Film Finance & Distribution

IndieCon presents Film Finance & Distribution. Our guest speakers will offer valuable insights on available financing options, how to close investors, securing the right distribution model, an in-depth look at foreign distributors, markets and territories, film promotion and advertising. You'll learn the techniques of successful entertainment professionals who have secured the right kind of deals despite the negative economy. Our highlighted panelists include:

On Saturday, August 6th, 2011, IndieCon presents a seminar event with master Cinematographers:

  • Melissa Hellman - Producer of the critically acclaimed indie film Road to Nowhere directed By Monte Hellman.
  • Lonnie Ramati - Vice-President of Business Affairs at Millennium Films. Mr. Ramati has been involved with more than 315 films during his career.
  • Chris Charalambous - Director of Acquisitions at Freestyle Releasing.
  • Bryan Duran - Attorney, Business & Legal Affairs at STARZ & Anchor Bay.
  • Michael Murphy - Senior Vice-President at Gravitas Ventures.
  • D. B. Sweeney - Star of films such as The Cutting Edge & Fire In The Sky. Marc will conduct a bonus one-on-one interview regarding the financing and distribution of the actor's directorial debut Two Tickets to Paradise, distributed domestically by Paramount Home Entertainment and starring John C. McGinley, Moira Kelly & Ed Harris.

Representatives from Relativity Media, Warner Brothers, CBS and Universal Pictures will also be present.

August 6, 2011
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Directions to The Aero Theatre

Tickets are available at the door on the day of the event:

American Cinamateque Members$12
USC Students$15
General Admission$20

We look forward to seeing you at the next IndieCon!

About IndieCon

IndieCon highlights an important business and creative discipline of indie Filmmaking, Games and Animation, in which prominent industry guest speakers present their ideas, strategies and insights. IndieCon is a education and networking forum for visual storytellers.

Marc Clebanoff

Marc Clebanoff (Moderator) is an award winning filmmaker. In 2004 Clebanoff established his production company Odyssey Motion Pictures under which he has produced and/or directed numerous award winning feature films including Unspoken, The Pink Conspiracy, Break starring Michael Madsen, Charles Durning & David Carradine, Gerald starring Louis Mandylor & Mickey Rooney & Pound of Flesh starring Malcolm McDowell. Clebanoff sits on the board of the Sacramento Int'l Film Festival as well as the Downbeach Film Festival in Atlantic City, NJ. He is also the grandson of world-renowned musician and composer, Herman Clebanoff.

Gena Vazquez

Gena Vazquez (Co-Chair) Following her emergence as a mover and shaker in the Silicon Valley tech trade of the booming 90's, Gena Vazquez forged head first into the wilds of the entertainment industry, encouraged along the way by her retinue of entertainment industry friends. The late director, George Hickenlooper, acquainted with Gena's brash style, teased that she was "made for this business." Never one to shy away from a challenge and armed with an analog Rolodex designed to circumvent every press agent in town, Gena has made her presence and intentions known in Hollywood.

Before she had unpacked, Gena established The Producerís Fund, an investment entity geared to finance select independent films with some of the most revered talent from both sides of the pond.

In 2010, Marc Clebanoff appointed her as Chairperson of IndieCon. Together, Marc and Gena are a formidable duo as they maintain a consistent hit rate in booking the town's most sought after personalities to headline their monthly events.

Since Gena's appointment, IndieCon has generated a great deal of excitement in the community and attendance has swelled. It is heralded as one of the most ambitious and unique curricular extensions Los Angeles has to offer.

As she leverages her venture capital experience and wields her holy grail Rolodex that strikes fear in the hearts of every publicist in town, it will be interesting to see what dreams ensue.