AFCI Taste of the World Locations Forum
Thursday, March 1, 14:30-19:30
W Hollywood Hotel
6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Industry professionals are encouraged to attend the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Taste of the World Locations Forum. A cornerstone event within AFCI Week, this event is free and open to all industry professionals by early registration. Over 50 film commission representatives from around the globe will be representing their jurisdictions, states and countries. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions about production incentives, shooting locations, local facilities, infrastructure, crew depth and more with the attending professionals. This is a unique networking opportunity for Independent Producers, Directors, Commercial Producers, Short Form Content/Digital Producers, Game Developers, Location Managers and others seeking up-to-date intelligence on the global industry while meeting face-to-face with local, interstate and international film office representatives. Some of the Commissioners on hand will also provide samplings of food and beverages from their territory. Founded in 1975, the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) is the official professional organization for film commissioners who assist film, television and video production throughout the world. AFCI Members are comprised of more than 300 film commissions in 45 countries on six continents; it is the leading resource on the planet for location shooting.
10th Annual Entertainment Finance Forum
Thursday, March 1 - Friday, March 2
W Hollywood Hotel
6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
The occasion will be used to celebrate the event right before the Oscars, done in conjunction with a partnership with the AFCI. At this collaborative event for strategic and creative minds, expect a bigger and a more global forum for 2018. In addition to keynotes, workshops and panel discussions, attendees will also have access to a more interactive networking experience with speakers and attendees. Business types that include investor, creator, producer, distributor, innovator, strategy executive or advisor in the entertainment industry should consider joining the platform to connect, evolve and thrive in a rapidly-changing market. Industry leaders will address investment, financing and growth strategies within the film, television, music and innovative sectors of entertainment and media, such as blockchain, mobile and voice-activated applications, virtual, augmented and mixed reality, digital distribution, gaming, international ventures and more.
Friday Night Social
Friday, March 2, 18:30-21:30
Double Take Restaurant and Lounge @ Palomar Hotel
10740 Wilshire Boulevard, #101, Los Angeles, California 90024
Phone: 310-475-8711; 800-472-8556
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 Final Draft. 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.” Situated in the midst of Wilshire Boulevard between Beverly Hills and UCLA, Double Take at Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills is a dining destination inspired by a Hollywood backlot. Free to attend. Pay for your own food, cocktails and parking. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry.
Invisible Art, Visible Artists Seminar - Presented by the American Cinematheque and the American
Saturday, March 3, 09:30
The Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the American Cinema Editors, this will be a conversation with this year’s Oscar-nominated editors to learn how they went from dailies to Oscar-nominated films. The nominees include Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos (Baby Driver), Lee Smith (Dunkirk), Tatiana S. Riegel (I, Tonya), Sidney Wolinsky (The Shape of Water), Jon Gregory (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). This is a free event. RSVP does not guarantee admission. Arrive early, as this event reaches capacity and priority entrance/seating is given to members of the American Cinema Editors Guild (ACE), Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG) and American Cinematheque. Members of these organizations must be in line when doors open to guarantee admission. The general public will be admitted on a first come, first served basis once members of the abovementioned organizations have been admitted.
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, March 3, 15:00-18:00
240 West 54 Street, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-874-7956; 212-765-5454
Singers search and open mic held every Saturday 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 90th Academy Awards - OSCARS
Sunday, March 4, 20:00 ET/17:00 PT
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-308-6300; 310-247-3000; Fax: 310-859-9619
The 90th Academy Awards will be televised live by the ABC Television Network (19:00 ET/16:00 PT). Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd are producers for this years show. The Oscars Pre-Show airs at 18:30 EST/15:30 PST to give fans a close-up of the red carpet activity. The 90-minute special features interviews with nominees, presenters and performers. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. The show is presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry. Oscar Week activity leading up to the Awards night can serve to build anticipation for the main event, but also serve the purpose to rally around particular causes unconnected to the filmmaking industry. March 1: Netflix Nominees Party, Dolby Honors This Year’s Oscar Nominees, 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards, Universal, Focus Features and DreamWorks Animation Oscar Nominee Celebration Dinner, A24’s pre-Oscar party, Vanity Fair and Lancôme Paris Toast Women in Hollywood, hosted by Radhika Jones and Ava DuVernay. March 2: Vanity Fair and Fashion Designers Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez Celebrate the Launch of Provenza Schouler’s First Fragrance, Arizona, Emma Stone hosts Women in Film’s Celebration of 2018 Female Oscar Nominees, CAA’s pre-Oscar Party, United Talent Agency pre-Oscar Party, March 3: Oscar Week – Foreign Language Films, Film Independent Spirit Awards, The Society of Composers and Lyricists Champagne reception, Sony Pictures Classics Annual Oscar Nominees Dinner. March 4 - Oscar Day: Mercedes-Benz Viewing Party, IMDB Live Viewing Party, Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios 25th Anniversary and 2nd Annual Oscar Gala in support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Elton John Aids Foundation 26th Annual Viewing Party, The Piper-Heidsieck Viewing Party, Nordstrom Local Oscar Viewing Party. What follows at the conclusion of the 90th Academy Awards is The 90th Oscars Governors Ball and The 24th Annual Vanity Fair Oscar After-Party.
