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Independent Pictures Presents the 21st Annual Ohio Independent Film Festival

Independent Pictures is Proud to Present the 21st Annual Ohio Independent Film Festival

Independent Pictures is proud to present the 21st annual Ohio Independent Film Festival. The four-day event is open to the public and will be held at the historic Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore 7, 22624 Lake Shore Boulevard, in Euclid, Ohio, from November 6th through November 9th.

This year’s films include shorts and feature films from around the world and in all genres. There is something for everyone! Independent Pictures is dedicated to building a strong independent film community in Northeast Ohio by bringing artists, industry experts and audience members together through exhibition, education and networking events. This year’s festival is sponsored in part by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and Community Shares.

For tickets and schedule: or call 216-795-5704.



Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has Issued a Call for Artists

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has Issued a Call for Artists

CLE Temporary Art Exhibition Program is currently seeking proposals from artists working primarily in water soluble mediums for its upcoming exhibition “Inspirations”. CLE Temporary Art Exhibition Program is a free initiative available to artists.  The purpose of this program is to showcase the diversity of arts and culture of the Cleveland Plus Region.  Cultural institutions, arts organizations, museums, as well as individual artists are invited to submit a proposal for consideration. 

For more information please contact:

OR visit the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport website:

Deadline is Monday, December 1, 2014



Fall Screenwriting Seminar – November 8th


Stew Bean Productions & Rainbow Tiger Media Presents Open Call Auditions for “SLEEP QUICK”

Stew Bean Productions & Rainbow Tiger Media Presents Open Call Auditions for “SLEEP QUICK”

 Sleep Quick is the story of a Cheap Trick parody band who dreams of making it big. The band consists of the most hardcore Cheap Trick fans that the world has ever seen. The die hard fans call their parody band ‘Sleep Quick’ and their destination is the South by Southwest Festival. Unfortunately for the band, they have no income and no real fan base and worst of all, they are not sure on how to get more fans and more money.

Sleep Quick embarks on an adventure of raising money to produce a professional sounding album and to raise money to play and travel to South by Southwest. Each attempt in raising money fails and each new attempt gets weirder than the last. In the end, the band foolishly gets more than they can handle when the drummer pressures them into helping him in the black market.

An open casting call will be taking place in Columbus, OH at the Westerville Public Library.

  • October 17th 2pm-6pm
  • October 18th 9am-6pm
  • October 19th 9am – 1pm


Westerville Public Library
126 N State St.
Westerville, OH 43081-1426

All band roles are paid.

For more information, please contact Dynamic Talent & Casting Agency:

Sides for video auditions are available upon request.


The Docherty Agency is Hiring an On-Camera Talent Agent—Film & TV Division in Cleveland, OH

The Docherty Agency is currently seeking an On-Camera Talent Agent—Film & TV Division in our Cleveland, OH office location.

This is a fast-paced environment, so applicant should be able to maintain a calm, professional manner while juggling multiple tasks at once. The ideal individual will possess exemplary written and oral communications skills, excellent phone manner, and an upbeat personality. We are looking for a reliable, self-motivated, dedicated and eager individual.

Primary Responsibilities:
-Manage and book actors for film, TV, industrials, commercials and voice
-Interaction with advertising agencies, production companies, casting directors and actors via phone, email and in person
-Negotiate rates and booking contracts for Union and Non-Union divisions
-Manage SAG/AFTRA union joins and membership
-Coordinate and confirm all auditions and shoots between production/casting and talent
-Work with each talent in developing on-camera skillset and development
-Manage invoicing and assist accounting department in collections
-Assist other agency divisions as needed
-Film and prepare auditions for submission purposes
-Work closely with actors to ensure relationship aligns with talent’s career objectives

Required Skills:
Experience in Film/TV/Commercials preferred
Extremely organized and must be a multi-tasker
Great phone demeanor
Working knowledge of SAG/AFTRA preferred
Possess a strong work ethic
Detail oriented
Ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage a high volume of work
Must communicate well
Must be well organized
Must have the ability to work as a team player
Must be graceful under the pressure of deadlines
Experience in production is a plus
Experience in sales is a plus

To apply to this position please visit The Docherty Agency’s LinkedIn posting - CLICK HERE TO APPLY


Join the Greater Cleveland Film Commission & Film Industry Training Seminars LLC for a 2 Day Film Crew Fundamentals Training Seminar – Nov. 22nd & 23rd

Please Join the Greater Cleveland Film Commission & Film Industry Training Seminars LLC (formerly P.A.T.S. – Production Assistant Training Seminar) for a 2 Day Film Crew Fundamentals Training Seminar – Nov. 22nd & 23rd

The seminar will be held at Cleveland State University and special rates are being offered to college students including CSU students.
For more information and to register please visit the event website:


THIS WEEK! – Please Join Us for Our Fall Media Mixer – Oct. 2nd at Nighttown

Please join us at our NEXT Media Mixer on OCTOBER 2nd at NIGHTTOWN! We hope to see you all there!
The GCFC will provide light appetizers and there will be a cash bar.


