The 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival offers 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that transforms downtown Santa Barbara into a fully featured destination for film buffs. SBIFF continues its commitment to education and the community through free programs that include: Youth CineMedia – A short film program created by youth filmmakers shown on the last day of the Festival, 3rd Weekend screenings, 10-10-10 Student Competitions – Screening and Award Ceremony on the Festival close date, February 13, Super Silent Sunday, Filmmaker and Industry Seminars, AppleBox screenings, Daily free screenings sponsored by Cox Business. In recent years SBIFF has expanded its year round presence with regular screenings and Q&As with programs like Cinema Society, The Showcase and its Wave Film Festivals.
The Opening Night Film and Gala is THE LITTLE PRINCE, directed by Mark Osborne and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy, and Benicio Del Toro. “THE LITTLE PRINCE” is based on the classic tale of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. There will be an Outstanding Performers of the Year Award, honoring Brie Larson and Satires Ronan. Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema.
The Festival will host industry professionals in panel discussions at the Lobero Theatre. There will be: Directors on Directing, in a new format in which the Directors Panel and the Outstanding Director of the Year Tribute were combined into the Outstanding Directors of the Year Tribute. It Starts With the Script, where assembled screenwriters discuss the process of giving life to a film, the challenges one can expect along the way, and key ingredients for success. A panel aimed at producers, Movers and Shakers, assembles a group to talk about their current projects, hopes for the future of filmmaking, and insights into the creative side of producing. Creative Forces: Women in the Business, gathers Successful women from all areas of film production to discuss their unique experiences in the film industry.
The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival traces its origins back to 1979 when Short Film Week was organised by the Clermont-Ferrand University Film Society. This event was repeated in 1980 and 1981. The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival was organised by Sauve qui peut le court métrage (“Short Film: S.O.S!”), a registered association created in 1981 from the need to create a major event for short films. The first Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market was organized, with the intention to raise the economic profile of the short films. The market contains a video library for French and foreign television buyers, distributors and festival programmers to view all of the films in competition, as well as the films out of competition, that were submitted for consideration.
Members of the film society subsequently created “Sauve qui peut le court métrage” in order to develop their project into a working Festival. A registered non-profit organisation, “Sauve qui peut le court métrage” gradually obtained support from the City of Clermont-Ferrand, the Puy-de-Dôme District, the Auvergne Region, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Foreign Affairs, the French Film Centre and the Regional Arts Council. The Festival organization also initiates many projects related to film and audio-visual activities, education and training, as well as the circulation of short films before features or in short-film programs at regional, national and international levels. The Festival continues is run through February 13.
Nashville based Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Among industry luminaries, Tim McGraw is slated as a featured guest speaker at the 2016 Country Radio Seminar. He will lead a discussion, “Transcending / Evolving with Tim McGraw,” in which McGraw shares his insights and experiences on how he has evolved his career and stayed a relevant member of the Country music industry.
As a non-profit organization based in Nashville, Tennessee, Country Radio Broadcasters promotes the growth of country radio and the country music industry through educational programs. The Country Radio Seminar extravaganza serves as “market week” for the country music industry introducing new artists and music that is set for release throughout the year, showcased to radio’s decision makers. It is thought to be the third-largest annual country music event held in Nashville behind the Country Music Association Awards and the CMA’s Music Festival. The Country Radio Broadcasters have selected Keith Urban as the recipient of the 2016 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award, awarded at the opening ceremonies of Country Radio Seminar.
One of CRS week’s most anticipated after-hour events, Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, features performances with successful songwriters from this year, including Rhett Akins, Brandy Clark, Rodney Clawson, Ross Copperman, Andrew Dorff, Josh Kear, Shane McAnally, Heather Morgan, Tim Nichols, Josh Osborne, Jonathan Singleton and Jimmy Yeary. This year’s Acoustic Alley will be held until midnight near Legends Ballroom. Major radio station groups, both country music trade organizations (the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music), music licensing organizations BMI, ASCAP and SESAC, and independent industry professionals are sponsors or attendees.
The Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 20:00-23:30 (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Westwood One, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns as host of this year’s GRAMMY Awards. The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday, February 15 at 20:00 ET/17:00 PT on CBS. In addition to the Pacific and Mountain time zones, the telecast will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET. Updates and breaking news an be taken from The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.
Nominees in the category of Best Music Film include: Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown, Sonic Highways, What Happened, Miss Simone?, The Wall, Amy. Nominees in the category of Best Music Video include: LSD, I Feel Love (Every Million Miles), Alright, Bad Blood, Freedom. Nominees in he category of Best Rock Song include: Don’t Wanna Fight, Ex’s and Oh’s, Hold Back The River, Lydia, What Kind Of Man. Nominees in the category of Best Pop Vocal Album include: Piece By Piece, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Uptown Special, 1989, Before This World. Nominees in the category of Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album include: The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern, Shadows In The Night, Stages, No One Ever Tells You, My Dream Duets. Nominees in the category of Best New Artist include: Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Meghan Trainor.
Preceding the GRAMMYS, among the many events combined into what has become known as GRAMMY Week, Lionel Richie will be honored as the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year at a special gala celebrating his considerable creative accomplishments as well as his perhaps lesser known charitable work. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 26th year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn to in times of financial, medical and personal need. The GRAMMYs are a peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position. A GRAMMY is awarded by The Recording Academy’s voting membership to honor this excellence in the recording arts and sciences.
Content Industry Connect is presented annually by the organizers of Banff World Media Festival. Content Industry CONNECT LA creates a marketplace atmosphere to connect producers, broadcasters, distributors, content creators, and executives across the film, television, advertising, and digital media industries. Attending leaders from scripted, reality, digital, advertising, and children’s entertainment, are immersed in a program of keynotes, thought leader discussions, deep dive sessions, curated face-to-face meetings, and top level networking opportunities. Content Industry Connect LA happens just one day, February 17 in West Hollywood, and is presented by Achilles Media, an events and lead generation service for professional communities in digital media and content production. The company hosts The Banff World Media Festival, nextMEDIA 3.0, The Canadian Innovation Exchange, Companies and Capital, IMPACT, Benchmark, AX3.
Achilles Media strives to provide a community to facilitate professional and creative relationships by creating event-centered transaction platforms that enable business members to increase their market engagement and revenue. Programming aims to service professional communities with events and services. Attending visitors can take advantage of one-on-one meetings and access networking opportunities. Registered visitors can also view and learn of new opportunities to influence target audiences and monetize content in film, television, and digital media, hear from industry leaders from key areas of entertainment content, including scripted, reality, kids, branded content, and native advertising and learn how to leverage from international co-production, co-venture, and co-financing. A closing keynote is then followed up with the Closing Cocktail Reception on the rooftop of the London West Hollywood.
Social Media Week in New York City is part of a worldwide event taking place in 18 cities throughout 2016 and a publishing platform that shares insights into how social media and technology are changing business, society and culture around the world. It will run from February 22-26. Social Media Week New York caters to professionals in marketing, media and technology. An early talk on February, Eric Berkowitz, Tracx and Kathleen Hessert, Sports Media Challenge, tackle the topic: “Pope-emojis and Millennials: How Pope Francis Engages the Largest Generation Alive Today.” Immediately following this presentation, Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times, will deliver the opening keynote, “Pivoting an Icon,” discussing how the NYT pivoted and prepared itself to succeed in the digital age.
SMW forms its agenda with collaboration of media industry organizations, including Ogilvy, Starcom MediaVest, MRY, Forbes, Mashable, The New York Times, The Economist, GE, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify and many more. The SMW audience is made up of senior marketers, founders, entrepreneurs, influencers and digitally connected consumers across a range of industries including marketing, advertising, communications, media, publishing, technology, arts and entertainment. In 2016 Social Media Week explores the global theme: The Invisible Hand: Hidden Forces of Technology (and How We Can Harness it for Good). Conference ends with the SMW Official VIP Closing Party.
