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NYWIFT welcomes BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL to one day of 4 intensive panel discussions on independent film financing led by industry leaders and professionals. Panelists include representatives from the Independent Film Channel, Sony Picture Classics, Overture Films, Cinetic Media and many more...

June 3, 2010

BAFF members. filmmakers, alumni and audience members will receive a $25 discount on this one time only event.

The independent feature film world has undergone dramatic changes during recent years. One of the most crucial aspects and concerns are how filmmakers are successfully financing their pictures. NYWIFT is pulling out the stops with this landmark event by gathering together some of the best known heavy hitters in the business. During four intensive panel sessions, they'll provide insider perspectives and frank advice on what it takes to get indie pictures made in this challenging environment. Gain fresh insights from the finest minds in entertainment and position your projects for optimum success.

Film Financing Day: Focus On Dramatic Features
Date/Time:  Saturday Jun 12, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Pricing: $125 for nonmembers ($25 DISCOUNT FOR BAFF MEMBERS)
         $75 for NYWIFT members
         RSVP by prepayment online
         (includes post event reception)
Location: School of Visual Arts 209 East 23rd Street


Registration for: Film Financing Day: Focus On Dramatic Features

Once you click on the registration link, simply follow the prompts until you are asked if you have a Promotional Code. At that point simply enter BIGAPPLE. That will give you the discount of $25, making the fee $100.


Registration begins at 9:30 am

Investor Insights on the Art of the Deal
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Learn what it takes to grab the attention - and open the coffers - of companies investing in feature films. Esteemed industry experts divulge how they structure projects to meet the needs of financiers, and reveal how the interests of those financiers are changing in today's market.

  • Richard Guay, Vice President of East Coast Marketing & Sales for Entertainment Partners
  • Andrew Hurwitz, Partner, Schreck Rose Dapello Adams & Hurwitz, LLP
  • Christine H. Kim, Cinetic Media
  • Thomas D. Selz, Founding Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
  • Joana Vicente, Producer

Hard Facts About Soft Money
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Financing a movie is never easy, but "soft money" - everything from tax credits to gap loans and borrowing against your credit - provides producers a few more options. Find out what it takes to apply and qualify for loans, what the current tax incentives are for filming in NY and other states, and more in this essential program.

Panelists include:

  • Stephen Hays, Executive Producer and Managing Member of 120dB Films
  • Gretchen McGowan, Head of Production for Goldcrest Features
  • Michael Hansen, formerly of the Bayberry Capital Group
  • Dana Offenbach, Partner, CinemaStreet, LLC

True Tales From the Creative Financing Front
2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Financing an independent movie or television project can sometimes seem like an insurmountable task. Never fear! NYWIFT has assembled a panel of experienced producers who prove it can be done. In this inspiring evening of case studies, they'll reveal the financial strategies that worked for them and share stories about the personal challenges they overcame to get their projects made.

Panelists include:

  • Alexis Alexanian, Producer
  • Jake Abraham, Executive Producer of JFK50
  • Caroline Baron, Producer, Capote and Monsoon Wedding
  • Caroline Kaplan, Co-Founder of the Independent Film Channel
  • Celine Rattray, President of Mandalay Vision

Building Relationships With Specialty Distributors
3:45 - 5:30pm

Got a great idea for a big budget studio blockbuster? This group of highly experienced development executives will reveal what it takes to have studio development execs clamoring for a meeting with you. Learn to perfect your pitch, fine tune your proposal and get inside advice on developing and grabbing attention for your project. This is a must-attend event for anyone interested in having their film developed and distributed through a studio or production company.

Panelists include:

  • Arianna Bocco, Vice President of Acquisitions and Production for IFC Entertainment
  • Dylan Leiner, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions & Production, Sony Pictures Classics
  • Annie Marter, Director of Production and Acquisitions, Overture Films
  • Andrew Mer, VP of Content Parterships for SnagFilms

Attendees will receive a resource packet with information on funding sources, proposal writing, fundraising trailers and upcoming deadlines. A networking reception will follow the seminar.

Special thanks to Reeves Lehman at the School of Visual Arts, as well as Alexis Alexanian, Anne Chaisson and Dana Offenbach

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