Montana Film Office

Montana Film Office • 301 South Park Ave Helena, MT 59620 • tel: 800.553.4563 • 406.841.2876 • fax: 406.841.2877 • AFCI Member




 (MISSOULA)  – The Montana Film Office announces their partnership with SAG-AFTRA EEO & Diversity and SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee in sponsoring “The Business of Acting: The Inside Scoop on Casting”,  an interactive panel discussion and workshop. The workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the University of Montana Campus.

Taught by directors, casting directors and professional actors, the event will focus on providing actors of all levels an overview of auditioning, headshots, resumes, reels, representation, audition tapes, and other in-depth resources for actors.

Participants will discuss aspects of the acting world with casting director Rene Haynes (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and New Moon), director Andrew Smith (Winter in the Blood, The Slaughter Rule), and actor Delanna Studi (Edge of America).

In addition, MFO’s SAG-AFTRA partner SAGindie will offer a workshop for independent filmmakers on the “need to know” aspects of working in the industry. Taught by National Director of SAGindie, Darrien Michele Gipson, the course will run in conjunction with the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and address everything from funding to festivals, creating a solid foundation for any new or independent filmmaker.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Montana production community to connect with fellow Montanans who know this industry,” said Deny Staggs, the Montana Film Commissioner. “This diverse group of industry leaders offers exactly the kind of support and leadership that the film office will continue bringing to Montana.”

As part of the acting workshop, attendees will be allowed to submit a resume and headshot for consideration for an audition section of the workshop. Participants do not have to be a SAG-AFTRA member to submit.

All Parties interested in attending, must RSVP to Parties interested in an opportunity to participate in the “audition section,” should send their headshots and resumes to  no later than FEBRUARY 3, 2014 BY 5 P.M. MST.

The casting director for the workshop will select a diverse group of participants from a wide range of ethnicity, age and acting experience. Any selected members will be notified in advance of the event if they are selected to audition and will receive sides to practice.

For any questions regarding Montana Film Office workforce development or sponsorship opportunities contact the office at or 1.800.553.4563.

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Montana Film Office • 301 South Park Ave Helena, MT 59620 • tel: 800.553.4563 • 406.841.2876 • fax: 406.841.2877 •