VFO, VPA, WFD & Belltower Pictures present:
Marketing, Distribution & Finance Symposium, May 6-7, 2017
The purpose of the symposium is to bring together leading film industry experts to help filmmakers discover the most effective ways to finance, distribute and market their films, answering questions such as:
- What are the best ways to raise money for your film?
- How can you cultivate an audience for your film before pre-production?
- What are your options for distribution?
- Can you… and should you “do it yourself?”
Speakers and Panelists will include:
JON REISS founded Hybrid Cinema in 2010 to help filmmakers, film companies navigate the ever-changing world of film distribution and marketing. Since then he has worked with hundreds of filmmakers and the IFP, the Sundance Institute, Screen Australia, Film Independent, Creative Scotland, IDA, Film Independent, Creative Visions and numerous others. He wrote Think Outside the Box Office and co-wrote Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul. Named one of “10 Digital Directors to Watch” by Daily Variety, Jon has also directed music videos for Nine Inch Nails, The Black Crowes, Danzig and Slayer.
KIRK T. SCHRODER is a world-renowned and widely respected entertainment and arts law attorney. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for the field of entertainment law and is currently rated an “AV Preeminent” lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for lawyers.
ERIK ANDERSON is the Founder and CEO of Premiere Digital Services and its independent distribution branch, Quiver. Prior to founding PDS & Quiver, Erik led the operations team that built out Apple’s iTunes Video Store, the world’s largest and most profitable online digital movie store. Quiver helps filmmakers distribute to worldwide audiences via video on demand retailers like iTunes, Google Play, and Netflix.
BILL REEVES is the Founder of The WTA Group and has extensive experience in faith-based entertainment since 1988. He aided in distribution support for recording artists such as Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. At Big Idea Productions, Bill led retail product licensing and distribution for the successful VeggieTales® brand. As VP of Marketing for Propeller Consulting, he participated in the marketing launches of faith-based films such as Fireproof, Courageous and Soul Surfer. In 2009, Bill launched The WTA Group, where he has led the marketing campaigns for such films as 90 Minutes in Heaven, The Ultimate Life, and God’s Not Dead and his agency has steered the release of Heaven is for Real and War Room.
Where: WCVE Studios, 23 Sesame Street, Richmond, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 2017
How Much: Registration – $150*
($50 discount for Veterans or members of VPA, WIFV, TIVA, SAG-AFTRA)
*Includes lunch both days and a networking reception Saturday evening