12387 Cedar Road
Cleveland, OH

6pm – 9pm

Who Should Attend Our Media Mixers? 

Are you a production professional currently working in NE Ohio? Are you a small business owner that is interested in becoming a film vendor? Are you looking to break into the production industry in NE Ohio in any way possible or are you interested in learning more about the production opportunities NE Ohio? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, please join us. Our Media Mixer is a great way to network with people in the industry.


TV Show Looking for Two Spanish Speaking Female Singers

TV Show Looking for Two Spanish Speaking Female Singers

A local television production is looking for two female singers to record a song on Wednesday October 1st. Singers must be able to sing in fluent Spanish.

Please send general information about yourself along with a sample song (if available) to:
Emily Hoban



Pleas Join Us for Our Next Media Mixer – THURSDAY October 2nd at Nighttown

Please join us at our NEXT Media Mixer on OCTOBER 2nd at NIGHTTOWN! We hope to see you all there!
The GCFC will provide light appetizers and there will be a cash bar.


12387 Cedar Road
Cleveland, OH

6pm – 9pm

Who Should Attend Our Media Mixers? 

Are you a production professional currently working in NE Ohio? Are you a small business owner that is interested in becoming a film vendor? Are you looking to break into the production industry in NE Ohio in any way possible or are you interested in learning more about the production opportunities NE Ohio? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, please join us. Our Media Mixer is a great way to network with people in the industry.


Open Audition for “Accidental Heroes” – Saturday September 27th

Open Audition for “Accidental Heroes” will be Held Saturday, September 27th

9:00 am until 3:00 pm

“The Little Theatre” - 40 River Street – Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

We are looking for all ages and ethnicities except for those under the age of 18…sorry, no children on this project.

 ****Main Characters are PAID roles****

Auditions will occur on a first come first served basis. My goal is to audition everyone who joins us that day so PLEASE show up as early as possible.

This project will be filming mostly weekends in November and possibly EARLY December. 4-14 days for principle characters.

If you have a headshot and resume available, bring it along. Otherwise, pictures can be taken upon your arrival.

This is a comedy centered around three best friends, a girlfriend and a nemesis female friend that is the trouble maker of the group.

The theatre is located at 40 River Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022. Please, no phone calls to the theatre.

Directors will be on hand to interact with actors and sides will be provided on site for a cold read.

Allan Biggins Casting


Fundraiser for Parkinson’s Research through Shaking With Laughter and The Michael J. Fox Foundation


Canton Palace Theatre and Announce 2014 Canton Film Fest

Canton Palace Theatre and Announce 2014 Canton Film Fest

 Canton, Ohio (September 4, 2014)—, in association with the Canton Palace Theatre, will host the 2014 Canton Film Festival in downtown Canton on October 2, 3 and 4, 2014. During this three-day film forward event, the public will get the chance to screen the short films of independent directors from Canton, North East Ohio and all across the country.

Tickets start at just $5 per block. An All Festival Pass is $40 and includes admission to all movie events and the VIP Reception on Saturday afternoon at Basil Asian Bistro.  Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Palace Box Office at 330.454.8172 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

The official 2014 Canton Film Festival schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 2

6:30 pm                                  Doors open
7:30 pm                                   Collecting Sgt. Dan
9:30 pm                                   Q&A with filmmaker Matt Patron

Friday, October 3

3:00 pm                                   Doors Open
3:30 pm                                   Afternoon Chat with Erin Brown, California based Filmmaker
5:30 pm                                   Alex Sheen, founder of Because I said I would.
6:30 pm                                   Elec Simon Anti-Bully Rally with Drum Circle Performance
7:30 pm                                   First Friday Family Movie “Bully”

Saturday, October 4

11:30 am                              Doors Open
12:00 pm                             Category Submission Films
2:00 pm                               Contract Redemption0
2:30 pm                               Q & A with crew of Contract Redemption
4:30 pm – 06:30 pm        Category Submission Films
4:30 pm – 06:30 pm        Meet & Greet Brannon Braga and Bruno Gunn at Basil Asian Bistro
6:30 pm – 07:30 pm         Brannon Braga Q & A
7:30 pm                                “After”, featuring Bruno Gunn
9:15 pm                                Q & A with Bruno Gunn
10:00 pm                             Category Winner Announcement

2014 Submission Categories are: Mobile Movie, Documentary, Short Fiction, SciFi/Superhero,      Green/Environmental, Horror, Music Video and Experimental. Submissions are accepted at and can be sumbmitted up until 11:59pm on September 19, 2014

Besides the films entered into the festival, 2014 Canton Film Fest also features several special guests.

