Stareable Fest is excited to announce its full slate of programming for the inaugural event, which will be half industry marketplace, creating face-to-face connections between independent filmmakers and decision makers at major networks and platforms and half creator convention, with workshops and panels about how to be a more effective filmmaker.
Friday will kick off with the previously announced keynote speech by two time Emmy Award-winning web series creator Bernie Su, followed by a speed networking event to introduce attendees to one another before the weekend’s full festivities begin.
Saturday features panels on the under-representation of women in media , brought to you by Bustle Digital Group, building a sustainable career online , brought to you by PopChest, how to make the leap from indie to mainstream, and navigating the distribution landscape. Workshops will include digital showrunner Alex LeMay’s Get Paid To Create and the co-creator of IFC’s Frank & Lamar’s Learning How To Pitch, alongside a “Best of Canada” web series screening sponsored by IPF and OMDC. The day will come to a close with the Saturday night pitch competition, sponsored by HBO, where selected filmmakers will have 90 seconds each to pitch their ideas to representatives from Comedy Central and PBS Digital, in the hopes of winning a mentorship meeting from HBO.
Sunday features panels on the under-representation in media of people of color as well as the LGBTQ+ community, and building an audience around your content, as well as workshops on building independence through crowdfunding by Seed&Spark and strategy and development at a digital studio by Brandon Arolfo, Senior Director of Content Development at PBS Digital. The Stareable Fest awards ceremony at the end of the evening will close out festivities.
Stareable Fest is proud to be supported by PopChest, HBO, IPF, OMDC, Bustle Digital Group, and Seeka TV and is done in partnership with Comedy Central, PBS Digital, and Seed&Spark.