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 Film Festivals: The Challenges of Small Festivals
Nonprofits generally suffer from the proverbial chicken and egg problem. They need to grow but can’t afford new hires and expensive technology. Learn how to break the cycle and swing for the fences.





Kimberley Browning

Filmmaker & Film Festival Programmer,

Kimberley is a filmmaker and film festival professional. She is the founder and Festival Director of the Hollywood Shorts Film Festival, which launched in 1998 in Los Angeles. She also serves as an Associate Short Film Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival. She is based in LA, and... Read More →


C R Capers

Hip Hop Film Festival

C R Capers (aka Cha-Boogie) is the Founder and CEO of Revolution Media – a “new media” company that leverages social media and large scale events to change the narrative. C R is referred to as a "new media socialite" having produced major events from corporate fundraisers to... Read More →



Hebe Tabachnik

Artistic Director,
Film Society of Minneapolis Saint Paul

For 20 years Hebe Tabachnik has been a film curator, producer and festival consultant, and has participated as juror,project evaluator and panelist at film festivals in the US, Europe, Latin America, Israel and China. She is Senior WorldCinema Programmer for the Seattle (SIFF) and... Read More →


Leslie Vanderpool

Founder & Executive Director,
Bahamas International Film Festival / BIFF

Born in Nassau, The Bahamas, of a Bahamian, Dutch, Syrian father and an American Indian, Ukrainian, Polish mother, Leslie is the first Bahamian woman to create an international film festival in the Bahamas at a young age.Leslie Vanderpool is the Founder and Executive Director of the... Read More →




Talent Booking: Talent, Timing and Tenacity
Talent is the key component that draws people to your festival and sets the stage for your event. How does a festival negotiate with big-name talent and who is going to be the next big name? In this panel we will break down key components of talent buying; sourcing, timing, and finance, among others.





David Silbaugh

Talent Buyer,

David Silbaugh is best known as a Talent Buyer for Summerfest, "The World's Largest Music Festival", in Milwaukee, WI. The 11 day festival books over 800 artists in nearly all genres, featuring international headlining artists as well as emerging artists. He also produces the noted... Read More →





Anthony “A” Cole

Complex Entertainment

CEO of Complex Entertainment, Anthony “A” Cole is a recognized expert of music publishing and licensing. His counsel is highly sought after with regards to residuals, licensing agreements, syncing, and diversifying record placement throughout gaming, airports, malls, and other... Read More →


Wayne Forte

Founder and President,
Entourage Talent Associates, Ltd.

Entourage Talent Associates’ owner and entrepreneur Wayne Forte is a seasoned, celebrated and experienced veteran of the music industry. Born and raised in New York, Forte first began booking student concerts while at North Carolina State University. He achieved major success milestones... Read More →



Elliott Lefko

Vice President Touring,

Elliott Lefko is a Los Angeles-based concert promoter for AEG Concerts. Among the tours that promotes are Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, MGMT, Father John Misty, The Milk Carton Kids and Kraftwerk.


Chris Porter

Porter Productions

Chris has been a music industry professional in the USA for over 30 years. After working in college radio at WJUL in Lowell, MA and becoming Music Director there, he went on to manage several Boston based rock acts and start his own record label called Presto Records in the late 1980’s... Read More →



Tim Sweetwood

President - Talent Buyer,
C3 Presents



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