The Bahamas International Film Festival runs its festival in Nassau through December 11 to international visitors, offering a diverse program of films from around the world. In addition to offering films that might not otherwise be released theatrically in the Bahamas, BIFF provides cultural experiences, educational programs and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema. For the festival’s opening night film, Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore star in romance story, ‘Blind,’ directed by Michael Mailer. There is a Closing Night event for designated VIP pass holders, with film (‘BAZODEE,’ with Machel Montano, Staz Nair, Kabir Bedi, Valmike Rampersad, Natalie Perera, and directed by Todd Kessler), food and beverages and a live Concert performance by Benjai.
There are a number of special career development features planned for BIFF. A December 5 Development and Production Panel will field a group that includes Kurt Wimmer (Point Break), writer Susan Batten (Showing Roots), Jib Polhemus (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), filmmaker Christine Swanson (To Hell and Back), professor Nate Kohn (Associate Director of George Foster Peabody Awards). Decenber 6, Your Pitch Your Story Master Class will field Kurt Wimmer (Total Recall), Susan Batten, Jib Polhemus (The Mechanic), Christine Swanson (For The Love of Ruth), Prof. Nate Kohn (Academy Award nominated Producer Zulu Dawn). Actress/Director Jennifer Gelfer will lead a December 10 Acting Masterclass (Showing Roots/Blind). Other notable events will be a “Ladies of the Eighties” party where female performers will celebrate Women In Film on December 9, and Havana Nights, with performances by Cuban native Maydi and Guests on December 10.
Additionally, BIFF has succeeded in promoting The Bahamas as a tourist destination and potential cinema production venue through its annual events. Widely-circulated publications including The Hollywood News Reporter, Variety Magazine, Hollywood Report and Moving Pictures Magazine, Premier Magazine, routinely cover the festival. In June 18, 2012, former U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton delivered a video message addressing the example of Nassau, Bahamas civil society joining together with the US Embassy to advocate and break barriers to raise awareness by showcasing films that combat discrimination. Nominee for the Democratic Party for President of the United States Hillary Clinton BIFF video highlight.
Programmed with video, broadcast and AV professionals in mind, Government Video Expo will have a full exhibit floor, numerous training options, free seminars, keynotes, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and a new educational series of panel discussions. Keynote speakers included in the program are, Lisa Ellman, Commercial Drone Alliance; Robert G. Kennedy, C-SPAN, Rodney Grubbs, NASA; Renard T. Jenkins, PBS; Timothy E. Herlocker, FDNY; Gail McCabe, CreativeMediaMatters. The Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA) is relaunching its Government Learning Technology Symposium (GLTS) this December and it will be an integral part of the 2016 Government Video Expo.
Entering its 20th year, Government Video Expo showcases video, broadcast, audio, display, streaming, and delivery technologies on its exhibit floor, while also providing a broad range of educational options for media professionals working in television and production for federal, state and local government, education, law enforcement and education. There will be three days of conferences, keynotes, training sessions, product demonstrations, panel discussions, and networking events.
In particular, The National Drone Show will be co-located with Government Video Expo, programming in two days of leading-edge technology discussions and demos of the latest UAV and video capture, Drone flying cages for product demonstrations free sessions covering the latest Drone technology and regulatory topics and in-depth paid training workshops for advanced Drone users. And highlighting drone photography innovation, the D.C. Drone Film Festival will showcase visionary work of drone videographers coming from across the globe. The not longer than 5-minute pieces cover topics ranging from narrative, nature, sports, architecture, corporate/industrial/business; and shorts.
Visual Media Expo in Yokohama is dedicated to image processing facilities used by entertainment and media industries and showcasing technologies essential for video production and manufacturing, and the wearable devices. Participating exhibitors of the three-day event that closes on December 9 will be introducing some of the latest and widest ranges of products and services such as: 3D Images and 3D Cinema, 3D Sound, Virtual Space and CG Image Processing Technology, Panoramic Imaging Technologies, 3D Geographic Data, Geographic Information Systems, Geolocation Services, GPS Systems, 3D Scenography Equipment, 3D Contents and 3D CG Production Tools.
The expo will survey the development of various video technologies and representation technologies such as 3D, projection mapping, Superhigh-definition 4K/8K and VR/AR renderings, ranging from a large screen down to mobile devices. And beyond the usual application in entertainment and home media, it will be the purpose of the exhibitors to demonstrate application in the area of simulation at manufacturing sites, as well as in the medical, construction and education fields. A “visual content section” combining new dimensions and ideas will be present to introduce video content, providing an opportunity for visitors to experience various representation technologies such as 4k/8K, VR/AR, interactive signage and projection mapping.
3D Stereo MEDIA and International 3D Festival in Liège is a wide-ranging multifaceted event on all things 3D, and all applications of all forms of “3D” — stereoscopic, holographic, integral, range, print, audio, etc. In 2016, 3DSM will be introducing a scientific conference, with appeal to researchers (with peer-reviewed papers and awards). There is also a 3D Film Booster, an International 3D Festival (featuring VR contents), a 3D workshop on cinematic VR, 3D Master Classes, a Professional Conference, and an awards show. There are two themed conference sessions. The “Scientific conference” presents the latest information in 3D research and development, and provides a way to anticipate what will soon emerge. The Professional conference (PCON) covers a comprehensive range from science and technology through art and content. Many presentations feature stereoscopic-3D (S-3D) video (on a large screen) and/or immersive spatial-3D audio.
