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October 15, 2010

The 2010 BAFF is proud to present an in depth panel discussion and Q and A on the current trends and future of DIY independent film distribution. Leading industry professionals will discuss marketing strategies, utilizing social networks and the most effective strategies for independent film distribution.

The panel will be presented by Isil Bagdadi, Co Founder/President of Distribution, CAVU Pictures and Elliot Kanbar, President, QUAD CINEMAS.

The event will take place Saturday, November 6, 11 a.m. at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street, NYC.

This is a FREE event open to the public.

ISIL BAGDADI, Co-founder/President of Distribution, CAVU Pictures is a film producer, publicist, marketing & distribution executive. In 2001, Isil and business partner Michael Sergio started CAVU Pictures to produce and distribute cutting-edge, critically acclaimed and award-winning independent films. Isil oversees all of CAVU’s marketing and distribution campaigns. Isil also consults and does PR for the QUAD Cinema, where she helped launch the Four-Wall Select program. Some of the films Isil has produced and/or released over the years include TAKE OUT (Independent Spirit Award nominee), THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN (winner of over 40 festivals), the controversial Israeli love story THE HOLY LAND (Slamdance film festival winner), THE DUKES (starring Chazz Palminteri, Peter Bogdanovich), the Canadian cult comedy TRAILER PARK BOYS: THE MOVIE (produced by Ivan Reitman), and UNDER HELLGATE BRIDGE (Winner of the first Regal Cinemas Dreammaker Award). Most recently, Isil has been handling publicity for the theatrical release campaigns of the indie rock musical film CLEAR BLUE TUESDAY, and Simone Bitton's controversial Israeli documentary film RACHEL. For more info visit:

ELLIOTT KANBAR, President, QUAD Cinemas has been involved in film distribution and exhibition since 1972. New York Resident, Manhattan's largest local news magazine, listed Kanbar as one of the TOP 100 NEW YORKERS OF THE YEAR, primarily for his involvement in running the QUAD CINEMA, which is one of the most prestigious and successful art houses in the city. As the President of the QUAD, Kanbar has specialized throughout the years in showing the best independent, foreign and documentary films. He has also gained a well-deserved reputation in the industry for helping young filmmakers without a distributor get started in New York. In March 2010, Kanbar launched a new division called the QUAD CINEMA 4-WALL SELECT program, which is designed to offer the fast growing number of filmmakers without a distributor, or who have chosen to self-release, the exciting opportunity to theatrically launch their films in the vital New York market. Filmmakers have access to a full package, which includes all aspects of the marketing & PR needed to make their films successful.  For more info visit:

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