Film Festival Directors dish on what it takes to get into a Festival

Sunday August 14 | 5:00



Mitch Levine, Founder, President, The Film Festival Group

Mitch is the founder of The Film Festival Group, a global consulting firm for festivals, filmmakers and distribution companies. He served as Executive Director and CEO of the Palm Springs International Film Festivals, produced First Time Fest in New York, the first Bahamas International Film Festival, the first International Emerging Talent Film Festival in Monaco and served for many years as the Production Director of the LA Film Festival. He is the moderator and host of many Hollywood Q&A's and "Conversations With..."

Mitch has written, produced and directed tributes to many of the world’s greatest cinema artists, directed the Spirit of Independence Award and was the founding producer and host of the AFI’s Great Filmmakers series. He regularly presents his workshop, Preparing Your Film for the Global Marketplace, around the world. Before his directing career, Mitch could be found trodding the corridors of the United Nations in New York as a Special Representative to the U.N. Disarmament Programs and chairman of the World Conference on Disarmament.



Bojana Sandic - Director Shorts Film Programming Newport Beach Film Festival

Bojana Sandic is the Director of Short Film Programming at the Newport Beach Film Festival, the Short Film Programmer for South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles, and the editor of Music In Press, an online music magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Literary Journalism and Psychology & Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and is always looking for ways to share great storytelling.


Daniel Sol, Co­-Founder, HollyShorts Film Festival

With a passion for film and filmmaking since childhood, Daniel decided to move to California in 2000 with an interest in the film business. After working on commercial

productions as a production assistant for Tony Kaye Films and then acting in various films, he gained an understanding of the filmmaking process. After graduating at Cal State Northridge in 2006, he realized that young filmmakers had very little access to industry professionals, and few options for screening their films. And thus, the HollyShorts Film Festival was born. Now in its 12th year, HollyShorts has quickly become the most influential short film festival in Los Angeles, with Daniel guiding it as Festival Director and lead programmer for the festival and the HollyShorts Monthly Screening Series, which takes place each month at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. Aside from HollyShorts, Sol also battled daily with domestic exhibitors as a theatrical sales executive at Lionsgate from2008­-2014. Mr. Sol is also the co founder of the premium Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV content channel BITPIX (www.bitpixtv.com). When you see Daniel, don’t forget to congratulate him on his recent marriage to Puah Benzicron on May29, 2016.


Alexandra Diantgikis- Outreach Director NFMLA

Alex manages the operation of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles's (NFMLA) Monthly Film Festival, including oversight of the Screening Committee and coordinating with the Artistic Director to curate festival content. She co-curates NFMLA's Short Shorts screening series at The Standard Hollywood hotel and coordinates NFMLA's partnered studio screening series. Alex's work includes outreach to leaders and communities on behalf of NFMLA and pursuing development and partnership opportunities. A Boston native, she is a graduate of Boston University, and previously worked on E! Entertainment's The Soup and the PBS cooking show, Simply Ming.

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Sandra Seeling Lipski - Founder, Evolution Film Festival, Mallorca, Spain

Born in Berlin raised in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Sandra studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre School in New York City. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. She graduated from the Los Angeles Film School with a degree in Directing and Producing in 2012, the same year she founded the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival (EMIFF). Now in it’s 5th year, EMIFF is based in the heart of Mallorca’s buzzing and culturally rich center of Palma. An excellent hub for networking with some of the brightest minds in filmmaking, EMIFF is as intimate and invigorating as it is breathtakingly gorgeous. EMIFF looks for innovative and provocative films, short films and documentaries while perusing their goal to ‘Bridge Cultures’ through storytelling. Upcoming festival dates November are 3rd-12th, 2016. www.evolutionfilmfestival.com

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