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AFM 2021 November 1-5

Apojo Publications is proud to be the premier sponsor for this year’s American Film Market. AFM 2021 is being held virtually this year for the second time in a row due to the pandemic, instead of amidst the usual Santa Monica glitz and glam. We partnered with AFM last year and are continuing the partnership as we firmly believe in the important contribution the independent film industry makes to the creative world. We strongly support independent writers, production studios and creatives in this industry. With our mission to connect writers and production studios globally, giving writers access to decision makers for their creative work whilst being able to sell their work directly on our platform - we aim to provide opportunities for all creatives attending this year’s American Film Market. We will have a Virtual Meeting Table on Level 9 of the Networking Pavilion, if you would like to drop in and chat to us, between 9am and 6pm PDT from November 1-5. To organise a time to meet with us directly, you can pre-book a meeting through this link. We will also be participating in the Distribution Conference “Path to VOD Success: Strategies for Independents” - to be held on Wednesday November 3rd at 11 am PDT. Book in a meeting today to find out how we are changing the future of the creative industry. See you all next week!

An intimate conversation with Phil Hayden

Philip Hayden is the Director of Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia. Philip graduated from drama school in 1999. Since then he has been a career actor, theatre maker, producer and director. Amongst many television, film and theatre appearances Philip has performed leading roles on London's West End and in numerous national tours, in the hit Stan show Romper Stomper, been a semi regular on children's television for the BBC and for award-winning Australian theatre company Red Stitch. Outside of performing, Philip is also one of the founders and Directors of the Poppy Seed Theatre Festival: a pioneering festival designed specifically to support mid-career and emerging theatre makers in Melbourne. We had the opportunity to get to know him a little better earlier today. Apojo: Tell us a bit about your experience of being a producer. Phil: Producing is amazing and requires dedication, passion and teamwork. I founded and ran a theatre festival for four years. Being a producer allows you to take complete carriage of a project and take it from embryo to the stars! Apojo: What are the key challenges of being a producer and do you have any advice for producers starting out in the industry? Phil: Communication and planning. If you can nail that, you can produce. If not, stop now. As a producer you have to manage everything. The whole show. People. Money. Press. Everything. There is no hiding. One thing that is important to know above almost all other things is that it's all "your fault". If you don't like the director - that's your fault, you hired them. If you don't like the publicity - that's your fault, you haven't communicated with the marketing team well enough. If you don't have enough money to realise the vision - that's your fault, the project shouldn't have gone ahead. If you do your job well, very well, it will be invisible and hardly anyone will notice it or thank you for it. Take responsibility for everything, everything, love the process and learn from your experiences - fast! My central advice would be to believe in the project you are working on 100%, there can be no doubt in your mind that this project has the potential to be AMAZING! Do not think of the project as leading to the next project, the better one, the bigger one, this project has to captivate you right now! Apojo: What are some of your proudest moments in the creative industry? Phil: Founding a curated theatre festival designed to take the financial risks away from artists. We provided a platform for emerging and mid-career artists to create work while we covered the costs of the venue and publicity, and contributed towards artist wages so that no one was working for free! Apojo: What were some of the hardest moments in the creative industry and how did you overcome it? Phil: Honestly, finances. There's nothing we can't do without the resources. Apojo: How do you think the industry will change as a result of the pandemic? Phil: Change is definitely happening. People are bursting to create and audiences are more willing to experience art in different ways. I think the creative industry will become both more local and international at the same time. Audiences will see the small, local theatre production down the road and the following night tune in to watch the latest West End hit by the National Theatre in the UK. Apojo: Finally, do you think there is room for improvement on how producers and writers interact with each other in the traditional industry framework? Phil: Yes, we need more contact points. A platform such as this for producers to browse works and for writers to pitch their scripts is immensely necessary. Rest assured, we did not bribe Phil to say so! If you would like to contribute to our Creative Resources or be a guest on our upcoming podcast, join Creative Community, or reach out at member@apojo.app.

