Filmmaker Conversations: Free Panel Discussions
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. 21 • 9:00 a.m.
Inspired by our “Docs That Make a Difference” film series, we are proud to present a filmmaker discussion that focuses on turning the art of film into activism and movies into movements through documentary filmmaking. Filmmakers are making statements, effecting lives and changing the world through thought-provoking, inspiring docs that challenge audience members to make a difference through involvement, activism and motivation. Make a movie, make a difference in this inspiring conversation! The panel will feature festival filmmakers.
Wednesday, Feb. 22 • 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.
WOMEN MAKE MOVIES
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 advice on financial support to women filmmakers at our festival — led by the women whose films are featured in our lineup.
Friday, Feb. 24 • 9:00 a.m.
THE DISTRIBUTION GAME
Film distribution options for filmmakers have changed significantly over the past few years. Getting your film finished is one thing; getting it into the marketplace and in front of audiences presents a whole new set of challenges. Sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands. New distribution options are springing up daily. Stay on top of what are the current trends in spreading the word about your film. Join distributors and other festival filmmakers — to explore the options out there and creating a buzz about your film. Get your share of the market!