A planned training session organized in collaboration with the Advanced Imaging Society and the new VR Society, both based in Hollywood, California, will have 3D and VR experts Céline Tricart (USA), Steve Schklair (USA), and Christophe Hermanns Belgium) address the topic, “Get going in 3D cinematic VR (3DCVR)!”, guiding attendees on how to produce 3DCVR content in real and synthetic images: script-write, model, stitch, visualize, and navigate. For a planned 3D Master Class, Tom Mikota from Florida State Univerisity and Pixomondo and Dave Franks from Jaunt Studios, present and discuss selected 3D topics to a small-group setting allowing for plenty of interaction.
Social networking receptions for I3DF will include “Networking Evening” and “Awards Evening.” Additionally, I3DF presents two types of award shows: “Lumiere Awards” from the Advanced Imaging Society based in Hollywood, California, available for eligible contents from Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa (EMENA), and recognizing contents; “3D Guild Awards” from the 3D Guild (3DG) based in Brussels, Belgium, available for eligible contents from anywhere in the world, and recognizing individuals. A production may compete for both types of awards if it is eligible for each independently. The awards are given out during the Awards ceremony that occurs at program’s end of 3D Stereo MEDIA.
Assembled speakers are set to address matters of investment, delivery and policy options at a London based session of UK Public Service Broadcasting and Content, and will respond to the UK government’s recently published draft Royal Charter and the accompanying Framework Agreement which sets out the details of how the BBC will operate in the new Charter period. The session host, Westminster Forum Projects (WFP) is a private company offering impartiality in organizing timely seminars on public policy, and for all delegates to have the opportunity to lobby, learn, exchange views and make contacts. Presently, policymakers are considering future funding options for Channel 4 (U.K.) and the session will create the space for the stakeholders of the audiovisual media sector to reflect and offer views on the future of UK public service media.
Among invited speakers set to participate in the December 13 session, James Heath, Director of Policy, BBC; Dan Brooke, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Channel 4; Magnus Brooke, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV and Ben Frow, Director of Programmes, Channel 5 have agreed to deliver keynote addresses, together with Sir Colin Callender, Chief Executive Officer, Playground Entertainment. There will be other Guests of Honor as well. Lord Best, Chair, House of Lords Communications Committee and Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, House of Lords Liberal Democrat Principal Spokesperson for Media and the Creative Industries serve as chairs for the session.
Issues up for discussion will encompass: Priorities for supporting public service genres following the Government’s plans to pilot contestable funding over the next three years; and; A devolved approach to funding and commissioning to reflect the changing constitutional shape of the UK; Levels of investment and ownership structures within the UK independent TV production sector; Systematic solutions for increasing diversity on and off screen and options for ring-fenced funding; Maximising employment and professional development opportunities; The development of on-demand services and digital-only channels to widen portfolios and meet the changing needs of audiences.
Video game franchise ‘Assassin’s Creed’ has done well for itself in the lucrative gaming market, placing 14th on Fandom Games Community, Video Games Sales Wiki listing and selling over 93 million copies as of June 2015 (Wikipedia: Assassin’s Creed), becoming French multinational video game publisher Ubisoft’s best-selling franchise. On December 21, the first feature film based on the game’s stories will be released. ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ the movie, directed by Justin Kurzel, written by Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, and starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Michael K. Williams, opens in the U.S. and parts of Europe.
The Assassin’s Creed franchise is conceived of a series of stories, each set in a different time period and location or set of locations. The announced motion picture film will be set in the same universe as the video games but features an original story that expands the series’ mythology. A central thematic clause stemming from its literary roots, “Nothing is true, everything is permitted,” serves as a guiding principle that moves the story through its sequences. The Assassin’s Creed collection of novels by Oliver Bowden, is set within the Assassin’s Creed video game universe.
The books follow various assassins of the war with the Knights Templar. Beginning with the first published novel, ‘Renaissance’ in 2009. The new motion picture, which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox, will reportedly be a brand new story, with new characters. According to Michael Fassbender, the star and producer for the film project, “We really want to respect the game(s) and the elements to it. But we also wanted to come up with our own thing.”
The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events” page. If you like this report and other content found on The Actor’s Checklist, please consider liking the Facebook page at this link. This month’s photo placement shows (starting from top of page) Assassin’s Creed, Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore star in ‘Blind’ at BIFF, more imagery from ‘Assassin’s Creed’ opening December 21 in North American movie theaters. It’s holiday time, and industry dates begin to thin out especially as it approaches the final two weeks of the month. But shortly past the New Years period, event dates take an upswing. Following, are some the global calendar events for January 2017 that media industry watchers can be mindful of. “VR Fest will take place in various locations along the Las Vegas Strip, The Palm Springs International Film Society launches its festival in Palm Springs, the Golden Globe Awards will be telecast live from Beverly Hills, Sundance Film Festival open up in Park City and the Slam Dance Film Fest will operate a short distance away, German Media Congress and Exhibition will be hosted in Frankfurt, ProMediaTech expo will be in Moscow, TV industry’s NATPE expo shifts over to Miami for this month, Salon de la Radio 2017 is in Paris.