The BRIT Awards are the British Phonographic Industry’s annual pop music awards. The BRIT Awards will be broadcast live from London on ITV1 starting from 20:00. Founded in 1973, BPI is the representative trade organisation of the UK recorded music business which include the UK’s four major record labels and hundreds of independent music companies. BPI also organizes the annual BRIT Awards show as well as the Classical BRIT Awards show. BRIT Awards 2016 will be broadcast live on ITV. Hosts Ant and Dec preside over this year’s ceremony. Google Play Music is the official streaming and download partner for the BRITs 2016.
Nominees in the category of British Female Solo Artist include: Adele, Amy Winehouse, Florence + the Machine, Jess Glynne, Laura Marling. Nominees in the category of British Male Solo Artist include: Apex Twin, Calvin Harris, James Bay, Jamie xx, Mark Ronson. Nominees in the category of British Group include: Blur, Coldplay, Foals, One Direction, Years & Years. Nominees in the category of British Producer of the Year include: Charlie Andrew, Mark Ronson, Mike Crossey, Tom Dalgety. Nominees in the category of British Single include: Adele for ‘Hello,’ Calvin Harris & Disciples for ‘How Deep Is Your Love,’ Ed Sheeran & Rudimental for ‘Bloodstream,’ Ellie Goulding for ‘Love Me Like You Do,’ James Bay for ‘Hold Back The River,’ Jess Glynne for ‘Hold My Hand,’ Little Mix for ‘Black Magic,’ Olly Murs ft. Demi Lovato for ‘Up,’ Philip George for ‘Wish You Were Mine,’ Years & Years for ‘King.’
Featured artists in this year’s award show include Rihanna (six BRIT nominations) joining Adele, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Jess Glynne, James Bay, The Weeknd and Little Mix. BRITs 2016 Critics’ Choice winner Jack Garratt will headline the Universal Music UK show at Heaven on February 16 and Bring Me The Horizon is on the bill as part of Sony Music UK’s night at the Electric Brixton on February 18, supported by Sundara Karma and Zibra. Not to be left out, Public Service Broadcasting will headline Brooklyn Bowl at The O2 on February 19, representing the independent label sector. Live performances from the awards night will be available to stream and download from Google Play just after the awards, with all proceeds being donated to this year’s official charity partners, Nordoff Robbins and The BRIT Trust.
The Oscars acknowledges the past year’s greatest cinema achievements as determined by a body of voting motion picture enthusiasts. The Academy’s roughly 6,000 members vote for the Oscars using secret ballots, which are tabulated by the international auditing firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. The 87th Academy Awards will be held in Hollywood, and televised live by the ABC Television Network (19:00 ET/16:00 PT). The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. Chris Rock will host the 2016 Oscars. David Hill and Reginald Hudlin are producers for this years show.
Best Picture nominees for the 88th Academy Awards include: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight. Selections for Best Actor in a Leading Role include: Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Eddie Redmayne. Selections for Best Actress in a Leading Role include: Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling, Saoirse Ronan. Selections for recognition in Cinematography include: Carol, The Hateful Eight, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Sicario. Nominees in the category of Directing include: Adam McKay, George Miller, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Lenny Abrahamson, Tom McCarthy.
The show is presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry. AMPAS was originally conceived by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss Louis B. Mayer as a professional honorary organization to help improve the film industry’s image and help mediate labor disputes. Just before the 2016 Oscars, membership changes are on the way for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A series of substantial adjustments has been approved by the Board of Governors to make the Academy’s membership, its leaders and its voting members much more diverse by the year 2020.
The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Media, Entertainment and Performing Arts Industry News and 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 displays featured subjects of upcoming GRAMMY, Oscar and Brit awards. If the photos do not appear in this post please visit the blog page to view them. Director, VFX guru, and instructor Tom Antos is embarking on a three-month cinematic workshop series that will take in cities New Orleans, Miami, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Toronto, New York City among others. Here are some other upcoming international industry events that deserve your attention: interactive voiceover conference, VO Atlanta 2016, will be held in Atlanta, the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) comes to Kowloon, Cleveland International Film Festival will be in Cleveland, SXSW 2016 returns to Austin, The Paley Center for Media will present PALEYFEST LA in Los Angeles, Variety will introduce, MASSIVE: The Entertainment Marketing Summit, in Beverly Hills, MCM Birmingham Comic Con arrives in Birmingham.