Saturday at Queer Lounge

January 17, 2009

Join us today for two great panels that all LGBT filmmakers will want to participate in: One on the future of LGBT film fests, the other on the burgeoning market for short films.


Saturday, January 17, 2009, 12:00 PM

Panelists: Kirsten Schaffer (Outfest), Jennifer Morris (Frameline), Orly Ravid (New American Vision, Senator Entertainment), Paul Rachman (Slamdance), and Carol Coombes (Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Film Festival). Moderator: Lesli Klainberg (Newfest) While film festivals face an uncertain future in the current economic climate, queer film festivals face even more significant challenges as they struggle to hold onto sponsors and attract younger audiences who are more accustomed to streaming media on their computers. While many mainstream festivals now showcase a robust range of LGBT programming, there is still a need for the LGBT community to hold onto their own festivals even with increasing questions of their financial viability and relevance. Difficult times often inspire great creative innovation, and many festivals are finding ways to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing new media landscape. Join representatives of some of the leading festivals in the country for a discussion of what these 21st century models of film festivals might look like, and how LGBT film can and does influence mainstream film festivals.


Saturday, January 17, 2009, 3:00PM

Panelists: Maria Wolfe (Wolfe Video), Tiffany Shlain (Dir., The Tribe), Joe Wilson (Prod/Co-Dir., Out in the Silence), other panelists TBA. Moderator: Roberta Marie Munroe (author, How NOT To Make a Short Film: Secrets From a Sundance Programmer) Following the bust of the dot-com era, a generation of online filmmakers looking for alternate methods of reaching an audience helped drive the success of user-generated websites like YouTube, Revver and Funny or Die, sending short film submissions to festivals through the roof. At Sundance alone, submissions went up over 60% between 2003 and 2004, but people kept asking, “How will shorts make money?” Through DVD compilations, downloads and even big-screen release, it’s happening. Last year, Magnolia Pictures theatrically released a compilation of the 2008 Oscar® nominated shorts that made an astonishing $500,000 at the box office, while some shorts on iTunes receive residual checks of up to $80,000. Join us for this interactive panel about the current state of the short film market and find out how some filmmakers are using their shorts to raise capital for feature-length versions of their films.