Panels & Workshops

NEW FORMS – NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Moderator: David Tamés, Filmmaker, blogger and educator
A conversation about how two key trends, short and interactive documentaries, are transforming the industry and connecting subjects, filmmakers and audiences in new ways. With Natasha Deganello Giraudie (Micro-Documentaries, San Francisco) and Sarah Wolozin (MIT Open Documentary Lab).

THE DOUBLE BOTTOM LINE
Moderator: Anne Zeiser, Founder and CEO, Azure Media
Successful enterprises today must pursue the twin objectives of making money and promoting social good – and film is no exception. Learn from foundation and corporate funders and broadcasters how designing a measurable social impact campaign can help you engage audiences and secure project funding. With Sheila Leddy (The Fledgling Fund), Alice Markowitz (Stonyfield Farm) and Evie Kintzer (WGBH).

WORKING WITH SCHOLARS
Moderator: Kathryn Dietz, Filmmaker and FC Executive Director
Knowing how to work effectively with scholars is key to securing funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other federal granting programs. This panel explores best practices in integrating solid scholarship with riveting storytelling, from the earliest planning stages through production. With Pleun Bouricius (Mass Humanities Foundation), Nancy Porter (Nancy Porter Productions) and John Staudenmaier, S.J. (University of Detroit Mercy).

ART OF THE PITCH
Moderator: Judith Vecchione, Executive Producer, WGBH Boston
Pitching your media project effectively is one of the most important skills you can develop if you want to be successful at fundraising and audience building. Watch five filmmakers do live pitches in front of industry experts, who critique them and then vote on the winning pitch! With Ty Burr  (The Boston Globe), Nicole Gregg (New Hampshire Film Festival) and Sheila Leddy (The Fledgling Fund).

MEDIA COMMUNITIES
Moderator: Bestor Cram, Founder and director, Northern Light Productions
Find out how filmmakers connect and collaborate with each other in virtual and physical environments, in distribution and online game communities, and when telling interactive stories. With Nicholas Fortugno (Playmatics, NY), Elaine McMillion (Hollow film project) and Liane Brandon (New Day Films, MA).

 
The day will also include two interactive workshops, one a KICKSTARTER CASE STUDY and the other an ELEVATOR PITCHING tutorial.