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Exploring the future state of the industry; predictions of how independent film, the marketplace, and audience consumption will change.
Moderated by Anthony D’Alessandro, Managing Editor, Deadline
Looking ahead to the future of feature film distribution and exhibition; expected challenges and finding ground in a new normal.
Moderated by Brent Lang, Executive Editor, Film & Media, Variety
To reach the global audience, an independent producer’s best ally is their international Sales Agent. Our panel of experts will discuss how to find and work with the right Sales Agent.
Tamara Birkemoe, President, Foresight Unlimited
Richard Gray, Writer, Producer, Director
Clay Epstein, President, Film Mode Entertainment
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The Blueshouse Outfit USA
Doug Hansen: Vox (Producer)
Danny St. Pierre: Vox & Guitar (Lionsgate Entertainment)
Britt Draska: Bass (Amblin Entertainment)
Jim Stein: Keyboards & Guitar (Innovative Artists Agency)
Michael Roban: Drums (formerly Global Road Entertainment)
D’Arcy Conrique: Guitar (Barnes & Thornburg LLP – Entertainment Finance Group)
Mark Vennis & Different Place
Mark Vennis: Vox & Guitar (Moviehouse Entertainment)
Dave Sweetenham : Bass
Brian Gee: Vox & Drums
Sean Quinn: Vox & Guitar
The Blueshouse Outfit London
Michael Ryan; vox (GFM Films)
Mark Vennis; vox, guitar
Gil Garagnon; guitar
Dave Sweetenham; bass
Brian Gee; drums
Sean Quinn; vox, guitar
Attaching talent to your project is an important step towards getting it financed. Casting directors and producers will share how to carefully target the right cast for a project and what it takes to attract them.
Jenny Jue, Owner & Casting Director, Downtown Casting
Laura Rister, Producer, Untitled Entertainment
Caroline Couret-Delegue, Managing Director, Film Seekers
The Documentary marketplace is quickly transforming. New platforms and alliances are providing opportunities for stories that can support a long-form treatment. Producers and distributors will examine the diverse sources of revenue and discuss which co-production models can achieve success.
Anna Godas, CEO, DogWoof
Kevin Iwashina, Agent, Endeavor Content
Krista Wegener, EVP, Sales and Distribution Participant, Participant Media
John Von Thaden, Head of Acquisitions, Magnolia Pictures
Gregg Goldstein, Contributing Writer, Variety
Join EKOME to discover the safe studio Greece and to find out more about the attractive investment incentives 40 % cash rebate, 30 % on audiovisual production and the current state filming on location in the country.
Kostas Kefalas, Faliro House Productions
Panos Kouanis, President & CEO, EKOME
Yelena Popovic, International Actress-Filmmaker
Kelly Todd, VP, Feature Production, Endeavor Content
Phil Pangalos, Correspondent, Greece of Euronews, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Times & Sunday Times
User-generated content (UGC) represents the majority of what we consume online, but it also facilitates large amounts of copyright infringement and piracy. If the entertainment industry can gain back control of its content, it can bring value back to distribution rights – recouping production costs and protecting revenue from online piracy.
In this discussion, attendees will learn how they can control the use of their content online to both earn additional revenue and prevent losses to piracy. Panelists will discuss the impacts of piracy in UGC, how content can be controlled, monetized and blocked online, and how the European Union’s Copyright Directive will impact film rightsholders.
Bob Barbiere, SVP Digital Rights, PEX
Adam Krentzman, Community Outreach, CreativeFuture
As we return to work, understanding our industry’s new safety protocols can be quite the task. Since maintaining crew safety is the number one concern, we will dive deep into understanding the logistics that come along with it, and how they’ve been shaped practically as production is underway.
Lorenia May, Covid Compliance Director, Saniset
John Qu, CEO, CITIC New Bridge Media Studios
Natalie Teter, Covid Compliance, A24 Films
Steve Yandrich, Co-Founder, Saniset
Rebecca Davis, China Bureau Chief, Variety
You want someone to actually see your movie, right? In this session, you’ll learn some marketing fundamentals and how to effectively collaborate with marketing professionals at every stage of your movie’s journey to the audience. Some of the most successful filmmakers and producers in the business have a deep understanding of marketing. Done well, it can be the connective tissue between a movie and its audience.
