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Filmmaker Conversations: Free Panel Discussions

Filmmaker Conversations


Our popular “Filmmaker Conversations” series returns to the NEW “Festival Annex” in the Mary D. Fisher Theatre complex. Each is designed to give attendees insight into the process of Filmmaking and Distribution.  Workshops and panel discussions are presented by industry experts as well as filmmakers who are official selections in the 2018 Sedona International Film Festival. Topics covered will be: Crowdfunding, Producing/Directing, Social Media, Filmmaker Motivation and a variety of other topics.


All Conversations will be held at the "FESTIVAL ANNEX" located in the
Mary D. Fisher Theatre complex and are scheduled for 1.5-2 hours.

This year’s scheduled topics include:

Wednesday, Feb. 28 • 10:00 a.m.   
This cornerstone class — presented by Seed & Spark — clearly lays out the steps toward a successful crowdfunding campaign, as well as a career-long action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience. You’ll learn how to find your audience, structure your crowdfunding campaign, pick the right goal and incentives, and much more. Get honest and inspiring insight into the possibilities that lie within your reach!


Wednesday, Feb. 28 • 1:00 p.m.   

This workshop presentation is designed to outline the key secrets to “getting it done”.  The presentation is by leading Personal Development speaker and successful filmmaker Gary Glenn.  Gary will highlight the keys to finding the persistence and motivation required to achieve in the challenging world of film making.  He will highlight the principles of goal getting, developing the achievers attitude, being persistent, and handling the road blocks.  This presentation will be valuable for everyone to develop the motivation and drive to succeed in challenging projects.


Thursday, March 1 • 10:00 a.m.   

Some of the best films in our festival lineup have been directed, produced and written by women. We will get the behind-the-scenes secrets of their success in this riveting, informative and entertaining workshop. What challenges do women face in the male-dominated movie industry? The time has come to widen the role of women in the film industry. This discussion is designed to be an idea exchange to bring visibility, mentoring, networking, and providing financial support to women filmmakers. Led by the women whose films are featured in our lineup.

Thursday, March 1 • 1:00 p.m.   

Knowing how to convey the specifics about your project in a dynamic, succinct way can land you not only investors, but collaborators, audience members, and more. Skills you will learn in this dynamic presentation by Seed & Spark include: how to prepare for a pitch meeting; how to adapt your pitch to different audiences; and how to follow up for a bright future. This is a quick, engaging and concise workshop to help you laser focus on your concept and pitch in a way that is both compelling and marketable.

Friday, March 2 • 10:00 a.m.   

Seed & Spark returns with an engaging conversation and workshop that explores the nuts and bolts of building an audience and using social media as a creative entrepreneur. Skills discussed will include: how to get started on social media; how to grow an authentic fan base organically; and how to gain the support of influencers. In this age of tech-saavy social media users, refining your skills in this ever-changing environment becomes even more key to your success.

Friday, March 2 • 1:00 p.m.   

Join festival filmmakers in an open exchange of ideas, dialogue and advice for producers and directors... Information for both first time Producers/Directors and seasoned veterans.  Festival attendees will enjoy this 'behind the scenes' discussion about the challenges that are faced by modern film makers.  How do you get a project off the ground and onto the big screen? How do you assemble your crew, team and cast? Learn from those who have been in the trenches, making movies and making a difference. Whether a big blockbuster or an indie arthouse success, these producers/directors have done it all.


red letter days

Saturday, March 3 • 1:00 p.m.  

Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Days

By 1916, Charlie Chaplin had become the most popular person on the planet, drawing crowds in the tens of thousands when he traveled.  It was like the frenzy over The Beatles half-a-century later, only Chaplin’s fame was even greater.  This program explores that fame and the iconic Tramp character at its core.  It is based on a newly discovered series of thirty-seven articles written in 1916 by Fred Goodwins, one of the actors in Chaplin’s stock company.  The series originally appeared in the British magazine Red Letter, and its republication in book form is a significant find for anyone who loves film, comedy and celebrity gossip.  The shadow of World War One looms over every page, as Chaplin, a British subject, was being slammed by the British tabloid press for his controversial failure to enlist, the first of many controversies that would dog the comedian throughout his life.  

dan kamin

Dan Kamin, who trained Robert Downey, Jr. for his Oscar-nominated performance in Chaplin and created Johnny Depp’s physical comedy routines in Benny and Joon, annotated the book to highlight its many revelations about Chaplin and the familiar faces that populate his films.  In his talk, illustrated with colorful images, music and film from the period, Dan will reveal the backstory of this fascinating excursion into the private world of Hollywood’s first and most enduring superstar.



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