Friday, September 30, 2011

New Hampshire Film & Television Office presents panels at 2011 New Hampshire Film Festival

The New Hampshire Film & Television Office, in partnership with the New Hampshire Film Festival, will once again be presenting two panel discussions as part of programming at this year’s Festival, which will be held from October 13-16, 2011 in Portsmouth.

AN INDUSTRY MEET-UP W/ THE NEW HAMPSHIRE FILM & TELEVISION OFFICE
Friday, October 14, 2011
10 a.m.-noon
Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth, NH

New Hampshire Film Festival attendees are invited to join in the discussion at this special edition of the Industry Meet-Up, which are presented quarterly by the New Hampshire Film & Television Office. As with the regular meet-ups, this gathering will provide filmmakers and members of the production industry with an opportunity to network with one another, with everyone having the chance to take a few minutes to introduce themselves and share information on their recent or upcoming endeavors (Yes, there is a time limit!) The meet-up will be moderated by Matthew Newton, director of the New Hampshire Film & Television Office, who will offer an update of what’s currently happening around the state. There will also be a networking session toward the end of the discussion at which attendees can make connections and talk further.

LAUNCHING A NEW HAMPSHIRE PRODUCTION COALITION
Friday, October 14, 2011
1-3 p.m.
Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth, NH

The New Hampshire Film & Television Office has played an instrumental role in promoting the state for all types of media production projects, as well as supporting New Hampshire’s production industry by working to build an infrastructure from the ground up. The foundation has been poured—and now, for our industry to strengthen and expand there must be an association of professionals that can work in tandem with the Film & Television Office and continue to advocate on behalf of our filmmakers, craftspeople and ancillary support businesses. The discussion will focus on what this group should be and what goals should be met, including a film tax credit to better compete with other states for production. This panel will feature some of the founding members of what will become the New Hampshire Production Coalition and attendees will have the opportunity to be heard and get involved as the Coalition takes shape over the next few months.

Panelists:

Mark Constance - Producer/Director, a713production
Paul Durham - Chair, Entertainment, Media and Publishing Group, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA
Debra Franchi - President, HHG Productions
Jessica Maher – Freelance Contract Administrator for Entertainment Contracts, AFTRA/SAG
Joe Maiella – VP, Sales & Global Crewing, Media Services

Moderator:

Van McLeod - Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources

“There are a number of interesting things happening in film and television around the state right now, and we’re pleased to be working again with the New Hampshire Film Festival to bring information and good conversation to their attendees,” says Matthew Newton, director of the New Hampshire Film & Television Office. “Both of these programs will provide excellent networking opportunities for filmmakers visiting the Festival, and the afternoon panel in particular will be something industry professionals will not want to miss.”

Information on both programs, including panelist bios, are available on the New Hampshire Film & Television website at http://www.nh.gov/film. For information on the New Hampshire Film Festival, visit http://www.nhfilmfestival.com.