Schedule

2020 Conference Schedule*

All times are US Eastern time

Thursday, November 19

10:00 am
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joinMain session #1
11:00 am
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joinFilm Screening and Q&A: Divided Hearts of America
12:23 pm
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joinDivided Hearts of America Q&A with Writer/Director Chad Bonham and Producer Elizabeth Kennedy-Ryzewicz
12:30 pm
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joinPrayer Room Open
1:00 pm
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Seminar Tracks

Distribution
joinDigital Streaming Panel: Top Christian VOD Platforms
Hear from leaders from ChristianCinema, Pure Flix, Parables.tv, PAX tv, Yippee.tv
Production
joinStory Development - That Awkward Part Before The Greenlight
Andrew Teravskis and Adam Gregory of Noble Story Co. share their experiences riding the roller coaster called Development - the part of the film production process where ideas either die or get better!  This is an honest conversation about seeking out truly great stories, securing development financing, the difference between "yes" and a polite "no," the importance of open-handed negotiations, and prioritizing collaboration.  Questions and participation required!
Screenwriting
joinCatherine Clinch: Screenwriting Master Class

Observe the process of writing a script from concept through to shooting script. Learn the techniques that Hollywood professionals use to write quickly and efficiently.
Part 1 :: Plot, character & dialogue
Creative
joinMark Fincannon - All Actors! Let's Talk!
I'm here to help.  Let's talk and strategize about how to get you "scene" by Casting Director's across America. It's an open forum to help you navigate the business side of acting.
3:00 pm
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joinRoundtable Networking (Share your story, make new connections in groups of 6 to 8 through multiple breakout room sessions!)
5:00 pm
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joinMain session #2
Marketing Trends Panel: Publicity, Social Media, Church Engagement, and Theatrical Marketing
Hear from experts discuss the current state of independent film marketing across each of these key areas. Any successes, trends, or challenges you are facing and overcoming with the reduced theatrical footprint? Impacts on home entertainment? Fundraising? Campaign budgets? What do people need to know right now to prepare for releasing films in 2021?
Bob Elder - Collide, Scott Mills - Engage, Katie Martin - A. Larry Ross, Jeff Roman - Epic
6:30 pm
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joinPopcorn Night 1 - share your projects in 5 minute slots. (signup after registration)
8:30 pm
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joinAsia / Pacific Distribution Connect session
Panelists: Richard Daniel - CV Global Asia Pacific, Bill Biddle - Crossroad, Rod Hopping - Heritage Films, Sherman Ng - Salt Media Asia, Wendy Phodiansa - CV Global Indonesia, Andy Game - 7Media
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joinFilm Screening and Q&A: The Cross and the Switchblade 50th Anniversary Edition
10:30 pm
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joinThe Cross and the Switchblade Q&A with Pat Boone, Erik Estrada, andDon Murray

Friday, November 20

9:00 am
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joinEuropean Distribution Connect session
Panelists: Paul van der Niet - Neema, Hubert de Torcy - Saje, Jörg Schwehn - Gerth Medien, Oliver Raper - CV Global UK
10:00 am
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joinDevotions - Geoff Ludlow
11:00 am
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joinMain session #3
Jeremy Cowart
Hear from photographer, artist, and entrepreneur Jeremy Cowart with an update on The Purpose  Hotel, about jumping into fear, and discovering a life of purpose.
12:00 pm
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joinFinding Beauty in a Broken World - Lukas Augustin
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joinLatin America / South American Distribution Connect Panel
Panelists: Maggie Riffler, Luis Quinelli - Vitae (Argentina), Vivian Reinoso - J2911 (United States), Armando Allen - CanZion Films (Mexico), Ana Levet - Publicity (Mexico), Reinaldo Mendes - Graća Filmes (Brazil)
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joinPrayer Room Open
1:00 pm
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Seminar Tracks

