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IIFF Bay Area Film Financing Townhall in Emeryville (August 2012): Networking & Education for Financiers & Filmmakers

IIFF San Francisco Bay Area

Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

Emeryville, CA

IIFF Bay Area Film Financing Townhall in Emeryville...

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SF Film Financing Townhall at Ex'pression College

Film Meets Finance:
Networking & Education for
Filmmakers & Financiers

Seven Insightful Talks by Leading Experts & More

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Abstract

"To-the-point presentations on the latest trends and targeted networking with like-minded pros set this event apart from the rest. IIFF delivers no-nonsense insight and real opportunity."Thomas Trenker, film financier

The San Francisco chapter of the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) continues its popular monthly gatherings at the junction of film & finance with a special Film Financing Townhall at the renowned Ex'pression College. Their facilities are conveniently located in Emeryville (near Berkeley), just across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco.

This grassroots community get-together is designed to foster & inform productive relationships between attendees. It provides unbiased insight & education about the business of film and film financing in particular. The event features a powerful roster of highly topical speakers from the filmmaking and financial industries. We are delighted to welcome real-world financiers among our guests!

The evening's five seven presentations plus panel discussion address key issues relevant to filmmakers, financiers and anyone interested in the economics, business mechanics, and financial dynamics of motion pictures. They are followed by Q&A time. Attendees also have ample opportunity to interact & network with our featured experts and amongst themselves.

An informal après-meeting celebration will take place at a nearby restaurant.

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Attendees

Who should attend?

Entrepreneurs, consultants, attorneys, bankers, investment managers, venture capitalists, angel investors and other professionals with an interest in the movie business will find this event worthwhile. Everyone who cares about independent film is cordially invited to join us.

Are you considering taking an active role in film, or would you like to expand your current involvement? Don't miss this high-value yet low-cost learning experience and the opportunity to connect with like-minded peers.

Established & aspiring filmmakers looking to raise capital for their projects, production companies, movie slates, film funds or other ventures are, naturally, more than welcome as well.

Why attend?

New to film finance? Need to brush up your topical knowledge? Want to deepen your understanding? Care to participate in an ongoing conversation & community dedicated to the subject? This uniquely valuable gathering is right for you!

Gain crucial insights from leading experts in their field. Network with fellow film & finance professionals. Meet potential collaborators and future business partners. All this at a price that is hard to beat.

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Program Details

  1. Anyone Can Be an Angel: How Crowdfund Investing Changes Film Finance

    Jason Best (bio), one of 3 men responsible for Crowdfund Investment Framework in JOBS Act of 2012; changed 78-year-old securities law in just 460 days, making crowdfund investing legal in US; Principal at Crowdfund Capital Advisors; Co-Founder & Board Member at Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CfIRA); Co-Founder & Co-Chair at Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA); Co-Founder & Exec. Producer at A Single Production Company, whose 1st film "Cheer Ambassadors" was selected for 2012 Bangkok World Film Fest, Salaya Documentary Film Fest, Norwegian Int'l Film Festival (won Best Documentary) & DMZ Korean Int'l Documentary Film Fest; Co-Founder at Startup Exemption, focused on creating exemption for startups & small businesses allowing them to use crowdfund investing to raise capital from micro-angel investors … (more) »

  2. The Profitability of Internet Distribution: Extra Revenue Streams Lower the Risk of Film Investment

    Monty Kosma (bio), COO at curated on-demand social movie service Fandor, providing new distribution channel optimized for movies that don't fit traditional Hollywood "hits" model; Roger Ebert called Fandor "invaluable in finding great films"; fmr. physicist, attorney, strategist & serial entrepreneur, who programmed supercomputers, designed invisible airplanes, managed mergers valued $100B, served as lead counsel before US Supreme Court, produced & edited 3 short films … (more) »

