Filmmaker's Virtual Retreat - November 6-9, 2020

BFFoundation 2020 Virtual Filmmaker Retreat and November Movie Monday

The BFFoundation presents the annual Virtual Filmmaker Retreat. Making inclusive content takes a lot of courage, energy, and funding, we know how hard it is to stay invigorated and inspired so we invite our “See It, Be It” Fellows, BFF alumni and other content creators into this inclusive space to connect with industry thought leaders and champions. Attendees will have time to socialize at group happy hours, listen to BFF Alumni in our Filmmaker Lounge, attend workshops, watch films and more.

This years’ event will be 100% virtual and will start on Friday, November 6th. If you are one of our “See It, Be It” Fellows, BFF Alumni, or invited industry member, please look for your email from us on how to log into the events. Below, please find the full schedule of events. We do have a few that are open to the public, which are noted. We look forward to having you join us.

Please see schedule below to register!

FULL EVENT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2020

UGTDI Workshop
(Private – Registered BFF Alumni Only)
12p PST / 2p CSTWe will host a virtual follow-up workshop with Universal GTDI and the 2020 See It, Be It Fellows, re-engaging with the personal story session from June while giving you all another chance to talk with them again about further opportunities.
Filmmaker Lounge: BFF Edition
(Free Event Open to Public)

10a PST / 12p CSTJoin us for a special edition of Film Festival Alliance and Festival Formula, LTD’s Filmmaker Lounge, where we’ll speak to BFF alumni filmmakers Haroula Rose (Once Upon A River – 2019), Sujata Day (Definition Please – 2020) and Gretchen Wylder (These Thems – 2020) about how they look to the festival circuit for support in building audiences and furthering their careers, in an exhibition world that in dire need of more diversity and inclusivity. We’ll look at their own festival journeys and examine ways that we can all play a role in furthering the change and representation we need to see on screen in our evolving landscape. Open to the public.Register Now
Keynote Speaker
(Private – Registered BFF Alumni Only)

4p PST / 6p CSTGeena Davis will give a short keynote speech followed by the Bentonville Film Festival’s Executive Team Welcome, opening the BFF 2020 Virtual Filmmaker Retreat.
Happy Hour
(Private – Registered BFF Alumni Only)

4:30p PST / 6:30p CSTA virtual event hosted by Drea Clark where the 2020 See It, Be It Fellows, all BFF Filmmaker Alumni, and other industry professionals will have a chance to meet with one another.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2020

Utilizing Film For Social Change
(Open To Public)
12p PST / 2p CSTA virtual workshop led by award-winning producer and global filmmaker, Alahna Lark, about anti-racism, ally-ship, and how to be on the right side of history as a filmmaker.

Check out her site www.alahnalark.com and her social media @EastAlahna.

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Ask Me Anything with Veteran Filmmaker: Rachel Feldman
(Open To Public)

2p PST / 4p CSTRachel Feldman is an accomplished Hollywood based film and television writer and director. She’s directed more than 75 hours of network television and is currently in development on LILLY, a feature film about fair pay activist Lilly Ledbetter, and she’s here to answer any of your questions!

Want to talk about directing episodic television? How about how to get a feature film off the ground? During Covid? How to work with well-known actors? How to sell projects in Hollywood? How to get an agent or a manager? How to juggle directing and raising a family? What about activism? Do you have some questions about what to do about gender discrimination in the film TV industry?

Check out her site www.rachelfeldman.com, and follow her on Twitter @WomenCallAction.

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Happy Hour
(Private – Registered BFF Alumni Only)

4:30p PST / 6:30p CSTA virtual event hosted by Drea Clark where the 2020 See It, Be It Fellows, all BFF Filmmaker Alumni, and other industry professionals will have a chance to meet with one another.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2020

Happy Hour: Hosted by ViacomCBS
(Private – Registered BFF Alumni Only)
4:30p PST / 6:30p CSTA virtual event hosted by ViacomCBS where the 2020 See It, Be It Fellows, all BFF Filmmaker Alumni, and other industry professionals will have a chance to meet with one another.
Virtual Movie Monday
(Open to Public)

Movie Viewable:
Friday 11/6 – Monday 11/9

Live Q&A:
6p PST / 8p CST

BFF 2020 Alumni documentary film Black Boys and shorts Becoming Eddie and Graceland will be available to stream from Friday through Monday during the retreat. Following the 4-day virtual screening, we will have a live virtual discussion with the filmmakers.

Moderator:
Tony Waller

Filmmakers:
Sonia Lowman (Black Boys)
Lilan Bowden (Becoming Eddie)
Joyce Liu Countryman (Becoming Eddie)
Bonnie-Kathleen Ryan (Graceland)

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