Panels

Friday, March 27th

City Hall Council Chambers
160 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD 21401

10:30 - 11:30 am

"Focus Forward - "YOU THINK THAT'S FUNNY"

From rom-coms to satire, there are many sub-genres of comedy that we enjoy. Yet comedy is not just for laughs and entertainment, it can be a powerfully persuasive communications tool. Is there a future for comedy in our hyper-sensitive P.C. society? And how does cancel culture effect an artist’s freedom of speech? It’s been said, there is nothing harder to do well than the comedy form.  Let’s talk to the filmmakers who risk it all by making or acting in a comedic film.

12:00 - 1:00 pm

"Focus Forward - THE IMPACT OF TODAY'S STORYTELLERS"

When writers, directors and editors are collectively visualizing “a story”, the outcome can be magical…or it can miss the mark.  What are the roadblocks today’s storytellers must face?  How difficult is it to put the story first?  What type/style of stories interest them and how do they collaborate?  Meet the team players and see what it takes to play nice in the sandbox.

1:30 - 2:30 pm

"Focus Forward - THE PLATFORMS OF TODAY AND TOMORROW"

The digital medium has erupted over the last ten years and the view of how we watch TV, see movies and use our devices has massively changed.  From network TV to streaming platforms, from podcasts on our computers to Quibis on our cellphones, new media is being created in a frenzy and the world is evolving because of it.  Follow the tides of change in this eye-opening discussion.

3:00 - 4:00 pm

"Focus Forward - THE FUTURE OF DOCUMENTARY"

How is the doc world evolving?  How do you pitch your doc in today’s competitive market?  What type of doc is the market looking for? This applies to feature and short documentaries.  Listen carefully to the filmmakers and the power brokers navigate the landscape.

Saturday, March 28th

St. John's Conversation Room - Key Auditorium
60 College Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401

12:30 -1:30 pm

"Focus Forward - PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS ROUNDTABLE"

Hear from the directors and producers of this year’s festival films about the challenges they have faced and the solutions they found while bringing their stories to fruition.

Sunday, March 29th

St. John's Conversation Room - Key Auditorium
60 College Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401

12:30 -1:30 pm

"Focus Forward - WOMEN STORYTELLERS"

Hear from women filmmakers and industry guests who believe storytelling through their lens is
the best way to increase the voice and relevancy of women in this industry.
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