Learn everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking…and more!

Did you know the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival presents an incredible opportunity to learn a lot about how movies are made? Check out the the panels and workshops listed below and note the amazing credentials of the people involved. We are incredibly lucky to have them coming to the SLOIFF to share their knowledge and experience with our community! Panels and workshops are only $5!!! Mogul and Star pass holders get in free.

screenplay cartoonScreenwriting: The Agony and the Ecstasy (and the Uncertainty)
A panel of Central Coast and Hollywood screenwriters discuss current trends in filmmaking, and share stories on how they have successfully navigated the challenges of getting a script produced.
Moderator: David Congalton (Scribble)
Panelists: Teri Bayus (Traditions); Aaron Metchik (10 Years Later) and Anthony Peckham (Invictus, Sherlock Holmes)
Saturday, March 9            10:30-12:00pm            Palm Theatre

magic hat and wand with clipping path
Movie Magic – Past, Present and Future
Art, science, history and magic will be the focus of this fascinating panel discussion. World-class magician Rich Ferguson, and leading visual effects and 3D experts, Michael Fink (Avatar, Braveheart) and Jeff Barnes (Pans Labyrinth, Spiderman 3) will take the audience on a journey through the world of illusion as it relates to movie-making – where art and science combine to create amazing magic. Also joining them will be Margaret Kerry-Willcox, the original model for “Tinkerbell” in Disney’s Peter Pan.
Moderator: Jeff Barnes
Panelists: Rich Ferguson, Michael Fink, and Margaret Kerry-Willcox
Sunday, March 10            10:30-12:00pm            Palm Theatre

Filmmakers Tell All
Join visiting filmmakers who will be sharing tips, stories and more as they discuss the challenges of getting a movie made, from story concept to finished product. Always entertaining, always educational, this panel is an annual SLOIFF tradition.
Moderator: Steve Leone
Alex Creasia / Ari Costa / Nate Larkin – short “Born Yesterday”
Christopher Tillman – short “The Distance Between”
Jared Hillman / Matthew Helfgott – short “Tandem”
Kenny Stevenson / Lisa Rudin / Eric Kissade – narrative feature “Missed Connections”
Stuart Acher – narrative feature “Stuck”
Stuart Krohn / James Brown – documentary feature “Red White Black & Blue”
Gail Mallimson – documentary feature “Room to Breathe”
Sascha Rice – documentary feature “California State of Mind:  The Legacy of Pat Brown”
Sunday, March 10            10:30-12:00pm            Palm Theatre

Overcoming Red Tape on the way to the Red Carpet
Jay Raftery is an established intellectual property attorney with expertise in the representation of production groups and the associated talent.  Although he has represented large and small studios, he has found that his skills are most valuable to the underserved area of independent film production, particularly by those who dream the grandest dreams but find that red tape and legal obstacles keep them from reaching their goals.
In this seminar, Jay will discuss some of the most common missteps that aspiring filmmakers make and the best way to plan for and overcome those obstacles before they become insurmountable. He will also discuss distribution agreements and the common mistakes that are made by both production and distribution companies. Lastly, he will discuss talent and why, even with the most willing actors, the deal cannot always be made.
Saturday, March 9                        9:00-10:30am                        Palm Theatre

Show-peopleKing Vidor’s SHOW PEOPLE
Hollywood film critic Kirk Honeycutt will share his knowledge and personal history with the great King Vidor, the namesake of the SLOIFF annual career achievement award. His lighthearted lecture will wrap up with a screening one of Vidor’s greatest films, Show People.

MGM’s Show People (1928), one of the biggest hits among Marion Davies’ silent films, was written as a send-up of Hollywood and, more specifically, the career of Gloria Swanson. Davies plays Georgia-bred starlet Peggy Pepper, who has aspirations to become a great dramatic actress but instead scores a hit in slapstick comedies starring Billy Boone (William Haines.) The pair fall in love, but complications arise after Peggy achieves her goal of becoming a dramatic star and plans to marry her unctuous new leading man. Silent comedy. 83 min.
Saturday, March 9            9:00-10:30am                        Palm Theatre