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      November 8, 2014

      Saturday   4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

      5300 Melrose Avenue
      Los Angeles, California 90038

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      Indie Film Financing Panel


      Indie Film Financing - Fairbanks Theater

      Incredible access to successful film and finance professionals who understand the business of how to fund independent production. 



      Gregory Berkin is a four-time, serial software entrepreneur who founded the first educational software company for the Apple Macintosh computer in 1984.
      Greg is also an award-winning filmmaker, director & producer who has produced documentaries, feature films and digital media for over 30 years.

      Mr. Berkin's work has screened at international film festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Las Vegas, San Jose, Carmel, etc.  Greg is also Director of Film Angels on and a member of AngelList, Gust & FM Angels.  Greg was Intel Corporation's Technology Evangelist working with all of the Hollywood studios on the introduction of the DVD.  Greg was recognized as '1 of the Top 20 Most Influential DVD Executives Worldwide' in the year 2000.

      Gregory Berkin is Managing Director of Concours Ventures, a Silicon Valley boutique angel group focused on social, smart, mobile, cloud technologies for smart phones, TV, tablets, PCs/Macs, & Internet applications.  Greg Berkin is Director/Producer of a feature documentary film on the history of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.  Greg is also involved with several other independent feature film projects including Board Track Grace, a family feature film about the first female motorcycle 'board track' racer in the 1920s by Jay Ward (Pixar).



      Brace Point Law / Quadrant45

      Steve is an intellectual property, entertainment, and business attorney, and was named one of “Seattle’s Best Lawyers” by Seattle Met Magazine.  He was the co-founder of Front Porch Classics, a Seattle game company, and StoryBox Studios, a toy and game industry consulting firm.   Steve is the creator of numerous award-winning board game titles, including the FamilyFun Magazine’s 2003 Toy of the Year, Dread Pirate.  He created the game Master and Commander in conjunction with the 20th Century Fox film release.
      Steve is also an independent film veteran, as an artist and producer.  He wrote and co-produced the feature Crimes of the Past (2010) (starring David Rasche, Elizabeth Rohm, and Eric Roberts, which premiered on the Lifetime Movie Network and is distributed by MarVista Entertainment and Osiris Entertainment),  wrote and co-produced the multiple award-winning feature A Relative Thing (2005) (Sedona Film Festival Audience Award, Official Best of Fest, Audience Award, Gig Harbor Film Festival, distributed by Spiritual Cinema Circle, Filmgo, and Official Best of Fest), and co-wrote the award-winning feature Farewell to Harry (distributed by Porchlight Entertainment and Questar).  He has two current feature films as a writer, director, and producer, in post-production: The Periphery Project, Volume I, in post-production and set for release in late 2014, and The Periphery Project, Volume II, scheduled for release in 2015.
      He has also written and directed numerous award short films including The Maury Island Incident (Winner, Washington State Innovation Lab; Opening Night Gala, 2014 Big Island Film Festival; N.Am. premiere Seattle Int’l Film Festival; basis of first IndieFlix Original Series coming 2014); The Day My Parents Became Cool (Best Short Comedy, 2009 International Family Film Festival, 2010 Best Film, KidsFirst! Film Festival, KCTS 9 broadcast premiere), Thr33 (Best Film, 2008 New York Diesel Grand Prix Film Race), and Look Listen Live (2010 John and Jane Q. Public Communication Award).
      Steve teaches screenwriting for short films at the University of Washington, and is a faculty member at the Seattle Film Institute, teaching in the Master’s program (MAPF 553 – Marketing and Distribution, and MAPF 557 – The Business of Producing).  He serves as an advisor to several film festivals, including the Port Townsend Film Festival and Gig Harbor Film Festival.  He has served as a juror for both documentary and narrative short films.  Steve has presented film industry related programs to the Seattle International Film Festival, Women in Film, Northwest Film Forum, Gig Harbor Film Festival, 253 Film Collective, and many others.


       CEO & Founder, Aranca


      Hemendra founded Aranca in 2003 with the aim to provide high quality research and analytics to global clients. He is the driving force behind Aranca’s metamorphosis from a one-man firm in 2003 to a 500-strong team in 2014, with offices and clients across the globe. Building on this solid foundation, Hemendra and the executive team redefined Aranca’s vision and mission in 2013, crystalizing the strategy to make Aranca a global leader in the field of customized research and analytics. Besides providing overall leadership to the organization for the implementation of this vision, Hemendra acts as Aranca’s principal public relations officer, representing the company to major customers, government entities, the financial community, and the general public.

