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Mentors: Programming: Narrative

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Festivals and markets are as vital as ever in today's filmmaking scene. Learn what to do - and more importantly, what not to do - when it comes to festival submissions, festival attendance, and beyond for narrative films.

Mentor session signup is open to all Film, Gold and Platinum badge holders at a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants who signed up online must check-in 30 minutes before your mentor time slot to guarantee your spot. Limited on-site signup is also available for a small number of mentor sessions spots and will begin 30 minutes before the first time slot of each session.

To sign up for a session with Anderson Le:
To sign up for a session with David Nugent:
To sign up for a session with Dosin Pak:
To sign up for a session with Karen Arikian:
To sign up for a session with Lane Kneedler:
To sign up for a session with Michael Hayden:
To sign up for a session with Stephanie Trepanier:
To sign up for a session with Wim De Witte:


Anderson Le Dir of Programming Hawaii International Film Festival

David Nugent Artistic Dir Hamptons International Film Festival

Dosin Pak Programmer Busan International Film Festival

Karen Arikian Berlin Intl Film Festival, US Delegate Berlin International Film Festival

Lane Kneedler Assoc Dir of Programming AFI FEST

Lane Kneedler received his degree in Film from the University of Colorado. There he studied under many influential experimental filmmakers including Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. In 2000 he began working for the Sundance Film Festival. Working within the organization he became a programming consultant for the Sundance Film Festival and a consultant for the Sundance Screenwriters and Filmmakers labs. Other festivals Lane has worked with and consulted for include the Cinevegas Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Festival. In past years Lane served on the documentary jury for HBO's Comedy Arts Festival, the Northwest Film Forum and the Dallas Film Festival among others. Since 2005 Lane has worked programming AFI FEST and is currently that festival’s Associate Director of Programming.

Michael Hayden Festival Programmer BFI London Film Festival

Stephanie Trepanier Market Dir Fantasia International Film Festival

Stephanie has been involved with Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival - North-America's largest genre film festival - since 2005, alternatively as a Publicist, New Media Director, Hospitality Director, International Programmer and now Market Director. In 2012 it introduced the Frontières International Co-Production Market, the first co-production market to concentrate on genre film while bringing projects from North-America, Europe and Australia together.
She is also the founder of Evokative Films, a boutique film distribution company that independently released International films across Canada from 2008 to 2012, as well as an International Sales consultant.

Wim De Witte Programmer & Festival Producer Ghent International Film Festival

Since 2000 I am the chief programmer at the Ghent International Film Festival. Every year in October our event presents a program of some 100 feature films and some 50 shorts to an audience of over 130,000. Recently Variety called our fest one of the 50 must attend festivals in the world.