Richard Baker, President, Silk Factory
Your AFM accreditation offers you access to Cinando’s top-level online tools to prepare and navigate the market. But did you know that you can also benefit from your free Cinando subscription all-year-long? Join us & gather the tools you need to unlock the film industry! Cinando is the premier network for film professionals offering you an amazing gateway into the film industry: contacts, films, practical information about markets, screeners… it’s all here www.cinando.com
Charlotte Hurni, Sales & Partnerships Manager, Cinando
Clara Morrier, Communications & Marketing Assistant, Cinando
Dan Mazer, writer of Borat and Director of I Give it a Year and Home Alone (reboot) join Director and Host Giles Alderson and Producer/Financier Ian Sharp to talk how to make movies, from indies to studio features, working on set and the writer/director/producer relationship.
Giles Alderson, Creator & Host, The Filmmakers Podcast
Ian Sharp, Founder, Sharp House
Dan Mazer, Writer & Director, LBI Entertainment
During this unique workshop, we highlight new voices and untold stories through a variety of pitch sessions followed by expert industry feedback. Whether you’re a first time filmmaker or an established producer with a new project, we encourage you to sign up and be considered for our pitch session or register just to tune in and attend.
Adhrucia Apana, Founder & Producer, Curiosity Entertainment
Janaé Désiré, Media Finance Executive, Creative Artists Agency
Gina Reyes, Television Lit Agent, Verve Talent & Literary Agency
Sophia Yen, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Viviana Zarragoitia, Vice President, Three Point Capital
Katherine Winston,Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Winston Baker
Amy Baker, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Winston Baker
James F. Robinson
Julia Fisher Farbman
Carol Bidault de l’Isle
AI is slowly becoming part of the process; it can analyze story, streamline pre-production, assess performance, and determine geographically where movies are likely to find an audience. Innovators in the field of film-oriented AI discuss how they acquire and utilize data to predict and articulate a project’s potential for success.
Nadira Azermai, Founder, Scriptbook
Tobias Queisser, Co-Founder & CEO, Cinelytic
Andrea Scarso, Investment Director, Ingenious
Debajyoti “Deb” Ray, CEO, RivetAI
In a country with population of over 200 million, and with very limited screens, the local box office relies heavily on blockbuster local content which before the pandemic closed gaps with Hollywood movies. Local content has contributed immensely to recent growth and exponential increase in box office numbers. It’s important to take a critical look on how the pandemic may have impacted on this success story.
Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife Media
Moses Babatope, Co-Founder, Filmhouse Group & Managing Director, FilmOne Entertainment
Patrick Lee, Managing Director, Diamond Cinemas Enugu & Management Consultant, Star Glazers Media
Joy Odiete, Managing Director & CEO, Blue Pictures Entertainment
Ijeoma Onah, Founder, NIFS
Craig Shurn, Managing Director, Part 2 Media, Group Director, Filmhouse Group
Patrice Poujol, Founder & CEO, Lumiere Project
Jake Craven, VP, Content Partnerships, Breaker
Adrian J. Garelik, CEO, Flixxo
Serban Simu, President & Co-Founder, Eluvio
Trinabh Gupta, Assistant Professor, University of California Santa Barbara
European indie VoD platforms are playing an essential role in a changed audiovisual ecosystem and society, where editorial choices and cultural diversity are key, building a diverse, dynamic and sustainable sector. In 2020 lessons have been learned about how to build on audience behavior when we speak about specialized, independent and local content, proving the value of cooperation between on-demand services, cinemas, festivals and local cultural operators.
Denis Février, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Polkatulk / Scenso.tv and VP, Tënk
Agustina Lumi, Tech Project Manager, EUROVOD
Jaume Ripoll, Co-Founder, Filmin
Jean-Baptiste Viaud, General Delegate, LaCinetek
Michael Gubbins, Founder, SampoMedia
How to combine the very different financing and production systems. The speakers are producers who share their experiences.
D.J. Gugenheim, Producer, President, ALP Andrew Lauren Productions USA
Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska, Producer, Founder, Madants & NEM Corp. Poland
Olivier Théry-Lapiney, Producer, Alcatraz Films
Sonja Heinen, Managing Director, EFP
Recent events have accelerated the presence and need for online tools to supplement or replicate traditionally in-person markets and meetings. How do sellers market their new line-ups and maximize the exposure and results in a virtual market setting? How do buyers connect with sellers and view available films and promotional materials? How do buyers and sellers retain relationships? Join us for an active discussion on the future of online licensing – coupled with a live demo.
