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Panels and Events

Thursday, April 6

Opportunities in Branded Content

Thursday, April 6 at 10:30am
Art Institute

Fresh perspective and moving content are what brands want today. Audiences want to be moved - not sold. This invaluable conversation with industry leaders explores a new revenue stream and potential avenue for sustaining your career as a filmmaker.

Panelists: Paige Williams, Larry Laboe, Erin Hanley, Chevon Hicks
Moderator: David Cohen - Digital Features Director, Variety

Secrets to Successful Production

Thursday, April 6 at 1:00pm
Art Institute

This group of industry veterans will illuminate the nuts-and-bolts business of filmmaking. After the script is written and your cast is in place, independent filmmakers still need to be armed with insight into the joys of permits, promotion, contract negotiation, location scouting and more.

Panelists: Paul Audley, Kevin Clark, Jonathan Skurnik, Kate Serfoss, Esq
Moderator: Ilyanne Morden Kichaven - Executive Director, Los Angeles, SAG-AFTRA

Step into the Future

Thursday, April 6 at 3:00pm
Art Institute

Color correcting is perhaps the most important and at times least acknowledged piece of the production game. In this workshop, expert Jordan Snider from ChromaColor, helps you keep up with the times. Youtube is already broadcasting in HDR, and the next generation of wider color gamut panels (Rec 2020) are not far off the horizon. Evolving from SD to HD to HDR, Snider presents an overview of what's next and provides factors to consider when looking to future-proof your next production.

Hosted by: Jordan Snider- Head Colorist/Owner ChromaColor

Community Impact Award

Thursday, April 6 at 4:30pm

Jacques Thelemaque is honored with Audience Awards’ Community Impact Award, followed by a screening of a short film from Filmmakers Alliance.
Moderator: Carlos Aguilar - Indiewire/Moviemaker

Avant-Garde Award

Thursday, April 6 at 7:30pm
El Portal

Paz Lenchantin performs live to accompany her Super 8 film The Spider Lady and then receives the Avant-Garde Award. Her performance is followed by the world premiere screening of the Super8 One Roll Film Challenge winners, also with live music accompaniment.
Moderator: Steve Baltin

Friday, April 7

Crowdfunding to Build Independence

Friday, April 7 at 11:30am
Art Institute

This workshop, put on by Founder and CEO Emily Best and Director of Crowdfunding Gerry Maravilla of Seed&Spark, will teach you how to find and engage your fans, run an effective crowdfunding campaign, and then distribute your film—all while preparing you to make your next film.

Panelists: Emily Best, Gerry Maravilla

Women’s Film Challenge Mentorship

Friday, April 7 at 11:30am
The Federal

As the culmination of Audience Awards Women’s Film Challenge, the top ten finalists are offered exclusive access to join a group of top-tier women in the film industry for mentor roundtables. Come prepared with questions and be ready to talk about your work and what’s next for you. (Invitation only.)

Mentors: Emily Best, Darrien Gipson, Lynnette Ramirez, Deniese Davis, Debbie Liebling, Hillary Jones, Orly Ravid, Roberta Marie Munroe, Moira Griffin, Svetlana Cvetko, Sarah Halley Finn, Poppy Hanks

The Power of Super 8 Film - Insider Tips Every Filmmaker Should Know

Friday, April 7 at 1:00pm
Art Institute

Whether you’re using real film for the first time or an aficionado, Phil and Rhonda Vigeant, the Super 8 specialists, will demystify Super 8 workflow, including camera choices, film stock and content delivery. Investigate the format which has been used in top music videos, big brand ads, hit TV shows and dozens of films.

Talking Festival Strategy with the Experts

Friday, April 7 at 3:00pm
Art Institute

With thousands of film festivals around the world, navigating the festival circuit may feel overwhelming.This talented panel of festival experts share priceless strategic advice. From planning your premiere to making a roadmap for life after the festival circuit, you’ll hear everything you need to set your film on the path to success.

Panelists: Kimberley Browning, Hebe Tabachnik, Christopher Racster, Jennifer Wilson
Moderator: Mark Olsen, Staff writer for the LA Times

Trailblazer Award

Friday, April 7 at 7:30pm
El Portal

Effie T. Brown will receive the Trailblazer Award followed by a conversation on her career and her commitment to diversity moderated by Franklin Leonard, Founder, CEO: The Black List. Next is a screening of the award-winning Fusion Doc Challenge shorts, all of which were shot, edited and produced in 120 hours.

Saturday, April 8

Social Impact Through Filmmaking

Saturday, April 8 at 11:00am
Art Institute

The medium of film has the power to shape the world. This panel of filmmakers with social impact will discuss how they use their significant powers for good. Sharing their own experience, our panel reveals what it takes to successfully deliver a message through media and engage a global community.

Panelists: Dersu Rhodes, Phillip Rodriguez, Ashley Hasz
Moderator: Rachel de Leon, Coordinating Producer at The Center for Investigative Reporting

Do a Shot with Pro8mm Film Workshop

Saturday, April 8 at 12:30pm
Art Institute

After a short hands-on orientation, participants will hit the streets to create “outtakes” of the AudFest scene. Pro8mm provides the film and you provide the talent. Bring your own camera OR use one of theirs and be ready to dive into collaboration. Pro8 will process the film and share the reel with all participants. (Workshop limited to 20.)

Inside the Writers’ Room with Story Editors from “Empire”

Saturday, April 8 at 2:00pm
Art Institute

Join sisters JaNeika and JaSheika James, story editors for FOX’s “Empire,” for an exclusive look behind the scenes of a hit TV show. This dynamic pair will share their experiences working in the fast-paced medium of serial writing and how they help produce original and gripping scripts year after year.

Panelists: JaNeika James, JaSheika James
Moderator: Joseph Kapsch - Managing Editor at TooFab

Focusing on the Lens

Saturday, April 8 at 4:00pm
Art Institute

This Fearless Film School workshop is being offered by award-winning director/DPs Liz Hinlein and Anka Malatynska. This exclusive opportunity will give you tools to “discover the magical and learn the logical.” Explore how the lens can unleash your creative force and vision. If time permits a hands-on demo will be included.

Hosted by: Liz Hinlein and Anka Malatynska - Award-winning directors/cinematographers

Maverick Award

Saturday, April 8th at 7:30pm
El Portal

Audience Awards’ Maverick Award goes to Ondi Timoner. A conversation about her groundbreaking career will be moderated by Anne Thompson, Editor-at-Large at Indiewire, followed by the red carpet screening of the Women’s Film Challenge short-film winners.

Sunday, April 9

Awards Ceremony and Farewell Brunch

Sunday, April 9th at 10:30am
The Federal

It’s time to say goodbye to our first live Audience Awards Film Festival and to recognize the work of our amazing filmmakers. Thank you all for having fun with us this weekend! We hope it was as rewarding for you as it was for us!