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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Via social media, Crowd Funding has emerged in recent years as the new alternative to traditional routes of funding. Sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo have become the standard bearers for filmmakers seeking to raise money through the internet. This panel will discuss how Crowd Funding works, advantages v. disadvantages, success v. failure stories, the JOBS Act and the ability to sell equity online after January 1, 2013.