Filmmaker Focus

Filmmaker Focus

The Denver Film Society's Filmmaker Focus offers a robust series of programs to support filmmaking in Colorado. Filmmaker Forum is in partnership with Colorado Film and Video Association and Colorado Office of Film Television Media.



>Focus on a Colorado Production<


A Conversation with CFVA President Patrick Hackett on his Latest Project


GREAT STORIES COME IN ALL SIZES
I said I'd never make another short film, that was until the idea for HELP WANTED came to me from a conversation with a Canadian film director friend of mine. We were in Cannes for the premiere of his film and we were winding down after a long day when he was telling me a story of the most awkward job interview he's ever been through. And from that, the seed was planted.

HELP WANTED is the story of Roger, a retirement-aged gentlemen who is unsuccessfully trying to re-enter the workforce. His best opportunity for a job comes from an interview with Bryce, a millennial with a tech start-up, that he runs out of his parents' basement. The story is an exploration into the new normal that is retirement.

HELP WANTED is scheduled to shoot in July with an almost entirely Colorado based cast and crew. I love Denver; this is my home, so it's only natural I want to shoot my films here. This is also where the majority of my resources are. My studio is at The Lot @ RiNo, and I lean heavily on all the other creatives who work there. From script notes to casting calls, to eventually utilizing all of the audio and video post production capabilities, I see The Lot as a true treasure, for myself as well as any professional filmmaker in Denver. So with that kind of support system, shooting in Denver is an easy choice.

>Filmmaker Focus in 2015<


Workshops


Join experienced industry professionals for a half day intensive course.

Want Film Financing? How To Design A Film Production That Will Attract Investment
July 18, 2015 | Purchase Here

How it Works: An Inside Look at TV's One-Hour Drama
August 22, 2015 | Purchase Here

>Young Filmmaker Workshops<


Now accepting applications for all summer 2015 courses
The Denver Film Society’s Young Filmmakers Workshops are leading filmmaking camps for teens, ages 12-18. Teens will learn the art of filmmaking, refine their work with film industry professionals, collaborate with new friends, and exhibit their films in public premieres.
Click Here for more information.

>Fiscal Sponsorship with the Denver Film Society<


Fiscal Sponsorship is a fundraising tool that serves as an alternative to a filmmaker establishing her own 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation to receive grants and donations. It allows a filmmaker’s non-commercial project to apply for funding from organizations requiring that the recipient have nonprofit status. In order to be eligible for fiscal sponsorship, you must be a current member of the Denver Film Society.

>Rough Cut Screenings in partnership with the CFVA<



Need an audience for feedback on the progress of the film?If you are CFVA member or DFS ind

Films and Events in Program...

  • Selling the Screams: The Business of Indie Horror

    Selling the Screams: The Business of Indie Horror

    60 min. Saturday May 2, 12:00pm, Music Room Learn the secrets of the trade in this passionate discussion of the grueling work of producers, sales agents, buyers and fans who make independent horror thrive.... more
  • Visionary Distribution: A Conversation with RADiUS-TWC Co-President Tom Quinn

    Visionary Distribution: A Conversation with RADiUS-TWC Co-President Tom Quinn

    60 min. Saturday May 2, 1:30pm, Music Room 2015 Visionary Award Recipient Tom Quinn discusses his history of championing great genre cinema - including LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL and THE HOST - and uniquely shepherding them into the world as with the recent highly innovative release... more
  • Scare Tactics: Creativity in Modern Horror

    Scare Tactics: Creativity in Modern Horror

    60 min. Saturday May 2, 2:30pm, Music Room In a genre often clogged with cliché and unoriginality, new auteurs emerge with gruesome ideas and innovative executions that keep the scares fresh and unique. Learn how these exciting voices keep their vision alive while navigating the studio system. ... more
  • Fear of the Unknown: Horror of the Future

    Fear of the Unknown: Horror of the Future

    60 min. Saturday, May 2, 4:00pm, Music Room Hear from the virtual reality, immersive theater, and interactive game designers pioneering the next generation's experience with horror storytelling as they embrace an audience's increasing thirst for new adventure with rapid advancements of technology... more
  • Introduction to Federico Fellini

    Introduction to Federico Fellini

    180 min. Learn about the great director Federico Fellini through a screening and discussion of one of his great, early films, I Vitelloni.... more
  • From Mad Men to Network:  Why Are These Folks Mad as Hell?

    From Mad Men to Network: Why Are These Folks Mad as Hell?

    180 min. Network (1976), Sidney Lumet’s astonishingly prescient film about the rise of tabloid television, picks up where the last season of Mad Men leaves off, in a mid-70s America where media reigns supreme, and anything—and anyone—can be bought and sold to secure high ratings.... more
  • Gold Diggers of 1933: The Weirdest, Sexiest Movie You've (Probably) Never Seen

    Gold Diggers of 1933: The Weirdest, Sexiest Movie You've (Probably) Never Seen

    180 min. Choreographer and director Busby Berkeley made a name for himself in 1930s Hollywood for his elaborately staged song and dance numbers. Though Berkeley’s body of work provides many examples of his penchant for over-the-top spectacle, we will focus on select scenes from the first of his so-called “Go... more
  • Double Play Films Presents: Table 47

    Double Play Films Presents: Table 47

    2015 , 99 min.
    Director: Jeff Kingery Classic Film Noir with a twist for today. You know the characters. The GOOD GUY in over his head, a non-swimmer in the deep end of the pool. The VIXEN with a killer agenda. He's in love with big plans.... more
  • Fellini II: La Strada

    Fellini II: La Strada

    180 min. Fellini II will build upon the Introduction to Fellini class, where we screened and discussed I Vitelloni, and we discussed Fellini's early career.... more
  • How It Works: An Inside Look at TV’s One-Hour Drama

    How It Works: An Inside Look at TV’s One-Hour Drama

    300 min. Learn how the writing staff of a television show works together to create some of today’s best entertainment. From script language to the writers’ room to the production schedule, you’ll be taken through the process with a seasoned TV writer. (Lunch Included)... more
  • WANT FILM FINANCING? How to Design a Film Production That Will Attract Investment

    WANT FILM FINANCING? How to Design a Film Production That Will Attract Investment

    2015 , 240 min. It’s the question every filmmaker faces: how do I raise the money needed to make the film I want? But the better question to ask is how do I design a film that will attract investment?... more
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