Local filmmakers are meeting in Coral Gables this week to learn about deal-making, production and engaging with the movie industry at the fifth Miami Media and Film Market hosted by CAMACOL, the Miami-based Latin Chamber of Commerce.
“We took the same model we used for international trade and tourism in Miami in the 1990s,” said conference founder Patricia Arias, who is also CAMACOL’s managing director. “We treat the film and content-generating industry as an emerging business and a job generator. We are bringing in a lot of below-the-line A-listers — producers, executive producers...We are showing that the film industry isn’t just movie stars and glamor. It has a real economic impact.”
The four-day conference is part of CAMACOL’S Hemispheric Congress, an annual networking event in its 36th year that draws business owners and executives from around the world. The filmmaking events grew out of Arias’s background as the daughter of a Cuban filmmaker and a former liaison between the first Bush White House and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Miami is ripe for filmmakers, says writer-director Kenny Riches, who will appear at the conference.
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“There are some really special things happening here, and the momentum is building,” says Riches, whose low-budget, made-in-Miami parable The Strongest Man has traveled the festival circuit (including Sundance) and will get a theatrical release on June 26th.
“The city is really blossoming as a cultural center, but it’s also blossoming as a playground for independent film production. This is one of the few cities in the country where new independent theaters keep opening instead of closing.”
Other speakers include:
▪ Paul Brett, co-founder and director of the media finance company Prescience, which backed The King’s Speech, Chef, and TV’s Wolf Hall.
▪ Chris Cooney, chief operating officer of EUE/Screen Gems, a film/TV production firm with large studio and soundstage facilities in Atlanta, Georgia and Wilmington, North Carolina.
▪ Karen Hall, an executive producer and screenwriter for TV shows including Moonlighting, The Good Wife, Roseanne and M*A*S*H.
▪ Lisa Bruce, co-producer of the Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything.
Other participants include financiers, actors, content providers and local filmmakers.
Discussions and seminars, held at the Biltmore Hotel, are free. Arias asks those who make deals at MMFM to help spread the word by mentioning the conference in their e-mail exchanges.
IF YOU GO
Seminars and discussions are free, but space is limited and in-person registration is required before events. One-on-one appointments with film conference attendees are available. Information: http://miamimediafilmmarket.com.
9:30am-11:00am: Creative Financing: Thinking Outside the Box
11:30am-12:30pm: A Conversation with Paul Brett
3:00pm-4:00pm: From Concept to Production
4:00pm-5:00pm: How Your Company Can Be Part of the Film and Entertainment Industry
11:00am-noon: A Conversation with Karen Hall
2:00pm-4:00pm: The Creative Summit
2:00pm-3:00pm: The Art of Making the Deal – Part I
3:00pm-4:00pm: Collaboration Cocktail: A Creative Roundtable Part II
4:00pm-5:00pm: Creating the “305”. Miami Movie Mavericks
5:30 p.m.-8:00pm: Nightly Networking Reception
6:00pm: Red Carpet Golden Orange Awards
6:30pm: Golden Orange Award Presentation
10:00am-12:00pm: Message Oriented Content and Social Awareness Storytelling. The Industry Channels a Higher Calling