Additionally, the first 10 family-friendly 10-minute screenplay entries from women age 21 and under are also free regardless of what school they attended. A script entry is normally $25. For more information about the “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival script competition, the March 21 script final deadline, and other classes and support for the festival participants, go to AccessSacramento.org
Access Sacramento is looking for short film scripts for its 19th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival script competition. Ten entries will be selected for production and a big-screen world premiere in October, 2018.
Entry scripts must be no longer than 10-minutes with family-friendly stories that feature people and places from the Sacramento region.” Script entries are due by 5 p.m. Wed. March 21, 2018 by either drop off at the Access Sacramento office or online from AccessSacramento.org.“What an exciting opportunity is coming for another 10 filmmakers,” said Film Festival Director Gary Martin. “With Hollywood successes like “Lady Bird” and “The 15:17 to Paris” showcasing Sacramento in film, this year’s festival is perfectly positioned to demonstrate 10 more times what a great filmmaking community we have here.”
Scripts are judged by professionals in three-rounds of blind review, before the top 10 screeplays are selected. The winning writers become producers who have the summer to shoot and edit their project for submission in early September and the world premiere the first weekend in October.
Access Sacramento will host a huge volunteer cast and crew call on Wed. May 9, 2108 at the Coloma Community Center in Sacramento where actors and technical crew gather to volunteer their talents to the 10 winning writers.
A special “Short-Form Script Writing” class runs four Saturdays beginning Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. at Access Sacramento to help writers begin a new script or to polish one already in progress. Instructor Dawn Spinella is a professional writer and coach and is the script coordinator for the California Film Foundation. The $50 class-fee must be paid for in advance at Access Sacramento, 4623 T Street, Suite A, Sacramento or by calling 916-456-8600 ext. 0.
Additional classes to help aspiring filmmakers include:
Short Film Production Tips – Four Saturdays – 10am-2pm – April 7-28 – $50 – Instructor Carlos Hernandez
Make-Up for the Camera – One Day – May 19 10am – 2pm- $50 includes supplies – Instructor Shawna Stagner
Acting for the Camera – One Day – May 26 – 10am – 5:30 pm – $50 – Instructor Charlie Holliday
In 18 previous years, the A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival has brought 177 original short films to the big screen at the Crest Theatre for their world premiere. Many of the writers and actors see their work on the big screen for the first time while others advance existing acting and technical careers.
As an all volunteer project, A Place Called Sacramento annually draws hundreds of people who want to support filmmaking in our region both for the creation of the 10 winning films and then their world premiere. The 18th annual festival’s films showed to a sold-out capacity crowd of 960 at the Crest Theatre.
For more information, visit the AccessSacramento.org website or call 916-456-8600.
Ten original films all about Sacramento made their world premiere Saturday (Oct. 7) in Access Sacramento’s 18th annual “A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival before a sold-out theater of more than 920 people at the Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento.
In a vote of audience members, three of four acting awards and the “Audience Favorite” award went to “From the Mad Genius Mind of Devin” directed by Dwight Taylor whose story set at a middle school science fair creates some surprising results.
Both of the top acting awards went to actors under age 18: Sean C. Stewart as Best Actor in his portrayal of Devin, a brilliant yet love-struck teen science fair competitor and Amber Busse for Best Actress as the target of Devin’s affection.
Best Supporting Actress went to JaNine Romney also from “The Mad Genius Mind of Devin.”
The “Producer’s Choice” award went to “The Middle” directed by Peter Bond. The “Producers’ Choice” is a juried award selected by the festival’s 10 writer/producers, The award carried with it the prize of a $1,000 ladies diamond ring donated by Sharif Jewelers. Those 10 judges were the original scriptwriter-winners named last May in the festival’s launch, setting in motion 10 film production crews over summer and culminating in Saturday’s world premiere.
The Best Supporting Actor award went to Anton Clark from “Penchance” for his portrayal of a young man who learns of life and love on the advice of elderly Jewish mentor. “Penchance” was written by Adam Weber and directed by Laura Chick.
The Best Director award went to Narmandi Zaurice Parker for his work on “Regrets of a Dying Man,” written by Gricelda Ocegueda as the story of a young man battling through addiction as an escape from a trouble home life.
The movie “Postponed” by director Adam Chollet won the award for Best Cinematography by the film’s Director of Photography and lighting, Stephen Chollet. “Postponed” is the story of a young man who discovers an old letter from the 70s and delivers it to the rightful owner resolving a decades-old love story.
Other winning writers and films whose films made their world premiere Saturday are: “Amy’s Baby” by Scott Slotterbeck, “Ethel Takes a Stand” by Michelle LeMay & Kay Neuenhofen, “The Script That Came in from the Cold” by T.L Cisneros, “See You When” by Sally Start,” and “Sole” by Maritza Flores, Jeanette Lim and Sam Manaoat.
Access Sacramento originated “A Place Called Sacramento” in the year 2000 as a way to showcase and celebrate local writers, actors and filmmakers and is the only festival with an All-Local requirement.
