www.nh.gov/film.

Friday, January 30, 2015

DRED Releases Marketing and Advertising Agency Services RFP

DRED Releases Marketing and Advertising Agency Services RFP

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) is announcing the procurement process is underway for marketing and advertising services to assist the Department in achieving its mission, vision and goals. The Department’s current contract with the Agency of Record expires on June 30, 2015. In accordance with New Hampshire RSA 21-I:II, I (a)(2) the state is required to seek competitive bids as part of the procurement process.

The full RFP can be found at www.visitnh.gov/rfp.aspx

ABOUT THE DIVISION OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
The Division of Travel and Tourism Development, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, works with the state’s seven travel regions to increase visitation, travel and visitor expenditures in order to expand business activity and employment throughout the state. The division is responsible for domestic and international advertising and public relations, literature publication and distribution, www.visitnh.gov administration, grant administration and research to monitor and measure the impact of travel and tourism to the state. For more information about New Hampshire tourism, call 603-271-2665 or visit www.visitnh.gov.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Hampshire's Mark Constance on DGA Award-nominated directing team for OLIVE KITTERIDGE

[Congrats to New Hampshire's Mark Constance on his third DGA director's team nomination!]

Mark and Bethany Constance will be flying to Los Angeles to attend the Director’s Guild of America awards on February 7, 2015. Constance was the Key 2nd Assistant Director on the film "Olive Kitteridge" which is nominated for Best Director (Lisa Cholodenko) in a Mini-Series by the DGA. The HBO project stars Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins and Bill Murray and was shot entirely on the North Shore of Massachusetts. This is the 2nd year in a row that Mark Constance has been part of a DGA Awards nominated director’s team. In 2014 he was the Key 2nd AD on the feature film "Captain Phillips" which was directed by Paul Greengrass. Constance was also nominated with the directors team for the DGA Award in 2000 with Director Spike Jonze for "Being John Malkovich"

Friday, January 9, 2015

Call For Entries: NATAS-Boston/New England Student Awards

Attention high school/college video production students and media arts educators!

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England Chapter has opened its call for entries for the 2015 Student Awards for Excellence. Nominees would be invited to the regional Emmy® Awards in May. Deadline is Feb. 13. Further information can be found in the links below:

http://newenglandemmy.org/files/2012/11/2015-High-School-Awards-CFE.pdf

http://newenglandemmy.org/files/2012/11/2015-College-Awards-CFE.pdf

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Hampshire documentary filmmakers producing FOOD FIGHT - INSIDE THE BATTLE FOR MARKET BASKET

[From JBC Film Group and CrossCurrent Communications:]

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2015
 
Media Contact  
Melissa Paly
603-502-0798
 
Documentary filmmakers producing 
FOOD FIGHT – Inside the Battle for Market Basket
 
Portsmouth, NH – While much of New England watched the revolt at Market Basket play out in headlines and on newscasts through the summer of 2014, Jay Childs had a unique view of the drama. The Portsmouth NH-based documentary filmmaker spent the summer behind the lens of his camera, following the twists and turns, the hope and frustration, the anger and passion of thousands of workers and customers who rallied to bring back Arthur T. Demoulas, the ousted CEO of the successful supermarket chain. Childs, of JBC Film Group, together with producing partner CrossCurrent Communications, is now turning all that emotion and footage into a documentary film called FOOD FIGHT – Inside the Battle for Market Basket.
 
"I just sensed this could become a big story", says Jay Childs of the summer's events. "I had been paying attention to what was going on at Market Basket and cultivating sources since the fall of 2013 when heightened tensions within the company first became public, so when Athur T. and then the senior managers were fired in June, I decided I was all in on following the story. " Childs was at every news event, rally and encampment throughout the summer, estimating that he shot 38 of the 49 days of the rebellion. "The workers took to calling me 'the guy that just kept showing up'".
 
"It sure wasn’t an 8 to 5 job", says Childs of his summer gig. When the Market Basket board accepted Arthur T.'s buyout offer, Jay was on location in Tewksbury at 2am to capture the pent-up excitement of warehouse workers and truckers arriving and eager to get back to work. And the shooting continues – he has been following the build-out and opening of new stores in Revere, Waltham and soon Athol, and traveled with a group of Market Basket executives to Washington DC to film Thomas Perez, US Secretary of Labor, giving a talk at the National Press Club about lessons learned for labor and business. To get a broader perspective on the unusual alliance between executives, workers and customers, Childs is interviewing a range of academics, political figures and journalists.
 
FOOD FIGHT is a co-production of JBC Film Group and CrossCurrent Communications, a Portsmouth-based media production, public relations and communications strategy company. Producer Melissa Paly says 'CrossCurrent Communications is excited to be working with Jay to tell the Market Basket story – it's obviously a big story locally and regionally, but what it says about the relationships between businesses, employees, customers and communities reaches all across the country." The project's fiscal sponsor is the Center for Independent Documentary, a non-profit organization that has collaborated with filmmakers to produce hundreds of films about compelling cultural and social issues since 1981. 
 
Jay Childs, Melissa Paly and their team are excited to finish the shooting and dig into the editing phase of the documentary. To carry the project through the next few months, they have launched a Kickstarter campaign that closes on January 11, and have already raised support from more than 400 people who are as riveted by the Market Basket story as they are. 
 
To make a tax-deductible contribution to FOOD FIGHT, visit www.kickstarter.com and search for FOOD FIGHT. To learn more about the project, visit www.foodfightfilm.com.