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Monday, November 21 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Maintaining Interest in Your Film Festival Year Round

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To sustain year-round interest for an event that only happens annually is a challenge that all film festivals face. Expanding the festival’s reach in the real and virtual community is one way that festivals grow and thrive. Film series’, online programming and other strategies will be explored by film festival leaders that have successfully and profitably managed to build a year-round presence.

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Wendy Eidson

Festival Director, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
Born and raised in Toronto, Wendy got her first job at 14 as a production assistant on a television series, and that was it . . . she was hooked. After graduation from college and a short stint at art school, she began working full-time as an assistant director, working on many film and TV productions, including A CHRISTMAS STORY, SUSPECT, A NEW LIFE, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS and many more. Wendy married and moved to San Luis Obispo to start a... Read More →

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Laura Archibald

CEO, Festpicks
Laura Archibald is the CEO of Solomon’s Signature Productions Inc.,  a film production company focused on historic and biographically oriented feature films and documentaries. Their eclectic catalogue includes films in development or released that include: the history of music in the 60’s, Negro league baseball in the 40’s and the political and social history of Cuba through the eyes of an... Read More →
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Richard Botto

Founder and CEO, Stage 32
Richard “RB” Botto is the Founder and CEO of Stage 32 (stage32.com), the world’s largest platform for connecting and educating film creatives. Called “LinkedIn meets Lynda for film creatives” by Forbes, Stage 32 boasts a member base of over 500,000 and features over 1000 hours of film craft and business related education taught by over 500 industry executives across the globe. | |  RB is also a... Read More →
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Anita Cotic

Senior Manager of Event Production, TIFF
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Shawn Guthrie

Manager, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Shawn Guthrie oversees the Student Academy Awards program and the Grants program for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  His career at the Academy began 15 years ago in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program, a position to which he brought many years of experience in screenwriting and screenwriting competitions.  For the last ten years he’s run the Academy’s Grants Department where he’s overseen... Read More →
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Nancy Kennedy

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Seattle International Film Festival
Nancy joined the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in 1988 as Director of Marketing, Corporate Development and Communications.  Nancy created and implemented the sponsorship, membership, fundraising and corporate development revenue programs for the organization as it became a non-profit and through 2000, when she left on professional sabbatical to work with other arts organizations around the country.  Returning to SIFF in... Read More →

Monday November 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Santa Ynez Room

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