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Eli Roth Will Deliver IFTA Production Conference Keynote on April 20

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 21, 2012 at 6:10PM

On April 30, 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.")
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Eli Roth, director of "Knock, Knock"
Eli Roth, director of "Knock, Knock"

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.