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MEDIA ADVISORY

March 27, 2003

Pam Bryant
Assistant Director of Communications
(850) 201-7130

CONTACT: Alia Faraj, (850) 488-5394
or
ALLY HUGG-FIELDS, (850) 921-1300

The Governor's Office of Film and Entertainment to Host 2nd Annual FLORIDA Film Educators "Even Exchange" Conference

TALLAHASSEE — The Governor's Office of Film and Entertainment will partner with the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Palm Beach Community College and the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission in hosting the 2nd Annual Florida Film Educators "Even Exchange" Conference on April 7 and 8, in Palm Beach. The event will take place during the 2003 Palm Beach International Film Festival.

"The Office of Film and Entertainment is leading the way in bringing the best and brightest in the film industry to our state," Governor Jeb Bush said. "This is a great partnership that will provide real world information to Florida's future filmmakers."

The theme for the two-day conference, hosted by Palm Beach Community College's Film, Television and Video Technology Department, will be "The Real World of Filmmaking: Theory vs. Application." Issues to be discussed include integrating the business side with the creative side of the industry, the state of the film and entertainment industry, and new technologies such as high definition filming and online digital editing.

A workshop panel session titled "The Reality of the Florida Film Industry: Options Beyond Feature Filmmaking" will allow educators to discuss best practices for outreach within the entertainment community and options available to students such as internships, work-study programs, and part-time employment. They will also discuss ways to enlighten students about alternative opportunities in the entertainment industry sector beyond directing a feature film.

The highlight of the event will be the Keynote Luncheon with speakers Chaille Stovall, a 13-year-old documentary filmmaker and John Rikkers, a producer from HBO. Stovall interviewed President George W. Bush for his first feature length documentary film "Party Animals or How to Get to the White House in 5 Easy Steps" and the Dalai Lama for his most recent film "Little Monk." Rikkers works on "30 by 30: Kid Flicks," a show that highlights children's creativity in filmmaking.

Last year's event, held in January and hosted by the University of Central Florida's Department of Film, was a significant success. With panel discussions that covered topics such as "K-12 and Secondary Best Practices: Education and Industry Collaborations" and "The Post Secondary Challenge: What will Florida's Film Schools Look Like in Ten Years?," educators walked away with enhanced insight on how to better prepare their students for a career in the entertainment industry.

The Governor's Office of Film & Entertainment was created during the 1999 legislative session as a result of legislation supported by Governor Bush and established under the Executive Office of the Governor (s.288.1251, F. S.). Administratively housed under the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development, the office is directed, among other things, to work with local entertainment industry offices to provide service to the industry, promote Florida's production locations to the national and international television, movie and digital production media industry, and to serve as a liaison between government, the entertainment industry, and labor interests.

For more information about the 2nd Annual Florida Film Educators Even Exchange Conference and to register for the event, please log on to The Governor's Office of Film & Entertainment website, www.filminflorida.com.