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Updated August 17, 2015

Hotel Hell

FOX's smash hit show "Hotel Hell" is back for a third season, and we are on a nationwide search for Hotels, Motels or Inns that include food
service, and that need to make some serious changes.

If you're struggling due to bad reviews, bad-management, bad customers, the bad economy or bad employees or just can't figure out
how to keep up, Gordon Ramsay and his team of experts will come to the rescue and attempt to turn around the fortunes of dedicated and
determined hospitality industry owners.

With his legendary no-nonsense attitude and nearly 20 years of experience as a successful restaurateur and hotel owner, Gordon Ramsay
knows what it takes to get your business back on track. He will use his expertise to give your establishment the tools for success.

If you are an owner, an employee or if you know of an establishment that needs help (even if they don't realize it) please apply now at:

A3F Fright Fest - International Horror Film Festival

We want your SHORTS as we welcome in Halloween 2015 with our A3F International FRIGHT FEST! We are looking for short films 20 minutes and under that are in the Horror, Suspense or Thriller genres.

Slasher, monster, zombie, torture, splatter, vampire, haunted, ghosts, paranormal, supernatural and everything in between! Narrative, docs, animation, comedy, drama or whatever category your film is, we want to see it!

The festival takes place Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at the brand new, state-of-the-art AMC Centerpoint 11 Theatres in downtown Tempe, Arizona. Showtimes and line-up coming in October.

Modern Film Fest

Modern Film Fest is currently taking submissions for a short film competition with selected films screening at the historic 900 seat Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, N.C.

The winner of the short film competition will receive $250 with their movie screening at the Gem Theatre on June 4, 2016. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 15 with the winner and selected short films to screen announced April 2. The submission fee for each movie is $15. All films should be 20 minutes ore less.

Checks/Money orders should be made out to Downtown Kannapolis Inc. and submissions should be sent to Modern Film Fest, 609 East 10th. St., Kannapolis, N.C. 28083.

Visit for full rules and information.

Contact or 828-231-5037 for more information as well.

Updated August 3, 2015

Alex Buono’s Visual Storytelling Tour

Alex Buono’s Visual Storytelling Tour, hitting Phoenix on August 17th, will expand your cinematography abilities by immersing you in a full-day live learning experience about Visual Style and Subtext. From Alex's fast turn-around schedule as the DP of the SNL Film Unit, to his role as the Co-Director/DP of the new IFC comedy series Documentary Now!, Alex is constantly challenged to recreate different genres and looks. In this workshop, Alex will share his approach to shooting distinct visual styles with hands-on demonstrations that utilize attendees as the crew. By understanding the visual patterns for different film genres and how to manifest each style through both lighting and camerawork, you will harness the power of visual cues for your own projects. Most importantly, you will learn how to modify light quality and direction, color temperature, lens choices, camera movement and more through a modest set of portable and affordable tools and techniques that you can immediately apply to your own work.
Register now at and save $15 with discount code AVS2FPH.

IFP Presents – Monthly Movie Meeting

IFPs popular event Monthly Movie Meeting is THIS Wednesday, August 5th. It's a new location, and going to be better than ever.

Date: Wednesday, Aug 5th
Time: 7-9pm
Where: Arizona Virtual Studios
4614 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Cost: Free!

Phoenix Film Festival

Phoenix Film Festival is making 2015 a landmark year with the inaugural of the Phoenix Film Festival Summer Showcase taking place from August 10th  to the 13th, at the Harkins Scottsdale 101, with each showing starting at 7 pm. The Phoenix Film Festival Summer Showcase will feature screenings of four films before they’re released in theaters. Each night a different film will be screened and following the screenings there will be a hosted discussion about the film.  This will give audiences an opportunity to preview some of the best summer studio films.

The following titles will be showing on the following dates:

Monday, August 10th  – MISTRESS AMERICA starring Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke
Tuesday, August 11th – TIME OUT OF MIND starring Richard Gere and Jena Malone
Wednesday, August 12th- COP CAR starring Kevin Bacon and James Freedson-Jackson
Thursday, August 13th- A WALK IN THE WOODS starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte

“We are very excited to bring a Phoenix Film Festival event to the summer for the first time,” quotes Jason Carney, director of the Phoenix Film Festival. “We’ve managed to program a wide variety of films to give audiences a fun week to look forward to.”

Attendees can purchase a four night pass or single tickets now at  Single tickets will be $10 each and a pass to all four films will be $30.  There are only 200 seats for each screening so don’t miss your chance for this exclusive cinematic event!

Harkins Scottsdale 101 is located at 7000 East Mayo Blvd. at Scottsdale Road and Loop 101.

