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Filmmakers Alliance returns to THE VIADUCT to host VisionFest 2017 on September 16th in conjunction with the California State Parks Department OUTDOORS under the LA State Historic Park Viaduct (at the north end of the Los Angeles State Historic Park).


VisionFest screens the best short films by the best indie filmmakers in Los Angeles. This year, we’ll also be screening the finalists of the Quick Cuts Competition and the audience will decide the winner!! There will be a reception before the screening with amazing food and drink, D.J., and roving performers. ALL filmmakers will be in attendance and available for a brief discussion after the screening of each film.

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to Dec 3


SHOOTOUT! is a quick-draw filmmaking challenge testing your filmmaking marksmanship by giving you the chance to make an AMAZING short film in 2 days! 

5 filmmaking teams will be chosen to create a film in two-days based on pre-submitted scripts. 

Starting Friday morning, each team has until Sunday evening to shoot and post their film with a screening and celebration to be held that Sunday night. The films will be judged by a panel of industry veterans with the winning film receiving $5,000 in cash, goods and services toward their next short film!

Canon C300‘s cameras with lenses, along with a small lighting/sound package and stock footage (if necessary) will be provided to the selected filmmakers by Canon, Shutterstock, Samy’s, Rode, G-Technology, Filmmakers Alliance and other partners. A pool of acting talent will also be made available by Deborah Lemen Acting Studio. All else will be the responsibility of the filmmakers. 

SHOOTOUT! is scheduled for the weekend of December 1-3, 2017.

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Filmmakers Alliance has supported the production of hundreds of independent shorts and features since 1993 and once again brings you INDEPENDENT FILM NOW - a state-of-the-union look at the indie film landscape, as well as an A to Z, step-by-step seminar for independent filmmakers, providing the KEY information needed to get your next project MADE and SEEN. INDEPENDENT FILM NOW is a clear, concise and complete view of independent filmmaking, helping you create a blueprint for your life as a filmmaker!!  

What is independent film?  - A brief examination/overview of the state of Independent Film that will help you define your place in that universe.

Concept, Story and Script Development - Developing ideas and concepts that work! How to write your script in a way that can increase its chances of getting made - without compromising your vision.

Film Financing - Private Equity Financing, Grants, Crowd-funding, Tax Credits and the Legalities: where to find the money, what you need to do to get it and how to avoid any legal issues at any point down the road.

Pre-production and Production - How to get the most filmmaking bang from your budget - creatively and cost-efficiently managing your project. Also, how best to work with actors, crew, locations, unions, guilds, crafts to ensure your film not only gets made, but looks exponentially more than its cost. 

Post-Production - New technologies and methodologies are making it easier to high end work with a low end budget. Find out what they are and what you need to do give a stunning, world-class finish to your film and how to prepare for it long before you reach post.

Festivals, Marketing Distribution - New distribution platforms are emerging all of the time. How does one differentiate from another and what is the best one for your project? Also, understanding the festival circuit: how to use it to your film’s greatest advantage. Finally, devising and executing a marketing plan that will give your film it’s best shot at success!

The seminar also includes filmmaker case-studies and open Q&A periods, so come prepared with your specific filmmaking questions - the ones that most have you stumped. We'll give you all that you need to take your film - and filmmaking life - to the next level.

Lunch generously provided by Canon.

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