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Nightly After Parties

Each night when the films wind down the networking festivities begin! A different venue, within walking distance, every night changes the mood and vibe from low key mixers to all out dance parties. There’s something for everyone and it’s the perfect way to end each night of your Downtown Orlando festival experience.

Opening Night – October 17 | 5 pm

Join the Cast and Crew of our opening night film as we share stories, toasts, and good times deep into the night. The room is always energized and lifelong memories, contacts, and friends are made.

Welcome Home – October 18 | 11 pm

One of our personal favorites from the party line up. It’s our way of showing appreciation to the hundreds of filmmakers that join us every year. We let the Stella Artois and Tito’s fly as we reminisce with alumni and hold a toast at closing time to commemorate our commitment to the new group of alumni and initiate them into the family.

Filmmaker Appreciation – October 24 | 11 pm

As we say good night to the final films of the festival it’s time to share one more evening of laughs with the brilliant minds that give our festival life. It’s here the Festival Staff & Filmmakers have their chance to let loose together and recall all the adventures had throughout the week. It’s always hard to say goodbye, but on more than one occasion we’ve found ourselves eating street pizza and planning for next year. Always a favorite, even though calling a wrap on this occasion is hard to do.

AWARDS CEREMONY

Award Ceremony:
October 23 | 8 pm – Theater 7

The grand event. You won’t want to miss out after a week-long journey through world class indie cinema. As many already know, our festival is curated solely by professional filmmakers which sets our bar very high. Even though every film in our festival can certainly hold it’s own, we select the truly exceptional works to receive awards for their unprecedented achievements. With limited seating, guest possessing advanced ticket reservations will be treated to a myriad of live acts such as music, dance, and comedic numbers all utilizing state of the art technology. Celebrities, filmmakers, and press room experts will be on hand to receive the best the festival has to offer

EXPERIENCING MORE THAN FILMS

Every year the festival strives to bring more than just films to the festival. With panels, workshops, award ceremonies, and revered after parties, every day is designed to educate, enlighten, and reward guests with networking opportunities only found in an environment like this. We strive to create a microcosm of experiences that promote a community atmosphere rather than one of going it alone.

FESTIVAL PRESENTATIONS

VIRTUAL REALITY

Kunal Patel is an Orlando tech leader and serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in roles spanning leadership, software development, sales and creative partnerships. He serves as co-founder and CTO of brandXR, a VR & AR & Immersive content creation platform for driving Sales, Marketing, Education business goals, which in 2017 won Most Innovative technology by the Orlando Business Journal.

OCT 18

12:00 – 2:00 pm
Theater 10

SCREENPLAY TABLE READ

Get ready to create your very own vision of a full length screenplay as you witness this year’s winning feature read aloud by a host of professional actors in front of a live audience.

OCT 20

12:00 – 2:00 pm
Theater 11

SHORTSTV SHOWCASE

Linda Olszewski acquisition executive from ShortsTV leads you on a journey through the minds of the Academy members who decide the fates of the short films that take away the coveted prize every year. As an Academy of Motion Picture Sciences member, Linda breaks down what they look for and why the decide the way they do.

OCT 20

4:00 – 6:00 pm
Theater 7

ACTING WORKSHOP

This acting workshop and panel discussion will cover the basics and intermediate skills needed to jumpstart or bolster the acting career. Even seasoned veterans will take away valuable insights from working actor and director Chris Greene.

 

OCT 22

6:00 – 8:30 pm
Theater 7

SELL YOUR FILM

Presented By: Mark Shapiro and Bill Suchy

October 21 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm | Theater 7

Whether you plan to self distribute or find a distributor to pick up your film, you MUST present your project in it’s best light. From set stills, poster design, trailer editing, and timing your approach with a dedicated plan, the “Sell Your Film – Presentation” and it’s group of pros will guide you on your way to making a deal and getting your work out to the world.

PITCH BOOTCAMP AND COMPETITION

“Best Pitch Award” Presented October 23th

Day 1: Pitch Workshop | October 19 at 12 – 2:30 pm – Theater 10
Day 2: Pitch The Pros | October 20 at 12 – 3:15 pm – Theater 10

The Pros: Eric Flemming, Tracy Frenkel, and Daniel Springen

Pitch Bootcamp is your chance to discover how to pitch your film and TV ideas like a Hollywood insider, hosted by Co-CEO of Sell Your TV Concept Now, author and pitch expert, Mark Simon. With over 4,000 production credits (including 44 features), he has landed over 35 deals for his own film and TV projects. Day 1 will focus on what goes into a successful pitch and how to land them. There will be interactive pitch practice with pitch-backs, where Mark will pitch contestant’s ideas back to them. Day 2 is the BIG PITCH.

