Film financing seminar series continues at the IIFF Townhall Meeting

The Institute for Int’l Film Financing (IIFF) continues its popular education and networking events with a high-impact Film Financing Townhall on the evening of November 17th 2008. The prestigious School of Visual Arts is hosting the event at their headquarters in the heart of Manhattan:

Monday, November 17, 2008
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

School of Visual Arts (SVA)
209 East 23rd Street
Amphitheater – 3rd floor
New York, NY 10010

Next Monday’s gathering of filmmakers and financiers follows IIFF’s proven formula for film financing success. It features a powerful lineup of leading topical experts, whose to-the-point presentations and panel discussion are sure to satisfy even the most demanding professionals. Speakers include:

  1. TED HOPE, Co-Founder & Producer at leading independent film co. This Is That, on Hollywood Reporter’s INDIE POWER 50 list; produced 23 Sundance entries incl. 3 Grand Jury Prize winners (“American Splendor”, “The Brothers McMullen”, “What Happened Was…”) & 1st films of Ang Lee, Hal Hartley, Todd Field, et al.; producer credits also include Alan Ball’s “Towelhead” (Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette), Michel Gondry & Charlie Kaufman’s Oscar winner “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “21 Grams” (Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts); fmr. Co-Founder & Producer at Good Machine (now Focus Features); etc.
  2. DAN COGAN, Co-Founder & Exec. Director at Impact Partners, a film investment service group for HIGH-NET WORTH INDIVIDUALS seeking to promote social change; Impact Partners pursues dual bottom line, aiming for both profit & creation of films with significant social value; Founder of NY-based production co. DMC Films, devoted to discovering emerging voices in film & exploring new models of indie film finance; launched screenwriting & directing competition Chrysler Film Project, secured co-financing for winning film; fmr. speechwriter for Sen. Ted Kennedy; fmr. journalist for The New Republic, New York Observer & Washington Monthly; etc.
  3. JUDITH HELFAND, Co-Founder at hybrid FILM FUND & nonprofit Chicken & Eggs Pictures, providing financing, mentorship & exec. producing services to women filmmakers passionate about social justice, environmental & human rights issues; Co-Founder at nat’l nonprofit Working Films, linking non-fiction film with cutting-edge activism; documentary credits include Sundance world premiere “Everything’s Cool” (2007), Sundance winner & 2x Emmy nominee “Blue Vinyl” (2002) & Peabody winner “A Healthy Baby Girl” (1997); awarded U.S. Artist Fellowship Grant & Tribeca Film Institute’s Media Arts Fellowship; fmr. full-time faculty member at NYU film school; etc.
  4. DAVID DAVOLI, ESQ., seasoned NYC-based ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY & Managing Partner at Davoli Law Firm, representing producers in structuring, financing & distribution of films; in-house counsel for Sennet Ent. whose slate includes “Clandestine” (“LA Confidential” prequel) & “Ashes to Ashes” (Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell); negotiated deals for high-profile projects incl. adaptation of Stephen King’s “Bag of Bones” & Ridley Scott’s Reagan/Gorbachev biopic “Reykjavik”; fmr. Managing Member at production co. Fraternal Artists; worked for Alec Baldwin’s El Dorado Pictures on “Heavens Prisoners”, “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1995) & “The Juror”; etc.
  5. JARED MOSHE, President & Principal Partner at INDIE PRODUCTION & FINANCING co. Sidetrack Films; producer of IDA Award winner & Emmy nominee “Favela Rising” (2005), Sundance world premieres “Destricted” (2006) & “Low and Behold” (2007), Independent Spirit Award nominee “Kurt Cobain About a Son” (2006) & SXSW world premiere “Beautiful Losers” (2008); fmr. Manager at The Film Sales Company, closely involved in domestic & int’l sale of 75+ films incl. “My Architect”, “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America” & Oscar winner “Born Into Brothels”; worked in development with Robert Downey, Sr. & at Magnet Ent. on “The Truth About Charlie” & “Adaptation”; etc.
  6. DAVID ROSEN, veteran of media & tech industries with 25+ years experience in FUNDRAISING, business development, market research & strategy who helped take 2 high-tech co’s public; VP of Corporate Development at IP video networking co. ComCam; Exec. Producer at Digital Independence conference; fmr. executive at Advanced Visual Systems, Commodore & LINK Resources/IDG; fmr. Board Director/Advisor at Independent Television Service (ITVS), Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Rockefeller Fdn’s National Video Resources (NVR) & Film Arts Foundation (FAF); author of “Off-Hollywood: The Making & Marketing of Independent Films” (Grove, 1990); etc.

A complete and up-to-date list of speakers and topics, comprehensive bios, additional event details, and filmmaker-friendly discounted online registration are available at

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