Sundance Film Festival
December 1, 2007

Sundance Film Festival
Held from January 17 to the 27 in Utah, the Sundance Film Festival will offer many opportunities to come in from the snow and meet with key players. Panels at the doc-friendly Filmmaker Lodge offer the chance for auteurs to mingle with industry leaders, as well as discussions on the ‘far-reaching cultural impact’ of media. Film Church is an event exclusive to Sundance. Part rant, part sermon, it offers directors the chance to preach about topics related to indie filmmaking.

Competing docs from American and international independent filmmakers will be featured in the Independent Doc competition and World Cinema doc competition. Also, watch for some out-of-competition docs from established and indie filmmakers.

The tired expression ‘What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’ may not be the ideal slogan for the NATPE 2008 Conference and Exhibition. If it were, many opportunities born of the largest American gathering of worldwide multi-platform video content, companies and executives would be lost.

Held from January 28 to 31, NATPE celebrates its 45th year with sessions on how technology is affecting media. A panel with Google and Yahoo will advise how to embrace new technology to bolster revenues, while another session will discuss the impact of online video and the possibilities and perils of Internet TV.

Other themes include showcasing companies in the digital and new media space, like sessions on the new TMZ television show and a panel of digital power brokers. Attendees also have the opportunity to hear keynote speakers like Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia, and Jeff Zucker, CEO of NBC Universal. This edition boasts Boot Camp sessions, with topics like how to best sell pitch reels and how to best budget and schedule non-fiction content.

Realscreen Summit
The Realscreen Summit celebrates its 10th anniversary with a host of new features this year, including: pitching roundtables, footage speed dating, interest group speed networking, an Ask an Expert series, expanded master class series, and a full-day of Footage Forum.

Held in Washington, DC from January 22 to 24, the Summit will feature keynote speakers from A&E, HBO, France 5, Channel 4, and a whole lot more.

Stock footage will be discussed at length at the Footage Forum. In partnership with FOCAL International, it’s a day-long conference that gives producers and libraries the chance to network.

Pitching Roundtables will be led by a host of broadcasters, veteran producers and distributors. These pitching clinics are designed to help fine-tune pitching prowess. It’s a hands-on experience, so attendees should come armed with sample pitch materials and a willingness to practice their pitch out loud in a group. The Ask an Expert series is a set of clinics available to all delegates in a number of different disciplines including legal, IPTV, music licensing, production staffing, and more.

About The Author
Jonathan Paul is a Toronto-based writer into creativity, content, advertising, tech, comics, video games, film, TV, time and space travel.