2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

U.S. Immigration Options for Film Professionals


An artist's work is never limited by boundaries, but legal realities sometimes beg to differ. Among other legal concerns, professional artists who work internationally must consider their immigration status in the countries where they plan to work. This workshop will review the U.S. immigration process for film industry professionals from abroad who wish to work in the U.S. U.S.-based employers seeking to hire individuals from abroad, as well as film industry entrepreneurs are all encouraged to attend. We will discuss the procedures, timelines, and expenses associated with procuring a visa, as well as gain a clear understanding of the complex requirements of the visa process.



Sharon Brenner


Surowitz Immigration PC

Sharon Brenner has worked in various sectors of immigration law since 2004. She is well-versed in visa matters for creatives, and has spoken on the topic on numerous occasions. Just a few of her diverse clientele in this area have included renowned musicians, film industry professionals, fashion designers, fine artists, chefs, graphic designers, photographers and more.

Sharon also represents clients in business-related immigration matters, from individuals to startups to established businesses, and has spoken at coworking and incubator spaces about U.S. immigration options for startups and entrepreneurs. Sharon’s work additionally includes family-based immigration, asylum, and naturalization.

Sharon is a member of the California Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She holds B.A. degrees in African History and International Relations from the University of California, Davis. She also studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and New York University’s program in Paris, France.

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