Thursday, October 15, 2020

CIFF Industry Days >> Daily Industry Alert - Thursday October 15


Daily Industry Alert

Thursday, October 15

Welcome to Day 2 of Industry Days!

Below, please find the registration links to today's panels and networking event. V
isit the website and read the FAQs for more information.
Industry Days Website

How to Make a Good Movie and a Little Profit on a Low-Budget: Case Study on Saint Frances
12:00 – 1:00pm (CT)
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Director Alex Thompson and writer-star Kelly O’Sullivan made last year’s Chicago hit film Saint Frances; the movie won multiple festival awards, was released by Oscilloscope, received great reviews, but earned just $200,000 at the box office. Get the nitty-gritty details on development, financing, and distribution from the Saint Frances team, and what success really means for a low-budget film.

Panelists: Scott Macaulay (moderator), Kelly O’Sullivan, Alex Thompson, Nate Hurtsellers, Ian Keiser

Panel Registration Link

Screenwriting Master Class: John Logan
3:00 – 4:15pm (CT)
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Three-time Oscar nominee and winner of Golden Globe, BAFTA, and WGA awards, John Logan has written such films as Skyfall, Spectre, Hugo, The Aviator, and Gladiator, as well as created and produced the television series Penny Dreadful and written dozens of award-winning plays. Learn how to write scripts from a master, indeed.

Moderated by Tim Grierson (Screen International)

Panel Registration Link

Keynote Conversation: At the Vanguard with Dede Gardner, Producer of Moonlight and The Big Short
5:00 – 6:15pm (CT)
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Two-time Academy Award-winning producer and Co-President of Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B Entertainment, Dede Gardner has produced such award-winning films as Moonlight, Vice, The Big Short, Selma, 12 Years a Slave, and The Tree of Life. For TV, she recently produced Barry Jenkins’ Underground Railroad and Dennis Kelly’s Third Day. Gardner will discuss her process for cultivating new talents and developing and producing great works of topical and artistic cinema and television.

Moderated by Gil Robertson (African American Film Critics Association)

Panel Registration Link

Networking Hour: With Kartemquin Films, IFA Chicago, and SAGIndie
6:00 – 7:00pm (CT)
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Passholders are invited to this meet up to talk with other attendees, filmmakers, and the Industry Days team. Also, meet representatives from Kartemquin Films, IFA Chicago and SAGIndie to learn more about their organizations.

Networking Registration Link

Past Panels

All Industry Days panels will be recorded. After a panel is complete, please give us generally up to 24 hours for it to appear on the YouTube page. Passholders will have access to this page through the duration of the festival - ending on October 25.
Past Panels Link

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Werner HerzogChlo√© Zhao, Spike Lee, and Tsai Ming-Liang are just some of the acclaimed directors whose work you'll see at this year's Festival, alongside such highly anticipated films as AmmoniteBad Hair, and One Night in Miami.
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