An intimate conversation with featured writer of the month

We asked our featured writer of the month, Carmen Ayala Brown, her inspirations behind her writing and creative career. Here is what we found out. Apojo: What inspired you to get into the creative world of writing? Carmen: It was a calling for sure. Deep down inside I just knew I wanted to write. There were signposts along the way throughout my life. So one day I began my journey by writing children's stories. Apojo: When judging the Daytime Emmy Awards in the outstanding children’s animated television writing programming category, what types of qualities do you look for? Carmen: Since children are quite impressionable, I like to see programming which is inspiring, lighthearted, and problem-solving at the end when posed with a challenge. Apojo: Could you please tell us a little bit more about your entertainment technology driven brand Girly Stuff Inc? Carmen: Girly Stuff, Inc. is an entertainment tech-enabled brand targeted to the unrepresented tween/teen multicultural girl niche and all girls worldwide with a branded merchandise line, and foremost, original content creation distributed on tech-enabled multiplatforms. This is where our young audience lives and breathes! The Girly Stuff, Inc. youth adult novel based on the forthcoming animated television characters depicted in the book is available on Amazon. Apojo: How did you get into entertainment marketing as a product placement manager? Carmen: I was mentored by a pioneer in the industry years ago. I worked under him for a season then I started my own boutique agency. Apojo: When doing product placement, do companies come to you to endorse their product or do you go to them? Carmen: I reached out to brands and/or companies which I felt would be ideal for product placement. Not all products are a good fit for this type of advertisement. My first client was the iconic Aeron Chair by Herman Miller. Apojo: I see you’ve built a mobile free & green friendly hair dryer for today's woman. What inspired you to create this? Carmen: Out of necessity! I was drying my hair one morning which was taking forever, and multitasking to the best of my ability. The situation at hand led to an invention of a personal hair appliance for women. Apojo: How did you come up with the name for your dog Ricky? Carmen: Ricky was my sweet Newfoundland trophy dog! He was an ex-champion who was on the dog show circuit for years. I adopted him after one of my beloved German Shepherds named Sammie passed away suddenly. Apojo: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Carmen: Keep writing and never give up. Remember, you're the creator of your material. For that reason, if you decide you want a new set of eyes to review your work, be prepared for changes. But since you're the creator of your material, stay true to your originality as much as possible. Carmen Ayala Brown is a writer, inventor, entrepreneur, and female founder of the Girly Stuff, Inc. startup. She has been part of the judging panel for the Daytime Emmy Awards in the outstanding children’s animated television writing programming category for the past five years. Carmen has created and written numerous film and television scripts for the children and family marketplace. Interested in her repertoire of work as a producer? Sign-up here or get in touch at member@apojo.app.

Apojo Podcast returns with Season 2!

Welcome to Season 2 of the Apojo Podcast! We start another incredible season of authentic conversations with creatives from all over the world, who also happen to be a part of the Apojo Community. In this episode of the Apojo Podcast, we talk to Producer & CEO Mark Byers. S2 E1 Part I: Mark chats to us about the perception of culture in the film industry, how its created and how it shapes the work we see. He shares valuable insights and learnings from his lifelong lessons within the industry. S2 E1 Part II: Mark chats to us about animation, the art of directing and shares some very timely advice for aspiring creatives. Tune in here or subscribe to Apple Podcasts. A little about Mark as seen on our feature: CEO/Producer/Writer Mark Byers has produced and directed numerous independent feature motion pictures (Deception, The Treatment, Dream Parlor, Criminal Act), written 28 feature screenplays (Watch the Skies, China Knight, Slow Boat to China), and written and produced numerous television programs and specials (The Price of Freedom, Home Base, Hands of Mercy, More than the Music).

Apojo Podcast: Movement 360

Apojo Member Anna Fishbeyn is a director, actress, producer and author. Her film, Galaxy 360: A Woman's Playground, screened during the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, where it received amazing reviews and has been called an "Iconic Comedy" and a "revolution" by critics. The movie also had a huge success at the Toronto International Film Festival just last week. We speak to Anna about her accomplishments, what projects she wants to get off the ground next and her vision for Movement 360. Watch the full episode here. To find out more about Anna's upcoming projects and how to be a part of it, sign up to the platform here.

Apojo Podcast: Season 1 Episode 4

We continue our authentic couch conversations with yet another accomplished like-minded creative, Dominique Seward-Campbell. “It is my dream to catapult the world into positivity through cinematic efforts and humanitarian efforts.” Dominique Seward-Campbell is a director, writer and filmmaker ready to share her vision with the world. Join the Apojo Community for complete access to her work or for collaborative production opportunities.

Are you a Creative Genius?

