IIFF Pacific Northwest Film Financing Townhall (July 2010): Networking & Education for Filmmakers & Financiers
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)
The Pacific Northwest chapter of the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) continues its monthly educational forums and networking sessions with a powerhouse panel of finance experts, local filmmakers and film advocates. We are pleased to be collaborating again with Victory Studios, located in the heart of downtown Seattle.
This grassroots community get-together has been carefully designed to foster & inform productive relationships between attending professionals and to provide 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 for the evening!
IIFF's one-of-a-kind mission is to sustainably expand the scope & appeal of film financing, and to do so for the benefit of the public at large. True to our proven motto of "democratizing film finance," IIFF's regular Townhall Meetings bring together a wide array of professionals from relevant backgrounds in film, finance and beyond for a vibrant evening of insightful presentations and speeches, inspiring discussion and focused networking. Past meetings (e.g.: January '08 Bay Area Townhall in San Francisco, CA, January '08 Los Angeles Townhall in Venice, CA & January '08 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan | December '07 Bay Area Townhall in San Francisco, CA, December '07 Los Angeles Townhall in Santa Monica, CA, December '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan & December '07 New England Townhall in Providence, RI | November '07 Bay Area Townhall in San Francisco, CA & November '07 New England Townhall in Norwalk, CT | October '07 Los Angeles Townhall in Santa Monica, CA, October '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan & October '07 New England Townhall in Boston, MA | September '07 Los Angeles Townhall in Santa Monica, CA & September '07 New England Townhall in Norwalk, CT | August '07 Los Angeles Townhall in Santa Monica, CA & August '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan | July '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan & July '07 Los Angeles Townhall in Santa Monica, CA | June '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan | May '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan & May '07 Bay Area Townhall in Mountain View, CA | April '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan & April '07 Bay Area Townhall in San Francisco, CA | March '07 New England Townhall in Stowe, VT, March '07 Bay Area Townhall in San Rafael, CA & March '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan | February '07 Townhall West in San Francisco, CA & February '07 Townhall East in New York City | January '07 Townhall in Santa Cruz, CA | December '06 Townhall East in New York City & December '06 Townhall West in San Francisco, CA | October '06 Townhall in New York City | September '06 Townhall in Oakland, CA | July '06 Townhall in Palo Alto, CA | June '06 Townhall in San Jose, CA | May '06 Townhall in San Francisco, CA | April '06 Townhall at Stanford business school) have reliably delivered useful insights into the business of film, provided valuable networking opportunities, and managed to draw large and enthusiastic crowds.
Who should attend? Entrepreneurs, technologists, attorneys, bankers, investment managers, venture capitalists and other non-film professionals are cordially invited to learn more about independent film. Are you considering taking an active role in film or would you like to expand your current involvement? Don't miss this opportunity to connect with the like-minded! Established and aspiring filmmakers are, naturally, more than welcome to join us as well!
The evening's five seven presentations plus panel discussion will address key issues relevant to filmmakers, financiers and anyone interested in the economics, business mechanics and financial dynamics of film. They will be followed by Q&A time. Attendees will also have ample opportunity to interact & network with our distinguished presenters and panelists, and amongst themselves.
An informal après-meeting celebration will take place at an area restaurant.
The event will be moderated by Conrad Denke (LinkedIn profile | full bio | brief bio), the owner of Victory Studios, the largest video post-production facility in the Pacific Northwest. Conrad has been in this position for over thirty years. He continues to assist hundreds of independent film and media producers of all types in completing their projects with the most cutting-edge tools available today.
2247 15th Ave West (btw. W Garfield St & W Dravus St)
Seattle, WA 98119
Map: See a map of 2247 15th Ave West at Google.
This Film Financing Townhall is graciously hosted by Victory Studios, a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Seattle that provides post-production and commercial support for many of the city's most well-known brands, including Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks football team and the Seattle Sounders soccer team. Victory Studios is the only open-to-the-public facility in the Northwest where virtually any media project can be completed entirely in-house. Available services include film/video production, production crews, graphics, animation, editing, audio recording, mixing/sweetening, music composition, multimedia, standards conversions and duplication, along with equipment and studio rentals.
7:00 PM ... Kick-Off & Welcome
7:00-8:00 PM ... Four Featured Presentations with Q&A (4x 15 mins)
8:00-8:15 PM ... Networking Break I (15 mins)
8:15-9:00 PM ... Three Featured Presentations with Q&A (4x 15 mins)
9:00-9:15 PM ... Networking Break II (15 mins)
9:15-10:00 PM ... Moderated Panel Discussion with Q&A (45 mins)
10:00+ PM ... Community Time at Area Restaurant
1) Blending TV & Social Media:: The Next Entertainment Platform.
