Educational Seminars

We invite our 2019, 2020 and 2021 Your Shorts Are Showing finalists to be our special guests for the 20th Festival Anniversary celebration.  You and one guest will receive Festival Passes that allow you to enjoy most of the weekend events.   

You’ll enjoy free access to this terrific lineup of Educational Seminars given by leading industry professionals.

Filmmaker Educational Seminars include:

Bankroll Your Movie

Saturday, October 23, 2021

2:00 pm

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3:00 pm

Where:

High Peaks Resort (HPR)

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Description:

Actors, Writers, Producers, Directors… this is your dream workshop! Tom Malloy, author of BANKROLL: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films, and co-owner of FilmMakingStuff, will be giving his signature electrifying speech on how YOU can turn YOUR film or documentary into reality.

You will learn

  • How to develop projects
  • The fundamentals of prepping your project for investors*  How to find money for your film*  The current status of the independent film world and what it means to you!
  • …and So Much More!

Instructors:

Tom Malloy, author of BANKROLL: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films, and co-owner of FilmMakingStuff

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Women in Comedy Panel and Mixer with Okema T. Moore, Samantha Jones, Hollie Harper, Shona Tucker and moderated by Sunny Edelman

Saturday, October 23, 2021

3:30 pm

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5:30 pm

Where:

High Peaks Resort (HPR)

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Description:

This panel, sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television and Upstate New York Women in Film and Television, takes a look at the history of women in comedy. Primarily dominated by men, women's comedy was originally tailored to what men would find funny and non-threatening. Early acts were often based on the standard roles of housewife and mother. Over the years, women have made significant gains in television, film and stand-up. We now see how comedy plays an important role in the feminist movement by allowing women's issues to be more wide-spread in society.

Panel discussion from 3:30 - 4:30 PM with the Mixer immediately following. Meet the panelists in person; drinks are on us!

Instructors:

Okema T. Moore, Producer/Director/Writer; Samantha Jones, Actor/Improviser and founder/owner of Hudson Valley Improv; Hollie Harper, Comedian/Producer/Creative Director; Shona Tucker, Actor/Writer/Director/Educator; and moderated by Sunny Edelman, President, Upstate Women in Film and Television

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Maximizing Your Film Festival

Saturday, October 23, 2021

9:00 am

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10:00 am

Where:

High Peaks Resort (HPR)

Wright

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Description:

An interactive seminar designed to explore and help shape future Film Festival programing. Learn how you can maximize your film festival experience, the ultimate value in submitting and attending, and how to exploit available marketing channels. Give feedback and help shape the 2022 Lake Placid Film Festival to better meet your objectives, and serve both aspiring and established filmmakers.

Instructors:

Denis Ciere, Director, NYC Indie Film Festival, Eric Granger, Chair, Adirondack Film Commission, CEO Aracari Films, LLC, Eric Vollweiler, Owner, The Vollweiler Agency, Gary D. Smith, Chair, Adirondack Film Society, Lake Placid Film Festival

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The Myth of 3 Act Structure

Saturday, October 23, 2021

12:30 pm

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1:30 pm

Where:

High Peaks Resort (HPR)

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Description:

Learn what goes wrong with the old formulas, and a new, intuitive approach to thinking about structure.

Instructors:

Jacob Krueger, Principal, Jacob Krueger Studio

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The Art of the Pitch

Friday, October 22, 2021

1:00 pm

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2:00 pm

Where:

High Peaks Resort (HPR)

Room 1

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Description:

In this groundbreaking seminar, Jacob Krueger will teach you how to identify the existing elements in your script that can make producers salivate and how to focus your draft to deliver on what you promise.

Instructors:

Jacob Krueger, Principal, Jacob Krueger Studio

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Re-thinking Film Distribution in the Post-Pandemic Landscape – A New Paradigm

Friday, October 22, 2021

2:30 pm

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3:30 pm

Where:

High Peaks Resort (HPR)

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Description:

The landscape for distributing independent films is rapidly changing. This seminar will discuss the range of options available to filmmakers for the distribution of their content. Particular attention will be paid to the increasing role of streaming independent films.

Instructors:

Partner, in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a National Chair of the firm’s Entertainment, Media & Sports Practice.

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Film Law Basics, 10 things you need to know before you Produce Your Film

Friday, October 22, 2021

11:30 am

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12:30 pm

Where:

High Peaks Resort (HPR)

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Description:

This presentation will cover legal elements essential to film production. Topics to be addressed will include rights acquisitions and film production agreements. Particular attention will be paid to the material deal points common to most independent film contracts.

Instructors:

Partner, in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a National Chair of the firm’s Entertainment, Media & Sports Practice.

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