Saturday, October 23, 2010

IIFF Hosts Film Financing Townhall

The Kansas City chapter of the Institute for Int'l Film Financing (IIFF) will host a special FILM FINANCING TOWNHALL, perpetuating the effort to expand the regional film economy that started so successfully this summer.

Please join us on Wednesday, the 27th. Register now at -

Designed to get local films funded, the event follows IIFF's proven formula for FILM FINANCING SUCCESS by connecting & educating the FILM & FINANCE communities. The evening's INSIGHTFUL TALKS by hand-picked experts include:

1) "HOW TO RAISE MONEY in Kansas City" -- by JENE POPPER HONG, CPA, seasoned deal maker who helps entrepreneurs & businesses raise capital, incl. work with angel investors, venture capital firms & investment banks; Principal & Practice Lead of CFO Services at advisory firm Business Transition Specialists; 20+ years of M&A, business strategy & problem solving experience, overcoming multitude of financial & operational challenges; held CFO at LaGarde, ThyssenKrupp Access, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management, Xceligent & Conseva; Series 6 & 63 securities license; 14-time Ironman triathlete; etc.

2) "TREATING YOUR FUNDERS & UNDERWRITERS So They'll Do It Again" -- by CLAY MYERS-BOWMAN, accomplished fundraising & film financing consultant; award-winning leader & entrepreneur, who spearheaded dozens of for-profit & non-profit projects (from Indiana to California, Minnesota to Kansas & Colorado) over past 22 years; Executive Producer on JT O'Neal's next movie "My Father's Hero", to be filmed in Manhattan, KS; Associate Producer on documentary "Sandzen: Ecstasy of Color", set to premiere this fall; his documentary "Over 50 in Kansas" was 1st runner-up in NYC's Lean Forward Media Project; etc.

3) "MANAGING RISK IN FILM PROJECTS: What Producers & Investors Need to Know" -- by MARY SCHUST, Senior Vice President & Director of Underwriting at Axis Pro, part of leading specialty insurance & reinsurance company Axis Capital, based in Bermuda & operating worldwide; 27-year career at Axis Pro & predecessors; currently lead Product Manager for Media & Technology products, heading team of 5 underwriters handling Film & Entertainment transactions; previously worked as broadcast journalist for radio stations in Kansas & Missouri; graduate of Kansas State University; etc.

4) "WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CAN DO FOR YOU & How to Make the Most of It" -- by DAVID SHULTZ, seasoned IT professional & project manager with ~15 years experience; expert in use of social media & viral marketing to accomplish business goals; close ties to film industry & understanding of filmmakers' needs via Emmy-winning documentarian brother; involved in strategic planning, project management, web & database development & multimedia marketing across many industries; helps companies build brands & market share by leveraging social media & viral marketing in addition to other strategies; etc.

5) "FINANCING & PRODUCING FILMS in the Midwest: Status Quo & New Opportunities" -- by RICHARD WELNOWSKI, award-winning filmmaker/cinematographer & widely acclaimed "one-man film studio" with 20+ years experience; won Emmy for Special Visual Effects for "The Orchestra"; best known for his work on BAFTA Award winner "LazyTown" & "Kafka"; recently completed "Pennhurst" starring Haylie Duff, produced by longtime Clint Eastwood collaborator Tom Rooker ("Space Cowboys"); worked extensively with Oscar winner Zbig Rybczynski & for National Geographic; etc.

+ 2 MORE leading professionals whose bios are available online!

Axis Capital is hosting at its downtown facilities:


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

7 PM - 10 PM (CT)


2300 Main St.

Kansas City, MO

Review all event details & buy AFFORDABLE TICKETS at -

Don't miss this unique LEARNING & NETWORKING opportunity. Please tell your colleagues & associates.


Your Friends at IIFF

P.S.: Bring a summary of your film project to run it by FilmAngels investors (, who are meeting every month.

P.P.S: Film Financing Townhalls in Phoenix (, New York (, San Francisco (, Seattle ( & Vancouver ( are coming up as well.

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