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1 Week of Panels, Parties & Networking!
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This conference started on Aug 10th.

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts - 1-Week Full Film Conference Badge

Stage 32 & the Hollyshorts Film Festival have partnered to bring you the ultimate film conference during the 14th Annual Hollyshorts Film Festival! Join us for 1 week of days of panels, parties, a screening of the Stage 32 Short Film Program & networking!

Location: TCL 6 Chinese Theater (Top floor or Hollywood & Highland), 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
Panel room: TCL VIP Lounge

 

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  • Fri. Aug 10 - Sun. Aug. 12 Film Conference & Happy Hours
  • Stage 32 Short Film Program Screening + Filmmaker Q&A on Friday Aug 10 at 2:30pm
2 ) 1-Week Full Conference & Panel Badge: $149 
  • Fri. Aug 10 - Sun. Aug 12 Film Conference & Happy Hours
  • Stage 32 Short Film Program Screening + Filmmaker Q&A on Friday Aug 10 at 2:30pm
  • Mon. Aug 13 - Fri. Aug 17 Sponsored Panels & Happy Hours

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1 Week of Panels, Parties & Networking!

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10

Friday, August 10
11:00am-12:30pm

Horrific Beginnings: Launching a Career Through Horror

Many entertainment careers were started in horror. Leonardo DiCaprio (CRITTERS 3), Angela Bassett (CRITTERS 4), Johnny Depp (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Jennifer Aniston (LEPRECHAUN), Jim Carrey (ONCE BITTEN), and directors Stephen Spielberg (JAWS), James Cameron (ALIENS), and Sam Raimi (EVIL DEAD) are just a few who cut their bones through "horrific" beginnings. The success of recent films like GET OUT and THE SHAPE OF WATER in 2018 means that the popularity of horror is breaking through to more mainstream audiences. Writer/Director Nicholas Tana and Producer Denise Acosta from the comedy horror web-series, comic book, and movie, HELL'S KITTY, will be hosting the panel along with special guests Courtney Gains (CHILDREN OF THE CORN), Charles Chiodo (KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTERSPACE); Dale Midkiff (Pet Sematary), and Sports Illustrated Model turned actress and scream queen, Channel Ryan (CIRCUS OF THE DEAD), for a wonderful, fun-filled panel and Q&A.

Moderator:

  • Writer/Director Nicholas Tana and Producer Denise Acosta, HELL'S KITTY

Panelists:

  • Courtney Gains (CHILDREN OF THE CORN)
  • Charles Chiodo (KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTERSPACE)
  • Dale Midkiff (Pet Sematary)
  • Channel Ryan (CIRCUS OF THE DEAD)

 

Friday, August 10
1:00pm - 2:30pm

How to Stand Out to a Manager or Agent

It’s the question on every filmmaker, actor and writers mind - how do you get representation? Join our expert panelists as they talk about what stands out to them in a client and how you can capture their eye for representation.

Moderator:

  • Allen Roughton, Stage 32

Panelists:

  • Spencer Robinson, Talent & Literary Manager, Art/Work Entertainment
  • Katt Riley, Literary Agent, Kaplan Stahler
  • Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32; repped screenwriter

 

Stage 32 Short Film Program Screening
2:30pm-4:30pm

Stage 32 is honored to present to you the 3rd Stage 32 Short Film Program at the 2018 Hollyshorts Film Festival. This program was curated by the incredible industry executives who judged our First Annual Short Film Contest and features 5 amazing directors (from 3 countries) all with bright futures ahead. The winning filmmaker will be in from Budapest, Hungary - join us for a lively Q&A with the filmmakers and Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard Botto.

 

Friday, August 10
3:00pm-4:30pm

Working in the US - An Immigration Guide

Join us as veteran lawyer, Zoe Kevork, provides insight and guidance for artists, actors, directors, producers and entertainers looking to work and establish their careers in the United States. We will discuss how to address the challenges of pilot season, obtaining visas, green cards, and the possibility of creating and establish production companies in the United States.

 

Panelists:

  • Zoe Kevork, Entertainment Attorney

 

Friday, August 10

5:00pm-7:00pm

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by Zoe Kevork Law Firm


SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

Saturday, August 11
11:00am-12:30pm

Stage 32 Panel - How to Network & Make Connections to Managers, Producers, Agents & Executives to Help Move The Needle In Your Career

The saying is “it’s who you know” and in this panel we’ll talk about just that. How do you make connections if you don’t know anyone? How do you get your foot in the door when you don’t have the resources? We’ll go over how you can successful connect - both online and offline - with managers, producers, agents and executives to help you move the needle on your career.