Thursday, October 2, will feature the film Collecting Sgt. Dan and Q&A with Director Matt Patron.  Collecting Sgt. Dan is about Sgt. Daniel James Patron, USMC EOD technician. Sgt. Patron was killed in action on August 6, 2011 while disarming an IED. The film was created so that brother and filmmaker, Matt Patron, could share the memory of Sgt. Dan with his young children. Half of ticket sales for the evening with go to benefit Solid Rock Therapeutic Riding Center.  The center rescue horses and use them to help heal disabled children and veterans.  They have a rescue horse there named after Sgt. Dan.

Friday, October 3, will feature our new Up-and-Coming Filmmaker Series featuring Erin Brown.  Erin will discuss how her career has blossomed since graduating from Malone College to now directing music videos, commercials, and films.  Friday evening will begin with Alex Sheen, founder of Because I Said I Would, followed by an anti-bully rally lead by Canton’s own Elec Simon, and the film Bully.  This showing is part of the Canton Palace Theatre’s First Friday Family Movie Series.

Saturday, October 4, Canton Film Fest 2014 will showcase all of our submitted films.  We will be featuring the film crew that is producing the short film Contract Redemption in Northeast Ohio.  Brannon Braga, McKinley and Kent State University—Stark Campus graduate will be present to discuss his work from being a Hollywood writer to becoming an executive producer of shows like Star Trek and Salem.  Bruno Gunn, born in Canton, Ohio, known for his work on Guiding Light, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and Bad Teacher (2011) will also be at the event to discuss his acting career and also feature his independent movie After.

This Film Forward event is a chance for up-and-coming filmmakers to showcase their work. After the entries of each category are screened, there will be an awards ceremony honoring the top-rated films in that respective category, as determined by a panel of judges. Winners will receive prizes for their submissions. Directors who wish to enter their work should visit for submission guidelines and forms.

About is dedicated to cultivating the talent within North East Ohio’s filmmaking and creative community. Through sponsoring events such as the Canton Film Fest 2011, as well as through education, strives to put North East Ohio on the independent filmmaking map.

About the Canton Palace Theatre
Completed in 1926, the Canton Palace Theatre is a downtown architectural jewel registered on the National Historic Registry. A prized community venue for classic, contemporary and art films, The Palace annually hosts more than 300 special events, concerts, recitals and Broadway-style productions. For more information, please visit

The Palace is located at 605 Market Avenue North in Canton, Ohio. Business and box office hours are Monday through Friday 10:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Business offices can be reached at (330) 454-8172 and a 24-Hour Recorded Event Information line is (330) 454-8171.



Open Email Casting Call for Background/Extras for Feature Film “Kerosene”

Open Casting Call for Background/Extras for Feature Film “Kerosene”

  • Looking for all types/ages from 18 to 109
  • Filming will take place weekdays in Pittsburgh during all weather conditions
  • This is paid, compensation minimum wage in PA

Please do not submit if you do not have a flexible schedule as filming dates and times are always subject to change.

Please send a current photo (can be selfie), as well as a your best contact number to Please be alone in the photo and make sure it is visible.

Also, if you would like to drive your car in a scene, please provide the color, make, model and year (sorry no white or red).

Some Specifics: We are also looking for two thin elderly gentlmen in their 60-70s
Men: we are asking that you send your height and weight as well as the above information.
Ladies: we are also looking for 8 month old twins.

PLEASE NOTE – All of production is being filmed in PITTSBURGH, PA


The Indie Gathering – International Film Festival. Convention. Competition.



Parkside Pictures is Looking for a Casting Director & an Animal Wrangler

Parkside Pictures is Looking for a Casting Director and an Animal Wrangler

Parkside Pictures will be shooting a “family film” this summer in NE Ohio and are looking to fill the following positions:

  • Casting Director: Fully Paid, rate negotiable.  The Casting Director will be casting all roles.
  • Animal Wrangler: Fully Paid, rate negotiable. We will need 6 dogs.  All dogs will need to preform basic and some advanced tricks(ball play, jumping, rolling, stay, sit, etc)  2-3 dogs will need specific training for the large end of film stunt.

