Ghent Film Festival, Americana Music Festival, Toronto After Dark Film Fest, Hollywood Reporter:Billboard Conference, Are Highlights in October's Global Media and Entertainment Industry

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    Ghent Film Festival, Americana Music Festival, Toronto After Dark FilmFest, Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Conference, are highlights inOctober's Global Media and Entertainment Industry

    It's an event which is held twice annually -- once in Colorado and again in Santa Barbara,

    California wine country. The Durango Songwriter's Expo gives artists and songwriters theopportunity to network with music supervisors, record labels, music publishers, and havemusic critiqued in listening sessions, sit in on industry panels and perform musical creationsduring the evening showcases. At this year's expo in Broomfield, October 6-8, each attendeegets three listening sessions, showcase or open mic opportunities, and full access toworkshops and panels. The "Write With The Hitmaker" song contest will run again this year.Sticking with custom, registration is always limited to 200 attedees.

    The Chicago International Film Festival, which will be staged October 6-20, is now in its 47thyear. The Festival was started in 1964 by filmmaker and graphic artist Michael Kutza toprovide an alternative to the commercial Hollywood movies that dominated the city's theaters.The Festival opened in 1965 at the Carnegie Theater, where King Vidor, Bette Davis, and

    Stanley Kramer were honored for their contributions toAmerican cinema. Since then, the Festival has grown tobecome an annual event. The Festival is dedicated tofostering better understanding between cultures and tomaking a positive contribution to the art form of themoving image.

    The FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival in Orlando is aninternational horror genre film festival and screenplaycompetition featuring entries in independent horror fromaround the world. Filmmakers compete for the "FREAKYAward" in nine different categories. The FREAK SHOWHorror Film Festival is part of SPOOKY EMPIRE'S

    Ultimate Horror Weekend. A Spooky Empire tradition, theZombie Walk is the official Friday event that kicks off theweekend long convention, from October 7-9, with make-up artists on hand starting at 10 am to apply paint, make-

    up, prosthetics, and plenty of fake blood. The Screamin' Ink Tattoo room will again operatethis year during the festival. The Annual Costume Contest will be held October 9, with cashprizes awarded. Live bands will perform between 7 pm and 12 midnight every night of theFestival run.

    New York City based Black and Latino Filmmaker's Coalition, a career resource forfilmmakers and actors, hosts a series of one-day workshops structured to challenge,empower and motivate. There will be two more sessions left in this month: the "Mastering OnCamera Performances Workshop" on October 9, and "Making A Living As Actor Workshop" on

    October 16, which will close out the current workshop cycle. The workshop cycle which willstart again is structured to guide individuals to perform complex scenes by demandingexercises in efforts to master five crucial disciplines: Rehearsal, Audition, Live Performance,Recorded Performance and Making a Living. BLFC also operates a: Film Assist GrantProgram, an Indepedent Film Theater in Brooklyn, the BLFC Institute which hosts theclassrooms and workshops. The website also lists upcoming castings and auditions.

    Poetry in Film Festival, or PIFF 2011, is based primarily in Melbourne, but will conductscreenings in other districts of Australia as well. The festival is Australia wide, running October9 through November 9, accepting entrants from every state and territory in the country, andaround the world. Entrants in the festival are given a piece of modern poetry. From there they

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    are free to interpret the poem in the form of a 4-7 min short film as they envision it. The bestfilms will be screened at the PIFF Awards Night, where the awards ceremony will take place,with an after party to follow. The best films will also be shown as a part of the festival circuit inother locations, after the awards ceremony throughout Victoria and Australia.

    Sports Video Group (SVG) will hold TranSPORT 2011 in New York on October 11, a sportindustry event focused upon the needs of the sports professional whose job duties includetransport and distribution of video and audio content via TV, the Internet, and other electronicdistribution means. The half-day event that starts past noon will provide an overview of themost recent developments as industry experts and service providers discuss the current andfuture state of this market segment. The Sports Video Group was formed in 2006 to supportthe professional community that relies on video, audio, and broadband technologies toproduce and distribute sports content. The day ends with a networking cocktail reception.

