3rd March 2009

Filmmakers on the Hill

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Opening: Wednesday, March 4

“Filmmakers on the Hill” –
Location: Capitol Hill – Rayburn Building Room 2203 Organized in
association with the Office of Congresswoman Diane E.
Watson, Hosted by the Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus

Filmmakers come have your Mr. Smith moment. Formerly known as Advocacy
Day, this Forum provides leading industry, legal and government experts
the opportunity to discuss key issues that impact the independent film and
media industry. In the past the panels covered varied subjects including:
How to stimulate independent film production in the U.S.; creative new
solutions for filmmakers struggling with financing,
distribution issues and copyright licensing issues; new international
financing opportunities and the role of governments in film production.
DCIFF 2009 marks an expanded program with prominent speakers in two
consecutive interactive panel sessions. This is a unique opportunity to
hear concerns about the state of the independent film industry in the

9am – Meet & Greet – Meet your government representatives and other
10:00 – 11:15am:
Session I:
A discussion of the ways in which American independent film strengthens
the U.S. economy both domestically and abroad and how it is integral to
the artistic and cultural profile of the United States. This industry is
also an incubator for forward-looking digital innovation and
technological advances. Considering its economic impact and cultural
breadth in the global digital era, can legislation protect and nourish
independent filmmaking and media? Data and research will be presented.
11:30am. – 1:00pm: Session II:
The challenges of making independent filmmaking sustainable by
discussing options, incentives and realities under the umbrella of small
business, taxes, distribution and location production costs. In
particular, independent filmmaking is a potential engine of small
business growth. The discussion will take on existing issues and
creative ways of conceptualizing independent filmmaking in the context of
state government involvement and incentives.

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