Distribution
joinDigital Distribution Update from DeepCDigital
Hear from John Kim, founder and CEO of Deep C Digital on the latest trends in digital distribution.
Production
joinFilmmaking in the Pandemic
Producer Ken Carpenter looks at filmmaking today: Production (his recently completed TV movie “A Welcome Home Christmas” airs on Lifetime in November), Distribution (his Ireland-based young adult romance/drama “Finding You” will be released theatrically by Roadside Attractions in 2021), and Development (preparing for the road ahead in film and television).
Screenwriting
joinCatherine Clinch: Screenwriting Master Class

Observe the process of writing a script from concept through to shooting script. Learn the techniques that Hollywood professionals use to write quickly and efficiently.
Part 2 :: Putting it all together in a Unified Whole :: Attendees will receive a link to download the completed script.
Creative
joinFelix Govers: Documentary and Social Media Filmmaking
This seminar is for all the young professionals in christian media whom are at the start of their career and for those who are looking for new possibilities for their future. Discover together with entrepreneur, social media specialist and filmproducer Felix Covers how you can find your breakthrough and live your dreams. What’s your vision? How do you find Gods plan for your life? How do you find opportunities to get your career started? And what can social media do for you? I will share my testimony in all honesty. I will tell everything about my failures and my succeses so you can get inspired and find your own way with God for you career in christian media!
3:00 pm
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joinDistributors Pitch-a-thon
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joinFilm Screening and Q&A: Wosaka
4:15 pm
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joinWosaka Q&A with Producer/Director Scott Reed
5:00 pm
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joinMain session #4
Faith and Justice panel: An entertainment industry conversation on race
Hear from panelists Cameron Arnett, Phil Vischer, Michelle Duffie and more.
6:30 pm
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joinPopcorn Night 1 - share your projects in 5 minute slots. (signup after registration)
8:30 pm
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joinGame Night
8:45 pm
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joinFilm Screening and Q&A: Postcards From Babylon
10:08 pm
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joinPostcards From Babylon Q&A with Producer/Director David Peters and Author Brian Zahnd

Saturday, November 21

9:00 am
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joinMiddle East/Africa Distribution Connect session
10:00 am
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joinDevotions - Geoff Ludlow
11:00 am
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joinMain session #5
Derral Eves: Rise Above the Social Media Noise: Strategies for Massive Worldwide Exposure
Derral will share his non-traditional funding and distribution tactics that helped his project shatter the all time crowdfunding record for film and television for THE CHOSEN. Derral will show you how to get the attention for your unique audience by breaking from conventional strategies.
12:00 pm
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joinPrayer Room Open
1:00 pm
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Seminar Tracks

Distribution
joinAre Digital Tickets The New Box Office?
How live streamed movie events could change indie film. Jared Geesey (GeeseyGroup.com), and Kyle Prohaska (Prohaska Studios) discuss recent campaign successes from summer 2020.
Production
joinPaul Sirmons - Funding Via Incentives
Florida’s former State Film Commissioner Paul Sirmons will host a panel of Film Commissioners to bring you info on the top states and countries that offer incentives for lower-budget films and documentaries. Learn how you can use them to raise money for your project – and commissioners will be available to discuss your needs afterwards.
Screenwriting
joinLori Twichell screenwriting panel - All About the Page
Join our panel of screenwriting experts as we discuss everything from the business side of things to script basics and of course, Covid's impact on the industry. Are movie scripts or episodics more viable right now? And the biggest question: you've written a script, now what do you do with it? Our team of experts is ready to answer your questions and impart their years of experience in the industry just for you!
Creative
joinBeverly Holloway - Casting 2021: What’s changed? What hasn’t? What’s next?
With changes happening all around us, find out what you need to know in order to navigate the current casting landscape. What do you need to change and what should stay the same? What next steps can you take to be most effective in 2021? Let’s discuss!
3:00 pm
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joinFilm Screening and Q&A: My Brother's Keeper
4:38 pm
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joinMy Brother's Keeper Q&A with Marc Harper and Isaac Hernandez
6:00 pm
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joinICVM Crown Awards Nominees Announcement Event
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