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FestForums Santa Barbara: Learn How to Make the Best Fest


Organizing a film festival, music festival, or food fest can be a tremendous undertaking. It is crucial to understand everything that can go wrong and how to best mitigate possible disaster and turn your fest into one of legend (and not in the way Fyre Fest became legendary). That is where FestForums Santa Barbara comes in. Held at the Fess Parker Resort (633 East Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA) and running November 16 - 18, FestForum is a meeting of minds to help you learn how to get the most out of your festivals.

From their press release: FestForums is a festival conference for food, beverage, music and  film festival industry leaders that takes place biannually in Santa Barbara, CA and New York City.  Addressing cutting-edge technology, talent, ticketing, sponsorships, scheduling, merchandising, operations, sustainability, charitable work, innovation and safety, FestForums brings together festivals and events of all sizes for collaboration and professional development.

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FestForums Santa Barbara
November 16 - 18, 2017

Fess Parker Resort
633 East Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Hitchcock Makes for A RED Carpet Evening at the Ziegfeld

helenIn a slinky, black dress with golden patterns, Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren stole the show at the New York premiere of Hitchcock at the Ziegfeld Theater in midtown. Previously it had made its splash debut at Los Angeles' AFI Fest earlier this month. 

The 67 year-old Britisher gave Scarlett Johannson (who plays Janet Leigh), wearing an tight asymmetrical mini-tube dress, and Jessica Biel, (Vera Miles) in a glittery top and matching pants, a run for the money on the red carpet. The newlywed’s diamond ring is big as a quail’s egg, but Justin Timberlake was nowhere in sight.

Mirren stars in Hitchcock as Alma Reville, the wife of the Psycho director who was usually in the background but indispensible as her husband’s story consultant, continuity person and casting director. 

The only person missing was Anthony Hopkins, who stars as the corpulent director, as he was filming in London, said Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi.

Other stars from the film on the red carpet included James D’Arcy (Anthony Perkins), Danny Huston (Whitfield Cook, a writer who hits on Mirren’s character), Michael Stuhlberg (Lew Wasserman), Toni Collette (Hitchcock’s secretary) and screenwriter John J. McLaughlin

Read more: Hitchcock Makes for A RED Carpet...

Cannes 2012 - Opening Night

Moonrise Kingdom, wes anderson, cannes, cannes 2012The 2012 Cannes Film Festival opened, not with a bang, but with a quirky charm as director Wes Anderson's latest, Moonrise Kingdom, was presented to the usual crowd clad in black tie and evening gowns. All evening screenings in the Lumiere Theater of the festival Palaisare formal affairs; unless you show up in the appropriate garb, you will be denied entrance, even with an invitation.

Read more: Cannes 2012 - Opening Night

Bel-Air Film Festival 2011

Dedicated to film education and exploration, the Bel-Air Film Festival offers its filmmakers access to a series of film panels, exciting music performances, and networking opportunities with some of the industry’s top professionals. Film screenings include Documentaries, Animation, Short Films, Student Film and Comedy. The festival also hosts both opening and closing night galas, this year being held on October 12th and 17th.

The lineup consists of 36 films, including 23 international premieres, one of which will take place on opening night at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The film is My Father's Will, directed by Fraydun Manocherian. Also taking place on opening night will be a live musical performance by Chris Mann (of Glee) and Chloe Flower, accompanist. For more details about the evening's activities, go to .

BAFF is an independent international film festival recognized for celebrating cinema in one of Southern California’s most prestigious and storied communities. The Festival attracts thousands of moviegoers each year, promotes the appreciation and knowledge of film, and seeks to recognize the most creative films and individuals in the film industry each year. BAFF’s goal is to inspire filmmakers and help provide them with the resources needed to further their knowledge.

Tickets and lineup info can be found at .

Bel-Air Film Festival
October 12-17, 2011

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Luxe Sunset Hotel
11461 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

UCLA James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall 1409
Los Angeles, CA

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