Demo by Joanna Syiek, Marketing Director, RightsTrade
Brian Beckman, Chief Financial Officer, Arclight
Will Gurman, VP, Global Content Partnerships, Pluto TV
Joey Monteiro, EVP Marketing, Sierra/Affinity
Mimi Steinbauer, President & CEO, Radiant Films International
Bill Lischak, CEO, RightsTrade
During this round-table discussion, we will talk about how Russian film companies diversify promotional strategies for their movies entering foreign countries. The interests and needs of audiences vary across the world so Russian film companies and their international partners collaborate to select the most appropriate marketing solutions to appeal to the public in that specific region of interest. Russian industry professionals will share with you their stories of successful integration of Russian movies into the foreign markets.
Anastasia Bankovskaya, Sales Director, Planeta Inform Group of Companies
Katerina Pshenitsyna, VP International Distribution, Central Partnership Company
Lily Sheroziya, Chief Marketing Officer, TV3
Lidia Strelnikova, Head of international Marketing & Sales, Wizart
Geoffrey Macnab, Senior Correspondent, Screen International
presented in partnership with the Screen Production and Development Association of New Zealand
Richard Fletcher, Co-President, SPADA, Managing Director, Libertine Pictures
Rob Tapert, Producer, Executive Producer, Ghost House Pictures, Renaissance Pictures
Chelsea Winstanley, Producer, Executive Producer, Director, This Too Shall Pass
Patrick Frater, Asia Editor, Variety
A good pitch can get a bad film made while a bad pitch can leave a terrific project languishing on the shelf. Pitching is part art (it’s creative), part science (it needs to follow a tight script) and part sales (you have to wow them). Conference attendees will learn the essential rules and tools of pitching from the experts. Volunteers selected in advance will pitch to our expert panel. They will give unvarnished feedback on each pitch – explaining what worked, what didn’t – and why.
Cassian Elwes, Producer & Agent, Elevated Film Sales
Elizabeth Haggard, VP, Narrative Film, Participant
Lee Jessup, Screenwriting Career Consultant & Coach, leejessup.com
Click here to review the AFM Online 2020 Pitch Guide
Cassian Elwes, Producer & Agent, Elevated Film Sales
Elizabeth Haggard, VP, Narrative Film, Participant
Introducing Apulia Film Commission with its service, locations and funding opportunities for International productions.
Manuel Badel, BGEA, Badel Media
Nicole d’Avis, Managing Director, Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship / Open Music Initiative
Steven Haft, Head of Global Partnerships, Consensys
Jason Kelley, General Manager, IBM Blockchain Services
Jaime Otero, Managing Director, RightsTrade
There are many reasons to shoot your film in Spain!
Javier Rodriguez Mañas, Consul for Tourism of Spain in Los Angeles, Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles
Alberta has opened the province to film and television production in a safe and effective way. This session will feature experts from across the media landscape who have successfully produced, and are successfully producing again, in Alberta. Our experts will share valuable insights and unique opportunities surrounding what the province has to offer.
Linda Ambury, Alberta Production Manager and Producer
Luke Azevedo, Commissioner, Film, Television and Creative Industries, Calgary Film Commission
Tom Cox, Executive Producer and Managing Partner, Seven24 Films
Mark Ham, Executive Director, Cultural Industries Branch and Film Commissioner, Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of Women, Alberta Film Commission
Erin O’Connor, Business Development Manager and Programming Director, Calgary Film Centre
Panel will discuss the international potential for Polish cinema and the advantages of producing with Polish talents.
Magdalena Górka, Director of Photography
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Composer
Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Director
Krzysztof Sołek, Producer
Scott Roxborough, European Bureau Chief, The Hollywood Reporter
A panel of leading talent from production, distribution and marketing map out a blueprint on how African American content creators can get their projects made and distributed while also finding an audience during this tumultuous time.
Jen Barrett, Head of Entertainment, Creative Shop Facebook
Megan Colligan, President, IMAX Entertainment and Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp
Malik Ducard, VP of Content Partnerships, YouTube
Mike Jackson, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Get Lifted Film Co.
Darian A Singer, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Gil L. Robertson IV, Co-Founder, African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
A long line of films, including epics like Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind, have been praised for cinematic prowess and ironically denounced for cultural insensitivity. At a time when social perspectives are largely shaped by an endless barrage of deliberately designed media images, film and television content creators are being challenged for contributing to a world of misinformation and division. Are they perpetuating negative stereotypes? Is bias a unavoidable element of art? Should artistic license be subject to revocation in the pursuit of representational equity? What steps can be taken to ensure cultural competence in media?