— by GUY MORRIS (bio), CEO of iVoiceNetworks; Proven dealmaker and brilliant salesman; Over 28 years of leadership experience within software, online and services industry, from start-up to industry leaders such as Microsoft, Oracle and IBM; fmr. Director of Pursuit Services at Microsoft, where he held team management on deals worth over $300M per year; Built and sold start-up online software development company Internet Outfitters, increasing sales over 2000% and winning CIO Best of the Year (1996-1997), etc ... »
2) Film Festivals: Its Role in the Era of New Distribution Models.
— by BETH BARRETT (bio), Programming Manager of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF; Veteran of the independent film circuit and community organizing; Over seven years of experience in organizing, developing, facilitating, and executing film festivals and events; Helped secure North American premiere of Double Oscar Nominee Gus Van Sant's "Last Days," with Lukas Haas; Was instrumental in making SIFF an official Oscar qualifying festival for Short Films, etc ... »
3) The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:: How to tell potential film investors what they need to hear.
— by STEVE EDMISTON (bio), entertainment lawyer at Invicta Law Group PLLC; Seasoned and sharp entertainment attorney with over 20 years of experience; Co-founder and fmr. President at Front Porch Classics, where he managed the Company's IP portfolio including Sony's Game Show Television Network, Major League Baseball, and 20th Century Fox, and negotiated inventor licenses, guided the company through venture finance, and distribution with Barnes & Noble, Nordstrom, Amazon.com, Toys-R-Us, Nordstrom; Had his film, "Crimes of the Past," premiere at the 2009 SIFF, and won for Best Short Comedy at the International Family Film Festival, with, "The Day My Parents Became Cool"; Recently named by Seattle Met Magazine as a "Top Lawyer" for 2010, etc ... »
4) 10 Things to Know when Presenting to an Angel Group
— by KRISTIE LANUM (bio), Executive Vice-President of the ZINO Society, an angel-entrepreneur connection sharing a love for wine; fmr. VP of Operations, Entrepreneur and Investor Relations at Zino Society; Has helped ZINO Society's active investor network invest $15M in angel financing to date and host over 300 presenting companies; fmr. Director of Business Development & Marketing at vcfo, a nationwide consulting firm with over 1,500 clients, etc ... »
5) Where Do We Go From Here? The Future of Independent Filmmaking.
— by MARK LIPSKY (bio), CEO of Insight Cinema. Film distributor extraordinaire. Former distributor at Miramax and Lot 47 Films. At the legendary Cinema 5, Mark had a hand in the realease of some of the most celebrated European and American independent titles in the 80s. Under Dan Talbot's New Yorker Films, he head the opportunity to work with his brother Jeff and introduced Americans to international artists including Bertolucci, Fassbinder, Sembene, Godard, Ozu, Rohmer, Wenders, and Almodovar among others, etc... »
6) Taking Seattle Filmmaking to the Next Level: What does it really take?
— by BILL WEIR (bio), Independent Web Architect and Consultant; fmr. Web Architect and Product Manager for Microsoft and fmr. Product Management Consultant for AT+T/Cingular, where he designed and organized mobile content for millions of users; Co-Founded and served as CTO for web applications company, Syntara, using $1M of venture capital money he personally helped raise; film producer at Light & Motion from 1994-95 and recipient of the 1994 "Seattle Advertising Federation Best Production" award, etc ... »
7) Pitches & Business Plans: Engaging Investors the Right Way.
— by BRYAN BREWER (bio), CEO at Business Plans Northwest; Experienced fundraiser and venture capitalist; Has Helped clients raise over $15M to date;. fmr. Strategic Planner, Project Manager at Ernst & Young LLP, where he helped facilitate a $50M web based venture with online brokerage powerhouse E-Trade; fmr. Chief Operating Officer at Big Garden Ventures, a Tacoma-based venture capital firm which managed $250K in portfolio investments; fmr. Marketing consultant at Microsoft for web content solutions, etc ... »
Early bird registration (ends 2 weeks before event):
IIFF Member ... $15
Non-member ... $25
Regular registration (ends 1 week before event):
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Non-member ... $35
Last minute registration (ends 1 day before event):
IIFF Member ... $35
Non-member ... $45
On-site registration (at the door):
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Non-member ... $55
To learn more about membership with IIFF, email the membership bureau, or approach an IIFF team member at or after the event.
IIFF and its sister company, FilmAngels, the world's first professional angel investor group for film, accept all independent film finance proposals. Simply hand yours to this event's moderator or leave it with the registration desk upon check-in. There have been plenty of success stories surrounding attendees who have secured varying investments for their projects after submitting. Acceptable materials include: business plans, cash flow analyses, revenue projections, cast attachments, distribution agreements and letters of intent. Cast is the single most important factor, followed by distribution agreements and existing funding placements. Electronic documents are always best, but paper will do as well.
Feel free to ask, or email our FilmAngels liaison directly!
Want to learn about the ever-changing world of film finance, meet leading financiers, and attend our events for free? We need interns. Forward your resume to the intern coordinator, along with a good reason for applying. Flexible part-time positions and school credit are available. Must be dependable, computer savvy and have strong writing skills.
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