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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:

Updated April 27, 2015


Arizona Production Association - 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!

Updated April 14, 2015


Calling All Youth Filmmakers

Calling all YOUTH FILMMAKERS, age 11-18 - submit 10 min videos to the 5th Annual National FilmFest 4-H, held in St. Louis, June 14-17.

See your films on the big screen. Meet other young filmmakers from across the country. Learn about film and TV from industry professionals.

More info @


Film Finance Summit

The Film Finance Summit will focus on strategies and methods used by producers and financiers to secure development and production finance for films and television productions. This Summit is where film industry experts converge, network and exchange the latest trends in film financing.

Friday, June 12, 2015 - Shore Hotel, Santa Monica, CA


More Information

Updated March 30, 2015


IFP Phoenix - Celebrate Our 2014-15 Challenge Season at the Phoenix Film Festival

 After three great challenges, we are going to finish out the year with a final screening, and handing out our yearly awards! 


What's Happening?

During the show, we will screen the top three films from every challenge (plus audience favorites!)

Then, we'll hand out awards!!

THEN (yes, there is even more!) we'll have an after party where we hand out the award for the audience favorite for the year. 


What are the Details?

Where: The Phoenix Film Festival

When: Monday, March 30th at 7:10 pm


The Audience Award will be announced immediately following the screening at Blue 32. 


How Do I Get Tickets?

Tickets are $13 and available at the Festival Ticket Office or online here

If you have passes to the Phoenix Film Festival, you can also use those to get tickets to the Challenge Screening. 



Contact or with any questions. 



Screening: Dior and I

Please join Mod for a champagne reception and private screening of Dior and I, the exquisite new film from Frédéric Tcheng (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel). Fresh from the international film festival circuit, and ahead of the national theater release, Dior and I is an homage to all who follow their instinct to create beauty for its own sake.


The event includes champagne, small bites and an introduction on "The Legacy of Dior" by Dennita Sewell, curator of fashion design at Phoenix Art Museum.


Tickets available here (cost involved).

Updated March 16, 2015


Phoenix Film Festival – Growing Up Baumbach

 The Phoenix Film Festival will be presenting a special retrospective titled "Growing up Baumbach: A Tribute to Noah Baumbach's 20 Years in Film". The Festival will be celebrating Baumbach's 20 years in film highlighting his work from "The High School Years" (THE SQUID AND THE WHALE), "End of College" (KICKING AND SCREAMING), "Late 20's, Confusion and Finding Yourself" (FRANCES HA), and lastly "Finally becoming an Adult" with his upcoming film, WHILE WE'RE YOUNG, the April 2nd closing night film. Star, Ryan Serhant will also be in attendance. Ryan is best known as a NYC real estate broker and star of Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing New York", but he has garnered rave reviews for his role in WHILE WE'RE YOUNG after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. 


The 15th Annual Phoenix Film Festival, occurring this year from its opening night on March 26th to its conclusion on April 2nd, is rapidly approaching. Continually breaking attendance records since its inception, last year's festival saw over 25,000 attendees and there are hopes to pull in even more film enthusiasts this year. 


If you are a movie lover, this is an event that is not to be missed. Tickets and passes are on sale now and available through the Phoenix Film Festival website  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Film Festival Ticket Center next to the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater. Tickets range in price from $13 for a single screening to $300 for a platinum pass.   For more information call 602-955-6444 or go to


Arizona Production Association – Let's Talk Taxes!

Join APA on Tuesday, March 24, for tips for freelancers and small business owners on keeping good records for income taxes, presented by Ron Ball, CPA.

Ron has been in public accounting since graduating from ASU in 1974 and has been a CPA since 1977.He worked for other CPA firms for 16 years prior to starting The Tax & Accounting Specialists, PC, in 1990. Previously, Mr. Ball was promoted from a Staff Accountant to a Senior Accountant to an Accounting Manager and eventually a partner in a CPA firm for five years. He has experience in all areas of public accounting for small to medium size CPA firms--accounting, auditing, financial statements, tax preparation, tax planning and tax research. He was also responsible for an in-house computer system. In 2015, Ron will celebrate 25 years of being in business for himself! 

 Event Details:

 Tuesday, March 24

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Mi Patio Restaurant, 3347 N. 7th Ave. in Phoenix (7th Ave & Osborn)


While this is a FREE EVENT, space is limited so PLEASE RSVP! To reserve your spot, please visit APA's Facebook Page and click on "going" under Guests.


