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Filmmakers PanelSince 2001, the Nevada City Film Festival has grown from a local filmmakers event to an international film festival, bringing top independent cinema to the foothills of Northern California. The 13th Annual Nevada City Film Festival, September 5-8, 2013, will screen over 100 independent films from around the world at the Miners Foundry and Magic Theatre in Nevada City. In addition to this exciting lineup of comedies, dramas, and documentaries, the 2nd annual Young Filmmakers Music & Film Project, a program that celebrates the festival’s roots while showcasing local filmmakers and musicians.

The Young Filmmakers Music & Film Project brings together local musicians and filmmakers of all experience levels to create original music videos which will be considered for screening during the Nevada City Film Festival. There is no prior experience necessary. Filmmakers can use any equipment they can get their hands on: an old camcorder, an iPhone, a flip camera – even a laptop webcam will work.

DSC_9201At last year’s festival, seven shorts for local musicians (including Mt. Whateverest, Mariee Sioux, The Moore Brothers, Aaron Ross, Brett Shady, and more) were screened during the sold-out Local Filmmakers Program at the Nevada Theatre, and one was also featured on opening night of the festival. They ranged from narrative, concept and performance-based videos, and also explored and experimented with techniques such as stop-motion animation.

Mentors with professional filmmaking experience are available to answer any technical questions along the way and to guide filmmakers throughout the process. Contact NCFF for a handful of local bands that have already given permission to use their music.

Music videos must be for local Nevada County bands and musicians.

Contact NCFF at thenevadacityfilmfestival@gmail.com to sign up.

(Finished videos must be submitted no later than August 19th.)

The River, Music by Huff This! Film by Andrea Busco


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The Young Filmmakers Music & Film Project is giving young filmmakers the chance to find out if they have what it takes.  We’re looking for young, creative, and artistic, individuals or groups, interested in creating a music video with the opportunity to have the video screened at this year’s film festival in August.

You need no prior experience,and anything from your parent’s 16MM to a Flip Video Camera or an iPhone will work.

Some of the most innovative, exciting, and creative filmmakers cut their teeth at the helm music videos – David Fincher went from directing Madonna’s Vogue to Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in “Fight Club“  and Spike Jonze who in his own very distinct style directed videos for Weezer, The Beastie Boys and Bjork went on to direct such stunning films as “Being John Malkovich”, “Adaptation”, and “Where the Wild Things Are”.  NCFF alumni Mike Mills got his start directing videos for Moby and Air before writing and directing his award-winning film “The Beginners” starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. 

If selected, young filmmakers and/or their production teams will be paired with a local band or musician to create a music video approximately 3-4 minutes long showcasing the group’s music and the filmmaker’s storytelling efforts.  Local musicians include:  Moore Brothers, Them Hills, Huff This!, Th’ Mol, Soft Bombs, Brett Shady, Golden Shoulders, Peter Newsom, Rich Good, Blue Tuesday, Aaron Ross, Lasher Keen, Mt. Whateverest, among others.

Young filmmakers will be provided with 2 one-hour group mentoring sessions led by seasoned filmmakers, producers, and editors, where they can strengthen their filmmaking skills and have their questions answered. Their finished product will then have a chance to be screened at the 12th Annual Nevada City Film Festival, August 16-19, 2012, with some of the industries most exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.  Music videos will be selected by the Nevada City Film Festival Youth Film Council, comprised of students interested in film and media arts from Nevada Union High School and Sierra College.

For those students in need of cameras, NCTV has graciously donated the use of their Flip Video cameras.

To apply, you must be a Nevada County resident and be 25 years old and younger.   Please email a personal statement (one page) to info@nevadacityfilmfestival.com telling us why you and/or your group deserves a spot in this project.  Please include your name(s), ages, phone numbers, emails, links to prior works (if you have any), as well as details on how much experience you and/or your team has with video production.

Deadline to enter is June 1st, 2012.  Music Videos are due August 1, 2012.  Selected videos will be screened August 16-19, 2012.


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