IIFF San Francisco Chapter Meeting 03-16-05


This community event of the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) features an exciting lineup of topical speakers from a broad range of backgrounds, as per IIFF’s mission to expand the scope and appeal of film financing.

The evening’s four presentations will address issues relevant to filmmakers, financiers, and anyone interested in the economics, business mechanics, and financial dynamics of film. The presentations will be followed by Q&A time. Attendees will have ample opportunity to network with presenters and amongst themselves.

Entrepreneurs, technologists, attorneys, venture capitalists and other non-film professionals who wish to learn about or take an active role in independent film are invited to attend. Filmmakers are, naturally, more than welcome to join us as well.

An informal apres-meeting celebration will take place at a nearby restaurant starting at 8:00 pm.

The evening will be moderated by Patrick Reilly.

Meeting Venue:

Law offices of Lanahan & Reilley LLP
1 Market Street, Steuart Tower, 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105


6:30-7:00 pm ... Registration and introductions
7:00-8:00 pm ... Presentations and Q&A session
8:00-9:00 pm ... Community time at nearby restaurant

Detailed Agenda:

1) Welcome from the Moderator

Patrick Reilly, President, Intellectual Property Society

2) Hollywood Profits: The Big Picture … and the Small.

Thomas Trenker, Chairman, Institute for International Film Financing, Inc. (bio)

Tom will argue that Hollywood’s continuing struggle with profitability is a systemic problem deeply rooted in the studios’ legacy business model. This presents independent filmmakers and financiers alike with new entrepreneurial opportunities.

3) New Models for Sustainable Cinema: Emerging Technology & Democratization.

Eli Chapman, Manager of New Market Development, Avid Technology Inc. (bio)

Eli will discuss how emerging technology helps filmmakers and financiers identify the good, the bad, and the blockbusters in a world where anyone can make a movie. This can be accomplished by including the audience early on in the filmmaking process...

4) Frontiers of Film Financing: New Tax Incentives and Creative Financing Strategies.

Glenn Borromeo, Senior Tax Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP (bio)

Glenn will explain new federal and state tax incentives and creative financing structures for independent filmmakers and their investors, as well as developing trends in film distribution.

5) The Filmmaker as Startup Entrepreneur: Key Lessons from Silicon Valley.

Raj Jaswa, President, TiE Silicon Valley (bio)

Raj will share insights from his distinguished career in Silicon Valley, and derive lessons for independent film. What can a filmmaker learn from a successful entrepreneur? What are the compelling qualities a venture investor looks for in an investment opportunity?


Pre-registration is available at http://iiff-chapter-sf.mollyguard.com (bottom of page)

Pre-registration NLT March 15th:
IIFF Member ... $10 if pre-registered NLT March 15th
Non-member ... $20

On-site registration:
IIFF Member ... $20
Non-member ... $30

NOTE: Non-member portion of attendance fee can be credited towards IIFF annual membership fee.

To inquire about membership with IIFF, email us at membership@filmfinancing.org, or approach Patrick Reilly during the event.


Please direct your questions and inquiries regarding this event to:

Patrick Reilly
(831) 332-7127

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