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Monday, September 10 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
From Indie to Oscar: The Road to an Academy Award

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Considering all the new changes in the submission rules (again), what’s really required for documentary qualification?  Get the lowdown on all that is required to have your film taken seriously for an Academy Award. Hear from both filmmakers who campaigned on their own and a PR expert who knows how to make it happen.

Moderated by AJ Schnack

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Paola di Florio

Oscar-nominee Paola di Florio has directed, written and produced award-winning documentaries, TV pilots and reality shows. Her work has been distributed in theatrical venues worldwide, and broadcast on HBO, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, Sundance Channel, Court TV and A&E.  She has traveled... Read More →

Amy Grey

President, Dish Communications Inc.
Amy Grey founded Dish Communications with the philosophy that relationships are at the heart of public relations. Grey built her career around her passions: documentary film, television and music.  Grey began her career working for the group Kansas and continued on with them... Read More →
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Michael Lumpkin

Executive Director, International Documentary Association
With nearly three decades of leadership in the nonprofit film community, Michael Lumpkin joined the International Documentary Association in 2009 as Executive Director. Michael previously served as both Executive Director of Frameline and Festival Director for the San Francisco... Read More →

AJ Schnack

AJ Schnack is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His feature documentary credits include CONVENTION (2009), which premiered as the Centerpiece Film at the AFI Silverdocs Film Festival and was acquired and released by IFC Films/Sundance Selects; KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON (2006), which... Read More →
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Torene Svitil

Manager, Awards Office, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Torene Svitil heads the Awards Office at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where she administers the Short Film Academy Awards, Foreign Language Film Academy Awards and Documentary Academy Awards, among others.  She has worked for motion picture studios as well... Read More →

Monday September 10, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
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