  • Prep July,
  • Shoot August

  • North East Ohio
All interested and qualified applicants please send resumes and inquiries to:
Rebecca Grace -

Producers: Danny Roth, Damiano Tucci
Prod Co: ParkSide Pictures

About the film:
The film is about a rag-tag gang of international dog mascots that must save the day and foil the plot of villains planning to sabotage Youth World Cup Soccer finals


Art Department Interns Needed for Feature Film “The Bronze”

Art Department Interns Needed for Feature Film “The Bronze” 

Art Department interns needed for a feature film, THE BRONZE, starring Melissa Rauch (BIG BANG THEORY). Filming is in Amherst and Cleveland until July 31, and school credit is available.

Interested candidates please send availability and resume to:


Casting Call for ‘The Tank’ – Low Budget SAG Feature Film being Shot in Columbus

Casting Call for ‘The Tank’
Glacier Films
Cast in Cleveland/Columbus | Low Budget SAG Feature Film | Starts: April 21-May 21

Director: Kellie Madison
Producers: Tove Christensen and Steven Schneider
Line Producer: Patrick Stapleton
Casting Company: OPA Casting
Casting Director: Angela Boehm
Audition Dates:  Wednesday 3/26 and Thursday 3/27
Callback Dates: Monday 3/31 in Columbus
Pay Rate: low budget SAG Scale + 10%

Electronic Submissions/ Scheduled Auditions
Phone: 440-235-6722
Submissions Headshot and Resume ASAP

Audition Dates: Thursday 3/27 9-5
Audition Location: 6941 Columbia Rd. Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138

On April 26,2012, six highly trained candidates step inside of the isolated Confined Environment (the Ice Sat 5) in the middle of Antarctica, designed to simulate the lengthy trip to Mars. The door, shuts, locks and won’t open again for 467 days. The goal of the mission is to see how the human psyche functions in an extreme environment for an extended period of time.


  • Kaylin: (30-45) Will’s wife. She’s suffered the tragic loss of her daughter and it shows on her face. She is also highly educated and works at the Global Space Agency. STRONG ACTING REQUIRED. (Plays 5 days)
  • Jessie (5-9) Female. Hopefully plays young. Sweet and innocent. STRONG ACTING REQUIRED. (Plays 3 days) Must see headshot so I can match her with our LA Talent.
  • Chris (30-45) Male. Nerdy, high-tech computer type. Good comedic timing. Think Wayne Knight in Jurassic Park- type.
  • Jerron (30’s) Male. High tech space geek. Any ethnicity.
  • Michael (35-45) Male. Highly educated candidate for the space isolation mission. He has one too many skeletons in the closet.
  • Yan (30-45) Male. Asian. Very serious, quirky looks welcome.
  • Alejandro (30-45) Male. Fit, astronaut. Open Ethnicity. STRONG ACTING REQUIRED
  • Facilitator (30-45) Open Ethnicity. Believable as a scientist.
  • Julias daughter #1(5-6) Young and cute, should like Julia (Marguerite Moreau)
  • Julia’s daughter #2 (7-9) Young and cute, should look like Julia (Marguerite Moreau)
  • Driver (All Terrain)













From the creators of the urban drama “Swing Lowe, Sweet Chariote”, comes an exciting, new Web-series. That’s right! HWIC Filmworks is in search of the next big star!

Lana Frois and Shante Hayward-Wright are arch rivals that have absolutely nothing in common. Until they realize they are in love with the same man, Marcus Wright, who has made promises of a beautiful future to both of them. Upon receiving the news of Marcus’ untimely death, Lana and Shante are instructed to not only maintain his estate but also raise their children whom he fathered, as a family under the same roof. In the midst of their turmoil they uncover many secrets and lies from Marcus’ past that leads to scorned lovers, hidden family, corrupt alliances and the endangerment of anyone who has ever had ties with Marcus Wright.


  1. Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:00pm TO 9:00pm* or,
  2. Saturday, April 5, 2014, 1:00pm to 4:00pm*
HobbsStyle Casting Office
26250 Euclid Avenue, #211 (In the Euclid Medical/Office Plaza)
Euclid, OH 44132

Please forward headshot/resume to with preferred audition date and role, for confirmation and sides.