The Film Grant Where You Win Even If You Loose

The Roy W. Dean Spring Grant is now accepting applications. Deadline is April 30th. The winner receives $25,000 in film goods, services, and funds to get their film started or completed. The grant seeks short films, documentaries, features, or series that are unique and make a contribution to society.

Now, in its 23rd year, the cash portion of the grant has increased to $3,500. Winner will receive about $25,000 in goods and services from Edgewise, Silver Sound, Edgewise, Nice shoes, Carmen Borgia and many more wonderful organizations who give back to filmmakers through our grant.

But, if you don't win, you still end up ahead.  Each applicant gets a consultation from Carole Dean, president of From The Heart Productions, author of the bestselling- book, "The Art of Film Funding".  With over 20 years' experience judging films, mentoring filmmakers, and helping films get funded, she will give the applicants advice on improving their story, their pitch, and their project. 

Application and guidelines are on our website at:


Updated March 10, 2015


IFP/PHX Presents Industry Night

Then you need a booth at Industry Night at the Phoenix Film Festival!!

IFP Phoenix will be hosting our annual Industry Night on Friday night, March 27th, from 5pm-10 pm in the Party Pavilion. It's going to be a great party -we'll have live music, a cash bar, and food available.

But we want more than a party- we are looking to make this the largest networking and tradeshow event the Arizona film community has seen, and we need your help!

We are looking for any person or organization who is involved in the film community in Arizona that wants to connect with new faces.

What we are offering
Booths at the event, from 5pm-10:30pm where you can promote your organization, film, or talents (with power available if needed)
Your name/logo on promotional literature for the event, as well as on the web page
And, most importantly:
Access to the public – last year’s event was attended by over 1400 people!

New this year:
Expanded area to allow for an even bigger, better party pavilion
Ability to choose booth space on a first come, first serve basis - starting at the 4pm load in time at the party pavilion

This is the perfect place for agents, production companies, equipment companies, ANYONE in the industry at all to reach out to a new, and interested audience.

Early registration for booths is available for only 65$ for IFP members and 80$ for non-members!

Visit the website to
register now!

We look forward to seeing you there!


Updated March 3, 2015


Project Runway Season 14 Now Casting

 We’re now casting a new season of Project Runway, and we’re thrilled to announce the application is now online, saving designers the time and expense of printing portfolios and mailing their applications.


We’re looking for the best fashion designers for the show, and would love to hear who is qualified in Phoenix.


We're excited to offer designers the chance to showcase their work during New York Fashion Week, and the opportunity to win $100,000 or more to launch or expand their own fashion line. 


The application deadline is March 16th, 2015. Applicants can learn more and apply at



The Tucson Cine Mexico 2015

The Tucson Cine Mexico 2015 ticketing and program information is now available on the website,


This year's lineup includes outstanding and award-winning documentaries, dramas, comedies, and a thriller. All films will be FREE and presented at the newly renovated Screening Room.


Don't miss special events such as the Mexican box office hit Gloria (screening in advance of its USA release) and a musical performance after the documentary Corridos, sones y pasiones!



Arizona Production Association – RFP for Website Improvements

As some of you know, at the beginning of 2014, APA launched a new website. A few months later, we sent out a RFP to begin making enhancements to the site, and in the fall we added on the capability for all banner ad spots on the site to rotate through specific artwork, allowing more than one advertiser to purchase each spot in addition to ALL advertisers having their artwork displayed in ALL open spots on the site - a great value for a minimal investment for the advertiser.


Our current enhancement project that is already underway is a "Membership Management" feature that will allow EXISTING members to renew online as well as request changes to their information at any time during their membership year.


Looking forward to the rest of 2015 and beyond, we have a new "wish list" of things we'd like to accomplish. Therefore, the Internet Committee has put together that list in the form of a RFP so that any interested vendors can submit bids for part or all of our list.


The current site is on a Concrete platform, but we're looking into moving it to a newer technology - Laravel. (That sentence was for the programmers among you!)


If you're a web designer or know someone who is, please check out the RFP. If you have any questions, we're having an OPEN MEETING NEXT FRIDAY, FEB. 27, at 5:30 PM here at APA's office to address any questions or requests for more info. You then have several weeks after that to quote on whatever portion of the RFP that you want - or all of it.


If you're interested in bidding and want to attend the OPEN Q&A NEXT FRIDAY, please RSVP to:


In the meantime, check out our RFP or forward this to any web gurus you know:




Thanks for helping us make your membership work better for you!