BMI's “8 off 8th” Showcase
Monday, March 5, 20:00
The High Watt
One Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-251-3020; Fax: 615-252-2527
BMI and YEP (Young Entertainment Professionals) present “BMI 8 off 8th.” Each night features eight local (and sometimes nationally touring) artists and serves as ground zero for Nashville’s burgeoning indie music scene. This showcase will feature artists: TBA. Whether it’s launching fledging acts fresh out of the garage or showcasing the latest buzz bands, 8 off 8th’s rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences chasing the next big thing. The Young Entertainment Professionals network creates a platform for the entertainment industry to thrive in a supportive and creative environment for the betterment of its members as well as the industry as a whole through networking events, showcases, mentorship and educational development. On this date performances will be given by Brennin, Brinley Addington, Kylie Morgan, Lena Stone, The Roads Below, Stephen Carey, Towne, Tiera. Free and open to the public.
Georgia International Convention Center
Monday, March 5, 17:00-22:00
Georgia International Convention Center
2000 Convention Center, Concourse, Atlanta, Georgia 30337
Attendees to the Georgia Film Trade Show and Networking event can experience everything from product marketing, direct sales, live demonstrations and pitching movie and television programs. That includes, Structured Pitching of Movies, TV Series, etc., product demonstrations, networking with Georgia Film Professionals, corporate exhibits and product samples, trade show booths highlighting top producing film companies, and more. This event is an opportunity to introduce your film related products and services to an increasingly affluent and educated community of filmmakers. This is your chance to embed yourself as a household name in the Atlanta film community.
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, March 5, 19:00
740 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
A singer/songwriter showcase series featuring acoustic performances in an intimate setting as well as networking opportunities with other songwriters and BMI representatives. Held the first Monday of every month. Featured performances will be given by Lanitha Smith (lanitasmith.com), Sierra Heuermann (sierraheuermann.com), Tian (www.facebook.com/tianmusica1), David Stewart from Migrant Motel (www.migrantmotel.com). Admission is free.
New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium: Focus on Eleanor Davis and ‘Why Art?’ (#NYCPS)
Tuesday, March 6, 19:00-21:00
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 West Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003
Phone: 212-229-5667, ext. 3187
In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis touches on concepts of art – Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things – in ways both critical and positive, on route to explore the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve. In the exploration she will employ a sense of humor and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worthy of Magritte, drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest. Cartoonist and illustrator Eleanor Davis lives in Athens, GA, with fellow cartoonist Drew Weing. Her previous books include How To Be Happy and You and a Bike and a Road. In 2009 she received the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award and was a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Winner in 2013. To be considered to make a presentation, please send an email outlining the concept: symposium(at)katchor.com
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, March 6, 19:00
Five Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD, United Kingdom
FRUKT, along with BMI, 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: Moncrieff, Turan, Charli Taft, Sphynx. DJ Deja Bruh fills in around band appearances. 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. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands. This event is free.
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Wednesday, March 7, 19:00-22:30 (and every Wednesday)
LOA Live On Air Restaurant
335 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217
A mix of indie music, dance, theatre, poetry, and art backed by the grooves of the resident Artist Dj on the turntables. Featured guests, and all artists welcome to perform, including singers/songwriters, musicians, poets, actors, comedians, etc., where performances are live-streamed across several social media platforms. Live On Air restaurant in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, features a live-streaming stage In addition to a full dining menu specializing in Louisiana-style cuisine. All performances are broadcast live across all major social media platforms, giving these artists the opportunity for even greater exposure. The Mic is Open! A nite of informal networking for artists of all kinds presented by industry veteran Marcos Luis
, Every Wednesday night.
South by Southwest (SXSW) 2018
Friday, March, 9 - Sunday, March, 18
Austin Convention Center (other venues)
500 E Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: 512-467-7979; 512-404-4000
The SXSW Music Opening Party sponsored by Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Underground will take place on March 13 at The Main and The Main II. Complimentary beverages are part of the party favors, and there are two stages for live music entertainment. SXSW 2018 Keynotes will take place from March 9-17, and feature speakers from the Interactive, Film, Music, and Convergence Tracks. Keynote speakers lined up for SXSW 2018 include, virtual and augmented reality pioneer Nonny de la Peña as a Convergence Keynote speaker, on March 13. Other featured speakers will include, POLITICO chief Washington correspondent Edward-Isaac Dovere; bestselling author and Together Rising founder and president Glennon Doyle; actress Dakota Fanning, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King; President of Paramount TV and Digital Entertainment Amy Powell; music legend Nile Rodgers; Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders; actor and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger; CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper, and many others. Exhibits remains a focal point at SXSW, and this year planned exhibitions such as Job Market, Flatstock, SXSW Marketplace, SXSW Wellness Expo, and SouthBites are free and open to the public with an SXSW Guest Pass, in addition to the SXSW Trade Show, Spotlights, and Gaming Expo.