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IIFF Los Angeles Film Financing Townhall in Hollywood (November 2012): Networking & Education for Financiers & Filmmakers

IIFF Greater Los Angeles

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

IIFF Los Angeles Film Financing Townhall in Hollywood...

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LA Film Financing Townhall at 2nd Stage Theatre

Film Meets Finance:
Networking & Education for
Filmmakers & Financiers

Seven Insightful Talks by Leading Experts & More

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"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 Los Angeles 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 2nd Stage Theatre. Their facilities are conveniently located at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue in Hollywood.

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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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. The Proper Care & Feeding of Private Investors: Relationship Is Everything

    John Alan Simon (bio), Writer/Director of feature film "Radio Free Albemuth," based on Philip K. Dick novel, slated for 2013 release; Producer of Roger Donaldson's "The Getaway" (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, David Morse, Kim Basinger, Jennifer Tilly, James Woods); fmr. Staff Writer at New Orleans Times-Picayune; Chair of Film Learning Events Committee at BAFTA Los Angeles … (more) »

  2. Know Your Core Audience: How to Get People to Pay for Your Feature

    Betsy Chasse (bio), internationally known filmmaker, author, blogger & radio host; Producer/Director & President at film distributor Intention Media, dedicated to purposeful entertainment achieving global change ("The Quantum Activist," "2012: Time for Change," "Fuel," "Pregnant in America," "Ghetto Physics," "People v. The State of Illusion"); Writer, Director & Producer of spiritual indie hit "What the Bleep Do We Know?!" (Marlee Matlin) … (more) »

  3. Global Film Distribution & Marketing: Practical Advice in a Changing Landscape

    Ava B. (bio), President/CEO at House of Film, optimizes revenues by combining traditional & non-traditional distribution; fmr. VP of Acquisitions & Sales at LongTale, negotiated acquisition deals; fmr. Director of Acquisitions at Cinequest Distribution & York Entertainment; fmr. Acquisitions Consultant at Jaman; fmr. VP of Acquisitions at Kanal 2 (Estonia) … (more) »

  4. The Evolution of Media Finance: Lessons for Producers & Investors

    Chris Fure (bio), Producer & Head of Development at Wonder Animation, produces animated family films in stereoscopic 3D; Director of Development at Abundant Seas Foundation; fmr. Partner & VP of Development at TransGlobal Ventures, active in China, Japan, Korea, Germany & Russia; fmr. Exec. Producer of musical act Sista Sista, opened for Michael Jackson on "History Tour" (1997) … (more) »

  5. First Dollar In: Overcoming the Single Biggest Hurdle When Funding Films

    Rosser Goodman (bio), successful indie film & TV director whose new movie "Love or Whatever" is opening & closing film festivals worldwide & just received distribution; also directed theatrically released feature "Holding Trevor," commercial campaigns for Jaguar & segments of rock documentary "Dropped"; previously worked as 1st AD with companies like J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, Disney, HBO, MTV, Universal, Paramount, Dreamworks, Dimension & Lionsgate … (more) »

  6. The Future of Interactive Storytelling: What the Convergence of Movies & Games Means for You

    Nicole Lundeen (bio), Founder/CEO at RipplFX with 25+ years in multimedia production & 15 years as entrepreneur; produces interactive storybooks, graphic novels & catalogs for iPad/iPhone, Android & webOS; co-founded several startups designing & developing products & content delivery services; fmr. Major Accounts Executive at Autodesk … (more) »

  7. The Pyramid: 21st Century Film Financing & Transmedia Asset Management

    Omar Kaczmarczyk (bio), veteran of 40 years in film production & distribution; Founder & Managing Director at IP asset manager LongTale International; originated now-standard segmented film rights sales; consulted on 140+ co-productions & indies; helped finance "Superman" & sequels, "Supergirl," "Santa Claus," "Pirates" & "Screamers"; advised Harvey Weinstein at Miramax … (more) »

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Featured Moderator

Moderator headshotThe event will be moderated by Omar Kaczmarczyk (bio), the Founder and Managing Director of LongTale International, a leading intellectual property management and marketing company that merges traditional film business expertise (including rights management, financing, production and distribution) with new media capabilities and direct-to-consumer marketing resources to extend the life and profitability of every project. Omar's distribution career began with Alexander Salkind and the "Superman" films. He helped finance "Superman" (Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman) and its two sequels, "Supergirl" (Peter O'Toole), "Santa Claus" (John Lithgow), Polanski's "Pirates" (Walter Matthau) and "Screamers" (Peter Weller), among others. Over the years, Omar also produced and executive produced numerous movies. Moreover, he advised Harvey Weinstein at Miramax on foreign sales operations and facilitated Carolco's acquisition of IVE, which became LIVE Entertainment, then Artisan, and is now Lionsgate. One of India's foremost film magazines recently called Omar an industry "thought leader." The 2010 Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival recognized LongTale as "Film Company of the Year" for creating a new dimension in entertainment IP asset management. (more) »

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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

The Blank's 2nd Stage Theatre

6500 Santa Monica Blvd
(SW corner of Santa Monica Blvd & Wilcox Ave)
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 661-9827

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Our Host

Host logoThis month's Film Financing Townhall in Los Angeles takes place at the esteemed 2nd Stage Theatre, which is home to the Blank Theatre Company since April 1996. The Blank was founded in 1990 as a non-profit corporation by its current Artistic Director Daniel Henning. With a BFA from New York University, Mr. Henning moved to Los Angeles and was disappointed in most of the theatre in town. So, at the age of 24, he started his own theatre company. The Blank has found its place in the Los Angeles theatre scene, and Laurie Winer in the LA Times called it "one of the smartest smaller companies around." The Blank's mission is to produce either premieres or "reinventions" of previously produced materials. The productions must be innovative and provocative and of the highest artistic quality. Thus far, the Blank has presented over 40 mainstage productions, won every major theatre production award in Los Angeles, raised thousands of dollars for worthy charities and created an annual Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival that has encouraged and produced some 200 playwrights aged 19 and younger.

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

Ticket type IIFF Member* Non-member Registration deadline
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Last minute $45 $65 1 day before event
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Speaker Bios

John Alan Simon

Speaker headshot 1John Alan Simon recently completed post-production on his feature adaptation of "Radio Free Albemuth" based on the novel by science-fiction master Philip K. Dick, which he directed. Starring Shea Whigham and singer Alanis Morissette, the film is slated to be released in US theaters in early 2013. As president and chief executive officer of Discovery Productions, Simon has been involved with the financing, production, sales, distribution and marketing of many successful independent features including "The Wicker Man" (starring Edward Woodward), "The Haunting of Julia" (Mia Farrow, Tom Conti), "Basket Case," "Howling II" (Christopher Lee) and "Out of the Blue" (starring and directed by Dennis Hopper). Next on Discovery's production schedule is the feature adaptation of Jim Thompson's classic noir "Nothing More Than Murder" with Simon directing in Louisiana in mid-2013. In partnership with Rosenbloom Entertainment, Discovery acquired film rights to several other novels by Philip K. Dick, whose works have formed the basis for such successful science-fiction films as "Blade Runner," "Total Recall," "Minority Report" and "A Scanner Darkly." Simon's script for "Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said," on which he will also be a producer, was most recently optioned by Halcyon Entertainment ("Terminator Salvation"). Simon developed and produced the Roger Donaldson-directed version of "The Getaway," starring Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger and Philip Seymour Hoffman for Largo Entertainment. The picture was theatrically released nationally by Universal Pictures. Prior to his entry into the film industry, Simon was a successful journalist and film critic, both as staff writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and as editor-in-chief of New Orleans Magazine. During this period, Simon also taught courses in film and writing at Tulane University, Loyola University and the University of Illinois. In 2006, he taught a course on micro-budget filmmaking at UCLA extension. Simon graduated from Harvard College with honors in History and Literature, and served as an editor of the Harvard Crimson. He is a member of WGA-West, and has served as a Board member of BAFTA-LA and currently serves as co-chair of both the Archive and Film Learning Events Committees. (more) »

