Film & Video Announcements


Updated July 30, 2014
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Film & Video Announcements



CASTING CALL: Richard Hicks, the casting director of "Gravity", "Hairspray" and "Zero Dark Thirty" is casting a film called WEIGHTLESS, starring Nick Nolte (48 Hours) and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty).  They are conducting a Nationwide Search for a young boy to play the leading role of "Will".  He is age 8 - 12 and weighs 150 - 250++lbs. or more.  Ethnicity is open for this role.   Casting: No acting experience needed.  Parents of kids who fit the role can go to the website: for more information. 


CASTING CALL: Casting for Billy Dorsey music video shooting August 29-30, 2014, with any pick up shots on August 31st.  Female Lead: Must be 18 and over.  All ethnicities, 5'6-5'8 height weight proportionate with no visible tattoos.  Males: Two bodyguard figures.  6'1 and taller, tattoos are preferred, but not a requirement.  Extras:  all ages, ethnicities, sizes and shapes.  Lead positions are PAID.  Paid Leads must be available all three days, but you may not shoot all three days.  Meals will be provided.   Please send all headshots to  Callbacks and meet with the artist and director will be in Houston on Saturday, August 16th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


CASTING CALL: A major cable network is casting online couples nationwide between the ages of 28-45, that have never met in person, and would like the opportunity to finally connect face to face.  This is NOT your "Catfish" kind of show we're looking for real everyday people.  Couples selected to participate in this new and exciting docu-series will get the chance to take a trip and move their romance beyond the internet, and ultimately help affirm their feelings for each other.  If this sounds like you or someone you know, we want to hear from you.  To be considered, please email  with your name, age, locations, photo, a brief bio about your online relationship, and a Casting Producer will be in touch ASAP!  If selected to participate, you will be compensated for your time.


CASTING CALL: Nationwide casting call for a new dating show on VH1 from the Executive Producer of "Extreme Makeover".  Are you tired of being single?  do you find the bar scene exhausting?  Tried every online dating site imaginable and not finding anyone worth your time?  For those who are ready to make themselves VULNERABLE and fully EXPOSE who they are, a new dating show is proving a chance to find love.  Interested males and females who are 21 and over should respond and tell us a little about yourself and your dating history.  What has gone wrong?  What are you looking for in a boyfriend or girlfriend?  Please contact Torriel Simon at  or via telephone 818-666-3606.


SHORT FILM CONTEST: Literal Magazine is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary by holding its first short film competition Literally Short Film Awards.  Literally short is an event initiated by our drive to bridge all cultures onto one collaborative stage that stimulates international artistic expression.  First place winner will receive $5,000, a BM Cinema Camera, and other things. (and then there's 2nd and 3rd places too).  Regular deadline August 29, 2014.



SHORT FILM CONTEST: Beaumont Main Street’s DOG-tober Fest 2014 Film Competition Sponsored by Mobiloil Credit Union. Enter your PAW-licious short film into the first ever film competition celebrating DOG-tober Fest! The film competition is open to all ages and is free to enter. DOG-tober Fest is Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Beaumont, Texas. The theme of the competition is “In the Doghouse!”  The interpretation of the theme is yours to create. Judges will evaluate each film’s interpretation of the theme and story.  The entry should be a maximum of five minutes including credits and must be family friendly.  Entries must use royalty free music or an original composition.  Awards and cash prizes will be given for first, second, and third place.  Entries are due Sunday, September 14, 2014.  To enter, upload your film to either or YouTube. Visit (case sensitive), fill out the required fields and press “submit.” For more Information e-mail Beaumont Main Street at or call 409-838-2202


EVENT: 24th Annual Scriptwriters Houston 10x10 Short Play Festival is Thursday August 7th, 8 p.m. at Company OnStage (536 Westbury Square, 77035).  The 24th Annual Scriptwriters Houston is the organization's signature event, highlighting selected plays from a diverse array of Houston-area writers, 2014 Writers Include: Michael Weems, Donna Latham, John Meiners Jr., Alex Scott, Erika Walton, Lauren Tunnell, Christine Weems, Fernando Dovalina, Nicholas Garelick, Denise O'Neal.  2014 Directors Include: Steve Carpentier, Lauren Tunnell, Kelvin Douglas, Amy Pope, Callina Situka, Dabrinna Sandifer, Scott McWhirter, Jillian Nolan, Rachel Dickson, Errol Wilks.  Tickets and Information:


WORKSHOP: Tom Vaughan is offering two new Story & Plot Screenwriting Workshops this summer, one will be online starting August 6th (Story & Plot: First Draft) and the other will be in Houston on Saturday August 30th (Story & Plot I: Structure), now with a 'repeater' discount for the Story and Plot: Structure class in Houston. For complete information and pricing:


