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Old 09-20-2018, 04:00 PM   #31
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Pretty amazing lineup of panelists they are listing. I wonder if anyone ever feels shy when speaking up at these things. Attendees are supposed to bring their own questions. It might be one of the first times you make an impression on them. A few of these panelists were also at the WGA panel in Los Angeles. They were very popular.
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Old 09-23-2018, 11:36 PM   #32
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Old 09-25-2018, 10:03 AM   #33
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Pretty amazing lineup of panelists they are listing. I wonder if anyone ever feels shy when speaking up at these things. Attendees are supposed to bring their own questions. It might be one of the first times you make an impression on them. A few of these panelists were also at the WGA panel in Los Angeles. They were very popular.
Panels are basically for panelists to talk about a certain topic and a moderator generally asks the majority of the questions. At the end, audience members can ask questions but they should be actual QUESTIONS, not an attempt to "make an impression on them." There's always someone who stands in the back and says "As an accomplished blabbidy blah blah fancy person, who wrote "Script No One Has Heard Of" ... and then never quite gets to their question. Don't be that guy.

I also watched someone trying to "make an impression" on a very famous now Oscar-nominated director who happened to be known for indie films. The person was rude, pushy, implied that because the director was known for lower budget indie films that guy's films were bad and ergo he should have a "good" screenwriter like this newbie thought he was.

I am not sure I've ever seen this director at AFF since. Please don't be one of those people.
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Old 09-25-2018, 06:16 PM   #34
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Panels are basically for panelists to talk about a certain topic and a moderator generally asks the majority of the questions. At the end, audience members can ask questions but they should be actual QUESTIONS, not an attempt to "make an impression on them." There's always someone who stands in the back and says "As an accomplished blabbidy blah blah fancy person, who wrote "Script No One Has Heard Of" ... and then never quite gets to their question. Don't be that guy.

I also watched someone trying to "make an impression" on a very famous now Oscar-nominated director who happened to be known for indie films. The person was rude, pushy, implied that because the director was known for lower budget indie films that guy's films were bad and ergo he should have a "good" screenwriter like this newbie thought he was.

I am not sure I've ever seen this director at AFF since. Please don't be one of those people.

Thanks for an insight into the festival. It's very fascinating.



I was referring to the more private roundtables for people that placed in the contest. The advertising says that those eligible for those roundtables get to sit informally with a few of those managers/showrunners/screenwriters to ask informal questions. This is apart from the regular panels that have thousands of people.
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Old 09-25-2018, 08:16 PM   #35
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Thanks for an insight into the festival. It's very fascinating.



I was referring to the more private roundtables for people that placed in the contest. The advertising says that those eligible for those roundtables get to sit informally with a few of those managers/showrunners/screenwriters to ask informal questions. This is apart from the regular panels that have thousands of people.
roundtables are pretty cool (i met Malcolm Spellman in person at my first second-round table). more like speed dating with the panelists. usually don't have enough time for every panelist to hit every table but if there are 10 tables you'll probably have face time with five or six people. super informal, basically a 10-15 minute Ask Me Anything. only downside is when somebody monopolizes the conversation or wastes time with bad questions. but that is fairly rare in my experience at them
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Old 09-25-2018, 11:43 PM   #37
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roundtables are pretty cool (i met Malcolm Spellman in person at my first second-round table). more like speed dating with the panelists. usually don't have enough time for every panelist to hit every table but if there are 10 tables you'll probably have face time with five or six people. super informal, basically a 10-15 minute Ask Me Anything. only downside is when somebody monopolizes the conversation or wastes time with bad questions. but that is fairly rare in my experience at them

Thanks. That's exactly what I was curious about. How that type of roundtable functioned. Were you or any of the attendees able to keep contact with those panelists at those informal sessions? Or was it more like they just politely answered a few questions and you guys never saw them again?
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I placed last year. We got to pick our session (i.e. Friday or Saturday or whatever) but they didn't let us choose which person's roundtable to sit at, instead seating us as we entered. It was very frustrating, especially if you were seated with a genre/person you weren't interested in. When the 10-15 minutes were up, we moved over to the next table. Again, no choice where to move to.

I will say everyone got their questions in and I never felt rushed. Definitely go in with your top five asks prepped beforehand though.

Yeah, I had been wondering about that. If you were able to get face time with some of those panelists that everyone wants to talk to. If it's totally random then you wouldn't be able to talk to the ones that you had been hoping to talk to.
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Old 09-26-2018, 06:02 AM   #39
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A friend sat with Chris Emerson from Magnet and he was apparently freely giving out his email address telling everyone to submit anytime saying they'd met him there.

Oh. That's cool.
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