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Finance and Distribution Boot Camp Held For Area Filmmakers to Train and Network

 So you finished your independent screenplay or movie.  Now what?  Who’s going to see it?  Your mom loves it – but is that enough?  How are you going to make money from it?  How are you going to repay your investors?  If you don’t have all the answers – and most independent filmmakers do not – then you may want to check out the distribution and film finance bootcamp taking place on Friday 23 May at the 8th annual GI Film Festival.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


The GI Film Festival, a national organization dedicated to preserving the stories of American veterans through film and television, today released the agenda for its annual “Guerrilla Finance and Distribution Boot Camp,” featuring some of Hollywood’s top experts in the areas of film finance, marketing, promotion, distribution and more. The boot camp, sponsored by the Virginia Film Office, will take place  at the Old Town Theater in Alexandria, VA from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, May 23, 2014. Tickets are just $35 for the whole day, which includes a light breakfast and lunch.

A chance to network with industry execs and food is included???  Wow – this is the best deal in DC film industry!

Classroom Reading

Check out the bootcamp schedule here: 

8:00 – 8:45 am:         Coffee Klatch/Networking (coffee and light breakfast included)


8:45 – 9:00 am:         Welcome Remarks

Brandon Millett, CEO, GI Film Group

Introduction of Boot Camp Facilitator, Ron Newcomb


9:00 – 9:30 am:         Incentives and Tax Credits

Andy Edmunds, Director, Virginia Film Office

9:30 – 10:30 pm:      Pitch Perfect: How to Attract Investors

Steve Dunning, Producer, Entertainment Investment Advisor


10:30 – 11:30 am:   Surviving the Festival Circuit

Jon Gann, Author

Behind the Screens, Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work


11:30 – 12:30 pm:   Distribution Dynamics: Understanding the Deal for You and Your Investors 

Matt Battaglia, actor, Golden Globe nominated & Emmy winning producer

Matt Battaglia Productions


12:30 – 1:00 pm:       Working Lunch (light lunch included)


1:00 – 1:45 pm:          Hiring Union Talent

Pat O’Donnell, Executive Director

Washington Mid-Atlantic Local, SAG-AFTRA


1:45 – 2:30 pm:          BYOB: Be Your Own Brand

Brian Iglesias, director, CHOSIN

New York Film Academy


2:30 – 3:15 pm:          Publicity in the Digital Age

Marc Cohen, CMO, Cohen Marketing and Consulting

VP Publicity for the Harry Potter Film Franchise, 300 and many more


3:15 – 4:00 pm:          The New Distribution Paradigm Part 1

Marc Bovee, Vice President of Theatrical Distribution, GI Film Group


4:00 – 4:45 pm:         The New Distribution Paradigm,Part 2

Alex Dobrenko, Director of Community Screenings, Tugg


4:45 – 5:00 pm:          Closing Remarks

Brandon Millett, CEO, The GI Film Group


Note: Details Subject to Change


“This is the most high-powered, dynamic boot camp we’ve ever had the privilege of hosting,” said GIFF President and Co-Founder Brandon Millett. “Anyone interested in the business of filmmaking, from rookies to seasoned veterans, will not want to miss the opportunity to network with the top flight movers and shakers we have scheduled to participate. The pace will be breathtaking for sure as we plan to pack a semester’s worth of knowledge into one jam-packed day.”


Media partners throughout the seven-day festival include: Paramount Pictures, Affrim Films, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, SAG-AFTRA, NBC Universal and more!


For full week-long festival schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit: gifilmfestival.com.

Members of the media and public are invited; space is limited – credentials must be approved.

Active duty military discounts available with code MIL14.


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