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MIFF REEL Education Seminars…Up Close with Film Industry Experts

MIFF REEL Education Seminars

Miami, February 27, 2009 - The 26th Annual Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), in association with Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School of Entertainment and Design Technology and the University of Miami’s (UM) School of Communication, presents REEL Education Seminars, informative panels, workshops, seminars and master classes to educate and entertain. REEL seminars begin Saturday, Mar. 7. 

This is a unique opportunity for students and budding filmmakers to meet leading industry professionals and noted filmmakers as they share their insights, experience and advice. Learn about the latest in 3D animation, the Florida film scene, global funding for independent films, and stop by the Kodak station to shoot your own scene, and so much more.    

Tickets: General public (per seminar): $10, Film Society members and students with ID: $5, All Access Pass (excludes Kodak seminars) for general public: $35, All Access Pass (excludes Kodak seminars) for Film Society members and students with ID: $25. Kodak seminars are free. Visit www.kodak.com/go/sbsf to sign up.  

A complete list of Reel Seminars available.     

Saturday, Mar. 7

FLORIDA FILM SCENE – DRUMMING UP DEALS
Meet local film industry players making films in Florida, or using resources from the state. Learn how they helped establish a solid marketplace for film production and financing through partnerships with New York, Los Angeles and Latin America. Discover what projects are currently underway in Florida, what is in store for 2009 and how to drum up deals.
Date: Saturday, Mar. 7, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Location: Royal Palm Hotel
Moderator: Graham Winick, film and even production manager for City of Miami Beach and president of Film Florida.
Panelists: Ben Odell, head of Development and Production for Panamax Films, Eric Rovner, talent agent for William Morris Agency, Andy Schefter, producer for CameraSpeed, Maritza Guimet, president and founder of Florida Media Market.   

CURRENT TREDS IN INDIE FILM FINANCING - SHOW ME THE MONEY
Professionals in the equity arena will explore traditional and non-traditional ways of raising money for independent movies in today's marketplace. With the economic downturn affecting equity capital investors and other traditional funding sources, what new models for film financing will emerge? Panelists will shed light on what investors are seeking and discuss creative ways to find money in these challenging times.
Date: Saturday, Mar. 7, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Royal Palm Hotel
Moderator: Joseph Monagle, associate, private banking for Credit Suisse
Panelists: Wade Bradley, CEO and founder of IndieVest, Eric Mathis, CEO of Ondamax Films, Robert Whyte, managing director for Mosaic Capital, and Randall Emmett, producer and Partner of Emmette/Furla Films.

Sunday, Mar. 8

BETTER FILMMAKING THROUGH BETTER TECHNOLOGY
In the digital age, new technologies are lowering the barriers for today’s independent filmmakers. Discover how innovative technologies are paving the way for a new generation of films and filmmakers from two of the industry’s leading companies. Check out the new technologies and learn to suit up for the new frontier.
Date: Sunday, Mar. 8, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Royal Palm Hotel
Moderator: Bradley Greer, post production specialist for Cineworks
Panelists: Michael Paul Brown, regional account manager for Kodak Entertainment Imaging Division, Andrew Nelles, senior marketing manager for Sony Broadcast and Professional Latin America (BPLA).  

SECRETS BEHIND DREAMWORKS TRUE 3D ANIMATION
Computer-Generated Animation (CGA) has grown in popularity, becoming one of the most widely watched and highest-grossing genres of film. This year, theater-goers across the world will be introduced to a brand new form of stereoscopic 3D animation, which goes above and beyond the "red and blue glasses" of the 3D past. Learn about the process of 3D animated filmmaking, what sets it apart from traditional CG animation, and what is in store for the future of filmmaking in this exciting new medium.
Date: Sunday, Mar. 8, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Location: Royal Palm Hotel
Panelists: Cameron Hood, director at DreamWorks Animation, Kyle Jefferson, director at DreamWorks Animation, Charley Walters, International Production and Distribution at DreamWorks Animation.

CINEMATOGRAPHER MASTER CLASSES
Want to know what it takes to be an award-winning cinematographer? Examine the art and craft behind creating a compelling visual story. Explore the cinematographer’s role and what methods and techniques will help propel your film to the next level.
Date: Sunday, Mar. 8, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Royal Palm Hotel
Panelist: Xavier Perez Grobet, cinematographer.

Sunday, Mar. 9 
 
KODAK PRESENTS: STOP BY SHOOT FILM
A hands-on opportunity to shoot your own scene on Super 16mm. Choose your composition, your own framing and shoot!  Kodak will send you a DVD of your work. Limited capacity.  Please visit www.kodak.com/go/sbsf to sign up. 
Date: Monday, Mar. 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Second session: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: MDC North Campus, Building 2, Room 2147
Coach/Tech Teacher: Michael Paul Brown, regional account manager for Kodak Entertainment Imaging Division.  

