December 1-8: Lab Leader @ IFP Filmmaker Lab – NYC, NY http://www.ifp.org
October 28: Lecture / Workshop @ DIY Days – Los Angeles, LA http://diydays.com/
October 20-21: TOTBO Workshop @ Flyway Film Festival – Pepin & Stockholm, WI http://flywayfilmfestival.org/
October 6: BOMB IT 2 Screening @ Can Film Festival – San Francisco, CA
September 27: BOMB IT Screening @ Le Cadre Du Festival POTOS CARRES http://www.potoscarres.com/site/?id=26
September 22: IFP Panel for Trans-Atlantic Partners – NYC, NY “The Current Landscape of Distribution and Sales” 10 to 11 a.m. http://www.ifp.org/independent-film-week
September 21: Ted Hope’s “Future of Film Class” at NYU – NYC, NY I will be guest lecturing as part of Ted Hope’s “Future of Film Class” at New York University.
September 19: Launch Party – NYC, NY signing books from 6 to 8 p.m. at the launch party for my new book “Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul” cowritten with Sheri Candler and The Film Collaborative at Bamboo52 (344 West 52nd between 8th and 9th Avenue) http://www.sellingyourfilm.com
September 19: IFP Panel – “The Hot Button: What’s a Producer to Do?” – NYC, NY 10 to 11 a.m. http://www.ifp.org/independent-film-week
September 18-22: IFP Independent Filmmaker Conference – NYC, NY http://www.ifp.org/independent-film-week
June 6th – 10th: IFP Filmmaker Lab – Narrative NYC, NY Senior Mentor for this first of its kind year long Completion, Distribution and Marketing Lab. http://www.ifp.org
May 16th – 20th: IFP Filmmaker Lab – Documentary NYC, NY Senior Mentor for this first of its kind year long Completion, Distribution and Marketing Lab. http://www.ifp.org
April 17th: Idaho Cineposium, Boise, ID Sunday, 12PM – 2:30PM. Wondering how to get your film out to the public? Is animation your passion? Wish you could learn motion capture graphics? Is your creativity in need a boost? Join us in Boise or Post Falls for the Idaho Cineposium, a media industry teleconference. Kicking off the 2-day conference will be a public meeting of the Idaho Film Advisory Committee on April 15, followed by two days with keynote speakers Jon Reiss and Jerome Courshon, author of “Secrets of Distribution”, panel discussions, demonstrations of industry hardware and software, and lots of time for networking with other professionals. http://www.filmidaho.org
April 16th: PRODCON 2011: IFP Media Arts’ Producers Conference, Minnesota, MN Saturday, 9AM – 5PM. I’ll be the keynote speaker at this IFP event. We will have a screening and case study of Minnesota director Eric Howell’s ANA’S PLAYGROUND, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award for short narrative. Producers Marsha Trainer and Jillian Nodland are confirmed. Our narrative filmmaking panel with feature ZEKE ZELKER and AMY DOTSON. ZEKE ZELKER is a critically acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker/entrepreneur/educator with a number of projects to his credit. http://www.ifpmn.org/
February 26th – 27th: DOC BC in partnership with NFB and BC Film TOTBO Workshops by Jon Reiss, Vancouver, BC Canada www.docbc.org
December 9th-11th, 2010: Lab Leader and Mentor for the IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs NYC, NY Part four of this first of its kind completion, distribution and marketing lab. The Labs play a pivotal role in helping emerging filmmakers to realize the full potential of their stories – and their careers. Through workshops, mentorship, networking opportunities and creative guidance on their project, Lab filmmakers are able to gain editorial feedback, assess strategic partnerships & marketing opportunities, and evaluate their options for maximizing the reach of their film via festivals, traditional theatrical roll-outs or through innovative, DIY distribution methods.
November 15, 2010: Western Kentucky University Day long guest instruction on creating a career in the modern film paradigm. Emphasis on artistic entrepreneurship, distribution and marketing.
