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Wednesday, November 14


Thursday, November 15


A Current Affair: State of the Festival Industry
The media portrays the dark side of festivals with disasters and abuses or trumpets the big stars and glamorous events. But for industry insiders, the reality of running a festival is complex and the landscape is constantly changing. Let’s see what happened in 2018 and what’s trending for  2019.

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Peter Bell

Executive Director, Telluride Society for Jazz
Peter Bell is a seasoned nonprofit executive and a lover of jazz. In his “day job,” Bell is President & CEO of Dworbell, Inc., a Washington, DC-based organizational consulting firm that provides comprehensive association management services to several national nonprofit trade... Read More →
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David Alan Bernahl,II

CEO,, CLM, Pebble Beach & Los Angeles Food & Wine Festivals
David Alan Bernahl,II is CEO & Co-­‐Founder of Coastal Luxury Management (CLM), an idea kitchen with a current focus in the hospitality and lifestyle sectors. CLM was first widely recognized for producing Pebble Beach Food & Wine, a four-­‐day, annual event hosted at Pebble... Read More →
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Anita Cotic

Senior Manager of Event Production, TIFF
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Rachel Mandel

Producer, Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards
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Paul Reed

Chief Executive, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF)
Paul is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the AIF alongside shaping and implementing strategic development and growth. In addition, Paul oversees all campaigns, communications, partnerships and membership development at AIF.Paul has an extensive background in the live industry... Read More →
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Raymond Roker

Executive Producer, AEG Studios
Raymond is responsible for content strategy, curation, development, production and monetization across a diverse range of Goldenvoice music and event properties. He is the in-house executive and creative producer for Coachella & Goldenvoice programming; including episodic, streaming... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


How to start, grow and promote your new festival! A FestForums staple is back.

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Ify Ifebi

Founder & Chief Everything Officer, Vendorspace
Ify Ifebi is an event producer, social entrepreneur and tech founder. She studied marketing at Howard University while simultaneously building her love for events. Her entrepreneurial journey began in the midst of her sophomore year; she became notorious for hosting sold-out events... Read More →
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Allison Shaw

CEO/Founder, Manic Monkee
Allison owns Manic Monkee,  which is a firm that does strategic business deveolpment, experimental marketing, creative engaging activations for all kinds of brands, produces festivals/events and aligns brands with sponsorship/partnerships.   Shaw also produces new media content... Read More →
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Max Wagner

Founder, North Coast Music Festival
Max has spent his entire career creating and developing original multi-million dollar event properties in a variety of different event formats. For the last decade, that has been music festivals, with successful events topping 10,000+ attendees in Chicago, New York, Denver, Dallas... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Give Us A Minute
The who’s who and what’s what of our Exhibitors. Get a sampling of some of the ingenious products and services that our partners provide. Be warned- uncontrollable laughing may result when Stu MC’s this show and tell!

Thursday November 15, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Safety First
The news is literally flooded with stories of meteorological, medical, security and financial disasters at festivals. But what if these disasters could be prevented or minimized? How can preplanning and on-site crisis management reduce or eliminate risk and reduce your festival’s negative exposure.

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Peter Ashwin

Principal and Founder, Event Risk Management Solutions (ERMS)
Peter Ashwin is the principal and founder of Event Risk Management Solutions (ERMS), a consulting practice committed to enhancing organizational resilience for festivals and events through practical and effective risk management and security solutions.Peter is a former Australian... Read More →
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Julie Johnson

President, Armored Things
Julie Johnson is President of Armored Things. Julie co-founded Armored Things after working at Qualcomm, where she was focused on cybersecurity for the Internet of Things for both the corporate venture capital arm and as a strategic liaison for the Bay Area Research & Development... Read More →
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Robert Richards

Commercial Director, Glastonbury Festival
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Christine M.Van Winkle

University of Manitoba, Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
Dr. Van Winkle is a festival and event Professor and researcher who has partnered with more that 20 festivals and 10 attractions with in Canada and the United Stated to understand attendees experiences.  As a former festival co-ordinator and consultant Dr. Van Winkle brings both... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Here Or There? Picking the Right Venue
There are so many factors at play when selecting your event venue. Cost, location, amenities, acoustics, accessibility and capacity are just a few things to consider.. Let’s break it down.

