Sunday, August 1, 2010

The 2010 Action on Film (AOF) Fest: My Top 10 Highlights

Although I've been back in Connecticut for two days, I'm still trying to adjust to the jet lag while also jumping back into the thick of things I left a little over a week ago. The adjustment is tough, but I'm hanging in there. 

I'm really excited about this blog entry. Part of this feeling is because I have yet to come down from my high of taking home two honors at the AOF Writer's Award Dinner. The 2010 Action on Film (AOF) International Film Festival was a great experience for the screenwriter and filmmaker in me. I'm not just saying that because I won an award either. Instead of going on about how wonderful the festival was, I've decided to condense my memorable moments into a top ten list. To be more specific, I'm going to give you my top 10 highlights for this year's phenomenal AOF Festival. 

My Top Ten: 
10. Getting to AOF and receiving a warm welcome from the staff, Del, and Josh. The AOF team knows how to make you feel at home. "You may be independent, but at the AOF you're never alone."

9. It's nice to get to a festival and see familiar faces. AOF is festival where you connect with old friends and have an opportunity to network with a plethora of directors, producers, screenwriters, and actors from across the globe. Shout out to, Ron, Bob, Matt, Michelle, Steve, Caitlin, Laura, Dominic, Stan, Kely, Pascal, Michael G., and Raymond. All of you made my second year at AOF a memorable one.

8. I love getting a goodie bag. The AOF goodie bag included an official program, AOF t-shirt, perfume samples, other promotional items as well as screening postcards for most of the films screening at the festival. 

7. Attending the Free Sunday Brunch Symposium and Speakers Series on Sunday, July 25, 2010 at El Portal Restaurant from 11am to 1pm.  The fantastic seminar had a panel of incredible filmmakers and industry leaders who are making a difference in the field of film, video, and technology. Speakers included, Mike Flannagan of Video Symphony; Raymond Forchion, award-winning actor, writer and producer; Matt Sconce, director and 2010 AOF nominee for 'Best Horror;' Kely McClung, veteran actor, writer, producer and director; Matt Furman, screenwriter and co-founder of Triskelion Films, a production company with the goal to make CG Movies affordable to any filmmaker; and last but not least, Stan Harrington, a multi-award winning producer, writer, and director; he manages the World Famous Stella Adler Theater.

6. Attending the screening of Confessions of a Thug, a Hip-Hop musical that follows the life of a drug dealer. The film was produced by Raymond Forchion and starred writer/director Daron Fordham. I really enjoyed the Q&A with Raymond and Daron. 

5. Meeting Mark Ruffalo after the screening of Stan Harrington's film Small Days, written by Tim Mc'Neil. Mark was sitting in front of me at the screening and I didn't even realize it until after the film. Mark hung out with the cast of with his colleague's from Small Days and even made an appearance at the after party.

4. Attending the screening of my short film After the Headlines. While my audience was small, it was full of heart and made up of fellow screenwriters and filmmakers who gave me their word that they would come check on the film. Thank you for a fabulous Q&A after the screening. Shout out to, Ron, Pascal, Bob, and Claire.

3. Getting nominated for 'Best Produced Screenplay and attending the 2010 AOF Film Awards Dinner. Although I didn't win I was honored to be in the company of extraordinary screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, and actors. It was a great way to spend my last night in Pasadena.

2. Attending the Writers Dinner for a second year in a row. The fact that I was once again nominated was big kudos for me. Events like this one are one of the few acknowlegements I get as a writer so it means the world to me.

1. My number one highlight from this year's AOF Festival is winning the Hollywood Scriptwriter 2010 Written Word Award and also being first runner-up for Best Short. Throughout the year I get my share of rejections, so to come home with two awards illustrates that I continue to make progress as a screenwriter.

As you can see, I did a lot in the week. It was a real privilege to return for a second year. I'm looking forward to the AOF in 2011. I guess that means I've got my work cut out for me. Back to the writing. Thanks for reading.

77 comments:

Caitlin said...

Aaliyah, you're on my list of faves, too, from the AOF Fest!

