Educational Offerings Abound at the 4th Annual IV Film Festival & Artist Showcase


Imperial County Film CommissionIMPERIAL COUNTY – The Imperial County Film Commission announced today workshops for the upcoming 4th Annual Imperial Valley Film Festival and Artist Showcase.

Each of these five workshops offers attendees a chance to expand their filmmaking skills or simply explore a topic of interest. Workshops are free, but you must RSVP in order to attend as seating is limited. Call 760-337-4155 to RSVP. All workshops, art gallery events and moive screenings take place on the Calexico SDSU campus.

A three-hour workshop in Beauty and Horror makeup is offered at 12pm-3pm on Friday, August 8th. This demonstration workshop will touch on topic such as makeup for bruises and wounds, aging, and old-school zombie makeup effects, including latex application. You must be able to attend the entire workshop in order to attend.

Also on Friday will be a workshop on the basics of camera operation. Come join in at 4pm for a hands on workshop that covers topics such as framing, composing landscape shots, basics of lighting and using your camera settings to create dramatic purpose.

On Saturday, August 9th, at 9am two workshops will be offered. The first is Casting/Auditioning. This workshop will help answer many of the questions budding actors may have: What is a Casting Director? How do I find auditions? How to prepare for an audition and what are the protocols I need to follow? What are the necessary tools for any Actor to have?

Also at 9am will be a Scriptwriting 101: Building Your Story Engine. Whether you are writing shorts or features, for television, film or new media, successful stories engage us with exciting plot twists, unique characters and surprising, yet inevitable, outcomes. Come find out how to build your story engine and keep it running from FADE IN to final FADE OUT.

The second offering of workshops on Saturday, August 9th, start at 11:45am with Screenwriting 202: Deal to Distribution, and a second round of Basic Camera Operations. This second Screenwriting workshop focuses on breaking into the business and what to do once you do.

Other topics of discussion will be proper formatting and general craft of screenwriting, expectations, rewards and what happens with the writer once a film is headed toward the screen.

Passes for the Festival are now on sale and may be purchased at the Calexico, El Centro, Imperial and Brawley Chambers of Commerce or at the door on the day of the festival.

Festival passes are $30 for an All Access Pass. Student passes, with valid student ID, are $15. Single day tickets will be sold for $20 at the door for only the Saturday portion of the festival.

For up-to-date information regarding all workshops, screenings and event activities, please see the festival website at