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Dave Dunne

General Manager, Salt River Fields
Dave Dunne is the General Manager of Salt River Fields, in Scottsdale, Arizona, which is the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies.  In the 8 seasons it has been open for baseball, they are the 8 top seasons, all time in attendance, in the history... Read More →
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Danielle Madeira

VP Strategic Alliances, Another Planet Entertainment
As Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Another Planet Entertainment (APE), Danielle Madeira oversees the special events department at the company, establishes and fosters critical industry relations and partnerships, and leads all APE corporate accounts, including clients such... Read More →
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Morgan Margolis

CEO/ President, Knitting Factory Entertainment
From growing up within a dedicated show business household to becoming the CEO of an ever-expanding organization, Morgan Margolis with over 20 + years of Hospitality and Entertainment experience, has been on a long journey that continues to move forward and upward. At the beginning... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Talent Booking: Talent, Timing and Tenacity
Talent is the key component that draws people to your festival and sets the stage for your event. How does a festival negotiate with big-name talent and who is going to be the next big name? In this panel we will break down key components of talent buying; sourcing, timing, and finance, among others.

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David Silbaugh

Talent Buyer, Summerfest
David Silbaugh is best known as a Talent Buyer for Summerfest, "The World's Largest Music Festival", in Milwaukee, WI. The 11 day festival books over 800 artists in nearly all genres, featuring international headlining artists as well as emerging artists. He also produces the noted... Read More →

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Anthony “A” Cole

CEO, Complex Entertainment
CEO of Complex Entertainment, Anthony “A” Cole is a recognized expert of music publishing and licensing. His counsel is highly sought after with regards to residuals, licensing agreements, syncing, and diversifying record placement throughout gaming, airports, malls, and other... Read More →
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Wayne Forte

Founder and President, Entourage Talent Associates, Ltd.
Entourage Talent Associates’ owner and entrepreneur Wayne Forte is a seasoned, celebrated and experienced veteran of the music industry. Born and raised in New York, Forte first began booking student concerts while at North Carolina State University. He achieved major success milestones... Read More →
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Elliott Lefko

Vice President Touring, AEG
Elliott Lefko is a Los Angeles-based concert promoter for AEG Concerts. Among the tours that promotes are Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, MGMT, Father John Misty, The Milk Carton Kids and Kraftwerk.
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Chris Porter

President, Porter Productions
Chris has been a music industry professional in the USA for over 30 years. After working in college radio at WJUL in Lowell, MA and becoming Music Director there, he went on to manage several Boston based rock acts and start his own record label called Presto Records in the late 1980’s... Read More →
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Tim Sweetwood

President - Talent Buyer, C3 Presents

Thursday November 15, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103




20-20: Guy Webster
A (the) Guy’s Talk- A Photographic history of Iconic women - and men too! Take a walk down Memory Lane with one of the greatest celebrity photographers ever. Then view his photos (for sale) in the Exhibit Hall.

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Guy Webster

Celebrity Photographer
One of the early innovators of rock-and-roll photography, renowned photographer Guy Webster has spanned the worlds of music, film, and politics in a remarkable forty-year career. While shooting album covers and billboards for numerous groups—including the Rolling Stones, the Mamas... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Year Of The Women Lunch - Sponsored by TicketForce
What’s not to love? TicketForce brings you a yummy lunch while we celebrate the amazing women that make FestForums the happy place it is.
All women attending FF should give us your headshot & one quote that defines your superpower.
Men are enthusiastically welcome.

Thursday November 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBD 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


20-20 Holy Hologram - The Future of Festivals
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Brian Baumley

Founder & Principal, BLB Communications
For nearly two decades, Brian Baumley has led communications and content marketing programs for the world’s leading cable, mobile, media and technology companies. As founder and principal of BLB Communications since 2008, Brian develops and executes campaigns that position clients... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


20-20 Special Challenges - Camping Festivals
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Brian Baumley

Founder & Principal, BLB Communications
For nearly two decades, Brian Baumley has led communications and content marketing programs for the world’s leading cable, mobile, media and technology companies. As founder and principal of BLB Communications since 2008, Brian develops and executes campaigns that position clients... Read More →
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Joe Elkins

Brand Marketing, Bestival | Camp Bestival | Common People | Bestival Bali
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Breven Angaelica Warren

Founder & Executive Director, Festival Angaelica
Breven is passionate about film, art, festivals and event production. She is curating, producing and programming extraordinary works by new and emerging artists from around the world. She is a resourceful connector with a deep dedication to visionary creators. Breven commits herself... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


20-20: The Unseen Laws of Hustle
Hustle is derived from the old Middle Dutch word, Hutselen, which means "to shake" as in to shake free and begin anew. Hence, Hustle is about shaking free of the old, shaking free to change things for the better, to reinvent ourselves, what we and how we do it. 
It's about movement toward a goal, and bettering of life as we know it. And that means, ultimately, building a better community. We will use this then as a vehicle in the spirit of shaking up the status quo and moving everything we do toward three principles:
1) Empathy -- making people feel something bigger than themselves... reminding them they are part of something special, always an individual in a broader communal mix of life, love and human potential.

