The Panels – The Details

Annapolis Film Festival Blog

Mark Your Calendars for Our Panels and Workshops
These are all at The O’Callaghan Hotel on West Street on Friday, March 31
between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Click here to buy tickets.

HOW TO MAKE A GREAT SHORT FILM

There are more reasons than ever to make a short film — a calling card for an aspiring director, a proof-of-concept exercise for a creative team, an opportunity to build a team of like-minded creatives — but how can you build a foolproof story structure and immersive production values? Upon what merits will festivals, distributors, and investors appraise your film? What’s that critical step that takes a good short film to a great one? Find out more here.

MODERATOR: Mimi Edmunds | Producer, Former CBS Producer, Former Director of the Maine Workshops and Professor Emeritus at Emerson College

PANELISTS:
John Fortson | Director, RATED
Laura Seay | Director, SPEAK
Reed Van Dyk | Director, DEKALB ELEMENTARY

RELEASING YOUR FILM: DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION

There’s no one model for the trajectory of a feature film’s release. In this age of Netflix, YouTube, and Vimeo, what’s the best marketing strategy to ensure a successful release? How can enterprising filmmakers get the edge on digital distribution by capitalizing on social media and search engine optimization? Find the best release strategy and marketing plans and why audience awards matter to distributors.

MODERATOR: EMIL GALLINA, Producer, Former Executive Producer at Discovery, WNAV Radio Host

PANELISTS:
Phil Hudson | Rook SEO
Missy Laney | Film Releasing Strategist
Zach Reeder |
Electric Distribution, Domestic Distribution

THE NEW DOCUMENTARIANS

Since the turn of the new millennium, the documentary has made a spectacular rise as an entertainment medium. As such, the very concept of what a documentary is, what it means, and what it promises to a viewing audience remains in constant flux. Cinematic storytelling techniques are being seen more and more in journalism, short films, and other media. How does this impact how the story is received? What gear and techniques are used to make the story vibrant, visual and compelling?

MODERATOR: MIMI EDMUNDS, Producer, Former CBS Producer, Former Director of the Maine Workshops and Professor Emeritus at Emerson College

MODERATOR:
Ashley Bloom Kenny | Senior Producer, The Atlantic

PANELISTS:
James Burns | Filmmaker, VICE Media
Dana Flor | Co-Director, CHECK IT
Hermann Vaske | Director, DENNIS HOPPER: UNEASY RIDER
Paul Wolansky | Producer, BREAKING POINT: THE BATTLE FOR DEMOCRACY IN UKRAINE