Celebrating the craft of cinema at Independent Filmmaker Day

independent filmmaker day

Celebrating such creative talents who have in themselves the belief and vision to go about their craft independently is a particular community of individuals forever in the pursuit to enrich the cinematic experience. As a network of distinguished directors, producers, actors and creators involved in the filmmaking process, Independent Filmmaker Day thrusts upon the emergence and expansion of independent cine faculties, committed to helping independent creators from around the world develop new projects, connect within the industry, and champion collaborative and impactful storytelling at all stages.

Launched in 2019 by David Rubenstein, Esq., widely regarded as one of the rising stars in the world of independent filmmaking, Independent Filmmaker Day will be having its virtual event via Zoom on the 24th and 25th of March, 2021. As a virtual conference on film and television topics, IFD aims to provide practical and real-world advice to help filmmakers realize their dreams by such means as featuring panel discussions on a multitude of topics related to the craft of filmmaking, with experts from the field speaking it out all on screenwriting, producing, funding, marketing, music, post-production, and distribution for a highly enriching session of interaction for all filmmakers aspiring to make it big all by their own.

While for beginners, industry experts will be providing real-world practical advice to help turn your dream idea or screenplay into reality, the experience would be no less rewarding for experienced filmmakers as well. With Oscar and Emmy Nominated Experts imparting guidance on how to add value to your projects, you will be learning new strategies on how to finance your film/tv project, how to market your film/tv project using social media, how to attract A-List talent, how to maximize tax strategies under IRS Code 181, and how to sell your film/tv project to networks, Netflix and Amazon, all of which are practical ways to turn your dream project into an actual work of art. With also the Direct Access Speed Dating Panel, IFD also presents a chance to network with Producers, Financers, and Distributors about your project so you can establish real connections that you cannot find elsewhere.

March 24, 2021 –

3 pm – 10 pm EST – Film/TV Panel Discussions!

Panel Discussions: Hear from industry experts on a variety of topics in film/tv including: acting, directing, producing, film funding, distribution, social media, product placement, post-production, entertainment law, and more. Each panel lasts one hour and includes Q&A from the audience.

March 25, 2021 –

2:00 pm – 5:30 pm EST – Expert Roundtables.

Your opportunity to ask questions and receive answers from experts in the film and tv industry about your specific project. We will have a total of three different Expert Roundtables with a different expert at each table (limited to one hour and only 15 attendees per expert).

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm EST – Seminar: Master Your Pitch!

Prepare for the Pitch Competition with this special pitching seminar by Entertainment Lawyer and Producer David Rubenstein.

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST – Pitch Competition.

Your opportunity to Pitch your film/tv project for a chance to win over $40,000 in in-kind services to help make your project. Each pitch is limited to 3 minutes in a “shark-tank” style format before a panel of 3 judges. The fourth vote will be comprised of an audience member vote, so bring your family and friends to cheer you on for your best chance to win! (limited to only 40 pitches on a first come first serve basis). 

10:00 pm to 11:30 pm EST – Virtual After Party

Party and Network with your fellow attendees and panelists in a virtual setting using the popular app TapRoom. 


Mark Damon

Legendary Producer. Over his storied career, Damon has been a creative producer and money man for directors including Hal Ashby, Wolfgang Peterson, Robert Evans, John Badham. Roland Joffe and many others. His films have received 10 Oscar nominations including Monster, for which Charlize Theron won the Best Actress Academy Award; and World War II drama Das Boot. Other credits include: The Last Full Measure, 2 Guns, The Upside of Anger, Lone Survivor, 9 and 1/2 Weeks, Short Circuit, The Lost Boys and The Never Ending Story.

Mark Koch

Producer (The Passion of the Christ, Lost in Space, Black Dog).

James Parris

Director of Animation at Dreamworks. His credits include Transformers, X-Men, Spiderman, Lion King, Mulan. James is also Animation Director for Doug Unplugs (Apple TV), and Shimmer and Shine (Nickelodeon).

Ken Mok

Golden Globe and Emmy Nominated Producer (America’s Next Top Model, Making the Band, Joy, Invincible, and The Right One.)

Thomas Jane

Actor/Producer (Hung, Expanse on Amazon Prime, The Punisher)

Courtney Lauren Penn

Producer (film adaptation of Stephen King’s “From A Buick 8.”)

Howard Gould

Executive Producer & Writer (The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Cybill, The Devil Wears Prada, Shrek the Third)

Anjul Nigam

Actor/Producer (Grey’s Anatomy, True Detective, Never Have I Ever)

Grady Craig

VP of Development & Business Operations for Bondit Capital which finances feature films.

Emily Best

Owner and Founder of Crowdfunding Platform Seed & Spark

For Creative Coalition Panel-

Tim Daly

Emmy-Nominated Actor (The Sopranos, Madam Secretary, Wings)

Yvette Nicole Brown

Actress (Community, The Mayor, Elena of Avalor)

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More info on the website Independent Filmmaker Day (ifilmday.com) and on the Facebook page which has a growing following of over 630,000 followers.