BIG APPLE FILM AND SCREENWRITING CONFERENCE (Fall Edition)

November 18-21

TICKET INFORMATION:

Individual Conference: $25

Full Festival Pass: $70

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.

CONFERENCES TAKE PLACE EACH EVENING AT 6:30 P.M. AT THE CINEPOLIS THEATER, 260 WEST 23RD STREET.

SCHEDULE AND SPEAKERS

​MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH at 6:30 p.m.

THE FUTURE OF INDIE FILM DISTRIBUTION

  • Graham Fine (The Film Sales Company, sold over 200 films for domestic and international distribution and has raised financing for numerous fiction and documentary projects. Credits include "My Architect", Academy Award nominee for Best Feature Documentary, "E-Team", Sundance Film Festival Cinematography Award, "Waitress", written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, starring Kerri Russell, Sundance Film Festival premiere, Independent Spirit Award nominee)

  • Nick Savva (Giant Pictures Distribution, credits include "Love, Antosha" Sundance Film Festival premiere, featuring Chris Pine, Kristen Stewart, and Jennifer Lawrence, "Mr. Roosevelt", SXSW Audience Award, "King of Peking", Tribeca Film Festival, "Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk" featuring Iggy Pop, Billie Joe Armstrong, Miranda July, produced by Green Day)

  • Christina Raia (Writer/Director and the Founder of CongestedCat Productions, her work has received coverage in press outlets such as Indiewire and BuzzFeed. She works for Seed&Spark as the head of education, teaching and empowering creators to build their audience and crowdfund their work. She also runs IndieWorks, a monthly screening and community-building series. Christina has been a guest speaker at IFP, Tribeca Market, DOC NYC, ITVFest, Writers Guild of America, NYU and more...)

  • Art Skopinsky (Monarch Films, domestic and international entertainment content sales agency that distributes Feature Films, single documentaries, TV Series and Webisodes on to TV, DVD, and Digital Platforms worldwide. Distribution partners include Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, ITunes, Google Play and more...)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH at 6:30 p.m.

UNDERSTANDING RIGHTS, CLEARANCES AND LEGAL AGREEMENTS

  • Gabriella Ludlow (CinePointe Advisors, has over 25 years of business affairs and project management experience in the entertainment industry. She has provided consulting services, as well as business affairs and production legal services on more than 150 feature and documentary film projects, including Motherless Brooklyn, Lady Bird, The Disaster Artist, The Meyerowitz Stories, The Grudge, etc.)

  • Marc Jacobson (Entertainment Attorney, handles production related agreements, advise regarding financing arrangements, analyze and negotiate distribution agreements, advise regarding domestic and international tax credits. Mr. Jacobson also represents talent in these negotiations. He has provided counsel on such projects as Find Me Guilty starring Vin Diesel, The Virtuoso starring Anthony Hopkins and American Trial: The Eric Garner Story.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH at 6:30 p.m.

THE FILMMAKING PROCESS: SCREENWRITING, CASTING, AND PRE-PRODUCTION

  • Sal Scamardo (FilmRise, VP of Distribution and Marketing. FilmRise is an industry-leading film and television distribution company and streaming network.  Its diverse collection of movies includes Oscar® nominee MEMENTO, directed by Christopher Nolan; MONSTER, which won a Best Actress Academy Award® for Charlize Theron; the Oscar®-nominated THE ILLUSIONIST, starring Edward Norton; Best Picture Academy Award® winner SPOTLIGHT; and HBO’s Emmy Award®-winning GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF, as well as television titles including 3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN and ROSEANNE; chef Gordon Ramsay’s immensely popular cooking shows, including HELL’S KITCHEN and KITCHEN NIGHTMARES.

  • Jeffrey Roda (screenwriter/director, Jeff Roda has written screenplays for DreamWorks, Universal, Paramount Pictures, New Regency, TriStar, and television pilots for HBO, CBS, and Warner Bros. Additionally, he was a producer on the Sony Pictures Classics feature, Love Liza, starring Academy Award winning actors Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathy Bates.

  • Lillian LaSalle (President of Sweet 180 ManagementPeabody Award Winning Talent Mgmt and Production company, representing actors, writers and directors. Lillian's producing credits include Southern Belles starring Anna Faris, Just Like the Son starring Mark Webber, American Cannibal - Tribeca Film Festival Jury Award nominee. Lillian's directorial debut, My Name is Pedro, had its NYC premiere at the Big Apple Film Festival)

  • Sara Alexander (Alexander Creatives, represents artists for film, television, commercials, branded entertainment and new media. Sara represents directors, producers, writers, DPs, production designers, costume designers, editors. She also represents literary content including screenplays, books to film, and television series).

  • Donal Lardner Ward (actor, writer, director, producer whose credits include Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums and Julie Delpy's Looking For Jimmy.  He was a staff writer for the HBO series How to Make it in America, produced by Mark Wahlberg and recently directed We Only Know So Much, co-written with Elizabeth Crane. The film, starring Jeanne Tripplehorn, Damian Young, and Loudon Wainwright III, had its NYC premiere at the Big Apple Film Festival.)

(speakers are subject to change)

Past speakers include representatives from HBO, Academy Award winning Killer Films, Emmy Award winning Gigantic Productions, 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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