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NEXT MEETING: November 19, 2014

Festivals & Awards: Why they're important and How to pick the right one.

Just how important is it to garner awards for your work? And with so many to contests to choose from, how do you know which one is your best choice—or should you enter everything and take your chances? That's what Lee Gluckman will address at MCA-I's monthly meeting on November 19th. He's a long-time member of MCA-I and the CEO of the prestigious US International Film & Video Festival which has been celebrating creative media excellence since 1967.

 US International Film & Video Festival offers five mini-competitions in one by recognizing outstanding Corporate, Education, Entertainment, Documentary and Student productions. Entries are judged against peers, meaning Corporate competes with Corporate, Education against Education, and so on.  Entries invited include film, online, apps, digital, video games, broadcast and interactive.

What makes this festival different is that judges do not have to grant awards in each category. As a result, the top award in a category is not necessarily a Gold Camera, but may be a Silver or Certificate winner. Conversely, more than one Gold, Silver or Certificate may be presented in a category. Decisions are made based on both effectiveness and creativity by judges located around the world. Winning Student entries receive a Student Certificate.

Each year, "Best of Festival"  awards are presented to an outstanding entry from among the Gold Camera winners in the main production types.  These winners are selected by a panel from The International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers (IQ), a global peer network of production company owners

About our speaker: Lee W. Gluckman Jr. also serves as chairman of Mobius Awards for advertising; loves traveling internationally to meet with entrants; founded Producers Group Ltd.; member of the International Quorum of Motion Pictures Producers, the International Documentary Association and Media Communicators International; president of The International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals (CIFFT); graduate in Communications from Michigan State University.

The US International Film & Video Festivals invites you to also participate in a sister competition, the Mobius Awards for advertising, a competition for Television, Cinema/In-flight, Radio, Print, Outdoor, Brochure/Book, Direct, Package Design and Redesign, Point of Purchase, New Media, Mixed Media and Student Work.


DATE: Wednesday November 19th, 2014

TIME:  Event starts at 6:15 PM with networking over refreshments and light food. Program starts 7:00 PM

COST: Students with valid ID and MEMBERS of MCA-I pay $5 All others pay $15 at the door or $10 if you pre-register online at OC New Media Meetup Group

LOCATION: Santa Ana College's Digital Media Center,
1300 S. Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

From the 405 exit onto Bristol St heading North.  Go past South Coast Plaza, for 3.5 miles.  Just after you cross Edinger, the DMC will be on your left. Go to Wilshire and make a U turn into the parking lot. Parking is Free.

From I-5 Exit onto the 55 Newport Fwy heading South. Take the second exit, Edinger Ave, and turn left, heading West 3.2 miles toward Bristol St. Turn Right onto Bristol and then make a U-turn at Wilshire to enter the DMC grounds. Parking is Free.


About the Digital Media Center
Opened in 2006, the DMC is the first facility of its kind in OC to combine education and business in the digital media industry. The Digital Media Center is a partnership of The Rancho Santiago Community College District, Santa Ana College (SAC), the City of Santa Ana and the US Dep’t of Commerce Economic Developent Administration. The Center attracts, develops, and provides resources for digital media businesses. The second floor houses a digital media business incubator and meeting rooms; the first floor contains the SAC TV Studio and meeting rooms.