Connection and Inspiration at Film Meet-Ups

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 Where and when to network with other film enthusiasts.

The nature and technical structure of great movie making is collaborative and communal.

For those eager film students or professionals who have not found their “clique” yet, or who just want to expand their horizon, we have compiled a list of film meet-ups.

So, if you are a missing that deep Deleuzian film philosophy conversation, head on to one of these meetings. Maybe they’ll discuss the “crystals of time,” or join a film society and explain your unfinished pseudo-Buddhist-Post-Apocalyptic Magnum Opus script.

WIFT: Lucy Griggs, Victoria Jorgensen, Rose Rosen, Marina Shemwell and Kim Burns Cummings

Women In Film & Television Tampa Bay Bay
Weds., Aug. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Irish 31 WestShore
214 Westshore Plaza, Tampa

Join Women In Film & Television the third Wednesday of every month for WIFT Wednesday, a fun networking event where filmmakers along with other artists and media professionals can make connections, be inspired and enjoy some camaraderie. Founded in Los Angeles in 1973 by Tichi Wilkerson Kassel (former publisher and editor-in-chief of The Hollywood Reporter) and a group of women who represented various facets of the film and television industry, WIFT strives to recognize, develop and promote the unique visions of women in the field of communications.  The Florida branch’s event features a cash bar, drink specials, and a dinner menu is available. Admission is free.

Film Bars Mondays: Preston Walden holding Daniel Brienza

TPA-Film Bar Mondays: Ybor
Aug. 14
Coppertail Brewing Co
2601 E. Second Ave.

TPA-Film Bar Mondays: Largo
Aug. 21
Barley Mow Brewing Company
518 W Bay Drive

TPA-Film Bar Mondays: Plant City
 Aug. 28
Two Henrys Brewing Company
5210 Thonotosassa Road

Wherever you live, you can make vital connections during Film Bar Mondays. Relax and discover a more laid-back Florida movie-maker scene, where admission is free and there are no leaders, time constraints or rules. Just have a drink, and don’t solicit your products or projects by flashing your business cards.

Tampa Bay Film Society

Aug. 15, General Meetings 7-9 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express
3990 Tampa Road, Oldsmar

The society offers educational programs and activities focused on providing viable tools and paths for filmmakers, and they help strengthen film crews and create partnerships in the Tampa Bay Area and throughout Florida. They shoot around three to four short films a month, and are active participants of the State Legislature pertaining to The Entertainment Industry. Here are the Membership details. Note: They also do sponsorship to waive member fees for some associated producers.  On the upcoming general meeting Casting Agent Bobbi Hill will be speaking, and there will be live music by singer songwriter Paul Miller.

    3rd Tuesday every other month 8-10 p.m.
    Britton 8 Cinemas, $5 for non-members
    3938 S Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa


St. Pete Clearwater Sunscreen Film Society

St. Pete Clearwater Sunscreen Film Society
Last Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m.
Suite 4k Studios
12501 62nd St. N., Largo

Since this group formed in 2005,  The Sunscreen Film Festival and the WEST Festival have been the two main projects organized by Sunscreen, they have a very evocative sun logo you might have seen. The society also does charitable work on film education and economic development, thereby increasing awareness and support of local film-making. Here’s more info on the scaling Membership Fees. They continually encourage and help local productions through grants and so on and so on.

Film Florida Mix & Mingle
 (past event on the link)
Date and venue TBD

Members of Film Florida a not-for-profit entertainment production association from Central Florida, get together at least once a month  so keep an eye for the next meet-up. They represent a coalition of interests, including private industry, local film commissions, industry associations, educational institutions and labor organizations. More info on membership and the different levels of involvement.

Film Build Monthly Networking Meet-up
Sat., Aug. 26, 4 p.m.
World of Beer
5311 Avion Park Drive, Tampa

Great group to collaborate with others to create your films.  Anyone is welcome to present their idea and join this producing group. People from the group can decide to help bring the individual visions to life. Participating in these projects will help you strengthen your targeted skill sets and improve your portfolios.  There is no monetary compensation for any of these projects. Please state your skill sets when joining the group.

Sept. 13
AMC Classic Centro Ybor 10
1600 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa

Gather with others who celebrate, inspire and entertain by honoring short films. The monthly showcase event is organized and presented by Nukkad-USA Productions, Inc. on the second Wednesday of each month. The audience will vote for their favorite film. The film with the most votes will get the “SSSF Audience Choice Award”. SSSF accepts SUBMISSIONS for all GENRES of short films in any language including narratives, animations, public service announcements, music video, experimental, documentaries, teaser/trailer, demo reel and foreign films through Filmfreeway or Withoutabox. (The films with excessive violence or sexual scenes are not accepted. Action is OK but no vulgarity.)

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Finally, a shout out to our university film groups. We have the The University Film & Video Association at USF. Its mission: “To promote cinematography and television production on the USF campus.”

And let us not forget Film & Media Arts UT, an excellent discussion board with gig opportunities, festival reminders and valuable film info, in general.

Also, The International Cinema series at Eckerd College screens critically acclaimed and important films from around the world every Friday night during the regular school year. There’s always an insightful discussion afterwards.

In addition, there’s a plethora of film groups all over the interwebs. I personally can recommend the Tampa Bay Latin Film Network  with very useful information geared towards the independent Latin film worldwide, but also with great links on indie cinema around the world, and, of course, news about our diverse local film scene.

Go out there, and don’t be a hermit like me with my books, and meet some filmmakers. I plan on making an effort too.

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