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Ocktober Film Festival
Thursday, October 1 - Sunday, October 4
Poet’s Den Theater and Gallery
309 East 108 Street, New York, New York 10029
Phone: 888-875-7771
This year, the festival will be expanding its efforts to include more distribution opportunities for all of selected films. Educational workshops in acting, writing, filmmaking, producing, distribution and financing will be available to the public, some offered free of charge and even include cash prizes. The Actor's Contest will take place at the Ocktober Film Festival on October 4 at 14:30. A Red Carpet Opening Night takes place on September 30. A Film Business and Distribution Panel will be conducted at 19:00, October 2 following earlier screenings. On October 4, an Actors Circle Breakfast, starts the morning activities and is a free event.
Edmonton International Film Festival
Thursday, October 1 - Saturday, October 10
Landmark City Centre 9
10200 102 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4B7
Phone: 780-423-0844; 780-421-7018
EIFF will kick-off with Director Deepa Mehta’s thriller, BEEBA BOYS.  An After Party at Hawelli Restaurant follows. Aside from GALA After-parties, EIFF has teamed up with Fionn MacCool’s and Zenari’s to schedule casual, informal, gatherings during the fest with cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The Closing Night Gala screening is, Ron Chapman’s THE POET OF HAVANA, followed by an After Party at The Club in Citadel Theatre. Just a couple hours drive from the Rocky Mountains, Edmonton is the heart of the Canadian Prairies, the northernmost big city on the North America continent, and with a population of more than one million people. The annual festival delivers a selection of new indie filmmaking from around the globe. The scheduling includes 55 feature-length slots, and 100+ short films programmed into feature-length packages. All films screened at EIFF must be Edmonton premieres.
20th Busan International Film Festival
Thursday, October 1 - Saturday, October 10
MEGABOX Haeundae (other venues)
U-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
Phone: 051-709-2264; +82 51-740-0800
This  year the Festival organizers have identified certain areas of focus woven into the festival programming: Hand Printing, Master Class, Open Talk, Meet the Guest: Talk to Talk, Audience Meet-And-Greet, Cinema Together. The Keynote Speaker at this year’s BIFF Conference is Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of he Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hou Hsiao-hsien’s THE ASSASSIN (2015) is programmed as the opening Gala Presentation of the Busan International Film Festival. It was a highly anticipated film after an 8 year production wait. Hsiao-hsien’s film is meant to show a new aesthetic that breaks the frame of the typical martial arts films. The Festival’s, A Window on Asian Cinema, presents 52 films from 32 Asian countries. Several of Asia’s top directors will visit Busan with their most recent films. Also, BIFF’s ‘Asian Cinema 100’ is a focused program that conveys the history and aesthetics of Asian films and shows Asian cinematographic history in a new light.
Rick Baitz Composing for the Screen Workshop
Thursday, October 1 - Thursday, October 22
BMI Media Room, 7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007
Phone: 646-526-8250
Sponsored by BMI and directed by composer Rick Baitz, this New York City-based program have selected a small number of emerging film composers and is providing a series of workshops, followed by year-round continued consultation and development. The workshops is open only to accepted applicants. Rick Baitz is Faculty Chair of the MFA in Music Composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Six sessions on consecutive Thursdays are to be held at the BMI Media Room, 7 World Trade Center, except for Session 5, the final recording session at a location TBA.
Friday Night Social
Friday, October 2, 18:30-21:30
Rock & Reilly’s Barrel Room
8913 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90069
Phone: 310-360-1400
Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another but has evolved since then. Please register the day before the event to secure admission. This month’s Friday Night Social is a free admission event hosted by Jennifer Grisanti and ScriptWiters Network. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another, combining people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry. Jen Grisanti is a Story Consultant, Independent Producer, Writing Instructor for NBC's Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the upcoming book, "Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story.” Complimentary finger food and/or Nachos will be provided at the event. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry.
