While the focus of DANCES WITH FILMS rests squarely on the wealth of talent chosen to screen each year, the festival also includes several distinctive events which speak to the world of independent filmmakers.


Our Powerhouse Panels have become must-attend events with top industry professionals such as CAA’s Laura Lewis, J. Todd Harris (BOTTLE ROCKET, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT), SAGIndie’s Darrien Michelle Gipson, Jay Cohen (Indie Finance, The Gersh Agency), Melanie Miller (VP of Acquisitions, Gravitas Ventures), JC Spink (BenderSpink, THE HANGOVER), Casting Icon Tricia Wood (EAGLE EYE,TWILIGHT), David Crockett (BAD SANTA, GONE BABY GONE, GKFilms), Steven Wegner (SVP Alcon Ent. BOOK OF ELI, THE BLIND SIDE), David Gale (Executive Vice President, MTV New Media), Cindy Cowan (SAVIOR, VERY BAD THINGS), President of Fox TV Studios David Madden and Film Incentives’ Jeff Begun & Dama Claire. Our panelists continue to provide amazing insights to DWF audiences on a wide-range of topics critical to the future of indie film and ‘breaking into Hollywood’.


The widely popular “Cocktails & Conversations With…” is a series of intimate, nuts & bolts Q&A sessions with some of film’s most gifted visionaries, including Academy Award® winners: screenwriter Ron Bass (RAIN MAN, THE JOY LUCK CLUB), editor Alan Heim (NETWORK,THE NOTEBOOK), cinematographer Russell Carpenter (TITANIC, 21)… plus director Michael Lehmann (HBO’s TRUE BLOOD, BIG LOVE) and returning DWF Alum (2009) John Mann, now writing THE NUTCRACKER for Universal and A TALE DARK AND GRIMM for FilmNation, among other greats sitting down in the DWF Filmmaker’s Lounge.


The Lot
1041 N. Formosa Ave.,
Formosa Bldg., Ste 217
West Hollywood, CA 90046

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