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

Mentors: Artist Development

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Have a question about beginning a project? In the middle and stuck? Meet with industry professionals who have experience aiding artists every step of the way.

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Mentor session signup is open to all Film, Gold and Platinum badge holders on 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.



Christian Zak

VP Production



Heather Collier


Collier Talent Agency

Heather Collier owns Collier Talent Agency in Austin, TX. She represents actors and actresses for film, television, theater, commercial and voice over work. She worked as an agent in Chicago, NYC, and LA before moving to Austin and opening her own agency.

Holly Herrick

Assoc Artistic Dir

Austin Film Society

Mike DesRoches

Sr Sales Support Engineer

Sony Electronics Inc


Nancy Schafer


Nancy Schafer

Nancy Schafer is currently a consultant who works in independent film. Until July 2012 she was Executive Director of Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) and Executive Vice President of Tribeca Enterprises (TE). In her current role as consultant Schafer continues to work with Tribeca as well as other filmmakers and film organizations.

Nancy Schafer was the Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Festival and an Executive Vice President of Tribeca Enterprises. Schafer became co-executive director of the Festival in 2007 and executive director in 2008. She joined the festival staff for the first Festival in 2002 as a programmer and has held positions as programmer and managing director. As Executive Vice President, Schafer lead the artistic curation and business development for Tribeca’s business expansion, specifically with Tribeca Film, the distribution label which launched in 2010. As Executive Director, she oversaw all budgeting and operations for the Festival as well as working closely with the sponsorship team to raise funding. She has lead programming for the Festival since 2007, sharing the responsibilities with Geoff Gilmore and Frederic Boyer this past year. She also worked on Tribeca’s year round events and was involved in the launch of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

Prior to joining Tribeca, she created and ran the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW Film) in Austin, Texas for eight years. Along with her festival experience, Schafer has worked on several films including two from director John Sayles (Sunshine State, Limbo); two from director Robert Byington (Olympia, Shameless) and began her film production career on The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Schafer currently resides in Manhattan.

Schafer is a graduate of the University of Virginia.


Stephanie Trepanier

Market Dir

Fantasia International Film Festival

Stephanie founded the Frontières International Co-Production Market, within the Fantasia International Film Festival, in 2012. It is the first co-production market to focus on genre film for North-American and European film projects. After two editions in Montreal, it is now expanding as a circuit with an edition in Brussels in April 2014.
She has been involved with Fantasia, North-America's largest genre film festival, since 2005, alternatively as a Publicist, New Media Director, Hospitality Director, International Programmer and now Market Director, having major input in the festival's development over the years.
She is also the founder of Evokative Films, a boutique film distribution company that independently released International independent films across Canada from 2008 to 2012, which has evolved into international sales consultation and production development.


Steven Beckman

Head of Acquisitions


Steven Beckman heads the Content department at FilmBuff, a leading curator of digital entertainment. Identifying and developing partnerships with relevant projects for FilmBuff, Steven strategizes their release plans, primarily through maximizing opportunities in the new media landscape. Steven graduated from NYU with a B.A. in History and minor concentrations in Economics and Cinema Studies.


Teresa Hollingsworth

Sr Program Dir

South Arts

As Senior Program Director for South Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, Teresa directs the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers working closely with filmmakers and partner communities to present new documentaries, narrative, animated and experimental films throughout the South. She is currently serving as the film programmer for Caravanserai, A Place Where Cultures Meet, a national project funded by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts that presents contemporary Muslim films and filmmakers to midsize communities. Teresa is a seasoned film festival veteran who annually attends national and regional film festival to identify filmmakers for Southern Circuit. She has contributed to a number of media projects, educational publications and scholarly journals, curated museum exhibits, and served as a project consultant, lecturer, festival stage manager and grant panelist.

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