Forum Schedule

Schedule of events for the 2017 Film Independent Forum

Please note: Forum schedule, speakers and panelists are subject to change at any time.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20

7:00 pm — Opening Night Film (TBA)

Followed by a Q&A and reception.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21

10:00 am — Keynote Address (Speaker TBA)

11:15 am — Getting Creative about Getting Money

Forget writing and directing. Strategic film financing is where things get really creative. But figuring out how to tap multiple resources takes imagination and planning. Picture a three-legged stool. The legs are: Pre-sales, Soft Money and Equity. You’ll need key contributors to help build each leg of the stool. Veteran producers explain how casting directors, sales agents, film commissioners, investors and more can all help you build your stool… and make your movie.

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Documentary: Making Docs and Making a Living

Step one: make a great documentary. Step two: pay the rent. Easier said than done, which is why we’re exploring the recent IDA/NEA report State of the Field: A Report from the Documentary Sustainability Summit. Some of today’s top nonfiction filmmakers discuss the tricky art of balancing their work alongside their checkbooks amid a world full of evolving technologies, distribution structures, legal frameworks and business models for independent film.

12:30 pm — Off-the-Record Networking Lunch (DGA Lobby)

In an effort to make the Film Independent Forum more accessible, we’ve reduced registration prices and are offering the networking lunches on Saturday and Sunday à la carte.

Grab a quick bite while informally chatting and connecting with some of Hollywood’s most seasoned and admired industry leaders. Lunch will not be available to purchase on site, so please purchase at the time you register.

1:45 pm — Pitching Clinic: Start Shopping Your Project

Observe as select Film Independent Producing Lab Fellows present their actual projects to an expert panel of industry “sharks.” Potential pitfalls are identified and advice is given — all in real time. Learn how to find the right kind of production support, and discover how to leverage your film’s raw elements to create an attractive pitch package for financiers and investors.

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Case Study: Documentarians Get Real

There’s no “correct” way to make a documentary. So come learn how two recently released, very different nonfiction films made it to the finish line, including finding an audience and getting a release. In this candid session, the teams behind these two films delve deep into their projects’ inception, production and distribution to give honest accounts of their journeys and the difficulties and rewards of each.

3:00 pm — Industry Connect at the Forum (DGA Atrium)

3:15 pm — The Complete Picture: The Wide World of Episodic TV

Learn what “Peak TV” means for you and your career. Veteran TV executives, writers, directors and showrunners offer an expert perspective on telling stories for the small screen. How do you break through the noise to find your niche? What outlets are looking to produce new content? And how do they find talent? Discover how to be heard in this vast landscape.

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Film Independent Documentary Works-in-Progress

Don’t miss this exclusive chance to see works-in-progress from the 2017 Film Independent Documentary Lab. Get a sneak peek at clips and hear the filmmakers discuss their films’ creation, financing and production, featuring a wide range of stories and subjects. Film Independent’s Documentary Lab is a selective program designed to help nonfiction storytellers complete the production of their features.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22

10:00 am — Keynote Address: Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele recently made his directorial debut with the 2017 smash hit Get Out, which he also wrote and produced. Acclaimed by fans and critics alike, Get Out quickly became an indie horror sensation, bringing in over $250 million dollars worldwide and sparking significant discussions about race and the fetishization of black culture in America.

Previously, Emmy® winner Peele was the co-star and co-creator of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele. The hit series won a Peabody Award, an American Comedy Award and earned 12 Emmy nominations during it’s five season run.

Film Independent is thrilled to bring Peele to the 2017 Film Independent Forum to discuss his career, creative process and how Get Out broke barriers and became the most profitable film of 2017.

Speaker: Jordan Peele

11:15 am — Case Study: Narrative Features

Go behind the scenes with the producers of two recent indie film releases to relive, in candid and straightforward detail, all the ups and downs of production. Learn how the sausage gets made, from inception to premiere, including marketing and distribution.

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Case Study: Web Series

Being a filmmaker is tough work and creating short-form web content is no exception. Hear how today’s top web series creators are able to balance the ever-evolving demands of a changing medium with the tools and techniques of traditional moviemaking.

12:00 pm — Industry Connect at the Forum (DGA Atrium)

12:30 pm — Off-the-Record Networking Lunch (DGA Lobby)

In an effort to make the Film Independent Forum more accessible, we’ve reduced registration prices and are offering the networking lunches on Saturday and Sunday à la carte.

Grab a quick bite while informally chatting and connecting with some of Hollywood’s most seasoned and admired industry leaders. Lunch will not be available to purchase on site, so please purchase at the time you register.

1:45 pm — Marketing & Distribution Clinic: Discover Your Audience

No matter the film, there’s always someone out there waiting to watch it. Word of mouth. Social media. Cross-platform release dates. Whatever the strategy, filmmakers are increasingly experimenting with nontraditional marketing and distribution methods. Hear from industry experts and filmmakers who have managed to forge their own paths. The panel will also feature on-the-spot advice given to select audience members about how to best position their films in the marketplace. NOTE: If you would like your film to be considered for discussion in this session, please send a logline, synopsis and brief bio to [email protected].

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Short Circuit: VR, Digital and New Forms of Engagement

For many, short-form digital content and VR have totally reinvented how filmmakers tell stories, providing an endless opportunity for creators to engage with audiences through myriad new and emerging platforms. Alongside reps from some of today’s leading immersive, VR and short-form digital outlets, top creators in the digital field will discuss how to navigate this exciting new creative space.

3:30 pm — Special Conversation (TBA)

4:30 pm — Closing Night Happy Hour

 

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