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SXSW Film 2016

From Festival to TV: What Filmmakers Need to Know

On the one hand, film festivals are one of the most effective ways to raise your profile, grow your film’s audience, and gain access to funders, producers, and distributors. On the other, making all-too-common mistakes can end up costing you money and diminishing your film’s distribution. At this panel, filmmakers Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn will discuss their experience bringing "In Football We Trust" to the big screen, what they wish they’d done differently, and how they successfully landed a broadcast distribution deal. Lois Vossen, Exec Deputy Producer of PBS's "Independent Lens", will also be on hand to provide an insider's perspective on bringing films from festivals to television.

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  1. How can filmmakers make the best of their festival experience?
  2. What do television producers look for when acquiring films at festivals?
  3. What can filmmakers expect when bringing their films from festival to broadcast?



Elisabeth Copper, Sr Mgr/Social Media, ITVS Independent Television Service

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