Phoenix Comicon – For Filmmakers

Phoenix Comicon – For Filmmakers

The weekend of May 24-27, downtown Phoenix will be overrun with the wildly successful pop culture event known as Phoenix Comicon.  This you may know.  What you may not know, are all of the events and screenings that can keep filmmakers and enthusiasts alike busy all weekend.  Let’s take a look…

Phoenix Comicon Film Festival

This year, the film festival at Phoenix Comicon has grown by leaps and bounds!  They received over 3 times the submissions compared to last year, and films were submitted from filmmakers all over the world including South Korea, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Australia, Chile, Russia, Denmark, France, UK/Scotland, Romania, Mexico.  The competition was tougher this year to even be selected, so we are very happy to announce the acceptance of several films created by IFP Phoenix members, or that involved IFP Phoenix members.  We congratulate ALL Arizona filmmakers who were accepted, but we want to extend a special congratulations to the IFP Phoenix members who’s films were selected.

Paul DeNigris, a professor of digital video over at the University of Advancing Technology has two films selected this year, Covet and Flight of the Melvin.  Damsel, a short sci-fi/noir/horror film, has been selected by Paul Hoeprich, the 2010 Arizona Filmmaker of the Year.   IFP Phoenix member and actor Kevin Herrmann can be seen in the debut screening of Interceptor, by director Angel Ruiz.  IFP Phoenix member and producer, JP Frydrych, is proud to screen the film Addict, which also stars actor Kevin Herrmann.  For those of you who know director Kevin R. Phipps, you’ll want to check out his performance as an actor in the short film, Mid-Life Crisis Guide to Your Strippers, directed by  John Kestner.  Nathan Blackwell will be showing both of hiss webseries, Normally this Weird and Voyage Trekkers on the big-screen.  The award-winning short/music video, Ritual, directed by Andre Noe with cinematography and editing by Webb Pickersgill will be screened.  Wish Inc., directed by 2012 Arizona Filmmaker of the Year Diane Dresback, cinematography by Webb Pickersgill, and editing by Bob Marquis will be screened.  IFP Phoenix member and cinematographer Bret Kalmbach has two films, Drug and Secret Agents which will be screening as well.  I’m sure we missed several films that our members were involved in, but nonetheless, all the films this year are sure to entertain so be sure to check them out!

If you missed the 2012 International Horror Sci-Fi Film Festival (shown during the 2012 Phoenix Film Festival) in April, you’ll be happy to hear that the Horror and Sci-Fi shorts programs will be reprised at the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival!

For the most accurate and up-to-date schedule on films, please be sure to visit the Phoenix Comicon website regularly.

Other Film-Related Activities

This year features both a film challenge and a screenwriting challenge hosted by Phoenix Comicon.  On Friday 5/25 at 6:00pm, check out the entries for the 2012 Phoenix Comicon Film Challenge.  Then on Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm, join us as the Phoenix Comicon Script Competition winner is awarded with an actual table read involving some of our talented local actors which will then be followed by a script analysis conducted by our competition judges along with a discussion with the winning scriptwriter. It will truly be an educational experience for anyone who has an idea for the next big script.  Look out for panels for filmmakers as well, as there are a lot of great opportunities to hear filmmakers discuss their films and process.

Did Someone Mention Celebrities?

So, other than the films, what else is there that’s film-related that you could check out?  How about bumping elbows with dozens of celebrities.  This year, Phoenix Comicon will be the host to stars such as: William Shatner, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn, Marina Sartis, Phil Lamarr, Erin Gray, and Casper Van Dien, just to name a few.  Plus more guests in film and TV, Anime, Comic Books, and authors will be there as well.  Too many to list, and impossible to keep up as they keep adding people to their roster, so check out the Phoenix Comicon website regularly for who you might be able to meet. 

Something for Everyone

The Phoenix Comicon really is a great family event that can be enjoyed by everyone.  We’ll see you there!