Film Independent, the non-profit organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced two keynote speakers for the upcoming 2013 Film Independent Forum. Ted Sarandos, Chief Executive Officer of Netflix, will deliver the Executive Keynote address on Oct. 26 and writer/director Ava DuVernay ("Middle of Nowhere") will deliver the Filmmaker Keynote address on Oct. 27.
"No other executive in the industry today embodies the content revolution we are currently experiencing better than Ted Sarandos," said Film Independent Director of Education, Maria Bozzi. "He has spearheaded the creation of quality original content and game-changing ways of delivering it, revolutionizing the way content is being consumed."
"Through the Forum,
Film Independent carves out a very special time and a very special place for
filmmakers and film lovers to congregate and learn from one another. I'm
thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful gathering. And I look forward to
sharing, listening and growing, which always seems to happen when I'm there," DuVernay said.
Filmmaker DuVernay has credited Film Independent Forum with fostering a supportive atmosphere for budding filmmakers where those possibilities can flourish.
Bozzi added that DuVernay "represents the fearless artist entrepreneur that can sustain a career in this new age. Not only is she making films that matter, but she is also a marketer and a distributor who has helped many filmmakers reach their audiences. She is truly an inspiration, and I am sure she will generously share her experience. I am thrilled for both of their participation in this year’s Forum."
The 2013 Film Independent Forum, presented by Indiewire, will be held from Oct. 25-27 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. To kickoff the 9th annual Forum, Focus Features will present "Dallas Buyers Club," starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto with a Q+A and reception following the screening.
Panelists for the 2013 Film Independent Forum include:
Hadrian Belove, Founder and Executive Director, Cinefamily
Julie Parker Benello, Co-Founder, Chicken & Egg Pictures
Nina Yang Bongiovi, COO & Head of Film, JuntoBox Films; Head of Production, Significant Productions
Josh Braun, Co-Founder, Submarine Entertainment
Lisa Callif, Partner, Donaldson + Callif
Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, Co-Founder, Catapult Film Fund
Karin Chien, producer, Circumstance
Russell Collins, Conference Director, Art House Convergence
Stuart Cornfeld, Partner, Red Hour Films
Babacar Diene, Vice President of Acquisitions, Voltage Pictures
Neal Edelstein, Founder, Hooked Digital Media
Craig A. Emanuel, Partner & Chair, Loeb & Loeb
Nicolas Gonda, Co-Founder & CEO, TUGG
Lauren Greenfield, producer/director, The Queen of Versailles
Matthew Greenfield, Senior Vice President of Production, Fox Searchlight
Marc Hofstatter, Film Lead, Indiegogo
Chris Horton, Director, Artist Services, Sundance Institute
Daniel Kellison, Founder, JASH
Pedro Kos, editor, The Crash Reel, Waste Land
Jennifer Kushner, Director, Artist Development, Film Independent
Lisa Leeman, writer/director, One Lucky Elephant
Judi Levine, producer, The Sessions
Ben Lewin, writer/director, The Sessions
John Lightfoot, Program Officer, The California Documentary Project
Dylan Marchetti, Founder, Variance Films
Andy Merkin, Head of Special Projects/Transmedia, Mirada Studios
Luis Ortiz, Managing Director, Latino Public Broadcasting
Nicholas Ozeki, writer/director, Mamitas
Lisanne Pajot, director/producer/cinematographer/editor, Indie Game: The Movie
Greg Pak, writer/director, Robot Stories; writer, Vision Machine
Stephan Paternot, Co-Founder & chairman, Slated
Casey Pugh, Co-Founder, VHX
Samuel Roberts, Festival Director, IndieCade; Assitant Director, Interactive Media Program, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Mike Rosenstein, Director of Digital Content, Red Hour Films
Gary Rubin, Executive Vice President, Cohen Media Group
Marc Schiller, CEO, Bond Strategy and Influence
Paula Manzanedo Schmit, Vice President, Film Finances, Inc.
Jill Soloway, writer/director, Afternoon Delight
Jonathan Stern, Executive Producer & writer, Abominable Pictures
James Swirsky, director/producer/cinematographer/editor, Indie Game: The Movie
Rahdi Taylor, Film Fund Director, Sundance Documentary Film Program
Michele Turnure-Salleo, Director, Filmmaker360, San Francisco Film Society
Lucy Walker, director, The Crash Reel, Waste Land
Jamie Wilkinson, Co-Founder, VHX