Moderator:

  • Amanda Toney, Stage 32

Panelists:

  • Nick Terry, Talent & Literary Manager, Zero Gravity
  • Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32

 

Saturday, August 11
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Women in Entertainment

This incredible panel of top notch women working in entertainment talk about how they got in and what it’s like to be in positions of influence in today’s market. Join us for a lively discussion and bring your questions for the panelists!

Panelists:

  • Sheila Walcott Production Executive (Creative) from Warner Bros.
  • Julianna Politsky, Legendary Entertainment
  • Carmen Cabana – Director of Photography of NARCOS and VIDA
  • Lauren Fash (director)

 

Saturday, August 11
3:00pm-4:30pm

Easterseals Southern California Presents: Disability is the “D” in Diversity

Representing 20% of our population, the disability community is America’s largest minority group today. Despite the complex nature of their diverse and compelling stories, research shows that people with disabilities are depicted in less than 3% of on-screen roles. The situation is even worse behind the camera.

Entertainment is one of the most effective ways to influence public perception and advance social change. It is also a business, and the disability community represents a yet untapped market of more than $200 billion in spending power. Join us as we explore the status of people with disabilities working in entertainment today, and the initiatives that are tackling underrepresentation in the industry

Moderator:

  • Tim Gray- Senior Vice President & Awards Editor, Variety

Panelists:

  • 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

 

Saturday, August 11
5:00pm-7:00pm

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by Easterseals Disability Film Challenge


SUNDAY, AUGUST 12

Sunday, August 12
11:00am-12:30pm

Distribution - How to Get Your Short Film Seen

Now there are more distribution options than ever for your short film or digital series. Join our expert panelists on how to navigate distribution for your film and learn about the changing landscape to get your short film seen!

Moderator:

  • Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32

Panelists:

  • Zahida Kazar (Director of Opeartiona, Gravitas Ventures)
  • Alexia Melocchi (Little Studio Films)
  • Ka Wai Ho (Sony Crackle)

 

Sunday, August 12
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Writing & Directing a Short as Proof of Concept

Managers and Agents are prime in looking for talent through short films as proof of concept. Our panelists will talk about how short films have helped them as their calling card to get financing for their next films and move over into television and feature filmmaking.

Moderator:

  • Amanda Toney, Stage 32

Panelists:

  • James Kicklighter (Director)
  • Rachel Goldberg (Director, American Horror Story)
  • Elyes Gabel (Filmmaker, Actor; World War Z, Interstellar, Scorpion)

 

Sunday, August 12
3:00pm-4:30pm

Seattle Film Summit Program

What's going on up in the Northwest? Rumor has it there's a digital renaissance happening. Are you from the Northwest? Interested in filming in the Northwest? Check in with the producers and filmmakers who live and work their art in the North left corner of our country. You might be surprised what you learn.

Moderator:
  • Ben Andrews - Executive Director - Seattle Film Summit
 
Panelists:
  • Kirk Nordenstrom - City Producer - Seattle & Missoula 48 Hour Film Project - Media Without Borders
  • Angela DiMarco - Actor, Coach, Mighty Tripod Studios and Acting Studio
  • David Hogan - Actor, Producer, Coach, Mighty Tripod Studios and Acting Studio

Sunday, August 12
5:00pm-7:00pm

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by the Seattle Film Summit


MONDAY, AUGUST 13

Monday, August 12
6:00pm-7:30pm

1 on 1 with Buffalo 8 Management Partner, Head of Management Steven Adams

Adams is an award winning Producer and Partner, Head of Management at Buffalo 8.

Most recently he produced the Netflix Original adaptation of Roger Guenveur Smith's solo performance piece RODNEY KING, directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee. Adams produced the Peabody Award winner A HUEY P NEWTON STORY, also directed by Spike Lee. As Head of US Operations for the renowned French VFX House BUF, Adams has VFX Executive Producer credits for such Academy Award winners as James Cameron's AVATAR, Ang Lee's LIFE OF PI, Kenneth Branagh's THOR as well as GREEN LANTERN, GREEN HORNET, Stephen Sommers' ODD THOMAS and Tim Burton's DARK SHADOWS amongst others.

Moderator:

  • Chris Gore, Film Threat

Panelists:

  • Steven Adams (Head of Management, Buffalo 8)

Stage 32 Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by Buffalo 8


TUESDAY, AUGUST 14

Tuesday, August 14
6:00pm-7:30pm

 

From Script to Screen - Why a Great Script Matters: An Evening with Final Draft

When it comes to filmmaking, it all starts with a script – but that’s just the beginning. Leading industry professionals Joely Fisher (actress/director/producer/writer), Lucienne Papon (SVP of Creative Affairs |ITV America), Tricia Leigh Fisher (actress/writer), Vivica A. Fox (actress/producer), and Scotty Mullen (casting director/writer) will discuss what they look for in a script, how that changes depending on their role in a production, and much more . Presented by Final Draft and moderated by Director of Marketing Phil Galasso.