The NAACP will probe these questions and lead an exploratory forum on the power and social responsibilities that accompany mass media storytelling.
Darnell Hunt, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, UCLA
Brittany A. Little, Vice President, Drama Development, Universal Television
Britta Wilson, Vice President, Inclusion Strategies, Pixar Animation Studios
Kyle Bowser, NAACP
Japanese films have been recently known for their unique Animations and supernatural Horror films. However, as one of the biggest and oldest film industries of the world, there are other genres to explore. We talk about Japanese new trends in film, introducing titles available at AFM. Also, we discuss about Japanese changing societies that we can see from Japanese films.
Chiyako Slawinski, Producer, Consultant
Chuck Williams, Producer, Developer, Lightbeam Entertainment, LLC
As the UK industry continues to be impacted by Covid and Brexit, the session will examine how film production has restarted with a panel that has direct hands-on experience of getting things back up and running. It will focus on what films are being made, by whom and how.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive, Film London and the British Film Commission
Anna Mansi, Head of Certification, British Film Institute
Julia Oh, Senior Commissioning Executive, Film4
Alison Thompson, Co-President, Cornerstone Films
Jeremy Kay, Americas Editor, Screen International
Gaining attention in an increasingly saturated market is challenging to say the least. Platform leaders will speak to their acquisition needs and strategy, and reveal what types of content have a greater chance at VOD success.
Scilla Andreen, Co-Founder & CEO, IndieFlix
Cameron Douglas, VP of Home Entertainment, FandangoNOW
Erick Opeka, President, Cinedigm Networks
Hear from industry experts about finding and keeping investors as your film moves from development through distribution.
Ryan Broussard, Vice President, Sales & Production Incentives, Media Services Payroll
Gregoire Gensollen, COO, Tucker Tooley Entertainment
Gary Raskin, Managing Partner, Raskin Gorham Anderson Law LLP
David Offenberg, Associate Professor of Entertainment Finance, Loyola Marymount University
Find out more about filming in Portugal: every scenario at a short distance, high talented crews and a very competitive incentive system: Cash Rebate, decisions within 20 working days and a Scouting Program. You can’t skip us; you can’t skip Portugal.
Manuel Claro, Film Commissioner, Portugal Film Commission
Greetings from Tromaville! Join Legendary Independent Director, Lloyd Kaufman (President of Troma Entertainment/ Creator of the TOXIC AVENGER) on a journey of 50 #FANTOXIC years in Independent Filmmaking. Fight the Evil Devil Worshiping Media Cartels with “Uncle Lloydie” and his newest movie, Troma’s #SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM, an unparalleled, outrageous, passion-fueled adventure unlike any Shakespeare imagining ever brought to life!
Gabe Friedman, Producer & Former Editor, Troma Entertainment
Everyone in the film business is looking for that next low budget unicorn. Industry decision makers discuss what makes a film investment-worthy and the keys to huge revenue potential.
Jillian Apfelbaum, EVP, Content, Village Roadshow Pictures
Nick Spicer, Partner, XYZ Films
Zachary Tarica, CEO & Director, The Forest Road Co.
John Rhodes, Co-Founder, Screencraft
Pre-Selling to territorial Buyers is key to financing most independent films. What are they looking for? Which genres and talent? How do you set a budget that will reflect the marketplace? Discover which projects are most likely to sell globally before they are made.
Kimberly Fox, Partner & Head of International Sales, MadRiver International
Jeffrey Greenstein, President, Millennium Media
Nat McCormick, EVP, Worldwide Distribution, The Exchange
Intimacy coordinators are fast changing the nature of hyper-exposed work in film and television, creating safer, more comfortable workplaces for actors, while helping productions run more efficiently. Hear how this growing profession is being standardized and empowered, and what producers can expect when working with intimacy coordinators, both now as we navigate working during COVID-19 and as we eventually return to normalcy.
Amanda Blumenthal, Founder, Intimacy Professionals Association
Gabrielle Carteris, President, SAG-AFTRA
Jim Kleverweis, Executive Producer, “Euphoria,” “Insecure,” “Silicon Valley”
Alicia Rodis, Executive Team, Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (IDC)
David White, National Executive Director, SAG-AFTRA
Unique datasets reveal how film and TV content perform on major subscription VOD platforms.
