PFAF Schedule, Sunday, September 30, 2012




12:30 pm Workshop: Writing For Short Films

Just as poems differ from novels, short films differ from feature films. Shorts are an art form in their own right. Shorts allow filmmakers an opportunity to approach character and story in a way that often does not work in feature films  “How To Write Your Short Film” is an examination of screenwriting as it applies to short films, a crash course in understanding the process of making an effective piece that both exploits the uniqueness of the form and avoids the pitfalls that many, many filmmakers encounter.


About the Speaker:

David Greenberg teaches graduate and undergraduate screenwriting courses the in Philadelphia area. Since 2006 he has been hired to write or doctor over 30 feature film screenplays. An original screenplay, “Aftermath” was optioned by an L.A. production company and is tentatively set for a Philadelphia shoot in 2013. Another original screenplay, “Morgan, Michael, Vanessa & Max” was optioned in 2012. His book, “100 Movies To Watch With Your Kids” will be published in fall 2012.

His 1995 short film “The True Meaning Of Cool” won an award from The American Film Institute. “Jumpcuts: An Art Film” was produced in 1996, “The Audition” was shot in NYC in 2009 and screened in January at the Idyllwild Film Festival in California. “Technical Support” was produced in 2012 and “Sugar Cookie” was produced in Philadelphia in 2011. “Nightcap” is scheduled for a fall 2012A graduate of the film program at Temple University, David worked on industrial films, music videos, independent films and Hollywood features after college before turning his attention to screenwriting.





Shorts Showcase 7 : Sci-Fi Shorts!

Time: 1:00pm
Location: International House Philadelphia (Map)
3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Ten amazing short sci-fi films & animation from all over the world.

Total Runtime: 91 minutes + filmmaker Q&A (* indicates filmmakers present for Q&A)
Rated R: (violence, cartoon nudity, mature themes)

Dir. David Rene Christensen, Viborg, Denmark
Student Film. In a desolate workplace, one man finds himself so devoted to his job and responsibilities that he begins to doubt his own existence without it.

The Pod
Dir. Jay Hasrajani, San Jose, CA, USA
Short Animation. A pilot, marooned on a strange planet, is on a journey to find his crashed spaceship. On his way, his physical and mental capabilities are put to the test within this alien environment.

(Baby) It’s You!
Dir. David Cowles, Rochester, NY, USA
Short Animation. Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy attaches girl’s head to a robot body.

Dir. Allan Liang, Sydney, NSW, Austrailia
Short Film. Isolates is an action/drama film that explores the relationship between a female super-soldier, Delphe, and a compassionate doctor by the name of Dr. Maroc.

Dir. Fiona Mustard, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Short Animation. World Premiere! A lonely farmer befriends a stranded alien that helps him repair his home.

999, 999, 999
Dir. Gerald Grunow, Munich, Germany
Student Film, Philadelphia Premiere! Adrien lost his personality in the gray daily routine. But then, there comes hope and he try everything to get out of his boring life. But it seems that he will lose everything.

Dir. Sari Rodrig, Morganville, NJ, USA
Short Animation. Brother is a humanoid robot who has one job to build, but fails in creating successful pieces. Once his emotions get in the way of creating something, he realizes that maybe his emotions were just the thing he needed.

Dir. Adrian Dexter,Viborg, Denmark
Student Film. A prince sets off on a journey to save his dying father, driven by his fear of failing him.

Dir. Da Suel Kim, Fort Lee, NJ, USA
Short Animation, Philadelphia Premiere. A battle of survival between robots.

Dir. Beni Fredman, Jerusalem, Israel
Student Film. 7 year old Hadar is behaving strangely. Her mother takes Hadar to undergo a futuristic and risky operation for trauma removal, where the mother learns that the girl has much more than one trauma.



2:30 pm Workshop: The Business of Acting

Upstairs @ International House, 3701 Chestnut St.

You might know some acting techniques – but do you know how to land jobs in the industry, what should your portfolio (or headshots/resumes/reels) should look like, or how to spot a scam? Bring your questions for our speaker!

About the Speaker:

Jerry Perna is a teacher, acting coach, director & produced playwright, as well as a professional actor for over 30 years.

His experience includes appearances with Rueben Santiago-Hudson on the NOVA show for PBS; with Richard Thomas, in Nickolodeon’s LIVEWIRE program; national commercials for Lite Beer, Sports Illustrated & Dunkin’ Donuts; appearances in independent & feature/short films like SEASON (Best Short Film—1997 Atlantic City Film Festival); A CHRONICLE OF CORPSES (Included on The New York Times & Village Voice Top Ten Lists for 2001); WILLY WILL, THE BUXTONS, THE SACRAMENT OF LIFE, the music video UNFAIR ( ) and the short musical film THOMAS ROSENBOW AND A MILLION POUNDS. In 2011-12, he was seen in four feature films on the festival circuit: WHEN THE WEATHER’S WARM…, THE SEAGULL, CARL and BAMBOO SHARK, where Jerry appears alongside movie legend Mickey Rooney. He has also done numerous voice-overs & narrations for radio spots & documentary films and recently completed work in David O. Russell’s THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (as a mental patient with a strange attachment to a stuffed leopard), Ben Donellon’s KNOW YOUR LOGIC and the internet comedy film PARALLAX, written & directed by Graham Nolte. He has created, or co-created original multi-media projects for communities and schools locally and internationally. He holds a graduate degree from the American Conservatory Theatre, in San Francisco.



