Making Money by Going Direct to Your Audience: 2015 and Beyond
Aug
20
6:30 pm18:30

Making Money by Going Direct to Your Audience: 2015 and Beyond

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Method Studios Presents:
11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Panel Conference

Panel & Party Sponsored by Zype

Making Money by Going Direct to Your Audience: 2015 and Beyond

Traditional publishing and distribution is changing in big ways with the advent of cord-cutting and ubiquitous access to high quality content on every device.  This panel of experts explores the various options, from advertising, to subscription, to transactional and with thoughts on how content creators can leverage these techniques to build their brand and ultimately make money.  

Moderator

Ed Laczynski Co-Founder & CEO, Zype

Panelists

  • Shawn Gold Head of Entertainment Brand Partnerships @ Wattpad.com
  • Robert Green Producer
  • David B Williams SVP Network Communications, Maker Studios
  • Tim Street Producer, Writer, Director, New Media Consultant

* Cocktails and Networking Happy Hour immediately to follow panel, ticket includes both.

Finding Your Audience: Optimizing for Digital Distribution
Aug
19
6:30 pm18:30

Finding Your Audience: Optimizing for Digital Distribution

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Method Studios Presents:
11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Panel Conference

Panel and Party Sponsored by DailyMotion

Finding Your Audience: Optimizing for Digital Distribution

There are various free video platforms available to market and distribute your shorts online so which one should you choose? To reach the largest possible audience and to get the most return on your investment, the correct answer is to not choose one, but many. Find out everything you need to know about digital distribution and leveraging tools to connect with a massive online audience. Panelists include Dailymotion's Anthony Layser, BuzzFeed’s Adam Boorstin, Maker Studio’s Anthony Deptula, and producer Elisabeth Gray.

Moderator

Kevin Winston Digital LA, CEO / Founder of Silicon Beach Fest

Panelists

  • Adam Boorstin, BuzzFeed Head of Partnerships
  • Anthony Deptula, Maker Labs Director of Programming:
  • Elisabeth Gray, Independent producer / writer/ actor
  • Anthony Layser, Dailymotion US Content Director

* Cocktails and Networking Happy Hour immediately to follow panel, ticket includes both.

Forging a Future for Female Filmmakers: How to Collaborate, Cross Promote and Build a Community
Aug
18
6:30 pm18:30

Forging a Future for Female Filmmakers: How to Collaborate, Cross Promote and Build a Community

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Method Studios Presents:
11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Panel Conference

Panel and Party Hosted by Women in Film, Film Fatales, Ms. In the Biz and World Women Film Festival 

Forging a Future for Female Filmmakers: How to collaborate, cross promote and build a community  

Female filmmakers have made great strides in the entertainment industry over the years, but there's much more work to be done. Panelists from prominent organizations such as Women In Film (WIF), Film Fatales and Ms. In The Biz will discuss how you can create new opportunities as well as reach outside your own networks to collaborate with other female filmmakers and cross-promote your projects.  Moderator Jennifer Buonantony (Press Pass LA) leads the discussion on how to raise the profile of all women in the film business.

Moderator

Jennifer Buonantony – Press Pass LA

Panelists

  • Helenna Santos - Founder/CEO Ms. In The Biz
  • Leah Cevoli  - Ms. In The Biz Public Appearances Coordinator and monthly contributor
  • Emily Lobsenz - Film Fatales, Partnerships
  • Shaz Bennett - Film Fatales, LA Chapter Leader
  • Rupa Dash - World Woman Network, World Woman Festival
  • Ghen Laraya Long - Women in Film

* Cocktails and Networking Happy Hour immediately to follow panel, ticket includes both.

Music Videos: The Experimental Sandbox
Aug
17
6:30 pm18:30

Music Videos: The Experimental Sandbox

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Method Studios Presents:
11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Panel Conference

Panel and Party Hosted by LA Music Video Festival + Nancy Fulton Meetups

Music Videos: The Experimental Sandbox

Music videos can simply be thought of as short films set to music, but it’s more than just a film score.  Music videos give directors freedom to play with storytelling and take risks in their filmmaking.  Join LA Music Video Festival winners and alumni: Chris Buongiorno, Leah McKissock, John Vallance & Chris Westlund (Nautico), as they discuss their experience directing music videos and how the work has helped them develop a unique perspective in their films and commercial work. This panel will be hosted by LA Music Video Festival and Nancy Fulton Music and Film meetup.  Writer/Producer Nancy Fulton supports 5000+ writers, producers, and performers in the LA Area through weekly meetups. The LA Music Video Festival was created for a single purpose: to celebrate the art of the music video.  LAMVF showcases bleeding-edge work being done by a new generation of musicians and filmmakers.  LAMVF represents a new generation of film festival whose audience is young, aspirational, passionate, tech-savvy and un-intimidated by micro-budgets and global distribution.  For anyone who makes music, make videos, likes music videos, be part of the movement.

