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Tampa Bay Film Forum - June 6th
(released 5/25/2007)

CreativeTampaBay, Tampa Bay Film Commission, Film Florida and Digital Media Alliance of Florida


The Tampa Bay Film Forum



A community forum is being held to connect filmmakers with information and resources that will lead to a stronger film industry in the region. The forum begins with two concurrent sessions followed by the opening reception of Film Florida’s Annual Meeting. In the first session, learn about the funding process and how to make a pitch. In the second, check out the latest technologies and make your pitch to a panel of judges. Afterward network with state and local VIP’s in the industry.


Save the date, Wednesday, June 6, 4-8 PM at the Italian Club in Ybor City. Admission is free

and includes limited parking, refreshments and cash bar. Seating is limited. Contact Donna Manion at or for more information or visit to reserve your seat. Reservations required.






4:00 – 4:10 Welcome, Moderator and VIP Introductions - Peter Kageyama


4:10 – 4:55 Concurrent Session 1:


A.    Funding 101 

Here’s your chance to learn how Florida production companies have found successful formulas to make feature films including drafting budgets/comparing state incentives/and raising funds. Confirmed panelists:

          Bauer Martinez Studios: Luc Campeau

          Fresh Produce Films: Steve Matzkin  

          Fingerman & Macke, NY: Robert S. Fingerman

Moderator: Bryan Crino, Skyway Capital Partners

Location: Ballroom


B.    The Perfect Pitch

Maritza Guimet brings her lessons in making film pitches from her south Florida company Florida Media Market. Learn how to perfect your plan, and make the pitch that gets you the resources needed for your film project.

Confirmed Panelists:

Florida Media Market: Maritza Guimet

Bauer-Martinez Studios: Stephanie Martinez-Campeau

Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium



4:55– 5:00  Break & Session change



5:00 – 5:45 Concurrent Session 2:


A.  Hot Technologies in Moving Pictures

                   Glimpse the future of visual entertainment in the digital living room, theater, phone and PC as panelists discuss the latest trends and technologies in motion picture content creation and distribution.  Digital cameras and production tools.  IPTV, online video and on-demand Internet distribution.  Movie viewing on screens of every size.  What does the future hold for Florida’s motion picture industry?  Cameras and leading edge equipment on display.  Audience participation is encouraged.

Confirmed panelists include:

                             Panavision: Alec Colley

                             MultiChannel Ventures:  Michael Gerrity

Moderator: Jud French, Digital Media Alliance Florida

Location: Ballroom



B.  What’s Your Pitch? (reservations for pitching suggested)

After learning hot tips from the perfect pitch, try your pitch out on our panel of funders and producers. Each participant will get 3 minutes to pitch their project. With audience present our judges will critique your pitch and give you recommendations. You’ll receive instant feedback and evolve your pitch into one that sells. Confirmed judges:

          Bauer Martinez Studios: Stephanie Martinez-Campeau

          Maritza Guimet: (judge and facilitator)

                   Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium



6:00 – 8:00 Opening Reception and ConvergenceTM Networking Event


                   Digital Media Alliance Florida (DMAF) joins hosts Film Florida, Creative Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Film Commission to sponsor a celebration of the newly enacted Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive.  Meet the panelists and participants of these informative sessions, and network with the state and local film and digital media talent pool at this great industry social gathering.


For this occasion, Film Florida and DMAF are combining the Opening Reception for the Film Florida Annual Meeting with DMAF’s monthly ConvergenceTM Networking Event* to bring all elements of the entertainment industry together for this celebration. Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres available.

                   Location: Ballroom


6:15 – 6:30 Krista Soroka Tampa Bay Film Commissioner introduces

Paul Sirmons, Florida Film Commissioner

                   Keynote: The State of Film in Florida

                   Location: Ballroom




* The ConvergenceTM:  “A Social Gathering for Florida’s Digerati”

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