Reality Casting Opportunity

Hi there! My name is Laura and I work for Loud TV (a Leftfield Entertainment company, We’re a full-scale television production company that creates a number of programs for various cable networks, such as The History Channel, Discovery, A&E and FYI – including the new "Tiny House Nation" and international smash hit, "Pawn Stars." I'm reaching out to you because we are currently casting for a new series on the FYI network called He Said, She Shed. We are seeking out homeowners in your area who are designing and building the coolest sheds around the country. If they've got plans under way to create a backyard structure to use as a tricked-out pool house, mother-in-law suite, business headquarters, media room, garden cottage, bar, backyard retreat – or anything else they can dream up! - we want to hear from them. Our team wants to take a peek at the whole building process, from the groundbreaking to the finishing touches, and show America that it doesn't take a huge space to make a huge impact. We are also interested in featuring folks who are transforming existing outdoor structures. I think your organization provides a great resource and I was hoping you could perhaps help us spread the word to your members and residents in person, in your email newsletters or to your fans on social media. I have attached our casting notice for you to check out so please feel free to send to anyone you think might be interested in learning more about the show. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions and I look forward to hearing from you! Best, Laura
Email :


Updated June 29, 2015

Phoenix Loves SciFi

This cool new event is all about showcasing local Phoenix best science-fiction, fantasy and animated films!

Head down Thursday, July 2nd at 6pm for great films from around the valley.

Tickets are only $5, and proceeds benefit the Phoenix Film Foundation's youth education program.

Get yours here today!!

IFP Phoenix - Film Challenge

Our 48 Hour Film Challenge, Beat the Clock, is open for registration!!
The most fun you can have in 48 hours! Plus, a $250 prize and the chance to get your film in the Phoenix Film Festival!!

Kick-Off: July 10th @ 7pm

Film Turn-In Date: July 12th @ 7pm

Screening: Thursday, July 23rd @ Phoenix Art Museum

Sign up for the Challenge here!!

It's only $20 for IFP members and $40 for non-members!

Monthly Movie Meeting

Wednesday, July 1st is the next chance for you to participate in our Monthly Movie Meeting.

This is your chance to share your work with the film community and get feedback. We screen 5-10 minute segments of work (whether it is complete or in progress) and then provide immediate and CONSTRUCTIVE feedback.

Get more information and register here!

Don't have anything to show? Come down and see what your fellow filmmakers are working on.

Updated June 15, 2015

APA - Meet Up to Cover Unions on June 24 

Let's Talk Unions! Learn from local Representatives about IATSE 336 (International Alliance of Theatre Stage Employees), Hal Gibson of Teamsters Local 104 and Dennis Ranke, DGA (Directors Guild of America.)  

Questions/Info we Hope to Cover: 

* What's it like to belong to the Union?

* Why does a Union benefit both Producers and Workers?

* What does it take to get into the Union? (Qualifications, fees, etc.)

* Common Union terms like, Golden Time, Lunch Grace Period, Shop Steward, etc.

* What the future holds for Union Productions in Arizona


Make some friends and network with other members! This event is open to all Film, Television, Media, Theatre and Live Events professionals working in the Industry. This is a FREE event. NON-MEMBERS and STUDENTS in these fields are ENCOURAGED to ATTEND. Find out how the APA wants to help you! Arrive early for Happy Hour prices (purchase at bar) $3 Draft Beers, $4 Hurricanes & House Ritas, $5 appetizer specials. Presentation will start approximately at 6:15 PM.

WHEN: Wednesday June 24, 2015, from about 5:30 PM to 7 PM

WHERE: Joe's Crab Shack (Bait Room)

Arizona Mills, 1606 W Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283

This event is FREE to all! but Please RSVP on Eventbrite!


Roy W. Dean Summer Grant Ups Cash Prize to $3,500

The Roy W. Dean Summer Film Grant has increased its cash prize and is now accepting applications.   For 2015, the winner will receive $3,500 (up from $2,500) in cash and $25,000 in film goods and donated services to get their film started or completed.  Deadline is June 30th.

The grant seeks short films, documentaries, features, or series that are unique and make a contribution to society.    In addition to the larger cash prize, the winner will receive a 4TB G-Raid from G-Technology, discounted publicity services from David Magdael & Associates, Inc, discounted music post production from Audiokut, as well as much more from wonderful organizations who give back to filmmakers through the grant.

From the Heart Productions, the 501(c)3 non-profit which oversees the grant, gives all applicants a free consultation on their project.   Carole Dean, president of From the Heart, wrote the bestselling- book, "The Art of Film Funding".  From the Heart has helped filmmakers raise millions of dollars for their projects including over $1.7 million as an Indiegogo p artner.  She and board members will give applicants advice on improving their story, their pitch, and their project.

Application and guidelines are on our website at

Contact information: or call 805-984-0098



Updated June 8, 2015


APA - June Workshop Covers Set Protocol

Saturday, June 13


Join the APA for our "ON THE SET" Workshop - Saturday, June 13, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Third in our series of monthly workshops, this is A MUST for Actors, New Crew Members, Small Independent Filmmakers & Agency types who want to show up with confidence, on your first day on a set!