  3. Niche Market Money: Capitalize on Underserved Markets by Using Niche Distributors

    Gary Tomchuk (bio), pioneer & serial entrepreneur in Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability (LOHAS) market, who helped raise $5M+ in funding; President at incubator Evolutionary Ventures, specializing in LOHAS; Founder & CEO at marketing, sales & distribution company Transformational Media & at AwareGuide.com; Board Member at AquaMantra, which sells bottled water inspired by movie "What the Bleep Do We Know?!"; fmr. CEO at weekly financial lifestyle TV show Ethical Markets Media, available in 40M+ households through PBS; fmr. Director at corp. social responsibility newswire service CSRwire; fmr. Co-Founder & VP of Sales & Marketing at BroadcastHealth.com; fmr. COO at TV, radio, print & internet media company Passionate Living Media; also worked with Anu Water, Bamboo EcoResort, ConvergenceHealth, Deepak Chopra's MyPotential.com, Healthy.com, Inspired Media, Response Scientific & Whole Life Expos; won 2 PC Magazine Editors' Choice awards for earlier work in computer industry … (more) »

  4. 3D & the Box Office: Maximize Returns With Stereoscopic Movies

    Jim Cummings (bio), recently named among Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film; experienced 3D stereographer & HD cinematographer who worked on feature-length films, music videos (e.g., Grammy nominee Nadia Ali's "Rapture") & commercial shoots for clients like Scion, Autodesk, Sprint, Nintendo & Audyssey; Producer at Ornana Films, co-produced feature film "Euphonia" (2013); Producer at San Francisco 3D Films (SF3D), produced 3D feature "The Flamingo" (2013), commercials & music videos; Professor at Academy of Art University, teaches video production & post-production; fmr. Director of Photography at Smera Productions, shot feature "What If" (2013); fmr. Creative at No More Heroes Productions, produced & directed feature "No Floodwall Here" (2010); fmr. Photo & Video Editor at Sacred Agent; fmr. Director of Photography at Jomar Motion Pictures, shot feature "Ironsides" (2009) … (more) »

  5. Profitable Original Concepts: How to Ensure Your IP Is 100% Yours

    Philip Albert, Esq. (bio), Partner at San Francisco office of int'l law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, well known for expertise in intellectual property (IP) & related areas; licensed patent attorney who focuses on patent counseling & prosecution (i.e., obtaining patents), patent portfolio advice, legal issues related to open-source software & advising clients in technology & software on matters involving digital signal/image processing, e-commerce technology & cryptology; fmr. Founder & President at Galt Engineering, produced semi-custom software & turnkey computer systems for accounting tasks & large bank operations; fmr. Member of Technical Staff at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, designed space-probe ground communications hardware (for Voyager) & satellite communications systems; earned JD from USC Law School & BS in Electrical Engineering from Caltech … (more) »

  6. Cybernetics & the Future of Filmmaking: Crowdfunding a Bionic Eye-Camera

    Tanya Vlach (bio), trans-disciplinary artist with extensive background in dance, theater, media & literary arts; developing sci-fi style bionic prosthesis to turn lost left eye into wireless robotic camera; raised nearly $20K on Kickstarter to finance eye camera; Subject & Producer of 2011 documentary "Grow a New Eye"; Founder at EyeTanya.com, researching abilities of technology to enhance artistic & human experience; Founder & Artistic Director at event management company Colibrita, produced & curated arts events throughout Bay Area; fmr. VIP Guest Coordinator Assistant at SF Int'l Film Fest; fmr. Production Manager in Theater Dept. at SF State University; fmr. Booking Theater Manager at Project Artaud Theater; fmr. Consultant & Event Producer at poetry nonprofit Red Poppy, worked on Pablo Neruda documentary & weeklong festival; fmr. Writing Assistant to David Duncan; fmr. Literacy Director at Brava! for Women in the Arts … (more) »

