You're invited to attend the 15th Annual CMF Hollywood film summit!
CMF invades Hollywood for four days - bringing together the top young filmmakers from across the globe to celebrate their work, talents and passion for movie-making.
You'll attend educational workshops to help you further your craft and your career. Network with your peers at fun receptions and parties. Show off your work during CMF Festival screenings and find out who walks away with the top honors at the glamorous red carpet awards ceremony at the Universal Globe Theatre. Not to mention rub elbows with celebs and industry pros. Past presenters have included Kathy Bates, Edward James Olmos, Jennifer Morrison, Grant Heslov, Tom Shadyac, Elizabeth Banks, John Cho, and many many more.
Whether you're a Jury Award winner on campus, a proud parent, a supportive friend, or you just want to grow as a filmmaker - all are invited and welcome to attend. Purchase your tickets at reduced pricing until May 25, 2015.
Badges are limited so please purchase early!
Prices increase on May 25, 2015
*Certain events could have additional fees and will be noted as such.Buy Badges
The Sheraton Universal Hotel is the official hotel of CMF Hollywood
Staying at the Universal Sheraton ensures you'll be a part of all the action with panels and workshops, receptions, and parties hosted at the hotel. Rooms also include complimentary internet access when you book through CMF. Book your rooms early as the special CMF discounted rooms go quickly, and no later than May 26th, when the reservations end.Book Hotel Room
The closest airport to CMF Hollywood event is Burbank (BUR), though you'll likely find the cheapest flights to Los Angeles International (LAX).
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*Schedule is subject to change
The CMF Hollywood educational workshops will take place on Thursday July 9th and Friday July 10th at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. These workshops and panels offer opportunities for filmmakers to hear from and interact with professionals in the Film, TV, and Music industries on a variety of topics. Workshops hosted at the Universal Sheraton Hotel are open to those with All-Access Badges though space is limited and first-come, first-served.
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We're thrilled to host our red carpet Awards Ceremony at the Universal Globe Theatre on Sunday, July 12th. This is a black-tie optional event where special guest presenters will award top honors to filmmakers as we announce the award winning movies for the 2014-2015 competition year.
You must have an all-access or select-access badge to attend.
Congratulations to the Golden Tripod Award nominees! Winners will be announced at the CMF Hollywood awards ceremony, July 12 at the Globe Theatre. Purchase tickets here.
Congratulations to the finalists of the Elfenworks Social Justice Category. Please attend the special screening of the Elfenworks finalists on Saturday July 11 at AMC City Walk. Winners will be announced at the CMF Hollywood awards ceremony, July 12 at the Globe Theatre. Purchase tickets here.
Send a 60-second reel to firstname.lastname@example.org AND a 1-sentence tagline describing your movie idea by 11:59pm (PST) on Monday, July 6 to apply. The reel must be high quality and downloadable. We recommend sending via Google Drive, wetransfer, or a downloadable Vimeo link.
Pitches will be recorded on camera at CMF Hollywood and combined with your reel for a panel of judges who will determine which filmmaker will score $3,000 for their next short film.
Frame Size: 1920 x 1080
Frame Rate: 23.98/24p or 25
Codec: H.264 or MP4
Bitrate: 10,000+ kbps
Sample Rate: 44.100 kHz
Your pitch to camera will be eligible, and your reel must be cleared, for broadcast on ShortsTV across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the United States. You must hold the relevant copyright to your pitch in order to protect the ownership of your idea.
In 1995 Baxter co-founded Slamdance as an independent alternative to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Since its inception, Baxter has been responsible for developing and managing all areas of Slamdance, which has become synonymous with the discovery of new and emerging talent. Filmmakers who first gained notice at the festival include Christopher Nolan, Oren Peli, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin, Anthony and Joe Russo, Andrew Huang, Seth Gordon and Lynn Shelton. When the Festival began it received 48 submissions. Slamdance today receives over 7,500 submissions per annum. Baxter created Slamdance's mantra By filmmakers, for filmmakers. No other festival is fully programmed by filmmakers. In addition to the festival, Baxter began the Slamdance screenplay competition, a screening tour called On The Road and recently the Slamdance Studios distribution venture.
