SXSW 2014 Film Mentors & Meet the Insiders


Mentor Session at SXSW 2014, by Sonny Castillo

Always popular, the Film Mentor Sessions will return for 2015. Engage in valuable one-on-one interaction with a range of experts, and gain essential insight into burning questions to help advance your career.

These sessions take place each year from Saturday to Tuesday of the Film Conference, and are a unique opportunity to engage directly with industry insiders from a range of disciplines within the world of film. Learn from filmmaker, writers, producers, distributors, attorneys and more, one on one, in an easy-going environment conducive to maximizing your time at SXSW Film. Peruse the list of confirmed mentors for 2015 below.

Preliminary 2015 Mentors Announced:

Amanda Marshall (Vice President/Head of Production & Development, Cold Iron Pictures)
Anderson Le (Director of Programming, Hawaii International Film Festival)
Athena Kalkopoulou (Project Development Coordinator, San Francisco Film Society)
Basil Tsiokos (Programmer, Nantucket Film Festival/Sundance Film Festival/DOC NYC)
Benjamin Braun (Sales Agent, Submarine Entertainment)
Camille Bertrand (Acquisitions, Wild Bunch)
Carl Spence (Artistic & Co-Director, Seattle International Film Festival/Palm Springs International Film Festival)
Chris Metzler (Producer/Director, Tilapia Film)
Chris Ohlson (Producer, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter)
Courtney Sexton (Senior Director of Development & Acquisitions, CNN Films)
Dan Fisher (Manager of Worldwide Acquisitions, Entertainment One)
Daniel Guando (Executive Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions, Weinstein Co)
Dan Satorius (Attorney, Satorius Law Firm PC)
David Hudson (Writer, Fandor)
David Magdael (President/CEO, David Magdael & Associates, Inc.)
David Reilly (Film Programmer, BAMcinematek)
Deborah McIntosh (Agent, WME Entertainment)
Diego Marambio (International Festivals Coordinator, National Institute of Audiovisual Arts)
Dosin Pak (Programmer, Busan International Film Festival)
Elsie Choi (Co-Founder/CEO, Busby)
Francois Morisset (Manager/Producer, Salaud Morisset Productions)
Greg Longstreet (Publicist, Polaris PR)
Greg Rhem (Director, HBO)
George Rush (Attorney, Law Offices of George M Rush)
Hugues Barbier (Artistic Director/Co-Founder, Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival)
Jenn Murphy (Programmer, AFI Fest)
Jim Dobson (Owner, Indie PR)
Jon Korn (Shorts Programmer, Sundance Film Festival)
Katie Krentz (Development Executive, Cartoon Network)
Kate Hurwitz (Executive, Cinetic Media)
Keith Leopard (President, Uncork'd Entertainment)
Kevin Rowe (Manager/Producer, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment)
Kristen Konvitz (Film Vertical, Indiegogo)
Landon Zakheim (Programmer, Sundance Film Festival/AFI Fest)
Linda Olszewski (Vice President of Global Acquisitions, ShortsHD/Shorts International)
Lisa Ogdie (Short Film Programmer, Sundance Film Festival)
Lois Vossen (Deputy Executive, ITVS)
Lorne Price (Head, Sales and Digital Distribution, National Film Board of Canada)
Mark Cibort (President of Trailer Park Digital, Trailer Park)
Matt Grady (President, Factory 25)
Marian Koltai-Levine (Executive Vice President of Film Marketing & Distribution, PMKBNC)
Meghan Oliver (Motion Picture Finance Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency)
Molly Thompson (Senior Vice President of Feature Films, A&E Television Networks)
Nicholas Ogiony (Agent, CAA)
Opeyemi Olukemi (Interactive Manager, Tribeca Film Institute)
Peter Goldwyn (Senior Vice President, Samuel Goldwyn Films)
Peter Trinh (Agent, ICM Partners)
Peter Van Steemburg (Vice President of Acquisitions, Magnolia Pictures)
Ryan Kampe (President, Visit Films)
Sean Berney (Manager of Acquisitions, IFC Films)
Ted Geoghegan (Writer/Director, We Are Still Here)


Meet the Insiders, SXSW 2014

Meet the Insiders was introduced in 2013 to provide an opportunity to participate in vital discussions on the innovations and developments within the world of Film. This category of sessions allows the audience to connect with the film community, and gain insight into and understanding of the industry from the insiders at the forefront of their respective fields.

For 2015, the format has changed slightly. Each one hour session will include 20 minute one-on-one moderated interviews with three different insiders. Stay tuned for more programming information for the 2015 iteration of Meet the Insiders later this year.

Browse the Meet the Insiders participants from SXSW 2014 on this page.

Photos (from top) by Tim Strauss and Ernesto Castillo