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2014 Filmmaking Panels

Don’t miss these incredible filmmaking discussions at NFFTY 2014.

Special Guest: Adi ShankarPanel_Web
Friday April 25, 12:00 pm | SIFF Uptown 1
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How did rebel filmmaker Adi Shankar (Killing Them Softly, The Grey, Dredd, Lone Survivor) break through the Old Hollywood model and maintain an indie spirit? At the age of 29, Adi has made a brand for himself by producing a string of critically acclaimed action and crime feature films with A-list actors such as Brad Pitt, Liam Neeson, Mark Wahlberg and more. Equally as interesting are Adi’s short “bootleg” films featuring Marvel characters. While these films aren’t intended to be major money makers, they are elevating Adi to rockstar status with fanboys and girls. Adi’s “The Punisher” was released last summer and now has nearly 5,000,000 views. Join Adi as he discusses his career, his Marvel comic project and breaking into Hollywood.


Masterclass: Your Story, Your Way
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Friday April 25, 2:00 pm | SIFF Uptown 2
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Danish director Kræsten Kusk has always used his own personal stories as a creative motor in his filmmaking. Since 1998, he has directed 15 short films. His newest collaborative film ”Sundays” will be screening at the Cannes Film Festival in May. As a filmmaker, Kræsten constantly balances retaining his creative integrity while still allowing room for collaboration with other creatives.  How do you manage to put your own private story into a film and harness the input of an entire crew of colleagues? Is it possible to use collaboration as a creative drive? This workshop will focus on Kræsten’s very personal take on filmmaking combined with the collaborative approach. Kræsten will show clips from his latest film ”Where the Light Gets In and from the unfinished ”Sundays.”


Panel: Animation As Kingpanels-slide
Saturday April 26, 5:00 pm | SIFF Uptown 1
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Talented industry professionals Dan Lund (FrozenPrincess and the Frog), Wilbert Plijnaar (Despicable Me 2Ice Age), Connie Nartonis Thompson (FrankenweenieBeauty & The Beast), and NFFTY alumnus Amos Sussigan (Swan Cake) talk about the field of animation. Animated films continue to top the lists each year as some of the highest grossing films, with Frozen recently surpassing $1 billion. What is the process of creating an animated film? How do you break into this field?


Panel Host and Moderator: Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 5.10.29 PMWarren Etheredge

We are thrilled to announce that Warren Etheredge will be NFFTY 2014 Panel Host and Moderator.  Warren is well known in the film community as the host of KCTS 9′s Reel NW and the Emmy-nominated program The High Bar. Warren is a producer, educator and one of the founding faculty members of TheFilmSchool and The Red Badge Project.