Stephen Follows, Founder of Story Agency & Film Data Expert
Most filmmakers know how to film a movie. Many do not know how to make a film. They scrap together some money and shoot a film not realizing what it takes to get it to market and how to accomplish it. There is a big difference in shooting a film and making a professional film that can sell. We’ll be showing you the whole process from Script to Market.
Greg Lyon, Manager, Half Moon Films
Looking for new and fresh film content from Germany? Under the roof of the virtual German Films umbrella booth, German sales outfits ARRI Media International, Beta Cinema, Films Boutique, Media Luna New Films, Picture Tree International, Pluto Film, SOLA Media and Rise and Shine World Sales will be highlighting their upcoming titles in a personal show presentation including film trailers and film clips. Watch out and join us virtually!
For nearly thirty years, Todd Garner has produced blockbuster films like Anger Management, XXX and TAG. Over the last two years and 100+ episodes, Todd has interviewed Hollywood elite, from the most recognizable on-screen talent in film and TV to veteran producers, showrunners and other industry giants for his podcast, The Producer’s Guide.
Join Todd and his special guest John Cena, WWE wrestler turned blockbuster superstar and comedy master, for this unique AFM episode as they discuss their passion for creating and delivering comedy, the unique challenges the genre presents, and the importance of comedy as catharsis in today’s reality. They may even delve into some untold stories from the set of their upcoming production, Vacation Friends.
Todd Garner, Veteran Producer and Head of Broken Road Productions
Ryan Connolly, Filmmaker, Film Riot
Colin Levy, Writer & Director, Lightning Hill Productions
The global pandemic has epitomized both the need for authenticity in content and virtualization of traditional channels. During this session you can learn everything you need to know about how to use the Apojo platform as a writer to showcase your work and as a producer to find that next unique script, at the click of a button.
Bryony Cole, Actress, Writer, Producer, “Red Heart“, “Blank Face“, “You Listen“, “Always” and “The Unveiling“; Brand Ambassador, Apojo Publications
Nishat Hashem, CEO & Founder, Apojo Publications
Do not miss the opportunity to see the presentation of the newest Russian content. We will showcase the trailers of the film and TV projects offered by production, distribution and sales companies representing Russia at AFM Online 2020.
Evgenia Markova, CEO, ROSKINO
In this session filmmaker and Founder of Indie Film Hustle Alex Ferrari and film financier Franco Sama discuss raising money in the times of COVID-19. They also discuss the ever-changing landscape of film distribution, how filmmakers can position their films for success and how to avoid bad distribution deals.
Alex Ferrrari, Founder, Indie Film Hustle
Franco Sama, CEO, Samaco Films
Today’s audiences are more critical than ever and now, writers, Producers and Casting Directors are faced with facilitating a new language and environment around culture in their projects that could ultimately cost them money. Panelists discuss how today’s landscape matters in the world of development, and ways to navigate the multi-faceted and complex Latinx and Latin American identity at the global level.
Aaron Ashford, Director of Development and Production, Pantelion Films
Liliana Espinoza, Projects Director, NALIP
Carla Hool, Casting Director
Christopher Acebo, CEO, Broken English Productions
Give yourself the best chance to break in and learn the guidelines on how to sustain a high profile and successful career as a screenwriter. Learn common mistakes and how to avoid them, how to get the all-important read, strategies for landing representation and finding producers for your work, and how to assure you’re listening to the right voices. Over nearly a decade of writing screenplays (with multiple paid options/sales) and running Stage 32, Richard “RB” Botto has seen and heard it all. In this class he will provide you the blueprint on how to give yourself the best chance at success in the current environment.
Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32
In the age of Covid, learning how to crowdsource has never been more important. Join Stage 32 CEO and Author of Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers: Indie Film and The Power of the Crowd for a class that will explain how to put crowdsourcing to use to establish your personal brand and the brand of your projects by using social media, offline efforts and other tools. You will learn all aspects of crowdsourcing including how to identify, engage, and move an army of supporters on your behalf.
Learn the best ways directors and producers can work together to ensure a film’s success from intimate knowledge, tips, insights, and horror stories from prominent filmmakers and producers.
