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Your film is hot off the press, the posters and swag are all ready to go- so how the heck do you figure out which festival(s) to submit it to? Which ones are the best to showcase your story? Once you get in, how do you make the most of your time during the festival? How do you find investors and film buyers?
Our guest panelists are happy to tell you!
About our Speakers:
IAN THAKE is the Director of Programming at the New York Television Festival. A pioneer of the independent television movement, the NYTVF constructs new and innovative paths of development and talent identification, while simultaneously complementing the traditional television development model. Joining the NYTVF in 2010, Mr. Thake oversees all Festival initiatives and works with artists and creators whose projects are selected for the Festival. Mr. Thake is also a consultant on numerous television projects and is a Supervising Producer on The Jamz, the first season of which premiered on Netflix in 2016.
KAYLA WONG is the Co-Director for Asian American International Film Festval. Seattle-born, Kayla Wong is now a New York-based Producer. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and TV Production, she started 8-Player Pictures, a short-form production company for underrepresented stories. She has been involved with the Asian American International Film Festival since 2012, and is excited to be this year’s Festival Co-Director.
PATRICE FRANCOIS launched Imagine This Productions and Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival (ITWIFF) with the aim to celebrate and empower independent and aspiring women filmmakers from around the world. Imagine This goal is to support women by sharing their work with the public, promoting equal opportunities, encouraging professional development, and serving as a resource informative network.
DON CATO is the Queens World Film Festival’s Artistic Director and an experimental/ feature filmmaker with a strong academic background.. His films have screened at an eclectic variety of venues and festivals: Anthology Film Archives, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Lincoln Center, the Dylan Thomas Center in Wales, RealHeART Toronto Film Festival, and Everglades Film Festival, South Africa. He was the Director of the Eugene Filmmakers Cinematique for 4 years while he distributed films from China and in 1978 he was one of the first western filmmakers allowed into China to create an immersion documentary: China: Behind Silk Curtains. In 1989 Dixie Lanes, a feature film he directed starring Karen Black, Hoyt Axton & Moses Gunn released in over 40 countries. More recently, in 2013 the short My Kansas which he co-directed and co-produced had a respectable festival run with wins for directing. My Day on which he was the Director of Cinematography, Editor, Sound Designer & Co-Producer brought home several Best Actress awards for Judith Roberts & several Best Short awards in both 2013 and 2014. Currently Don teaches at the New York Digital Film Academy and the Buckley School for Boys.
Feel free to ask our guests any questions you may have about the various challenges of the film world!
– Learn tips and tricks to get the most productive experience out of the festival event
– How to pitch for Best Acceptance
– Have an opportunity to network with a group of working filmmakers in NYC!