The entry deadlines for scripts in the 19th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” film festival will be announced in January, 2018 from the Access Sacramento website.
The festival stage presentations and showing of the films will air later on Access Sacramento, Comcast and Consolidated Communication channel 17 and AT&T U-verse channel 14.
Access Sacramento is a 501c3 non-profit with primary funding from the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission.
For more information call 916-456-8600 or email postmaster@AccessSacramento.org.
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Nearly 250 volunteers turned out for the announcement of the winning projects with hopes of being selected as actors or technicians as the writers turned into producers. Each of the 10 scripts will become short films over the summer with a world premiere of the full set on Sat. Oct. 7 at Sacramento’s historic Crest Theatre.
The 10 writers come from across Sacramento County including Carmichael, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento.
“A Place Called Sacramento” awards 10 family-friendly scripts each year with the opportunity to have the script turned into a movie with a guarantee big screen world premiere, cable distribution of the Access Sacramento public access cable channel and credit listings on the prestigious Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com).
Copy and paste the writer’s email address to contact the writer and to volunteer for their project. The winning writers with their project descriptions are:
“Amy’s Baby” by Scott Slotterbeck (Sacramento) – email@example.com – Struggling to have a baby, a couple turns to friend Peter for help, but this causes real problems in his own marriage.
“Ethel Takes a Stand” by Michelle LeMay & Kay Neuenhofen (Fair Oaks) – firstname.lastname@example.org – Ethel Stewart has her hands full. Her two grandkids drop by for the evening, and then things start going really wrong in the house next door. How will Ethel deal?
“From the (Mad) Genius Mind of Devin” by Dwight Taylor (Rancho Cordova)– email@example.com – Young love blossoms for Devin and Hailey at the annual school science fair, until one amazing experiment threatens their romance – and the rest of the world.
“The Middle” by Peter Bond (Carmichael) – firstname.lastname@example.org – In the Old West the line between good and evil can get a bit murky, where even the best of men usually find themselves somewhere in “The Middle.”
“Penchance” by Adam Weber (Folsom) – email@example.com – A chance meeting in a cemetery between an unlikely young black man with a stutter and an old Jewish cynic blossoms into a friendship where each discovers the meaning of hope, faith and love proving the pen is mightier than the sword.
“Postponed” by Adam Chollet (Sacramento) – firstname.lastname@example.org – An undelivered letter takes a man on an unexpected journey.
“Regrets of a Dying Man” by Gricelda Ocegueda (Sacramento) – email@example.com – A young man dealing with abandonment and depression finds that everyone and everything around him is trying to stop his slow suicide from addiction.
“The Script That Came in from the Cold” by T.I. Cisneros (Sacramento) – firstname.lastname@example.org – There’s no such thing as being “late” in Tom’s vocabulary, but with misfortune and a deadline running side by side, it looks like “Late” and “Loser” just may be synonymous.
“See You When” by Sally Start (Elk Grove) – email@example.com – Two people, one home, zero future?
“Sole” by Maritza Flores, Jeanette Lim and Sam Manaoat (Elk Grove) – firstname.lastname@example.org – Sudden danger during her evening jog demands surprising courage and pride in ways Sarima had never anticipated.
Access Sacramento is a local non-profit foundation operating two cable television channels and cablecast/internet radio station KUBU-LP 96.5 FM on Comcast and Consolidated Communications Cable Channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14.
For more information about Access Sacramento, visit our website AccessSacramento.org or contact Executive Director, Gary Martin at 916-456-8600.
Access Sacramento is pleased to offer a special short-form film screenwriting class starting March 11 and running four Saturday’s in support of the 18th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival.
The class can help beginning writers learn how to put a successful beginning, middle and end into a 10-minute film, and will help more experienced writers with the complexities of helping an audience “care” for characters when there’s so little time overall.
Screenwriter and UCLA-trained instructor Dawn Spinella delivers a course that focuses on the scriptwriting process from concept to FADE OUT.
Get tips and insights from Sacramento native Dawn Spinella has worked with amazing filmmakers like Dustin Lance Black (MILK), Bobby Moresco (CRASH), Paula Wagner (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE), and Wolfgang Petersen (THE PERFECT STORM).
She helps you take into consideration the many aspects of screenwriting that aren’t on the page, but help make your story as powerful as possible.Dawn holds a MFA in filmmaking from UCLA and a MA in Creative Writing. “There’s nothing as exciting as taking the germ of an idea and bringing it to life.”
Script submissions for the 18th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” script competition may be submitted on-line at AccessSacramento.org or turned in at the office at 4623 T Street, Suite A, Sacramento by 5:00 p.m. April 11.
The “A Place Called Sacramento” script writing competition over the last 17 years has produced 167 films featuring Sacramento stories and providing insight into the nature of our lives with the background of iconic area landmarks.
by Brian Jagger
This film short features young actors in their first on-camera film. The program was created as a special program of SacCasting.com and Access Sacramento.