OrlandoiX 2015
Friday, October 2 - Tuesday, October 6
Orange County Convention Center (other venues)
9400 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819
Phone: 321-622-2900
OrlandoiX is a five-day series of conferences and exhibitions showcasing advancements in entertainment technology, interactive media, digital arts. Creative technologists from across the world are expected to attend events hosted in Downtown Orlando and the I-Drive convention district. At the convention’s Gaming Experience, the expo floor is set up for live demos by indie game studios and developers. Play and watch live gaming tournaments, hear from industry experts on top trends, tools and strategies in gaming from mobile to console to virtual augmented reality. The festival’s final two days combines a showcase of featured keynotes, trend and growth strategy discussions, and networking opportunities. Featuring the world’s foremost thought-leaders in technology, the OiX Digital Expo gathers names from the most recognized global brands including the NFL, The Coca-Cola Company, Maker Studios and Dell. The latest in digital entertainment advancements are showcased, pitched and demonstrated at the OrlandoiX Startup Summit.  The experience also includes a pitch component in which startups stand before a panel of investors in hopes of securing venture capital.
PLASA London
Sunday, October 4 - Tuesday, October 6
ExCeL London
One Western Gateway Victoria Dock Road, London, E16 1XL, UK
Phone: +44 (0) 20 3818 7650/7640
PLASA London is an international trade show for the event, entertainment and installation technology industries. PLASA has been involved in supporting R+D and the development and promotion of the professional entertainment technology industry for over 35 years. There will be six Focused Hubs open to audience participation: Audio Streaming - covering live sound training and theory, manufacturer-led panel sessions discussing current technical issues; Lighting - a look at conventional light sources to LED, architectural lighting and lighting design; Broadcasting - an in-depth look at sound techniques within the broadcast environment, training sessions on studio lighting; AV- projection mapping case studies and workshops, a look at 4K video content, processing and display; Staging - set-design, looking at the future of stage technology, as well as a range of general topics covering sustainability, legislation and health and safety issues; Rigging - key topics of interest to riggers, rigging companies, venue management, beginning with a keynote talk by Hedwig de Meyer, StageCo’s founder and president.
Urbanism Filmmaking Challenge
Sunday, October 4 - Sunday, October 11
ACME Theater
135 N La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90036
Phone: 626-888-2151
Started in 2013, the New Urbanism Film Festival celebrates urban planning of Los Angeles from the pedestrian perspective. Screening and awards are on October 11. Participants will be paired with a local urbanist who is an expert on a key aspect of Los Angeles’ development. They will work together to create a 2-5 minute documentary about their project.A Networking event is set on October 4. Films must be uploaded by October 10 at 23:00. Subject matter will present a 2-5 minute slide show about a project being worked on, recently completed, or an area of development to which to provide expertise and insight toward. The slides will be presented to an audience of filmmakers searching for the right projects that can be converted into a filmmaking project. The top ten films will be screened Sunday October 11 at 20:00 and awards will be given out immediately following the screening. All films that are made as part of this contest will be hosted on the New Urbanism Film Festival website and/or youtube channel. The New Urbanism Film Festival will also retain rights to screen the films at future NUFF events.
Matsumoto's 2nd Street Jazz Showcase
Monday, October 5, 21:00
Matsumoto's 2nd Street Jazz
366 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
Phone: 310-849-5938; 213-680-0047
From the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, the weekly event showcase here presents Jazz, Blues, Hip Hop, Rock n' Roll, Soul and R & B artists and open mic opportunities. The doors open at 19:30 nightly and live entertainment starts at 9 or 10 pm. In addition to its original purpose as a jazz club for which it was begun circa 2005 by one time trumpet player and entrepreneur Kohei Matsumoto, 2nd Street Jazz explores music which ranges from rock to electronic to hip-hop and of course, jazz. Monday nights is a NYC styled jazz jam for any musicians with instruments invited up to the stage to play. Hip Hop and MC beat battles happen on Thursdays. The club features a full bar and late night food.
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THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase
Tuesday, October 6, 19:00
The Heavenly Social
Five Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7751 2900
FRUKT, along with partners BMI and DIY Magazine, present THE FIX, a live showcase of new music which takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Live acts featured for this night include: BRDEN, Norma Jean Martine, Prince Vaseline and FRUKT DJs. During the daytime, FRUKT works with brands like Coca Cola, Nokia, Diesel, O2, Kronenbourg, Southern Comfort and Starwood Hotels, helping them solve problems and build meaningful relationships through music and entertainment. Doors open at 19:00. This event is free. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands.