November 13 – 14, 2010: PushPush Theater and Atlanta Film Festival 365 – TOTBO: The 2-Day Workshop Saturday, 9AM-5PM. Sunday, 10AM-5PM. A Live Step-by-Step Guide for Filmmakers, Media Creators and Producers to the World of Hybrid Distribution and Marketing. Taught by Jon Reiss, the workshop will also include guest speaker Sheri Candler of Sheri Candler Marketing and Publicity. http://atlantafilmfestival.com/
November 13, 2010: Georgia State University Guest Lecture: “Five Core Principles for the New Film Paradigm”
October 5, 2010: NY Media Management Training Program at SIPA – Columbia University, NYC Day long presentation: “Film Distribution” and “TV Distribution and Other New Media Channels”
October 4, 2010: NYU, NYC Guest Lecture – “Strategies For Independent Producing”
October 3, 2010: Raindance NYC – Course: “Real World Survival Skills for Independent Filmmakers” This workshop will be a survey and introduction to a fresh approach at film distribution and marketing. I will walk you through his modern, practical and unique game plan for efficiently connecting you and your film with the audience it deserves. Following subjects will be covered: goals for your film, career; moving from a project to project model to a career centric model; how to identify audiences for your films; redefining film rights from a filmmakers perspective so as to better engage a split rights/hybrid model; integrating distribution and marketing into the filmmaking process.
October 1, 2010: Open Video Conference, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City – Panel “Future of Exhibition: Opening the Box Office” Friday, 3-3:45PM. This panel will look at how producers are bypassing traditional gatekeepers to reach out to their audience while exploring the tools that are shaping this process.http://www.openvideoconference.org/
September 25, 2010: PhotoCine Expo, LA Film School, Hollywood, CA – Jon Reiss: Think Outside the Box Office Saturday, 11:30AM-12:30PM. The fundamental principles of the new landscape of film distribution and marketing: What is the new 50/50 and how does it affect me? How and why filmmakers need to be as concerned with audience connection as making films. Integrating audience connection into the filmmaking process. Reconceptualization of film rights from a filmmakers perspective into three basic categories: Live Event/Theatrical, Merchandise and Digital. http://photocinenews.com/
September 20-24, 2010: Senior Mentor for the IFP Filmmaker Labs Part three of this first of its kind completion, distribution and marketing lab during the Independent Filmmaker Conference of 2010, New York City.
September 23, 2010: Independent Filmmaker Conference of 2010, New York City – Panel “Cage Match: Am I Filmmaker or Brand?” Thursday, 4:30-5:30PM. I will be appearing at the Independent Filmmaker Conference which is being held at the Haft Auditorium at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. http://conference.ifp.org/
August 11 – 12, 2010: 2010 University Film and Video Conference, Burlington, VT – TOTBO Workshops by Jon Reiss Wednesday, 3:30-5:15PM. Thursday, 10:30AM-12:15PM. I will be appearing at the University Film and Video Conference which is being held at Champlain College in Burlington VT. Both presentations will center around the core Think Outside the Box Office (TOTBO) principles with an emphasis on how and why to teach this material to film students. I have a solo presentation on Wednesday afternoon and am on a panel with Linda Brown Dave Grotell and Andy Opel on Wednesday. I will focus on how the distribution and marketing landscape has shifted and that film schools must teach their students how to connect to audience: Teaching only how to make films is no longer enough. In addition I will focus on how filmmakers need to become more entrepeneurial, focus on career as opposed to project development and finally – of course – the creation of a new crew position – the Producer of Marketing and Distribution – and that we need to teach how to be a PMD in film school (and business schools) and what that curriculum might look like. http://www.ufva.org/
July 31st – August 1st, 2010: San Francisco Film Society – 2-Day Workshop
July 26th-July 27th, 2010: Australian Film, Television and Radio School,Melbourne, Australia – 2-Day Workshop Monday, from 9am-5pm. Tuesday, from 9am-5pm. Presented by the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Jon Reiss’ 2-Day Workshop presents highly effective methods for filmmakers on how to approach their marketing and distribution strategies. The workshop also encompasses: audience engagement – the how and why, a review of potential available markets, ways of thinking beyond the ‘feature film’ and marketing and distribution tactics. Participants will have the opportunity to workshop film projects to the group which will afford them the opportunity of watching the principles imparted practiced. Through these workshop exercises filmmakers will be able to formulate the beginning of their own approaches and strategies.http://www.aftrs.edu.au/
