14th Annual HollyShorts Film Conference

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Fri. Aug 10 - Sun. Aug. 12 Film Conference & Happy Hours

Stage 32 Short Film Program Screening + Filmmaker Q&A on Friday Aug 10 at 2:30pm

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Fri. Aug 10 - Sun. Aug 12 Film Conference & Happy Hours

Stage 32 Short Film Program Screening + Filmmaker Q&A on Friday Aug 10 at 2:30pm

Mon. Aug 13 - Fri. Aug 17 Sponsored Panels & Happy Hours

Film Conference at TCL Chines 6 Theatres -  6801 Hollywood Blvd 3rd Level Hollywood, CA 90028

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Horrific Beginnings: Launching a Career Through Horror

Friday, August 10    11:00am   Event Information 

Many entertainment careers were started in horror. Leonardo DiCaprio (CRITTERS 3), Angela Bassett (CRITTERS 4), Johnny Depp (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Jennifer Aniston (LEPRECHAUN), Jim Carrey (ONCE BITTEN), and directors Stephen Spielberg (JAWS), James Cameron (ALIENS), and Sam Raimi (EVIL DEAD) are just a few who cut their bones through "horrific" beginnings. The success of recent films like GET OUT and THE SHAPE OF WATER in 2018 means that the popularity of horror is breaking through to more mainstream audiences. Writer/Director Nicholas Tana and Producer Denise Acosta from the comedy horror web-series, comic book, and movie, HELL'S KITTY, will be hosting the panel along with special guests Courtney Gains (CHILDREN OF THE CORN), Charles Chiodo (KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTERSPACE); Dale Midkiff (Pet Sematary), and Sports Illustrated Model turned actress and scream queen, Channel Ryan (CIRCUS OF THE DEAD), for a wonderful, fun-filled panel and Q&A.

 

Moderator:

  • Writer/Director Nicholas Tana and Producer Denise Acosta, HELL'S KITTY

Panelists:

  • Courtney Gains (CHILDREN OF THE CORN)

  • Charles Chiodo (KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTERSPACE)

  • Dale Midkiff (Pet Sematary)

  • Channel Ryan (CIRCUS OF THE DEAD)

 


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How to Stand Out to a Manager or Agent

Friday, August 10   1:00pm   Event Information      

It’s the question on every filmmaker, actor and writers mind - how do you get representation? Join our expert panelists as they talk about what stands out to them in a client and how you can capture their eye for representation.

Moderator:

  • Allen Roughton, Stage 32

Panelists:

  • Spencer Robinson, Talent & Literary Manager, Art/Work Entertainment

  • Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32; repped screenwriter

  • Molly Hurwitz, Talent & Literary Manger, Zero Gravity


Immigration Law for Filmmakers

Friday, August 10    3:00pm   Event Information      

Panelists:

  • Zoe Kevork, Entertainment Attorney

5:00pm-7:00pm

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by

Zoe Kevork Law Firm


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Stage 32 Panel -

How to Network & Make Connections to Managers, Producers, Agents & Executives to Help Move The Needle In Your Career

Saturday, August 11    11:00am    Event Information    

The saying is “it’s who you know” and in this panel we’ll talk about just that. How do you make connections if you don’t know anyone? How do you get your foot in the door when you don’t have the resources? We’ll go over how you can successful connect - both online and offline - with managers, producers, agents and executives to help you move the needle on your career.

Moderator:

  • Amanda Toney, Stage 32

Panelists:

  • Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32

  • Nick Terry, Talent & Literary Manager, Zero Gravity


Women in Entertainment

Saturday, August 11    1:00pm    Event Information    

This incredible panel of top notch women working in entertainment talk about how they got in and what it’s like to be in positions of influence in today’s market. Join us for a lively discussion and bring your questions for the panelists!

Panelists:

  • Sheila Walcott Production Executive (Creative) from Warner Bros.

  • Julianna Politsky, Legendary Entertainment

  • Carmen Cabana – Director of Photography of NARCOS and VIDA

  • Lauren Hash (director)


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Easterseals Southern California Presents:

Disability is the “D” in Diversity

Saturday, August 11    3:00pm    Event Information    

Representing 20% of our population, the disability community is America’s largest minority group today. Despite the complex nature of their diverse and compelling stories, research shows that people with disabilities are depicted in less than 3% of on-screen roles. The situation is even worse behind the camera.