After this session, attendees will know:

• How to land face-to-face pitch meetings with HBO, Netflix, Amazon, Universal, Fox, and more
• The flow of a pitch to get the best results
• 1-on-1 live pitch practice and critiques for those who volunteer
• How to pitch your show like a seasoned super-producer
• #1 pitch strategy to establish your credibility
• Top 3 questions you’ll be asked in a pitch
• The MANDATORY pitch package element every project must have

2019 WORKSHOPS AND PANELS

Our workshops and panels are bright and inviting and provide perspective on the industry as a whole. This year we will continue with our “Concept to Completion” model offering seven days of education covering multiple phases of the film industry.

WRITING PANEL - October 19 | 10:30 - 12 pm | Theater 7

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne Carter has worked as a professional scriptwriter for more than 25 years, including 16 years in Hollywood. He sold more than 10 feature screenplays to the major studios, including Universal, Paramount Pictures, Fox, Warner Bros. and National Lampoon. He was an A-list Writers Guild writer consulted by major studios seeking top talent to script star-driven feature projects. He worked with major directors on projects based on his own screenplays, including Richard Donner, and Academy Award-winning directors Tony Richardson and James Cameron. His suspense thriller feature “Altar Rock” is currently in pre-production for a shoot Summer 2016 and has international distribution. His comedy feature “The Mysterious Wonderful” is currently being packaged and financed. His independent scripts have also won awards in more than 16 international film festivals.

Art D’Alessandro, A Rollins College grad, was the recipient of the school’s top prose and poetry awards. He co-founded and ran one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded talent schools for over 22 years. His love of films led to nearly 50 screenplays bearing his name as writer, including the produced features “The Final Season” (1100 screens, Sean Astin, Powers Boothe, et al), “She Drives Me Crazy” (Lifetime, Winner of CTV’s Gemini Award for Best TV Movie, Melinda Clarke), “Mayor Cupcake” (Showtime, Lea Thompson & Judd Nelson), “Letters to God” (900 screens, Ralph Waite), “All Shook Up” (Sarah Chalke & Frank Gorshin) and the award-winning indie thriller “ZZYZX”, starring Kenny Johnson of The Shield and SWAT fame.

 

 

 

 

PRODUCING PANEL - October 20 | 10:30 - 12 pm | Theater 7
Attorney Scott Goldberg has been practicing law in Florida for over 15 years.  Mr. Goldberg’s practice includes Entertainment Law (Film, Television, Music, Authors, Artists, Models, Actor, etc.), Intellectual Property Law (copyrights, trademarks, and licensing), Business Law (company formation and structuring, employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements, etc.), Multimedia Law, and Internet Law.  In addition to his Juris Doctor degree, Mr. Goldberg also has a Master of Laws degree in Intellectual Property from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.  Mr. Goldberg counsels clients on business and financing structures for their entertainment and media companies.  For his film clients, Mr. Goldberg provides production legal services during development, pre-production, principal photography and post-production stages, and distribution legal services.  Mr. Goldberg also counsels clients on copyright and trademark matters concerning their companies, film, television, and music projects.
Dawson Peden, National Account Executive, TV and Cinema, for PRG/VER Camera. Dawson was born into the entertainment business having parents in the industry. His father was a Producer/Investor and mother a Model/Actress. He started professionally in the entertainment business in 1992 working as a Video Assist Operator in the Camera Department. In 1994 he started working with Video/Sound Rentals as Rental Manager at Moving Picture, climbing his way up the ladder to working for major Hollywood Directors and productions, then shifted his focus to freelance Producing, then on to Directing, and owning two television commercial production companies. Later he moved on to Film/Video cameras, Grip and Lighting rentals and management as Director of Operations at Cinevideotech, inc in Miami and currently he is the National Account Executive for TV and Cinema rentals at PRG/VER Camera in Miami since 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART DEPARTMENT PANEL - October 20 | 2:30 - 4:30 pm | Theater 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Department pros discuss tips and techniques to assist independent filmmakers in making the most of their time and budgets. They will discuss critical elements that must be considered to assure that your project delivers the look and feel required for overall viability in the marketplace.

