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Building User Bases: Publicity Strategies in the Startup Era – Sunday Sept 28th – 2:00pm
Who is your audience and how will you reach them? Experts discuss new and evolving social media and publicity strategies for effective audience engagement and film promotion.

Danielle Davis (@LadykillerDD) is a transmedia marketer and publicist with a career spanning gaming, pop culture, comics and Hollywood. She is the CEO of Ladykiller, an integrated marketing and PR firm designing and executing transmedia campaigns as well as live event production to promote a wide variety of brands and Hollywood talent. With a special focus on marketing at comic-cons and gaming conventions, Danielle has represented and managed brands at over 40. She is the co-founder of I Heart Comic Art, an annual benefit event for local comic artists responsible for promoting and encouraging Seattle indie comic artists as well as providing artist grants. Danielle also serves as a juror for Indiecade: the International Festival of Independent Games.



Filmmaking is perhaps the most collaborative of creative arts, with upward progress often dependent not only on the best expression of one’s talents but on one’s ability to play well with others. Screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez (MACHETE, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES) leads a strategy-based and discussion-centered workshop that will explore building relationships within the creative community as you enhance your own strengths as creators.

Alvaro Rodriguez is a screenwriter who has co-authored the films SHORTS and MACHETE, both directed by Robert Rodriquez, as well as THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER, a prequel to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. A frequent panelist and presenter at the Austin Film Festival, he has also curated an “Epoca de Oro” Mexican film series at the Museum of South Texas History and has presented on the smuggled subtext(s)  in MACHETE at South Texas College. His border-influenced short fiction has appeared in multiple publications both physical and digital, including ALONG THE RIVER (edited by David Bowles, 2011) and AFTER DEATH (edited by Eric J. Guignard, 2013). He is currently writing on the second season of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES for Robert Rodriguez’s EL REY television network.


Stefan is a professional actor, musician, and filmmaker. Acting credits include numerous film/television roles, including Dawson’s CreekEdenA Bit of Bad LuckBrightwood, and Heart of the Country, as well as many regional theatre lead roles.

Behind the camera, Stefan has produced three feature films, ten short films, a television pilot, and several music videos. In just the past two years, he produced the the multi-award winning films, period drama, Decimation, and experimental narrative, Turning Point, as well as the 20th Century Fox released Heart of the Country.  Additional credits as a producer include Currency Rising and Changed, with Archetype Pictures, and the 20th Century Fox film, I Am, with Bayridge Films. He is currently line-producing the feature documentary, Personhood.

Stefan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Appalachian State University, studied photography at Santa Monica College, and filmmaking at University of Washington. Stefan’s first documentary as a director, Solid Blue, has been selected for screening at several international festivals and is currently playing the circuit, and his latest narrative as director, The Date, is currently in post-production. He has a short and a feature narrative project, both in development within his production company, Wanderhouse Productions.


Building Emotional Power Through Custom Musical Cues, An Artistic Approach – Sunday Sept 28th – 12:30pm
A panel of composers and directors will share their thoughts on how to carry and build an emotion through music. Discussion topics will include styles, placement, decision making, and will also include examples from famous movies as well as those created by the panelists.


Music Supervisor

Grammy nominated music supervisor, Dondi Bastone, first cut his teeth on Barry Sonnenfeld’s GET SHORTY nearly 20 years ago and has since supervised music for more than fifty film and television projects. His latest, and third film for Director Alexander Payne, THE DESCENDANTS, found them sharing the afore-mentioned Grammy nomination as Soundtrack Producers. Their prior associations were on SIDEWAYS and ELECTION. He has also had the pleasure of working with Ed Harris on his decade-long labor of love, and directorial debut, POLLOCK, writer director-star Matt Dillon’s CITY OF GHOSTS, THE HUMAN STAIN for legendary Oscar winning writer/director Robert Benton, Michael Dinner’s gangster spoof, THE CREW, Emilio Estevez’ spiritual jorney, THE WAY and the Chad Lowe helmed BEAUTIFUL OHIO. Dondi has also had the opportunity to be a part of some fine documentary projects including Kirby Dick’s THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED, the Morgan Spurlock produced doc WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY?, FUCK for director Steve Anderson, HBO’S ADDICTION series, as well as the Emmy winning documentary series AMERICAN HIGH, its follow-up FRESHMAN DIARIES for RJ Cutler, and the soon to be released SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT for Producer Pras Michel of the Fugees. Among his latest projects is LOW DOWN, a biopic of jazz legend Joe Albany, starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close and Flea, scheduled for release later this year.

SFS 2014 PANELIST ANNOUNCEMENT: Kristen Fitzpatrick

DIY Distribution – Tuesday Sept 30th – 6:30pm
More than ever, filmmakers are taking distribution into their own hands, and the diversity of tools reflect the diversity of their films and audiences. From crowdsourcing platforms like Tugg and Gathr to direct methods like VHX and Distrify, which makes most sense for your movie?