CMA Conference
Wednesday, October 7 - Friday, October 9
One:TwentyOne Community Church
840 Mustang Drive, Grapevine, Texas 76051
Phone: 540-829-8101
The CMA started in 1992 with a vision to help Churches and Christians use media effectively. Since 2003 they have been holding media conferences across the US – teaching and networking Christians in Media (Jacksonville FL, Springfield MO, Washington DC, Arlington, TX) to name a few. They also expanded the focus to help all Christians in Media – with a new website address “christianmedia.org” and a new name “Christian Media Association®”. At noon of October 8, an Inspirational Lunch with Keynote Lance Wallnau is presented by the DFW United Pastors Network, speaking on “Taking the Media Mountain."
BFI London Film Festival 2015
Wednesday, October 7 - Sunday, October 18
BFI Southbank (other venues)
South Bank, London SE1 8XT, United Kingdom
Phone: 020 7928 3232; 0330 333 7878; 020 7871 3515
The BFI London Film Festival is a public film event, screening more than 300 features, documentaries and shorts from almost 50 countries. It also provides an extensive program of industry events, public forums, education events, lectures, masterclasses and Q&As with film-makers and film talent. The Opening Night Gala is Sarah Gavin’s SUFFRAGETTE, that traces the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement. The Closing Night Gala is Danny Boyle’s STEVE JOBS, starring Michael Fassbender in the lead role of the Aaron Sorkin screenplay. LFF Connects will be the start of a new series exploring how feature film engages with the other creative disciplines of Television, Art, Music, Games and Creative Technologies. Musician and presenter Jarvis Cocker will this year host the annual BFI Awards Ceremony on October 17 at Banqueting House. The BFI Fellowship awarded each year at the awards ceremony will be presented to Cate Blanchett.
Hamptons International Film Festival 2015
Thursday, October 8 - Monday, October 12
Sag Harbor Cinema (other venues)
90 Main Street, Sag Harbor, New York 11963
Phone: 212-279-4200; 631-725-0010
The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate Independent film — long, short, fiction and documentary — and to introduce a varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to gathered audiences. This year, HIFF’s Spotlight Films include the North American Premiere of A ROYAL NIGHT OUT, the US Premieres of I SAW THE LIGHT, THE LADY IN THE VAN, LOUDER THAN BOMBS, the East Coast Premieres of ANOMALISA AND MACBETH, and a Sneak Preview of BORN TO BE BLUE. The Spotlight Films will also feature SUFFRAGETTE, WHEN I LIVE MY LIFE OVER AGAIN, BROOKLYN, EXPERIMENTER, MEADOWLAND, and WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, directed by Michael Moore, who will attend the screening along with taking part in "A Conversation With…" on October 11 at Bay Street Theater. The Festival’s closing night film is three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg’s BRIDGE OF SPIES, a dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events starring two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks.
FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival
Friday, October 9 - Sunday, October 11
The Wyndham Orlando Resort
8001 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819
Phone: 407-351-2420
The festival is a showcase of some of up and coming horror filmmakers in the world. Filmmakers compete for the “FREAKY” Award for outstanding achievement in nine different categories which include: Jury Award, Best Feature, Best Short, Best Florida Feature, Best Florida Short, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, and Best Special FX Makeup. The Friday Night Opening Party is open to film fans and film industry pros. The Midnight FREAK OUT has been a festival tradition since 2009, and a fan favorite with giveaways, special screenings, special guests, sneak peeks, etc. which is in addition to the regular screening films. Screening films in 2015 include the following: 1. Knock – Short; 2 The Peripheral – Short; 3. Model Hunger – Feature. The FREAKY’S is the awards gala at the end of the festival to honor independent horror’s best with the “FREAKY AWARD“. Awards are given out in 8 different categories including categories for local Florida Filmmakers. This event is open to the public – No Tickets or Passes are necessary to attend.
