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MAHINDRA INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL (MIAAC) FILM FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 5-9, 2008
  

IFP is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in New York City with 10,000 members throughout the world. Its mission is to nurture and celebrate independent film and filmmakers, and to foster a vibrant and sustainable independent filmmaking community. To join visit www.ifp.org


  

PANEL DISCUSSIONS ORGANIZED BY IFP ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2008
  
Attendance is free but registration is essential RSVP: rvincelli@ifp.org
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Time: 9 am to 5 pm  
Recording Studio, Fifth Floor, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center

This is an opportunity to meet with the filmmakers whose films are being screened in the MIAAC Film Festival. This day of panels is programmed to provide understanding of and exposure to the U.S. Independent Film Industry and Community.

Financing Features 10-11:30 am
Funds, banks, gap, pre-sales, equity, tax subsidies - how do these all interplay in the financing of independent film in the US? A panel of finance experts will discuss the current landscape of financing for independent film.

Panelists include:
Victoria Cook, Esq. Partner, Member of the Entertainment Group, Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz
Mary Jane Skalski, Independent New York based producer of "The Visitor", "The Hawk Is Dying" "Mysterious Skin", "The Station Agent"
Lydia Dean Pilcher, Producer.

A Talent For Talent 11:45am-1:15pm
Given how crucial talent is in the financing and selling of independent film a panel of casting directors and other industry executives will discuss their role in the process. Among other topics they will answer the questions: When is the best time to approach them? How do they work with the filmmaking team? What advice can they give international filmmakers who are interested to connect with US talent for their projects.

Panelists include:
Avy Kaufman, Casting Director
Tom O'Donnell, Talent Agent, Paradigm Agency
Paul Miller, Head of Crossroads Films' Feature Film Division, producer of "Snow Angels," "A Love Song For Bobby Long."
Cindy Tolan, Casting Director

Festival Strategy - The Smart Filmmakers Guide 2:30-4:00 pm
So your film gets into a festival - what now? As festivals are the launch pad for distribution what is the best way to leverage your presence there? What is the role of a producers rep? How does the publicist work with the filmmakers and the producers rep? What do smart filmmakers need to know to do before and during the festival to maximize the experience?

Panelists include:
Rene Bastian, producer and owner of Belladonna Productions ( "Sue," "L.I.E," "Transamerica" "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints"),
Steven Beer, Esq, Partner, Greenberg Traurig
Sophie Gluck, Founder, Sophie Gluck & Associates, a New York-based film publicity agency
David Nugent Director of Programming, the Hamptons International Film Festival

Date: Thursday November 6
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission: Free
  

 

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