2) Experimentation -- taking simple risks and placing small bets on innovation to ensure that we improve everything we do for our people and our events, and make them new again.
3) Experience -- leveraging the festival context to create a story that's deeply memorable, unique, inspirational and share-worthy
If we hit all three of these parts, we have something very special, thoughtful, heartfelt, inclusive and whole -- that's what makes community, it's what makes community possible. And that's ultimately what this is about.  

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Jonas Koffler

New York Times Bestselling Author, Cofounder, Writer & Producer
Jonas Koffler is the New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestselling coauthor of HUSTLE: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum (Rodale Books USA, Penguin Books UK), which has been published in more than 10 countries. He is a founding partner of Radical Wellness... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


20-20 Events Locker
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Michael Bleau

CEO and Director, Sales, Events Locker
Michael has over a decade of experience in all facets of event marketing and event production marketing, producing experiential programs for companies such as Unilever, Disney, Chase Bank, Bimbo Bakeries and Dean Foods. He also produces Imagine Fest, a charity Yoga and Music Festival... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Tour the Exhibit Hall
Play games and win prizes - and grab a snack!

Thursday November 15, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Exhibit Hall 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


"How to Get More Fans, Sales, & Profit" [RSVP REQUIRED]
Want to grow your festival's fans, sales, and profit? Sign up now for a free, 20-minute private consultation with veteran marketing strategist Brian Bauer, President of Bauer Entertainment Marketing (www.BauerEM.com). During this 1-on-1 session, Brian will:
  1. Identify a key roadblock constraining your growth – and tell you how to nuke it
  2. Evaluate a current marketing tactic you can easily crank up to "11"
  3. Discover a missed opportunity that can drive new revenue and profit
Space is limited to only 5 festivals! Sessions are first-come, first-served. Sign up now to reserve your customized consultation: http://bit.ly/FestForumsBEM 
An industry expert with 15+ years of success, Brian has helped grow dozens of festivals including Country Thunder, Tortuga Music Festival, Harlem Eat Up!, Summer Camp Music Festival, Life is Beautiful, Nashville Beer Festival, Hip Hop Film Festival, Flavor! Napa Valley, and Country Jam.

Thursday November 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:50pm
TBD 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Cannabis at Festivals
Let’s weed out what is working at festivals and venues as legalized marijuana comes online throughout the country.

Thursday November 15, 2018 3:30pm - 3:50pm
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103



Brands + Festivals
Brands continue to align with festivals as they connect with their consumers.  The challenge for brands is to “make sense” of the sponsorship and bring something special to the event.  This can be done through activations, media, purpose and community.  Come listen to some of the latest and most creative ways festivals have helped their sponsors stand out.

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Mark Dinerstein

President, Knitting Factory Entertainment
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Dylan Hattem

Founder, DS Projects
Dylan Hattem is the founder of DS Projects, a digital agency based in New York. After building a career in programmatic advertising, most recently at Complex Networks where he led their North American activity, Dylan launched his own company. Diving head first into the new world of media and content consumption, Dylan's... Read More →
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Grady Lee

Co-Founder/CEO, Give2Get
Grady is the Co-Founder and CEO of Give2Get, a social impact company connecting brands and people to communities and causes. Give2Get works with Fortune 500 companies on both consumer and employee facing strategies, events and programs. Prior to Give2Get, Grady was Co-Founder/COO... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Beyond the Box Office: Ticketing 2.0
Beyond The Box Office:  How to use data to find and convert new festival attendees.

This panel will discuss marketing and distribution strategies that can be leveraged in tandem with your primary ticketing platform as well as secondary strategies.  The panel will cover strategies for events with high, medium and lower demand, as well as ways how to protect your brand integrity while optimizing revenue, while managing your user data as a long-term asset.

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Ashley Flohr

Senior Account Manager, Google
Ashley Flohr is a Senior Account Manager at Google specializing in digital marketing for live music & ticketing. She has 8 years of experience working with major concert promoters & record labels to promote tours, festivals, venues, live streams and album launches leveraging... Read More →
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Jesse Lawrence

Founder, TicketIQ
Over the last two years, TicketIQ has helped over 50 festivals maximize the value of their ticketing asset as a performance-based marketing partner. Festival partners include Bottlerock Napa, Lockn, Voodoo, Breakaway, Hot August, Northside and Sweetwater420.  TicketIQ uses integrations... Read More →
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Willie Litvack

CEO, SquadUP
Willie Litvack: CEO & Founder of SquadUP. Willie has spent the last three years building the industry's first ever mobile-first platform for ticketing, event management and audience engagement.