Baxter's film work includes Wild In The Streets, a documentary feature about an ancient football game and I Want To Be an American, an experimental documentary feature film based on the surrealist parlor game Exquisite Corpse. His new feature film is about the Iroquois national lacrosse team
Baxter is a graduate of St Catherine's College, Oxford University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.
Nancy Collet’s experience in the film industry spans over twenty years. With her extensive knowledge of working with studios and film festivals, she founded Cinema Collet in 2007. Her company offers strategic consulting services to large conferences, film festivals, educators, distributors and independent filmmakers around the world. Her clients include The Wrap News, Inc., Ketchum, Inc., NUVOtv, New York University, The Canadian Film Centre, The Toronto International Film Festival, The Busan International Film Festival, The Abu Dhabi Film Festival, The Baja Film Festival, The Guanajuato International Film Festival, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, The Whistler Film Festival, The La Costa Film Festival, New Filmmakers LA, Telefilm Canada and many others. Her services include event management, production and marketing, film programming, film mentoring labs, acquisitions, VIP/Industry Procurement, marketing, festival strategy and PR.
Collet has covered the major film festivals and markets around the world since 1997, and also served as a juror and panelist for numerous international film festivals and events, including the Guadalajara International Film Festival, The HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, The Palm Springs Shorts Film Festival, The Bahamas Film Festival, The Cleveland International Film Festival, the American Film Market, The Panama Film Festival, the Sonoma International Film Festival and The Ashland Independent Film Festival.
From 1997 to 2007, Collet worked for the American Film Institute’s AFI FEST. She was promoted to Director of Programming in 2000 and produced seven editions in this capacity.
Nancy is a 1989 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and has a dual degree in Marketing and Psychology.
Elwes began his producing career with 1983's Oxford Blues starring Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy and quickly went on to make another 29 films, including Men At Work, with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, and The Chase with Sheen.
In 1994, Elwes joined William Morris and headed William Morris Independent for 15 years. He financed such indie hits as Slingblade and The Apostle, both of which were nominated for multiple Oscars. Monster's Ball was their follow up, which won the Best Actress Oscar for Halle Berry, the first African American woman to do so.
Wikipedia calls Cassian Elwes one of the most important figures in independent cinema and an expert in the field of arranging financing and distribution for independent films, having done so for 283 films during his tenure at William Morris Independent.
Since leaving William Morris Independent 5 years ago, Elwes has either producer or executive produced 40 films including John Hillcoat’s Lawless, Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, and David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Feature.
Last year, Elwes produced the hit period drama Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which featured an all-star cast headed by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. He also executive produced J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost starring Robert Redford and executive produced and arranged financing for the Oscar winning hit Dallas Buyers Club directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner.
More recently, Elwes executive produced the upcoming Kevin Costner release Black and White, directed by Mike Binder, and has produced both Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert and Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, which is played in the ‘Midnight Section’ of Sundance 2015.
J. Todd Harris is the founder and CEO of Branded Pictures Entertainment, which acquires and develops branded intellectual properties for repurposing in film, TV and stage. He's currently producing the musical Doctor Zhivago on Broadway and has a musical movie, Lucky Stiff, opening this summer. Last year, he produced Heathers The Musical Off Broadway. Among his 39 produced movies are the Academy Award-nominated The Kids Are All Right, several Sundance entries, including Bottle Shock, as well as studio movies such as Piranha 3D and Dudley Do-Right. He has several branded titles in the early stages of development. Originally from New York, Mr. Harris earned his BA and MBA from Stanford. He has been a member of producers branch of the Motion Picture Academy for 15 years and is an adjunct professor at Chapman University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Amy Powers and two teenage sons.
Chris Horton joined Sundance Institute in 2011 to launch #ArtistServices, an initiative that further extends the organization’s mission of connecting artists with audiences. Through a series of innovative deals and partnerships, #ArtistServices provides Institute alumni with tools that enhance creative funding and distribution opportunities. Deals include an exclusive partnership with Kickstarter, and arrangements that allow filmmakers access to best-in-class terms and digital distribution on outlets such as iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and Google Play. Notable projects include “Particle Fever”, “BURN”, “Upstream Color” and “Detropia”. Over 300 titles have been directly supported by the initiative.