Gigi Saul Guerrero, Director / Actor, Luchagore Productions, “Culture Shock” “The Purge TVS2”
Travis Stevens, Founder & CEO, Snowfort Pictures
Lisa Whalen, CEO, Company X / SpectreVision
Shaked Berenson, CEO, Entertainment Squad
Because getting your reader to empathize with and root for your story’s protagonist is one of the most important goals for a screenwriter to achieve, Billy Mernit – drawing on 25 years of work as a studio story analyst – shares the industry’s point of view on the kinds of memorable characters that get movies made, and explores the most effective techniques for bringing characters to life on the screenplay page.
Billy Mernit, Universal Studio Story Analyst & Former UCLA Extension Instructor
As production ramps back up, film offices have opened the floodgates for tax credit applications. Producers are seeking locations that not only support set safety but also deliver the most savings. Join our film tax incentive experts as they do a deep dive on each of their disciplines: the application process, preselling your credit for financing, brokering a transferable credit and getting through the audit. An A-to-Z film incentives course from recognized leaders in the field.
Nicole Ameln, President and Founder, North Star Incentives, Inc.
David Benavente, Vice President Independent Sales and Independent Services, Cast & Crew Entertainment Services
David Brauer, CPA, Brauer & Co., PC
Marco Cordova, Director of Film Finance and West Coast Tax Credit Investments, Monarch Private Capital
Ryan Broussard, VP of Production Incentives and Sales, Media Services Payroll
Getting films into production safely is the biggest obstacle the global industry is facing. Executives, producers and those creating and overseeing production guidelines talk the protocols, costs, and risks associated with production in the time of a pandemic.
Chris Moore, Producer, Almost Never Films
Celine Rattray, Partner & Producer, Maven Pictures
Jennifer Westin, SVP, Production, MarVista Entertainment
Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32
Variety Intelligence Platform chief media analyst Andrew Wallenstein offers a broad outlook on the trends reshaping the entertainment business, from the streaming wars to the impact the pandemic is having across the sector.
Andrew Wallenstein, Chief Media Analyst, Variety Intelligence Platform
The current climate indicates very few films are headed into production fully bonded. Our panel explores how some productions are attempting to mitigate risk by negotiating insurance, self-bonding, and working with independent equity financiers.
Brad Krevoy, CEO, Motion Picture Corporation of America
Brian O’Shea, CEO, The Exchange
John Sloss, Founder, Cinetic Media
Jill Goldsmith, Co-Business Editor, Deadline
Script Supervisors are the right hand person to the director, their notes are sent to the editorial room daily, and they oversee all continuity from all departments from script to screen. This session presents an overview of the skills and duties of the continuity/script supervisor and what they bring to a project. Find out why it is so essential to know who this person is, what they do to keep your film’s vision on track, and why they are such a valuable member of your crew.
Randi Feldman, Founder, Cinema Workshops
Abbey Spacil, Script Supervisor & Script Editor
The independent film world has been turned upside down, with production being halted, theaters closing and live events going virtual. What will this mean to the “business” of movies, the function of festivals and the blurring lines of digital distribution? From economics to discovery, sales to audience engagement, how do we face film exhibition in a new world?
Jon Fitzgerald, Founder & CEO, Film Festival Mastery & iGems.TV
Justin Giddings, The Kickstarter Guy/Filmmaker
Chris Gore, Founder, Film Threat
Lela Meadow-Connor, Executive Director, Film Festival Alliance
Paul Jun, Co-Founder & CEO, Filmocracy
Bradford Schleder, Contracts Counsel, WGAW
Joy Young-Sang,Contracts Enforcement Specialist, WGA
Strategic Decisions and Trends with respect to global film sales and video on demand distribution. We will discuss the panelists’ companies’ business models, their experience of the marketplace just prior to the start of COVID-19 and during the pandemic, comparisons between all rights deals and direct VOD platform deals, and expectations regarding sales and distribution for 2021 and beyond.
Wendy Bernfeld, Founder/CEO, Rights Stuff
Gabrielle Rozing, General Manager, Fortissimo Films
Todd Olsson, President of International, Highland Film Group
Brian O’Shea, CEO, The Exchange
Orly Ravid, Founder & Co-Executive Director, The Film Collaborative and Attorney, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP (MSK)
Producing micro-budget films has become more accessible than ever in recent years, at least from a technical standpoint. But many filmmakers wrestle with the same question – How can I adapt my creative concepts to work on a smaller canvas? This question serves as the foundation for our discussion, and a framework for understanding how to balance creative intent with budgetary limitations, to ultimately create the most viable finished product.