  7. Funding Through Distribution: How to Get Distributors & Investors to Back Your Movie

    Bryan Robinson, Esq. (bio), seasoned attorney specializing in entertainment (incl. indie film), sports, tech & IP law; expertise includes digital distribution & marketing, content creation & licensing, strategic partnerships & film finance; Managing Director at Law Offices of Bryan Robinson with extensive experience representing independent entertainment companies, major-label music clients & independent artists as well as internet & tech companies (esp. digital media delivery); Certified Contract Advisor with NFL Players Association (NFLPA), signed clients to NFL teams; fmr. Director of Business Affairs & Content Acquisition at RNLG Entertainment & Distribution, distributed by leading independent music & video distributor Koch Entertainment (now Entertainment One); handled development, acquisition, exploitation & distribution of film, music, literary & multimedia content for RNLG; created program to make projects financed by FilmAngels eligible for substantial marketing, promotion & distribution grants; started entertainment career (of ~25 years so far) in movie industry, working at production company represented by 20th Century Fox; holds JD from UC Hastings & BA in Communications from UCLA … (more) »

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Featured Moderator

Moderator headshotThe event will be moderated by Ben Yennie (bio), the CEO and Co-Founder of Films by Neptune, a hip young production company based in San Francisco. He has produced more than 30 short films, some winning top awards at festivals. Ben is well connected in both the Colorado and Bay Area film scenes, having worked and studied in both places. His company's debut feature "Red" stars Jodelle Ferland ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," "Silent Hill," "Case 39," "Tideland") and Claudia Christian ("Babylon 5," "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"). R Squared Films has agreed to distribute the movie worldwide. Films by Neptune is very active on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. You can find and support their campaigns here. (more) »

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Schedule

From To What
  7:00 PM Kick-Off & Welcome
  7:00 PM   8:00 PM Four Featured Presentations with Q&A (4 × 15 mins)
  8:00 PM   8:15 PM Networking Break (15 mins)
  8:15 PM   9:00 PM Three Featured Presentations with Q&A (3 × 15 mins)
  9:00 PM   9:15 PM Networking Break (15 mins)
  9:15 PM 10:00 PM Moderated Panel Discussion with Q&A (45 mins)
10:00 PM+ Community Time at Area Restaurant

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Townhall Venue

Ex'pression College for Digital Arts: Emeryville Campus

6601 Shellmound St
(approx. 150 ft from Ashby Ave/Shellmound St exit off I-80/I-580)
South Wing, Ground Floor, Theater / Room 563
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 654-2934

Map: Get a map of 6601 Shellmound St at Ask, Bing, Google, MapQuest or Yahoo.

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Our Host

Host logoThis month's Film Financing Townhall in Emeryville is hosted by the esteemed Ex'pression College, a leading private accredited college geared toward the entertainment industry. Known for its around-the-clock schedule and five-week classes, the school has been training students in the fields of audio and visual arts. It offers Bachelor's degrees in Animation & Visual Effects, Digital Filmmaking, Game Art & Design, Interaction Design, Motion Graphic Design, Interactive Audio, and Sound Arts. The programs are intense, emulating real working environments. The classes are limited in size and taught by a pool of talented faculty and industry professionals. The facilities and equipment are professional-grade.

Ex'pression's main campus is located just off Interstate 80 in Emeryville, CA in the San Francisco East Bay Area. It is easily accessible from San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and surrounding cities via a network of public transportation, including the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), city buses, trains and the free "Emery-Go-Round" shuttles. A new branch campus recently opened in San Jose, serving the South Bay Area.

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Registration

Filmmaker-friendly affordable online registration is available at the top of this page.

Ticket type IIFF Member* Non-member Registration deadline
Early bird $25 $45 3 weeks before event
Regular $35 $55 1 week before event
Last minute $45 $65 1 day before event
On-site (at the door) $55 $75 Day of event

Register now to secure the best available price!

* To learn more about membership, email our Membership Bureau or ask an IIFF staffer at or after the event.

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Need Help?

Direct all your questions and inquiries about this event to IIFF's online forum at http://forum.filmfinancing.org.

Having trouble with Eventbrite (this site), PayPal or Google Checkout? Get help in our online forum. You can also notify us by email well in advance of the event and register on-site.

