Jun 30

Mexican Filmmakers Visit Filmaka

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Roy, Ramses, and Jonathan Calderon

Roy, Ramses, and Jonathan Calderon

The talented Calderons, three brothers who live in or near Tijuana, Mexico, drove to Los Angeles this past weekend to help their sister move and to have lunch with Filmaka’s Jason and Carolyn.   Roy is a director, a 2008/09 Filmaka Feature Film Competition finalist.   Ramses is a producer and actor who has appeared in many of Roy’s films, including a new one entered in our “Smoke and Mirrors” competition.   Jonathan is a musician.    Lunch was at Grub, a restaurant just blocks away from Paramount Studios.   The guys were excited to see Yeardley Smith, who plays Lisa on The Simpsons.   It was great meeting you guys and we look forward to seeing more of your creativity.

May 13

Smoke and Mirrors Can Lead to Feature Film Stardom

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Smoke & Mirrors

Smoke & Mirrors

This round’s theme is about illusions, deceptions and mirages – the tricks of the magician, whether he – or she – uses them for entertainment or for darker purposes. Of course, your film doesn’t have to be about a professional magician – plenty of politicians and Sunday school teaches have mastered these skills! Upload your 1-3 minute film about SMOKE & MIRRORS by Sunday, JUNE 21st and you could win $500 to $3000, plus the chance to have your feature film produced, with you as director!

If you are new to Filmaka, the process is: make this film; your peers and Filmaka execs then vote; if you are selected as an entry level winner, you make a second film; that film is voted on by the Filmaka jury (Werner Herzog, Bill Pullman, Neil LaBute, etc); if you place in the top three, you make it into the final round for feature film funding. Got it?

For more details, be sure to check it out!

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