WORKSHOP: John Wesley Downey will offer an Introduction to Voice Over/Voice Acting Workshop for kids age 10 to 18 on Saturday, August 16th from 1 to 5 p.m.  Basic technique, lots of practice and constructive critiques in a positive, supportive atmosphere.  For more information contact John at


WORKSHOP: Caryn Gorme' has been a casting director for over 20 years and has cast for major films such as Reality Bites, A Woman of Independent Means, and Full Moon in Blue Water.  Her credits also include casting for Print Ads, Music Videos, Episodic TV and hundreds of national/regional commercials such as Wal-Mart, Kraft Cheese, Levi's 501, Luby's, Tylenol, Burger King, IKEA, Coke, McDonald's, Pep Boys, Chevron, Lowe's, Whataburger, Academy, Fiesta, Continental airlines, Marlboro, Unsolved mysteries, America's Most Wanted, Boys to Men, Usher and many more.  Caryn is offering commercial acting workshops on Saturdays July 26th for ages 8-11 and August 2nd for ages 12-16 (subject to change based on Caryn's work schedule) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a max of 10 students per weekend for focused, individual attention.  A parent must attend if child is under the age of 16, this includes taking notes and learning to work with your child in acting.  All attendees must bring a sack lunch with them, they will not be able to leave for lunch.  the workshop will focus on Resume and Headshot critique, slating, Improvisation, Prop Handling, Auditioning Techniques, On-Camera Techniques and Critique, Script and Character Breakdown, Phantom Dialogue and more.  Please register on the "classes" page at


FILM GRANT: Applications are now being  accepted for the Roy E. Dean Fall Grant.  The grant gives filmmakers a chance to get their films going or completed with an award of $2,500 in cash and $30,000 in film products and services.  Films can be documentaries, short films, and features and must be unique and contribute to society.  Deadline for submission is September 30th, 2014.  New this year for the grant is the Britt Audience Award.  Twenty finalists chosen for the grant will have the opportunity to enter their trailers in competition for a $250 cash prize.  Trailers will be posted on the Roy W. Dean Grant Facebook contest page for site.  Fans get to view the trailers and vote for their favorite.  For more information on the grant, you can go to or email    


FILM FESTIVAL: The Call for Entries for the 8th Annual Lone Star Film Festival (LSFF) in Sundance Square is now open.  The festival will run November 6-9, 2014.  You can submit your film to the Lone Star Film Festival through WithoutABox.  Please read the rules and regulations carefully.  The deadline are as follows:  June 14th-Regular deadline, August 16th-Late deadline, August 30th-WAB Extended Deadline.  Please visit  for more information.


FILM FESTIVAL: The Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival (BCIFF) will take place October 3-5, 2014 in Houston, TX.  The festival will showcase positive, educational, and inspirational film and video projects from around the world.  The 3-day multicultural event will consist of seminars, workshops, networking events, film screenings, youth spotlights, and much more.  For more information about submissions, registration, and sponsorship opportunities, visit or call 1-888-2634.


FILM FESTIVAL: The Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival is now announcing their final brick wall deadline for all entries.  The final submission deadline is August 1, 2014.  The following categories are available:  Movie/Film Categories include: Narrative Features projects and Narrative Shorts/Standard projects (both including, Action/Adventure, Drama, Comedy, Horror, Romance or any genre you can think of) - Documentaries (feature, Short/Standard) - Animation (Feature, Short/Standard) - Foreign Language (Feature, Short/Standard) - Art/Experimental (Feature, Short/Standard) - Student Project (Feature, Short/Standard) - Music Video (Less than 5-min total running time) - Trailers (Less than 3-min total running time) - Script/Screenplay Categories include: Drama, Comedy, Romantic, Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Horror, Crime, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Ghost, Religious, Serial, Sports, Thriller, Western, War, Documentary, Disaster, Coming of Age, Detective/Courtroom, Epic/Myth, Art, Dark Comedy, Historical, Political, Industrial and Reality.  The 16th Annual Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival Awards Dinner will be held on September 20th, 2014, with all day screenings on September 21st, in the beautiful Bay Area of Houston, Texas.  For more information on reservations, forms, and prices, please see our website 

Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival is now announcing festival tickets for the Award Dinner, and screenings, go on sale August 4th.  These may be purchased with wither cash, money order, check, or Pay Pal.  Seating is limited.  Celebrity Guest scheduled to appear this year is Lew Temple, veteran of many films, and lately known as playing Axel on the "Walking Dead".  Visit for more details an information on a raffle. 



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