Horton was previously the head of acquisitions for FilmBuff, a pioneering New York digital distribution company. Under Horton’s leadership, FilmBuff acquired sales rights to hundreds of feature-length movies including Exit Through The Gift Shop. Horton spent nearly nine years working with John Sloss in the FilmBuff/Cinetic/Sloss Eckhouse LawCo family of companies. Horton began his career with Miramax Films, following his graduation from the University of Colorado with degrees in film studies and psychology. He lives in Los Angeles.
Dave Goetsch has been a Co-Executive Producer of the emmy-nominated sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He also wrote for five years on 3RD Rock From The Sun, where he started as a staff writer and rose to Executive Producer. He has written and produced numerous pilots for CBS, ABC, FOX and SHOWTIME.
Jeffrey Sharp, an award-winning producer and publishing entrepreneur, is President/CEO of Story Mining & Supply Co., a Los Angeles-based production company committed to acquiring, developing, financing and producing multi-platform premium content through unique access to quality material. SMS combines deep financial resources, strong creative relationships and an executive team that has produced award winning and commercially successful films.
Sharp has produced a series of Academy Award winning and Golden Globe nominated films over the past ten years like Boys Don't Cry, You Can Count on Me, Nicholas Nickleby and Proof. With those movies as well as other renowned adaptations, including A Home at the End of the World, The Night Listener, and Evening, Sharp has worked to integrate the publishing and film industries.
Prior to Story Mining, Sharp co-founded the digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media with former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman. Story Mining and Open Road have a strategic partnership to develop and co-produce feature films and television shows based upon Open Road titles including: Lie Down in Darkness, based on the novel by William Styron, written and to be directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) and Cocoa Beach, a television series adapted by Andre and Maria Jacquemetton (Mad Men) based on the life of NBC news reporter Jay Barbree’s recollections of the early days of the U.S. space program in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Sharp holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Colgate University. In 2005, the Columbia University School of the Arts honored him with the Andrew Sarris award for his contribution to independent film.
Sharp currently serves as Chairman of the Hamptons International Film Festival Advisory Board, member of the Executive Board of Literacy Partners, Special Advisor for the Book Meets Film Forum at the Taipei International Book Expo as well as a member of the Advisory Board of BookExpo of America. He is a member of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).
Ruth Vitale is the Executive Director of CreativeFuture, a broad-based creative community coalition that includes film and television companies, independent production and financing companies, unions, guilds, talent agencies, and other members and supporters of the creative community. CreativeFuture promotes the value of creativity in today’s digital age and embraces expanded audience access to content in ways that reward creativity.
Vitale has been at the forefront of independent film production and distribution for more than three decades, including as Founder and Co-President of Paramount Classics and as President of Fine Line Features. During her tenure at these companies, she launched the careers of many successful filmmakers such as Paul Greengrass, Sofia Coppola, Scott Hicks, John Hillcoat, and Craig Brewer. Her films have won three Oscars and received 16 nominations as well as 18 Golden Globe nominations and two wins. Ruth is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
James V. Hart (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees.
His writing/producing credits include; Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old Son, Jake, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Muppet Treasure Island, directed by Brian Henson, and Contact, directed by Robert Zemeckis.
Other writing/producing credits include: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Tucker Everlasting, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story, Sahara, Lara Croft: Tombraider – The Cradle of Life, August Rush, and Epic.
Hart is Executive Producer and co-writer on the animated feature, Epic, with children’s book illustrator and home town friend, SMU graduate, William Joyce, and director-animator Chris Wedge, who created Ice Age and Robots with Joyce released in 2013.
TV projects include The Republic of Pirates, Aka Crossbones, for NBC with Texas born writing partner, Amanda Welles, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. series projects, Sirens of Titan, Player Piano, and 2BR02B, with his son, Jake Hart. Steelskin is his new project in development at Fox for Actor/Director, Andy Serkis, and August Rush producer, Richard Lewis.