Stella Adler- Los Angeles said...

The most famous people in the world have all had rejections and the world is full of people who will criticize but most have never finished a damn thing...To finish a script, a screenplay or even a short is an achievement in itself and in my book you are a huge winner Aaliya...I respect finishers, doers...and you are amongst the few that are in the arena and actually doing it. stan the man

Aaliyah said...

Caitlin and Stan, thanks for the comments to the blog.

Stan, to keep moving forward I have to continue to finish what I start:)

Anonymous said...

Trying to find an innovative and lucrative [B][URL=http://www.tiffanysfree.com]tiffany sets[/URL][/B] business? A business on sterling silver jewelries may just be the one you are [U][B]tiffany charms[/U][/B] looking for. It's never that too difficult to find reasonably priced Tiffany wholesale jewelry to get you [U][B]pandora bracelet[/U][/B] started on your way to being financially independent. The Internet is actually a good place [B]pandora jewelry[/B] to start. You virtually spend nothing to find the supplier you are seeking. No need to be technically knowledgeable to find [U]tiffany necklaces][/U] your valuable information, a simple understanding of how to operate the computer and use a reliable search [B]tiffany & co[/B] engine is all you need.

Once you find your tiffany wholesale supplier, your quest [U][B]pandora necklaces[/U][/B] doesn't end there. You need to understand jewelry selling basics and selecting the styles that are most appropriate [B]tiffany rings[/B] for your niche market as well as having the eye for designs that will [U]tiffany uk][/U] most likely sell. You must also learn the tricks of finding out which jewelry pieces are [B]pandora necklaces[/B] of superior quality. There are an abundant source of suppliers for Tiffany wholesale jewelry, you just need [B][URL=http://www.pandoraforyou.com]pandora jewellery[/URL][/B] to have that discriminating taste in ensuring you get to the best source. In this business, if you start with low quality [U]tiffany sets][/U] pieces, your business will suffer.

The key to a profitable and lucrative business is to build a [U][B]pandora bracelet[/U][/B] large customer base. In order for you to get customers to comeback you must be [B][URL=http://www.tiffanysfree.com]tiffany co[/URL][/B] able to please them with the quality of your items as well as the attractiveness of your designs. Always find unique [U][B]tiffany pendants[/U][/B] and stylish designs, you wouldn't want to sell everybody else is selling. If your pieces are just ok and plain you may have difficulty [U][B]tiffany sets[/U][/B] keeping faithful customers. Aside from having quality merchandise you [U][B]pandora necklaces[/U][/B] also should be pricing them reasonably, not too expensive but not too cheap. Always make [B]tiffany necklaces[/B] your customers feel special in finding the best priced jewelries they [U][B]tiffany jewellery[/U][/B] can find.


Finally you will have to decide how you want to sell [B]tiffany pendants[/B] your items. E-commerce is of course very interesting but then in-store is also great [U][B]pandora necklaces[/U][/B] because nothing can beat the appeal of seeing the Tiffany jewelry pieces in person. It basically ends [U][B]tiffany & co[/U][/B] with how much you can invest in the business e-commerce will be favorable if you want to cut [U]pandora bracelets[/U] down on overhead expenses. On the other hand in-store selling may just make up for expenses of maintaining a [U]tiffany engagement rings][/U] showroom because customer find tangible [B]pandora jewelry[/B] stores are easier to trust.

Anonymous said...

Trying to find an innovative and lucrative [B][URL=http://www.tiffanysfree.com]tiffany engagement rings[/URL][/B] business? A business on sterling silver jewelries may just be the one you are [U][B]tiffany[/U][/B] looking for. It's never that too difficult to find reasonably priced Tiffany wholesale jewelry to get you [U][B]pandora bracelets[/U][/B] started on your way to being financially independent. The Internet is actually a good place [B]pandora bangles[/B] to start. You virtually spend nothing to find the supplier you are seeking. No need to be technically knowledgeable to find [U]tiffany & co][/U] your valuable information, a simple understanding of how to operate the computer and use a reliable search [B]tiffany charms[/B] engine is all you need.

