Tag: Big Bear Lake International Film Festival

Big Bear Director Explores Mayan Culture

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 13, 2013 — Big Bear City resident Steve Copeland will compete with 125 other directors in the 14th annual Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. “The Shift of the Ages” is a historical documentary set against the backdrop of the ‘end’ of the Mayan Long Count calendar. The film traces the story of Wandering Wolf (Mayan Grand Elder and Timekeeper), from his early days as a shoeshine boy in Guatemala to becoming the country’s first President-appointed Ambassador of Indigenous people — and his continuing mission to inspire people to peace. Copeland says Big Bear is especially significant to his movie because it was through the charitable sponsorship of a cross-cultural dialog between Wisdom Keepers held in Big Bear that he met Wandering Wolf. “The Shift of the Ages” will screen at Northwoods Resort on Friday, September 20th at 12:45 p.m. The entire festival takes place September 20 – 22. More information on programming and tickets can be found...

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Film Festival honors Tim Wood

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 29, 2013 – The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival is pleased to announce that Tim Wood will accept the 2013 Community Appreciation Award at this year’s festival, set for September 20 – 22. Tim’s long history with Big Bear began nearly 40 years ago, when he left his job as a journeyman printer at the Long Beach Press Telegram and moved his family to the mountains. In 1976, he started in a new career at Spencer Real Estate. About 10 years later, he joined Mountain Gallery Realtors, and around 1985, he bought what was by then Coldwell Banker Mountain Gallery Realtors. In the late nineties, his son Tyler joined the group, and three years ago, the company changed its name to Coldwell Banker Tim Wood Group. The high performance of TWG has allowed Tim to give back to his community in many ways. With his growing expertise and success being recognized nationally, he was hired to coach some of the top real estate agents in the country – donating his fees to various Big Bear programs. With a love of the outdoors to match his strong work ethic, he has also volunteered in the kayaking and snowshoeing programs at the internationally acclaimed United States Adaptive Recreation Center, which established the first full-time on-site adaptive ski school in Southern California at Bear Mountain. Other important contributions includes...

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April deadlines for screenwriters

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 24, 2013 –  Key dates are approaching for the 14th annual Big Bear Lake International Film Festival (BBLIFF). The remaining entry deadlines are as follows: SCREENPLAYS April 1, 2013: Late Deadline, Entry Fee $50 April 7, 2013: Withoutabox.com Extended Deadline, Entry Fee $60 Big Bear Locals Entry Fee $35 FILMS May 3, 2013 postmark date: Regular Deadline, $45 May 31, 2013 postmark: Late Deadline, $50/$35 Big Bear Mountain Resorts Connection June 17, 2013 postmark: Withoutabox.com Extended Deadline, $70 Complete guidelines on film and screenplay entries are at www.bigbearlakefilmfestival.com/filmmakers-screenwriters. Over $10,000 worth of prizes is given out each year. Since 2000, BBLIFF has showcased independent films and screenplays within the idyllic setting of Big Bear Lake. The public festival also features networking and educational events, with industry professionals acting as jurors, panelists and lecturers. The 14th annual festival is set for September 20 – 22, 2013 and will screen domestic and foreign films in these categories: Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries, Animation, Student Films and Family...

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Seeking Directors, Screenwriters, Readers & Movie Watchers

Big Bear Lake, CA, December 2, 2012 – The 14th annual Big Bear Lake International Film Festival is now open for film and screenplay entries from locals of all ages. The early bird deadlines are January 15 for scripts and February 8 for movies, with entry fees of $35 each. For more submission guidelines, visit bigbearfilmfest.com or call (909) 866-3433. Volunteers are also needed. Co-President and Film Programming Director Monika Skerbelis said, “We have already started to receive film submissions and are looking for local film screeners who have an interest in film and/or are a movie buff and enjoy expressing your thoughts about films.” This is an opportunity for mountain locals to watch independent films from students and emerging filmmakers from around the world. If you have the time to volunteer and can watch over 200 films from two minute short films to feature-length films and documentaries, consider being a film screener. The screening period continues through July 15, 2013. If you are interested, send a query email expressing your interest and a list of your qualifications to Monika Skerbelis at info@bigbearlakefilmfestival.com. About the 12th annual screenwriting competition, Co-President & Screenwriting Competition Director Sandy Steers stated, “Our goal with this competition is to provide as much benefit to the writer as possible. As part of fulfilling that goal, we provide feedback on every screenplay entered from at least three...

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Local Lodges Offer International Hospitality

Big Bear Lake, CA, Septmber 22, 2012 — Local lodging sponsors once again paved the way for a large influx of Hollywood professionals attending the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival – many of whom were visiting the area for the first time. Accommodation sponsors included Alpine Village Inn, Bear Creek Resort, Big Bear Frontier, Big Bear Lakefront Lodge, Blue Horizon Lodge, Fireside Lodge, Gold Mountain Manor, Golden Bear Cottages, Hillcrest Lodge, Knights Inn, Lagonita Lodge, Mountain Vista Resort, Robinhood Resort, Timber Haven Lodge and Wolf Creek Resort. Northwoods Resort returned as the host hotel and conference center, while Big Bear Vacations’ Lakeview Lodge hosted high school students and teachers at the inaugural film camp. Industry VIPs staying locally included a Pulitzer prize-nominated composer and Oscar winning screenwriters, as well as filmmakers from as far away as the east coast, London and...

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