The Burbank International Film Festival (BIFF) and Woodbury University will host a day of FREE seminars and panels designed to educate, entertain and inspire anyone with a desire to succeed in the art of filmmaking on Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., in the Fletcher Jones Auditorium on the Woodbury University campus, 7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd., in Burbank.
Among the industry insiders scheduled to provide a close-up perspective on the ever-changing Hollywood landscape are screenwriters Kirsten Smith (“Legally Blonde”) and Tim Dowling (“This Means War”). Other panelists include award-winning writers, directors, producers, distributors, agents, managers and casting directors. Don’t forget to bring your headshot and resume!
“The Burbank International Film Festival is proud to provide this full day of free educational seminars to the many talented and aspiring industry professionals who live and work in the greater Burbank community,” said BIFF President Jeff Rector. “We are especially grateful to Woodbury University for its ongoing support of the festival and to the Department of Filmmaking for opening its state-of-the-art auditorium and sound stage to the public for this unique educational event.”
“It is our great pleasure to again serve as a sponsor and educational affiliate to the Burbank Film Festival,” said Edward Clift, dean of Woodbury’s School of Media, Culture and Design, home of the university’s undergraduate Department of Filmmaking. “In addition to providing unprecedented access to a variety of award-winning industry professionals speaking on a wide range of topics, this event offers the public a chance to learn more about the fast-growing filmmaking program that exists in the film festival’s own backyard.”
Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. Woodbury offers bachelor’s degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design (including a bachelor’s degree in Filmmaking) and Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies, along with an MBA program, Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture, and Master of Organizational Leadership.
The Burbank International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote up-and-coming filmmakers and help guide their cinematic vision toward profitability. Last year, BIFF launched a new festival category to showcase the work of Burbank and Los Angeles County student filmmakers. There is no entry fee for this particular category and students may learn more by visiting www.burbankfilmfest.org/ studentcategory. All other 2014 film festival categories are still accepting submissions with the final deadline on May 31st. For more festival information, or to get involved, visit the BIFF website at www.burbankfilmfest.org.