How To Navigate A Film Festival to Make The Most of Your Experience
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Film Festival season is here! You’ve got the tickets, you show up… now what? Learn the how, what, when, where and why’s of attending and networking at film festivals to have the best and most fulfilling experience possible!
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- Andy VolkLead Programmer, Austin Film Festival
Andy Volk started his film career at Seattle International Film Festival while earning his B.A. in Film Studies from Seattle University. Between freelancing on projects for Steven Soderbergh, Discovery, Adidas, and dozens more, Andy directed music videos for local Seattle artists, and went on to crowdfund and produce his own films, including the award-winning documentaries Coffee & Sugar and Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story, featuring Zachary Quinto. He is the Lead Film Programmer at the Oscar-qualifying Austin Film Festival and is development on multiple projects.
- John BroadwayWriter/Actor/Producer
John Broadway is a script reader, screenwriter, actor, and producer. He is passionate about social justice which drove him to create his production company, Artivists United. Through their films, events, and merchandise they create opportunities for other Artivists to get involved in social justice campaigns.
- Lulu ValenciaWriter/Producer/Director
Lulu Valencia is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director whose projects have won awards in international film festivals in North America, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Europe.
Lulu made her directorial debut with “Top Notch”, a short film she also wrote and produced. Top
Notch won Best Comedy at Tokyo International Short Film Festival. Her humor is influenced by
In Living Color, MAD TV, and El Chavo del Ocho. When not writing comedy, she writes drama
screenplays and writes diverse characters to capture the voices and experiences of those who have been exploited and silenced. Her goal is to continue to write powerful stories that will impact others and bring messages of hope.
- Steven DeBoseWriter/Producer/Actor
Steven DeBose is a writer, producer, and consultant with a focus on scripted content, screenwriting competitions and story development. He is known for writing on Sex With Paula (2018), producing and hosting the Token: Blacks In Cinema podcast (2020) and Directing the Script Competition at the Austin Film Festival. He is currently in pre-production on Wake Up and Create, a documentary series on creatives in Austin, NYC, and LA.