Sidetalk Panel Discussions

Sidetalk Panels and Workshops

SideTalk panel discussions  and workshops offer unique opportunities for Sidewalk attendees to listen, learn, and ask questions about a range of film and industry topics.  Past SideTalk topics have included “Violence in Media”, ‘Writing for the Screen” and ‘Film Finance” with panelists like Scott Teems (That Evening Sun), Watt Key (Alabama Moon), Michael Paul Stephenson (Best Worst Movie), and Carol Connors (Academy Award Winner, Rocky).

Sidewalk 2014 Sidetalk Panels and Workshops will be held at Legends, on the corner of 3rd Ave. N. and 18th St. All Sidetalks are FREE and open to the public. Seating is provided on a first come, first serve basis. 

Sidetalks 2014 Schedule: (this info is also provided on the full festival schedule)

Saturday, August 23

How to Pitch Your Film: Saturday / 10:30am – 11:30am / Legends Bar

Pitching your film is an art in itself! You have a minute to pitch, what do you say? Learn how to pitch your film efficiently and effectively with experts from the independent film industry.

Film Festival Submission Tips:  Saturday / 12:00pm – 1:00pm / Legends Bar

Film Festivals provide a great way to get your film (and you) exposure in the industry, but with the escalating competition, how can you increase your chances of acceptance? Learn these must-know tips for film festival success with festival staff members like Dan Brawley from Cucalorus, Christine Elise McCarthy from Waterfront Film Festival, and Rachel Morgan from the Sidewalk Film Festival!

Sidewrite Alabama Finalists Table Read: Saturday / 1:30pm – 3:00pm / Legends Bar

A table read of the top three short screenplays in the Alabama category from our annual Sidewrite Short Screenplay Competition. Hosted by the talented Birmingham Film Actors Lab. Alabama finalists: Alan Moore, Jeremy Crowson, and Kimberly Tompkins.

The New Wave of Independent Media: Web Series and Episodic Content: Saturday / 3:30pm – 4:30pm / Legends Bar

Independent filmmakers are creating web series and episodic content more frequently, but what does this mean for the future of independent film? Sidewalk filmmakers and jurors will discuss their involvement with these new types of projects.

Sunday, August 24

Sidewrite International Finalists Table Read: Sunday / 11:00am – 12:30pm / Legends Bar

What organizations exist to provide help for film production in Alabama? How can you get involved with them? The panel will include Bobby Jon Drinkard from EMPACT (Entertainment Media Production & Crew Training) and a representative from the Alabama Film Office.

Actor’s Workshop: Sunday / 1:00pm – 2:30pm / Legends Bar

Hollywood veteran Victor McCay (Argo, Walking Dead, The West Wing) and the Birmingham Film Actors Lab will be hosting a workshop for adult actors wanting to learn more about techniques and business of film acting. You will receive in-depth instruction and honest critique as you enhance your craft and build confidence. The perfect opportunity to build a foundation or sharpen your skills.

Structure and Development in Screenwriting: Sunday / 3:00pm – 4:00pm / Legends Bar

Learn the key turning points of successful scripts and how to structure and develop your screenplay properly. We’ll also hear from some writers who do things a little differently. The panel will include Sidewalk juror Becca Greene and attending filmmakers.

Documentary Filmmaking and the Law:  Sunday / 4:30pm – 5:30pm / Legends Bar

All filmmaking involves legal issues, but documentaries require legal considerations of their own. Come hear from Birmingham lawyer Stacey Davis and Sidewalk documentary filmmakers about how to be prepared for your documentary film production.


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