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Updated February 8, 2016

Prescott Film Festival to present Oscar Nominated Short Films 

The Prescott Film Festival is pleased to present the Oscar Nominated Short Animated and Live Actions films again this year.  

Animated films screen Saturday, February 20th, 3:30pm.  Live Action films will screen on Saturday February 27th, at 6:30pm.  Both screenings take place at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. 

This year’s Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films feature a wide variety of animation styles, stories and themes.  Pixar has been the one to beat in this category, and with their bubbly film Sanjay’s Super Team.  The story is based on the personal childhood story of Sanjay Patel as a young Indian boy.  His father pulls him away from cartoons each morning for prayers, but Sanjay’s imagination links the religious gods and the superheroes seen on TV.  

World of Tomorrow, with a tight script and voice over by the filmmaker’s four-year-old niece is the one reviewers feel has a chance to knock Pixar off the pedestal.  Dark humor juxtaposed over the adorable voice of Emily makes this one to watch.   

Prologue comes from veteran animator Richard Williams, (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) is hand drawn pencil on paper.  (This one is not suitable for children, as it’s a graphic story of war with some nudity.) 

The Oscar Nominated Live Action shorts are tightly told stories with, coincidentally, some child actors who really carry their films.  Everything Will be OK comes from Germany/Austria and is about a divorced father afraid of losing his 8-year-old daughter.  Shok, from Kosovo, stars two children as Albanians dealing with military occupiers in 1998.  

Some movie reviewers are counting Stutterer as the film to watch in this Oscar race.  The Verge says “ Matthew Needham’s performance as a young man with a debilitation stutter is strikingly pained and sensitive… “  And “The film does intense and beautiful things with sound design, filling the air with all the word Needham’s character wants to say, and is fighting to say, as he navigates simples experiences like being asked for directions….” 

Tickets are $12, and can be purchased at

Updated January 11, 2016


RSVP Now for APA Annual Meeting!

Join us on Wednesday, January 20, at 7:00 p.m. for our Annual Membership Meeting!

This year's event will be hosted by Arizona Studios in Phoenix. Arizona Studios is a full-service production studio specializing in high-quality 3D animation, 2D animation, Visual Effects, CGI, Compositing and Motion Graphics.

Come out and meet APA's leadership for 2016 and hear what the organization has planned for the months ahead. The evening begins with a casual dinner provided by APA, followed by the formal meeting and a question and answer period. When the meeting's over, take a tour of the fabulous facility, mingle with friends, and network with other industry pros.

NEW this year - we'll be showing the Audience Favorite from our second annual "Ladies 'Film' Night Out" event, the short film "10 Minutes" by Arlene Newman!

The event is FREE for APA Members; $15 for non-members at the door. Plan now to attend our largest annual event!


What:  Annual Membership Meeting
  Wednesday, January 20, 2016
  Doors at 6:15 pm; meeting at 7:00 pm
  ARIZONASTUDIOS, 4614 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ
Cost:   FREE for Members; $15 for Non-Members at the Door

PLEASE RSVP with your name and the number of people in your party by January 15 to 480-345-6464 or


Updated December 1, 2015

Join APA & The Hash Kitchen for "FAM Night for Film Folk"

It's election time for APA, and inside the December 2015 issue of our printed newsletter, On the Arizona Set, (which is being mailed out today, December 1), members will find biographical info and a ballot with the list of candidates running for election to APA's Board of Directors.  MEMBERS - Please take a moment to review the candidates' info, then complete the ballot and return it to APA no later than December 31, 2015.

As usual, Ballots may be returned by mail or fax, OR - you can hand in your ballot IN PERSON at our "Meet the Candidates" Event on Wednesday, December 9 at The Hash Kitchen in Scottsdale!

The Hash Kitchen is rapidly becoming a favorite breakfast hangout for its corned beef hash and Bloody Marys. Executive Chef Joey Maggiore wants to introduce his restaurant to YOU as an available filming location. If you've shot a restaurant or bar scene in the Valley, you know how difficult it can be to find a location. Restaurants usually have very limited access and bars are only available after 3:00 a.m. Since The Hash Kitchen is only open for breakfast and lunch, the rest of the time it's available for events.

The Hash Kitchen is hosting a 'familiarization' (FAM) night exclusively for the film production community to tour the location and try the food.

Here are the event details:

What: "FAM Night for Film Folk" & "Meet the Candidates"

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 5-8 p.m.

