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IIFF Los Angeles Film Financing Townhall (March 2011): Networking & Education for Filmmakers & Financiers

IIFF Greater Los Angeles

Monday, March 28, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

Los Angeles, CA

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Visit IIFF at http://filmfinancing.org

LA Film Financing Townhall at Raleigh Studios Hollywood

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 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 Columbia College Chicago in LA on the Raleigh Studios lot. Their facilities are conveniently located just off Melrose 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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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. Plans of Attack: Guiding Filmmakers With Distribution Strategies

    Udy Epstein (bio), Co-Founder & Principal at Seventh Art Releasing; leading producer, theatrical distributor, foreign sales agent & specialized marketer of independent films … (more) »

  2. Offbeat Paths: How to Monetize Your Unique Ideas

    Travis Betz (bio), cult filmmaker, web series creator & actor; Writer/Director of feature films "The Dead Inside," "Lo," "Sunday" & "Joshua"; made career out of strange, beautiful & bizarre … (more) »

  3. The New Hollywood: Understanding How to Play the New Field

    Ray Zimmerman (bio), 30-year Hollywood veteran; fmr. Sr. VP at Sony/Columbia/TriStar, worked on 100+ movies incl. "Spider-Man 2," "Jerry Maguire," "As Good as It Gets," "Memoirs of a Geisha" & "Da Vinci Code" … (more) »

  4. New Horizons: The Evolving Landscape of Distribution

    Freyr Thor (bio), Founder & CEO at leading international independent film studio Vanguard Cinema; has overseen acquisition & distribution of 1,000+ titles, amassing library of 500+ … (more) »

  5. Alternate Routes: Different Ways of Financing Your Film

    Max Freedman (bio), Executive Producer & Principal at Max Freedman Media; published author of 5 books, including 3 on digital filmmaking; fmr. advertising exec specializing in CGI 3-D special effects … (more) »

  6. From Page to Screen: How to Get Your Script Made

    Andrea Cavallaro (bio), Director of Subsidiary Rights (incl. film) at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, the West Coast's premier agency for authors; 20-year veteran of publishing industry … (more) »

  7. Independent Producing: How to Find & Finance Winning Projects

    Brad Littlefield (bio), successful high-tech professional turned award-winning film producer; worked with some of most exciting startups (incl. Google/YouTube) for 10+ years; produced "Becoming Eduardo" (2009) … (more) »

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Featured Moderator

Moderator headshotThe event will be moderated by Brad Littlefield (bio), a successful high-tech professional turned award-winning film producer. Over the course of his career, Brad has worked with some of the most exciting startups in Northern and Southern California, among them such runaway successes as YouTube. Pursuing his love for the arts and film in particular, he co-founded DAP Studios in Los Angeles and has so far produced one feature-length movie, which was shot in New Mexico. The film recently won several festival prizes including the prestigious New Mexico Filmmaker Award. Brad believes in public service and actively supports many nonprofits. He also organizes IIFF's Film Financing Townhalls in New Mexico. (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 (4x 15 mins)
  8:00 PM   8:15 PM Networking Break (15 mins)
  8:15 PM   9:00 PM Three Featured Presentations with Q&A (3x 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

Columbia College Chicago in LA

650 N Bronson Ave
Raleigh Studios, Bronson Building, 2nd Floor, Room 204
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 960-8020

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Our Host

Host logoThis month's Film Financing Townhall in Los Angeles is hosted by the esteemed Columbia College Chicago in LA, whose coveted five-week "Semester in LA" immersion program takes place in Hollywood. With more than 120 programs of study and nearly 12,000 students, Columbia College Chicago is the largest and most diverse private arts and media college in the United States. Occupying 22 buildings in the heart of Chicago's South Loop, Columbia nurtures the nation's largest concentration of young creative talent. In addition to a solid academic foundation, students gain real-world experience through internships and part-time jobs in one of America's most dynamic and vibrant cities.

Very special thanks for making this event possible go to Jon Katzman, the Executive Director of Columbia's Semester in LA. The program offers select students highly intensive coursework, helps them rise to the top of an extremely competitive market, and provides a rare opportunity to experience the business of Hollywood first hand on a studio lot with industry professionals. Classes are held at the historic Raleigh Studios complex, Hollywood's oldest and longest continually-operated movie studio. Many graduates have gone on to work in production offices, on TV shows, at talent agencies and on film sets.