Entertainment is one of the most effective ways to influence public perception and advance social change. It is also a business, and the disability community represents a yet untapped market of more than $200 billion in spending power. Join us as we explore the status of people with disabilities working in entertainment today, and the initiatives that are tackling underrepresentation in the industry

Moderator:

  • Tim Grey- Awards Editor/SVP from Variety

Panelists:

  • Nic Novicki - Founder and Director of Easterseals Disability Film Challenge

  • Pam Dixon- Casting Director (Green Lantern, City Slickers, Mask of Zorro, etc)

  • Karim Ahmad who is the Director, Inclusion & Outreach at the Sundance Institute

  • Hasan Foster who is the Senior Manager, Inclusion and Discourse at LA Film Festival/ FiLM iNDEPENDENT

  • Kaitlyn Yang Forbes 30 under 30 Animator who is a film challenge judge

5:00pm-7:00pm

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by

Easterseals Disability Film Challenge


Distribution - How to Get Your Short Film Seen

Sunday, August 12    11:00am    Event Information    

Now there are more distribution options than ever for your short film or digital series. Join our expert panelists on how to navigate distribution for your film and learn about the changing landscape to get your short film seen!

Moderator:

  • Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32

Panelists:

  • Zahida Kazar (Director of Opeartiona, Gravitas Ventures)

  • Alexia Melocchi (Little Studio Films)

  • Ka Wai Ho (Sony Crackle)


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Writing & Directing a Short as Proof of Concept

Sunday, August 11    1:00pm    Event Information     

Managers and Agents are prime in looking for talent through short films as proof of concept. Our panelists will talk about how short films have helped them as their calling card to get financing for their next films and move over into television and feature filmmaking.

Moderator:

  • Amanda Toney, Stage 32

Panelists:

  • James Kicklighter (Director)

  • Rachel Goldberg (Director, American Horror Story)

  • Elyes Gabel (Filmmaker, Actor; World War Z, Interstellar, Scorpion)

 


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Seattle Film Summit Program

Sunday, August 11    3:00pm    Event Information   

5:00pm-7:00pm

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by the Seattle Film Summit

 

1 on 1 with Buffalo 8 Management Partner,

Head of Management Steven Adams

Monday, August 13    6:00pm    Event Information     

Moderator:

  • Chris Gore (Legendary Film Threat Founder & Head Writer)

Panelists:

  • Steven Adams (Head of Management, Buffalo 8)

 Adams is an award winning Producer and Partner, Head of Management at Buffalo 8. 
Most recently he produced the Netflix Original adaptation of Roger Guenveur Smith's solo performance piece RODNEY KING, directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee. Adams produced the Peabody Award winner A HUEY P NEWTON STORY, also directed by Spike Lee. As Head of US Operations for the renowned French VFX House BUF, Adams has VFX Executive Producer credits for such Academy Award winners as James Cameron's AVATAR, Ang Lee's LIFE OF PI, Kenneth Branagh's THOR as well as GREEN LANTERN, GREEN HORNET, Stephen Sommers' ODD THOMAS and Tim Burton's DARK SHADOWS amongst others.

Stage 32+ Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by Buffalo 8

 

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From Script to Screen - Why a Great Script Matters: An Evening with Final Draft

Tuesday, August 14    6:00pm    Event Information     

Panelists:

 

  • Phil Galasso (Final Draft)
  • Joely Fisher (actress/director/producer/writer)
  • Lucienne Papon (SVP of Creative Affairs, ITV America)
  • Tricia Leigh Fisher (actress/writer)
  • Christopher Duddy (producer)
  • Scotty Mullen (casting director/writer)

 

 

 

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by

Final Draft

 

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Last Call with Badal& McInnis

Wednesday, August 15  6:00pm  Event Information

Sharon Badal  and Kathleen McInnis serve up all you need to know about thriving (and surviving) on the film festival circuit. Whether you take it straight up or on the rocks, these two short film mavens will deliver bracing and practical insider information.

Panelists:

  • Sharon Badal (Tribeca Film Festival)

  • Kathleen McInnis  (Aspen, Toronto, Palm Springs Film Festival)

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour  


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An Evening with Film Threat

Thursday August 16  6:00pm   Event Information

Panelists:

  • Chris Gore (Film Threat)

  • Alan Ng, managing editor of FilmThreat.com, lead film critic.
  • Dante James, contributing editor of FilmThreat.com, writer, CNN commentator on pop culture.
  • Bobby Schwartz, director, lead content creator for Film Threat Originals.
  • Jess Del Pino, editor, contributor for Film Threat Originals.
  • Anthony Ray Bench, producer, co-host of the Film Threat Podcast.
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Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by Film Threat


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An Evening with Indie Film Hustle

Friday  August 17  6:00pm   Event Information

Panelists:

  • Indie Film Hustle (Alex Ferrari)

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by Indie Film Hustle