DIRECTING PANEL - October 21 | 10:30 - 12 pm | Theater 7

 

Gerald Wu started in the business in 1985 and along the way has held every Film Industry position professionally except Hair & Makeup. He has worked with such prestigious people such as Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Dennis Hopper, Ridley Scott, Tom Hanks, Morgan Fairchild, Gilbert Gottfried, Tiger Woods, Shaquille O’Neal, Arnold Palmer and more. He is well known in the world’s best Advertising Agencies like Saatchi & Saachi, Weiden & Kennedy, Spike Lee DDB and Leo Burnett. Gerald’s vast experience includes: script breakdowns, scheduling & budgeting, location setups, directing cast & crew, time management and talent contracts. He shares his knowledge with local filmmakers, a certified film school instructor and various online groups.

Chris Greene is a Sag-Aftra Actor and Film/Tv Director who was was born in Mount Vernon and raised in Yonkers, NY. Like many Actors, Chris found himself between homes at a young age after his parents separated. Even though this was a tough transition for him, Chris dealt with things the best way he knew how…by entertaining an audience! His parents got him involved with music and he began performing with bands as a drummer until graduating high school. He then earned a music scholarship and attended Winston Salem State University in Winston Salem, North Carolina. It was at WSSU’s neighboring college, The North Carolina School of the Arts, where Chris found his love for acting. With over 15 years of experience, Chris has appeared in everything from commercials to feature films and television shows working opposite the likes of Aunjanue Ellis, Joel Edgerton, Colman Domingo, Bill CobbsNick Offerman, Hugh Laurie and many others! Chris has also worked for award nominated and winning Directors like John Lee Hancock, Carl Franklin, Donald Glover & Jeff Nichols. Chris’ experience as a Director spans six years under his production company, Detour Entertainment, LLC., where he is working to help new Actors and Filmmakers reach a higher level of success in the entertainment industry. Aside from spending time with his daughter Zoé, who has also taken to acting, he coaches actors on the craft and the importance of having a positive lifestyle within the industry through his company L.O.A.A., Life of an Actor.

 

 

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY PANEL - October 22 | 10:30 - 12 pm | Theater 7

 

 

 

Kenny Beaumont is an award-winning producer and director based in Florida.  He has produced the independent family films Robo-Dog (starring Patrick Muldoon and Wallace Shawn) Robo-Dog: Airborne (starring Jonathan Silverman) and Monsters at Large (starring Stephen Tobolowsky and Mischa Barton).  As co-founder of Modelo Productions, he co-wrote and directed the comedy web series The Rub, which was recently awarded Best Story in the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards.  He is a Course Director in the Film Department at Full Sail University.

Benjamin Lowell, SOC, ICG, is a cameraman based in Florida and works extensively overseas. He graduated with a BA in Motion Picture Technology at the University of Central Florida. He’s worked on projects from commercials to features with filmmakers including Tony Scott, Spike Lee and Tom Hanks; including the Academy Award winning film “Monster” starring Charlize Theron and directed by Patty Jenkins. He has also worked with Academy Award winning cinematographer Bob Richardson on multiple occasions. Most recently, he camera operated on a Star Wars Pilot filmed in Denmark.

Gerald Wu started in the business in 1985 and along the way has held every Film Industry position professionally except Hair & Makeup. He has worked with such prestigious people such as Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Dennis Hopper, Ridley Scott, Tom Hanks, Morgan Fairchild, Gilbert Gottfried, Tiger Woods, Shaquille O’Neal, Arnold Palmer and more. He is well known in the world’s best Advertising Agencies like Saatchi & Saachi, Weiden & Kennedy, Spike Lee DDB and Leo Burnett. Gerald’s vast experience includes: script breakdowns, scheduling & budgeting, location setups, directing cast & crew, time management and talent contracts. He shares his knowledge with local filmmakers, a certified film school instructor and various online groups.

 

 

 

 

FILMMAKING ONLINE PANEL - October 22 | 12 - 2 pm | Theater 7
-Gregory Austin McConnell is an award-winning filmmaker and YouTuber. He is the director of the film Sprouting Orchids (2014), served as executive producer on the final season of the pioneering webseries lonelygirl15, and was nominated as Breakout YouTuber of the Year at the 2017 Shorty Awards. Known for his mini-documentaries, diverse educational content, and general oddball assortment of viral hits, Austin has entertained millions through his YouTube channel, and garnered a devoted online audience.
 
-Tom van der Linden is the creator of Like Stories of Old. In his work, he explores how films offer valuable ideas and insights from a variety of theoretical frameworks, and uses the cinematic qualities of film to deliver emotionally impactful video essays.
-Thomas Flight is a filmmaker and video essayist from Lynchburg, Virginia. He creates video essays about film, television, and online media. He has a background in commercial and online video editing and production, and his videos have been featured by AV Club, Slashfilm, Huffington Post, and Fast Company.
-Karsten Runquist is a video essayist, film critic, and filmmaker who runs a self-titled YouTube channel that currently has over 100,000 subscribers. He currently lives in Chicago where he is studying video editing at DePaul University.
-Coffee Break took off in 2017 focusing on exploring advertising & media and in little over 15 months has surpassed 220,000 subscribers. 

