Stage 32 + Hollyshorts - 3-Day Weekend Film Conference Badge

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3 Days of Panels, Parties & Networking!
$99
This conference started on Aug 10th.

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts - 3-Day Weekend 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 3 full 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

 

There are 2 Conference Badges Available:

1 ) 3-Day Weekend Conference Badge: $99 

  • 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 - interested in this badge? Click Here
  • 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

Stage 32 + Hollyshorts Weekend Film Conference Schedule

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 Get 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

Immigration Law for Filmmakers

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 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!

Moderator:

  • Amanda Toney (Stage 32)

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

Panelists

Conference Panelist

Dino Day-Ramos
Associate Editor, Deadline

Conference Panelist

Christopher Doddy
Cinematographer

Conference Panelist

Nick Terry
Manager, Zero Gravity

Conference Panelist

Lauren Fash
Director (THROUGH THE GLASS DARKLY)

Conference Panelist

Julianna Politsky
Production & Entertainment Finance, Legendary Entertainment

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

Kathleen McInnis
(Toronto, Aspen, Palm Springs, SIFF)

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

Carmen Cabana
Director of Photography of NARCOS and VIDA

Conference Panelist

Zoe Kevork
Entertainment Attorney, Kevork Law

Conference Panelist

Richard Botto
Producer, Screenwriter and Founder & CEO, Stage 32

Conference Panelist

Zahida Kazar
Director of Operations, Gravitas Ventures

Conference Panelist

Spencer Robinson
Manager, Art/Work Entertainment (ARRIVAL)

Conference Panelist

Alexia Melocchi
Producer, Little Studio Films

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