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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

Udy Epstein

Speaker headshot 1Udy Epstein is the Co-Founder and Principal of Seventh Art Releasing (USA). Seventh Art is a producer, theatrical distributor, foreign sales agent and a specialized marketing company for independent films. Founded in 1994, its films have received many awards including an Oscar and six Academy Award nominations for documentaries. 7th Art has handled over 250 films to date and have worked with major networks, studios and organizations. Recent films include Steal a Pencil for Me, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, Oswald's Ghost, Daughter's of Wisdom, Workingman's Death, 20 Seconds of Joy (Hot Docs 2008), The Queen and I (IDFA '08, Sundance '09), 45365 (SXSW '09), Art & Copy (Sundance '09), The First Movie (SXSW '11), Love During Wartime (Tribeca '11) and many more. Recent productions include The Breast Cancer Diaries and Family Inc. (more) »

Travis Betz

Speaker headshot 2Cult filmmaker, web series creator and actor Travis Betz has made a career out of the strange, beautiful and bizarre. With four feature films under his writing/directing belt, Travis has earned the respect of the independent community for his movies Joshua, Sunday, Lo and The Dead Inside. Travis has developed a very devoted following through his web series The Receptionist (a series that stars himself and a world of construction paper). The show has grabbed over 2 million views, with a fan base of over 46,000. Comedy Central picked up a season of the show to air on their popular program Atom TV. Travis was also commissioned to create another original program for the channel called Bartokular. Soon after, Warner Bros. bought up his four episode web show Lily's Tomb. (more) »

Ray Zimmerman

Speaker headshot 3Ray Zimmerman is a 30-year veteran of Hollywood, having progressed from accountant to production manager to producer to studio executive, and is currently an independent producer. Ray was Sr. VP at Sony/Columbia/TriStar Pictures from where he directly oversaw or has worked on over 100 feature films including: Spider-Man 2, Jerry Maguire, As Good as It Gets, Zorro, Memoirs of a Geisha, Da Vinci Code, Vertical Limit, Hitch, and Starship Troopers. Ray is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA). He received a B.S. in Management from Miami University and an M.S. in Environmental Education from George Williams College in Chicago. (more) »

Freyr Thor

Speaker headshot 4As the Founder of Vanguard Cinema, a leading international independent film studio, Freyr Thor has been at the forefront of the film industry for the last 20 years. As Vanguard's CEO, he has overseen the acquisition and distribution of over 1,000 titles and has amassed a current library in excess of 500 titles. Vanguard has built its reputation as an advocate and trusted distribution partner for established and developing content creators. With two Masters Degrees, in Film Production and Business Administration, Freyr has volunteered his industry expertise in various capacities, including serving on advisory panels at the Directors Guild of America (DGA), speaking at industry conventions and serving in advisory capacity to various industry associations, including being a member of the digital distribution standards group of the Entertainment Media Association. (more) »

Max Freedman

Speaker headshot 5Manuel "Max" Freedman is the author of five books published by Adobe Systems, three of them on digital filmmaking. He is a former advertising executive with a specialty in CGI (Computer Generated Imaging) 3-D special effects. For one book, he wrote, produced, directed and edited a short fictional comedy (see IMDb). He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and is a graduate of Stanford University. Max has a lifetime's love for movies and an extensive background in media businesses. A screenwriter, director, actor and producer, to go with his broad business experience, he offers a range of services not usually available to screenwriters and filmmakers. (more) »

Andrea Cavallaro

Speaker headshot 6Andrea Cavallaro is currently the Subsidiary Rights Director for the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, the premier literary agency on the West Coast. Her responsibilities cover film, including coordination with Hollywood talent agencies like CAA and ICM, as well as direct negotiations with studios, producers, screenwriters, etc.; foreign; merchandising; and audio markets. In the publishing industry for 20 years, Andrea has worked for Random House Children's Books, Harcourt Trade Publishers, and consulted for a variety of smaller publishers with focus on special markets. (more) »

Brad Littlefield

Moderator

Speaker headshot 10Brad Littlefield has worked with successful high technology startups in California, as well as in film production and television. In 2008, he co-founded DAP Studios, and in 2009, he produced his first feature film, "Becoming Eduardo" (Seth Adkins, A Martinez, Elizabeth Pena), which was shot in New Mexico. "Becoming Eduardo" recently won Best Latino Film 2009 at the Santa Fe Film Festival, along with the prestigious New Mexico Filmmaker Award. It was recognized as Best New Mexican Film and Audience Choice at the 2010 White Sands International Film Festival. Brad's entertainment experience includes talent and casting for MTV Networks and project management for YouTube. He is currently working with Open Range Pictures on the feature films "Traveling Salesmen" and "Desert Water," and with Remote Films on "The Devil of Appalachia." His interest in public service has led to active participation with many non-profit organizations including The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center's Legal Services Department, The San Mateo County Center for Domestic Violence Prevention and Performing Arts Studio West. Brad is a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Signatory Producer and member of the American Film Institute (AFI). (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.

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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



Columbia College Chicago in L.A.
650 North Bronson Avenue
Raleigh Studios, Bronson Building, 2nd Floor, Room 204
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Monday, March 28, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)


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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.

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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