Once you find your tiffany wholesale supplier, your quest [U][B]pandora necklaces[/U][/B] doesn't end there. You need to understand jewelry selling basics and selecting the styles that are most appropriate [B]tiffany sets[/B] for your niche market as well as having the eye for designs that will [U]tiffany][/U] most likely sell. You must also learn the tricks of finding out which jewelry pieces are [B]pandora necklaces[/B] of superior quality. There are an abundant source of suppliers for Tiffany wholesale jewelry, you just need [B][URL=http://www.pandoraforyou.com]pandora bangles[/URL][/B] to have that discriminating taste in ensuring you get to the best source. In this business, if you start with low quality [U]tiffany bracelets][/U] pieces, your business will suffer.

The key to a profitable and lucrative business is to build a [U][B]pandora jewellery[/U][/B] large customer base. In order for you to get customers to comeback you must be [B][URL=http://www.tiffanysfree.com]tiffany necklaces[/URL][/B] able to please them with the quality of your items as well as the attractiveness of your designs. Always find unique [U][B]tiffany london[/U][/B] and stylish designs, you wouldn't want to sell everybody else is selling. If your pieces are just ok and plain you may have difficulty [U][B]tiffany[/U][/B] keeping faithful customers. Aside from having quality merchandise you [U][B]pandora bracelet[/U][/B] also should be pricing them reasonably, not too expensive but not too cheap. Always make [B]tiffany[/B] your customers feel special in finding the best priced jewelries they [U][B]tiffany necklaces[/U][/B] can find.

A good plan is definitely in order, plunging head on [U]tiffany rings][/U] into a business is like committing financial suicide. If you [B]pandora bangles[/B] want your business to workout you need to sit down and make [U][B]tiffany jewellery[/U][/B] a list of what you need to do to achieve your main goal [U]tiffany jewellery][/U] of being the vendor of choice. A supplier of good quality Tiffany wholesale jewelries [U]tiffany & co][/U] should top the list, after all you shouldn't start any business if your [U][B]pandora jewelry[/U][/B] merchandise is not good at all.

Anonymous said...

Tiffany's jewelry is world famous company [B][URL=http://www.tiffanysfree.com]tiffany sets[/URL][/B] and if you cannot afford the actual jewelry there are a lot of Tiffany inspired jewelry to choose [U]3tiffany & co jewellery[/U] from. While Tiffany's has produced some more [B]fake tiffany jewelry[/B] affordable pieces like key chains and [U][B]3tiffany & co jewellery[/U][/B] money clips for those wanting the elegant pieces without the price tag there are other options. Tiffany produces bracelets, rings, earrings [B]authentic tiffany jewelry[/B] and necklaces.

Besides the traditional Tiffany's style, the jewelry [B][URL=http://www.etiffanystore.com]tiffany rings[/URL][/B] comes in the traditional blue box and you can even find Tiffany inspired jewelry [U]baltimore tiffany jewelry[/U] that reproduces the Tiffany style down to the box. Tiffany jewelry is traditionally sterling silver [U]tiffany jewelry boxes[/U] as the Tiffany Company has produced a special blend of silver that is very [B]tiffany company jewelry[/B] strong and will last.

It is not a direct replica but it is inspired from the Tiffany style [U]authentic tiffany jewelry monthly promotion[/U] so many of the pieces are very similar to Tiffany. Some companies may even [U][B]best website to buy discounted tiffany jewelry[/U][/B] produce direct replicas. The main difference between real Tiffany's jewelry and the inspired version [B]authentic tiffany jewelry[/B] jewelry is the price tag. They are just as beautiful and classic as the real ones [B]baltimore tiffany jewelry[/B] but at much more affordable prices. If you aspire for a piece of Tiffany's then you should [B][URL=http://www.tiffanysfree.com]tiffany earrings[/URL][/B] investigate Tiffany inspired jewelry.