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, October 10, 15:00-18:00
The Iguana
240 West 54 Street, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-874-7956; 212-765-5454
Singers search and open mic held every Monday night at "THE IGUANA" right around the corner from the David Letterman show. Talented newcomers and experienced singers are all welcome. Just come in, sign up and sing. A Pianist is resident or bring your background tracks or CDs. The pianist transposes instantly in any key for you. Open to the public, all ages and all styles are welcome. Produced by the long-running showbiz team of Billy Shepard and Judi Jourdan who also produce their own television show "How to Succeed in Show Business By Really Trying", shown on Time Warner Cable. There is no admission or cover charge for performer and guests, but there is a food/beverage minimum per person.
The National Media Market
October 10 - October 15
Albuquerque, New Mexico
This is a conference for educational media acquisitions and technology. The National Media Market will feature K-6, 7-12, and Collegiate Screening Rooms for new films, curriculum, tools, and educational resources. Attending buyers can benefit from: focused previewing time to select quality programs for diverse collections, access to the recently launched online preview portal hosting hundreds of 15-minute clips from NMM exhibitors in one easy location, individual meetings with experienced company representatives, daily professional development sessions, ongoing discussions regarding licensing models and copyright issues, networking receptions with peers from across the United States and Canada, special market discounts and pricing to cover most of the cost of attendance
TV Xperience World
Tuesday, October 13 - Wednesday, October 14
Convene Center
730 3rd Aveenue, New York, New York 10017
Phone: +44(0)20-7017-5506
Through a dynamic mix of in-depth interviews, practical case studies and panel debates TVXperience will bring together industry leaders from the entire broadcast ecosystem to talk about the changes that are revolutionizing the way viewers consume media and how digital technologies and the changing consumer are transforming the way businesses operate and innovate. TV: Xperience looks at how multiscreen is fundamentally influencing the evolution of the user experience, and changing the central business models around the connected tv eco-system. This is a central issue for telcos, cablecos, broadcasters and content producers looking to monetize the second screen experience. Speakers include Even Silverman, Digital Media A+E Networks; Christy Tanner, CBS Interactive; Yaser Bishr, Al Jazeera, Colin Decker, Discovery Digital Networks; Adam J. Lowy, DISH.
Digital Media Pipeline Symposium
Wednesday, October 14, 09:00-16:00
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90049
Phone: 818-385-1500
EMA’s Digital Media Pipeline conference focuses on the business-to-business opportunities in the delivery of digital entertainment. Conference sessions focus on the latest device and delivery technologies, digital and traditional retailing’s digital partnerships. It explores new and existing business models and current developments of digital delivery from content providers. At this one day symposium, session topics include: Discussion of Windows, Paid Video on Demand, Ad-Supported Video on Demand, Digital Supply Chain. The day closes with an open networking session. The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) is a not-for-profit international trade association dedicated to advancing the interests of the $35 billion home entertainment industry. EMA-member companies operate approximately 35,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and 45,000 around the world that sell and/or rent DVDs, computer and console video games and digitally distributed versions of these products.
The Hollywood Chamber's TEAM HOLLYWOOD Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 14, 12:00-14:00
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
7018 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311; Fax: 323-469-2805
The Hollywood Chamber invites members to attend the TEAM HOLLYWOOD Committee. TEAM HOLLYWOOD promotes the Hollywood brand with the intention of preserving Hollywood’s homegrown entertainment industries, particularly film, broadcasting, commercials, television and performing. Furthermore, the Hollywood Chamber Committee strives to embrace new and emerging media with an eye to uphold Hollywood’s status as the entertainment capital of the world. TEAM HOLLYWOOD  is co-chaired by Chamber members Susan Cabral-Ebert of IATSE Local 706 and Maricela Gomez of Paramount Pictures, and meets quarterly. Event is sponsored by Advanced Digital Service and catered by Fat Sal's. Must RSVP to attend.
