Dubbed “The Black Sundance,” the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual 4-day celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Southern California and around the world. HBFF’s INFOTAINMENT CONFERENCE features a wealth of informational panels and workshops covering a wide variety of topics which include: film production, distribution and marketing, pitching, writing for television and film, in addition to specific programs designed to inform and educate actors.

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Friday, October 26 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
New Avenues To Finance, Produce & Distribute Films On Any Budget

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Independent film financing and distribution of a film can be tricky. You can pitch a film project, but you must also be able to dance to music of the investor. It’s their stage, and they don’t like indie filmmakers looking for funding. Come find out how the availability of commercial distribution opportunities for films at any budget level is changing as the industry embraces an explosion of new and unconventional resources for financing, producing and distributing independent films.

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Kathryn Arnold

Entertainment Consultant, Expert Witness and Producer, The Entertainment Expert
Whether operating within the studio system or on the fringes of the independent film market, Kathryn Arnold has spent her professional career shepherding creative ideas to the marketplace. Working in both long and short form, her first producing effort The Coriolis Effect, won The... Read More →
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Brickson Diamond

Board Chair, The Blackhouse Foundation
Brickson Diamond is Chief Executive Officer of Big Answers LLC, an independent strategic consulting practice focused on capacity building in the areas of investment stewardship, organizational planning and bringing services and offerings to market within small to mid-sized non-profit... Read More →
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Darrien Michele Gipson

Executive Director, SAGindie
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Suzanne Lyons

Producer, Snowfall Films & WindChill Films
SUZANNE LYONS has over 25 years experience in television and film.  She was VP of Marketing and Promotions for a Canadian TV Network and while there she created, produced and directed news, promotions, commercials and series programming and has won numerous awards for her work... Read More →
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Hal Sadoff

Financial Advisor to the Entertainment & Media Industries
Hal Sadoff is one of the leading financial advisors to the media and entertainment industry, playing an integral role in more than 400 film productions and financings totaling over $3.5 billion. Sadoff served as Head of International and Film Finance at International Creative Management... Read More →
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Travis Stevens

Founder / Producer, Snow Fort Pictures
Snowfort Pictures is a boutique production company specializing in the development, financing, production and sale of commercial genre films worldwide. It was founded in 2010 by film development and sales exec Travis Stevens.  The company's first production, A HORRIBLE WAY TO... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2012 11:15am - 12:15pm PDT
W Hotel, Great Room 1 & 2 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood CA 90028

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