Thursday, October 02, 2014


  Filmmakers seeking to learn the best way to get their work into film festivals will have an opportunity to learn from some of the top festival programmers around in a featured panel at IFP/Chicago's 2014 Filmmakers Conference, October 10 - 11, 2014.

Meet the Programmers, a panel discussion on Saturday, October 11, provides filmmakers with an insight into the programming and curation of film festivals.

Scheduled to appear on this panel is Cara Cusumano, Senior Programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival. Prior to Tribeca, she programmed for the Hamptons International Film Festival, including curating HIFF's signature Conflict & Resolution sidebar and Oscar-qualifying shorts program, and has also worked with film organizations including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Brooklyn International Film Festival, IFP, POV, and Chicken & Egg. She frequently serves on festival juries and panels, including CPH:DOX, SANFIC, Silverdocs, and the Nantucket Film Festival. She holds a degree in English Literature, Film, and Art History from Columbia University's Barnard College, and a Master of Arts in Cinema Studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Joining Cara on this panel is Jonathan Jackson of the Milwaukee Film Festival.  He is the artistic and executive director of Milwaukee Film and has been since their first film festival in 2009.  He previously served as the artistic director for the Milwaukee International Film Festival, and directed film programming there from its inception in 2003 to 2007. Jonathan currently serves on the Education Committee of the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) and curates short film programs for MAM extending from their featured exhibitions. Previously, he worked as a teacher for the world renowned University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Film Department where he attended college, as a freelance writer for the Shepherd Express newspaper, and as program manager of the single screen cinema, the UWM Union Theatre, from 2000 to 2003.  In 2011, Jonathan was honored with a Milwaukee Business Journal "40 under 40" Award.

Also scheduled to appear on this panel are Alexandra Ensign, Reeling: The Chicago LGBT Film Festival and Bryan Wendorf, Chicago Underground Film Festival.

One of IFP/Chicago's most enduring events, the Conference screenings, panels, case-studies and guest speakers address topics important to the industry in 2014, making it the indie filmmaker event between the coasts and celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of independent filmmaking.  The complete line up of sessions and speakers can be found at

Passes are on sale at  Current IFP/Chicago members receive a significant discount - to join or renew, visit .
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