Professional Panel Discussions

ALL PANELS are $15 in advance $17 on site

(ALL PANELS ARE INCLUDED IN THE WEEKEND PASS – It’s really the best way to enjoy GSFF!)




10:00-11:00 AM  Berkeley Continental Room- 2nd Fl

Discover the elements that can make your movie a viable entity in the marketplace from the sales agents, distributors and creatives that do the buying. Panelist include: Chris Beaver – Director, Content Acquisitions, Showtime Networks

Panelists include:
Bill Straus | Principal, Bridge Independent,Sales Agent and Producer
Seth Needle | Senior Vice President of World Acquisitions, Screen Media.  Matt Landers | VP Marketing  IFC Films                                                Moderator | Chris Beaver – Director, Content Acquisitions, Showtime Networks Inc.




Saturday March 24, 2018- Jersey Shore Arts Center

LAIKA WORKSHOP – 1:15pm-2:30pm

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes of a major stop-motion production? Join Mark Shapiro, from LAIKA, the animation studio based in Oregon. Mark will take you through the comprehensive handmade process that has created four Oscar-nominated feature films: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016). Building entire worlds by hand, piece by piece, learn how LAIKA creates life, in 24 frames per second.





Saturday March 24, 2018- Berkeley Oval Room- 2nd Fl

Actors on Acting | Panel – 2:45pm-3:45 pm

Veteran Actors Armand Assante, Xander Berkeley and Garry Pastore tell the highs and lows of their climb to the top as an actor on both the big and small screens. Moderated by Hollywood insder Monika Henreid you won’t want to miss this!

Panelist include:   Xander Berkeley, Armand Assante & Garry Pastore




Sunday March 25, 2018- Berkeley Hotel Continental Room- 2nd floor- 10:00am-11:30am

 Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in Indie Film Making

The New Jersey Bar Association Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section is excited to bring you a panel of legal experts in the field of independent film making.  Spend the afternoon learning the ins and outs of the legal requirements to ensure a filmmaker does not undermine the sale of his or her film, from acquiring rights, drafting contracts, work for hire agreements, permits, when you can use products or materials on screen, to post production rights clearances.
 Panelist include: Gary Laurie, Law Office of Gary A. Laurie, Esq.,Steven Schecter, Law Office of Steven C. Schecter, Esq., Ron Bienstock, Moderator Nicholas J. Falcone, Esq. -Board Chair- Garden State Film Festival