Hosted by Festival alumni, our weekend filmmaker panel series is designed to enhance your experience at the Phoenix Film Festival by bringing together filmmakers, film lovers and industry professionals. Be a part of the conversation! There is something for everyone to learn at the the Phoenix Film Festival's Weekend Workshops! As always, these are free to the public and held inside the Party Pavilion at the festival.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
TIME IS MONEY SO MAKE IT SHORT!
There are many reasons to make short films. Lack of funding is not the only consideration, but it's at the top. Panelists discuss their strategies in focusing on the shorts format and how they feel it benefits them as filmmakers. Hosted by Tiffany Hutson
THAT'S NOT THE WAY IT LOOKED WHEN I WROTE IT.
The screenplay morphs several times from inception to final editing cut. Panelists relate their own experiences in the evolution of their stories and how they ultimately serve the needs of the finished product. Hosted by Tyler Riggs
WHY IS EVERYONE LOOKING AT ME?
No matter how many people are involved in the making of a movie, the director is ultimately the person everyone turns to for final decisions. The entire company will literally come to a halt while the director decides. Panelists talk about their best and their worst experiences as directors and the lessons they took away from the experience. Hosted by Brian Ronalds
WHAT'S HOT AND WHAT'S NOT.
Members of the Phoenix Critics Circle share with you their thoughts on the evolution of movies and what we can expect more (and less) of based on current trends and popularity. Hosted by TBD, Phoenix Critics Circle
Sunday, April 8th 2018
PLAYING TO THE LENS
Acting in film involves playing to the lens while pretending it's not there. Our panel of actors share their stories of working with directors to bring about performances for the big screen. Learn the tricks of the acting trade and improve your own game. Hosted by Melissa Farley
NOW IT'S MY TURN
The field is constantly widening to showcase filmmakers of diversity. This year we focus on the female filmmakers and the in-roads they've made into an industry dominated by men. Filmmakers discuss the types of subjects that women are more likely to explore. Hosted by Amanda Melby
REALITY IS NOT A TV SHOW
Reality is not a TV show. Reality can be shocking, funny, awful, and educational. Rarely is it scripted. Panelists talk about the special considerations of making documentary films and the obligation to stay true to the subject matter while presenting vastly divergent of points of view. Hosted by Randy Murray
SHOCK AND AWE: HORROR AND SCI-FI
The original "shock" (horror) and "awe" (sci/fi) combo. Even with the great strides in technology and FX, story continues to play a key role in these genres. Panelist talk about the things that inspire them to push the limits of reality and normalcy in order to create the next generation of horror and science fiction films. Hosted by Monte Yazzie