Betsy Chasse

Speaker headshot 2Betsy Chasse is an iconic, award-winning filmmaker, author, blogger and radio host. She was listed among Variety's top 50 independent producers of 2004. Chasse co-created the acclaimed hit movie "What the Bleep Do We Know?!," which launched a new genre. This groundbreaking film was the first of its kind: a hybrid documentary including a dramatic story, featuring Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix and Armin Shimmerman. "Bleep" was a sleeper hit of 2004, grossing over $14 million at the US box office and went on to sell over 1 million DVDs in its first six months of release. In 2005, Chasse co-authored the book "What the Bleep Do We Know!?: Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality," now in its fifth printing. In 2007, she produced the documentary "Pregnant in America," which was released in 2008 by Intention Media, screened nationally and was endorsed by leading birth experts. Chasse is currently in pre-production on "Killing Buddha," which is loosely based on her journey of making "Bleep." She has also helped produce over 30 feature films and runs her own production and distribution company, Intention Media, which has released multiple films on DVD or in theaters including the award-winning documentaries "Fuel" and "Quantum Activist." Chasse is a highly sought-after speaker on such subjects as spirituality, the blending of science and spirituality, and marketing to the cultural creative demographic. She has a strong fanbase and over 150,000 fans on Facebook alone. (more) »

Ava B.

Speaker headshot 3Ava B. is the President and CEO of House of Film, a leading Hollywood boutique sales, distribution and production company specializing in the worldwide distribution of quality independent films. It offers domestic and international sales, marketing and monetization of select films through traditional and non-traditional release formats. Ava's versatile and multilayered career in film and TV spans Eastern and Western Europe, North America and Asia. She uniquely combines broad-based experience in production, marketing, acquisitions and new media distribution. Ava is known as a savvy businesswoman with a highly honed capacity to negotiate contracts benefiting both sides. Her worldwide network of friends and colleagues in the creative and business communities respects her for acute insights into the marketplace and its trends. She has become a go-to person for strategies regarding all aspects of new media and film distribution in general. Among Ava's most notable successes is her executive role in the founding and management of Kanal 2, a privately owned TV channel in Estonia. After securing the initial financing, she oversaw the licensing of all programming during the first five years and helped the channel achieve high ratings on a shoestring budget. Not only did Kanal 2 become the market leader, it also generated high returns for its shareholders. Next, Ava was asked to serve as Marketing and PR Manager of satellite TV network VIASAT3, and to consult for RTL, the leading TV network in Europe. For the last five years, Ava B. has focused on film distribution in the US. She served as a VP of Sales and Acquisitions at LongTale, after she had been an executive in charge of all aspects of acquisitions for Cinequest Distribution/Cinequest On-line, York Entertainment and Jaman.com. Her vast experience in the international and domestic film and TV marketplaces, complemented by her achievements in creating, developing and growing successful entertainment companies, clearly evidences a strong work ethic and a talent to achieve. (more) »

Chris Fure

Speaker headshot 4Chris Fure is a business developer and producer with more than 25 years of domestic and international experience. His specialties include film finance and development. He currently serves as a partner and Development Head at Wonder Animation, Inc. Previously, Chris was a partner and Business Development VP at TransGlobal Ventures (TGV), with offices in New York, San Francisco and Beijing. He has developed two feature films ("Galactic Academy" and "Hard Drop") for Wonder Animation. To make his team competitive in the burgeoning stereoscopic 3D animation market, Chris partnered Midland Production Corp.'s 30-year veteran CEO Don Fox (pioneer of stereo 3d animation) with LongTale International's 40-year veteran Founder Omar Kaczmarczyk (pioneer of segmented rights licensing). Along the way, he built Wonder Animation's Board of Directors with Oracle Corp. Treasurer Dr. Eric Ball, former Sony Pictures EVP Al Ovadia and others, including former TGV Chairman and Putian Corp. Fund Manager Dr. Victor Nee. Chris holds an MBA in Finance that was earned with distinction (4.0 GPA) from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). He achieved magna cum laude for his BA from UC Berkeley, where he also produced the 1988 and 1989 Pacific Coast Jazz Festivals for Cal Performances. Upon graduation, Chris received a grant from the International Trade Institute, which published his thesis "Sony's Dilemma: Takeover of CBS Records." The publication launched Chris as an international music producer. His RCA-BMG/Iceberg Records artist Sista Sista enjoyed releases in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the UK and Japan. Sista Sista opened for Michael Jackson on the 1997 "History Tour" in Europe. It was after this accomplishment that Chris exited to join TGV. (more) »

