The SWFF offers patrons a variety of panel discussions on various different film related topics with many professional film-makers in participation. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn from industry personnel on various topics of discussion.
Workshops provide a more hands on approach to film-making from various individuals and groups wanting to further film-making techniques, awareness and/or specific industry goods or services. We provide industry personnel and corporations a stage to showcase their products and services to the film-makers while educating them on the changes in the industry.
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PANEL DISCUSSION & WORKSHOP ROOM SCHEDULE:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13th
MAKING THE FAN FILM!
Filmmakers discuss the fan film and why it has become so popular with indie Filmmakers. What makes a good fan film and what things to avoid when making your film? What are the expectations of the fan film audience and the Filmmaker? How to make the best fan film that you can?
MONSTER ATTACK! PODCAST – LIVE!
Jim Adams and Special Guest Kevin L. Powers do a live presentation of the popular podcast Monster Attack! Where they discuss everything about monsters, horror, and genre film. Be on hand to ask them questions and experience the show like never before!
THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY FILMS
Filmmakers discuss the importance of the science fiction and fantasy genres and what are the differences between the two as it pertains to film production. What is the best way to tell a science fiction or fantasy film on a budget?
WRITING GENRE FILMS
Screenwriters and Filmmakers discuss the importance of the screenplay and how it is the backbone and building block for every film. What is the role of the screenwriter before, during, and after production and how to maintain good relationships for all involved by knowing where your place is in film production?
WEB SERIES – PILOT EPISODE VS. COMPLETE SERIES
Filmmakers discuss the growing market of the web series and/or the series pilot and difference between the two. What are their advantages and disadvantages and where do you shop your series? This discussion will get at the heart of why web series have become so popular with indie Filmmakers.
THE ROLE OF FEMALE FILMMAKERS IN GENRE FILMS
Female filmmakers discuss their role in genre filmmaking and what differences the female perspective plays in their films as well as in the industry as a whole.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14th
MEET THE CAST & CREW OF “DAWN OF THE ANGELS”
Meet the cast and crew of the web series Dawn of the Angels before you see the film! Ask them questions about the nature of shooting a web series “Pilot” and how the show came to being.
ONE-ON-ONE WITH FILMMAKER LYNN MCARTHUR
Festival Director Kevin L. Powers sits down with actress/filmmaker Lynn McArthur about her career in genre filmmaking and where her company Infectious Films Entertainment has in store for the future!
HORROR – WHAT SCARES YOU?
Filmmakers discuss what makes a good and effective horror film and how they try to achieve that in their films. Learning how to scare your audience is the best way to reach your audience and make them feel for the characters and the situation(s) they find themselves in.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKE-UP IN YOUR FILM
Make-Up artists and Filmmakers discuss how importance it is for your film to have good make-up and how it helps to tell your story. Will touch upon the importance of beauty make-up, make-up FX and special FX make-up.