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Speaker Bios

Ben Yennie

Moderator

Speaker headshot 10Ben Yennie is the Co-Founder and CEO of Films by Neptune, a dynamic production company based in San Francisco. An experienced producer, he has made more than 30 short films ranging from dramas, to comedies, to post-apocalyptic thrillers. Two of his shorts, "The Crustacean Crisis" and "A Fistful of Staples," have done very well on the Colorado festival circuit. Ben won several Audience Choice awards and a few Best Comedy awards. Moreover, he produced and directed several documentaries, including two limited-release pieces on young adults with developmental disabilities, "Stepping Stones" and "Caring for Katie." Ben produced his first movie in 2006. He has worked with William L. Brown, the CEO and Founder of Striking the Water Productions, Ben Einhorn and Wes Warfield of Weston G. Warfield Productions, and many more young and talented people in both the Bay Area and Colorado. He has also collaborated periodically with various casting studios, including Denver's Hamilton Casting. Ben is quite accomplished at securing discounts and managing tight budgets to ensure that not a cent is wasted. He has even cut film budgets by as much as 80%, thanks to discounts, donations and the goodwill of businesses. In addition to pursuing his filmmaking career, Ben worked in the retail, financial and insurance industries with companies such as GameStop, Starbucks, Primerica and American Income Life. As an Independent Representative at Primerica, he sold financial-service products while learning from a Senior National Sales Director how to be a great salesman. As a Barista at Starbucks and Supervisor at GameStop, Ben honed his team management, motivational and scheduling skills. He attended the Colorado Film School and the Academy of Art University. Ben has been heading companies since the age of 8. He possesses the spirit of a true entrepreneur. Ben's first lemonade stand, Lemons R' Us, went from netting 50 cents a day to 50 dollars a day over the course of one summer. He is currently working on the feature film "Red," starring Jodelle Ferland of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," "The Cabin in the Woods," "Silent Hill," "Case 39," "Good Luck Chuck," "The Messengers," "The Tall Man," "Tideland" and "They." R Squared Films has agreed to distribute "Red" worldwide. (more) »

Thomas Trenker

Founder

Speaker headshot 11A Wall Street investment banker and Silicon Valley startup executive turned independent film financier, Thomas (LinkedIn profile | full bio) serves as Chairman of the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF). An innovative and ambitious social-impact organization, IIFF endeavors to bridge the gap between the worlds of filmmaking and finance for the benefit of all stakeholders including the public at large. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in San Francisco, IIFF has active chapters in multiple cities across the U.S. and continues to expand.

In his role as Managing Director of FilmAngels, Thomas also runs the world's first professional angel investor group for film. FilmAngels has been modeled after the way successful angel networks function in Silicon Valley and adapted to the unique characteristics of the movie industry. It focuses exclusively on funding independent films and film-related ventures. FilmAngels address the unfilled need for a structured, highly efficient and ultimately more effective environment for the vetting and financing of high-risk film projects.

Don't hesitate to connect with Thomas on LinkedIn or at an upcoming IIFF meeting near you. (more) »

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The Buzz

These quotes are samples of what past attendees say about IIFF events:

"Wow. Last night was great! I want to thank you again for the inspiring work you do. This is such a big need […] and you're truly doing the work of angels (literally and figuratively)." — Brant Smith, Producer, "Quality of Life"

"I really must say that I found all speakers very interesting, and I was hanging on their every word. IIFF, the mission and content, seems to be a good fit for me, because it is my dream to run a medium size production house. […] Thank you, BIG THANK YOU […], for inviting me to this very quality and important event." — John Henry, Owner, John Henry Filmworks

"Let me again say I think you did a great job putting yesterday's event together – great crowd, smart presentation, lots of enthusiasm." — David Rosen, Executive Producer/Convener, Digital Independence

"Wow! For such a moderate investment, so much information. So much good networking. I hope you are proud of the magic you've created with IIFF." — Kevin Morrison, Writer/Director/Producer of independent film & TV

"I just wanted to say thanks for another great and informative meeting. The speakers were impressive and I made some good contacts." — Jesse Ford, Founder & Executive Director, Group Hug Productions