Rosser Goodman

Speaker headshot 5Rosser Goodman is a successful independent film and TV director. Her new movie "Love or Whatever," a romantic comedy, is opening and closing film festivals around the world and has just received a distribution deal. The film stars Tyler Poelle ("Scrubs") and Jennifer Elise Cox ("Brady Bunch") and features Kate Flannery ("The Office"). Rosser has also directed commercial campaigns for Jaguar, segments of Sundance's rock documentary "Dropped," and the commercially successful and critically acclaimed feature film "Holding Trevor." Regent released "Holding Trevor" theatrically in the US and abroad. Prior to directing, Rosser honed her skills as a first assistant director for many years. She worked on a myriad of TV shows, movies, commercials and music videos with such A-list talent as Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Isabella Rossellini and Christopher Walkin. She has been involved in projects for J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, Universal, Disney, Paramount, Dreamworks, HBO, MTV, Dimension and Lionsgate. Rosser got her start on Steven Spielberg's TV series "Earth 2." (more) »

Nicole Lundeen

Speaker headshot 6Nicole Lundeen has over 25 years of experience in multimedia production, along with 15 years of entrepreneurial experience providing startups and corporations with business and technology development. She has co-founded several startups developing product and content delivery services. Nicole is currently the CEO of RipplFX, which produces interactive storybooks, graphic novels and other media for multiple platforms. As a creative, she has worked with many media over the last 25 years, combining traditional art forms with technology-driven multimedia, which today has morphed into mobile media and transmedia. (more) »

Omar Kaczmarczyk


Speaker headshot 10Omar Kaczmarczyk is the Founder and Managing Director of LongTale International, a Los Angeles-based intellectual property (IP) management and marketing company that is pursuing new directions in film distribution. The visionary behind LongTale's revolutionary distribution and asset management models, Omar always seeks new ways to generate revenue streams for entertainment properties. He has a long and distinguished history in the motion picture industry, with 40 years experience in production and distribution. Omar produced his first film in 1968 and is still going strong toward 2013 with the DC/Vertigo graphic novel "Blood." He has consulted on over 140 international co-productions and independent films worldwide, and currently manages several film libraries. About three decades ago, Omar originated the concept of segmented rights sales for movies, now the industry standard. He also helped create the first collection account management system for independent film. Omar initiated and implemented pre-sale rights licensing for "Superman III" (starring Christopher Reeve and Richard Pryor), "Supergirl" (Peter O'Toole, Faye Dunaway) and "Santa Claus" (John Lithgow). Moreover, he executive produced Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World," "George and the Dragon" (Michael Clarke Duncan, Patrick Swayze, Piper Perabo), "The Eternal" (Christopher Walken), "New Adventures of Pinocchio" (Martin Landau, Udo Kier), "Return of the Boogeyman," "Tim Leary: The Art of Dying" (Dennis Hopper), "Maya," "Chasing Life" and "God Lives in the Himalayas," the first Indian feature film shot in Nepal, featuring a Nepali cast and in Nepali language. (more) »

Thomas Trenker


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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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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Have questions about IIFF Los Angeles Film Financing Townhall in Hollywood (November 2012): Networking & Education for Financiers & Filmmakers? Contact IIFF Greater Los Angeles

When & Where

2nd Stage Theatre
6500 Santa Monica Boulevard
(at corner of Wilcox Ave.)
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

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IIFF Greater Los Angeles

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.

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IIFF Los Angeles Film Financing Townhall in Hollywood (November 2012): Networking & Education for Financiers & Filmmakers
Los Angeles, CA Events Conference
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