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CineYouth Panel: Making the Most of the Film Festival Circuit, Co-Presented with NFFTY

11:00am PT / 1:00pm CT / 2:00pm ET

Navigating the world of film festivals can be daunting! Which festivals are most beneficial to attend, and how do you get the most out of attending? How do you figure out which festivals are a good potential fit for your film? What should you do after you’ve had a film accepted or rejected? Get answers to these questions and many more from a panel of seasoned festival pros!

Panelists Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan, Raine Bracken, Jules Chin Greene, Theo Taplitz, and William Alexander Boyd III are multi-year alumni of both CineYouth and NFFTY with a plethora of knowledge on how to make the most of your festival strategy and experience. Learn about the world of film festivals, ways to get involved, and how to successfully navigate festivals as a professional creative.

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James Choi headshotJames Choi (moderator) has produced two critically acclaimed female-led features. The first, Made in China by writer/director Judi Krant, won the Grand Jury Award for Best Feature and Best Female Director Award at South by Southwest (2009). The film received distribution by IFC films. More recently, Saint Frances, an indie dramedy by writer/lead actor, Kelly O’Sullivan, won the Jury Award for Breakthrough Voice and The Audience Award at South by Southwest (2019). The film is being distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories has garnered two Gotham Awards nominations and a nomination for the Cassavetes Award at the 2021 Spirit Awards. An active member in Chicago’s filmmaking community, James was selected as one of Newcity’s Film 50 – the leaders of Chicago’s film culture for the past 3 years. Currently, his slate is buzzing with a Brazilian short documentary playing in museums and festivals around the world; his next writing/directing project All Things Considered set in Korea in the works; and numerous producing projects on his plate for production. James is based out of Chicago and also teaches film at DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts.

Raine Bracken headshotRaine Bracken is a filmmaker based in Toronto. She began making films in high school at the Etobicoke School of the Arts before further pursuing her passion at Ryerson University’s Film Studies program. Her work is fueled by her childhood love of literature and storytelling and can be categorized as either whimsical or murderous, although it often lies somewhere in between the two. Her films have been honored at many festivals including wins at TIFF Jump Cuts taking home the best animation category for two consecutive years. In 2018 she was a recipient of the Horizon Award for emerging female filmmakers.

William Alexander Boyd headshotWilliam Alexander Boyd III is an award-winning writer/director. His Nigerian-rooted shorts have qualified for both Oscar & BAFTA consideration, with his latest short premiering on AppleTV. William also shoots commercials in the UK & Nigeria alongside having a BA & MA from The Met Film School in Ealing Studios.

Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan headshotDon Josephus Raphael Eblahan (b.1996 Quezon City) is a Filipino independent film director, screenwriter, musician and poster artist. He is known for films such as Umbilical Cord to Heaven (2019) (Talimpusod Patungo sa Paraiso) and Remedy (2021) (Hilum). In 2019, Eblahan’s Umbilical Cord to Heaven won the 16th CineYouth Festival’s Best Experimental Film, screening at the 55th Chicago International Film Festival and the 13th NFFTY, winning the Best Experimental Film Award. In 2020, ‘Umbilical’ was an Official Selection at the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival. In 2021, Eblahan’s Hilum had its World Premiere at the 43rd Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival at Clermont-Ferrand, France where it won the International Student Jury Prize as well as the International Jury’s Special Mention.

Jules Chin Greene headshotJules Chin Greene is an award-winning filmmaker, animator, and writer based in Los Angeles. She is a two-time NFFTY and CineYouth alum, and graduated from Oberlin College in 2019. Her films Night-Riders and The Hammer and the Lamb have screened at film festivals around the world.

Theo Taplitz headshotTheo Taplitz A returning NFFTY and Cineyouth alum, Theo Taplitz is currently in his senior year at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, specializing in Visual Arts. His short films have been recognized by YoungArts, Scholastic, and numerous national and international festivals, and have been included in programs at the Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, RedCat, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. As an actor, Theo’s best known for his roles in Ira Sachs’ Sundance feature Little Men and Carlson Young’s Sundance short, Blazing World.


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Sunday, May 9, 2021


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