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Monday, November 23 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Issues Facing Film Festivals

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Programming, sponsorship, staffing, audience and community awareness and festival logistics make the work of running a film festival an incredible, but rewarding challenge. Maintaining relevancy in a world where films are discovered in a multitude of ways and on many devices, as well as managing and planning for a long-term future in the ever changing landscape will be the focus of this panel.

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Gary Rubin

Executive Vice President, Cohen Media
Gary Rubin has over 25 years of experience in the motion picture and television business. Prior to his current position as Executive Vice President at the Cohen Media Group, he formed and ran First Independent Pictures, a specialty distribution company. Rubin also served as Executive... Read More →

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Liana Bender

Director of Development, California Film Institute
As Director of Development at the California Film Institute, Liana Bender is responsible for the financial sustainability of the contributed revenue for the organization, including the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center and CFI Education. Liana... Read More →
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Noah Cowan

Executive Director, San Francisco Film Society
Noah Cowan has been Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society since March 2014.  He joined SFFS after five years at the helm of TIFF Bell Lightbox, the landmark cinema museum space in Toronto where he served as the facility’s founding Artistic Director. There he was... Read More →
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Jeff Ross

Founder and Director, San Francisco IndieFest
San Francisco IndieFest Founder and Director Jeff has produced events for over twenty years, ranging from nightclub shows, underground music events, art openings, live music, performing arts and film festivals. For four years (1997-2001) he was Operations Manager at the San Francisco... Read More →
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Ron Truppa

Founder and Executive Director, Catalina Film Festival
With a prodigious entrepreneurial background, in 2006 Ron started his production company, TRUPPA Entertainment, not only purchasing and creating original content, but also producing, writing, and directing events, documentaries, TV, Film, PSA's, Commercials, and Music Videos.In June... Read More →
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Michal Wiesbrock

Entertainment Executive

Monday November 23, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PST
Sierra Madre Room

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