FILMMAKERS WANTED! | The Pan African Film Festival Announces Call for Submissions

The Pan African Film Festival Announces
Call for Submissions
Deadline for Entries Looming on October 15, 2012
Late Submissions Will Be Accepted Through December 1, 2012

LOS ANGELES – The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is ready to take movie goers on a cinematic journey with international film screenings from around the globe with the announcement of its call for submissions. The 21st annual PAFF will be held on February 7-18, 2013 in Los Angeles. The film festival is the nation’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Over the years, it has showcased films from all parts of the world, representing such countries as Angola, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, and of course, the United States. With the pulse on the international film market, PAFF has opened the minds of its audiences, and transported them to lands far away and back home again. “Over the years, the filmmakers from around the world have become more sophisticated in telling their stories,” says Asantewa Olatunji, the director of programming for PAFF.

Last year, more than 40,000 folks attended the festival, and were the first to see a string of highly-anticipated films, including Screen Gems’ “Think Like a Man,” based on the New York Times best-selling book by radio host/comic Steve Harvey. Directed by Tim Story and written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman, the romantic comedy has grossed nearly 100 million dollars in its theatrical run, making it one of the highest grossing films with a predominantly African American cast. “This is certainly proof that Black audiences will respond to good stories and positive depictions of ourselves on the big screen,” added Olatunji.
Currently, PAFF is accepting submissions of independent features, shorts, narratives and documentary films made by or about people of African descent. Applications are available via the PAFF website at www.paff.org, by emailing ao@paff.org or calling (310) 337-4737.

ELIGIBILITY:
The PAFF is currently accepting applications for films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent. (Please note: the filmmaker(s) need not be of African or African American descent.) Films should preferably depict positive and realistic images and can be of any genre — drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, etc. PAFF accepts features and shorts both narrative and documentary. The film festival will accept submissions of works in progress; however, the final version of the film must be completed no later than January 5, 2013.

COMPETITION:
The PAFF competition categories are: Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary, Best Director — First Feature, plus, Audience Favorite Awards for Narrative Feature and Favorite Documentary. Films in competition must be copyrighted no earlier than 2012. With the exception of Audience Favorite Awards, all films are judged by industry professionals, selected by PAFF. In addition to competition awards, other programming and festival special prizes will be awarded.

SUBMISSION:
For information about the festival, submission procedures, fees and registration, visit www.paff.org or call 310. 337-4737. Submissions will be accepted from July 2, 2012 through October 15, 2012. Late submissions will be accepted until November 21, 2012 and December 1, 2012 for international entries. Official selection announcements will be made beginning December 15, 2012.

ABOUT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Gearing up for its 21st anniversary, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), is America’s largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival. Each year, it screens more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country.

PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the tv series, “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs. PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression.

The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

For more information, please visit www.paff.org or call (310) 337-4737.

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Meu Amor por Barbara Casasola Meilleure surprise de la collection passée, Barbara Casasola fait partie de mes présentations favorites de la FASHION week. Ce n’est pas encore une « grande » mais pourtant de nombreuses personnes croient en elle (notamment Giovanna Battaglia, pour ne citer qu’elle) et je ne pense pas que cela soit anodin. Je manque [...]
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Alessandra Lanvin’s beautiful creations at Aperlai, as seen backstage before her spring/summer 2013 presentation…

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Photo credit: Kay-Paris Fernandes pour Mademoiselle à Paris

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Luxury houses target Indonesia

With Asia-Pacific continuing to be the bread and butter for the luxury houses, Indonesia’s wealthy has now become a target.

Hermès has just opened their third boutique in Jakarta, a luxury-watch boutique this week with a local partner. Fendi has opened two stores this year, whilst Gucci is currently building a 5,500-square-foot flagship store in Jakarta.

But it’s not just the luxury houses who are having a look in at Indonesia with The Wall Street Journal reporting that high-end department stores are also making their presence with Central Retail Corp. of Thailand and SA des Galeries Lafayette of France both opening in Indonesia.

Their moves into Jakarta come as some of the world’s largest markets for high-end goods sag: Sales for many high-end brands have weakened in the West, while a slowing Chinese economy has dampened its consumers’ appetite for luxury.

“We firmly believe in the potential of the Indonesian market,” because of the steady economic growth, stabilising political environment and rising middle class, says Alexis Babeau, managing director of PPR’s luxury division.

“Indonesians show a liking for luxury, they appreciate quality products and they value craftsmanship.”

PPR CEO Francois-Henri Pinault led about a dozen PPR executives to Indonesia earlier this year to study the luxury market.

The luxury group has yet to run its own stores in Indonesia because of concerns about the transportation infrastructure, legal environment and high luxury-goods tax, says Babeau.

The number of Indonesians with more than $US1million in investible assets excluding their primary residence is rising 25 per cent  a year, marking the fastest growth rate in Asia, according to brokerage form CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. That is expected to push luxury-goods sales to $US742.3 million in the country this year, nearly double the amount in 2007, according to market-research firm Euromonitor. Still, that would be only a tiny fraction of China’s $US17.9 billion in estimated luxury-goods sales and Japan’s $US31.7 billion.

For the most part, luxury brands are building slowly in Indonesia because of the country’s high luxury tax – between 10 and 200 per cent of the purchase price – and the shortage of high-end real estate outside Jakarta, which makes it difficult to open stores in other major cities.

By Cassandra Murnieks

Image credit: skyscrapercity.com

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Equip X Sneakypeek – The Spring Carnival Maxi

A maxi isn’t the every-woman’s race dress. Not because it looks hideous- but because it’s difficult to find a style that is fancier than bohemian and yet not as swanky as a ball gown. Challenge accepted.

The way to do it is by wearing a maxi that is streamlined (ie: one that doesn’t have multiple tiered layers, bride-style). To keep your dress out of the Cinderella realm, stay away from maxis in a bright colour.

On the other hand, wearing a floppy, boho aztec-print maxi probably won’t cut it when it comes to the race’s dress code.  Rather, choose a maxi in a floral print with a structured bodice or straps to keep your look elegant and feminine.

We also worked with Equip to create this shoot, picking out one of the prettiest Equip fascinators of them all! Nothing tops off a dramatic maxi like a dramatic netted fascinator.

Here’s how we styled our raceday maxi dress.

Monique wears: Equip fascinator, Jets dress (no longer available, here’s a similar one), vintage pearl earrings (similar), Alannah Hill shoes (no longer available online, here’s a similar pair), vintage Glomesh bag.

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LVMH boss set to receive KBE

Bernard Arnault is set to receive one of Britain’s highest honorary titles only weeks after the billionaire’s decision to apply for Belgian citizenship sparked criticism in France.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Chairman and CEO of LVMH has been handpicked to receive a KBE, or Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for “services to business and the wider community in the U.K.”

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed recently that Queen Elizabeth II had approved the award.

Monsieur Arnault has received similar recognition in France.  Last year, under former conservative Nicolas Sarkozy, he was appointed Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor, one of the country’s highest distinctions.

France’s richest man has come under fire recently for his decision to seek Belgian citizenship, after it was revealed that President Francois Hollande was putting the finishing touches on a 75 per cent tax targeting the country’s highest earners.

Mr Arnault has stressed that he intends to continue paying taxes in France – saying the motives for his application for dual nationality were personal.

By Cassandra Murnieks

Image credit: guardian.co.uk

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