"IIFF and FilmAngels has really impressed me so far with its focus on the independent film community. I've traveled and interacted with film organizations around the world […]." — Jin Woo Joo, Founder, Cinemasports

"Thanks so much for hosting such an interesting program last week. I am always inspired by the creativity, and most recently, by the commitment to 'a better world'. It keeps my cynic's heart at bay! [A]gain, my heartfelt thanks for your mission and execution. Well done!" — Teri Cundall, Founder & President, Propville.com

"The event was great, very helpful." — Marc Perez, Co-President & Founding Partner, Sirk Productions

"I greatly enjoyed attending last night's event and found it very informative - certainly something that's been missing in New York so far." — Michael Gunther, Director/Producer, Triboro Pictures

"Great presentation tonight. Lots of energetic discussions and questions." — Campbell Dalglish, Prof. of Screenwriting, MFA in Film & Video at CUNY

"Thanks so much for tonight's event. It was really inspiring and incredibly informative." — Elizabeth Foley, Founding Faculty Member, Producing Dep't at NYFA

"I enjoyed this evening's Townhall presentation and found it very informative." — William Doll, Writer/Director, World Stage Pictures

"Your Townhall mtg was stimulating. You managed to attract the right target audience, and I loved your choice of speakers." — Sandra Schulberg, Founder, Independent Feature Project (IFP)

"I attended the New York Townhall Meeting and just wanted to thank you for setting up such an informative colloquium. It was my first IIFF event and I look forward to attending more in the future." — Blythe Frank, Producer, "Kettle of Fish" (Michael Mailer Films)

"Thank you again for a wonderful event last night." — Morgan Pehme, Co-Founder & CEO, Merlion Entertainment

"I'm just writing […] pertaining to the IIFF meeting last night, which I found both entertaining and informative and also promising of great things to come from IIFF in the near future!" — Thomas Woodrow, Producer, Furnace Films

"I attended the IIFF Townhall last week in New York and came away impressed. Thank you for putting together such an excellent panel of speakers. I found [Mr. Trenker's] presentation especially useful. As a former quant at Putnam Investments, I tend to dig into the numbers and [his] analysis was illuminating." — Robert Milacci, Executive Producer, Sinestra Pictures

"I very much enjoyed the seminar last Saturday in Stowe, VT. It was a lot of driving in one day (3.25 hrs. each way…), but worth it. […] Thanks again for a very enlightening day." — Marjorie Short, Oscar-nominated Writer/Producer/Director, Short Productions

"Just a note to say Larry Meistrich had a good time last night and was impressed with the quality of the group." — Jeff Silverstein, President of NEHST Access + Learning, NEHST Studios

"As it turns out, my producing partner [producer/director Leszek Burzynski] attended your IIFF meeting in Santa Monica on July 16. He was quite impressed with the presentations." — Terrance Sweeney, Partner & Producer, Winning Team Studios

"I just wanted to say thanks again for putting on such a great forum last night. […] I really enjoyed the occasion and especially the presentations. They were extremely relevant and really strong, credible presenters." — Gordon Clark, CEO, The Movie Portfolio Fund

"First, I wanted to say how much I really enjoyed your premier [film financing] seminar…!" — Frank Sacks, Founder & Principal, The Frank Sacks Company

"I had a very enjoyable experience. The seminar was extremely professional and well put together." — Adam Tantleff, Founder, President & Executive Producer, Sinestra Pictures

"THANKS […] There are no organizations or groups that I have come across that are doing what you and FilmAngels are doing." — J. Martin, Co-Owner, 24 Bros Entertainment

"I cannot express enough gratitude toward the great job that you are doing to help talented filmmakers realize their dreams. God bless you!" — Mara Vardanyan, Producer, Roman Pictures

"Your seminars are FIRST RATE!" — Rowan Joseph, President, Greenwood Hill Productions

"Thanks for organizing a great event. I thought it was a very interesting group of speakers." — Tricia van Klaveren, Producer/Exec. Producer & Principal, Fully Loaded Pictures