Thursday November 15, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103



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Hope Hall

Filmmaker, Cinematographer, Photographer
Hope Hall is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and photographer. Her short films have been selected for over 40 film festivals worldwide and have received numerous awards, including at Sundance.  From May 2011 onward, she was President Obama's Principal Videographer at the... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103



Friday, November 16



The Emerging Market of Wine/Craft Beer and Gourmet Food Festivals
Nothing motivates a ticket buyer more than the idea of wine tasting, raw oysters, craft beers or even chowder all day long! The growth of these events has sparked interest from other genre festivals to jump on the bandwagon. How did this trend spread and how do you incorporate this into your festival?

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Charlie Adler

Festival Director, TasteUSA
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Josh Seago

Founder & President, Lou Dog Events
Josh Seago is the founder and president of Lou Dog Events, a festival production and management company that specializes in food and beverage events. Since 2013, Lou Dog Events has produced over 50 festivals - including the Chicago Ale Fest, the Naperville Ale Fest, BeerHoptacular... Read More →
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Brian Yaeger

Freelance Beer Writer
Brian Yaeger is the author of Oregon Breweries (Stackpole, 2014) and Red, White, and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey (St. Martin’s, 2008) and contributed to the Oxford Companion to Beer. He helps cover the beer front for Portland Monthly and DrinkPortland and is frequently published... Read More →

Friday November 16, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Artist Curated Festivals
Vanity projects these are not. Passion drives these famous folks who have created their own festivals. They join us at a roundtable discussion of what fueled their desire to get into this crazy business.

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John Buckner

President, Cinch Productions
LoveLoud started with a vision from Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons) to create acceptance between LGBTQ+ communities and orthodoxy cultures to stop teen suicide. I helped create a safe environment, coordinated killer production, brought in and worked with amazing sponsors, and managed... Read More →
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Tyler Fey

Partner, Promoter and Manager,, Feyline
Tyler is a partner, promoter and manager at Feyline.  Since it’s  establishment in 1967, Feyline has been synonymous for bringing the best and most innovative artists to the fans. Tyler developed his love of music by watching and experiencing his father's passion and commitment... Read More →
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Kevin Leflar

Co-founder, President and CEO, officialCOMMUNITY
Kevin Leflar is the Co-founder, President and CEO of The Official Community Corporation – officialCOMMUNITY – officialCOMMUNITY empowers established recording artists including James Taylor, Santana, Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits, George Michael, Celine Dion and Lyle Lovett to acquire... Read More →
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Keith Wortman

Chief Executive Officer, Blackbird Presents
Wortman served as executive producer at the sold-out concert broadcast event, “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration” at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Earlier this year, Wortman created and produced the concert broadcast event, “Sing... Read More →

Friday November 16, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Cash is No Longer King
Learn how Bitcoin,  RFID, Venmo, Crypto, facial recognition and other forms of cashless payments are changing the festival landscape.

Friday November 16, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103



The Lifecycle of a Sponsorship
How do festival sponsorship directors engage brands, ink deals, activate and provide ROI in this landscape? Brands and festivals weigh in.

Friday November 16, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Soup to Nuts: Lighting/Sound/Staging
Budgets, logistics, selecting and securing the right supplier will be discussed.

Friday November 16, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Track 1 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Film Festivals: The Challenges of Small Festivals
Nonprofits generally suffer from the proverbial chicken and egg problem. They need to grow but can’t afford new hires and expensive technology. Learn how to break the cycle and swing for the fences.

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Kimberley Browning

Filmmaker & Film Festival Programmer, HOLLYWOOD SHORTS
Kimberley is a filmmaker and film festival professional. She is the founder and Festival Director of the Hollywood Shorts Film Festival, which launched in 1998 in Los Angeles. She also serves as an Associate Short Film Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival. She is based in LA, and... Read More →
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C R Capers

Founder, Hip Hop Film Festival
C R Capers (aka Cha-Boogie) is the Founder and CEO of Revolution Media – a “new media” company that leverages social media and large scale events to change the narrative. C R is referred to as a "new media socialite" having produced major events from corporate fundraisers to... Read More →
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Hebe Tabachnik

Artistic Director, Film Society of Minneapolis Saint Paul
For 20 years Hebe Tabachnik has been a film curator, producer and festival consultant, and has participated as juror,project evaluator and panelist at film festivals in the US, Europe, Latin America, Israel and China. She is Senior WorldCinema Programmer for the Seattle (SIFF) and... Read More →
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Leslie Vanderpool

Founder & Executive Director, Bahamas International Film Festival / BIFF
Born in Nassau, The Bahamas, of a Bahamian, Dutch, Syrian father and an American Indian, Ukrainian, Polish mother, Leslie is the first Bahamian woman to create an international film festival in the Bahamas at a young age.Leslie Vanderpool is the Founder and Executive Director of the... Read More →

Friday November 16, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Track 2 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103





Best of the Fests Award Ceremony
We bring you our much touted Best of the Fests where we salute the best festivals and the artists that you love!

Friday November 16, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Plaza del Sol 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103