    With its origins as a student festival, and its present focus on film music, the Ghent FilmFestival occupies a certain niche among international festivals. Every year the festivalorganizes film music concerts giving composers of film scores a platform to present theirworks. Since 2001, the Ghent Film Festival has also organized the World Soundtrack Awards.Each year, the best soundtrack composers are honored and receiving recognition for theirwork. In addition to the screenings, the Ghent Film Festival also organizes film-related

    exhibitions. To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of U2's classic album "Achtung Baby", theGhent Film Festival treats its guests to the European premiere of "From the Sky Down", an in-depth documentary about the Irish super band. The 11th edition of the World SoundtrackAwards & Concert will be held October 22, at which Oscar winners Elliot Goldenthal, HowardShore and Hans Zimmer will be the distinguished guests for the closing ceremony of the 38thGhent Film Festival at the Kuipke in Ghent, October 11-22.

    Americana is music that honors and is derived from the traditions of American roots music. In2007, the Grammys added Americana to their Contemporary Folk Award. The AmericanaMusic Festival & Conference goes up October 12-15 in Nashville. In a planned conferencesession, "Working the Festival Circuit: Making a Living Touring Festivals," a panel will explorethe positives and negatives of sharing a weekend with multiple acts and detail the businessside of how to set up such a tour. Many other panels are slated. Evening showcases are held

    at five notable downtown music venues including historic Ryman Auditorium, home of theAmericana Honors & Awards, Lower Broad honkytonks, and the Country Music Hall of Fameand Museum.

    Dedicated to film education and exploration, the Bel-Air Film Festival offers its filmmakersaccess to a series of film panels, music performances, and networking opportunities withindustry professionals when it launches October 12 to run through October 17. As acommunity centered event, screenings are held throughout the Bel-Air community as well asthe greater Los Angeles area. Film screenings include Documentaries, Animation, ShortFilms, Student Film and Comedy. There will be opening and closing night galas, an educationseries of film panels, a special red carpet event night recognizing British film hosted by Brits inLA, special red carpet film and comedy night, screenings in private estates, musicperformances, and a good deal of networking taking place.

    The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate Independent film -- long,short, fiction and documentary -- and to introduce a varied spectrum of international films andfilmmakers to its audiences. The Festival, which this year runs October 13-17 from EastHampton, is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing globalperspectives, with the hope that these programs enlighten audiences and provide invaluableexposure to the filmmakers. In addition to short films (for which they are an Academy-qualifying festival), documentaries and narratives, the Festival offers special events such as:a Breakthrough Performers program, which showcases up-and-coming acting talent (pastparticipants include Rooney Mara, Emmy Rossum, Emily Blunt, and Blake Lively).

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    The 31st Annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) in Honolulu, October 13-20, marksthe festival's 30th anniversary with presentations of contemporary Asian cinema, beachscreenings, a sixth Student Showcase for filmmakers under 18. HIFF is focused ondiscovering features, documentaries and shorts from Asia made by Asians, films about thePacific made by Pacific Islanders, and films made by Hawaiian filmmakers that presentHawaii in a culturally accurate way. Film selection places an emphasis on feature films,documentaries, short films, Hawaiian-themed films and music videos. One of the scheduledroundtables titled, "Search Party", brings together composers, music supervisors and studioexecs to discuss what goes into taking an idea into a full-fledged score. HIFF is an officialpartner with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for Oscar Night America,and is the sister festival of Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) and Shanghai Mediaand Entertainment Group (SMEG).

    The Ninth Annual Giants of Broadcasting Awards Ceremony and Luncheon in New York Cityon October 14, honors those individuals who have played a pivotal role in creating andadvancing the electronic arts. This year's honorees include Brian Williams, ChristianeAmanpour, C-SPAN's Brian Lamb, Fred Pierce, BMI's Frances Preston, John Dille -- thearchitect behind CBS Sunday Morning (Charles Osgood, Rand Morrison, Charles Kuralt andRobert "Shad" Northshield), posthumously Gunsmoke's James Arness, Dawson B. "Tack"

    Nail. Bill Baker will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The luncheon is the Library of AmericanBroadcasting's largest fundraising event, providing the resources to maintain an extensivebroadcasting archive and collection of oral histories. A preceding cocktail reception begins at11:30 am and the awards ceremony begins at noon.