GUIDE TO ENTERING THE INDUSTRY
Meet film industry professionals working in Florida, and learn how to break into the biz.  Panelists will explore the current job landscape - what job options are available, where to look for open positions and which skills are most valued.
Date: Monday, Mar. 9, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Location: MDC North Campus, Building 2, Room 2147
Moderator: Barry Gordon, director of Miami Dade College’s School of Entertainment & Design Technology
Panelists: Fabio Arber, producer, Lori Wyman, casting director of Lori Wyman Casting, Lisa Martin, production coordinator, Ece Karayalcin, professor at Miami Dade College’s School of Entertainment & Design Technology, and Holly Anderson, professor at Miami Dade College’s School of Entertainment & Design Technology.

Tuesday, Mar. 10

KODAK PRESENTS: STOP BY SHOOT FILM
A hands-on opportunity to shoot your own scene on Super 16mm. Choose your composition, your own framing and shoot!  Kodak will send you a DVD of your work. Limited capacity.  Please visit www.kodak.com/go/sbsf to sign up.
Date: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Second session: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: University of Miami, School of Communication, Wolfson Building, Studio A  
Coach/Tech Teacher: Michael Paul Brown, regional account manager for Kodak Entertainment Imaging Division.  

GUIDE TO ENTERING THE INDUSTRY
Meet film industry professionals working in Florida, and learn how to break into the biz.  Panelists will explore the current job landscape - what job options are available, where to look for open positions, and which skills are most valued. Panelists will share how they first got their foot in the door and how you can too.
Date: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 3:30 – 5 p.m. 
Location: University of Miami, School of Communication, Room 2058, Shoma Hall 
Moderator: Sam Grogg, University of Miami’s School of Communication
Panelists: Fabio Arber, producer, Lori Wyman, casting director of Lori Wyman Casting, Eric Rovner, talent agent for William Morris Agency, and Jessica Kavana, director.

Wednesday, Mar. 11

INTERNATIONAL FINANCING – BUDGETS WITHOUT BORDERS 
Learn about tapping into funding around the globe from leading international financiers, co-producers and sales agents. Hear about qualifications for co-productions, ways to access soft money, international tax-credit financing, as well as how to make your film more international and thus more appealing around the globe.
Date: Wednesday, Mar. 11, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Royal Palm Hotel
Moderator: Susan Wrubel, international film consultant
Panelists: Frida Torresblanco, producer, Rodrigo Guerrero, producer for Dynamo Capital, and Diego Halabi, CEO of Sun Distribution.

Friday, Mar. 13

INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION: THE INSIDER’S GUIDE 
Gain insight from packaging agents, financiers and independent producers on how to create the strongest package possible for your indie film from script to director, talent to financing and how to make the most of your shooting location.
Date: Friday, Mar. 13, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Royal Palm Hotel
Moderator: Chris Tuffin, producer for Social Capital Films
Panelists: Carlos Carreras, talent agent for United Talent Agency, Laura Rister, manager, Literary, Untitled Entertainment, and Alexis Garcia, motion picture literary for Endeavor Talent Agency.

Saturday, Mar. 14

SELLING YOUR FILM 
What do foreign sales agents and acquisitions executives look for when pre-buying projects, co-producing, or acquiring completed features? What kinds of world sales and distribution deals are being brokered and at what stage? Hear from the industry pros who are reading the scripts, covering film festivals and acquiring films.
Date: Saturday, Mar. 14, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Royal Palm Hotel
Moderator: Mike Goodridge, U.S. editor for Screen International
Panelists: Matt Brodlie, senior vice president of Production & Aquisitions for Paramount, Samantha Horley, managing director and Salt & Head of Sales for Lumina Films, Winnie Lau, director of International Sales and Distribution for  Fortissiomo Films, Sarah Lash, domestic sales for Cinetic Media, and Arianna Bocco, vice president of Acquisitions and Production for IFC. 

EVENT LOCATIONS:

Miami Dade College, North Campus
11380 NW 27 Ave., Miami

University of Miami, School of Communication
5100 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables

Royal Palm Hotel
1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Festival Media Contacts:
Jessica Pfeffer - advisor, MIFF press & publicity - 305-804-8424, JessicaP@MiamiFilmFestival.com
Adrienne McWilliams - MIFF press & publicity manager – 305-213-1705, Adrienne@MiamiFilmFestival.com
Judy Drutz - senior advisor, MIFF press & publicity -646-244-3287, Judith@MiamiFilmFestival.com

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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