Learn How to Succeed in the Film Industry

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Go into your next movie project with the confidence that you will churn out a quality product and get noticed by film industry insiders. Learn industry insights into creating great projects from the ground up. Gain valuable insights into how to shape your career and create your own opportunities and much, much more! This is what the Forest City Film Festival’s Industry Sessions are all about and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you this year’s lineup!

The 2018 FCFF Industry Sessions are taking place OCTOBER 26-28 @ THE STEVENSON AND HUNT ROOM next to the Wolf Performance Hall across the corridor from the Main Branch Library downtown. There are 3 days of programming, 12 events overall and 26 experts participating! Which ones are YOU going to attend?  



10:00 - 11:30 POSTPRODUCTION ON A BUDGET (Panel) Listen and learn from our industry pros as they share microbudget postproduction secrets and cautionary tales that will help you get the most out of your post-production.

12:00 - 1:30  SCORING YOUR FILM (Panel)  Learn from music publishing professionals: how to properly incorporate music into your film: creating, locating, licensing, compensation, and working directly with musical artists.

2:00 - 3:00 THE SOUND OF SUCCESS  BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The 23-year veteran and award-winning sound designer Mark Vogelsang teaches you how many overlooked elements of sound production can render a film’s story arc successful or unsuccessful.

3:00 – 6:00 LEDC NETWORKING PARTY  Come and introduce yourself to the local film industry! Registered “pitchers” will speak one at a time in blocks of 5.  Each speaker is given 1 minute to introduce themselves and detail their link to the local filmmaking industry. 5 people will speak, then there will be a 25-minute break to mingle/exchange information, then the next 5 people and so on for a total of 20 people. Let’s network and make things happen! REGISTRATION REQUIRED TO THIS FREE EVENT.



8:30 – 10:00  BREAKFAST WITH EXPERTS (Mentoring Sessions)  Enjoy a meal and conversation with the professional of your choice, each from a different corner of the filmmaking industry. These casual mentoring sessions are always incredibly valuable to both emerging filmmakers and film fans alike, so don’t miss your chance to listen and learn!  NOTE: This is not included in the weekend pass and must be booked separately.  LIMITED SEATING: Maximum 5 people per expert, so book early!  $35 including breakfast.

10:00 - 11:30  DISTRIBUTION FOR INDY FILMMAKERS   If your film project has any hope of succeeding and finding a wider audience, you need to understand the emerging opportunities and fast-moving trends that are currently reshaping how films reach the public.

12:30 - 2:00  JUMPSTART YOUR FILM PROJECT  Join our expert panelists as they discuss strategies for giving your project the “leg up” it needs.  Subjects covered will include: finding the money, finding the right creative partners and... finding your audience.

3:00 – 4:00  CURRENT TRENDS IN FUNDING   Finding the necessary funding has never been as challenging as it is today. Fortunately, innovative new opportunities such as “branded content” have emerged and are providing fantastic solutions for emerging filmmakers. Learn what Branded Content is all about, and how it may be the key to funding your next project.

5:00 – 7:00 - THE FCFF PITCHFEST (Film Pitch Competition)  Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to test the artistic and marketing value of your film concept before a panel of industry professionals. Pitching provides excellent feedback on where your idea works, where it doesn’t and how to make it good enough to sell! CASH PRIZE OF $500!



10:00-11:30 - CINEMATOGRAPHY “MAGIC” ON A BUDGET  Learn how to avoid the most common rookie mistakes, how to plan your shoot specifically with limited resources in mind and how to elevate the production values of your micro-budget project with genius DIY “in-camera” tips and tricks.

12:30 – 2:00 - WRITING FOR REPRESENTATION  Listen to our industry insiders describe how to write in a manner that is attractive to professional representation and how your attitude and conduct can make all the difference between success and failure. 

2:30 – 4:00 - WORKING WITH TALENT (Live Demonstration) *SPECIAL EVENT* Join us for this fascinating look into how an award-winning director can both elevate the performance of his talent and change the dynamics of a scene with superior blocking and camera composition. See how movies get made and careers get forged with effective and insightful direction right before your eyes!

Learn about all the experts and make your reservations today.

Seating is limited and you do not want to miss this incredibly rare and valuable opportunity!


Industry Sessions Full Weekend Pass: $110 (Student/senior: $90)

Industry Sessions Day Pass: $45







(Student/senior: $35)

Industry Sessions Single Event Pass: $20 (Student/senior: $15)

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