When you hit SEND on your festival submission, where does it go? In this session, the hard-working folks on the other end of the screen, programmers from festivals near and far, talk shop.

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In the 15 years since it started as an informal survey of development execs, The Black List has evolved from taking Hollywood’s temperature to feeding it some strong medicine, throwing light on hundreds of vital scripts that might otherwise have been passed over. Come in for an off-the-cuff chat with emerging screenwriters’ biggest cheerleader.

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There’s always been a wide strip of overlap between the film and video art that museums acquire and the movies that play at a theater near you. Tune in as a distinguished and diverse group of artists, each working in that crossover, address the ongoing feedback loop between art films and film-art.

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In a world where art doesn’t always pay, it’s good to know that there are non-profit funders stepping into the breach to make sure vital work still gets made. We sit down with five organizations working across the spectrum of cinema and beyond to support worthy projects and discover new voices.

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The idea that films can change the world is hardly a new one, but the specialized role of the impact producer, who works to help films achieve their goal of driving social change, is still relatively recent. Come hear experts in the field talk about lessons learned so far.

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Virtual Reality has come a long way from a 90s oddity to an Aughts novelty to an established artform. Our panelists, who are supporting and creating work in VR, will map the challenges and potential of a medium that’s officially past its infancy.

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This year, NOFF’s first-ever Music Initiative will connect visiting film-music professionals with artists working in our city’s world-renowned music scene. In this public talk, participating music supervisors give a beginner’s guide to their crucial work at the crossroads of music and movies.

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It’s no secret that a fascinating subject is the heart of a great doc, but it’s style that bridges the gap from the informative to the soul-stirring. We sit down with doc-makers at the cutting edge for a look at their aesthetic inspirations and their process.

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When an independent documentary hits the airwaves on the nation’s public broadcasting channels, it’s the last stage of a years-long journey, supported by undersung groups working with filmmakers at all stages of production. Hear from the people dedicated to shepherding great docs onto the small screen and find out about resources that might help your own project.

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It’s no secret that great films and series begin with a blank page or a white screen. Two seasoned pros sit down for a candid chat about the twists and turns of the writing life.

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Our yearly update on Louisiana’s Motion Picture Production Tax Credit, the long-term vision for the program, and what it means for productions big and small in Louisiana.  

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Finally have the budget for a set of sweet prime lenses or a real-deal color session? What should you know before you sign that invoice? Here’s your chance to talk tech with one of the most respected names in motion picture equipment.

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An in-depth seminar designed to answer filmmakers’ and musicians’ toughest questions about music for film and empower them to make smart choices regarding music for their projects. Also a great resource for musicians and composers interested in learning more about film scoring.

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Learn how to hire professional actors for your independent film! Join SAGindie for a simplification of the process of signing SAG-AFTRA Low Budget Agreements from start to finish.  

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