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Austin Film Festival Conference 2013 nofilmschool promo codeThe Austin Film Festival & Conference is the only major film festival in the United States truly dedicated to the art and craft of screenwriting. Like many festivals, AFF shows a slate of independent features and shorts in competition alongside upcoming major studio releases. What makes AFF special, though, is the Conference the festival holds each year featuring top screenwriters from Hollywood as well as award-winning screenwriters of independent films discussing their screenplays, their craft and the business. I feel lucky and humbled to be one of this year’s Conference panel moderators at AFF because of my contributions to nofilmschool. To find out more about the 20th Anniversary Austin Film Festival & Conference and an exclusive nofilmschool promo code for $50 off their Conference and Producers badges, check out the details below. More »

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conference-button_v3_alt3[UPDATE: the giveaway is complete, and the lucky winner is @JMoFilm!] I met my producer at an IFP event, and also I’m going to be at their Filmmaker Conference this year with my feature MANCHILD (which was previously selected for the Emerging Narrative program, and this year will be part of the international co-production market No Borders) — so obviously I’m a big believer in IFP’s programs. They’ll open the exciting Made in NY Media Center by IFP in October, but first up is Independent Film Week in New York, which is chock full of workshops, networking opportunities, readings, and pitches. If you’re not in NYC, this is a good reason to come, and we’re giving away the best pass to the Filmmaker Conference money can buy here on nofilmschool. More »

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Have you already submitted your polished script to the Nicholl Fellowship?  Did you miss that May 1 deadline and wish you had a few more days and another chance?  Then you should consider submitting to the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition.  Screenplay awards for Drama and Comedy category each include $5,000 plus reimbursement for round-trip airfare (up to $500) and hotel (up to $500) for the conference and festival.  Teleplay awards for Sitcom Spec, One-Hour Spec, Sitcom Pilot and One-Hour Pilot each include $1,000, plus reimbursement for round-trip airfare (up to $500) and hotel (up to $500) for the conference and festival. More »

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DIY Days is “a roving gathering for those who create” — a free conference open to anyone (space is limited, however). DIY Days (which has traveled to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia in the past) will be returning to New York City on March 3rd, and the full program was just announced. DIYD is the brainchild of Lance Weiler and includes many interesting workshops this year, including one by yours truly. Check out the full schedule and come on down if you’re in town! Here’s my workshop, Building a valuable relationship with your audience (4:15-5pm): More »

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This is a guest post by multimedia journalist/publicist Kristen Lepore.

How has the past year changed the outlook for independent film? As roundtable moderator and The Hollywood Reporter journalist Jay Fernandez stated, “It’s an interesting time for filmmaking in general, but the indie world is a bit of a crap shoot from picture to picture, year to year.” The point of Whitewater Films‘ roundtables is to share information and intelligence, according to Whitewater Films founder Rick Rosenthal (Halloween II, Halloween: Resurrection). And it did just that. Here’s a taste of what I learned from February’s all-women panel. More »

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I mentioned in a previous post that Vincent Laforet and I will be on a panel together as part of next weekend’s PhotoPlus Expo (which takes place Oct 28-30 here in NYC), along with Vimeo cohort Blake Whitman. I was actually planning on heading to Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity (and Stephen Colbert’s Keep Fear Alive march) on October 30th, but then I realized our panel Platform Building: Using Online Video Sharing to Attract an Audience, Establish Creativity and Network takes place at the same time. So unless you’re in DC, definitely think about registering for the conference. More details on the panel: More »

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Scott Kirsner just posted a ton of videos from the recent film/tech conference The Conversation, and since I didn’t go (that would have been three panels in three weeks), I plan on watching them all and posting what I find to be the most interesting clips here. To start, here are the opening remarks from producer/professor Ira Deutchman. The audio quality isn’t stellar, but Ira makes some good points about how The Long Tail is great for aggregators but sucks for content creators, and about how making an independent film is arrogant (thus the titular quote): More »

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I’ll be speaking on a panel titled “Writing for a New Landscape: New Media & Cross-Platform Opportunities” at IFP’s upcoming Script to Screen Conference. The conference explores new opportunities available to independent filmmakers and directly connects aspiring and working filmmakers to the decision-makers of the film, television, and digital media business. Here are some of the presenters:

Catherine Hardwicke (TwilightThirteen, Lords of Dogtown), Steve Bodow (Head Writer, The Daily Show), Brian Koppelman (Solitary Man, Rounders, Ocean’s Thirteen), Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, About a Boy), Adam Brooks (Definitely Maybe, Wimbledon), Monty Ross (Do The Right Thing), along with representatives from Focus Features International, the Sundance Channel, Filmmaker Magazine, and more! Like Ryan Bilsborrow-Koo and Zachary Lieberman, who wrote The West Side two years ago and haven’t been heard from since, thanks to the evil machinations of the film industry!1

The conference takes place Saturday and Sunday, March 20th and 21st at 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street). For IFP members, tickets to the conference are $150; for non-members, $200. However if you use the special nofilmschool code FREE2010 you can get the member rate as a non-member.2

Writing for a New Landscape: New Media & Cross-Platform Opportunities will be an interesting panel, as I suspect most of the helpful information Zack and I can impart comes from our experiences shopping our feature-length, transmedia screenplay for Third Rail, rather than from our experiences producing the DIY The West Side. Regardless, I promise our panel will be interesting, and I might even wear pants.

  1. I added that last sentence. []
  2. Okay, the code is not specific to nofilmschool. However, it will save you $50. []
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If you’ll be in New York on April 3rd, I can’t recommend the DIY Days conference highly enough. It’s free, but registration runs out quickly, so head on over to DIY Days and register now.

The WorkBook Project and the New School present DIY DAYS NYC. On Saturday April 3rd DIY DAYS comes to the New School in NYC for a day of talks, workshops and networking focused on creativity in the digital age. The focus of the day will be how those working in film, music, gaming, design, and software can fund, create, distribute and sustain from their creative efforts.

DIY Days is free because it’s run by volunteers, so:

If you live in the NYC area and are interested in lending a hand to help make DIY DAYS NYC possible we’re looking for volunteers. Send email to work [@] workbookproject dot com with the subject “volunteer in NYC.”

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IFP’s upcoming Filmmaker Conference takes place here in New York September 14th-19th and features such esteemed panelists as Kevin Smith, Robert Greenwald, and… Ryan Bilsborrow-Koo and Zachary Lieberman.

When I say it that way it looks like we’re featured alongside the industry heavyweights, but there are of course dozens of other panelists, including Rick Allen (pres., Snagfilms), Frida Torresblanco (prod., Pan’s Labyrinth), Gary Hustwit (dir., Helvetica), Lance Weiler (dir., Head Trauma), Barry Jenkins (dir., Medicine for Melancholy) and many others. Check out the schedule of events and get tickets to whatever tickles your fancy. Everyone’s talking these days about the economic hard times indie film has fallen on, and the re-thinking of the market — along with the ongoing developments in digital distribution — should make this a very interesting conference.

Zack and I are on a panel Monday, September 15th at 2:30pm entitled Case Study: Your Film Online. On the panel, we will be talking about our film… online.