Networking at Film Festivals in a Post-Pandemic World
After almost two years of mostly online interaction, do we know how to adapt our networking?
Most people attend networking events to gain something (job leads, funds, press connections, opportunities to grow their business) but what is the strategy to achieve your goals and what are the best practices in the post-pandemic world? Let’s understand what networking is really about, and why people often get it wrong.
With great pleasure, in our next online hang-out we'll host Jenna Suru, a multitalented entrepreneur who has developed a successful career as a festival director, producer, director, programmer and actress. She will unveil the secrets and tips to maximise your networking opportunities at festivals in this post-pandemic scene.
WHEN: October 13th
WHAT IS EWA NETWORK ONLINE HANG-OUTS?
Through an online space where EWA members from all around can connect and know each other, we organise once a month a meeting where an expert introduces a topic followed by Q&A and members can interact.
Each meeting will last 90 minutes aprox and it's open to 20-25 EWA members, who can introduce themselves and participate in the following Q&A.
An invitation to join the talk will be sent to EWA members (first come, first served basis).
JENNA SURU. Festival Director, Producer, Director, Writer, Actor
Jenna Suru started her career at the International Sales Team of 2 top Distributors in Paris, Gaumont and SND (M6 Group). Jenna has been working for Canneseries (Cannes Series Festival) since the kickstart of its first edition in 2018, managing the relationships with French and International Authors and Producers, and kickstarting the In Development Forum co-organized with MIP Markets in the Palais des Festivals. She is also a Juror at Academy-Award Qualifying Cinequest and Hollyshorts.
She is the Director of the Paris International Film Festival, which presented in February the International Premiere of Kiss The Ground, the environmental documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson, and Cream, Nóra Lakos’s romantic modern tale, which was recently acquired by HBO.
She produced and stars in her directorial debut period drama L'Âge d'Or (The Golden Age), London IFF 2020 Opening Night Winner, with an international cast. The Golden Age is her tribute to the world-changing charms of 60s Saint-Tropez, and the last drama ever filmed at Notre-Dame Cathedral before the fires. The Golden Age features a 60s soundtrack, including songs from Chuck Berry and Jimmy Reed. The film has received multiple awards and honors including at the Columbus IFF in the USA and sold-out the Opening Night of London IFF in March 2020.
With her company Belle Époque Films, she has also produced the sold-out Los Angeles Premiere of Happy, published by Samuel French, and two UK shorts. The first, Spitball, was funded by the Northern Ireland Screen, and the second, Bigger Picture, stars BAFTA‐nominated Robert Sheehan (Misfits, The Umbrella Academy) and Rosie Day (Outlander).
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