    The two day Sexy International Paris Film Festival, opening October 14, looks to discover,promote and screen the best films from around the world that explore the themes of "Sexy" --sexuality, sex and the erotic -- from a filmmaker's cultural, personal, life and/orcinematographic perspective. The Paris based festival aims to enlighten, educate, creatediscussion and debate, as well as allow audience interaction in relation to various projectswithin SIPFF. Festival goals are to discover, promote and screen the best films from aroundthe world. Though international in scope emphasis will be placed on Francophone contentwith a competition programme to determine the best Francophone short and international

    short film of the festival. The Festival has announced it will premiere for the first time inFrance the Berlinale International Film Festival's German Perspective 2010 Closing nightFilm, "Bedways" by RP Kahl who will be in attendance.

    CMJ Film Festival presents a cross section of major studio premieres alongside independentproductions from emerging filmmakers. Held annually in New York City, this year fromOctober 18-22, the festival's goal is to present an audience of 18-34 year old, media andculturally savvy, globally-minded tastemakers with sophisticated film programming andopportunities for direct engagement with filmmakers and film industry. A partial list of somepanels planned for the festival include: A&R Philosophy, Alternative Film Marketing andDistribution, Connecting Bands with Fans: Mobile Social Discovery, Producing Killer Videoson a YouTube Budget. CMJ Events produces the CMJ Music Marathon in addition to liveevents and tours across the USA. Parent company, CMJ Network connects music fans andmusic industry professionals with new music through interactive media, live events and print,and CMJ.com offers a digital music discovery service, information resources and communityto new music fans, professionals and artists.

    Toronto After Dark Film Festival is a showcases of new horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action,animation and cult cinema. Last year's festival was attended by 9,000 film fans and over 100members of press and industry. The initial lineup includes a number of unique genre moviesincluding the Opening Gala Film, Monster Brawl, a horror action comedy about an outrageoussporting event that sees fan favorites dueling it out to see who is the greatest monster of all.Audiences and fans will also be delighted to hear that horror industry stalwart Troma

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    Entertainment's Father's Day, a cult exploitation film about a group of misfits trying to huntdown a twisted serial killer, will hold its World Premiere at the festival which will be runningOctober 20-27 in Toronto.

    Every year the Celluloid Screams: Sheffield Horror Film Festival showcases contemporaryand classic horror cinema, from new horror features and genre discoveries to short films fromthe "fearmakers" of the future. Founded in 2009, the festival has premiered such notable filmsas: Paranormal Activity, Neighbor, I Sell The Dead, Subconscious, Grace and The Revenant(just to name but a few), and has an ongoing commitment to showcase emerging genretalent. Celluloid Screams has negotiated a special festival rate that includes breakfast at theirrecommended hotel, Jurys Inn Sheffield, during the festival run from October 21-23.

    Hollywood Reporter and Billboard join forces to deliver a two-day seminar on the role of musicin film and television, taking place in Hollywood, October 24 and 25. Now in its tenth year, thisConference offers attendees an opportunity to learn from, network with, and get the ear ofattending music supervisors, composers, directors, music editors, songwriters and producersactive in the business. Topic areas slated for exploration include: Songwriters and MusiciansWorking in Film & TV, Music Supervisors Provide Real Time Critiques, Composers DissectHow a Score Evolves, Writing for Teens, 'Tweens and Tots, Roundtables, Speed Networking,more.There will be a Closing Network Happy Hour on the Pool Terrace, then following will be

    the Official Closing Night Party at The Highlands Hollywood.

    The Annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame October 26 New York City ceremony isregarded as an industry event honoring the pioneers, innovators and stars of the ele...

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