News in Brief 05 Dec 2012
The sun sets on Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, Dubai Lynx announces new category, plus more bite size news.
Rushes Soho Shorts Festival is discontinued
London-based VFX company Rushes has announced that its 14-year-old Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, one of the industry’s most revered celebrations of filmmaking talent, is to be discontinued permanently and hence will not run in 2013. Joce Capper, Rushes MD and founder of the festival, said of the decision: “We loved the Festival and it has been an integral part of all our calendars for many years. It's a very tough decision to not run next year but we feel it is time for us to move forward with other creatively innovative ways to engage with our clients.”
In a statement the company also thanked those who had supported the festival in the past and said that; “To keep it running at the level it deserves required more resources, people, time and money than we are able to commit. Rushes don't want any half measures for the Festival and we’re not willing to let standards drop for the sake of continuing a lesser event.”
Despite the festival’s end, the Rushes Soho Shorts social media sites will continue to promote news, screenings and events from the short film world. For more information you can connect with the organisation via its Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and website.
Dubai Lynx launches Branded Content & Entertainment category
The Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity has announced the launch of a new category, Branded Content and Entertainment. The category will be chaired in its inaugural year by Mike Wiese, director of branded entertainment for JWT. Entries for the festival, which runs from 10 – 13 March 2013, are open for all categories this Sunday 9 December. An early bird discount will be applicable for entries submitted by 31 January 2013. Entries close on 7 February. An early bird discount is available to delegates registering before 14 February 2013. For more information go to the Dubai Lynx website.
Music+Sound Awards 2013 entry deadline extension
The entry window for the Music+Sound Awards 2013 has been extended to the 14th December 2012. Launched in 2011 to recognise and celebrate the role of music and sound in advertising, film, television and gaming, the second annual Music+Sound Awards is to be held on 21 February at Troxy, East London. This time the Awards is supporting Nordoff Robbins, the national music therapy charity. In addition to fundraising surprises planned for the awards ceremony itself, all entrants have the opportunity to make a donation with their submissions and when buying tickets for the event. For details on how to enter, judges and more, visit the Music+Sound Awards website.
Thwak! relaunches as KBV Music
New York music company Thwak! has relaunched as KBV Music. The new brand, which is owned by prolific producer and music-for-picture expert Tony Verderosa, emphasises the activities of Verderosa’s KBV Records label, which has established a successful track record of artist development since being founded in 2009. The boutique music company has already won a high profile placement under its new moniker, supplying Royal Caribbean and agency JWT with the raw rock track Let’s Get It On by the KBV Records artist Romans. KBV Music has also just finished music clearance and supervision for the new feature film Allegiance, starring Seth Gabel, Shad ‘Bow Wow’ Moss, Aidan Quinn and Pablo Schreiber. For more information visit the KBV Records website.