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Year-Round Mentorship and Networking Opportunities

(all sessions take place virtually)

BAFF provides filmmakers, producers, showrunners and screenwriters with year-round mentorship and direct access to agents, managers, producers, directors, professional screenwriters, distributors, streaming networks, casting directors, sales agents, and more! 


Registration is now open for the 2023 BAFF Industry Networking and Mentorship Winter  Sessions 


  • Writing and Developing a Series - Mentors, Devan Renea (Script Coordinator, Hulu's "Mike") and Dylan Tanous (Script Writer, Fox's "Last Man Standing")

  • Producing Your First Feature Film - Mentor, Lucio Castro (writer/director Apple TV's "End of the Century")

  • Strategies to Getting Hired as a Staff Writer - Mentor, Scott Shapiro(Script Writer, USA's "Necessary Roughness", Story Editor "NCIS New Orleans")

  • Producing a Film or Series -Mentor, Austin Francalancia (Producer and Executive, oversaw the acquisition and production of films such as "Chef", “Nightcrawler", and Academy Award-winner, "Spotlight.")

  • Pitching Your Project to Studios - Mentor, Steven Douglas Craig (former Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Senior Story Editor and Creative Executive at Screen Gems, currently co-founding partner at Lit Vision Media)

  • Moving Your Film Into Development - Mentor, Elissa Friedman (Head of Film and TV at Neer Films, and was formerly a senior production executive at Big Indie Pictures, the production company behind such numerous critically acclaimed film including "Encounters" starring Academy Award winners Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer, "The Tender Bar" starring Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, "Being the Ricardos" written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, starring Academy Award winners Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem and the Academy Award winning film "Manchester by the Sea" starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams.)

  • Pitching to Development Executives - Mentor, Natalie Goldberg (Has served as VP or Production and Development at Delirio Films and Creative Executive at Gloria Sanchez Productions, the production company of Jessica Elbaum, sister company of Gary Sanchez Productions, founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.)

  • How to Find the Right Agent or Manager - Mentor, Spencer Robinson (Talent Manager, Art/Work Entertainment, Verve Entertainment)

  • Attaching "Name" Talent to Your Film or Series - Mentor, Alex Creswick (Associate Producer, "Finding Steve McQueen" starring Academy Award winner Forrest Whitaker, SAG Award winner William Fichtner, Development & Production Executive, "Black Butterfly"starring Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Abel Ferrara and Netflix's "Trading Paint" starring John Travolta and Shania Twain, development executive, "Shelter", starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie, and associate producer, Don Cheadle’s "Miles Ahead".)

  • Writing Across Multiple Platforms - Mentor, Emil Stern (Screenwriter, Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and Emmy winner Anthony LaPaglia, "Tenderness" starring Academy Award winner Russell Crowe, "The Life Before Her Eyes" starring Academy Award nominee Uma Thurman and Emmy nominee Evan Rachel Wood.)


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