Production Assistant Training Seminar
The Production Assistant Training Seminar (P.A.T.S) was held on September 24 - 25, 2011 at Point Park University. A group of 90 students from local universities - and even from neighboring states - gathered for two days of extensive film training. Attendees learned the workings of a film set, terminology, working with walkie-talkies and listened to speakers from the local film industry. Our thanks to speakers Chip & Cassie Eccles, James Mahathey, Dave Hall & Gary Streiner for sharing their expertise with the students.
2011 Highmark Presents Lights! Glamour! Action! Oscar Gala
Thank you to everyone who attended “Highmark Presents Lights! Glamour! Action!” ™ on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at Stage AE and helped to support the Pittsburgh Film Office.
The annual Academy Awards™ benefit, “Highmark Presents Lights! Glamour! Action!” ™ celebrated its 11th year as we celebrate another outstanding year of the film industry in our region and support the mission of the Pittsburgh Film Office (PFO). The PFO is a non-profit economic development agency that markets the southwestern Pennsylvania region to the film industry.
This year the annual "Pittsburgh Stars" video was broadcast in 3D! Over 900 people gathered to watch the live telecast of the Academy Awards on the BIG SCREEN! Six local salons styled models based on nominated films and graced the stage during a live fashion presentation. More than 160 items were featured in the silent auction.
2011 Highmark Presents Lights! Glamour! Action! Patron Party
The Pittsburgh Oscar season started out with a bang at this year's Highmark Presents Lights! Glamour! Action! Patron Party. Held at J. Verno Studios in the Southside, quests enjoyed music, hors d'oeuvres provided by local restaurants such as the Original Fish Market and Dozen, Oscar-themed cocktails such as "The Fighter Punch" and "The King's Tea", and the popular act-out-your-own-classic-movie-lines, specially shot in 3-D this year by PMI.
Love & Other Drugs premiere, 11-22-10, Southside Works Cinema
The Pittsburgh Film Office and Twentieth Century Fox were excited to host an advanced Pittsburgh premiere screening of "Love & Other Drugs" with a cocktail party beforehand. Everyone enjoyed mingling, with drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Capital Grille, and seeing the city on the big screen in this charming romantic comedy.
The Next Three Days Advance Screening, 11-18-10, AMC Loews Waterfront Theater
The Pittsburgh Film Office and Lionsgate Entertainment were happy to host an advanced Pittsburgh premiere screening of "The Next Three Days". Local crew, cast, and extras were given the opportunity to buy exclusive sweeatshirts and posters, as well as enjoy seeing the drama unfold onscreen prior to the nationwide release November 19th, 2010
Unstoppable Screening, 11-11-10, AMC Loews Waterfront Theater
The Pittsburgh Film Office and Twentieth Century Fox were happy to host an advanced Pittsburgh premiere screening of "Unstoppable". Local crew, cast, and extras enjoyed seeing the film together before the nationwide release on November 12th, 2010
ADVENTURELAND Pittsburgh Premiere!!!
Thursday, April 2, 2009 at the Loews Waterfront Theater in West Homestead, PA
The Pittsburgh Film Office and Miramax were happy to host an advanced Pittsburgh premiere screening of "Adventureland". Local crew, cast and extras were on hand to see the film before it opened nationwide on April 3rd.
An after party celebration was held at Dave & Buster's at the Waterfront.
Sundance Film Festival 2009
The Pittsburgh Film Office was present at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for the world premiere of Adventureland.
While in Park City, Utah, the office hosted a play-off viewing party for the hundreds of Steeler fans at the festival!
Christopher Seretti Memorial Golf Classic
The Pittsburgh Film Office was the primary beneficiary of the Christopher Seretti Memorial Golf Classic on August 18, 2008 at the Montour Heights Country Club.
The 24th Annual outing featured an exciting day of golf for all skill levels, brunch, on course refreshments, cocktails, dinner, and a unique raffle emceed by Pittsburgh’s Larry Richert.
In addition to the PFO, The Christopher Seretti Memorial Golf Classic benefited ACHIEVA and the Special Olympics, two organizations that provide assistance to the needs of the mental health community, as well as the “Christopher College Scholarship Fund” for college bound students in financial need.
Pittsburgh Steelers James Farrior and Larry Foote were also in attendance.
ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO Pittsburgh Premiere Event
Saturday, October 25, 2008 at The Oaks Theater, Oakmont, PA.
Director Kevin Smith hosted an advanced screening of "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," at The Oaks theater October 25th. Smith was on hand for a Q&A session after the film and he entertained the sold-out theater with stories about the film and shooting in Pittsburgh.
WATCH A VIDEO CLIP OF THE Q&A: http://www.post-gazette.com/multimedia/?videoid=101111
The Kill Point Season Premiere Party
The Pittsburgh Film Office along with local crew members, actors and the general public celebrated the season premiere of the Spike TV series The Kill Point. The premiere party took place on Sunday, July 22, 2007 at Altar Bar in the Strip District. Close to 300 people turned out to see the City of Pittsburgh on the big screen during the two-hour season premiere and feasted on Kill Point themed drinks and complimentary appetizers from Ugly.
Rally in Harrisburg for HB 1528 & HB 1529!!!
You can still help increase film production in Pennsylvania! Your support is needed on HB 1528 & HB 1529!
On Tuesday, June 26, 2007, a group of filmmakers and crew, actors, business leaders and concerned legislators including Senator Jim Ferlo and Representative Mike Sturla held a rally on the Capitol steps in Harrisburg to stress the importance of passing HB 1528 & HB 1529 and the impact on the future of filmmaking in Pennsylvania.
Russ Streiner, Chairman of the Pittsburgh Film Office Board of Trustees, also spoke about the importance of this bills in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania legislators are preparing to vote on critical legislation that will transform the film, TV and video industry in the state of Pennsylvania. If passed this legislation will institute a 25% Film Production Tax Credit Program in the Commonwealth and increase the cap on the current Film Production Grant Program.
Pennsylvania currently offers a 20% Film Production Grant for production expenses incurred on projects spending at least 60% of their total budget in the Commonwealth. This grant is currently available for feature films, television pilots or each episode of a television series. No more than $10 million per year can be awarded. The problem is that last year $10 million became available on July 1st, but by July 22nd all allocated grant money had been claimed. There is an overwhelming need to expand this program so the Commonwealth can compete with other states!
House Bill 1528:
Creates a Film Production Tax Credit Program that provides for a fully refundable 25% tax credit with NO ANNUAL CAP for all projects budgeted at $2 million or more. This program targets major feature films, television series and commercial production.
House Bill 1529:
Increases the current 20% Grant Program's annual cap to $15 million for projects budgeted under $2 million. This program targets independent filmmakers.
To qualify for each of these programs, filmmakers will need to spend at least 60% of their total production budget on the ground in Pennsylvania.
Stay tuned for more updates on this important legislation...!