Filmmaker Roundtables

ShortFest roundtables offer accredited filmmakers the opportunity to interact with industry professionals in smaller groups. We pair 1-2 industry professionals with 10-30 filmmakers for more intimate conversations.

Roundtables are  open to accredited Filmmakers whose film is screening at the festival only and must be registered for in advance.

Roundtables are scheduled on Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25 at the Renaissance Hotel.  


Scene Tectonics

Speaker: Jeffrey Michael Bays, Borgus Films | Back by popular demand, this time film scholar Jeffrey Michael Bays focuses on "How to get earth-shattering drama out of your scene transitions." Armed with his insights, we guaratee that you will leave this session a stronger filmmaker than when you arrived. Read More


Future of Drones

Drone flight is catching on fast. Join the employees of Ctrl Me throughout the day in the filmmaker lounge to disucuss the endless possibilities and latest drone technology. As one of Los Angeles’ only R & D labs, Ctrl Me is developing software to make any drone as safe as possible and live streaming aerial views to multiple... Read More


Indiegogo Breakout

Speaker: Marc Hofstatter, Indiegogo | Choosing a crowdfunding platform can be confusing - get a closer, in depth look at Indiegogo, one of the leading crowdfunding choices for filmmakers. Read More


Crowdfunding for Independence

Speaker: Emily Best, Seed&Spark | How do you build your audience, utilize social media and have a successful crowdfunding campaign? The industry's leading experts are here to teach you just that. CEO and Founder of the film-crowdfunding platform, Seed&Spark, walks you through the basics and gives you the tools for a rewarding... Read More


Speed Pitching

Got a feature script up your sleeve? If you’re ready to venture out into the world, our collection of industry professionals—agents, studio executives, financiers, producers and filmmakers—are ready to meet with you one-on-one. You pitch. They respond. After 10 minutes it’s musical chairs. Only 30 filmmakers (who have films in... Read More


Twitter Periscope: Live Streaming

Speaker: Ged Tarpey, Twitter | Live streaming is the new trend for creative content makers. Learn the ins-and-outs of how to use a social media platform to live stream your work and make a brand for yourself that will put you front and center Read More


Short Films in the Age of Smartphones and Facebook

Speaker: Kevin B. Lee, Fandor | With hundreds of millions of hours of short form content being watched on YouTube and Facebook, there has never been a greater demand for short film and video. How does this change our understanding of what a "short film" is? Paying special attention to new developments in online video, including... Read More


Press Insiders

Speakers: Tre'vell Anderson, LA Times & Sharon Swart, freelance journalist | They say all press is good press... but is that true? Leading entertainment writers will crack the code on how to play well with the Media and the readers. Read More


Meet the Press

Speakers: Linsey Bahr, Associated Press & Malina Saval, Variety | Who is behind film and festival reviews? Learn from industry pros about how to catch the attention of the top writers and get your films reviewed. Read More


Composing for Film

Speaker: Peter Neff, Composer | When you are weary of watching endless cuts of your film, with it's ability to change the emotional impact, music can make you fall in love with your film all over again... IF you get the right composer. Using multiple examples, Composer and professor Peter Neff will teach you how to collaborate... Read More



2016 ShortFest