Sunscreen Film Festival | Film Workshops

2018 Workshops

All these events are held in the conference room on the 5th floor of the Hyatt Place, 25 2nd Street N. St. Petersburg.

You MUST have an Industry, Filmmaker, Sponsor, Day, VIP or Volunteer Pass to attend that day’s workshops or panels.

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Schedule Subject to Change.

  1. DISTRIBUTION: Distribution (PANEL) – If you don’t get your films into the market, you won’t last long as a producer. Our panelists tackle the difficult subject of film distribution from the viewpoints of both independent filmmakers and the studio. If you’d like to make your second feature film, you can’t afford to miss this panel.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Tony Armer.

Time: 10-11:00am, Friday, April 27th

Place:  Hyatt Place Conference room.

 

  1. WRITING: Screenwriting Basics (WORKSHOP) – Professional screenwriters discuss the do’s and don’ts of writing for the screen.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Bandar Albuliwi, Cullen Douglas,

Time: 11:15am-12:30pm, Friday, April 27th

Place:  Hyatt Place Conference room.

 

  1. FILM FINANCE: It’s not “Show-art,” it’s show business! (Workshop) – We’re not going to mince words here – if you are an independent Film producer, this is the most important class you will EVER take on film financing and how it all works. Literally, one of the leading experts in independent finance and Seriously, buckle your seat belt and take notes like a maniac! As someone who lives in this space everyday, lawyer Jonathan Gray and financier, Viviana Zarragoitia, take you through the up-to-date nitty gritty of how movie finance.

Moderator: Jonathan Gray (Birth of a Nation, Precious)

Speakers: Jonathan Gray (Birth of a Nation, Precious) and Viviana Zarragoitia (VP 3 Point Capital)

Time: 12:45pm-2:00pm, Friday, April 27th

Place:  Hyatt Place Conference room.

 

  1. SCREENWRITING: SCREENWRITING:  The Truth on How to Get Your Idea or Screenplay Made.  (WORKSHOP) –  You’ve got a screenplay or a great idea for a film.  You want an agent or a producer or someone, anyone to help you make your movie.  This workshop tells you he real truth on how to make that happen.
    Moderator:Dave DeBorde
    Speakers: Viviana Zarragoitia, Tony Armer, Robert Enriquez
    Time: 2:15pm – 3:45pm, Friday, April 28th
    Place: Hyatt Place Conference room.

 

  1. PRODUCING: But Seriously, What Does a Producer “Do?” (PANEL) – This is an in-depth look at how to get a film/TV project made with a variety of panelists representing different aspects of the industry. Take lots of notes and come with your own questions. If you’re a filmmaker, you CANNOT afford to miss this panel!

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Amar Adatia, George Wehmeyer,

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am, Saturday, April 28th

Place: Hyatt Place Conference room.

 

  1. ACTING: Discovering the Male Voice (WORKSHOP) – This is an interactive workshop that is focused on helping male actors, find the distinct traits of their characters and how to effectively bring that to the screen.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Jeffrey Johnson, Cullen Douglas, Keidrich Sellati, Antoine Perry and Joe Davison.

Time: 11:15-12:30pm, Saturday, April 28th

Place: Hyatt Place Conference room.

 

  1. WRITING: Pitch Fest! (WORKSHOP) – This is your opportunity to pitch movers and shakers in the industry! There will be a sign up sheet and you will be given one minute to pitch and then receive two minutes of feedback from our panel of big industry machers. It will be 1st come, 1st serve and once the sheet fills up, there won’t be an opportunity to pitch your big idea to the panel. Do you have what it takes to be the next big thing? We’ll find out!

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Robert Enriquez, Tony Armer,

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm, Saturday, April 28th

Place:  Hyatt Place Conference room.

 

  1. ACTING: Discovering the Female Voice (WORKSHOP) – This is an interactive workshop that is focused on helping female actors, find the distinct traits of their characters and how to effectively bring that to the screen.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Andi Matheny, Eugenie Bondurant, Mary Rachel Dudley

Time: 2:15pm-3:30pm, Saturday, April 28th

Place: Hyatt Place Conference room.

 

  1. DOCUMENTARY: Truth Through A Looking Glass (PANEL) – This is an in-depth look at documentaries from the mechanics of their creation to the search for “truth” or answering an important question.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Wade Rathke, Jonathon Gray, Christopher Fodde, George Wehmeyer

Time: 3:45pm-4:45pm, Saturday, April 28th

 

 

  1. LEGAL: Ask the Lawyer (PANEL) – Learn about the legal fundamentals needed for your project. Referred to as one of the top lawyers for independent film, Jonathan Gray will discuss ownership rights, clearing, production/financing/distributions deals, insurance and more. The information covered is worth thousands of dollars, so bring a notebook and get ready to write fast!