Moderator

Nancy Fulton Nancy Fulton Meetups.com

Panelists

  • Nautico - directing duo John Heeg & Chris Westlund
  • Leah McKissock - LA Music Video  Fest Winner, Alumni
  • Chris Buongiorno LA Music Video Fest Winner, Alumni

* Cocktails and Networking Happy Hour immediately after the panel, Music Video screening at TCL Chinese 6 to follow.

Seattle Leading the Charge in Digital Media Innovation
Aug
16
6:00 pm18:00

Seattle Leading the Charge in Digital Media Innovation

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Method Studios Presents:
11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Panel Conference

Party Sponsored by Northwest Talent Management 

Seattle Leading the Charge in Digital Media Innovation

Washington is the place where someone with a vision, an entrepreneurial spirit, and tenacity can build an empire. In the land that spawned Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, people who can afford a $100,000 car choose instead to ride the bus because they care about the environment.  By merging creativity with capitalism, Seattle is rapidly becoming the epicenter of innovation in digital media and entertainment.  Come hear from the Leaders of Innovation in Seattle’s Creative Economy as they share their insights on the evolution of Digital Media Entertainment in the global economy.

Moderator

Steve Edmiston – Writer, Producer, and Entertainment Lawyer

Panelists

  • Stefanie Malone – Executive Director of NFFTY  
  • Peter Barnes – Founder and Owner of Clatter & Din
  • Diana Dotter - Partner Convergence Global Media, Executive Producer and Executive Director of TheFilmSchool Seattle
  • Kate Becker – Director of the Seattle Office of Film and Music

* Cocktails and Networking Happy Hour immediately to follow panel, ticket includes both.

Film Festival Directors Dish on what it REALLY takes to Get Your Movie into the Fest
Aug
16
4:00 pm16:00

Film Festival Directors Dish on what it REALLY takes to Get Your Movie into the Fest

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Method Studios Presents:
11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Panel Conference

Film Festival Directors Dish on what it REALLY takes to Get Your Movie into the Fest

This loaded panel will undoubtedly host a large and attentive audience as they explain what it takes to get your movie into a festival. Hear from Festival Directors from well known festivals such as Tribeca, DC Shorts, NewFilmMakers LA and the Newport Beach Film Festival as they offer inside secrets, insight and advice when submitting to their festivals as well. This panel is an annual highlight of the HollyShorts Film Festival & Conference, and one that you won't want to miss.

Moderator

Alex Ben Block - former Senior Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

Panelists

  • Sharon Badal - Tribeca Film Festival, Director, Shorts Programming
  • Larry Laboe – NewFilmmakers LA, Director
  • Bojana Sandic - Newport Beach FF Director, Shorts Programming
  • Jon Gann DC Shorts, Director

* Ticket allows entry to the 7:30-9pm Filmmaker Cocktail Networking Reception

Film Funding from the Pros
Aug
16
2:00 pm14:00

Film Funding from the Pros

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Method Studios Presents:
11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Panel Conference

Film Funding from the Pros featuring Dream Team Directors and Slated

Dream Team Directors invites all filmmakers, directors, producers and actors to join a curated panel with an all star cast of film financing experts as they empower you to get your films made.  Special guest Stephan Paternot - CEO of the incredibly unique and innovative Film Financing company Slated, will share his secret sauce on leveraging high-value introductions between financiers, film projects, and the professional film industry to get seen and sold. Hear firsthand from Franco Sama - Independent Film Producer and Educator, (known for "Guns, Girls, and Gambling" with Christian Slater and Gary Oldman), and Burton Richie - CEO of Heretic Films, made "Low Down" (Sundance in 2014 selection- Best Cinematography) and more.

