Chicago International Film Festival (#ChiFilmFest)
Thursday, October 13 - Monday, October 17
AMC River East 21 (other venues)
322 E Illinois Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-683-0121; Fax: 312-683-0122
The festival will be comprised of networking events, master classes, panel discussions, workshops, parties, and an invite-only competitive pitch session juried by a panel of industry professionals. Pitch Day on October 23 is presented in conjunction with IFP Chicago. 'La La Land' is the October 13 Opening Night film of #ChiFilmFest. There are various event categories that define this year’s festival, and they include: International Feature Competition, Spotlight Musicals, Special Presentations, New Directors, U.S. Indies, World Cinema, Documentaries, After Dark, Shorts, Tributes, Black Perspectives, Cinema of the Americas, City and State, Outlook, Industry Days. Industry Days will be the Festival’s hub for participants to connect, share ideas and get inspired.
OrlandoiX 2016 (#OrlandoiX16)
Friday, October 14 - Sunday, October 16
Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819
OrlandoiX is an interactive festival that showcases advancements in entertainment technology, interactive media, and digital arts. OrlandoiX features Industry Keynotes, Speaker Sessions, Interactive Exhibits, Game Developers Conference, Startup Series, Demo Zones, Gaming Tournaments, Networking Opportunities, and Entertainment. There is an opening party that will be held at Wall Street Plaza, Downtown Orlando, and is free to the public with an RSVP made at the Facebook page (see below). At the planned OrlandoiX Digital Conference segment, Shaun McCabe, Production Director at Insomniac Games, delivers the Opening Keynote. The expo floor will include interactive experience from a diverse cross-section of the tech community; including health tech, AR/VR, simulations and training, web technologies, gaming, interactive media, and more. Closing Keynote, Predicting 2020, will be delivered by Eric Romo, Co-founder and CEO, AltspaceVR followed by networking and cocktails.
Virtual Reality 20/20
Monday, October 17, 09:00 - 18:30
242 West 41 Street, New York, New York 10036
During NYC Television and Video Week, VR/AR media executives, technology pioneers, investors and creative minds will converge for Virtual Reality 20/20, to share latest trends within the VR industry. Virtual Reality 20/20 will shed insight into emerging trends in hardware, content development, distribution and retail. In attendance is expected to be potential funding, content and distribution partners. On display will be many different types of VR/AR devices and content with hands-on demonstrations. Anyone can participate in interactive discussions around ways to monetize VR/AR content and learn best practices for VR filming techniques that can uncover ways that VR/AR is on the verge of disrupting media technology models. The Opening Keynote - The Future Has Arrived - will be delivered by Nick DiCarlo, zVP, Immersive Products and Virtual Reality, Samsung Electronics America.
Production Music Conference (#PMC2016)
Monday, October 17 - Tuesday, October 18
Le Meridien Delfina
550 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90405
Phone: 310-913-2289; 310-399-9344
The PMA’s Production Music Conference is set to open for their third year — another two-day event. Golden Globe, Grammy and BAFTA nominated composer Harry Gregson-Williams opens PMC as the keynote speaker. In addition to playing clips from some of his films, including The Martian and the Shrek franchise, Gregson-Williams will discuss the creative process. PMA is a member-supported, volunteer organization comprising approximately 660 member libraries, from major label publishers and national independents and start-ups. The music industry event will host a day of panels, learning, and networking. The PMC mission is to provide valuable information and share best practices in a positive and inspired forum to attendees involved in all aspects of production music. The 501(c)6 nonprofit organization was established to promote and protect the rights of production music libraries and production music composers.
NYC Television and Video Week (#NYCTVWK)
Monday, October 17 - Thursday, October 20
The Waldorf Astoria (other venues)
301 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10022
The fourth annual NYC Television and Video Week, presented by Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and Next TV will use four days to present an array of trends and topics at the forefront of today’s television business. The convention will be broken up into five segments — some happening on overlapping days. With the 26th annual Hall of Fame ceremony and the new VR 20/20 virtual reality summit, as well as conferences such as Advanced Advertising, Next TV Summit, and the Hispanic Television Summit, NYC Television and Video Week brings education, information, and networking events for professionals in broadcast, cable, OTT, advertising, and technology companies serving the industry. NewBay Media is the owner and organizer of #NYCTVWK.
Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame
Tuesday, October 18, 18:30
The Waldorf Astoria
301 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10022
Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame is celebrating its 26th anniversary in 2016. A Chairman’s Award will be given to Robert K. Kraft, The Kraft Group. Hall of Fame inductions will be made to: Monica Gadsby, Latin America, Publicis One; Peter Liguori, Tribune Media Company; Inside the NBA, Turner Network Television; Deborah Norville, Inside Edition CBS Television Distribution; Mark Pedowitz, the CW Television Network; Michael Powell, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA); Kevin Reilly, Turner Entertainment; Stuart Sucherman, Sucherman Group; Jay Sures, United Talent Agency; Keith Turner, Univision Communications Inc.; Jeff Wachtel, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment/Universal Cable Productions & Wilshire Studios. Cocktails are served at 17:30. Formal dinner at 18:30. The affair will be hosted by Norah O’Donnell of 60 Minutes. Email: email@example.com
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, October 19, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
BMI 101 is a free one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to BMI101NY@bmi.com.
Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Next TV Summit (#NextTVSummit)
Wednesday, October 19
Grand Hyatt, New York
109 E 42nd Street, New York, New York 10017
Phone: 917-281-4782; 212-883-1234
A segment of the NYC TV and Video week, Next TV Summit and Expo is a future-focused conference, expo and networking event presented on both coasts annually, providing insights into the impact of new video devices, delivery systems and consumer expectations in the OTT (Over the Top) era. Topics covered at Next TV include: OTT Growth and Business Models, Transformative TV Technologies, Video Consumption Trends and Measurement, Talent and Content in the Digital Age, Valuation Drivers for Online and Offline Video Content Companies. Next TV will dive well into leading topics on the future of TV featuring guided and focused roundtable discussion sessions. Tables set up in the hotel ballroom are designated to have a themed discussion led by an industry figure, and every attendee will have a choice of which “Over the Top-ic” discussion to join. In addition to plenty of networking breaks to follow up with fellow attendees and explore the expo exhibition area, Next TV presents structured networking with targeted roundtable discussions on trending topics led by industry experts. These roundtables provide key introductions and deeper discussions around attendees’ areas of specialty and interest. Once registered, attendees may request their preferred tables.
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, October 20, 16:00-17:00
BMI Los Angeles Office
8730 Sunset Boulevard, 3rd Floor West, West Hollywood, California 90069
Phone: 310-289-6336; 310-659-9109 Ext. 6336
This is an introductory workshop for writers and publishers covering the history of performing rights, the origins of BMI and the current role BMI plays in the music industry. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP to: BMI101@bmi.com.
Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
SHOF and The Grammy Museum Present... The Art of Collaboration
Thursday, October 20, 19:30-21:00
Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater
The Songwriters Hall of Fame, in association with the GRAMMY Museum present... The Art of Collaboration: Songwriters and Music Publishers Making Music and History Together. Panelists include songwriters Dan Wilson, Bonnie McKee and Jack Antonoff, and publishers Kenny MacPherson, Scott Cutler and Jennifer Knoepfle. The event will be moderated by songwriter Ross Golan. There will be a door charge. For tickets, visit www.grammymuseum.org or tickets can be purchased at the GRAMMY Museum box office. All proceeds benefit The Songwriters Hall of Fame and the GRAMMY Museum’s educational programs.
NFMLA NewFilmmakers LA Screening Event
Saturday, October 22, 17:00
South Park Center
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 323-467-1001; 323-521-7385
This month's event will include three short film programs, including one InFocus: International Directors program, which spotlights emerging directing talent from around the globe. The theme of the evening is horror, scifi, and thriller films in celebration of Halloween. In between films, audiences can check out filmmaker Q&As; or meet and mingle with one another in the premium South Park Center lounge over cocktails in Downtown LA. There are pre-receptions and after-parties for each program. NewFilmmakers LA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world. NewFilmmakers Los Angeles is supported by Presenting Venue Sponsor AT&T Center, Presenting Media Sponsor LA Weekly, Producers Circle Sponsors SAG-AFTRA, Wells Fargo, and Directors Circle Sponsors Film LA and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
MIA Animation Conference and Conference
Saturday, October 22 - Sunday, October 23
Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus
300 NE Second Avenue, Miami, Florida 33132
MIA ANIMATION is a conference and festival focusing on computer animation, gaming, visual effects and motion graphics, film, web design and visual arts. This year’s conference Keynote Speaker is Aaron Parry, Chief Creative Officer and Executive Vice President, at Deluxe 3D, LLC, opening the conference on October 22. Other speakers on the schedule to give talks include: Sara Sherman, Executive Director, Casting at Walt Disney Co; Drew Tolman, Animation Associate Producer, 20th Century Fox; Elbert Perez, UX Prototyper for HTC Vive; Diliana Alexader, Executive Director at Film Gate and others. Master Class sessions at MIA/Animation will range from Cinema 4D, presented by MAXON to Z-Brush with Alexis Centeno, presented by SPINE. MIA is especially keen on discovering and nurturing new creativity. The conference and festival closes out with an awards ceremony and an After-Party following that.
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, October 27, 08:00-10:30
5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038
Phone: 323-465-9800; 310-854-1111
To attend the Hollywood Networking Breakfast(R), you should be directly involved in the entertainment industry, a group which usually includes writers, producers, directors, development / production execs, talent representatives, casting directors, entertainment attorneys, financiers, actors and others at various levels of experience and achievement. Check-in starts at 07:20. Everyone gets 15 seconds to introduce themselves to the room. The breakfast -- held on the last Thursday of every month -- begins at 08:00 and lasts until approximately 10:30. The breakfast may sometimes be held on a Saturday or another weekday. Parking is available, free of charge.