Moderator:

  • Phil Galasso (Director of Marketing, Final Draft)

Panelists:

  • Joely Fisher (actress/director/producer/writer)
  • Lucienne Papon (SVP of Creative Affairs, ITV America)
  • Tricia Leigh Fisher (actress/writer)
  • Scotty Mullen (casting director/writer)
  • Christopher Duddy (cinematographer)

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by Final Draft


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15

Wednesday, August 15
6:00pm-7:30pm

Last Call with Badal (Tribeca) & McInnis (Aspen, Toronto, Palm Springs)

Sharon Badal (Tribeca) and Kathleen McInnis (Aspen, Toronto, Palm Springs) serve up all you need to know about thriving (and surviving) on the film festival circuit. Whether you take it straight up or on the rocks, these two short film mavens will deliver bracing and practical insider information.

Panelists:

  • Sharon Badal (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • Kathleen McInnis  (Aspen, Toronto, Palm Springs Film Festival)

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by Tribeca Film Festival


THURSDAY, AUGUST 16

Thursday, August 16
6:00pm-7:30pm

An Evening with Film Threat

Film Threat Podcast LIVE at Hollyshorts!
Join the critics, editors and content creators from Film Threat for a giant-sized double episode and conversation that includes a deep discussion of the following topics...
 
"Your Short Film Sucks!" A discussion of the best and worst shorts and the three mistakes that filmmakers make that can take a short from great to garbage.
 
"Movie Critics Are Idiots!" Film reviewers have gotten a bad rep lately and a lot of it is deserved! Discover how to communicate with critics strategically to get the result that you want, which is a good review.

Panelists:

  • Chris Gore, editor/publisher of FilmThreat.com, co-host of the Film Threat Podcast, author of the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide.
  • Alan Ng, managing editor of FilmThreat.com, lead film critic.
  • Dante James, contributing editor of FilmThreat.com, writer, CNN commentator on pop culture.
  • Bobby Schwartz, director, lead content creator for Film Threat Originals.
  • Jess Del Pino, editor, contributor for Film Threat Originals.
  • Anthony Ray Bench, producer, co-host of the Film Threat Podcast.

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by Film Threat


FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

Friday, August 17
6:00pm-7:30pm

An Evening with Indie Film Hustle

Panelists:

  • Indie Film Hustle (Alex Ferrari)

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Power Networking Happy Hour Hosted by Indie Film Hustle

 

Panelists

Conference Panelist

Christopher Doddy
Cinematographer

Conference Panelist

Nick Terry
Manager, Zero Gravity

Conference Panelist

Joely Fisher
Actress/Director/Producer/Writer

Conference Panelist

Tricia Leigh Fisher
Actress/Writer

Conference Panelist

Lucienne Papon
EVP, Creative Affairs at ITV Studios America

Conference Panelist

Scotty Mullen
Casting Director/Writer

Conference Panelist

Ka Wai Ho
Studio Managment - SONY Crackle

Conference Panelist

Rachel Goldberg
Director (American Horror Story, Transofrmation Awaits)

Conference Panelist

Karim Ahmad
Director of Outreach & Inclusion, Sundance Institute

Conference Panelist

Hasan Foster
Senior Manager, Inclusion & Discourse, Film Independent’s LA Film Festival

Conference Panelist

Nic Novicki
Actor, Producer & Founder of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge

Conference Panelist

Kaitlyn Yang
Visual Effects Supervisor & Founder of Alpha Studios

Conference Panelist

Pam Dixon
Casting Director

Conference Panelist

Tim Gray
SVP & Awards Editor, Variety

Conference Panelist

Denise Acosta
Producer/Director

Conference Panelist

Nicholas Tana
Writer, Director, and Musician

Conference Panelist

Zoe Kevork
Entertainment Attorney, Kevork Law

Conference Panelist

Carmen Cabana
Director of Photography of NARCOS and VIDA

Conference Panelist

Steven Adams
Head of Management, Buffalo 8

Conference Panelist

Sharon Lee Badal
VP, Filmmaker Relations & Shorts Programming, Tribeca Film Festival

Conference Panelist

Zahida Kazar
Director of Operations, Gravitas Ventures

Conference Panelist

Alexia Melocchi
Producer, Little Studio Films

Conference Panelist

Spencer Robinson
Manager, Art/Work Entertainment (ARRIVAL)

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