We are seeking actors for the following roles. Filming will take place in the spring and summer of 2014.
Most roles come with stipend and credit

Cast of Characters

  • Marcus Wright Sr- 30′s,(African American) handsome, slim build, smooth-talking yet wise about life in general
  • Shante Hayward-Wright- late 20′s early 30′s, (African American) sexy with a very nice and curvy figure, street smart with a lot of roughness in her personality but also well organized
  • Lana Marie Frois – late 20′s early 30′s, (African American) beautiful, well proportioned figure, high maintenance woman’s woman with a dark side
  • Marcus Wright Jr- late teens, (African American) clean look with an attempt to look rough, slim build, well dressed, confused with whether he wants to be street or sophisticated, preferably able to sing.
  • Justice Jones – 30′s, (Open Ethnicity) very handsome but a conniving look, smooth talker non opposing demeanor, City Councilman and friend of deceased
  • Amber Frois – 5-11,(African American) appearance may vary, cute daughter of Lana
  • Lauren – late 20′s early 30′s, White female, beautiful, friend of Shante and Lana.
  • Cheyenne Wright – 5-11, (African American) appearance may vary, cute daughter of Shante
  • Winston Phelps Esq. – early 40′s, (Open Ethnicity) out of shape and short, Estate Attorney
  • George – late 30′s, (African American) brown skinned muscular, clean cut and laid back, he is the man that Lana stated was Amber’s father in the beginning
  • Deonte Ridge / Doc Dollaz / Doc- early 20′s, (African American) urban look, shady street demeanor, in shape kind, of short
  • Janice – late teens, (Open Ethnicity) the girl-next-door. She is the girlfriend/friend of Marcus Wright Jr.
  • Brandon Ridge- late teens early 20′s, (African American) preferably tall and dark skinned rugged look that gives a “nothing to lose” demeanor
  • Mr. Haywood- 50′s, Shante’s father, must resemble Shante straight forward, very direct yet endearing
  • Diamond – 30′s,(African American) must be VERY beautiful, sassy, charismatic yet intimidating. Later revealed to be the mother of Max Jr. and a famous R&B singer

*Use your FASTPASS for priority audition times.


“A Midwest Winter” Casting Call: Extras Wanted


DATE: March 14TH, 2014

TIME: 11:59PM

WHERE: Capitol Theatre, 1390 West 65th St. Cleveland, OH 44102

WHAT: Most extras will be watching a movie at the theatre, and some will also be in line at the concession stand. We will be showing short films and other works by those involved in “A Midwest Winter.”

WHO: Anyone 18+. Please have valid ID.

ATTIRE: Casual. No logos.

PAYMENT: Extra roles are non-SAG, unpaid, no experience necessary. All extras will be get credit as movie theatre patrons.


FILM SYNOPSIS: A Midwest Winter is a short film that tells the story of Ismael, a lonely man from a small country, now living in a big city where he meets the beautiful Sophia, a well-traveled and somewhat troubled local who blogs about stories from around the world. Filming will take place in the Historic Districts of Tremont, Ohio City, Gordon Square and University Heights.


Erie SeaWolves Production & Entertainment Internship Opportunity

Erie SeaWolves Production & Entertainment Internship Opportunity

The Erie SeaWolves, the AA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, are seeking Production & Entertainment Associates for the 2013 season.  Production & Entertainment Associates are paid interns focused on game day entertainment, marketing, community affairs and communications.  This opportunity requires a great amount of dedication throughout the baseball season as associates may work 30-100 hours per week depending on the team’s game schedule.

Production & Entertainment Associates will learn best practices and procedures and assist with a variety of tasks including:

  • Working with the Director of Entertainment to deliver the game day entertainment experience
  • Operating production-quality equipment including Click Effects, Tricaster, and cameras
  • Completing daily entertainment tasks on the game operations checklist
  • Graphic design including promotional flyers, video board content and marketing materials
  • Editing game highlights and posting them online
  • Social media and/or website content updates as delegated
  • Other support responsibilities as determined

All college majors are welcome, but previous experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, & InDesign) is required.  Some associates use the experience for college credit while others participate for the experience alone.  We prefer that associates have completed their junior year of college, although many participate after graduation.

Production & Entertainment Associates start on March 24, 2014.  This is a great opportunity for someone interested in taking their first step towards a career in sports, marketing or the entertainment industry.

March 24, 2014-August 29, 2014
Game Days: Report time until an hour after the game;
Non-Game Days: 9:00am until 5:00p (Monday – Friday)
*Some exceptions may apply; schedule subject to change

$500/month stipend

Job Questions

  1. Do you have housing in the Erie area?
  2. When are you available to start?
  3. Do you have previous experience working with Adobe Creative Suite? Please provide details.
  4. Do you have previous experience editing video using a Mac or PC? Please provide details.
  5. Do you have previous camera operator experience? Please provide details.


CONTACT: Kristi Servais via email -


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