Welcome to the 2016 Filmmaker Summit

 
 

For the FIFTH year, The Berkshire International Film Festival (the BIFF) is proud to present the annual Filmmakers Summit; a two-day talent academy offered to the 2016 film selection filmmakers. Offering a diverse, multi-dimensional program of panel discussions, lectures, special events, and breakout sessions lead by known industry professionals, the BIFF Filmmakers Summit is designed to celebrate and support the advancement of filmmakers and recognize film as a relevant and important medium. Beginning on Wednesday, June 1, the Filmmakers Summit is an integral part of the festival experience for filmmakers. Ensuring the freshest and most poignant dialogue in conjunction with incredibly unique events, this Summit goes way beyond networking; it will fortify the festival experience. Sheila Nevins will be the keynote speaker. Chrysler Capital and Momentary Pictures are sponsors of the Summit.

The Filmmaker Summit of The Berkshire International Film Festival is an industry intensive made up of round table discussions, tech presentations, panels, parties and networking events offered to past and current filmmakers screening at the festival. The Summit invites leading industry professionals to guide a series of in-depth discussions covering the most compelling trends in the entertainment industry. By giving filmmakers direct access to the experience and acumen of these professionals, The Summit aims to expand each filmmaker’s scope of the industry, and to offer valuable insight to segments beyond the filmmaker’s particular expertise. Canvassing sectors from development to exhibition,insurance to financing, scheduling to marketing, and including the influence of fields such as social media, new media and mobile platforms, The Summit brings filmmakers – story tellers – a wider perspective on the entertainment industry as a whole, as it evolves with them.

Dear Filmmakers,

We are pleased to welcome you to the fifth annual Filmmaker’s Summit and the eleventh annual Berkshire International Film Festival!

The BIFF aims to foster a community-wide attitude that will allow filmmakers, directors, writers and actors an encouraging environment to collaborate, present their work, and interact with each other and with film audiences. It is in support of this aim that the Filmmakers Summit was developed 5 years ago as a nurturing, creative space for filmmakers and industry professionals to come together in the spirit of collaboration, discussion, and continued growth. The Filmmakers Summit is an integral part of the festival experience for filmmakers, ensuring the freshest and most poignant dialogue in conjunction with unique events with Douglas Trumbull and Sheila Nevins. The Summit goes beyond networking and fortifies the festival experience.

Summit 2016

Click image below for our Filmmaker Summit 2016 booklet.

Moderators

MARCO LONDONER
PRODUCER/PRINCIPAL
MOMENTARY PICTURES

ZHANA LONDONER
PRODUCER/EXECUTIVE MOMENTARY PICTURES

Keynote Speakers

DOUGLAS TRUMBULL
ACADEMY AWARD WINNING,
SPECIAL EFFECTS ICON AND VISIONARY

SHEILA NEVINS
PRESIDENT OF HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Panelists

CHRISTIAN BRUUN
OWNER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR
AT LIGHT CONE PICTURES

ALEX KURZE
GENERAL RENTAL MANAGER AT ABEL CINE,
AKURZE@ABELCINE.COM

PETER MARSHALL
MANAGING DIRECTOR AT DEWITT STERN

MAUREEN MASTERS
HEAD OF PUBLICITY, BROOKLYN
ACADEMY OF MUSIC’S CINÉMATEK

PER MELITA
PRODUCER

BEN PALBUBA
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT OF AUGAR

GREG RHEM
HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS

DOUG TIROLA
PRESIDENT OF 4TH ROW FILMS

SUSAN MURI
SENIOR VP FILMFINANCES INC

Filmmakers

BIG T
BRENDA RAY
WRITER/DIRECTOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

BIG T
MAX FRANKSTON
PRODUCER

BIG T
LANA YOUNG
ACTOR

COMING OUT
ALDEN PETERS
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

EWE TOPIA
BEN HILLMAN
DIRECTOR

EVERYBODY KNOWS…ELIZABETH MURRAY
KRISTI ZEA
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

EVERYBODY KNOWS…ELIZABETH MURRAY
JACKI OCHS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

EVERYBODY KNOWS…ELIZABETH MURRAY
CAROLINE GOODMAN-THOMASES
PRODUCER

FORGOTTEN FARMS
SARAH GARDNER
PRODUCER

FORGOTTEN FARMS
DAVE SIMONDS
DIRECTOR

JANUARY
CRAIG POSPISIL
DIRECTOR

JOE’S VIOLIN
KAHANE COOPERMAN
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

NEWTOWN
MARIA CUOMO COLE
PRODUCER

NEWTOWN
KIM SNYDER
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

RAISA
CHRISTIAN BRUUN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

REBEL CITIZEN
PACO DE ONÍS
PRODUCER

REBEL CITIZEN
PAMELA YATES
DIRECTOR

SAVING JAMAICA BAY
DAN HENDRICK
PRODUCER/WRITER

SUITED
STACEY REISS
PRODUCER

TATTOO YOU
LISA GRISSOM
WRITER/PRODUCER

TEST DRIVE
RYAN CONVERY
PRODUCER/EDITOR

TEST DRIVE
JIM FORD
DIRECTOR

THE WITNESS
MELISSA JACOBSON
CO-PRODUCER

YEAR BY THE SEA
LAURA GOODENOW
PRODUCER

YEAR BY THE SEA
ALEXANDER JANKO
DIRECTOR/WRITER

YEAR BY THE SEA
NORIKO SAKAMOTO
EDITOR

Event Schedule

Wednesday
June 1, 2016

11:45am
Filmmaker Summit Begins: Yale Hill
for Lunch & Welcome Intros

12:30pm
Bus Departure to
Doug Trumbull’s Studio

1:00-3:30pm
Doug Trumbull Presents

3:30pm
Bus to Yale Hill

4:00-5:00pm
IT’S A VR WORLD WE LIVE IN….
Alex Kurze, Christian D. Bruun, Ben Paluba

7pm Filmmaker Cocktail Party
28 Yale Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA

Thursday
June 2, 2016

10:00-11:00am
INSURANCE PRIMER
Peter Marshall

11:00am-12:00pm
RISING ABOVE THE NOISE: SENDING A CLEAR SIGNAL TO AN INTENDED AUDIENCE
Greg Rhem, Doug Tirola, Maureen Masters

12:00-1:00pm
Lunch

1:00-2:00pm
ASSURANCE & INSURANCE: ERRORS, ACCIDENTS & DELIVERING THE FILM
Peter Marshall, Susan Muir, Per Melita

2:00-3:00pm
Shiela Nevins Presents

3:00pm
Champagne Toast and Closing Remarks

5:00pm
BIFF Opening Night at the Tent

7:00pm
Opening Film

*Filmmaker Summit Headquarters
Yale Hill Barn: 28 Yale Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA