The NashFilm 2021 Creators Conference (Oct. 1 & 2) connects filmmakers, industry trailblazers, tastemakers and thought leaders with online panels exploring the current industry trends in the film and music industries while also focusing on important topical cultural issues.
NashFilm expands the inclusive nature of the festival by bringing film and music industry leaders together for a fully immersive experience of insights, content, resources and new relationships.
Ethics in Filmmaking
We ain’t embarrassed to use the word. We’re talkin’ about ethics. Are there ethical responsibilities a filmmaker assumes when shooting a film? To whom? The audience? The subject? The crew? Is there a line between documenting a tragedy and allowing harm to come to a subject? Experienced documentarians and filmmakers share their stories, offer guidance, and discuss the role of ethics in filmmaking.
Co Founder, SIE Society/Social Impact Filmmaker
Filmmaker, DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD
Filmmaker/Founder, Tomorrow Pictures
Diversity & Inclusion in Filmmaking
Representation on screen is important, but how do we actually go about centering the margins? Those whose voices have been absent from the screen—whether for how they identify, where they are from, the color of their skin, or how they navigate the world—are changing the conversation by telling their own stories. How can we all keep advancing the dialog and continue expanding the frame in our roles as viewers, casting agents, writers, producers, and directors?
Bears Rebecca Fonté
Artistic Director, AGLIFF
Founder, META Studios
Producer, MALCOLM X
Waverly Ann Harris
Friends Life Community
Friends Life Community
The Working Indie Screenwriter: The Business of Screenwriting
Is it possible to make a living as a screenwriter without “selling out?” Or is fear of selling out a cop out? Whether selling a spec script, reworking or punching-up studio projects, or landing a seat in the writer’s room for a hit series, there are lots of ways to make a living as a screenwriter. Let’s explore the ins and outs of writing for the screen with some actual working screenwriters who will tell you all about it.
Filmmaker, KICKED IN THE HEAD, RHYTHM THIEF
Writer, DAYDREAM BELIEVER, BLUSH
Ruckus & Lane Skye
Writers BECKY, writers/directors THE DEVIL TO PAY
Writer, SEE YOU THEN
Scoring Your Film
Music can soothe the savage beast. It can also add emotional depth and resonance to a film. An original movie score might heighten a film’s emotional impact, set the mood from scene to scene, or communicate something unspoken through recurring themes.. Learn about the relationship dynamics between a composer and director and how best to use music to deepen an audience’s connection to the film.
Composer, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES
Composer, THE WAY OF THE GUN
Composer, ALWAYS SHINING
Director, FAVOR, CRUEL HEARTS
The Art of Storytelling
Fade in: A screenwriter stares at the blank page… Now what? When it comes to the “art” to storytelling, let our panel help you find the balance between artisan and artist. While there are many ways to structure your story for the screen, our panel of screenwriters will share some of their best tips and tricks on how to break a story, develop fully-realized characters, and build your screenplay into a well-constructed brickhouse, with artistic flair.
Director of Northwest Film Center & Curator, Film & New Media, Portland Art Museum
Writer, VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN
Director/Producer, The Trees Remember
Writer, THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST, and JOHNNY ACE
Distributing Your Film
If your film is finished and no one is around to see it, does it make a difference? Let’s discuss how to navigate the distribution landscape so you can get your film out to the world. Join us as we talk with the folks who help deliver content to the world— whether putting butts in seats in a theater or attracting eyeballs to screens through streaming—our experts know how to connect your work with an audience.
Director of Theatrical Sales, Kino Lorber
VP of Marketing & Distribution, Utopia
Festival Strategies for Filmmakers
Film festivals act as gatekeepers and trendsetters, shifting the direction of careers and successes with their reputations, influence and laurels. This panel will discuss how festivals uphold their programming integrity, and how transparent they are regarding their selection process. Panelists will explore the relationship between these powerful institutions and the filmmakers they serve, to better answer the question: “What is the right festival for me, and how do I get into it?”. From the judging process, to the advantages of smaller vs larger festivals, to how festivals are pivoting in an ever-changing landscape, this conversation will help you decide what home is best for your film.
Executive Director, Montclair Film Festival
Programs Manager, Outfest
Short Cuts Programmer, TIFF
Senior Programmer, IndieMemphis
Create It In Tennessee!
Hear from leading content creators from the Volunteer State as they discuss their experiences producing film, television, and media-based projects here at home. They will share the good, bad, and ‘not so awful’ as they offer insights on how to leverage resources, workforce, and the almighty incentive to make a ‘dam good production’.
Executive Director, Knoxville Film Festival
Executive Director, Tennessee Entertainment Commission
Producer, Hideout Pictures
Producer, Riverside Entertainment