2017 BFF EXCHANGE
Join us for the afternoon of June 10 at Kickstarter's beautiful theater at 58 Kent Street (that’s Kent STREET, not Kent AVENUE!), Brooklyn, for an afternoon of informative and interesting panels for of, by, and for filmmakers. We’ll close out the afternoon with a happy hour sponsored by Stella Artois! All free of charge.
WHEN Saturday June 10, 2017
This event is presented in collaboration with
WHERE Kickstarter Headquarters
58 Kent St, Brooklyn, NY 11222 directions
11:00 am # 10 Reasons Why You Want To Work with Kickstarter (apart from the $$$)
We all know Kickstarter's GREAT for funding. But Elise McCave, Director of Narrative Film at Kickstarter, will run you through all the other reasons why you should be working with Kickstarter on your next project.
12:00 pm # Working in Nonfiction Television
It’s well known that NYC is a major center of TV production, especially in the nonfiction realm. Many documentary filmmakers are also working in television to support themselves in addition to their doc projects. Unscripted television jobs in NYC are out there, and the skills required obviously overlap with those used in documentary storytelling in general. Hear our panel discuss their experiences working in television while balancing their work on their passion projects.
Panelists: Steve Rivo (CNN, Nat Geo, PBS), David Van Taylor (CNN, ITVS), Jess Beck (TruTV, CNN), and Jonah Kaplan (Vice)..
1:00 pm # Documentary Production: Creative Partnerships and Artistic Vision
A good working relationship between directors and producers is crucial to getting a great project completed. Our panel of filmmakers talk about what it takes to make this relationship thrive, and the importance of a great producer to your director-driven project.
Panelists: Julie Bridgham, Moderator (BFF Documentary Programmer, “Sari Soldiers”), Rebecca Dreyfus (“On Meditation,” “Stolen”), Susannah Ludwig (“On Meditation,” “Boomtown”), Lisa Ferri (ABC News), Kweighbaye Kotee (“Bushwick Diaries”).
1:00 pm # Lunching with Lawyers
Join our experienced entertainment attorneys for a 15-minute individual consultation about a legal topic of your choice. It can be an issue you’re having with a production, intellectual property concerns, or employment challenges. Let us try to help you out! Email email@example.com to sign up for a time slot, or even better, show up in person to guarantee a spot!
Entertainment attorneys: Innes Smolansky - David Morrison - Laverne Berry - Matt Rogers
2:00 pm # The Future of Independent Film in the Americas
Join the Young Professionals of the Americas Society for an afternoon with BFF narrative feature programmer Emilia Ferreira and Cinema Tropical’s Carlos A. Gutiérrez as they discuss independent film in Latin America and the US. In an increasingly connected and multi-lingual world, what does it mean for a film to be from “the Americas” and how important is this for festival programmers? We’ll also hear from BFF 2017 directors Catherine Eaton (The Sounding), David Bly (Sweet Parents), Rodrigo Reyes (Lupe Under the Sun), and Fernando Frahia (El Revenge) for their perspectives on this cultural intersection, as well as their plans for their films next steps.
3:00 pm # Documentary Film Pitch Session
Submissions being accepted now! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief synopsis of your project and production status, along with a scene selection or trailer to be considered.
Back by popular demand, our exciting pitch session offers filmmakers a showcase and valuable feedback for their works in progress. Past pitch session films have gone on to screen at Brooklyn Film Festival, Full Frame, DOC NYC, BAM CinemaFest, Tribeca Film Festival, HotDocs and more. Each filmmaker pitches their film to a panel of experts, showing a brief excerpt and presenting a verbal pitch. Then each receives valuable feedback from our panel about the pitch and next steps for the project.
Panelists: Tony Gerber (“Notorious Mr Bout”), Erika Howard Director of Audience Engagement and Special Projects @ POV (TBD), Deb McClutchy (Oscilloscope), Elise McCave (Kickstarter), Heidi Reinberg (Documentary Producer “93Queen” and winner of HotDocs Forum Pitch Session 2017).
5:00 pm # Happy Hour! Sponsored by Stella Artois
Join us in Kickstarter’s lovely space for networking, conversation, and Stella. Snacks offered by the Young Professionals of the Americas Society.
ABOUT BFF EXCHANGE|
Born in 2012, the BFF EXCHANGE was created to connect Brooklyn filmmakers with each other and the larger New York film community. In our relatively short history, Exchange projects have already gone on to premiere here at the Brooklyn Film Festival as well as HotDocs, SXSW and Tribeca. We're always looking for more projects - drop us a line at the address below and let us know what you're working on!
For questions about the BFF Exchange please contact Johanna Schiller at email@example.com
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