All Filmmaker Services events are free and open to the public.
Filmmaker Mixer #1
FRI, SEPT. 23 | 4 PM | Cafe Centraal | 2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Come mingle with local and visiting filmmakers, build your professional network, and have fun! This year, you’ll have two opportunities to promote your film and learn more about others’ work while connecting over free refreshments from Milwaukee Film.
Beyond the Scenes
SUN, SEPT. 25 | 2 PM | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge
Bask in the wonder of movie magic with this exciting look beyond the scenes of a few of this year’s festival films. Catch a handful of local and visiting filmmakers as they present exclusive footage and anecdotal evidence of what went into transforming ideas into art.
• Jim Tindell
• Jonny Paterson - Producer, Halfway
• Philippe Lesage - Director, The Demons
• David Feige - Director, Untouchable
• Sitora Takanaev - Director, Twin Sister (Jimagua)
Seed&Spark Presents: Crowdfunding to Build Independence
FRI, SEPT. 30 | NOON | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge
Newly adapted for 2016, this class will provide the crowdfunding action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience. You’ll learn how to find your audience, how to structure your crowdfunding campaign, how to pick the right goal and backer incentives, and much more. (By the way, Seed&Spark crowdfunding projects launched by people who’ve attended this session have a 100% success rate!)
Filmmaker Mixer #2
FRI, SEPT. 30 | 7 PM | Ugly’s Bar & Grill | 1125 N. Old World 3rd St.
The Next Wave of Film Financing
SAT, OCT. 1 | 10 AM | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge
Explore the (not quite age-old) film financing question: donors, investors, or a combination of the two? Hear evidence, stats, and stories in support of each model as told by insightful local and visiting filmmakers who have successfully funded their films.
• Julie Keck of Seed&Spark
• Benjamin May - Director, The Legend of Swee’ Pea
• Michael Collins - Director, Almost Sunrise
• Marty Syjuco - Producer, Almost Sunrise
• Brad Lichtenstein - Director, There are Jews Here
• Carol Brandt - Director, Fox in the Fan
Seed&Spark Presents: The Art of the Pitch
SAT, OCT. 1 | NOON | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge
The art of the pitch changes depending on who you’re talking to: an equity investor, a crowdfunding supporter, a brand or nonprofit, or a customer/audience member. Filmmakers will learn to hone their pitch for each of these four categories. This workshop plays at the intersection of film and technology—with an eye for the two industries to learn from one another in their pitches.
Pitch Us Your Doc! Contest
SUN, OCT. 2 | 2:30 PM | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge
Watch as several local filmmakers pitch their documentary ideas to a panel of industry insider judges in hopes of winning $1,000 cash to make their film! Cheer them on, learn what makes a quality pitch, and get a taste of what projects may be soon coming out of Milwaukee.
• Sadie Tillery
• David Lowery
• Julie Keck