Title: 21-Day Filmmaking Competition: Green Showcase
Time: 3:00pm
Location: International House Philadelphia (Map)
3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Eleven World Premieres of original shorts that were created in only three weeks.

Runtime: 98 minutes Rated: R

Team 10 Mile, Mike Madigan – Troy, MI, USA
In the near future, a therapeutic process, combined with the memory-inhibiting drug “Jumpalol,” has allowed the world to advance towards its brightest future. With all traumatic memories and addictive pleasures forgotten, everyone is free to reach their greatest potential.

Superhero for Hire
Team Inglorious Splicers, Brian Carlin – Conshohocken, PA, USA
After years of living a double life as Protector Girl, Brandi longs to take the next step and become a full-time professional super hero.

Team Future History Labs, Freddy Moses – Hyattsville, MD, USA
A look inside the mind of a serial killer.

Team Thing Three, James Ford-Hutchinson – New Brunswick, NJ, USA
One man must decide between his two devotions, faith and the new women he loves, and makes the ultimate sacrifice.

Through Orange Eyes
Team Stranger In The Alps, Brad Kingett – Sewell, NJ, USA
Experience a day in the life of one of the Earth’s most detestable creatures…the pigeon. Walk a mile in his shoes. See the world through his eyes. And decide whose side you’re on.

Bear Jump
Team Shochu Cat, Men Wai Pang – Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong
A documentary about people who work at a game company and how they live their life in everyday hell.

Hit & Run
Team Keeps Changing Their Name, Stuart Gould – San Bernardino, CA, USA
The family car comes to life after the driver runs down a young boy.

Lost in the Shadows
Team Gati Kala, Mihir Pathak – Philadelphia, PA, USA
Lost in the Shadows is a short film about a group of patients at a self help rehab facility, who suffer at the hands of treatment and verbal abuse, just two of the many manipulations these people go through during their stay.

Jump In
Team Hollywood or Bust!, Tom Ianieri – Aldan, PA, USA
A disgruntled husband, Johnny, gets enticed by a singles dating site and realized the grass isn’t always greener.

Bleeding Hearts
Team Sickening Thud, Wedge Wegman – Philadelphia, PA, USA
A jaunty romp through the countryside following a couple on their path to self discovery…through murder.

Red & White
Team Psynema, Gary Hanna & Sabina Trandafir – Philadelphia, PA USA
Eugene Dalton, an agoraphobic assassin, must choose between the red wire or white wire to cut on a bomb he is trying to defuse.




4:30 pm Workshop: The New SAG-AFTRA

Upstairs @ International House, 3701 Chestnut St.

Learn about the merger of SAG (the Screen Actor’s Guild) and AFTRA (The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), and how it affects you as an actor, producer, director, or anybody else in the industry.
Topics include how to work with the union as an independent filmmaker, how to become part of the union as an actor, Contract 101, and some of the new and exciting changes!


Title: Feature Film: Limpwings
Time: 5:00pm

Location: International House Philadelphia Theater, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (map)

Runtime: 105 Minutes + Filmmaker Q&A
Rated: R (Sex, blood, adult themes)

Two Minutes
Dir. Christopher Granier-Deferre, London, UK
Short Film. In this terribly poignant tale of memory, loss and love, Juliette, a young woman paying a visit to her Alzheimer’s suffering father, unexpectedly triggers a brief moment of lucidity.

Dir. Andrew Neill, Richfield, MN, USA
Feature Film. A comedy about love, angels, and unexpected stigmata.



Red Carpet Awards Show. Free & open to the public, but seating is only guaranteed for PFAF Passholders & Project Twenty1 Members.

Time: 7:00pm

Location: International House Philadelphia Theater, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (map)

Red Carpet Awards Show. Free & open to the public, but seating is only guaranteed for PFAF Passholders & Project Twenty1 MembersALL-ACCESS PASS


Project Twenty1’s PFAF Closing Night Party

Time: 9:30pm
Location: New Deck Tavern
3408 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Ask your bartender about the $2 domestics & 1/2 price apps!


Directly following the Awards Show, join us across down the block to network with our industry judges and VIPs, and hear the announcement of the Audience Awards winners!
This is also your best chance to meet local filmmakers and animators that are planning some amazing upcoming projects. (HINT, HINT: Call for entries for the 2013 Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival begin in JANUARY! Start planning those shorts and features!)

Photos from Last Year’s Event:


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