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MAY 1-3, 2020 Appleton, WI

The 2nd Annual Film Forte will take place in Appleton, WI (April 30th – May 3rd, 2020). April 30th is our Industry Kick-Off Party at Friends & Neighbors Bar at 7 PM. Light Apps and a buy one get the second drink free will be in full effect! This night is filled with special celeb guests, fun previews/trailers and lots of shenanigans! Then The Film Forte starts Friday, May 1st at 6:30 PM at the Wriston Art Center Auditorium at Lawrence University with live music, The NIFA Awards and world premiere trailers/previews and films. Sat May 2nd is a full day starting with The Houdini Walking Tour and live music and films at 10 venues on Downtown College Ave (Appleton, WI) and then Sunday (The Film Forte Funday Sunday) is filled with live music and movies at 8 locations. That Sunday night will be capped off with a closing party with drink and food specials! More detailed info to come! Tickets are available now!

The Film Forte – Indie Movies. Indie Music is proud to present Sir Sean Connery with the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019.
The Film Forte – Indie Movies. Indie Music is proud to present Neal McCoy with the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019.

Country Legend/Grammy/Multi-platinum Neal McCoy is our inaugural NIFA Musical Legend Award Winner (He has a previous engagement but is sending us a 5 minute or so thank you video to screen. 

I am hosting a Fox Cities based community event called The Film Forte. A few years ago, a film I co-starred in was nominated for a British Independent Film Award (BIFA Award – Best Film) and over many British beers the BIFA people casually mentioned, “Hey Danny, why not create your own American version of the BIFAs.” So about a year ago I created the NIFAs (National Independent Film Awards) and created a showcase to present those awards…hence The Film Forte.


This two day event (Oct 18 & 19) has now taken on a life of its own (Appleton Downtown Inc. and the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau are behind us too! Along with a partnership with the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin – profits from posters sales and silent auction to benefit this needed non-profit!)….with live music, world premiere trailers/previews, world premiere Hollywood style film premiere, a celebrity or two and a Houdini Walking Tour of Downtown Appleton. 


NIFA Awards show (as part of the Film Forte-Oct 19th – Wriston Art Center – Lawrence University)

Jeff Olm (NIFA Lifetime Achievement (Post-Production) Jeff has edited/color corrected/F/X on over $10 Billion Total Box Office films including “Shrek”, Spiderman”, “Titanic”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “The Avengers” etc etc etc  (Jeff will be there to receive his award).

We are also presenting a posthumous award to a dear friend of mine who has passed, Michael Blake (Oscar winning writer “Dances with Wolves”). Michael Blake was one of my good friends as well as a writing mentor. He also was my creative consultant and “muse” for my film “West of Thunder”. So hence the NIFA Legend Award will be called “The Blake Award”.