This jewelry can [U]cheap tiffany and co jewelry[/U] be found in many places, in stores and online. You [U][B]tiffany jewellery uk[/U][/B] can search the internet to discover the companies in your [B]discount tiffany jewelry[/B] area that provide this type of jewelry. Their heart [B]tiffany company jewelry[/B] pendants are particularly popular. These floating [U][B]tiffany jewellery uk[/U][/B] heart pendants come in silver, gold and with crystals. They also [B][URL=http://www.etiffanystore.com]tiffany[/URL][/B] have the traditional Tiffany's circle of life pendant that resembles a [U]replica tiffany jewelry[/U] circle of crystals on a chain.


Tiffany also offers men's jewelry and you can [B]fake tiffany jewelry[/B] find Tiffany's inspired jewelry from their men's line. There [U]fake tiffany jewelry[/U] is a huge array of cufflinks available with two tone [U]tiffany jewelry boxes[/U] cufflinks, woven cufflinks and love knot cufflinks to name but a few. Other [U]fake tiffany jewelry[/U] men's jewelry include pendants, chains, heavy [U][B]discount tiffany jewelry[/U][/B] mesh rings, eternal cross pendants, dice key chains, golf club money clip, sterling [B]fake tiffany jewelry[/B] silver dollar sign money clips and dog tag pendants.

Anonymous said...

Such a kind post and one from one of the people who actually has to travel a great distance to be a part of the show. We're trying to make it right for everyone and we will continue to hone the process until we have a show that far exceeds everyone's experience. Great stuff and thank you! Del

Anonymous said...

Absolutely with you it agree. In it something is also to me it seems it is good idea. I agree with you.

Anonymous said...

http://www.oceankids.org/node/2363 EssendaSnarge earn cash online eroxy [url=http://wildcard-life.com/node/21916]making money on the internet[/url]

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol buy online no prescription mastercard - tramadol hcl classification

Anonymous said...

xanax for anxiety xanax dosage not working - xanax drug screening detection

Anonymous said...

xanax for sale xanax 1mg value - xanax online without prescriptions

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax affects the heart - 1mg xanax is equal to how much valium

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online buy tramadol no prescription cheap - best website buy tramadol

Anonymous said...

generic xanax can xanax pills expire - xanax 1mg dosage

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online can tramadol overdose fatal - legitimate online pharmacy tramadol

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol high - tramadol 50 mg medicine

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol for getting high - tramadol 50 mg prn

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg somacid 350 mg carisoprodol - carisoprodol 350 mg breastfeeding

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol free shipping tramadol online - safe place order tramadol online

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax bars your system - xanax job drug test

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol buy carisoprodol recreational erowid - carisoprodol 1050 mg

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online cheap tramadol without rx - where to buy tramadol cod

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax withdrawal program - discount xanax online no prescription

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol for dogs and humans - buy tramadol online no prescription next day delivery

Anonymous said...

generic xanax long will xanax show up drug test - drug interactions xanax sudafed

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol 100 mg m/r - tramadol for dogs high

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg carisoprodol liver - 350 mg carisoprodol generic soma

Anonymous said...

generic xanax what does xanax generic pill look like - online pharmacy europe xanax

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg carisoprodol pharmacology - carisoprodol prodrug

Anonymous said...

buy carisoprodol carisoprodol 350 mg buy online - soma carisoprodol buy

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online price quote+cialis - order cialis online no prescription usa

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax valium same drug test - xanax xr drug interactions

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online cialis prostate - cheap cialis in australia

Anonymous said...

xanax online generic xanax s 900 - alprazolam 0.5 mg high

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online cialis daily safety - cialis price costco

Anonymous said...

generic xanax long can xanax high last - xanax bars blue lotus

Anonymous said...

cialis online legal to buy cialis online - cialis price with prescription

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax withdrawal cure - xanax dosage daily

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online overnight delivery xanax street price per pill - xanax 2mg alcohol

Anonymous said...

cialis online cialis price per pill - buy cialis online mastercard

Anonymous said...

http://landvoicelearning.com/#38471 tramadol brand name - european online pharmacy tramadol

Anonymous said...