Noam Kroll, Director & Host, Show Don’t Tell Podcast
Bryan Hill, Screenwriter, The Bryan Hill Project
Join our session to discover the various advantages of filming in Colombia with Caracol TV. A great variety of locations, state-of-the-art equipment and technology, tax incentives and cash back, are some of the issues that have set the sights of the world audiovisual industry in Colombia.
Catalina Porto, Executive Production Manager, Caracol TV
Last year, Harvard Business School showed that films based on Black List scripts made 90% more revenue than other films. Come learn all about the Black List and its proprietary tools to discover some of the best unproduced screenplays – screenplays that make better and more profitable movies.
Franklin Leonard, Founder & CEO, The Black List
Terry Huang, Director of Product and Data, The Black List
Learn how to hire professional actors for your independent film as SAGindie walks you through the process of signing SAG-AFTRA Low Budget Agreements from start to finish.
Eliza Hajek, Manager of Development, SAGindie
Colin McCormack, Communications Manager, SAGindie
Participants will learn how Hollywood, Health & Society works with content creators to ensure accurate depictions of health, medicine and science. Why it’s important for shows and movies to be as accurate as possible will be discussed. Research and relevant video clips will be presented.
Kate Langrall Folb, Director, Hollywood, Health & Society, USC Annenberg Hollywood, Health & Society
African film and television content is on the rise with Netflix’s first African originals all rising to the top in their home market and globally, especially in the US. Meet the producers and talent behind this successful productions that have found global audience with their stories and find out the what the secret to their success is.
Mayenzeke Baza, Head Of Distribution & Financing, AAA Entertainment
Bradley Joshua, CEO & Executive Producer, Gambit Films
Rethabile Ramphakela, Co-Owner & Creative Director, Burnt Onion Productions
Pascal Schmitz, Co-Founder / Executive Producer / Head of Development & Production, AAA Entertainment
Join the Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS), a statewide professional association of Film Commissions and Offices in California dedicated to promoting filming and assisting productions with locations, permits, resources, and local knowledge, as we discuss the current state of filming on location in various jurisdictions throughout CA.
Tasha Day, Manager of Special Events & Filming, City of Long Beach
Sabrina Jurisich, Film Commissioner, Film Shasta
Beverly Lewis, Director, Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Office
Donna Washington, Vice President of Operations, FilmLA
Eve Honthaner, former Deputy Director, The California Film Commission
Motion picture marketing executives will walk you through the key pieces of a successful marketing plan and how the filmmaker can help deliver the necessary elements. Marketing opportunities on every film are frequently overlooked by filmmakers during production. Learn how to capture everything needed for the ideal marketing toolkit.
Katherine MacDonald, SVP, Animation, Paramount Pictures
Russell Schwartz, President, Pandemic Marketing Group
As the global VOD space continues to evolve, our executive panel will provide current insights into the marketplace and platforms so you can better navigate both the streaming opportunities and challenges for independent content.
Audrey Delaney, SVP, Distribution & Worldwide Marketing, Blue Fox Entertainment
Linda Nelson, CEO, Indie Rights
Lise Romanoff, CEO & Managing Director, Vision Films
James Schamus, CEO, Symbolic Exchange
Bruce Eisen, President, Digital Advisors
Have an idea, but don’t know where to go with it? Wrote a scene, but need to make it more engaging? Stopped in your tracks by where to go next with a character or a piece of dialogue? Writing coach Pilar Alessandra will get your story out of your head and onto the page with actionable writing tools to help you push through writer’s block and finish your script.
Pilar Alessandra, Author/Consultant, On the Page
One of the greatest challenges facing all screenwriters, directors and producers is the process of developing an engaging premise into a compelling, well-structured story. This workshop explores the art of superstructure, those essential narrative turning points that have held together great stories not only throughout the history of filmmaking, but since Shakespeare and The Greeks. From your opening scene to midpoint to your screenplay’s emotionally engaging climax, you will learn how each of these critical scenes work in synthesis with one another and in the process avoid the pitfalls of the poorly structured story. The final goal of the workshop is a greater understanding of what holds any great story together and a set of tools that participants can immediately apply to their current screenplay.
Steven Wolfson, Screenwriter/Instructor, UCLA
Geared towards writers and producers early in their career, our instructor will provide insight on how to assess scripts, develop budgets, and be ready to approach the pitch with a sound interpretation of how finances will support the project.
Michael Mandaville, Producer, michaelmandaville.com