Why On Earth Would I Enter A Film Festival?

Tuesday, August 2nd at 7pm
Connect Coworking, Downtown
33 S Fifth Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

Please join us for our next meeting, August 2nd, at 7pm at Connect Coworking. The topic of the meeting will be “Why On Earth Would I Enter A Film Festival?”and will be an overview of the pros and cons of entering your film projects to film festivals around the country and abroad. We will have three experts who will tell you, in an entertaining way, the steps to follow and what you should expect to happen when entering your projects in festivals.

IFA meetings are free and open to the public.


Philip Sedgwick

Philip wrote his first screenplay largely due to the prompting of a writer friend and his second script, Neon Cactus, landed a berth as a Quarter-Finalist in the Academy’s esteemed Nicholl Fellowship (1990). Since then, thirty of his scripts & films have received acclaim in screenwriting contests, film festivals and writing fellowships.

Films:
-Adapting Louis: Writer
-Thorns From a Rose: co-writer
-Zunovian Invasion: co-writer

Awards:
-Sunscreen West Film Festival, Best Short Film (writer), 2013 Mirage at Zabul Province (dir. N. Bettisworth)
-Prescott Film Festival, Director’s Choice – Best Short Film (writer), 2013 Mirage at Zabul Province (dir. N. Bettisworth)
-Sedona Film Festival, Audience Choice, Best Short Film (tie, writer), 2014 Mirage at Zabul Province
-4th Annual Story Pros Awards, 1st Place, Action-Adventure, 2011 A Nuclear Option
-Independent Short Film and Music Arts Festival, Runner Up, 2010 The Tie, short screenplay
-Horror Screenplay Contest, 2nd Place, 2012 Scarecrow in the Snow

For more information, visit Philip’s website: www.philipcsedgwick.com

Lesley Cessna-Kontowicz 

Shortly after graduating New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Cinema Studies program, Lesley served as script-supervisor on the 1993 Oscar-nominated film The Lady in Waiting before being lured away from NYC with the draw of a regular paycheck. That led to a successful 20-year career in advertising and publishing with two thriving Tucson publishers—Tucson Weekly and Madden Media. In 2010, Lesley left her executive position to return to her roots in filmmaking. She is an alumnus of the ScreenwritingU ProSeries program and has achieved recognition in the StoryPros International Screenplay Contest and the Beverly Hills Film Festival. When she’s not writing scripts, she wears many hats as a script supervisor, Prescott Film Festival juror, Contest of Contest Winners judge, freelance content provider, editor, proof-reader, and marketer. She is a member of the respected Tucscreen Writers Group and Independent Film Arizona.

Mia Schnaible

Director of Marketing and Development for the Arizona International Film Festival

Mia has had many tasks in her 14 years with the Arizona International Film Festival. The Arizona International Film Festival is the oldest and longest running Film Festival in the state of Arizona. AIFF celebrated its 25th year this past April.

Some of the work Mia has done with AIFF:
-Responsible for all global marketing of the Festival
-Secures cash and in-kind sponsorships annually
-Developed the “Light Up the Marquee” Sponsorship campaign
-Negotiated a Hotel Discount with 5 local Hotels for festival attendees
-Created the Music Café program to highlight Tucson musicians
-Developed the VIP Discount program to reward Festival patrons and encourage local business patronage
-Recruited, supervised and trained AIFF and The Screening Room volunteers
-Coordinated the Festival Program advertising for seven years
-Handles AIFF outreach events, including the 4th Avenue Street Fair, Tucson Festival of Books and the Math, Science and Technology FunFest
-In charge of the AIFF social media
-Coordinates Filmmakers while they are in Tucson
-Selected as “Staffer of the Decade” – 2012