Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank
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Filmmaker Panels

Cleveland State University's School of Communications, in conjuction with the Cleveland International Film Festival, is proud to host a day-long event featuring visiting filmmakers whose works are being shown in CIFF41.  Members of the CSU faculty will participate as they moderate discussions on the art, craft, and business of moving image production for both narrative and documentary forms.  Each panel will include an audience Q&A component. 

The April 8 panels, which are free and open to the public, will be held at: Cleveland State University's School of Communication, MU 107 Auditorium, Music and Communication Building, 2001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.

Parking is available on the streets around the Music and Communication Building and in lot "CG" behind the building, at E. 19th Street and Chester Avenue.

For further information about the panels and additional free educational programming at Cleveland State University during CIFF40, see the School of Communication web site at  For panel updates, check back on this page.

Saturday, April 08, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Pre-Production and Funding Essentials

Which concepts make the transition from idea to production? What are the steps along the way? The range of activities necessary to take a film from conception to production will be explored in this panel, including the initial development of the project, the writing process for fictional works and documentaries, the logistics of casting, crew, locations, and scheduling, and the many additional planning steps necessary before shooting begins. Funding options will be considered, including crowdfunding, deferrals, product placement, pre-sales, tax incentives, various investor models, grants, and the traditional studio route.

Saturday, April 08, 2017 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Independent Film Production

What are the critical procedures in the production of an independent film, be it narrative or documentary? This panel is dedicated to the complex process of production, including the variety of techniques used for the direction of actors/subjects, camera and lighting, production design and art direction, and other production choices. The roles of the director, producer, director of photography, production sound crew, and other key production personnel will be discussed, including aspects of the relationship of the production crew to the post-production team.

Saturday, April 08, 2017 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

The Documentary - Present and Future

How has the documentary form emerged as one of the most vital and exciting branches of filmmaking today? Advances in technologies for acquisition, editing, and innovative distribution have changed the face of documentary filmmaking. This panel will explore the expanding repertoire of production formats available to the documentarist. The growing popularity of true-crime documentaries (e.g., "Making a Murderer") will be discussed, as will the introduction of hybrid narrative/documentary forms to film and television. The panel will consider future trends in documentary topics, production styles, and distribution mechanisms in this fast-changing marketplace of ideas.

Saturday, April 08, 2017 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Post-Production - Editing and More

What happens to a film after production has wrapped? Post-production includes the manipulation and collation of image and sound to create an integrated whole. While editing is the backbone of the post-production process in filmmaking, other vital post-production aspects will be considered as well. These include music scoring and music rights, post-production sound (e.g., ADR, Foley), animation, and both digital visual effects and optical/practical special effects (which seem to be making a bit of a comeback). Technological developments have brought about changes in post-production workflow options, tools, and platforms that have made the highly collaborative process of post-production even more complicated and dynamic.

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