      Hemendra has authored several books on the topics of outsourcing and global financial markets, including Outsourcing Success: The Management Imperative (published by Palgrave Macmillan) and Global Financial Markets Revolution: The Future of Exchanges and Capital Markets. He is a regular commentator and has appeared in prestigious media channels such as The BBC, CNBC and The Economic Times. Hemendra has delivered talks at top-tier institutes such as London School of Economics, the IIMs and the IITs.

      Hemendra also has a creative bent and is passionate about making soul-nourishing cinema; he has produced and released his first full length feature film, Yeh Khula Aasmaan (The Open Sky). This film won the 3rd place at Kids First International Film Festival and Best Foreign Film Award at All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival. In India it was released along with Men in Black 2 and 6 other films and was the most appreciated and successful film released that weekend. He is in the process of producing his next film which is a romantic comedy with mountaineering back drop. His ultimate aim is to take powerful Indian stories and produce them on international canvass for audience across the globe.

      Hemendra started his career with Infosys, where he worked with global corporations such as Goldman Sachs, Reebok and Thomson Electronics, and garnered extensive experience in outsourcing. Hemendra is an alumnus of London Business School (MBA), Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley and IIT, Chennai.

      Deutsch, Levy & Engel, Chartered

      Corky has extensive entertainment law, corporate and worldwide entertainment industry experience and regularly speaks on the business and legal aspects of feature film development and tax incentives in connection with the entertainment industry, and authored a reference book covering such federal and state tax incentives. The Industry Trades have written that what Corky has set up through Deutsch, Levy & Engel, Chartered is a “one stop shop” firm for the entertainment industry.

      Corky has successfully worked with governors and United States Congressmen in several states to implement new laws and federal tax incentives for investments in qualifying film and television projects, which led to Sections 181 and 199 of The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.

      Corky is active in establishing and advising various film funds and film funding sources in North America and expanding internationally. In October 2012, Corky signed a Memorandum of Understanding with private investors from China for a $200 million co-production deal with China and U.S.

      Corky has represented several authors and negotiated publishing deals with several major publishers, including Random House and Doubleday. Assembled and built winning teams for more than 30 entertainment and other business ventures. He has developed, packaged and executive produced feature films, theatre projects and television projects, including “The Sum of Us,” starring Russell Crowe, which won the Australian Academy Award for Best Film and most currently “Certifiably Jonathan” starring Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, Rob Reiner, Jim Carrey, Sara Silverman, and others.

      Corky is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Law School and John Marshall Law School, Corky teaches an entertainment, transactional and law course. He previously developed a syllabus for and taught a similar course at Columbia College’s Film Department.

      He has written several articles for Screen Magazine and other film and entertainment magazines and periodicals. Corky has been active and instrumental in conducting "Biz Sessions," a seminar dealing with the business and legal aspects of feature film development.

      Corky is admitted to practice in Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Northern District; Member of the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Member of the American Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association



      Randy Mendelsohn is a respected entertainment attorney who has worked on transactions in film and entertainment for the past 17 years focusing on talent representation and all aspects of motion picture finance, production and distribution, production.   Mr. Mendelsohn has shepherded a diverse variety of entertainment finance transactions which utilize any combination of the following: debt, equity, pre-sales, gap, mezzanine, tax credits, governmental incentives, product integration, sponsorship, advertisements, barter and other types of creative motion picture finance.  Mr. Mendelsohn earned his JD from Loyola Law School and his undergraduate degree from UC San Diego. 


      The International Family Film Festival (IFFF) is the first and longest running family film festival in the United States.  The vision:

      IFFF builds a peaceful global family through the discovery and sharing of quality stories by emerging artists and production companies.

      This year the IFFF presents its 19th annual festival at the historic Raleigh Studios in the heart of Hollywood, California. 

      Open to the general public, the IFFF is a film market attended by professionnal filmmakers and scriptwriters, distributors, producers, directors, actors, production heads and film financiers. During the day on Saturday, November 8th (9 am - 6 pm), the festival is dedicated to youth activities (YouthFest!), including film screenings, a film & scriptwriting competition, industry related workshops and other topics of interest related to youth working in the film, tv and entertainment industries. 


      Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

      No.  The IFFF is open to persons of all ages. 

      What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

      Parking is located in a parking garage directly across from the Security Gate on Van Ness Avenue, at the corner of Melrose Avenue and Van Ness.

      There is a $5 parking fee per car/day.

      Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

      The IFFF is best reached by email at or by phone:  661.257.3131 or 818.230.2572.  

      Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

      Yes, as long as the transfer pertains to one person per ticket sold. 


      Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

      This is perferred for an easier, more efficient check-in experience. 


      What is the refund policy?

      The IFFF does not provide refunds due to limited seating at all events. 


      The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

      Yes, it's okay. 

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