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CASSIAN ELWES TO DELIVER KEYNOTE AT IFTA PRODUCTION CONFERENCE

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) will present its 15th Annual production conference on April 25 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.

Independent film producer and financing expert Cassian Elwes will deliver the keynote address. The conference theme is "Straight to .......Theatrical: The Expanding Arena for Independent Filmmakers."

IFTA is a global trade association of indie motion picture and TV producers and distributors. Each fall it produces the American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica.

The Academy Award for 12 Years a Slave, marks the 11th time in the past 12 years that the Best Picture Oscar has gone to an IFTA Member film.

For more info go to IFTA-online.org/production-conference

LOS ANGELES FILM FEST TURNS 20

The North American Premiere of Snowpiercer, directed by Bong Joon-ho, will open the 20th edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs June 11 - 19 at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.

Renowned pop artist Ed Ruscha has designed the commemorative poster for the Festival.

Passes are now available to the general public.

For more info and registration, go to www.lafilmfest.com

AFI FEST 2014 ANNOUNCES DATES AND DEADLINES

AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi – the American Film Institute's annual festival – will take place November 6 - 13 in Hollywood. It will again partner with The American Film Market, taking place at the same time in Santa Monica.

This year AFI FEST has two deadlines for submissions:
June 27 (early deadline) and August 8 (final deadline).

For more info, go to www.afi.com and www.AmericanFIlmMarket.com

CALL FOR ENTRIES

San Antonio Film Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary at this year's festival, running July 28 - August 3. The late deadline is February 14 ($70) and the extended deadline is March 14 ($85).

www.safilm.com

Palm Springs Intl Shortfest, also celebrating its 20th anniversary, will take place June 17 - 23. The regular deadline is March 10 and the final deadline is April 7.

www.psfilmfest.org

Ongoing Deadlines

Chicago City Limits Comedy Film Fest
www.firstsundays.com

D.Film Digital Film Festival
www.dfilm.com

Hollywood Shorts
http://blog.hollywoodshorts.com

Once a Week Online Film Festival
www.youtube.com/onceaweekfilmfest

PEC Independent Film Championship
www.aivf.org/node/649


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