Your Guide To Fearless Film Festival Networking

Hosted by Christopher Holland


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Christopher Holland

Webinar hosted by: Christopher Holland

Worked With Over 200 Film Festivals For Over a Decade!

Chris Holland has worked with over 200 film festivals for more than a decade. In the early days of the internet he was a film critic and later he joined the staff of the Austin Film Festival. In 2006 Holland joined film distributor B-Side Entertainment as the Director of Festival Operations, working with festivals like Sundance, AFI Fest, and SILVERDOCS to market films to audiences and to discover emerging new voices in cinema. In 2008 he published Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers and began working as an consultant on marketing and festival strategy with independent filmmakers around the world. Chris serves as an advisor to the Atlanta Film Festival. Full Bio »

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Networking at a film festival or industry event. For some people, just the idea strikes fear in the heart. Who do you talk to first? How do you start the conversation? Holy crap, business cards?! Do I need business cards? I'm sure you have been at industry events before where you're all fired up to go, then once you get there you stand in the corner talking only to the people you know. So, how do you break that cycle?
You've probably heard things like "you have to know someone to get ahead in this business" and thought to yourself "OK, but how do I get to the point where I know that mysterious 'someone?' "
The answer comes back to networking. And though that word conjures up images of smarmy frat boys in suits swilling cocktails and collecting business cards, it's really about overcoming the initial awkwardness between strangers and turning those strangers into new friends. It happens slowly, organically, naturally. But if you're smart about it and go in with a plan, you can make it happen more often and more reliably – without feeling the need for a hot shower afterward.
Stage 32 is proud to bring in industry veteran, Christopher Holland, who for over a decade has worked with over 200 film festivals, including Sundance, Austin, AFI, Atlanta and more. Chris is teaching exclusively for Stage 32 Your Guide To Fearless Film Festival Networking. This webinar will ease your anxiety about making professional connections in the festival environment, or any type of creative industry event.
This webinar goes beyond simply breaking the ice.  You will learn specific tools & get examples on how to go into an industry networking event knowing what you want and knowing how to get it. You will receive practical advice you can use for your career no matter what level you are at. Plus, this webinar will be available for you to reference time and time again as you get ready for any festival! Register now!

What You'll Learn

Pre-Event Planning
  • Setting your goals - specific examples of what to do
  • See the whole "puzzle" and how your piece fits
  • What is "open-ended" networking?
  • Do your homework before the event, but don't be creepy
Festival Networking Scenarios & Tactics
  • Post-Screening Q&A - what to do, what not to do!
  • Panels & Show Floor Booths - what to do, what to say, how to approach
  • Parties - mixing business & pleasure - how not to be awkward in a corner
  • Examples and tips will be provided!
Networking with Confidence
  • Reasons you're worth talking to
  • Enlisting the help of a networking "wing man"
  • Icebreakers that actually start conversations - you will get specific examples to use!
  • The fine art of listening
  • How to talk to “important” people - you will want these tips!
Closing "The Deal"
  • When and how to ask for business cards
  • The art of the follow-up
  • Giving favors to get favors
  • How to make people ask for YOUR card
Post-Festival Maintenance
  • Follow-up emails
  • Social media etiquette
Q&A with Chris!



About Your Instructor

Chris Holland has worked with over 200 film festivals for more than a decade. In the early days of the internet he was a film critic and later he joined the staff of the Austin Film Festival. In 2006 Holland joined film distributor B-Side Entertainment as the Director of Festival Operations, working with festivals like Sundance, AFI Fest, and SILVERDOCS to market films to audiences and to discover emerging new voices in cinema. In 2008 he published Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers and began working as an consultant on marketing and festival strategy with independent filmmakers around the world. Chris serves as an advisor to the Atlanta Film Festival.


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