Claire Aguilar: Developing and Pitching Your Project to the North American Market (Sep 19)

16. 9. 2022

Author: Veronika Zýková

Join us on September 19 at 6:30 pm (CEST) for a lecture by Claire Aguilar: Developing and Pitching Your Project to the North American Market. The IDF Industry Session will include a Q&A.

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In her lecture, an award-winning documentary film producer and film consultant Claire Aguilar will talk about how to produce and present a successful project. We'll explore the North American market and audience and will look at how to navigate the North American territory for distribution and release possibilities, including new streaming services and platforms. Claire will add some pitching "dos and don'ts", innovative ways to pitch and leave ample time for Q&A and discussion.

Claire Aguilar is an award-winning documentary film producer and film consultant providing analysis and strategic planning for independent producers. She has served as a film curator, film festival director and public television commissioning editor and broadcaster. At the International Documentary Association, she served as Director of Programming where she oversaw IDA’s professional development, education, mentorship and training initiatives and set strategy around IDA’s policy and advocacy work. Claire is the former Director of Programming and Industry Engagement at Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the leading festivals for documentary and digital media. At the Independent Television Service (ITVS), she served as Vice President of Programming and Executive Content Advisor, working on program content and strategy for the organisation, including commissioning over 200 films from international and U.S. producers and filmmakers. A second-generation Filipina American, she holds a BA in Communications Studies and an MA in Film and Television Studies from UCLA. Claire is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Academy’s Executive Documentary Branch Committee. She is Vice President of the Board of directors for Women Make Movies, and serves on the boards of Firelight Media and the Why Foundation.

The lecture is organized in cooperation with the American Film Showcase and the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic.

The IDF Industry Sessions series is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Czech Film Fund, Prague City Hall and APA - Audiovisual Producers' Association.

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