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Special Guests

Industry leaders who have paved the way


Honorees

Creatives being honored for their groundbreaking work

Ondi Timoner

Ondi Timoner

Maverick Award for being a pioneering woman in the industry

ONDI TIMONER has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice, once for her documentary DIG! and also for 2009’s We Live in Public. Her latest project is Jungletown, an ongoing television series and feature-length documentary. She has also written the script for Mapplethorpe, which she is set to produce and direct in June 2017.

Timoner is also the Founder and CEA of A Total Disruption, an online network dedicated to telling the stories of innovators, entrepreneurs and artists using technology to change the way we live. Timoner serves on the National Board of the DGA and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.


Effie T. Brown

Effie T. Brown

Trailblazer Award for helping the movement toward diversity in film.

Effie T. Brown is a film and television producer, known for the acclaimed independent feature Dear White People and FOX’s highly anticipated network series “Star,” created by Lee Daniels. Through her company, Duly Noted, Inc., Brown is producing the Lionsgate feature Flyy Girl. She has produced several critically acclaimed HBO Films and award-winning projects including Stranger Inside, Jane Campion’s In the Cut, Real Women Have Curves, Everyday People and Rocket Science.


Paz Lenchantin

Paz Lenchantin

Avant-Garde Award for her outstanding mixed media performances honoring Super 8 film

Paz Lenchantin studied violin, theater and film at Idyllwild Arts and later worked at the Lee Strasberg Institute as Music Director for The Three Penny Opera. She worked on several stop-motion videos for bands such as Tool and The Entrance Band. Lenchantin is now a permanent member of Pixies for whom she has also produced stop-motion Super8 projects. Lenchantin also made a film called The Spider Lady, which she will be performing live on violin and bass at AudFest.


Jaques Thelemaque

Jacques Thelemaque

Community Impact Award for his work connecting filmmakers to resources as they follow the path he tred

Jacques Thelemaque is an award-winning filmmaker and cofounder of Filmmakers Alliance, an independent filmmaking resource organization that has supported the production of hundreds of films screening at every major festival in the world. Jacques is also a film theorist, teacher, lecturer and consultant and has been a programmer for the Los Angeles Film Festival since 2011.

Panelists and Mentors

Experts who will share their experience

Carlos Aguila

Carlos Aguilar

Film Journalist

Moderator

Paul Audley

Paul Audley

President at FilmL.A., Inc.

Panel: Secrets to Successful Production

Steve Baltin

Steve Baltin

Journalist

Emily Best

Emily Best

Founder/CEO, Seed&Spark

Women's Film Challenge Mentor

Kimberley Browning

Kimberley Browning

Short Film Programmer - Tribeca Film Festival and Founder/Festival Director, Hollywood Shorts Film Festival

Panel: Talking Festival Strategy with the Experts

Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark

Executive Director, Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI)

Panel: Secrets to Successful Production

David Cohen

David Cohen

Digital Features Director, Variety

Panel: Opportunities in Branded Content

Jason Coleman

Jason Coleman

Film Critic, WhySoBlu.com

Moderator

Svetlana Cvetko

Svetlana Cvetko

Award-winning cinematographer

Women's Film Challenge Mentor

Deniese Davis

Deniese Davis

COO of ColorCreative.TV; TV and digital producer

Women's Film Challenge Mentor

Rachel De Leon

Rachel de Leon

Coordinating Producer at The Center for Investigative Reporting

Panel: Social Impact Through Filmmaking

Sarah Halley Finn

Sarah Halley Finn

Casting director

Women's Film Challenge Mentor

Darrien Michele Gipson

Darrien Gipson

National Director of SAGIndie

Women's Film Challenge Mentor

Moira Griffin

Moira Griffin

Senior Manager of Diversity Incentives at Sundance Institute

Women's Film Challenge Mentor

Poppy Hanks

Poppy Hanks

SVP of Development and Production for MACRO

Women's Film Challenge Mentor

Ashley Hasz

Ashley Hasz

Senior Director of Film and Integrated Marketing for Participant Media

Panel: Social Impact Through Filmmaking

Erin Hanley

Erin Hanley

Managing Account Supervisor, Branded Content Strategy at Ketchum Sports & Entertainment

Panel: Opportunities in Branded Content

Chevon Hicks

Chevon Hicks

Founder/Creative Director of PatternBreak

Panel: Opportunities in Branded Content

Anka Malatynska and Liz Hinlein

Anka Malatynska and Liz Hinlein

Award-winning director/cinematographers

Focusing on the Lens

JaNeika James

JaNeika James

Story Editor for “Empire”

Inside the Writers Room with Story Editors from "Empire"

JaSheika James

JaSheika James

Story Editor for “Empire”

Inside the Writers Room with Story Editors from "Empire"

Hillary Jones

Hillary Jones

Head of Business & Legal Affairs at Smith Global Media

Women's Film Challenge Mentor

Joseph Kapsch

Joseph Kapsch

Managing Editor, TooFab

Inside the Writers Room with Story Editors from Empire

Ilyanne Morden Kichavenn

Ilyanne Morden Kichaven

Executive Director, Los Angeles, SAG-AFTRA

Panel: Secrets to Successful Production

Larry Laboe

Larry Laboe

President of Production at SXM

Panel: Opportunities in Branded Content

Franklin Leonard

Franklin Leonard

Founder/CEO: The Black List

Moderator

Debbie Lieblin

Debbie Liebling

Film and television producer

Women's Film Challenge Mentor

Erin O’Malley

Erin O’Malley

Executive Producer and Director on New Girl

Gerry Maravilla

Gerry Maravilla

Director of Crowdfunding, Seed&Spark

Crowdfunding to Build Independence

Roberta Marie Munroe

Roberta Marie Munroe

Award-winning director, producer and author

Women's Film Challenge Mentor

Christopher Racster

Christopher Racster

Executive Director of Outfest

Panel: Talking Festival Strategy with the Experts

Lynnette Ramirez

Lynnette Ramirez

Content creator and executive manager

Women's Film Challenge Mentor

Orly Ravid

Orly Ravid

Entertainment attorney at MSK & Founder of The Film Collaborative

Women's Film Challenge Mentor

Kristina Reed

Kristina Reed

VP, Creative Production, Disney Television Animation

Dersu Rhodes

Dersu Rhodes

Design Director for VICE Media, INC

Panel: Social Impact Through Filmmaking

Phillip Rodriguez

Phillip Rodriguez

Filmmaker of the upcoming film The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo

Panel: Social Impact Through Filmmaking

Kate Serfoss, Esq

Kate Serfoss, Esq

Attorney at Donaldson + Callif, LLP

Panel: Secrets to Successful Production

Jonathan Skurnik

Jonathan Skurnik

Award-winning filmmaker and Founder of the Youth and Gender Media Project

Panel: Secrets to Successful Production

Hebe Tabachnik

Hebe Tabachnik

World Cinema Programmer, Seattle and Palm Springs film festivals, Artistic Director, Cine Latino Minneapolis Saint Paul Festival

Panel: Talking Festival Strategy with the Experts

Anne Thompson

Anne Thompson

Editor-at-Large, Indiewire

Moderator

Gabriela Tollman

Gabriela Tollmann

Writer and director

Paige Williams

Paige Williams

Award-winning filmmaker and CEO and Founder of Audience Awards

Panel: Opportunities in Branded Content

Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson

LA Film Festival Senior Programmer

Panel: Talking Festival Strategy with the Experts