Go with Gravity is Hart’s primary mantra for the writing life.
Never Grow Up! Never Give Up!
Finn Wittrock is a Julliard trained actor who already has an extensive resume in film, television and theatre. Wittrock attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, followed by Julliard, and is currently a member of The Mechanicals Theatre Group in L.A., where he has also directed.
Currently, Wittrock is filming The Big Short, a film based on the Michael Lewis Moneyball book, produced by Paramount Pictures and Plan B Productions, directed by Adam McKay. Finn will be starring opposite Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, and Steven Carrell.
Finn just completed Season 4 of FX’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series American Horror Story, entitled Freak Show, in which he starred as the villainous Dandy Mott.
Wittrock was seen this past Christmas in Universal Pictures’ true-life WWII drama, Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie and based on the true-life story of Louis Zamperini. Finn portrays the character Francis “Mac” McNamara, who is stranded at sea on a life raft for 47 days. Finn starred alongside Jack O’Connell (Zamperini), Jai Courtney and Domhnall Gleeson Wittrock recently wrapped production on the independent drama, My All American, written and directed by Angelo Pizzo Hoosiers and Rudy. My All American chronicles the story of college football star Freddie Steinmark (Wittrock) who is diagnosed with cancer after winning the national title in 1969. Wittrock stars alongside Aaron Eckhart who portrays Darrell Royal, his coach at the University of Texas.
Wittrock starred in HBO’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy nominated film The Normal Heart, directed by Ryan Murphy and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name written by Larry Kramer. The Normal Heart, which stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons, tells the story of a gay activist attempting to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the onset of the crisis in New York City in the 1980’s. The film aired on May 25, 2014. It has received a total of 16 Emmy nominations including “Outstanding Television Movie.” Wittrock’s additional film credits include; The Submarine Kid, which he wrote with lifelong friend Eric Bilitch, Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky, Winter’s Tale, written and directed by Akiva Goldsman, and Twelve, directed by Joel Schumacher. After graduating from Juilliard, Wittrock began his career onstage playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C., and Marchbanks in Shaw's Candida at the Berkshire Theatre Festival near his hometown of Lennox, Massachusetts.
Finn made his Broadway debut as Happy Loman opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield in Mike Nichols’ 2012 revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, which won both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Revival and Best Director of that year, respectively. Finn won a Theatre World Award and the Clarence Derwent Award for this performance. Wittrock followed that success with appearances at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre opposite Diane Lane in Tennessee Williams' critically acclaimed Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by David Cromer, and The Guardsman, directed by Gregory Mosher at The Kennedy Center. Off- Broadway, Wittrock starred in Tony Kushner's The Illusion at the Signature Theatre and Age of Iron at the Classic Stage Co. Other regional theater credits include The Blue Deep at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Laramie Project with The Mechanicals Theatre Group; and productions of The Matchmaker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at A Noise Within Theatre Company. Early in his career, Finn originated the role of Damon in ABC’s All My Children. Other television credits include guest-star appearances on Criminal Minds, Law and Order: SVU, Harry’s Law, CSI: Miami: Cold Case and ER. Wittrock also holds the recurring role of Dale in Showtime’s acclaimed drama, Masters of Sex.
Wittrock currently resides in Los Angeles.
Johnathon Schaech has been acting/writing in Hollywood for over 25 years now. He's been in over 70 productions. You'd most likely recognize him as the lead singer in TOM HANK'S THAT THING YOU DO! Most recently he's been seen in Showtime's Hit series Ray Donovan opposite Jon Voight and Liev Shreiber and History Channel's record breaking TEXAS RISING as Colonel Sherman opposite Bill Paxton's Sam Houston.
CreativeFuture is a coalition made up of more than 400 companies and organizations within the creative industry. They promote the value of creativity, expanded digital access to legitimate content and the fundamental right of creators to determine how their works are distributed. Their goal is to encourage young people to pursue careers in creative fields and show that respect for creativity supports a vibrant creative economy that they can one day be a part of. To learn more about their cause and get involved, click here and follow CreativeFuture on social media.
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