We’re giving new and existing Creative Genius members the opportunity of a lifetime! The opportunity to be discovered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022! 😍 Apojo is taking 50 select projects to Cannes to attach veteran producers and funding bodies. Some of these projects have been pre-selected from existing talented members currently a part of the Apojo Community. If you are a writer and would like to participate, join our platform https://www.apojopublications.com by May 1, 2022; submit your project(s) and follow our social media to be in the running! Some things to note: Submit only 1 page per project You can submit as many projects as you like but they must be unpublished original works You will need to ensure that, for any projects submitted, your completed scripts have been sent to us via this link before May 1st You will need to ensure you are an active "Creative Genius" member for us to be able to present you at Cannes. You can find out more here. All 1-pager submissions must be emailed to us directly via member@apojo.app in .doc or .docx format by no later than May 1st. For a complete copy of the guidelines on how to submit your project(s), alongside with a copy of the template, reach out to us at member@apojo.app! Please note, you must have already joined as a new member here or be an existing member, and selected the Creative Genius plan, before your submission for Cannes can be accepted. All final submissions to be made by no later than May 1, 2022. #cannes2022 #writers #producers #independentcinema #opportunity #creatives

Cannes Film Market 2022

Cannes Film Market 2022 comes to a close. Apojo has participated in hundreds of meetings, attended over hundred hours worth of conferences, shared the works of talented Apojo members, and forged new partnerships over the past week at Cannes Film Market 2022. Our new platform launched during Cannes with more intuitive features and bringing additional value to our members. More on this to come in the weeks ahead with key benefits for existing members and those whose projects were selected for Cannes 2022 to receive special offers. The selected projects can be found here under "Creative Projects" - "Cannes 2022 Projects". Look out for further announcement. Here are some snippets and memories from Cannes 2022.

Cannes Submission Deadline

An incredible opportunity for all Apojo Creative Genius Members! The Cannes submission deadline is fast approaching. If you are an existing or new Creative Genius member and have submitted your script on our platform by May 1st, you will be in the running to be showcased at this year's Cannes Festival and Market, taking place this May. Besides having your script submitted on our platform, you also need to ensure the 1-pager per project has been submitted directly via member@apojo.app before May 1st. For a copy of the template, email member@apojo.app. See a full list of the guidelines below: Submit only 1 page per project You can submit as many projects as you like You will need to ensure that, for any projects submitted, your completed scripts or concepts have been sent to us via below link before May 1st: https://www.apojopublications.com/seller You will need to ensure you are an active "Creative Genius" member at the time of submission. You can find out more here: https://www.apojopublications.com/plans All 1-pager submissions must be emailed to us directly via member@apojo.app in Word (.doc or .docx) format by no later than May 1st and must contain the following: 1. Title of your script 2. Synopsis and Logline of your script 3. Pitch (if available) 4. A project visual 5. 5 reasons why the audience will fall in love with the main character (protagonist) 6. 5 reasons why the audience will love any of the other characters - include their name, how they are related to the main character and then list the reasons We look forward to your submissions!

Cannes Submission Deadline Extended

Due to overwhelming demand, we have extended this amazing opportunity for Apojo Creative Genius Members! The Cannes submission deadline has been extended till May 7, 2022. If you are an existing or new Creative Genius member and have submitted your script on our platform by May 7th, you will be in the running to be showcased at this year's Cannes Festival and Market, taking place from May 17-28. Besides having your script submitted on our platform, you also need to ensure the 1-pager per project has been submitted directly via member@apojo.app before May 7th. For a copy of the template, email member@apojo.app. See a full list of the guidelines below: Submit only 1 page per project You can submit as many projects as you like You will need to ensure that, for any projects submitted, your completed scripts or concepts have been sent to us via below link before May 7th: https://www.apojopublications.com/seller You will need to ensure you are an active "Creative Genius" member at the time of submission. You can find out more here: https://www.apojopublications.com/plans All 1-pager submissions must be emailed to us directly via member@apojo.app in Word (.doc or .docx) format by no later than May 7th with no further extensions possible. We look forward to your submissions!

Connecting at Cannes 2022

Creative Community

We are excited to invite all creatives - writers, directors, artists, composers, producers, painters to join our Creative Community. We invite you to think of the Creative Community forums across various social media platforms as a safe space to discuss or share your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, pain points, struggles, joys, achievements and more. Let's talk about the future of the creative industry. What it looks like post-Covid and what is the new normal.