Kristen Fitzpatrick is the Director of Acquisition & Exhibition at Women Make Movies, the world’s leading distributor of films by and about women, where she programs the global exhibition of WMM’s collection of over 500 films and is also responsible for the acquisition of the organization’s new releases as well as their festival, marketing and outreach plans. Kristen has been on numerous film festival juries around the world and spoken on numerous panels focusing on distribution, promotional strategies and impact campaigns for social justice documentary. She was recently on the board of NewFest, and was also a long-term member of the selection committee for the New York International Asian Film Festival. Kristen currently serves annually as a judge for the Student Academy Awards (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), is a judge for the Northeast Emmys, and was recognized as an Emerging Leader by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC).


Indie Contracts Made Simple – Sunday Sept 28th – 11:00am (SAG Sponsored)

Confused about SAG-AFTRA rules and contracts? This workshop is designed for actors AND producers who want to understand the signatory process. Low budget union contracts may not be as difficult as you think.

Rik Deskin  Regional: Of Mice And Men, Sandbox Radio Episode 11: To Hell With Love; Across A Little Red Marker. Web: “Look Up In The Sky.” Film: Wyatt Steps Out, The Standard, Obsession. Proud SAG-AFTRA and AEA Member. BFA: Cornish College of the Arts. SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local Board Member and part of the Sandbox Artists Collective, and Eclectic Theater.


Multi-platform Storytelling – Monday Sept 29th – 6:30pm

Scott Macklin is the Associate Director of the Communication Leadership program at the UW. Scott seeks to create a rich infrastructure that supports innovation and collaboration through participatory media and community engagement.  Scott is an award winning author, filmmaker and the Executive Producer the Four Peaks TV – a monthly series that features interviews with leading media and technology visionaries. In 2013, Scott was given the King County Executive’s Award for Excellence in Hip Hop and Community Service.  Scott uses social media as a powerful tool for learning and building meaningful relationships that create opportunities to engage in acts of social justice.

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is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30- minutes or less.

HollyShorts Film Festival History

The inaugural HollyShorts Film Festival took place at The Space Theatre in Hollywood August 2005 and featured 23 short films from the U.S., UK, Poland, Canada and Thailand. The 2nd annual HollyShorts Film Festival took place at Cinespace in Hollywood, CA and featured 53 of the best short films from around the world. 13 different countries were represented. The third annual HollyShorts Film Festival took place August 10-12, 2007, drawing over $26,000 in prizes awarded. The festival featured three screening venues. Best Short film honors went to “Songbird” Directed by John Thompson. Thompson was awarded a one week audio rental package courtesy of Action Audio and Visual, featuring sound and communications equipment rentals to utilize for his next film project. The festival featured Actor Adrian Grenier’s short film “Euthanasia,” a DJ performance from the legendary hip hop DJ Biz Markie and 57 short films in competition; three days of screenings, parties, insightful panels along with a slew of networking platforms for HollyShorts participants. The 2007 HollyShorts Film Festival included the following partners:, h Magazine, Showbiz Software Stores, Action Audio and Visual,, Stash DVD Magazine, UCLA Extension Department of Entertainment Studies, Dreamhouse Ensemble, LA One Stop, LBN E lert, Indiepix, Breakyourself, Choice Hospitality, Film Radar, Shortend Magazine, Sand Jewelry by Therese and Vice Hollywood.


We’re part champion, part curator.

For far too long, filmmakers have been forced to either sell out or starve. Thousands of brilliant, creative minds submit their works to festivals, hoping to catch a meaningful audience. Fewer than 1% actually break through. As if finding the financing and making the movie wasn’t hard enough in the first place.

We’re here to level the playing field.

Founded by filmmakers, IndieFlix is part champion, part curator. We’re so inspired by independent filmmakers and the work they produce, we’ve created a stellar platform for you to discover the best and quirkiest around.

But it’s still up to you to watch and poke around and discover and learn. We won’t force-feed you, and we’ll never tell you what to think. Let us know what you love and be sure to share the good stuff. You’ll find it all. This is a subjective world, and your opinions are just as valid as a professional critic’s.

Filmmakers dedicate themselves to making movies and they deserve a cut—and that’s exactly what they get. Through our unique revenue-sharing Royalty Pool Minutes (RPM) model, filmmakers get paid for every minute watched by an IndieFlix subscriber. The more you watch, the more money they make. And more money = more movies.

All the indie you can eat, for mere pennies a day. If you’re here, let’s love the indies together.


From LA to Vancouver: Competition or Collaboration – Saturday Sept 27th – 2:00pm

Daniel Sol, Co-Founder, Co Director HollyShorts Film Festival And Head of Programming

With a passion for film and filmmaking since childhood, Daniel decided to move to California in 2000 with an interest in the film business. After working on commercial productions as a production assistant and then acting in various films, he gained an understanding of the filmmaking process.  With that, Sol realized that young filmmakers had very little access to industry professionals, and few options for screening their films.  And thus, the HollyShorts Film Festival was born. Now, in its tenth year, HollyShorts has quickly become the most influential short film festival in Los Angeles, with Sol guiding it as Festival Director.  Aside from HollyShorts, Sol also battled daily with domestic exhibitors as a theatrical sales manager at Lionsgate for six years (2008 to 2013), and in 2008 he produced and starred in the indie feature film NIGHT BEFORE THE WEDDING.