Forum Panels

ShortFest Forum Panels offer the public and filmmakers the opportunity to hear from industry professionals share their expertise on a range of topics.  All passes grant access to Forum Panels.  Individual tickets may also be purchased. Don't miss the FREE Public Forum on Tuesday, June 18.

All Forum Panels are held at the Riviera Hotel | 1600 N. Indian Canyon


Free Public Forum

Tuesday, June 18 | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM | In collaboration with University of California Riverside, ShortFest will offer one free day of panels and presentations to the public. Reception followed by three presentations. Read More


The Indie Episodic Landscape: Triumphs, Trials & Trends

Executives and Indie Creators discuss the current landscape for indie episodic projects. With more content than ever being produced for the small screen, and opportunities for both established auteurs and fresh voices. In these ever-changing times in entertainment, how can you break into the episodic medium? Read More

Jun 20, 2019 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Riviera Hotel

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Best Foot Forward: Labs & Grants & How to Get Them

You've made your calling card short film, now you're ready to take things to the next level with funding your next project and/or participating in artist development labs. Hear directly from the source about what to expect from a lab experience and the dos and don'ts of the application process for labs and grants. Read More

Jun 21, 2019 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Riviera Hotel

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Building Momentum: Festivals, Audience & Awards Strategy

Learn the ropes of audience building and awards strategy with your most recent short film or for your future projects. What choices and opportunities might present themselves and where? How can filmmakers best capitalize on these? Planning for the release of your film is imperative for the best return on these opportunities.... Read More

Jun 22, 2019 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Riviera Hotel

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Meet the Programmers

Let’s take a quick trip to top festivals and meet their programmers. Our panelists will provide candid insights into the programming process, deciding which festivals are best for your project, and making sure you make the most of your festival experience. Read More

Jun 22, 2019 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Riviera Hotel

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