MAY 11, 2018 PROGRAM
12:30 – 1:00pm     Registration and Networking
1:00 – 1:05pm    
Introduction and Opening Remarks
1:05 – 1:45pm
State of the Cinematic Industry: View from the Director’s Chair

The opening conversation will include insights from award-winning actor turned director Paul Dano and award-winning New Zealand film director, producer, screenwriter and actor Taika Waititi on the global state of cinema, storytelling strategies, emerging trends and other key elements that are driving audiences to the movie theater from independent hits to big studio franchise films. Waititi is best known for his work as the director of the highly acclaimed Marvel film "Thor: Ragnarok" and as writer and director of "Boy", which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Dano is best known for his work as an actor in notable movies such as "There Will Be Blood" and "12 Years a Slave." And he joins us in Cannes this year with his stunningly beautiful directorial debut of “Wildlife” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan.

Taika Waititi, Award-Winning Filmmaker, Actor and Director of "Thor: Ragnarok"

Paul Dano, Award-Winning Actor and Director of "Wildlife"

Wendy Mitchell, Film Programme Manager, British Council and Contributing Editor, Screen International

1:45 – 2:40pm
Demystifying the Changing World of Film Finance

The traditional way of financing films has evolved, but in many ways, it still remains the same. Most projects still require debt, equity, foreign sales, gap and tax incentives. This panel of finance experts will address what has really changed, where the powers have shifted and how will the film finance model continue to change to meet the demands of evolving buyers.

Samantha Racanelli, Agent, Endeavor Content

Nate Bolotin, Producer and Co-Founder, XYZ Films

Mark Hutchison, Tax Partner, Armanino LLP

Mike Gabrawy, Chief Creative Officer, Arclight Films

Charlotte Van Weede, President of International Sales, Global Road Entertainment

2:40 – 3:00pm
Smart Money and the Film Business:
             How to Better Align Interests and Mitigate Risks

Can you still make money in independent films? Yes! Content is still king; however, there are new tools available that help investors and industry professionals better evaluate film packages and financing options to reduce risk and increase the bottom line. This presentation will help you gain a better understanding of the trends in the industry, what new technologies can help mitigate risk, and how to get smart money to invest in your movies. 

Tobias Queisser, Co-Founder, Cinelytic

3:00 – 3:30pm     Networking Break
3:30 – 4:30pm
Navigating the Co-Production Matrix
    • What strategies are emerging to get co-production deals done?
    • Identifying the right partners in an ever-changing international marketplace
    • What are the best incentives in 2018?
    • Cross border issues & solutions

Jess Conoplia, President, AFCI

Gareth Ellis-Unwin, Head of Film, Creative Skillset

Jonathan King, Participant Media’s President of Narrative Film and Television

William Pfeiffer, Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, Globalgate Entertainment

Annabelle Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand Film Commission


4:30 – 5:15pm
Staying Ahead of the Distribution Curve

Securing pre-sales and distribution internationally can be a challenge, so what are the most innovative strategies getting movies into theatres, home video, VOD, PPV, cable, Internet broadcasting, computer games, airlines, cloud content, and other ancillary markets? Hear what new business models are being explored to stay ahead of the curve. And hear what's grabbing attention at the major film markets and festivals.

Marissa Román Griffith, Partner, Akin Gump

Thomas Benski, Chief Executive Officer, Pulse Films

Rachel Okine, Vice President of International Acquisitions, STXinternational

Isabelle Stewart, Head of Acquisitions, Protagonist Pictures

5:15 – 6:00pm
From Script to Netflix:
             Lessons Learned from the Making of Mudbound

Cassian Elwes, President, Elevated Films

Christopher Lemole, Co-Founder, Armory Films

Tim Zajaros, Co-Founder, Armory Films

6:00 – 8:00pm
Networking Reception

Private networking event for All-Access and International Film Finance Forum speakers, sponsors and attendees.

Agenda is subject to change.