APA Professionals Larry Niemi, DGA, 1st Assistant Director, and Kim Pieper, IATSE 706, Make-Up & Wardrobe Expert, will tell you how to avoid rookie mistakes whether you're on a feature, commercial or two-man crew. We will show you how to get invited back! This will be a four-hour seminar from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, with LUNCH and a Q&A included.


Topics we hope to cover include:


- First contact with production, questions to ask.

- Do I need to bring my own wardrobe?

- Should I shave, get a manicure, how 'bout that tattoo?

- Where do I park? What do I do with my purse & stuff?

- Who do I report to? What if I'm running late?

- I don't have a Make Up Artist, how do I do it myself?

- Set Protocol, Is it cool to be on my iphone?

- Crew Positions and Responsibilities, What's a Grip?

- Who are those people in the tent?

- Who do I talk to and who do I not disturb?

- How to fill out paperwork. Yes there's lots: Contracts, Releases, Invoice or Timecard, SAG exhibit G, 1099, W-9, I-9, etc.

- Walkie Talkie 101

- When can I leave? HOW DO I GET PAID?

- For the Independent Filmmakers: Location Releases, Talent Releases, Do I need a permit? Working with police. Craft service. Wardrobe 101. Do it yourself make up?


Arizona Virtual Studios is hosting this event and providing lunch! A state-of-the-art, full service, video production and editing facility, AVS offers large green screen, white screen and sound stage rentals. AVS has a passionate team of extremely talented, experienced and highly skilled professionals to make the impossible possible and take your production to the next level.


APA Guest Speakers include:


Kim Pieper, Wardrobe & Make-up Artist, is a member of IATSE 706. With 20+ yrs. of experience, she's seen her share of things gone wrong on the set of Feature Films, TV commercials, Televisions, print-commercial and fashion shoots. Kim will set your mind at ease and walk you through everything that happens before you get to set. She'll share with you things to know even if you're stuck with out make-up or wardrobe pros.


Larry Niemi has been running Commercial sets for 22+ years, as a 1st Assistant Director and Member of the Directors Guild of America. He'll walk through everything that happens on the set. Larry's a Pro at making people look and feel professional. He also knows how to prevent on the set disasters!


Whether you are working with a full crew or a 2-man team, THIS IS MUST HAVE, REAL WORLD INFORMATION! Everyone 18 yrs. of age and older is Welcome! APA MEMBERS GET IN FREE!! But please RSVP - Just select the APA Member FREE ticket at check out.


If you're not a member yet and you join PRIOR to the workshop, it's like getting a discount off of your membership dues! The cost for non-members to attend is $20 IN ADVANCE; $30 at the door - CASH only. You must be 18 or older to attend. If you apply prior to the workshop AND purchase your ticket to the workshop, we'll credit the workshop fee to your dues if your application is approved.


Member RSVPs and Non-MemberTickets

Updated May 18, 2015


Calling All Categories - APA's Annual Review for the Online Production Guide

Attention APA Members! It's that time again - Time to review the CATEGORY LIST for the online production guide and make any adjustments needed before the first wave of membership renewals starts in June.


If you're a current member and you'd like to see a NEW category added or an existing category RENAMED, we'd love to hear from you. We need to get at least three requests from current members to consider adding on a new category. (The members asking for the new category don't need to sign up for it.)


The Directory Committee will also be looking at the whole list to see if any categories are outdated and should be renamed or deleted, and we're researching how our category list compares to other industry standards.


Please send your suggestions in writing via email to: and by FRIDAY, MAY 22.


THANK YOU for helping us keep YOUR Directory up to date and at the top of its game!


Call for Entries - Shorts Needed for 2nd Annual "Ladies 'Film' Night Out"

We're very excited to announce that this fall we'll be hosting our 2nd Annual event celebrating the work of female filmmakers - our "Ladies 'Film' Night Out"!


The first event last November SOLD OUT and a fabulous time was had by all, so we're getting a head start on this year's by asking all of the fabulous females making films to submit their work for consideration. You can submit as many different shorts as you want, as long as each submission meets the criteria outlined below.


Criteria for Each Submission:

It can be as short as you want, even a trailer if you just want to submit that, BUT it can't be more than 30 minutes in length

Must submit on a DVD (NTSC) to APA's office (sorry, we can't download it)

All submissions must include a synopsis of the film in 75 words or less

All DVDS must be labeled with the film title, length of the film, name(s) of the filmmaker(s) & their contact info

At least one of the following key film positions should be female - Producer, Director, DP, Editor, Production Designer or Screenwriter

If you are submitting more than one short, you can put up to 3 on a single DVD as long as you include synopses and all of the pertinent info for each piece


The DVDs will be used for selection purposes, so we want to make sure everyone looks at the same thing.




So you have PLENTY of time to get those DVDs in, and hopefully we'll be seeing YOUR work on the big screen this fall!


Mail or drop off to APA at:

6615 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 101

Scottsdale, AZ  85250


NOTE: The office is only open limited hours. If we're not in, just slip it under the door!



May Meet Up Has Info on Health & Wellness

Let APA Lend You a Hand! Learn about new Health and Wellness Insurance available now by attending our May Meet Up next Wednesday, May 20, at 5:30 pm.


Make some friends and network with other members! We'll be talking about the latest Health-related Insurance Programs available to APA members! This event is open to all Film, Television, Media, Theatre and Live Events professionals. This is a FREE event. NON-MEMBERS and STUDENTS in these fields are ENCOURAGED to ATTEND. Find out how the APA wants to help you!


Arrive early for Happy Hour prices, $4 Draft Beers, $4 House Wines, Cocktail specials and 1/2 priced appetizers. Presentation will start at approximately 6:15 PM.


We are pleased to have on hand, guest speaker Jason Paul, Founder of Lifecorp Group. Imagine being rewarded for making healthy choices that gives you peace of mind with financial protection against the unknown.


Learn about the Health Dividend™ program providing a gateway to a new benefits era that can provide APA members with health care benefits that provide freedom of choice to meet your life stages.




Meet Up with Guest Speaker Jason Paul

Wednesday, May 20, 5:30 pm

Kelly's at Southbridge

7117 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale


This event is FREE to all! but Please RSVP on Eventbrite!


Updated “May the Fourth Be With You”, 2015


The Film School@SCC

The Film School@SCC is proud to present our 35th Annual Film Festival!


We’re showcasing the best work from our talented and dedicated students, and we’d love to share it with you.  Please be our guest at our special Industry Night presentation on May 21 at the AMC Theatre at Arizona Center.  The show begins at 7:00 PM.


After the show, one of our great sponsors would like you to join them and our student filmmakers at The Public House for a reception, where you will be able to meet and mingle with fellow professionals and filmmakers.  Appetizers will be served, and beverages will be available.


If you’re able to attend, simply send an email to  Also, indicate whether you will have a plus one for the event.


Thanks so much for your great support of our students and program.  We’re truly grateful and excited to show off the fruits of our labors!


Hope to see you there!


APA Camera Workshop


Saturday, May 9, 9:00 AM


Next in our series of monthly workshops we will focus on DIGITAL CAMERAS. This is a GREAT way to fine tune your existing skills and/or learn NEW ones from seasoned professionals Earl Sisson and Leo Reyes. This will be a four-hour seminar from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 9, with lunch AND a Q&A included!


NOTE: This workshop is for those age 18 & Over.


Topics we hope to cover include:


Sony F55 and A7, Red Epic, Panasonic HDX900 cameras

Depth of field and light sensitivity

Stabilization Options

Lens Options and Limitations

Adaptors Speed Boosters

Recording Systems: 4K, UHD, 2K, HD

Best Practices for Edit Preparation


The workshop will be held at Broadcast Rentals, 2343 W. University Dr., #101, Tempe, Arizona, 85281.


For more than two decades, Broadcast Rentals has built a reputation for superior service, customer support and technical excellence. They are a full-service rental house, supplying the needs of professionals in the broadcast, production and film industries. In addition, BR technicians and engineers are available as support personnel for your production needs.


Broadcast Rentals' Earl Sisson will show what a pro looks at when selecting a camera system and how to assemble and operate that system. APA Member Leo Reyes will talk about the Red Epic, and best practices for editorial prep.


Earl Sisson, with 27 years as the team lead for Visual Services at Honeywell Aerospace, and 9 years as the Senior Technician at Broadcast Rentals, has an in depth understanding of Digital Cameras and Systems.


Leo Reyes has worked professionally in the film business as a Data Handler & Assistant Cameraman. Experienced with all digital camera formats, he has worked on national commercials, features, corporate projects, and documentaries. He'll share his real world experience working on set!


APA MEMBERS GET IN FREE!! Just select the APA Member FREE ticket and check out. Tickets for Non-Members are $20 in advance; $30 at the door (cash only).


If you're not a member yet and you join PRIOR to the workshop, it's like getting a discount off of your membership dues! If you apply prior to the workshop AND purchase your ticket to the workshop, we'll credit the workshop fee to your dues if your application is approved.


**Advance Ticket Sales end at 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 8.**


We'll have a list of current APA members there to verify membership status.


Don't miss out on this great opportunity to take YOUR camera skills to the next level! Reserve your spot if you're a member, and get your ticket if you're not.


RESERVATIONS for Members AND TICKETS for Non-Members at: