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Filmmaker Conversations: Free Panel Discussions

Filmmaker Conversations


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to offer a series of FREE Filmmaker Conversations on a variety of timely and important topics. These are open to EVERYONE, free of charge ... from the beginning filmmaker to the seasoned professional, to the film lover who wants a glimpse behind the scenes.


All Conversations will be held at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre and are scheduled for 1.5-2 hours duration.

This year’s scheduled topics include:

Tuesday, Feb. 23 • 9:00 a.m.   
From page to pitch to production

Whether it’s a Hollywood blockbuster, a documentary, or a short film, it all begins with the story.  From concept to pitch, to finished script, we will discuss what goes in to getting your story green lit. Studio or independent: What is best for your screenplay? Our filmmakers and screenwriters come together for an enlightening, informative and entertaining conversation  and will cover what it takes to get your idea from concept to page to screen. Come with questions and leave with ammunition for your screenwriting arsenal!


Wednesday, Feb. 24 • 9:00 a.m.   
Producing and Directing

Join festival filmmakers in an open exchange of ideas, dialogue and advice for first-time producers and directors or seasoned veterans. They will have a frank and informative conversation about what it takes to be in either position in this ever-changing world of filmmaking. 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 have done it all.


Thursday, Feb. 25 • 9:00 a.m.   
Crowdfunding to Build Independence

The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience! Crowdfunding is becoming a fundemental piece of most financing plans for independent film. However, many filmmakers miss the chance to turn their film funding campaigns into audience-building opportunities that can last an entire career — and provide the groundwork for distribution that the filmmaker controls. This workshop — by Seed & Spark — will provide the crowdfunding action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience.


Friday, Feb. 26 • 9:00 a.m.   
Acting in Film: An Actor's Life for Me

Join festival film actors for a lively panel discussion on the art of acting in independent films and what it takes to direct actors! What makes an actor tick? What makes them want to take on a role? How do they prepare? And what role does the director play in bringing out the best in his or her cast? Learn what goes on behind the scenes and in front of the camera in this lively, entertaining and enlightening conversation with actors featured in our festival films. Whether you are a director, actor or movie lover, this will be one fun discussion!


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