Tech 101: Tips & Simple Solutions for Your Social Media Success
Friday, October 16, 20:30-22:30
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
7018 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311; Fax: 323-469-2805
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Constant Contact and Microsoft/UGM Enterprises invites members and local businesses to the Tech101 Educational Series followed by a roundtable to troubleshoot specific issues. Participants will learn how to use technology to organize, share, access and capture the info that forms profile data. Participants will get tips and best practices on using Yelp, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and more on using the technology to promote themselves and driving more business. This is a complimentary event with only 40 seats available. RSVP is essential at: business.hollywoodchamber.net/events/register/93
MIA Animation Conference and Festival
October 16 - October 17
Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
300 NE Second Avenue, Miami, Florida 33132
Phone: 305-521-3429
MIA ANIMATION  is an industry conference (and combined festival) that focuses on Computer Animation, Gaming, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Film, Web Design and Visual Arts. Worked into the program agenda is time set aside for active networking and access for information retrieval, placing an emphasis on learning, along with the development and nurturing of new talent. Master Classes that will be conducted include: Intro to After Effects, After Effects Code for the Motion Designer, Leveling Up: Conquering Legal Issues for Animators and Game Designers, MAXOM Workshop, Harmony with David Costa, Life Drawing Master Class, Frank Gladstone, the current president of ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest organization of animation professionals in the world, is the 2015 conference Keynote Speaker. Portfolio reviews will be conducted from October 16-17 at the festival site by representatives of several well known media operations. A Job Fair Sign Up form can be found at this link.
NYC Television Week
Tuesday, October 20 - Thursday, October 22
Waldorf Astoria (other venues)
301 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10022
Phone: 212-378-0400
Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News, Next TV, and Ratings Intelligence present the third annual NYC Television Week will be co-located with the second annual Content Show, as well as best-of-industry conferences such as Advanced Advertising, Next TV Summit, and the Thirteenth Annual Hispanic Television Summit. NYC Television Week offers education, information, and networking for leaders in broadcast, cable, advertising, and technology companies serving the industry. Programming is structured to review the rapid evolution of television in all of its many facets. Programming is broken down into special focus areas. Advanced Advertising returns to NYC Television Week with an in-depth look and implementation strategies for the latest digital advertising technologies, programmatic TV, metrics, and addressability.The 25th Anniversary Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, honors the pioneers, innovators and stars of the electronic arts. This black-tie affair offers a night of celebration and honors new inductees.
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, October 22, 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.
28th Tokyo International Film Festival
Thursday, October 22 - Saturday, October 31
National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art (other venues)
3-7-6 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0031, Japan
Phone: 0570-009-300; 0570-006-506; 03-5405-8686
This year marks the 28th edition of Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), a festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).* TIFF started in 1985 as Japan's first major film festival. Over the nine days of the festival, films from a variety of genres will be shown in several sections. TIFF’s programming has varied events, including TIFFCOM, seminars for students, professionals and business people, and symposiums and workshops. TIFF also holds interactive discussion programs and business networking opportunities. As a part of "Japan Content Showcase 2015" TIFFCOM, the multi-content market, happens from October 20-22. The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will continue to focus on Japanese animation, presenting a special program of “Mobile Suit Gundam”, an iconic work of robot animation. This will be the first-ever major screening occasion to showcase the Gundam franchise as well as the first time in TIFF history that the festival will present special screenings of animated works specific to a single series. Directors Shuji Terayama and Orson Welles will be the focus of retrospective screenings on “Geniuses East and West” at the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival.
VIENNALE — Vienna International Film Festival
October 22 - November 5
Viennale Festival Center (other venues)
1010 Vienna, Dominikanerbastei 12, U1, U4 Schwedenplatz, Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43(0)1 526 5947
Every October, the Viennale takes place in cinemas in and around Vienna’s historic center, providing the festival with an international orientation. Every new festival season the Viennale creates a traditional festival trailer. This 2015 festival will be opened with a new film from American director Todd Haynes, CAROL. It had its premiere in Cannes. In its main program, the Viennale shows a carefully picked selection of new films from all over the globe as well as from Austria, and the festival gives particular attention to documentary films, international short films, as well as experimental works and crossover films. At the closing gala on November 5, the film ANOMALISA by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson is screened. An interesting aspect of the films is the unusual format of a stop-motion animation is uses. The conclusion of the festival sees the awarding of the FIPRESCI Prize of the International Film Critics’ Association and the Vienna Film Prize of the City of Vienna.
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, October 28, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007-0030
Phone: 212-220-3000
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.
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, October 29, 08:00-10:30
Beverly Hills Country Club
3084 Motor Avenue (at Manning), Los Angeles, California 90064
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. Parking is available, free of charge.





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