Greater Erie Film Office
Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 6:00pm
Uniting the Community of New Media Creatives with Economic Development
Film & New Media Dinner Party
The Greater Erie Film Office is excited to be giving back to the community we serve by hosting our first annual Film & New Media Dinner Party. Over the past four years, we have assisted and worked with dozens of individuals who take part in film, TV, producing, writing, animation, and editing. These include filmmakers, film crews, studios, businesses owners, and entrepreneurs. We are hosting a dinner in their honor at the Ambassador Hemingway Room, where all of these hardworking people can meet, socialize, and celebrate their achievements. Aside from drinks and dinner there will also be awards, guest speakers, regionally produced video content, and interactive new media attractions.
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January 1 - April 15, 2018
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Short Screenplay Competition: “Dark Comedy”
The Greater Erie Film Office and Greater Erie Arts Rental at PSU Behrend are excited to announce the first part of their 2018 Short Screenplay and Filmmaking competition. Open to all Pennsylvania and surrounding region residents. Screenplay competition entrants will be using the theme of “Dark Comedy” to create an original script.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
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Kathy’s 60th Black & White Birthday Bash
Our longtime supporter and friend Kathy Dahlkemper spent her 60th birthday helping raise money for the Greater Erie Film Office at an elegant Black & White party at Jr’s Last Laugh Comedy Club. Guests spent the night celebrating and dancing with music from Eric Brewer and Friends. Through the generous donations of the attendees we raised over $2000 which will be used towards our first annual Film & New Media Dinner party.
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Greater Erie Arts Rental
The Greater Erie Film Office would like to thank GEAR for continuing its sponsorship of our annual Filmmaker Competition. Be sure to visit GEAR for all your filming needs at greatererieartsrental.org. GEAR rents high-end, state of the art film making equipment to local, regional & national filmmakers & production companies. An outreach project of Penn State Behrend, GEAR offers extremely competitive rental rates in the interest of developing the film industry in the area. Committed to training our student filmmakers, we offer further, significant discounts to filmmakers employing, training, or mentoring our students.
Make your next film in Northwestern Pennsylvania
In partnership with the Pennsylvania Film Office and VisitErie the Film Society of Nortwestern Pennsylvania's Film Office invites you to Northwestern Pennsylvania as the destination for your film, television, and commercial production.
Northwestern Pennsylvania boasts four beautiful seasons, natural beaches, centuries of industrial boom and bust, and a rich maritime history. The “chimney” of Pennsylvania is truly its crowning jewel, and an inspiring setting for your film.
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Association of Film Commissioners International
The Greater Erie Film Office now has membership within the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), the official professional organization for film commissioners who assist film, television, and video production across the globe. The AFCI is a non-profit educational association whose members serve as city, county, state, regional, provincial, or national film commissioners in their respective governmental jurisdictions. With more than 300 AFCI-Member Film Commissions on six continents, you can almost always find an AFCI Member Film Commission to support your production.
Short Screenplay and Film Competition Winners
Stella Ruggiero & Heidi Dugan
The first place script of the 2017 Short Screenplay Competition, with the theme of “Revenge”, was won by a two-person team. Stella Ruggiero & Heidi Dugan’s “Secret in the Pines” follows the grim lives of young orphan girls as they deal with dark oppressive forces, only to have the story come full circle when one of the girls returns to the orphanage as an adult, and uncovers a sinister plot.
Stella Ruggiero (Right) is a writer from Guys Mills, Pa. She earned a journalism degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and spent 14 years in newsrooms. In 2017, she left her managing editor job to work on the produce farm she owns with her husband, and to be with the couple’s young son. When she’s digging in the dirt at Plot Twist Farm, she’s always thinking of new script ideas.
Heidi Dugan (Left) is a banker living in Bloomington, IN, originally from Meadville, PA. She earned an English degree from Cedarville University and spent 4 years teaching English in South Korea before moving to Bloomington. She and her husband, and their ornery cat Max are planning a move to Baltimore later in the year where they're looking forward to new adventures and lots of delicious crab cakes. In her spare time Heidi enjoys reading, writing, perusing the farmers market, and practicing yoga.
Pennsylvania offers a 25% Tax Credit to films that spend at least 60% of their total budget in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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The Film Society of Nortwestern Pennsylvania's Film Office can assist film, television, and commercial productions with locations, vendors, crew, and governmental and business offices.
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