Asian World Film Festival Industry Forum

The Asian World Film Festival is excited to announce its 2016 Industry Forum, covering a broad range of topics from PR & Marketing to Sales, Financing, Co-productions, and Distribution. The Industry Forum will take place in the Filmmakers Lounge in the Parisian Room on the second floor of the Culver Hotel, October 25th - October 30th.



Date: Wednesday 26 October 2016

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

The Chinese film industry has undergone tremendous growth in the last few years.  This panel will focus on the growing importance of China for US producers and companies and explore opportunities for collaboration with the world's most populous nation.  Topics will include creative, development, production, talent, financing, distribution, investment, legal considerations, navigating China's censorship system and how to overcome cross-cultural challenges.


Paula Wagner Producer, Chestnut Ridge Productions.
Christina Chou, Corporate Development Agent, Creative Artists Agency
Sarah Platt, Director of International Engagement and Outreach at Wanda Studios Qingdao
Gary Kho, CTO & CMO, Wanda Studios Qingdao
Lindsay Conner, Partner and Co-Chair, Entertainment and Media, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Tomas Jegeus, President, Fox International Productions
Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President, East West Bank
Moderator: Rick Ambros, Partner at Lightsource Asia Media Group & Benchmark Studios


Date: Tuesday 25 October 2016

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Understanding global Film Financing can be challenging for Producers and Filmmakers, as this landscape is ever-changing.  Focusing on Asia, we will explore trends and dynamics of capital from private equity to debt financing, as well as independent film financing components and tools from distribution and pre-sales, to production incentives and funding/recoupment structures.  Our accomplished panelists will help navigate this subject, bringing perspectives from film finance, legal and production across the global marketplace.

Lindsay Conner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Bennett Pozil, East West Bank
Tim Kwok,  Convergence Entertainment
Elizabeth Dell, Head of China Task Force of the Producers Guild of America (PGA)
Nick Sarkisov, Producer, Blitz Films
Moderator: D. Jeffrey Andrick, XL.Ent Media Group




Date: Friday 28 October 2016

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

This panel will concentrate on the role of PR and marketing in the film industry and how to maximize the reach and coverage of films across various platforms. Topics will include developing and implementing a PR strategy, marketing and running an effective awards campaign for the Oscars, Golden Globes and all Guilds. Panelists will be professionals from leading PR companies and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who are responsible for organizing the Golden Globes. Moderator will be Peter Caranicas, Variety’s Managing Editor, Features.

Rick Markovitz, President, Weissman/Markovitz Communications
Henri Bollinger, Proprietor, Bollinger PR
Nellee Holmes, Member, Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Tatiana Detlofsen, Publicist, MEDIAPLANpr
Moderator: Peter Caranicas, Managing Editor, Variety



Date: Thursday 27 October 2016

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

This panel will cover US and international Sales and Distribution for international films with input from top Distributors, Producers and International Sales Agents. Topics will include the role of Sales and Distribution in the film industry, the Markets and festivals and how best to obtain a Sales and Distribution deal, the role of the Producer in Sales and Distribution and the importance of a Film Festival strategy for your film's and your career's goals.


Jonathan Dana, Chief Marketing and Sales, CODE Entertainment
J. Todd Harris,  CEO/Founder of Branded Pictures Entertainment
Edward Noeltner, President, Cinema Management Group
Omar Kaczmarczyk, Managing Director, LongTale LLC
Ava B, CEO and President, House of Film
Heejeon Kim, Marketing and Sales, CJ Entertainment

Moderator: Peter Belsito, Film Consultant, Sydney's Buzz