ILLUMINATE Film Festival’s Industry Programs Break New Ground

The acclaimed ILLUMINATE Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona is back May 30-June 4 and this year’s Conscious Film Convergence (CFC) headliners includes some of the most influential leaders working to advance conscious film content today.  The industry component of the Festival, the CFC is geared to filmmakers and offers attendees an invaluable opportunity to learn from and interact with speakers both at sessions and nightly parties. True to the mission of the festival, the goal off the CFC is to elevate global consciousness through cinema by supporting emerging voices in the field of conscious entertainment.

ILLUMINATE hosts the extraordinary Take Twenty Mentoring Sessions as part of the CFC. The brainchild Festival Founder Danette Wolpert who envisioned what twenty minutes of uninterrupted, full focus, one-on-one time with an industry leader would do for a filmmaker.  Participants can discuss projects, ask questions, pick their brains on finance, marketing, distribution. Take Twenty is only available to Filmmaker, All-Access or Convergence pass holders on a first-come, first-served basis

The series opens on Friday, June 1, with Funding Your Dreams. Moderator JoAnne Fishburn the Founder and CEO Good Influence Films will guide a lively discussion featuring Claire Aguilar the Director of Programming and Policy for the International Documentary Association, filmmaker Lisa Leeman whose films include Awake: The Life of Yogananda, One Lucky Elephant and Crazy Wisdom and Producer and Founder of Mangusta Productions / mangu.tv and  venture capitalist  Giancarlo Canavesio.

This  scintillating group  of experts will share what it takes to get a project out of dreams and onto the screen. Expect insights from their own successes and challenges as they share helpful hints for writing pitch documents, winning grants, landing investors, tapping film funds and leveraging broadcasters.

On Saturday, June 2, the CFC series continues with Pitching With Presence featuring John Raatz the Co-founder of the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment and Valerie Vandermeer the Founder of Post Paradigm Consulting & Scaling Change.  From sabotaging body language to conceiving, crafting and developing a pitch this workshop will show participants how to master one of the most challenging aspects of the film industry.

The series closes with Distribution Magic from 2017’s Finest also on Saturday, June 2Distribution experts will unpack creative approaches as they case study how some of the newest models were used in last year's conscious film releases HEAL, Walk With Me, and Samsara. They'll reveal the secrets of success for theatrical, non-theatrical, theatrical-on-demand, DVD, digital/VOD, and re-releases. This exciting panel features the CEO of Conscious Good Trina Wyatt and Producer of HEAL Adam Schomer and CEO of GATHR Films Scott Glosserman.

ILLUMINATE also hosts the extraordinary Take Twenty Mentoring Sessions as part of the CFC. The brainchild Festival Founder Danette Wolpert who envisioned what twenty minutes of uninterrupted, full focus, one-on-one time with an industry leader would do for a filmmaker.  Participants can discuss projects, ask questions, pick their brains on finance, marketing, distribution. Take Twenty is only available to Filmmaker, All-Access or Convergence pass holders on a first-come, first-served basis

Finally The Huddle brings veteran filmmakers, producers, distributors, marketers, publicists, financiers and brand partners face-to-face and heart-to-heart to explore the collective potential to elevate human consciousness.  This collaborative, experiential, dynamic by invitation only event is unprecedented in the film festival world. For more information about The Huddle please contact the ILLUMINATE Film Festival.

ILLUMINATE also hosts a very special filmmaker lab series.  This year they are honored to have Paola Di Florio and Peter Rader facilitating this exciting Filmmaking Lab, “From Source to Screen.” Di Florio and Rader are the filmmakers behind the globally successful Awake: The Life of Yogananda, which won the Audience Award at ILLUMINATE 2014 and went on to a global theatrical release, followed by digital/DVD & Netflix.

To apply for the Filmmaker Lab, please send an E-mail to lab@illuminatefilmfestival.com with “Source to Screen Lab” in subject line. Describe your project in 500 words or less. Include a brief bio, where you are in your process, your goals in bringing your project to the marketplace and what you hope to get out of this lab.  The deadline to apply is May 11th.

For tickets go to: http://illuminatefilmfestival.com/tickets-passes.

ILLUMINATE Film Festival, the world's premier film festival for conscious cinema will be held May 31-June 4, 2017. CFC events will be held at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona, AZ.

For more information, visit www.ILLUMINATEFilmFestival.com.

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