Get an Insider’s Look at Filmmaking at DIFF’s Talk/Show Panels
The Dallas International Film Festival’s Talk/Show panels are free and open to the public. The 2016 panels dive deep into filmmaking topics, such as crowdfunding, grant applications, dealing with a big budget and storytelling with virtual reality.
AT THE HIGHLAND DALLAS
Saturday, April 16, 2016
5300 E. Mockingbird Lane
12:00 PM Money for Movies: Crowdfunding to start ‘em up or finish them off
Moderator: John Wildman
Representatives from companies like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Seed & Spark and filmmakers that have successfully navigated the crowdfunding waters will talk about the current state of those companies, sites, and programs, how to best utilize them, and what is new on the horizon for filmmakers seeking funds to make their movies.
1:30 PM Austin Film Society Film Grant Seminar
Moderator: Holly Herrick
Austin Film Society’s Associate Artistic Director, Holly Herrick takes filmmakers through the application process to obtain a film grant from the Austin Film Society, which awards over $100,000 annually in cash to independent filmmakers residing in Texas.
AT THE NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER
Sunday, April 17, 2016
2001 Flora Street
12:00 PM Small To Big: Independent Dreams on Studio Budgets
Moderator: James Faust
Panelists: David Lowery, Toby Halbrooks, Jordan Vogt-Roberst, Marcus Henderson
Filmmakers that have gone from making or writing small, independent feature films to making major studio blockbusters whose budget could put a dent in the national debt talk about the thrills and challenges of going from modest, indie “A” to monolithic, all eyes are on you, “B”.
1:30 PM Virtual Reality: Storytelling versus Immersive Experience
Moderator: John Wildman
As Virtual Reality (VR) technology grows by leaps and bounds, making VR more accessible to consumers and audiences and the VR experience more seamless, immersive, and impressive, filmmakers and technicians discuss grapple with the challenges of going beyond the “you are there” draw of VR to utilizing it to actually tell a story and entertain.
DALLAS STAR AWARDOscar-nominated cinematographer Ed Lachman’s selected credits as a cinematographer include the Emmy nominated HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce and films including DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, and the Academy Award nominated film, CAROL.
DALLAS MAVERICK AWARDOur inaugural honoree, director, editor and producer Monte Hellman, has a career that spans six decades. He has exemplified cutting-edge filmmaking across multiple genres, working with budgets, from high-to-low, and with casts featuring stars to complete unknowns.