Thursday, June 3, 2010

After the Headlines is an official selection at the 2010 Action on Film International Film Festival

GREAT NEWS!!! After the Headlines is an official selection of the 2010 Action on Film AOF International Film Festival. This film festival is listed as one of the top '25 Film Festivals Worth Their Fees' by Movie Maker Magazine.  I'm really excited to be a part of the film festival for a second year. Last year, I attended AOF because After the Headlines was nominated for "Best Dramatic Scene." If you're a regular follower of In the Mix, you already know that I won. One year later, the film is being shown. I call that progress.

Right now, I'm looking for a small contingent of folks from the cast, crew, fans, and supporters of the film to come out to Pasadena with me. AOF is an awesome film festival that has a great track record for the filmmakers and screenwriters that submit their work. I think it would be a great networking opportunity for those interested in careers in entertainment and would love to have a strong presense at the festival. If I end up going it alone, that is okay too.

Times are still very financially tough for most Americans and that has to be taken into consideration when I think about my cast, crew, fans, and supporters. I work with people who love to make film, but the reality of independent cinema is that it doesn't pay. Instead it costs. I'm a screenwriter and filmmaker because I'm passionate about the process and really enjoy doing it, whether it pays or not. Of course I still want to make a living at it. Getting into festivals costs me, but it also provides me with an opportunity to get my film in front of audiences and network with professional in the film industry. That's priceless.

I want to thank all of you who have supported me this far. I really appreciate it. It makes a big differenc in my grassroots efforts as a screenwriter and filmmaker. Make sure you check out the AOF film festival website at You can check out last year's winners, film trailers, interviews, and see my writing scene performed by actors. I had to plug it. Thanks for reading.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Aaliyah -- congratulations on all your success as a filmmaker! I have a blog, too, just started, called Her Film - where your film is news, and have linked to your blog & your film's website, just wanted you to know. I've taken on the task of trying to make Her Film a forum by, for and about women filmmakers (writers, directors, producers, DPs, ADs, PAs, you name it!) I'm looking for women filmmakers to interview for the blog, so if you have an interest, just contact me. Best wishes for continued success! Thanks. - Kyna

Aaliyah said...


Looking forward to checking out your blog. I'm sure it is right up my alley. I'm all about forums for women filmmakers. Thanks for letting me know. Best wishes to you as well. Thanks for the shout, much appreciated.