For most independent filmmakers, film festivals are a primary goal for premiering their productions and further developing their careers. Yet, with some 5000 film festivals worldwide, pragmatic and informed decisions must be made. Sean Farnel, formerly a programmer at TIFF and Hot Docs, will present an overview of film festival distribution strategies and the Documentary Organization of Canada's Festival Concierge service.
This event is FREE to attend. However, we ask attendees to reserve a complimentary ticket through the Festival's online ticketing system or at the Festival's Box Office in the Park Lane Mall prior to the event.
Sean Farnel provides creative, marketing and distribution services to documentary producers, companies and institutions. Farnel was the first Director of Programming for Hot Docs, which tripled its audience during his six-year tenure. Prior to joining Hot Docs, Sean created the popular screening series Doc Soup and founded the documentary programme at the Toronto International Film Festival. Sean has done research and strategic consulting for the National Film Board of Canada, Telefilm Canada, FilmFreeway and other media companies in the private and public sectors. Along with writing for numerous publications, Sean has served as a mentor, facilitator, and juror at many international film events.