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Jonathan Gray (Lawyer, Birth of a Nation, Precious) and Scott Goldberg

Time: 11:00am – 12:15am, Sunday, April 29th

Place: Hyatt Place Conference room.

 

  1. DIRECTING: “But, What I Really Wanna Do Is Direct” (PANEL) – Learn from industry veterans, the essentials every director should know and the potential pitfalls. Also, expect a dose of healthy cynicism, with a dash of optimism in this directing panel.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Michael Baumgarten (Martial Arts Kid), Curtis Graham, Jeffrey Scott Collins, Richard Colton, H. James Gilmore (Cracking Aces), John J. Budion, Rudolf Buitendach

Time: 12:30am-1:30pm, Sunday, April 29th

Place: Hyatt Place Conference room.

  1. PRODUCING: Florida Film…???? (PANEL) – This panel comprised of experts with unique knowledge and understanding of the film scene in Florida, will take you through the tropical landscape of shooting a film in the sunshine state! From permits, to state and local incentives, this panel is your one stop shop for figuring out how, when and why to shoot in Florida.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Tony Armer (Film Commissioner, St. Pete Clearwater), Tyler Martinolich (Film Commissioner, Tampa), Gregg Perkins (Artist and Film Professor), and Aaron Walker (Screenwriter, Film Professor).

Time: 1:45pm-2:45pm, Sunday, April 29th

Place:  Hyatt Place Conference room.

 

  1. FILMMAKING: Women in Film (PANEL) –Explore the triumphs and setbacks of women in the industry. Expect to be challenged and inspired by our panel of experts.

Moderator: Eugenie Bondurant (Hunger Games 2)

Speakers: Andi Matheny (The 5th Wave) Mary-Rachel Dudley (Fantastic Four), Frida Farrell

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm, Sunday, April 29th

Place: Hyatt Place Conference room

 

 


Here are some of our past workshops:

  • Acting workshops taught by Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Watchmen), Ethan Suplee (The Wolf of Wall Street), Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum), Alexa Vega (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Ayanna Berkshire (TV’s “Grimm” and “Parenthood”), and Solomon Trimble (Twilight).
  • Develop a Character and Deliver It with Confidence: Presented by John Jackson, casting director of the Oscar-nominated movie The Descendants.
  • Acting for Kids and Teens: Lauran Iron (TV’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “GCB”) shares her experiences breaking into the industry.
  • Creating a Killer Movie Comic: Presented by Leo Partible, author and producer; contributor to the book Who Needs a Superhero? Finding Virtue, Vice, and What’s Holy in the Comics. Partible also shares how to tell a visual story through storyboards.
  • Screenwriting Story Origins: Rules of the Game: Screenwriter David Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia) discusses adapting a script from another source, as well as optioning material.
  • Master Screenwriting Workshop by Dean Batali (producer and writer, TV’s “That 70’s Show,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).
  • Indie Film Producing Workshop by Sean Covel and Chris “Doc” Wyatt (both of Napoleon Dynamite).
  • The Business of Blockbusters: Producer Ralph Winter (X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Planet of the Apes) reveals the challenges, frustrations, and successes of producing movies in the range of $100 million and higher.
  • Build a Real Career in Entertainment: Tips from Phil Cooke, author, filmmaker and media consultant for both industry newcomers and longtime veterans.
  • Creating a Soundtrack and Acquiring Music: Presented by Michael Tolcher, composer and musician (Last Sunset, TV’s “One Tree Hill”).
  • The Power of Distribution: Finding the Right Audience with producer Ralph Winter (X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Planet of the Apes) and Phil Cooke, author, filmmaker and media consultant.
  • Faith and Film Panel: Producer and director Steve Taylor (The Second Chance) and others explore the impact filmmakers’ faith has on the way they operate on set and within the industry.
  • How to Get a Sales Agent & Sell Your Film: An in-depth look into the business side of independent film sales.
  • Building Your Audience & Making Money: Digital distribution platforms and screens, branding and new media marketing offer film producers and distributors additional paths to building audience and making money.
  • How to Make a Film for Under $10K and Get Distribution: Producer Robert Enriquez (The Grind, John Leguizamo’s “Freak”) takes you behind the curtain and shares how to make a sellable film for little capital.
  • Social Media, Publicity and Branding: Presented by Antony Francis and Amber Osbourne of Head of Lettuce Media.
  • How to Get a Hollywood Talent Agent: Presented by veteran talent agent Michael Greenwald, who has worked with Ben Affleck, Adrien Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Scarlett Johansson.

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