"[T]hank you for a terrific meeting last night…" — Greg Lejnieks, Actor/Filmmaker, Art Dealer & fmr. Pro Soccer Player

"First of all, thank you for hosting the Film Financing seminar. Very, very informative. I hope you have another one very soon." — Richard Beaty, Writer/Producer/Director & Co-Owner, Cielo Azul Films

"Just wanted to say 'thank you' for last night's IIFF meeting. […] The slides look great […]. I look forward to the next meeting." — Robert Pratten, Founder & Writer/Director, Zen Films

"I'm a big fan of all you're doing with IIFF… very inspiring to filmmakers." — Thomas Mignone, Director/Writer, DOOM Incorporated

"Thank you for hosting the [Workshop] last week. It was very informative and [the instructor] was spectacular. I learned a lot and met several fantastic people." — Lisa McTigue, Producer/Director, Three Masked Peeps Productions

"Thank you for inviting us to present to your [FilmAngels] groups in both Palo Alto and San Francisco. The attendees were warm and educated investors. You've done a terrific job gathering people with a passion for film." — Julie Richardson, Producer, "Collateral" (Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx)

"It was another great event and I appreciate all your work […]. Thank you." — Paul Oja, Writer/Director, "Bus Trip"

"I must thank you for sending [Workshop instructor] Dr. Patrick O'Heffernan down to Los Angeles last month. It was the best $200 I have ever spent on a seminar. [S]ince Patrick has both raised money and invested money, his perspective was simply invaluable!!!" — Rosser Goodman, Director, KGB Films

"You assembled an impressive group of speakers (and characters). […] I think we share a strong desire to help filmmakers." — Darren Ehlers, COO, Scenechronize

"First, I simply must say what an amazingly informative session it was and well carried out by [Workshop instructor] Tricia van Klaveren and her guest speakers. It packed a memorable punch. […] I had never heard of IIFF previously and now look forward to more of the same from you guys." — Teo, CEO, Cool Room Entertainment

"I really enjoyed [Kaiser Wahab's] class. A great value. Thank you for sharing your knowledge." — Bob Rudis, Director of Photography & President, Tubular, Inc.

Speak out, we would like to hear from you! Send us your comments by email.

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About IIFF

IIFF logoThe Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) is an independent grassroots organization equally dedicated to serving the needs of filmmakers & financiers. IIFF's one-of-a-kind mission is to sustainably expand the scope & appeal of film financing and do so for the benefit of the public at large.

True to our proven motto of "democratizing film finance," IIFF's frequent Townhall Meetings bring together a wide array of professionals from relevant backgrounds in film, finance and beyond for a vibrant evening of insightful presentations, inspiring discussion & focused networking. Past meetings have reliably delivered useful insights into the business of film, provided valuable networking opportunities and drawn large, enthusiastic crowds.

IIFF has active chapters in multiple cites, and we are looking to expand further to better serve filmmakers and financiers everywhere. Help start or run a local chapter in your area! We make it easy and worth your while. Take a first step and tell us about yourself.

Not ready for your own chapter but eager to get involved in another meaningful way? We may have just the right full- or part-time internship for you, no matter where you are. Simply email us your resume to apply. IIFF interns are treated as equals while they learn about film finance and interact with industry leaders.

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When & Where


Ex'pression College for Digital Arts
6601 Shellmound Street
Theater (Room 563) - South Wing
Emeryville, CA 94608

Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)


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IIFF San Francisco Bay Area

The Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) is an innovative, independent social-impact organization that endeavors to bridge the gap between the worlds of filmmaking and finance for the benefit of all stakeholders – including the public at large.

Founded by Thomas Trenker in 2003 and headquartered in San Francisco, IIFF has chapters in the Bay Area, New York City, New England, Florida, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, London, the Pacific Northwest, the Lower Midwest, the Southwest and the Great Lakes Region.

Help launch or run an IIFF chapter in your area! We make it easy and worthwhile. Email the chapter development team and tell us about yourself. Or join our online community at http://forum.filmfinancing.org to keep in touch with a growing number of filmmakers and financiers.

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