Experience 11 original local films in Access Sacramento’s 17th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival as it premieres this Saturday Dec. 10, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. on Access Sacramento cable television channel 17.
Access Sacramento Executive Director Gary Martin hosts this years 10 award-winning scripts turned into 10-minute movies, plus Access Sacramento’s own “On-Camera Kids” premiere youth-actor film “Returning Andrew.”
In addition to the films, you’ll see the 10 filmmakers on stage at the historic Crest Theatre thanking their casts and crews, and we’ll show you the results of several audience voting awards.
This year’s Film Festival airs on the following schedule:
Saturday, Dec. 10 @ 5:00pm
Sunday, Dec. 11 at 9:00am
Monday, Dec. 12 at 1:00am
Sunday Dec. 18 @ 5:00pm
Monday, Dec. 19 @ 9:00am
Tuesday, Dec. 20 @ 1:00am
Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 11:00am
Thursday, Dec. 29 at 3:00am
More than 800 people attended the world premiere showing of the films at the big screen at the Crest Theatre on Sat. Oct. 8, 2016.
Look for each of the films to post soon to the Access Sacramento YouTube channel, and to AccessLocal.Tv.
Also, watch for the announcement of the the 18th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” script writing competition details so you or friends you know can become part of the next celebration of Sacramento area filmmaking.
For more information about the “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival visit AccessSacramento.org or call 916-456-8600.
Access Sacramento will announce this year’s 10 winning scripts in the 17th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival Wednesday, May 11 at 6pm at the Coloma Community Center during its annual Cast and Crew Call gathering of volunteer filmmakers.
Hundreds of of volunteers will hear the writers-turned-producers describe their films and reveal the type of help they need.
A Place Called Sacramento Cast and Crew Call
Wednesday, May 11 • 6 p.m.
Coloma Community Center Courtyard
4623 T Street, Sacramento
Actors of all types and ages will be needed. Film crews will be built including directors, producers, camera operators, audio equipment operators, plus helpers of all types including those who will work with lighting, finding locations, wardrobe, make-up, props and general production assistants.
Volunteers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend the Cast and Crew Call since the “A Place Called Sacramento” historically has been the entry point for many who have never worked on a movie before. “A Place Called Sacramento” is our region’s first and original all-local film festival celebrating film makers in our area.
In total 157 films in the last 16 years have been completed by local scriptwriters. Each completed film is guaranteed playback on Access Sacramento’s public access television channels, a world premiere big screen showing, and credit in the prestigious Internet Movie Database IMDB.com. Full festival information and rules are available at AccessSacramento.org
The 17th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” Film festival will premiere the 10 films at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at the historic downtown Crest Theatre.
For more information about Access Sacramento’s “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival call 916-456-8600.
Access Sacramento seeks 10-minute short film script entries featuring Sacramento by April 1, 2016 for its 17th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival.
“A Place Called Sacramento” is unique by selecting 10 Sacramento-themed winning scripts for production during this coming summer, with the resulting 10-minute films appearing on the big screen in a giant world premiere in October. Each film must feature story lines and locations about the Sacramento region.
Two rounds of juried script judging will yield the top 10 film scripts. Once named, the script writers turn into producers and will use May through August to convert their scripts into 10-minute films using volunteer actors and crew, all from the Sacramento area.
CAST AND CREW CALL: May 11, 2016 * Coloma Community Center * 6:00 pm
Volunteer actors and technical crew including camera operators, audio specialists, cinematographers, lighting directors, production assistants, make up artists, hair stylists, and more will sign up to help make the 10 films.
Access Sacramento is providing three specialty workshops on Saturdays to support the effort:
* Short Film Production Tips – Four Saturdays beginning April 16
* Acting for the Camera – One day, Saturday, May 28
* Make Up Basics – One day, Saturday June 4
These classes are open to the general public and do not require Access Sacramento membership. Sign up by calling 916-456-8600 ext. 0.
Further details about the script competition, online entry forms and resulting film creation process may be found at the Access Sacramento website: AccessSacramento.org.
In the previous 16 years, 157 short films have been created for the A Place Called Sacramento festival, featuring local talent and crews and launching the careers for many local residents who might never have found these opportunities without their Access Sacramento start.
Access Sacramento’s “Place Called Sacramento” film festival is designed to promote local filmmaking and storytelling by utilizing local actors and crew. As a fundraiser, it benefits a variety of programs including Access Sacramento’s youth Neighborhood News Bureau Correspondent program that teaches young people between 16-and-21 years old the skills necessary to be journalists for the news blog website AccessLocal.TV.
Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are still available for the “Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival by contacting the Access Sacramento office. Updates by participants in the festival can be tracked from the Festival Facebook page.
For more information:
Access Sacramento Executive Director
(916) 456-8600 Ext. 100
The class for the general public runs February 20 to March 19 from 10am to 1 pm at Access Sacramento, inside the Coloma Community Center, 4623 T Street, Sacramento.