(Winter Edition)

February 10-13

The purpose of the Big Apple Film and Screenwriting Conference is to provide insight, strategies, networking opportunities and mentorship to emerging filmmakers, content creators and screenwriters. Conferences take place in conjunction with the Big Apple Film Festival.


AMIR ARISON - Amir Arison is an American film, television, and theatre actor, best known for his role as FBI Special Agent Aram Mojtabai in NBC's The Blacklist. He had a recurring role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Dr. Manning and made special guest appearances in series like Fringe, NCIS, Medium, and State of Georgia. He has made special guest appearances on Homeland and America Horror Story. After several more guest appearances on Gossip Girl, True Justice, and The Mentalist, he was cast in Bryan Singer's digital series H+ as Dr. Gurveer. In late 2012, he signed on for a recurring role on ABC's Zero Hour. Arison made his big-screen debut in Day Zero(Elijah Wood, Chris Klein, Elisabeth Moss) and he was cast in the American comedy horror film Vamps(Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Sigourney Weaver)

RENNIK SOHOLT - Emmy nominated producer and director, produced and directed multiple episodes of the Emmy Award winning travel series, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, as well as the award-winning PBS documentary series, Weekends with Yankee Magazine. He also has directed and produced successful reality television shows, including House Hunters International and Pawn Stars. He executive produced and directed the feature documentary, Forced Change

(Big Apple Film Festival Best Feature Documentary) , which was showcased on WNET/PBS as well as the CNN documentary, Wine to Water. He is the recipient of the James Beard award for the PBS series, Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie, for which he also received an Emmy nomination.

MICHELLE DANNER Michelle Danner is an international film director & acting coach. Her student list include James Franco, Seth MacFarlane, Salma Hayek, Henry Cavill, Zooey Deschanel, Gerard Butler, Chris Rock, Chris Martin, Penelope Cruz, Michael Pena, Michelle Rodriguez,  Kate Del Castillo and many others. Danner's film directing debut, How to Go Out on a Date in Queens starring Jason Alexander and Alison Eastwood, won the LA Film Awards' Best Acting and Best Movie awards. She was the acting coach expert on comedy on the WB show "The Starlet", and has been featured on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

JILL GOLDSTEIN - Jill is the founder of JGoldsteinPR, a boutique public relations and social media firm that handles a diverse range of clients. Currently, the firm handles consumer and trade publicity, social media campaigns as well as special events for their clients. Clients that Jill has served over the last 20 years include DreamWorks Home Entertainment, Warner Strategic Marketing, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Palm Pictures, PBS Distribution, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Air Bud Entertainment, FilmRise, Clear Channel Entertainment Television and many more. Jill recently represented "Inside the Rain", written and directed by Aaron Fisher(Best Feature Film Big Apple Film Festival), starring Aaron Fisher, Ellen Toland, Rosie Perez and Eric Roberts.

BARRY HEYMAN - Barry J. Heyman, Esq. is the founding and principal attorney of Heyman Law,  a boutique law firm established in 2004 with practice areas focusing on business, entertainment, fashion, intellectual property and new media. Heyman Law clients include creative talent, businesses, and entrepreneurs. The firm provides legal counsel to creators ensuring they understand the legal and business matters in order to protect their creative endeavors.



Past speakers include: representatives from HBO, Academy Award winning Killer Films, Film Rise(distributor of numerous Oscar Award winning and Emmy Award winning films), Emmy Award winning Gigantic Productions, Cinepointe Advisors(legal counsel on numerous Oscar nominated films), StoneStreet Studios, Endeavor Content, Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Emmy Award winning screenwriter, Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW alumni and more…

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