2019 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL — Creative Conference
April 8 - 12, 2019

As ATLFF's educational programming track, the five-day Creative Conference consists of roughly 40 panels, talks and demos that delve deeper into the captivating world of cinema, focusing on topics such as screenwriting, acting, producing, casting, funding and distribution—and how they all come together to make a film or television episode.

Creative Conference tickets available March 22, 2019.

INDIVIDUAL PANELS:
$15 at door/$13 in advance

DAY PASSES:
$35 at door/$30 in advance

Day 1 — Monday, April 8:

CPH LOWER

HILAN THEATRE

S is for Sesame Street
10:00am - 11:30am, CPH Black Box
Sesame Street commissions filmmakers to craft one minute short form programming. See examples of past work, learn what it takes to submit, and hear about the process from last years' local pitch winner Chris Nik.

SAGIndie: Casting Your Indie
10:00am - 11:30am, Hilan Theatre
Casting Directors and Talent Agents discuss best practices for getting great talent in your next film, and SAGIndie assists you with contracts and questions.

Case Study: The Working Actor
12:00pm - 1:30pm, CPH Black Box
Local actors working on network television and studio features share what it took to break through, how they got an agent/manager, and tips to keep working.

Case Study: Legal Affairs
12:00pm - 1:30pm, Hilan Theatre
Through real world, practical examples, an indie production and clearance lawyer, and business and legal affairs execs at major networks (AMC, Showtime, etc.) illustrate common legal mistakes to avoid as content creators looking for acquisitions and distribution.

Sesame Street Pitch Session
2:00pm - 3:30pm, CPH Black Box
Watch filmmakers pitch their one minute short to Sesame Street, in the hope of being chosen to go into production for broadcast.

Telling Short Stories
2:00pm - 3:30pm, Hilan Theatre
Filmmakers share the joys and challenges of telling a solid story, and tips to help your next short be the best it can.

Directing Documentaries
4:00pm - 5:30pm, CPH Black Box
Filmmakers discuss what they learned about best practices when making their short and feature length docs, and what they would do differently in hindsight.

Directing for Television
4:00pm - 5:30pm, Hilan Theatre
GA-based directors discuss their career paths and how they broke into the lucrative business of directing television while living outside of Hollywood.


Day 2 — Tuesday, April 9:

CPH LOWER

HILAN THEATRE

Film Impact Georgia
10:00am - 11:30am, CPH Black Box
Promote growth where our roots are planted is their mission. Get a preview of this new non-profit benefitting Georgia-based filmmakers before their kick off event in May, and share what YOU think filmmakers in Georgia need to be successful.

Case Study: Podcasting with Bret Wood
10:00am - 11:30am, Hilan Theatre
Can't get the funding for your next feature? Have you considered making it a podcast? Writer, Producer, Director, Editor Bret Wood talks about his choice to make his film The Control Group a serialized fictional podcast instead.

Low Budget Filmmaking Tips & Tricks
12:00pm - 1:30pm, CPH Black Box
Crew members share the challenges and freedom of low budget filmmaking, and tips and tricks to help you succeed.

Seed&Spark: Crowdfunding to Build Independence
12:00pm - 1:30pm, Hilan Theatre
Learn the essentials for engaging your audience at every stage of your project, how to leverage that for distribution, and increase your crowdfunding success rate with these Seed&Spark tips.

Block, Light, Rehearse, Shoot
2:00pm - 3:30pm, CPH Black Box
From shot lists to scheduling, how the DP, Director, Production Manager, Production Designer, and 1st AD should plan and collaborate to ensure a production runs smoothly.

Media Services: Building Your Indie Budget
2:00pm - 3:30pm, Hilan Theatre
We'll create an independent film budget and show you how to track costs throughout your production with Showbiz Budgeting software.

Starting Your Film Career
4:00pm - 5:30pm, CPH Black Box
Crew members discuss how they got started, what they wish they'd known, tips for success, and best practices for networking to keep getting gigs.

Seed&Spark: Distribution
4:00pm - 5:30pm, Hilan Theatre
Seed&Spark helps demystify the process and provides tried and true tips for getting distributors interested in your project.


Day 3 — Wednesday, April 10:

CPH LOWER

HILAN THEATRE

Production Design on an Indie Budget
10:00am - 11:30am, CPH Black Box
Production Designers, Art Directors, and Prop Shops discuss how they work together to create magic for indie filmmakers on a budget.

Animation Emergency!
10:00am - 11:30am, Hilan Theatre
What in animation could be scarier than falling anvils and exploding cigars? Revisions! Join Primal Screen, Atlanta’s longest standing independent animation studio, and their friends to find out how the pros develop bulletproof shortcuts for last-minute changes.

Post Production for Indies
12:00pm - 1:30pm, CPH Black Box
From media managing, dailies and deliverables to audio, VFX and editing, this panel breaks down workflow and best practices to help you save time and money on your next indie film.

A Conversation with Producer Tom Luse
12:00pm - 1:30pm, Hilan Theatre
With credits ranging from The Waking Dead and Drumline to Remember the Titans and Jeeper Creepers, Tom Luse has seen and done it all. Join us for a facinating conversation on producing for television, the state of the industry, and how successful shows open doors.

