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Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival Schedule & Tickets are UP!
Traveling to the Festival
Off the bat, we should mention that it is a BUSY weekend in University City, so book your room as soon as you can!
We have worked out a discounted rate with the nearby Homewood Suites by Hilton University City, located at 4109 Walnut St. (only 3 blocks from International House Philadelphia) They are offering PFAF attendees a block of 10 discounted rooms starting at $229/night (regularly $299) if booked before September 19th. The signup link is HERE. After Sept. 19, these rooms get released to the general public, so book quickly!
Another great option we recommend would be our friends at Travel By Simon. Simon’s rates BEAT those of online sites like expedia or orbitz (which have hidden fees), and he certainly beats the heck out of their customer service. He is running a group rate for Project Twenty1 and PFAF attendees this year, so we recommend calling or emailing Travel By Simon and telling them Project Twenty1 sent you! We’re sure you’ll get the best options and rates around. Call him at 877-924-0002 or e-mail email@example.com.
Spotlight on 2012 Judge, James Rolfe, Cinemassacre.com
Judging the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition portion of the Festival.
James Rolfe has created more than 300 films in his career, and has become an icon in the gaming world with his hit web series, The Angry Video Game Nerd. Known for its hilarious reviews and retrospectives of pop culture phenomena, his website Cinemassacre.com receives millions of hits each month.
Jame is one of the most viewed Directors of All Time on Youtube, with over 500,000 subscribers and 250,000 Facebook fans. James creates content for Spike.com, GameTrailers.com, and MTV, and was the winner of Mashable’s Best Web Series of 2009 for The Angry Video Game Nerd.
James’ other popular series include Board James, OverAnalyzers, and You Know What’s Bullsh*t? He is currently in post-production of Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. (photo by John DePasquale)
Spotlight on PFAF Judge, Derek Dressler, Walt Disney TV
Judging the animated portion of the PFAF Official Selections
Derek Dressler is a writer based in Los Angeles. He is currently a Staff Writer with Walt Disney Television Animation, and served as Story Editor of the Disney series KICK BUTTOWSKI: SUBURBAN DAREDEVIL.
A 2005 graduate of Writing for Film and Television at The University of the Arts, Derek also taught writing and liberal arts courses upon graduation. He is the recipient of the 2007 “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Award for writers under age 25, awarded by Academy Award Nominee Stephen J. Rivele (Nixon, Ali, Copying Beethoven).
Derek is also a former Philly PitchFest winner, and continues a mentorship with screenwriter Mark Rosenthal (Jewel of the Nile, Planet of the Apes, Flicka). Most recently, Derek co-wrote Troma’s RETURN TO THE CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH, for director Lloyd Kaufman.
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Stephanie, Matt & All the “Susie Filmmakers”
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