 

EDITING PANEL - October 23 | 10:30 - 12 pm | Theater 7

 

 

 

Oliver Peters is a Central Florida-based, independent editor, colorist, and post production consultant. His career spans over four decades and includes hands-on and management positions at several broadcast and post-production facilities. His editorial experience includes a wide range of commercials, as well as broadcast and non-broadcast entertainment and information programs. He has worked as the sole or lead editor on eleven independent feature films and documentaries, most of which have enjoyed either broadcast and/or theatrical releases. Peters maintains a blog about the art and technology of editing (digitalfilms.wordpress.com) and may be contacted through his website, OliverPeters.com.

Warren Williams is an award-winning Post Producer, Post Production Supervisor and Editor, specializing in building and

managing Post Production workflows for corporate, commercial, healthcare, military, educational, TV and film production. He is focused on development and management of staff and freelance video editors, coordinators, assistants and interns to deliver time-sensitive, high-quality, high-volume video content for web, TV and film.

He has over 25 years experience in TV, Music and Media Production, working with clients such as NBCUniversal, Warner Brothers, Disney, PGA SuperStore, LPGA, AAA, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Air Force and Microsoft. Warren possesses a strong passion for the creative process, effective team and project management and finding ways to “beat the system” when producing budget-challenged projects.

His most recent work includes VFX Supervision of the current season of the NBCUniversal/Golf Channel show, Playing Lessons with the Pro’s, Post Supervision for ongoing National and Regional commercial spots and Post Producer credits for multiple short to medium format documentaries.  He is also an active judging member of the Telly Council and is currently pursuing graduate studies in Communications/Digital Strategies at the University of Florida.

Warren is married to his best friend, Letty Williams, has three beautiful daughters, Jordan, Jessica and Jenna and is proud owner of a Chiweenie named Wiley.

 

ANATOMY OF VIDEO ESSAY PANEL - October 23 | 12 - 2 pm | Theater 7

 

Video Essays have exploded into prominence in recent years, coming into a medium of their own. Used by major companies and indie creators alike to explore and communicate ideas. Join us with a panel of video essayist as we breakdown the medium, why it’s so engaging, and where it’s going.

-Gregory Austin McConnell is an award-winning filmmaker and YouTuber. He is the director of the film Sprouting Orchids (2014), served as executive producer on the final season of the pioneering webseries lonelygirl15, and was nominated as Breakout YouTuber of the Year at the 2017 Shorty Awards. Known for his mini-documentaries, diverse educational content, and general oddball assortment of viral hits, Austin has entertained millions through his YouTube channel, and garnered a devoted online audience.
 
-Tom van der Linden is the creator of Like Stories of Old. In his work, he explores how films offer valuable ideas and insights from a variety of theoretical frameworks, and uses the cinematic qualities of film to deliver emotionally impactful video essays.
-Thomas Flight is a filmmaker and video essayist from Lynchburg, Virginia. He creates video essays about film, television, and online media. He has a background in commercial and online video editing and production, and his videos have been featured by AV Club, Slashfilm, Huffington Post, and Fast Company.
-Karsten Runquist is a video essayist, film critic, and filmmaker who runs a self-titled YouTube channel that currently has over 100,000 subscribers. He currently lives in Chicago where he is studying video editing at DePaul University.
-Coffee Break took off in 2017 focusing on exploring advertising & media and in little over 15 months has surpassed 220,000 subscribers. 

 

 

AUDIO POST-PRODUCTION PANEL - October 24 | 10:30 - 12 pm | Theater 7

Dani Donadi is an award winning film composer and record producer, born in Venice, Italy. After studying composition, orchestration, and sound engineering in Italy and France he moved to the United States in 1988 to pursue his true passion, music, and what a ride it has been. Dani creates original scores for Feature Films, TV shows, animated projects, stage shows, musicals, theme parks internationally, and multimedia projects. He works closely with filmmakers from Florida, New York, Los Angeles, and Rome. Dani has founded Donadi Music Productions, located in the backlot of Universal Studios Orlando, Florida. Dani’s credits include: Universal Studios / Terminator 3D, Incredible Hulk Coaster ride. Walt Disney world / International Program promo video Finding Eden (2015), Game-On TV series (2013), Missionary (2013), Two Days (2012), Cassadaga (2012), Whisper Home (2010).

