Film Independent Forum, LA
Affair: Film Independent Forum

When: Friday, October 23- Sunday, October 25, 2015

Hot Spot: Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles, CA

Deets: Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and LA Film Festival, announced today that the 11th annual Film Independent Forum will feature Blumhouse Productions Founder and CEO Jason Blum, along with Couper Samuelson, Head of Motion Pictures and Terri Taylor, Head of Casting participating in an Executive Conversation on Sunday, October 25. Additional panelists at the Forum include producers Miranda Bailey (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Nina Yang Bongiovi, (Dope, Fruitvale Station; Partner, Significant Productions), writers Bridget Bedard (Transparent, Mad Men), Wendy Calhoun (Empire),

Josh Braun, Co-President of Submarine Entertainment, Submarine Deluxe and Jessica Lacy, Head of International & Independent Film at ICM Partners, to list a few. The Forum will take place during the weekend of October 23-25 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles.

At the Forum, Film Independent will present the Sloan Producers Grant, which provides a $30,000 production grant to a Film Independent Fellow accepted into the Producing Lab that is developing a narrative film with a scientific, mathematical and/or technological theme. The Producing Lab is one of Film Independent’s highly selective Artist Development programs. In addition, Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television will host a reception during the Film Independent Forum to celebrate documentary filmmakers. 

The 2015 Film Independent Forum is presented by Indiewire. Additional sponsors include Premier Sponsors Directors Guild of America, SAGindie, Indiegogo, Singani 63 and Principal Sponsor Montana Film Office. 

The 11th annual Film Independent Forum will open with Bleecker Street’s Trumbo, directed by Jay Roach, written by John McNamara, starring Bryan Cranston, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg and Helen Mirren on Friday, October 23. The film will be followed by a Q+A with director Ja
y Roach (Game Change, Meet the Parents). Also announced today, filmmaker Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3D, G.I. Joe Retaliation, Jem and the Holograms, Now You See Me 2) will give the Filmmaker Keynote on Saturday, October 24. In addition, the Forum will close on Sunday, October 25 with director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister, Touchy Feely, Laggies) in conversation with Illeana Douglas (Easy to AssembleGhost World, Grace of My Heart).

Panelists for the 2015 Film Independent Forum include:

Miranda Bailey, producer, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Hend Baghdady, producer, Lucas Bros Moving Co, Axe Cop
Bridget Bedard, writer, Transparent, Mad Men
Jason Blum, Founder & CEO, Blumhouse Productions 
Nina Yang Bongiovi, producer, Dope, Fruitvale Station; Partner, Significant Productions
Josh Braun, Co-President, Submarine Entertainment, Submarine Deluxe
Wendy Calhoun, writer, Empire
Wendy Cohen, Principal & Partner, Picture Motion
Mercedes Yolanda Cooper, Director of Marketing, ARRAY
Alex Fumero, Director of Programming & Development, Fusion 
Kirk Hamilton, Indieworks 
Marc Hofstatter, Head of Film, Indiegogo
Azazel Jacobs, writer/director, Doll and Em
Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director, IDA
Jessica Lacy, Head, International & Independent Film, ICM Partners
David Magdael, President/CEO, David Magdael & Associates
Paul O'Neill, Business Development, Premiere Digital for Quiver
Erick Opeka, EVP, Digital Networks, Cinedigm
Tommy Pallotta, writer/director, Last Hijack
Nicole Papincak, Indieworks
Couper Samuelson, Head of Motion Pictures, Blumhouse Productions
Terri Taylor, Head of Casting, Blumhouse Productions
Michael Tringe, Co-Founder, CreatorUp 
Lois Vossen, Independent Lens Executive Producer ITVS
Femke Wolting, writer/director/producer, Last Hijack
with additional panelists to be announced 

Topics for this year’s panels are:

Viable Films: Your Budget Vs. The Market
Market Report: Documentaries
Five F#@*Ups And How To Fix Them
Doc Case Studies: Measuring Impact 
Gatekeepers And Enablers: Documentary Funders
Television: The Writers Room
Your Film + Your Audience: Marketing & Distribution Clinic
Interactive Documentaries 
Conquering The Web: One Episode At A Time
Social Media Tools: The Nitty Gritty Details
Breaking The Gates: Artists In Control
New Media: POV And Film Independent Story Hackathon

Spotted: See list of panelists above.

Hint For The Average Socialite: Early registration conference passes are $215 for Film Independent Members and $285 for non-Members who register through Friday, September 18. After September 18, conference passes are $275 for Film Independent Members and $325 for non-Members. For more information about this year’s Film Independent Forum or to purchase a pass, visit or call 310.432.1222

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