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International AICP Show Returns to Winston-Salem, NC

2003's Best Television Commercials Honored at Gala Public Event That Travels U.S. and The World

At 5:30pm on Thurs., Oct. 21, the 13th Annual Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) Show, The Art & Technique of the American Television Commercial, will appear at the North Carolina School of the Arts (www.ncarts.edu) for the fifth consecutive year.   As explained by AICP National President and CEO Matt Miller, who will be on-hand Thursday evening to host the event, "The purpose of this showcase is to inspire as well as recognize the pursuit of excellence in the art and craft of commercial production."   Tickets for the event are still available, and more information on tickets and the event's venue location follows below.

Over the past four years, many who have attended the annual local event from locations across the region are drawn to its unique networking values. "The Winston-Salem show is packed with people from all walks of the entertainment industry, including ad agency creative directors and broadcast producers, commercial production company directors and DPs, independent filmmakers, post professionals, designers, etc.," said Jessica Moore, Advertising Manager for Cox Communications in Atlanta.  "Seeing this show each year motivates and inspires everyone to strive for the best possible creative."


The show debuted at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art back on June 14. Other U.S. host cities for this year's tour include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Richmond, and San Francisco. The show will also travel to cultural venues in Europe and the Pacific Rim.

"What's special about the Winston-Salem screening compared with others is the high degree of turnout by ad agency professionals," said Tom Gibney, Director of Broadcast Production at Bohan in Nashville and local event producer for the past four years.  This year's local event is being produced by Sheryl Myers of Atlanta's Comotion Films.

As in past years, this year's local event is expected to draw high-profile professionals from the region's advertising and production industries - including regional film commissioners from across the state and Dale Pollock, Dean of the NC School of the Arts' School of Filmmaking, among many others - and will feature the hour-long presentation itself, as well as a festive hors d'oeuvres and cocktail reception before and after the screening.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, North Carolina has been one of the top three filmmaking states in the nation for nearly 20 years.  Bill Arnold, Director of the North Carolina Film Office, attributes approximately two-thirds of the estimated $1 billion dollar economic impact filmmaking has had on the state since 2000 to commercial production.  "As you can imagine, commercial activity has assumed a much more significant part of our agenda as the feature film and television elements have found their way to Canada, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere," Arnold commented.

And while television commercials are not necessarily top-of-mind for those aspiring to careers in the entertainment industry, Dean Pollock indicates that his students' annual exposure to the AICP Show is resonating with them: "We have received very positive student feedback on the AICP screening," he said.

Members of the public and those involved in the region's film and television industry are encouraged to attend this fifth annual regional screening of the AICP Show.  Admission is $40 per person.  The cocktail reception will begin at 5:30pm and the screening will begin promptly at 7:30pm.  The North Carolina School of the Arts is located at 1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, about a mile south of Old Salem. The School is accessible by Interstate 40 (which connects to Interstates 77, 85 and 95 in North Carolina) and U.S. 52, and is 20 minutes away from Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro.  Driving directions are available at this address: http://www.ncarts.edu/ncsaprod/visitorscenter/maps_directions.asp

Upon entering the campus, parking attendants will guide visitors to the venue in the Film Village's Ace Exhibition hall.

For further information, please contact Sheryl Myers at 404-688-3800, or visit this site: http://www.aicp.com/show/dom_inter_tour.html

The 2004 AICP Show would not have been possible without the generous contributions of its sponsors.  Show sponsors are: Corporate Leaders- Directors Guild of America; Eastman Kodak Company, Entertainment Imaging; and Getty Images. Corporate Benefactors-AdAge's Creativity; American Airlines; Aspen Travel; Beam TV; Blink Digital; 'boards; Click 3x; Company 3; International Duplication Centre; Media Services; Producer's Source; Sacred Noise; SAG/AFTRA; SHOOT; Sony Pictures Studios; The Source Maythenyi; Technicolor Entertainment Services; and Universal Studios. Corporate Patrons- The Ad Age Group; AGT Seven; Amber Music; Fast Channel Network; Film US; Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz; Hello World Communications; Panavision; rhinofx; and shots.

Founded in 1972, the AICP represents, exclusively, the interests of commercial production companies in the United States, and serves as a strong collective voice for this $5.5 billion industry, addressing its many audiences within the advertising community, business circles and government offices.


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