VIRTUAL PANELS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12
12PM – 1PM

Advancing Latinx Representation

Presented by LatinXNA

A discussion about advancing Latinx representation in entertainment and media, and how corporate organizations can help in this effort.

Panelists: Wendy Guererro, (President of Programming, Bentonville Film Festival), Ivette Rodriguez (La Collab)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12
5:30PM – 6:30PM

What’s Your Story? And Why We Need It Now More Than Ever…

FREE PANEL COMPLIMENTS OF SONY PICTURES TELEVISION

Never has it been more urgent, more important, for fresh, distinctive voices, emblematic of our respective communities. Never before have women had such a platform. Join a candid conversation with creative changemakers, both in front of and behind the camera, as they discuss bringing their unique perspectives to authentic storytelling in TV and film.

Moderator: Marie Jacobson (EVP, SPT’s Gemstone Studios)

Panelists: Isabella Gomez (One Day At A Time), Esta Spalding (On Becoming a God in Central Florida), Sonay Hoffman (For Life), Diane Paragas (Yellow Rose), Mary Angélica Molina (Party of Five),

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13
10:30AM – 11:30AM

Building Bridges and Brands

Presented by HatchBeauty

Join Tracy Holland Co-Founder of HatchBeauty Brands in a discussion about how brands can leverage their place in consumers minds to impact lasting cultural change. From empowering young, female entrepreneurs to creating representation through product assortment, advertising, and more.

Panelists: Kimora Lee Simmons (Model, Founder Baby Phat), Musab Balbale (VP Beauty at Walmart)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13
12PM – 1PM

If She Can See It, She Can Be It

Presented by MARS

A showcase of best practices from industry executives, content creators, and actors who have successfully created or worked with female driven content.

Moderator: Madeline Di Nonno, CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Panelists: Academy Award®-winner Geena Davis, Oge Egbuonu (director, (In)visible Portraits), Katori Hall (writer, P-Valley), Lisa McKnight (Mattel), Michele Oliver (MARS)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13
2PM – 3PM

Power of Media for Social Change

Presented by MARS

The true power of media can change minds, challenge traditions, and create movements by making deep emotional connections that stir and motivate audiences to take action. Join us for a dialogue with brand leaders on how they are amplifying social issues through their channels and the impact of their campaigns in different communities.

Moderator: Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer NBC Universal

Panelists: Bea Perez (Coca-Cola), William White (CMO, Walmart), Wanda Young (Samsung)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14
12:00PM – 1:00PM

Flipping the Script: Rethinking Portrayals of People with Disabilities

Presented by MARS

This panel will look at the presence of stories about characters with varying abilities on screen and in media.

Panelists: Chad Allen (Creator, Unseen), Nic Novicki (The Good Doctor)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14
2:30PM – 3:30PM

The Diverse Toybox

Presented by Mattel

An engaging conversation about how diversity and inclusion can be taught to children through toys, characters, and stories.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14
7PM – 8PM

The Best of Geena and Friends

Presented by Coca-Cola

A virtual discussion and look at fun moments from past Geena and Friends with Academy Award winner and Co-Founder of BFF, Geena Davis,, and the all-star group of equally brilliant actors that have participated in the reimagining all-male dominated movie scenes from a female lens at BFF.

Cast: Academy Award®-winner Geena Davis, Natalie Morales, Alysia Reiner, Andrea Navedo

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15
12PM – 1PM

Up Close and Personal with Geena Davis

Presented by MARS

A one-on-one interview with BFF Co-Founder and Academy Award Winner, Geena Davis – delving into the highlights and challenges of her career in the entertainment industry.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15
3:30PM – 4:30PM

Breaking the Rainbow Ceiling: A Closer Look at LGBTQIA+ On Screen

Presented by MARS

This panel will look at the presence of LGBTQ+ and intersectional characters and their stories on screen.

Panelists: Dino Rae Ramos (Deadline), Vico Ortiz (Actor), Jen Richards (Actor), Julie Scotti (Actor), Alexandra Grev (Actor).

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16
2PM – 3PM

Jury Talk

Presented by MARS

Join Geena Davis and the BFF 2020 jury for a discussion about the 2020 Competition film program and highlights; along with a look at the jury winners for this year and their award-winning films.

Participants: Wendy Guerrero, Geena Davis, BFF Jurors