Place: The Hash Kitchen, 8777 N. Scottsdale Road, (Next to Hogs and Hops) in Scottsdale

Cost: FREE

Ballots received after December 31, 2015, will not be counted, so mark your calendars to come to The Hash Kitchen in Scottsdale on December 9 to "Meet the Candidates" and turn YOUR ballot in on the spot!

Great Scott!!! Celebrates Grand Re-Opening December 10

 Come join us for the big REVEAL . . . the Grand Re-Opening of Great Scott Productions at our new location! The grids are up, overhead electric and cyc walls are installed, so it's time to roll. We are very excited to share our new space with all of you, and feel free to wear an ugly holiday sweater since we are a little late for Halloween. 

 Tours run all afternoon starting at 1:00 PM with crafts, or join us for cocktails at 5:00 PM. 

 From small productions to gigantic, we've got you covered. We are well equipped to cover all your production needs. From a simple green screen interview, to a three camera shoot that's streamed live. 4K if you want it. Studio A is 2300 square feet with one of the biggest continuous cyclorama walls in Arizona. It has drive-in loading, heavy power & AC, full grid, lighting, and grip equipment. Studio B is a 550 square foot turnkey green screen or backdrop shooting area for interviews, tabletop, and blogger video. 


Grand Re-Opening
Thursday, December 10
Great Scott!!! Productions
920 E. Madison St, #170
Phoenix, AZ 85034 * 602.254.1600

RSVP to: 

Inside Track Panel Discussion – Tucson Area

A valuable opportunity for southern Arizona's creative community is taking place in Tucson this Friday, December 4 at 4pm. Film Tucson and the UA Hanson Film Institute will present WHERE'S THE MONEY? How to Finance an Independent Film. Free to all, this panel discussion will reveal up-to-the-minute, insider information about how to finance your independent film or TV project. If you have a screenplay, an idea for a film, or are simply interested to know how the film business works, this panel is for you. Four Los Angeles-based professionals at the forefront of film financing are travelling to Tucson to take part. One is a CAA agent. Two happen to be University of Arizona alumni. All of them are expert at finding the money for film financing, using all types of domestic and foreign resources, incentives, presales, investors, and co-productions.

The four panellists include President/COO of Voltage Pictures and UA alum Jonathan Deckter, entertainment attorney and UA alum Glen Mastroberte, CAA agent Maren Olson, and independent producer of more than 20 films, Matthew Rhodes.

The panel will take place at the Center for Creative Photography on Friday, December 4 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. For more information, visit


Advertising Sales Manager Needed for APA

The APA is looking for an Ad Sales Manager for the website. The Ad Sales Manager will work as an independent contractor to provide advertising sales and support services for all website banner advertising for, and other digital media products that may be offered by APA. The person selected will receive a 30% commission on all revenue collected for banner ad sales made by the contractor. Duties and skills needed include but are not limited to:

 * Creation, maintenance and utilization of advertising leads and an ad sales database;
* Completion of ad contracts with advertisers and/or their authorized representatives;
* Collection of fees and artwork from advertisers for ads purchased; 
* All customer service to potential and existing advertisers;
* Reasonable collection efforts for delinquent accounts;
* Compilation of monthly sales data due and reportable in time for monthly APA Board meetings;
* Knowledge of Digital Media Applications and Requirements;
* Any other sales efforts as may be deemed necessary and prudent by the APA.

 The APA Ad Sales Manager communicates weekly with the APA President and Administrative Director. This is a 12-month commission only position, with the term beginning at the contract signing date.

The Arizona Production Association (APA) is a non-profit trade association of Arizona production professionals. Our mission is to promote, encourage and advance the growth of the film, theatre and television industries within the State of Arizona and to improve the status and skills of our members. As the largest and most influential statewide group in our industry, our goal is to improve job opportunities, skills and working conditions for our members.

Interested parties should send a letter of interest and resume in Word or pdf format by email to:, by fax to 480-941-2557 or by mail to: APA, 6615 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 101, Scottsdale, AZ  85254. 

Deadline for Submissions is December 11, 2015.


Casting Opportunity

We're seeking professional landscapers and contractors who have experience in creating beautiful outdoor escapes for clients.  We are looking for unknown and undiscovered talent that could be the potential hosts for this new series.  Male or female, between the ages of 25-50, and have a passion for what they do.  If there is anyone in your company that you think would be a great candidate for this opportunity please have them submit the following information:

-Small Bio
-Photos of themselves and their work
-:30-:45sec video explaining why they'd be great for this opportunity (cell phone video will do)

 Please submit the above information to the following e-mail address: