CMA Awards, GameSoundCon, Streaming Media West, CTN Animation Expo, Music In Media

November 15, 2009

An annual event in Santa Monica, the American Film Market is a film industry event of networking activity, production and distribution deals, running till November 11, where The AFM transforms The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and the Le Merigot Beach Hotel into a center for activity with 23 screens on the Santa Monica Promenade and the surrounding community put into play for festival activity. Held within the time period of the American Film Market, the city of Santa Monica also hosts the Santa Monica International Film Festival, through November 7, a competition independent film festival that showcases the work of independent feature, documentary and short films filmmakers from around the world. Waterford Film Festival in Greyfriars Waterford, will showcase a wide range of films from feature films, documentaries, animation, short films, experimental and student work. Academy Award nominee Feature Documentary 'No End In Sight', directed by Charles Ferguson, will have its Irish premier at the Festival. Distribution strategist Peter Broderick and journalist and author Scott Kirsner join forces to present a crash course on the new rules of marketing and distribution, especially tailored to the needs of independent filmmakers and artists, at a workshop in Los Angeles, November 7. BMI's 57th Annual Country Awards honors the songwriters and publishers of the top BMI country songs from the past year. At the ceremony, BMI will honor Kris Kristofferson as a BMI Icon in Nashville, November 10. The 43rd Annual CMA Awards takes place at the Sommet Center in Nashville, airing live on the ABC Television Network. The CMA Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for Country Music artists, musicians, producers, publishers, songwriters, video directors and industry executives.

Hosted by the Nielsen Company and Dow Jones, and guided by the combined editorial teams of The Wall Street Journal, Private Equity Analyst, Barron’s, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and Editor & Publisher, the Media and Money conference, coming up on November 12 & 13, reveals new strategies for profitability through dynamic panel discussions and high profile keynote interviews. GameSoundCon features two concentrated days of seminars and panel sessions by the industry’s experts on the unique creative and technical challenges of creating audio for games, November 13-14, in San Francisco. The October 16 Video Production for Real People workshop, will go through a typical video production kit (complete with lights), cover camera basics, visualizing your idea (pre-production), shot selection, and ways to shoot so that you won’t have to "fix it in post." Nokia Mobifest Toronto Symposium and Awards is an independent leaning, made for mobile film festival, started by Nokia to distribute mobile films under revenue sharing agreements, and to take a role as well to produce and commission made-for-mobile films. BMI is a sponsor of The Copyright Alliance's Third Annual EXPO taking place on in Washington, DC. This November 17 event will showcase new products and economic benefits of America’s copyright industries that provides a platform for artists, trade associations and companies to exhibit creative work and discuss the future of copyright and its impact on local economies.

Folded into the established Streaming Media West, the new Online Video Platform Summit is a two-day event designed to help organizations of all types — not just those for whom video is their core business — debuting in San Jose, November 17-19. An online expo, produced by Sony, seeks to educate its participants through firsthand online interaction, on new and existing HD solutions based on your budget, through an Interactive Exhibit Hall, product demos, presentations, how-to videos, real-world success stories, group chats, networking, happening November 19, as a web only event at:
. CTN Animation Expo, November 20-22 in Burbank, is hosted by Creative Talent Network® to provide highly focused conference programming, workshops, recruiting, presentations and networking opportunities designed to connect animation artists, studio executives and industry leaders both locally and internationally. The Music In Media Interactive Conference, happening in Hollywood, November 20-22, is designed to inform, educate, entertain and create opportunities for conference attendees, and is specifically focused on conveying what (and who) you need to know to get your music in film, TV, video games, movie trailers, commercials and other forms of contemporary media. Imaginaria Film Festival, in Conversano, November 25-29, is attempting a new experience and new connection between international and independent cinema of a digital nature, through innovativeness fused through technology and creativity in an array of works including, feature film, short film, film and digital, music video, web video and video art installations.

The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the "Media, Entertainment and Performing Arts Industry News and Events" page at Video and podcast versions of this news summary are also available at popular video sites around the Web like MySpace, YouTube, Daily Motion, as well as on The Actor's Checklist podcast blog at Follow the posting of the news summary on Twitter at: This month on the video news summary you will again see a dynamic array of artists in performance of film, music and documentary. These videos are now available on the Free Home Video Showcase at which now serves as an archive for all past video presentations but without the audio news narration. The Actor's Checklist is proud announce the return of the photo gallery which you can visit at to upload  head shots or other suitable pictures of your choice, create profiles, and use your pictures or others found on the gallery as ecards which you can email to friends and associates.