Create Me - Directing Actors
2:00pm - 3:30pm, CPH Black Box
A table of wardrobe and props, a 1-2 page script, three actors, and numerous directors. Watch how different choices create different characters from the same material.

Cinematography on a Micro Budget
2:00pm - 3:30pm, Hilan Theatre
DPs share how to do great work with limited funds, from your choice of cameras and lenses, to the relationships you should start building now to get what you need on your next no to low budget project.

Speed Networking
4:00pm - 5:30pm, CPH Black Box
Industry professionals network for 15 minutes each with groups of audience members to answer questions about their craft, then head over to happy hour to continue the conversations.

The Art of Directing No / Low Budget Indies
4:00pm - 5:30pm, Hilan Theatre
Directors explore tips and tricks for getting the best bang for no bucks, how to trade favors, and how to write with your resources in mind.


Day 4 — Thursday, April 11:

CPH LOWER

HILAN THEATRE

Demystifying the Sales Agent
10:00am - 11:30am, CPH Black Box
What does a sales agent do? How do you approach one, what are they looking for, and how can you help them sell your next project?

Building Trust: The Actor / Director Relationship
10:00am - 11:30am, Hilan Theatre
Actors and directors explore how to find a common language to best communicate intention, build trust, and create a great working relationship.

Directing Short Films
12:00pm - 1:30pm, CPH Black Box
Georgia-based filmmakers discuss their ATLFF projects, their inspiration, their struggles, and the indie community in Atlanta that supports them.

The D-Girl Project - The Writer's Room
12:00pm - 1:30pm, Hilan Theatre
D-Girl Project members discuss being a part of the only writer's room in Atlanta - how it started five years ago, what they've learned, where the group is headed, and where you might fit in.

Case Study: Building Community to Make Your Film
2:00pm - 3:30pm, CPH Black Box
Sweet Auburn Blues shows an historic black community fighting for survival. Clarkston showcases an immigrant population fighting to establish community. Filmmakers from both share how they harnessed the power of these communities to get their stories told.

Music Licensing & Soundtracks
2:00pm - 3:30pm, Hilan Theatre
The ins and outs of music licensing, festival rights as an affordable option, and where to find and obtain original music.

Case Study: Development Deals & Optioning Screenplays
4:00pm - 5:30pm, CPH Black Box
Join us for a discussion with Creative Producer Jeff Keating who, while working full-time outside of the film industry, has managed to secure development financing from investors, and optioned screenplays like Fight Night to big Hollywood players, including Producer Will Packer at Universal.

KitSplit: It Takes a Community to Raise a Film
4:00pm - 5:30pm, Hilan Theatre
Atlanta filmmakers renting out their gear on KitSplit share how you can join the community of renters, and get the best gear for your budget, with the most affordable insurance anywhere while supporting other filmmakers via the KitSplit community.


Day 5 — Friday, April 12:

CPH LOWER

HILAN THEATRE

Reckoning with Lane and Ruckus Skye
10:00am - 11:30am, CPH Black Box
Husband and wife team Lane and Ruckus Skye write and direct character driven films that spark conversation and demand attention. Join us for a conversation about their southern voice, where they find inspiration, and their newest projects.

Don't Blow Your Pitch Meeting
10:00am - 11:30am, Hilan Theatre
What to expect in a pitch meeting and how to impress buyers. We'll breakdown what NOT to do in pitch and follow-up meetings, and give you proven tips and tricks to make sure your pitch is successful.

Grant Writing
12:00pm - 1:30pm, CPH Black Box
Applying for grants but not feeling the love? Grants are just as much art as science. Local orgs that write grants and receive grant applications discuss best practices, and the do's and don'ts of grant writing.

Demo by Adobe: Adobe Audition
12:00pm - 1:30pm, Hilan Theatre
Meet the industry’s best audio cleanup, restoration, and precision editing tool for video, podcasting, and sound effect design.

Characters as Story Engines
2:00pm - 3:30pm, CPH Black Box
In a preview to her upcoming ATLFS workshop this June, KatieDid Langrock discusses how to create dynamic and diverse characters that drive your story and take on a life of their own, ultimately making them more engaging, relatable, and sellable.

Acquisitions, Distribution, and Programming
2:00pm - 3:30pm, Hilan Theatre
Digital distributors, streaming platforms, and network and network providers discuss their business models, their audiences demographics, their popular genres, and what they look for from content providers.

Case Study: Indie Fundraising and Distribution
4:00pm - 5:30pm, CPH Black Box
Indie Film Producers Gabrielle Pickle and Ryan Dennett-Smith discuss the films they've produced, the fundraising techniques they've employed, and how they've gotten distribution for their projects.

Superheros, Antiheros, and Super Suits!
4:00pm - 5:30pm, Hilan Theatre
Writing a superhero into your screenplay? Super Suit Supervisor Miracole Burns and her team of costume experts talk all things super suit. How to design, build, and clean them, get actors in and out properly, and keep them safe while playing in a super suit.