Maximizing the Festival Circuit
With more than 7,500 film festivals around the world, and over 15,000 films vying for attention, it has become increasingly important to develop a custom strategy for your film in order to achieve your goals. Industry, community and regional fests all play a role, but targeting the right festivals is crucial. Festival veterans will advise on how to maximize the festival circuit by getting on the programmer’s radar, making the most of your participation, and networking to help advance your career.
Paul Jun, Co-Founder & CEO, Filmocracy
Jon Fitzgerald, Founder, iGEMStv; Co-Founder, Film Festival Mastery
Justin Giddings, Film Festival Mastery
Jeffrey Winter, Co-Executive Director, The Film Collaborative
presented in partnership with Filmocracy
Jeffrey WinterCo-Executive Director, The Film Collaborative
Jeffrey Winter is co executive director at The Film Collaborative since 2010, an LA-based independent film distribution company with specialities in human rights, social justice, environmental issues, and LGBT cinema. Highlight films during this time include Kirby Dick’s THE INVISIBLE WAR, David France’s THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON, Nanfu Wang’s HOOLIGAN SPARROW, Andrew Haigh’s WEEKEND, Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules’ MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE; Sam Feder’s DISCLOSURE, Jacqueline Olve’s ALWAYS IN SEASON, David Charles Rodrigues’ GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH, Ondi Timoner’s MAPPLETHORPE, Kirsten Johnson’s CAMERAPERSON, Louie Psihoyos’ RACING EXTINCTION, and many more.
Other career highlights include five years managing strategic investments and U.S. sales/acquisitions for the largest media conglomerate in Spain (under the banners Maxmedia, Sogepaq, Sogetel, and Sogecine); several years handling grassroots marketing for L.A.’s two largest film festivals (the Los Angeles Film Festival and AFI FEST); a long tenure handling non-theatrical/festival/educational screenings for Wolfe Releasing (the world’s largest catalogue of LGBT films); and 11 years as a panel programmer/programming consultant for the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier.
Jon FitzgeraldFounder, iGEMStv and Co-Founder, Film Festival Mastery
Jon has twenty-five years of experience in the independent film, internet and film festival communities. As a filmmaker, he has produced a number of award winning documentaries; and as a consultant, he has guided many independent film projects through the maze of festivals and hybrid distribution models.
As a co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival (1995), he led the event the next two seasons before being named the Festival Director for the prestigious AFI Film Festival in 1997. After running AFI Fest for three years (1997-1999), he created a consulting business, guiding the launch of numerous film festivals (Bahamas, Lone Star, Orlando), directing several others (Santa Barbara, Naples and Abu Dhabi), and consulting to dozens more.
In 2015, Jon founded Cause Pictures, directing a handful of documentaries and connecting audiences with social impact films with blogs and podcasts. And in 2019, Jon founded iGEMS.tv, as a guide to engaging movies and series. iGEMS added a Pro division in 2020, to provide resources and a directory to assist independent filmmakers with festivals and distribution.
Paul JunCEO & Co-Founder, Filmocracy
Paul is co-founder & CEO of Filmocracy, a film and festival streaming platform. He is a serial problem solver and USAF veteran. He served as an intelligence officer and upon completing his service he moved to the film industry where he worked as Director of Sales and Acquisitions at Covert Media before starting his own company. UCSD and CSUF MBA alum.