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December 5, 2020

Saturday | 11. a.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Future Forward Fundraising & Marketing For Your Film

Featuring top tier media strategists who have worked on over 50 features films with major studios – including films from Debra Granik, Kitty Green, producers Christine Vachon, Kishori Rajan, and more – the session will include how to best market yourself and your work in a crowded marketplace. Also covered will be where to look for financing and how to structure it. Special attention will be given to how this approach has shifted during the pandemic, as well as how to think strategically about how these choices help define your career.

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 11am – 1:05pm
Instructors: Julie La’Bassiere and Neerja Narayanan
Age: This class is for students 18 yrs or older


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Information on tuition assistance and scholarships is located HERE.

Julie La’Bassiere is currently Head of Special Projects at Obscured Pictures where she leads the charge on marketing and promotional outreach, strategic partnerships, awards campaigns, sales and distribution and special events. Prior to Obscured, she was the CEO of BAFTA New York. La’Bassiere is a film industry expert who has been at the forefront of innovative 360° entertainment strategy for the past two decades. She is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Educational Anthropology.

Neerja Narayanan: Creative/Production/Acquisitions at Sony Pictures Entertainment
Senior international studio executive with multidisciplinary skills for content creation and supervision in entertainment with over 15 years of experience across 3 continents; Asia, Europe, and North America (London, Mumbai, New York.) Has the ability to source talent, implement development of fiction/non-fiction content, supervise end to end delivery of content across countries & audiences. Has managed annual development budgets of up to $20million for Fox International Productions India & developed/produced films with budgets from $1 to $30million across genres & formats. Has experienced focus on content creation & distribution in 2D & 3D live-action & animated feature films, short films, web & broadcasting. Has set multiple creative and commercial benchmarks, having worked across over 44 motion pictures, including developing & producing award-winning films; including BAFTA award-winning and National Award-winning films.


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