By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 21, 2012 at 6:10PM
On April 20, the Independent Film & Television Alliance will present its 13th annual IFTA Production Conference, titled “Cost Isn’t An Obstacle Anymore! New Avenues to Finance, Produce & Distribute Films at Any Budget," with a keynote address by indie filmmaker Eli Roth ("Hostel," "Cabin Fever," "The Last Exorcism").
Digital marking and social media expert Damian Hagger, co-founder and exec producer of 6StringMedia, Inc., will set the stage for the panel discussion with a presentation of new campaign elements and opportunities for low budget films. The subsequent panel will be moderated by Pierre David and will focus on how new commercial distribution opportunities for films of any budget are changing the industry, as well as new options for the financing and production of indie films. The panelists are listed below; they will discuss where the money is, what distributors are looking for, how to make the most of one's budget and how new innovations are redefining the business.
IFTA president and CEO Jean Prewitt says, "This year’s conference shines a light on producers who have broken through and what it takes to make your film viable for representation, distribution and worldwide success.”
Panelists include Michael Arrieta, CEO of Big Air Studios and former EVP of Sony Pictures; Adam Chapnick, Principal / Business Development, IndieGoGo.com; Rich Goldberg, President of Arc Entertainment; David Rimawi, Partner/Sales & Distribution, The Asylum; Hal Sadoff, Film Packaging & Finance Expert & Consultant and Executive Producer, Hotel Rwanda; Travis Stevens, Founder, Snowfort Pictures (A Horrible Way To Die, The Thompsons); and Rob Weston, Managing Director, Straightwire Films Limited, among others.
The conference will be held at Los Angeles' Four Seasons Hotel from 9am-12:30pm. Tickets are available here.