While the Nashville Film Festival is always a great place to see new films and shorts that cinephiles might not otherwise get the opportunity to view in Nashville, there’s much more to the annual event. It’s also a chance to network and get to know filmmakers from around the globe, as well as the chance to establish contact with actors, producers, filmmakers and technical creatives right here in Music City. Encouraging that sense of community and the idea of always honing one’s craft, NaFF also includes several Creator’s Conference panel discussions on a variety of topics related to the industry of cinema.
With the festival in full swing, at Regal Hollywood 27, (the festival’s current home) this year’s Creator’s Conference kicked off Thursday, April 27 with conferences in a few of the theatre’s auditoriums featuring leading industry executives speaking on a variety of topics including getting started in the film business, marketing a film, what a film buyer looks for and more.
The two-day event-within-an-event continues at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 28 beginning in Theatre 9 with Distribution in China, featuring panelist Wang Fenglin, General Secretary of the China Film Producers’ Association, Li Weaver, President of JC Business Group and Ted Crockett, Executive Director of the Nashville Film Festival.
At 10:45 a.m. there’s a variety of Creator’s Conferences being offered. In Theatre 2, Luke Taylor, Co-Founder and COO of BondIt Media Capital and Buffalo 8 Productions will lead the discussion on How to Package Your Film.
In Theatre 7, also at 10:45 a.m. is Cinemuse’s Andy Hill and film composer David Wingo (Mud, Take Shelter) will discuss How to Speak a Composer’s Language.
Switching momentarily from film to TV, in Theatre 8 at 10:45 a.m., Travis Nicholson, creator, writer and actor from CMT’s Still the King series will offer an insiders look at the making of a TV series with Still the King: The Structure of a Season.
Rounding out the 10:45 a.m. options in Theatre 9 Lori Cromwell of Ubisoft, Megan Barbour, Buddha Jones and Michael Freeman of Ogilvy and Mather, Mike Ladman of Droga5, Nick Keenan of VML, Rob Kaplan of Wool & Tusk and Moderator Arron Mercer, also of Wool & Tusk will discuss getting songs into advertising during the Promos and Advertising Creator’s Conference.
At 1 p.m., in Theatre 2 Heidi Dean of Backstage Magazine and Lotos Nile’s Kissy Black will helm the talk Expose Yourself: How to Use Social Media to Grow Your Career.
Also at 1 p.m., in Theatre 7, mega-co-producer, Wendy Calhoun (Empire, Nashville, Justified, Revenge) and Moderator Melissa Lumus, Competitions Manager for the Nashville Film Festival will present Change the World with VR, a discussion the emerging medium of virtual reality and 360 film.
Rounding out the 1 p.m. options in Theatre 8 is Emmy-winner Aaron Bleyaert, best known for Clueless Gamer, the web series that got its start as part of late-nite chat host Conan O’Brien’s online platform, as he offers insight in the Creator’s Conference Clueless Gamer: Writing for New Media.
At 2:45 p.m. in Theatre 2 it’s What are We Looking For?, a panel discussion of what types of screenplays and films those who are in charge are actually looking for this year, featuring Babacar Dien, VP of Acquisitions and Development at Voltage Picture, Melanie Miller, EVP at Samuel Goldwyn Films, Patrick Ewald, CEO at Epic Pictures Group and Moderated by Steven Gaydos, Executive Editor of Variety Magazine.
Also at 2:45 p.m., in Theatre 6, How VR is Changing Storytelling and the Entertainment Industry will feature Leslie Pirritano of AMD, Robin Prybil of Radeon Technologies Group and AMD’s Dominick Spina.
In Theatre 8 at 2:45 p.m. is Wig & Hair Design Artist, Michael Meyer of AMUA and Emmy-winning Makeup Artist, Ben Rittenhouse will chat about The Art of Transforming Actors in Character. During this Creator’s Conference, Rittenhouse and Meyer will transform an actor into a character live as they discuss their techniques.
Wrapping the 2:45 p.m. options is Marketing and Branding Yourself as a Musician in Theatre 9, during which Jake Basden, VP of Publicity and Corporate Communications at Big Machine Label Group will offer advice to those seeking a career as a musician, and if anyone would know, it’d be Basden, as Big Machine’s current roster of artists includes everyone from Cassadee Pope and Brantley Gilbert to Reba and of course Taylor Swift.
At 4 p.m., BondIt Media Capital and Buffalo 8 Productions’ Luke Taylor is back with The Making of a Deal in which he discusses deal-making in the ever-changing landscape of how media is distributed and consumed.
Rounding out the Creator’s Conference sessions at 4:30 p.m. in Theatre 9, is A Conversation with Ed Roland featuring lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the band Collective Soul. Moderated by CMT’s Leslie Fram, it’s a chance to hear first-person Roland’s experiences in the creation of music and the business therein.
Individual tickets can be purchased to any of Creator’s Conference offerings. For more information or to purchase tickets, simply click any of the titles above.
Of course the festival is still in full force. If industry talks aren’t your thing, and you just wanna check out some movies, Click Here for the full schedule and to purchase single screening tickets.
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