Moderator

  • Bayou Bennett – Dream Team Directors
  • Daniel Lir Bennett – Dream Team Directors

Panelists

  • Stephan Paternot - CEO, Slated
  • Franco Sama - Independent Film Producer & Educator (Guns, Girls, and Gambling with Christian Slater and Gary Oldman)
  • Burton Richie - CEO of Heretic Films, creator of "Low Down" Winner, Best Cinematography, Sundance 2014
  • Devak Shah - Echo Lake Entertainment
  • Jonathan Schwartz - Producer at Krispy Films

* Ticket allows entry to the 7:30-9pm Filmmaker Cocktail Networking Reception

Continuing Your Creativity Into Feature Films – How to Make a Successful Transition
Aug
16
12:00 pm12:00

Continuing Your Creativity Into Feature Films – How to Make a Successful Transition

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Method Studios Presents:
11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Panel Conference

Panel Sponsored by UCLA Extension

Continuing Your Creativity Into Feature Films – How to Make a Successful Transition

Shorts films are a calling card for filmmakers and many aspire to make a feature as a next step in their career. The panel discusses the creative issues related to transitioning from short films to features, including the story: a new concept or as an expansion of the existing short film?; how to attract the best talent for the available budget; the delights and challenges of shooting with a larger budget; and how to package your project to insure it gets made.

Moderator

Kim Adelman

Panelists

  • Dallas King
  • David Martin-Porras
  • Julio Ramos
  • Dana Turken

* Ticket allows entry to the 7:30-9pm Filmmaker Cocktail Networking Reception

 

Breaking Down Doors
Aug
15
6:00 pm18:00

Breaking Down Doors

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Method Studios Presents:
11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Panel Conference

Panel and Party Sponsored by Final Draft in conjunction with INDI.com

Breaking Down Doors

Many talented actors, writers, producers and directors give up on their dreams too soon, not because they're not talented, but because they're unable to get a foot in the door. We say, If a door doesn't open when you knock, it's time to take your career into your own hands and build a door of your own to walk through!

Come meet with top Industry Executives including Walter O’Brien - Executive Producer of the Hit CBS TVshow Scorpion, Robert Munic - Writer/Co-Executive Producer of FOX's industry changing show Empire, Marcia Ross - a Multi-Award Winning Blockbuster Casting Director,  Studio Executive, and Producer,  and Nicole Greenwood - one of the heads of INDI.com,  a new online discovery platform making HUGE waves.   Guided by the brilliant Actor/Producer Jim Meskimen (Parks and Recreation, Impress Me...) they'll discuss new ways of finding and creating opportunities in the entertainment industry. Everyone on the panel is not only exceptional at what they do, they truly love helping and taking artists to the next level. Their invaluable advice applies to actors, writers, producers, directors, filmmakers and musicians alike.   Come and hear Executive Producers, Award Winning Writers, Casting Directors, Studio Execs, and INDI.com all talk about how!

Panelists

  • Walter O’Brien, CEO and Founder of Scorpion Computer Services, Executive Producer of CBS' hit TV show Scorpion
  • Nicole Greenwood  VP of Talent Discovery - Film and TV -  INDI.com
  • Marcia Ross - Award Winning Blockbuster Casting Director and Studio Executive
  • Robert Munic Writer/co-Executive Producer of FOX's (industry changing) show Empire
  • Jim Meskimen Actor/Producer (Parks and Recreation, ImpressMe...)

* Cocktails and Networking Happy Hour immediately to follow panel, ticket includes both.

Narrative Challenges in Multi-platform Storytelling
Aug
15
4:00 pm16:00

Narrative Challenges in Multi-platform Storytelling

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Method Studios Presents:
11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Panel Conference

Narrative Challenges in Multi-platform Storytelling

Modern digital technologies provide filmmakers with an exciting toolbox for transforming passive stories into immersive experiences. Many filmmakers have used Web platforms and social media APIs to move their characters from the video frames into the real-world. Mobile messaging, augmented reality, and location-based apps are converging into new types of entertainment that infuse interactivity into narratives. VR 360 enables viewers to control their viewpoint and experience a scene from multiple perspectives. In this panel discussion you'll learn more about these technologies, better understand their impact on the filmmaking process, and gain valuable insights to apply to your own projects.

