Keynote Address

Chris Gore – Film Threat Publisher and Editor  

Film Threat’s mission is to champion up and coming indie filmmakers while speaking truth to the entertainment industry…

Industry Programs

As a passholder, you will be invited to join us for a range of Industry Programs, from Panel Discussions to Keynote Addresses, Coffee Time to Happy Hours.  Our conference technologies allow for interactive virtual networking, industry insights and opportunities to engage. We hope to see you at the Filmocracy Talent Summit! 

Panel Discussions

Development & Packaging

Location: Studio A

Thursday December 3rd, 10:00am

It starts with an idea, and then other elements come together, from writers and directors, to production partners and actors.  This panel explores the early stages of the process, in many cases, before a first draft has even been completed.


  • Tiffany Boyle
  • Bobby Hoppey
  • John Hillary Shepherd
  • Viviana Zarragoitia 

Moderator:  Jasper Grey

Advancing Your Career through Representation

Location: Studio A

Thursday December 3, 11:30am

How do you know when you’re ‘ready’ for representation? What does a representative do? What’s the difference between a manager, an agent, and a creative producer? What do reps look for in clients? We’ll discuss these topics and more.



  • Zach Book
  • Carmen Knox
  • Jason Lubin
  • Lee Stobby

Moderator:  Jasper Grey

No Budget to Studio Release

Location: Studio A

While there are unprecedented opportunities to financing and producing your film, how does one go about getting your microbudget film distributed by a major player?


Thursday December 3, 2:30pm


  • Sean Kenealy (In Action)
  • Eric Silvera (In Action)
  • Scott Vickers (Matriarch)

Moderator: Paul Jun

Distribution in the New Era

Location: Studio A

Friday December 4, 11:30am

Film distribution continues to evolve and windows continue to shrink.  As pipelines expand, producers are faced with challenging questions that will have to be answered before they can reach their target audiences.


  • Christiana Santos
  • Josh Spector
  • Erik Pence
  • Jeffrey Winter

Moderator:  Jon Fitzgerald

Marketing to your Audience

Location: Studio A

Friday December 4, 2:30pm

Often overlooked by independent filmmakers, it’s the marketing strategy that will make or break the success of any project or brand.  From key art and festival initiatives to social media and grassroots niche campaigns, entrepreneurial strategies are now more important than ever.


  • Rob Hardy 
  • Justin Giddings
  • Dan Harlow
  • Lucy Rendler-Kaplan

Moderator:  Brian Newman

What Writers and Directors Look For

Location: Studio A

Saturday December 5, 10:00am

Hollywood writers, directors, and producers come together to discuss the industry’s changing environment when looking for talent and creators and how best to advance diversity and inclusion to cultivate development opportunities in film and TV productions.


  • Sunny Vachher 
  • Julian Silver
  • Nathan Sutton
  • Leilani Downer

Moderator: Justin Crawford

Festivals in the New Era

Location: Studio A

Sunday December 6th, 10:00am

Changes to the indie film landscape in 2020 have forced festivals to evolve.  Yes, we hope to get back to more live events, but there are many positive developments under way on the festival circuit, supporting filmmakers and expanding audiences across the country.


  • Lela Conners-Meadow
  • Justin Giddings 
  • Jon Fitzgerald
  • Brian Newman

Moderator: Paul Jun

Happy Hour

Passholders can join us in the Saloon for Happy Hours 5-7:00pm nightly during the festival.  Come with your beverage of choice, OR Angelenos can order craft beers from our partners at Boomtown Brewery (Use this code for 20% discount:  Filmocracy2020).  

Link to place order or learn more:  https://www.boomtownbrew.com/

Boomtown will lead a brief tasting of 3 of their popular brews at 5:30pm each night, right here in our Saloon!

Table Reading

Table Read – Fruitvale Station, presented by Hollywood Casting & Film.

Location: Bergman Hall

Sunday December 6th, 11:30am

Join us for an exciting table read of this multiple award winning indie, with a panel filled with emerging talent.  For a deeper dive, visit the Library in the Talent Summit and you can read the script yourself!

Coffee Time

Industry Coffee Time

Location Studio A

Everyday during the festival from 8am-10am 

Start your day off right with a cup of coffee in hand and mingle with filmmakers and industry pros. Come join us each morning to network with industry guests from all over the globe. Feel free to grab your own table, set meetings, and mingle to talk all things film!


A better model, for a different time.

FilmocracyFest is an innovative film and media festival, bringing together the best of traditional festival events, while integrating unique digital programs to create a memorable and productive experience. Run by Jon Fitzgerald, cofounder of Slamdance and former director of multiple prestigious festivals such as AFI, and Santa Barbara and Naples.

We will combine online screenings & Q&As with unique digital experiences, script readings, show tapings and live events. As the modern film festival experience is being reinvented, FilmocracyFest endeavors to create an exciting and productive experience for filmmakers, industry and audiences alike.



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