EXCITE Conference Center Calendar

IFP Presents “Financing Independent Film”

This popular annual seminar presents a lively discussion about financing independent films from an international perspective.

Monday, May 18 3:30 – 5:00 pm Hosted by Nathan Adler, Partner, Ernst & Young Sponsored by Ernst & Young.

IFP Presents “American Directors at Cannes Press Conference”

This high-profile press conference has become a mainstay for American and international journalists looking to cover North America’s leading feature directors who are invited to screen at Cannes. Discussions offer fascinating and often provocative insights across the spectrum of American Cinema.

Tuesday, May 19 4:00 – 6:00 pm Moderated by Roger Ebert, Film Critic, Chicago Sun-Times. Sponsored by The Independent Film Channel. Limited seating – press and IFP members RSVP to 04-93-39-85-10

“Are Movies Too Loud?

Bang! Crash! BaBOOM! An expert from Dolby Laboratories is joined by representatives from all sides of the industry to make noise on the subject of movie soundtracks.

Wednesday, May 20 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Moderated by Peter Cowie, International Publishing Director, Variety. Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

“Critics/Filmmakers: Clashing & Commiserating”

We’ll get the war stories and battle strategies from critics and filmmakers who are fighting the Good Fight for edgy, important, adventurous filmmaking.

Thursday, May 21 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Moderated by Steven Gaydos, Managing Editor of Specials, Variety. Panelists include Todd McCarthy, Chief Film Critic, Variety; Roger Ebert, Film Critic, Chicago Sun-Times, Marc Levin, Director of “Slam”; Michel Ciment, Positif; other special guests to be announced.

Variety Presents “Ten International Producers to Watch”


Heineken Bar

Fighting for adventurous material and working the corner for ground breaking filmmakers is the sweet science of the indie film production. Here are Variety’s picks for ten of the most interesting contemporary practitioners of the sport – Julie Baines/Dan Films, Sarah Curtis, Niv Fichman, Christophe Rossignon, Beau Flynn/Stefan Simchowitz, Neil Moritz, Dolly Hall, Stefan Arndt, Juan Gordon, Tomas Backstrom/Petr Borgli.

Friday, May 15 4:00 – 6:00 pm

By invitation only. RSVP required to

Sponsored by American Airlines

IFP Presents “IFP/New Producers Alliance Breakfast”

Make your tri-coastal contacts here! Join staff and filmmakers from the IFP, the IFP/West and London’s New Producers Alliance. New York-based IFP and Los Angeles based IFP/West are membership organizations promoting American independent film production and distribution. Jointly, the sister organizations have close to 8,000 members. New Producers Alliance, a national UK membership organization of 1300, provides training and support for producers.

Wednesday, May 20 10:00 – 11:30 am