learn how to buy tramdadol tramadol 50mg biogaran - order tramadol online no prescription overnight

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online where to buy tramadol over the counter - can you buy tramadol

Anonymous said...

http://blog.dawn.com/dblog/buy/#38179 buy tramadol online overnight shipping - buy tramadol online overnight cod

Anonymous said...

learn how to buy tramdadol ic tramadol hcl 50 mg side effects - buy tramadol visa

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online legal buy tramadol online usa - tramadol hcl buy

Anonymous said...

http://landvoicelearning.com/#51438 order tramadol online overnight - tramadol no prescription overnight shipping

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol buy tramadol online no prescription cod - tramadol 50mg and ibuprofen

Anonymous said...

learn how to buy tramdadol tramadol dosage 150 - suboxone tramadol high

Anonymous said...

buy discount tramadol order tramadol money order - best site buy tramadol

Anonymous said...

ways to buy ativan online ativan withdrawal long does take - valium ativan dosage equivalents

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol 50 mg online pharmacy - tramadol 50mg and hydrocodone

Anonymous said...

ways to buy ativan online lorazepam 1mg how long - buy lorazepam online no prescription needed

Anonymous said...

tramadol online tramadol dosage use dogs - tramadol 50mg usage

Anonymous said...

Chanel Bags outlet 346370 Gucci Handbags for cheap 954506 Cheap Chanel Bags 645948 http://chaneloutletonline.cabanova.com/

Anonymous said...

ativan for anxiety ativan withdrawal period - cost of lorazepam 1mg

Anonymous said...

Gucci Handbags online 167321 Chanel Outlet 476913 discount christian louboutin 571975 http://pinterest.com/louboutioutlet/

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online buy alprazolam paypal - cheap xanax no prescription online

Anonymous said...

Chanel Outlet 168805 Burberry Handbags 639069 Gucci Handbags 859335 http://discountlouisvuittonbags.cabanova.com/

Anonymous said...

http://staam.org/#56274 tramadol with tylenol - tramadol for dogs dosage per pound

Anonymous said...

Cheap Burberry Bags 233721 Gucci Handbags 84978 Louis Vuitton Bags 714889 http://cloutlets.webs.com/

Anonymous said...

Louis Vuitton Handbags outlet 351003 Gucci Bags 691987 Gucci Handbags for cheap 548474 http://cheapburberrybagsoutlet.cabanova.com/

Anonymous said...

Hermes Birkin 613534 Hermes Outlet 329699 Louis Vuitton Bags 247693 http://louisvuittonoutletstores.cabanova.com/

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol cod online tramadol 50 mg rx list - tramadol hydrochloride 100mg/2ml

Anonymous said...

Louis Vuitton Handbags outlet 450188 Burberry Bags 428812 christian louboutin outlet online 755999 http://louisvuittonoutletstores.cabanova.com/

Anonymous said...

Louis Vuitton Bags 588009 Cheap Gucci Bags 716971 Burberry Handbags outlet 452094 http://hermesbagsoutletsale.cabanova.com/

Anonymous said...

Chanel Outlet Online 137751 Louis Vuitton Handbags 545358 Chanel Outlet 654472 http://louisvuittonoutletstores.cabanova.com/

Anonymous said...

Burberry Bags 513751 Burberry Handbags 38619 discount christian louboutin 223419 http://cheaplouboutinshoes.cabanova.com/

Anonymous said...

http://ranchodelastortugas.com/#93851 xanax 1mg side effects - buy xanax online overnight delivery

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online can you buy tramadol over counter usa - cheap tramadol online no prescription

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol 100mg modified release - tramadol mechanism of action

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online can i take 2mg of xanax at once - where to buy xanax online forum

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online xanax bars price street - xanax 0.25 effects

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online cheap no prescription xanax side effects mayo - can u buy xanax mexico

Anonymous said...

xanax pills effects of xanax and alcohol together - xanax effects when snorted

Anonymous said...

http://bayshorechryslerjeep.com/#6828 all generic names xanax - xanax bars definition