Mastering Your Festival Launch with Sean Farnel

Mastering Your Festival Launch with Sean Farnel

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 12:30pm
Film Partner(s)

Each year over 1000 new feature length documentaries are presented on the international film festival circuit. Many more productions are not selected by festivals. Worldwide, there are thousands of festivals of wildly ranging utility and credibility. There are also, believe it or not, other options.

For the producer seeking a path to market through film festivals, pragmatic and informed decisions must be made. Leveraging the film festival circuit is not a “one-size” fits all endeavour. This workshop will provide an overview of the options, opportunities, and alternatives to film festival distribution.

Presented with support from the Documentary Organization of Canada.

Industry Panelist

Sean Farnel

Sean Farnel provides creative, marketing and distribution services to documentary producers, companies and institutions. He was the first Director of Programming for Hot Docs, which tripled its audience during his six-year tenure. Prior to joining Hot Docs, Sean created the popular screening series Doc Soup and founded the documentary programme at the Toronto International Film Festival. As well, he developed and launched tiff's initial strategic plan for Learning programmes. Sean has done research and strategic consulting for the National Film Board of Canada, Telefilm Canada, the Documentary Organization of Canada, FilmFreeway and other media companies in the private and public sectors. Along with writing for numerous publications, Sean has served as a mentor, facilitator, panelist and juror at hundreds of film events.