IIFF Silicon Valley Townhall Meeting (June 2006)

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IIFF/SV Townhall Meeting in San José –
Where Film & Finance Meet To Succeed Together

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This "grassroots" community event of the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) features a powerful roster of highly topical speakers from the worlds of film and finance. We are delighted to again welcome real-world financiers among our guests for the evening.

IIFF's one-of-a-kind mission is to sustainably expand the scope & appeal of film financing, and to do so for the benefit of the public at large. True to IIFF's motto, "democratizing film financing," our monthly Townhall Meetings bring together a wide array of professionals from relevant backgrounds in film, finance and beyond for a vibrant evening of insightful presentations and speeches, inspiring discussion and focused networking. Past meetings (e.g.: May in San Francisco | April at Stanford) have reliably delivered useful insights into the business of film, provided valuable networking opportunities, and managed to draw large and enthusiastic crowds.

Who should attend? Entrepreneurs, technologists, attorneys, bankers, venture capitalists and other non-film professionals are cordially invited to learn more about independent film. Are you considering taking an active role in film or would you like to expand your current involvement? Don't miss this opportunity to connect with the like-minded... Established and aspiring filmmakers are, naturally, more than welcome to join us as well!

The evening's five presentations & panel discussion will address key issues relevant to filmmakers, financiers, and anyone interested in the economics, business mechanics, and financial dynamics of film. They will be followed by Q8A time. Attendees will also have ample opportunity to interact & network with our distinguished presenters and panelists and amongst themselves.

An informal après-meeting celebration will take place at an area restaurant.

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Featured Moderator:

The event will again be expertly moderated by Scott Kirsner (bio | blog) who writes about innovation in publications like the New York Times, Wired, Fast Company, the Boston Globe, Salon.com, and Newsweek. Besides that and organizing conferences on entrepreneurship & innovation, Scott is also working on an "exceptionally fun" book about new technologies that have changed (and continue to change) Hollywood.

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Meeting Venue:

Sony Electronics Inc.
3300 Zanker Road (at Innovation Drive)
Sony Auditorium
San José, CA 95134
(408) 432-1600

Map: See the Google map here.

Our Host:

This month's Townhall Meeting is graciously hosted by Sony Electronics Inc. (SEL). SEL engineers, manufactures, sells and markets consumer and professional audio and video equipment, computer and peripheral products, recording media and energy products, semiconductors, and other electronic components.

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6:00-6:30 pm ... Registration and introductions
6:30-7:30 pm ... Three featured presentations with Q8A (3x 20 min)
7:30-8:00 pm ... Networking break (30 min)
8:00-8:30 pm ... Two featured presentations with Q8A (2x 15 min)
8:30-9:00 pm ... Moderated panel discussion with Q8A (30 min)
9:00-10:00 pm ... Community time at area restaurant

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Program Details:

1) Understanding Venture Capital: The VC Financing Process and Its Application to Film

by Saad Khan, Venture Partner at Garage Technology Ventures

2) Will the 'Long Tail' Save Independent Film? The 'Long Tail' Distribution Model Explained

by Joshua B. Newman, Founder & CEO at Cyan Pictures & Cyan Pictures Releasing (f.k.a. Long Tail Releasing), and his colleagues Robert O. Barnum and Joshua S. Pincus

3) The Digital Advantage: Why Indie Filmmakers & Financiers Stand to Win Big

by Greg Berkin, President & CEO at Think Digital, Inc.

4) Financing Independent Features: A Bay Area Producer's Perspective

by Mitchell Stein, Producer at Mitchell Stein Productions ("Dream With the Fishes", "Christmas in the Clouds", etc.)

5) Trading Film Rights Online: The Future of Independent Film Distribution?

by Richard Parenteau, VP of Operations at inDplay, Inc., and Brent Cohler

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Online registration is available at http://iiff-townhall-sj.mollyguard.com (top of this page)

Early bird registration NLT June 13th:
IIFF Member ... $20 if registered online no later than June 13th
Non-member ... $30

Regular registration NLT June 26th:
IIFF Member ... $30 if registered online no later than June 26th
Non-member ... $40

On-site registration:
IIFF Member ... $40
Non-member ... $50

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

To learn more about membership with IIFF, email us at membership@filmfinancing.org, or approach an IIFF team member at or after the event.

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The Buzz:

It follows a sampling of what others are saying about IIFF meetings...

"Wow. Last night was great! I want to thank you again for the inspiring work you do. This is such a big need [...] and you're truly doing the work of angels (literally and figuratively)."

-- Brant Smith, Producer, Quality of Life

"I really must say that I found all speakers very interesting, and I was hanging on their every word. IIFF, the mission and content, seems to be a good fit for me, because it is my dream to run a medium size production house. [...] Thank you, BIG THANK YOU [...], for inviting me to this very quality and important event."

-- John Henry, Owner, John Henry Filmworks

"Let me again say I think you did a great job putting yesterday's event together -- great crowd, smart presentation, lots of enthusiasm."

-- David Rosen, Convener/Executive Producer, Digital Independence

Would you like to speak out? Send your comments to team@filmfinancing.org.

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Please direct all your questions and inquiries regarding this event to team@filmfinancing.org.

Having trouble with Mollyguard or PayPal? Please use our alternative payment option or, if that fails, notify us by email well in advance and register on-site.

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Name Sales End Price
IIFF Member: Early bird registration Ended $20
Non-member: Early bird registration Ended $30
IIFF Member Ended $30
Non-member Ended $40
*** IIFF Associate Membership (1 year) *** Ended $99
*** IIFF Full Membership (1 year) *** Ended $199

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