Moderator

Charles G. Hollins - Digital strategist, cross-platform storyteller

Panelists

  • Alejandro Trevino - DGA Director/Producer
  • Eddie Perez  - Director/Stunt Coordinator
  • Jim Stewartson - Niantic Labs @Google, Executive Producer, ENDGAME: Ancient Truth
  • Evette Vargas - Co-Founder of Digital-Reign

* Ticket allows entry to the 7:30-9pm Filmmaker Cocktail Networking Reception

Distribution Secrets for Going Outside of the Box Office
Aug
15
2:00 pm14:00

Distribution Secrets for Going Outside of the Box Office

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Method Studios Presents:
11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Panel Conference

Distribution Secrets for Going Outside of the Box Office

It's an exciting time for filmmakers. Over the years, Short Film has grown by leaps and bounds.  Advanced technology has leveled the playing field and has opened up exciting, new distribution opportunities as well. Along with theatrical releases, there are other distribution options available today including; VOD platforms, split rights deals, service deals and more.  The last Academy Awards featured three Short Film categories: Live Action Short, Animated Short and Documentary Short. With technology no longer being a significant barrier to entry and more distribution options than even, now is a perfect time to be involved in Short Film.

Our panel of experts will guide you through the different distribution options available today and give you up to the minute advice as well as help you determine the best way to get your projects seen, sold and distributed.

Moderator

Gregory Weinkauf - Entertainment Writer and Contributor to Huffington Post

Panelists

  • Linda Olszewski Vice President, Shorts International
  • Joey Horvitz  Lexus Short Films
  • Jack Davis  The Crypt.TV
  • Jason Brubaker Founder of Brubaker Unlimited

* Ticket allows entry to the 7:30-9pm Filmmaker Cocktail Networking Reception

Begging, Borrowing, and Bartering, the Secrets to Producing on a Micro-Budget
Aug
15
12:00 pm12:00

Begging, Borrowing, and Bartering, the Secrets to Producing on a Micro-Budget

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Method Studios Presents:
11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Panel Conference

Begging, Borrowing, and Bartering, the Secrets to Producing on a Micro-Budget

Writers from the premier site for women in entertainment "Ms. In The Biz" come together to discuss their wide ranging experience in everything from digital productions, to guerrilla indie film, to old school independent Hollywood filmmaking, and how to make the seemingly impossible, possible... producing your project for a fraction of the cost.  

Moderator

Leah Cevoli "Nowhereland", "Remember the Sultana"

Panelists

  • Helenna Santos (Ms. In The Biz founder, "Similitude")
  • Alexandra Boylan "Catching Faith"
  • Hayley Derryberry "Rabid Love"
  • Cheryl Bedford "Dark Girls"
  • America Young "The Concessionaires Must Die!"
  • Allison Vanore "Vanity", "Anyone But Me"

* Ticket allows entry to the 7:30-9pm Filmmaker Cocktail Networking Reception

 

Los Angeles 101: What you need to know about Filming and Financing in LA
Aug
14
6:30 pm18:30

Los Angeles 101: What you need to know about Filming and Financing in LA

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Method Studios Presents:
11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Panel Conference

Sponsored by Film LA in conjunction with Stage 32

Los Angeles 101: What you need to know about Filming and Financing in LA

In today's independent and DIY world, the barrier of entry into filmmaking has never been lower. Everywhere you turn in LA there are resources in abundance. But, how do you cut through the noise and determine what you need to get your project completed? In this exciting panel filled with top LA Industry Execs,, we will go over all the LA resources that you need to know in order to get your film made. Plus, we will go over examples from filmmakers and producers on how they’ve used these resources.  You will leave with a clear understanding of what to put in your "LA filmmaking & financing toolkit” - from networking, hiring cast & crew, financing incentives, producing, production and more!

Moderator

Amanda Toney, Managing Director, Stage 32.com

Panelists

  • RB Botto - Founder & CEO Stage 32.com, Screenwriter, Producer (CRUTCH, ANOTHER HAPPY DAY)
  • Paul Audley - President, Film LA
  • David Rountree - Director, Producer (108 STITCHES, CUT!)
  • Ken Kokin - Director, Producer (Usual Suspects, For Tomorrow: The Toms Shoes Story, Blood Moon)

* Cocktails and Networking Happy Hour immediately to follow panel, ticket includes both.