**THERE ARE TWO SPEAKERS WITH THE SAME NAME. WE PROMISE THAT IT’S TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

Danny Donati, now a resident of Orlando, Florida, is originally from Puerto Rico. Danny became a musician at an early age. He performed as a drummer for various musical projects including orchestras and bands. He worked as a K-12 music teacher, and as an electronic drum clinic instructor. He has composed music for Tv jingles and film soundtracks such as : Vampiros “Vampires”, Vasos de papel “Paper Cups,”, Sanky Panky 3, Domirriqueños from Eduardo Ortiz, Mi abuelo se quiere casar “My grandfather wants to get married”, La caja de problemas “The problem box” from David Aponte. He worked as a video editor for producer David Impelluso with artists such as: Hector “El Father”, Elvis Crespo, Natasia from Venezuela, Mario Mejias, Adrianna Foster and many others. He studied music composition and music conduction at the Music Conservatory in Puerto Rico. In 2008 he created the electronic music project known as “Dj Drummer” a visual dj concept where he remixed and control different samplers and video using the Roland VDrums  , utilizing this concept he was an in house musician at Univision Puerto Rico for a project titled : “Las Locas de Atar.”  Danny is a recognized artist by Ableton Live.

Alex Ginzo was born in New Jersey to Cuban refugee parents. He attended Valencia Community College’s Film Program in Orlando, Florida. Ginzo has worked on independent productions, episodic TV, and some documentaries. Credits include the Tv series “Safe Harbor”, Curse of the Blair Witch (1999) (TV), Real Rob (2015), features and short films such as Extreme Force (1999), A Measure of Faith (2009), and Robo-dog: Airborne (2015). He also has worked on many national commercials such as Bank One Platinum Card, Twister: The Ride for Universal Studios Florida, Eagle One Auto Cleaning Products, Sprint PCS(Latin Market, Publix, Walmart, Nike Factory Store, Dick Sporting Goods, and Citgo. He also keeps himself buy working reality shows such as Making the Band for MTV, The Cut for CBS. Doomsday Preppers, Dream Machines for Sci-Fi channel, TLC – Say Yes to the Dress: The Big Day and Extreme RV’s for Travel Channel. In June 2005, Ginzo accepted a position with Full Sail University in Orlando, in their film department, teaching film production. In 2011, Ginzo earned a bachelor’s degree in Full Sail University’s Entertainment Business program. He is currently a course director in the Digital Cinematography Bachelors Degree program.

 

 

 

 

ART OF FILM ANALYSIS PANEL - October 24 | 1:45 - 3 pm | Theater 7

 

 

 

Film analysis has many uses & functions; from professional critics, to academic work or simply identifying why you like something, here we’ll explore how it affects us, where it’s utilized, and different styles & methods of analysis.
-Tom van der Linden is the creator of Like Stories of Old. In his work, he explores how films offer valuable ideas and insights from a variety of theoretical frameworks, and uses the cinematic qualities of film to deliver emotionally impactful video essays.
-Karsten Runquist is a video essayist, film critic, and filmmaker who runs a self-titled YouTube channel that currently has over 100,000 subscribers. He currently lives in Chicago where he is studying video editing at DePaul University.

 

FILM AND TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION BASICS PANEL - October 25 | 10:30 - 12 pm | Theater 7

 

 

Join in the discussion and learn the various avenues available to distribute independent films and television programs. This presentation will define the differences between Distributors, Sales Agents, Producer Representatives, Aggregators, and Self-Distribution while also discussing the challenges of each. Presented by Emmy winning writer/filmmaker Bill Suchy.

Bill Suchy has written/produced/directed over a dozen documentaries including: Silver Wings, Flying Dream: The Complete Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, Earl Cunningham: The Dragon of St. George Street, the WNET-NATURE Special Cats, the Academy Award nominated feature documentary, Building Bombs, and the acclaimed PBS programs, In Praise of Wild Florida, For the Love of Manatees, A Citrus Legacy, Future Vision and Nature’s Landlords.

Suchy created/produced/wrote and/or directed Disney’s Emmy nominated, syndicated children’s series, Secrets of the Animal Kingdom, the Emmy winning youth sports series Sports Zone, the featured segments for the hit series Rollerjam, Ed McMahon’s Next Big Star series pilot, Old Dogs Music, Behind the Indie Camera, Backstage Pass, and Winter with the Writers, as well as written or co-written six feature scripts including; A Fish Story, Deadly Species, Horrors Eve, Freedom, Making Moves and Cry for Shelter.

 

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