Over the past few years, we here at Stage 32 have been thrilled to be recognized throughout the industry as the leaders in online film craft and business education. This past spring, we joined forces with Cannes to help provide education throughout the festival. November will be our 3rd straight year as the official education partner of AFM. And last month, we joined forces with one of the most prestigious, and one of the few Oscar qualifying short film festivals in the land, Hollyshorts, as not only their educational partner, but to run the Stage 32 / Hollyshorts Film Conference.
Over 1000 people attended the week long event which featured over 15 panels and workshops taught by nearly 50 of the top minds and talents working in the industry today. Managers and agents from Zero Gravity, Art/Work, Kaplan Strahler, executives from Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Sony, festival executives from Sundance and Tribeca, and talent from such shows as American Horror Story, Narcos, Vida, Game of Thrones were just some of the voices the attendees got to hear from and spend time with.
In addition to the panels, we also premiered our 3rd Annual Short Film Program at Hollyshorts. Our winner came in all the way from Hungary to take part in the festivities. And now all our winners' films are Oscar qualified!
We wanted to share some of the week's events with you, the Stage 32 community. We were able to record some of the panels and now have them posted on the Stage 32 YouTube page. Just a heads up that the audio isn't the greatest, but nonetheless, you'll be able to gain much knowledge, insight and actionable information. And remember, if you haven't subscribed to the Stage 32 YouTube page, be sure to do so! We're always posting new content for you to enjoy.
Here are some of the featured panels / panelists!
Women in Entertainment
Sheila Walcott Production Executive (Creative) from Warner Bros.
Julianna Politsky, Production Finance Coordinator Legendary Pictures
Carmen Cabana – Director of Photography of NARCOS and VIDA
Lauren Fash (director)
Writing & Directing a Short as Proof of Concept
Rachel Goldberg (Director, American Horror Story)
Elyes Gabel (Filmmaker, Actor; Game of Thrones, World War Z, Interstellar, Scorpion)
James Kicklighter (Director)
How to Stand Out to a Manager or Agent
Allen Roughton, Stage 32
Spencer Robinson, Talent & Literary Manager, Art/Work Entertainment
Katt Riley, Literary Agent, Kaplan Stahler
Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32; repped screenwriter
Working in the US - An Immigration Guide (coming soon)
Zoe Kevork, Entertainment Attorney
How to Network & Make Connections to Managers, Producers, Agents & Executives to Help Move The Needle In Your Career
Amanda Toney, Stage 32
Nick Terry, Talent & Literary Manager, Zero Gravity
Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32
Easterseals Southern California Presents: Disability is the “D” in Diversity (coming soon)
Tim Gray- Senior Vice President & Awards Editor, Variety
Nic Novicki- Founder and Director, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
Pam Dixon- Casting Director (Green Lantern, City Slickers, Mask of Zorro)
Karim Ahmad- Director, Inclusion & Outreach, Sundance Institute
Hasan Foster- Senior Manager, Inclusion and Discourse, FiLM iNDEPENDENT’s LA Film Festival
Kaitlyn Yang- Founder, Alpha Studios
Nancy Weintraub - Chief Development Officer of Easterseals Southern California
Distribution - How to Get Your Short Film Seen
Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32
Zahida Kazar (Director of Opeartiona, Gravitas Ventures)
Alexia Melocchi (Little Studio Films)
Ka Wai Ho (Sony Crackle)
Horrific Beginnings: Launching a Career Through Horror
Courtney Gains (CHILDREN OF THE CORN)
Charles Chiodo (KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTERSPACE)
Dale Midkiff (Pet Sematary)
Channel Ryan (CIRCUS OF THE DEAD)
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