AFM Panels & Conferences

2007 Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 1

  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “U.S. Theatrical Distribution: The Producer’s Holy Grail” (Le Merigot)

Moderator: John Alan Simon, producer, former staff writer at the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Panelists: Phil Alberstat, agent, William Morris Independent; Peter Block, prexy, acquisitions & co-productions, Lionsgate; Seth Willenson, marketing and distributing consultant; Daniel Myrick, helmer/ prexy, Gearhead Pictures

  • 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. “The DIY Generation: A Case Study of the Film ‘Palo Alto'” (Le Merigot)

Panelists: Daniel Englehardt, producer; Brad Leone, co-writer/director; Tony Vallone, co-writer

  • 4 p.m.-5:30 P.M. “Artful Movies on a Limited Budget” (Le Merigot)

Moderators: George Spiro Dibie, member, board of governors, ASC; Richard Crudo, ASC. Panelists: Cinematographers Bill Bennett, James Chressanthis, Caleb Deschanel, Billy Fraker, Michael Goi, Stephen Lighthill, Isidore Mankofsky, Daryn Okada, Daniel Pearl, Christian Sebaldt, Rodney Taylor

Friday, Nov. 2

  • 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “AFM Finance Conference” (Fairmont Miramar)

“Emerging Trends in Film Financing”: moderator: Benson Berro, senior manager, federal tax services, KPMG

  • 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. “Hong Kong: Your Preferred Destination for Asian Coproduction and Gateway to China” (Le Merigot)

Panelists: Kim Jee-woon, director; Bill Kong, exec director, Edko Films; Albert Lee, CEO, Emperor Motion Pictures; Terence Chang, producer; Jonathan Kim, prexy, Guardtec; Peggy Chiao, Arclight Films; Mingmonkol Sonakul, Dedicate

Saturday, Nov. 3

  • 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “Pitch Me!” (Le Merigot)

Moderator: Peggy Rajski, producer-helmer. Panelist: Caroline Baron, producer

  • 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. “Location Expo” (Le Merigot)

Session 1 (2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.): “National Perspectives.” Panelists: Carlene Tan, manager, Media Development Authority (Singapore); Craig A. Woods, film commissioner, Bahamas Film & Television Commission; Dan Bolea, CEO, Fiji Audio Visual Commission; Chris Bonnell, exec director, Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corp., Canadian Film Commissions and Agencies; Dr. Agnes Kiss, CEO, Raiffeisen Consulting, Hungary; Fred Wang, director, Salon Films, Hong Kong

Session 2 (4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.): “North American States.” Panelists: Tonya S. Holly, president, Alabama Filmmakers Assn.; Dan Chugg, film commissioner, Alberta Films; Luis A. Riefkohl Miranda, exec director, Puerto Rico Film Commission; Hans Fraikin, film commissioner, Quebec Film & TV Council; Jimmy Williams, director of economic development, England Airpark, Central Louisiana in Film; Jamie Cope, location services manager, West Virginia Film Office; Jamie Mabile Delatte, film commissioner, Louisiana Capital Area Film Commission

Sunday, Nov. 4

  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “What’s So Fair About Fair Use?” (Le Merigot)

Panelists: Christi Deardoff, Media Professional Insurance; Kirby Dick, director; Winnie Wong, DeWitt Stern Group

  • 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. “Creative Production Incentives: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Problems.” Moderators: Jeff Begun; Dama Chasle

Monday, Nov. 5

  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “Keeping Writers Onboard: The Business Case” (Le Merigot)

Moderator: Howard A. Rodman, screenwriter. Panelists: Miguel Arteta, writer-director; screenwriters Andrea Berloff, Jack Epps Jr., Nick Kazan

  • 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. “Risky Business: DIY Distribution in the Digital Age” (Le Merigot) Moderator: Bobby Roth, director-producer. Panelists: Rob Nilsson, editor, RES Magazine; Kelly Sanders, exec director, Truly Indie; Angela Wilson Gyetvan, VP, marketing and content, Revver

  • 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. “Adapt This: From Source to Screen” (Le Merigot)

Panelists: Robin Swicord, writer-director; Linda Lichter, entertainment attorney, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler; Rebecca Yeldham, producer

Tuesday, Nov. 6

  • 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. iHollywood Mobile Conference (Fairmont Miramar)

Session 1 (9-10:30 a.m.): “Watching Film on the Go: Mobile and Wireless Opportunities for the Film Industry”

Session 2 (10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) : “Mobile Marketing and Advertising for Film Distribution”

  • 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. iHollywood Digital Conference (Fairmont Miramar)

Session 1 (2:30-4 p.m.): “Digital Technologies to Enhance Film Creation, Acquisition, Distribution and Revenue.” Panelists: Richard Bullwinkle, chief evangelist, Macrovision; Joe Franzetta, EVP and general manager, broadband TV business unit, Tandberg Television; Kevin Schaff, founder/CEO, Thought Equity Motion

Session 2 (4:15-6 p.m.): “Broadband Video Revolution: Using Social Networks, User Generated Content and Internet Distribution to Sell Film.” Panelists: Ethan Applen, director, business development, iMeem

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