2022 Schedule

Monday, July 11th

Virtual Screenings begin on Sparqfest from July 11th – July 17th 

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Every Lens Tells a Story presented by Panavision

Join Panavision’s Dan Sasaki for a behind-the-scenes analysis of the optical attributes that contributed to the storytelling of famous films. Dan will shine a light on the lenses filmmakers used to bring their visions to life while providing an overview of Panavision’s vast inventory and a firsthand account of the artistry, science, and technology involved in the field of motion-picture optics.

Panelists:

Dan Sasaki
Senior Vice President of Optical Engineering and Lens Strategy

Aaron Saffa
Manager, New Filmmaker Program, Panavision

The Academy 365 with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

This panel conversation will provide insight into membership eligibility, the voting process, and the inner workings and operations of the most prolific organization in modern cinema.

Panelists:

Jeanell English
VP, Impact and Operations

Shawn Finnie
EVP, Member Relations and Awards

Moderated by:

Lawrence Foldes, Academy Member

Panel focuses:

  • Eligibility requirements
  • How to become a member of The Academy
  • Perks of membership
  • How the voting process works
  • Increasing BIPOC representation within The Academy
  • Ensuring films are reflective of the world we live in
  • Academy Gold programs

Distribution: The Single Most Important Element of Filmmaking

This panel will provide insight from distribution and acquisitions executives who can detail: best practices when seeking distribution, why securing distribution is the most important move a filmmaker can make, and what factors distributors take most into account.

Panelists:

Yulissa Morales
VP of US Distribution, Epic Pictures

Moderated by:

Daniel de Boulay
Manager of Worldwide Acquisitions, SONY Pictures Entertainment

Panel focuses:

  • Five things every filmmaker should know when seeking distribution
  • Common mistakes filmmakers make when seeking/securing distribution
  • The most important factors distributors take into account when considering projects