July 24th-July 25th, 2010: Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Sydney, Australia 2-Day Workshop Saturday, from 9am-5pm. Sunday, from 9am-5pm. Presented by the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Jon Reiss’ 2-Day Workshop presents highly effective methods for filmmakers on how to approach their marketing and distribution strategies. The workshop also encompasses: audience engagement – the how and why, a review of potential available markets, ways of thinking beyond the ‘feature film’ and marketing as well as, distribution tactics. Participants will have the opportunity to workshop film projects to the group which will afford them the opportunity of watching the principles imparted practiced. Through these workshop exercises filmmakers will be able to formulate the beginning of their own approaches and strategies.http://www.aftrs.edu.au/
July 19th – July 20th, 2010: South Australian Film Corporation, Adelaide, Australia – 2-Day Workshop Monday, 9AM – 5PM followed by BOMB IT screening at 5PM. Tuesday, 9AM- 1PM. Day one will cover: the specifics of how to create a distribution and marketing strategy unique to your film, the various markets available, how to engage an audience as early as possible and why this is important, and how to think beyond the feature film to create new content to market and distribute the film. At the conclusion of Day One, Jon’s documentary Bomb It, on which his book is based, will be screened. On day two of the workshop, up to 10 participants can choose to have their projects used as a case study for alternative distribution. http://www.safilm.com.au/
July 17th, 2010: Revelation International Film Festival, Perth, Australia – TOTBO Workshop Saturday, 10AM – 5:30PM. For anybody making films in WA – whether underground moviemakers or people looking for the next Australian hit – this workshop offers the opportunity to the current state of the global industry. As well as many other credits. The subjects of Jon Reiss’ work sit on the outside of mainstream culture and so it’s unsurprising that the way in which his films hit the marketplace explored alternate mechanisms. With two massive international film festival favorites behind him, Jon has harnessed the alternative spirit to develop unique approaches to reaching audiences and commercial success on his own terms. Join Jon as he takes us through hybrid distribution and marketing techniques, covering topics such as how to create a distribution and marketing strategy that is unique for your film, the various markets that are available to release your film in, how and why to engage your audience as early as possible, and how to think beyond the feature film to create new forms of content to market and distribute. Areas discussed include rights and digital rights, redefining the theatrical experience and transmedia. Absolutely essential for anybody who is either making or considering making a movie and wants to engage with the rapidly changing global film culture. http://www.revelationfilmfest.org/
June 19th – 20th, 2010: Los Angeles Film Festival 2010 – “Seize the Power: A Marketing and (DIY)stribution Symposium” produced in collaboration with filmmaker and author Jon Reiss (Think Outside the Box Office, Bomb It). Saturday, from 1-5:30PM. Sunday, from 10AM-5PM. You will hear from key players in the new marketing and distribution landscape, including: Scilla Andreen (Indieflix), Caitlin Boyle (Film Sprout), Ted Hope (This Is That Corporation), Peter Broderick (Paradigm Consulting), John Chang (Neoflix), Zak Forsman (Sabi Pictures), Nolan Gallagher (Gravitas Ventures), David Geertz (Biracy), Mynette Louie (Producer, Children of Invention), Bob Moczydlowsky (Topspin), Colleen Nystedt (MovieSet), Orly Ravid (The Film Collaborative), Lance Weiler (The Workbook Project), and many more. They’ll tackle various topics such as: mastering the social media universe and connecting with your audience; enriching your stories and expanding creative options via transmedia content; creating your brand as an artist; crowd sourcing and crowd funding; and utilizing different platforms to effectively market and distribute your films. http://www.lafilmfest.com/
June 18th – 19th, 2010: Los Angeles Film Festival 2010 – Bootcamp for competition filmmakers
June 12th – 13th, 2010: Biz Books, Vancouver – 2-Day Workshop: A Nuts and Bolts Guide to Distributing and Marketing Your Film Saturday, from 9AM-5:30PM. Sunday, from 9AM-5:30PM. You can choose either the Saturday Course or the full two day Weekend Option. On Sunday I will be working with only 20 filmmakers helping them to develop their distribution and marketing strategies in a seminar format with all 20 filmmakers participating.
June 7th – 11th, 2010: IFP Labs, New York City
June 5th – 6th, 2010: IFP, New York City – 2-Day Workshop with Jon Reiss: A Live Step-by-Step Guide into the New World of Hybrid Distribution and Marketing Saturday, from 9AM-6:15PM. Sunday, from 1-5PM. Led by Jon Reiss, the workshop will also include Caitlin Boyle (Film Sprout) and Lance Weiler (The Workbook Project). Learn to create a strategy, engage your audience, maximize live events, negotiate your rights, and much more. Includes a networking happy hour with industry reps and a CD-Rom toolkit. http://conference.ifp.org/
May 16th, 2010: Short Film Corner, Festival de Cannes. Cross Media & Marketing for Digital Era with Jon Reiss and Liz Rosenthal Sunday, from 4-5PM. Audiences are engaging with stories across ever evolving platforms and devices. Jon Reiss, filmmaker and author of “Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution and Marketing for the Digital Era” will teach concrete tools in how to identify your goals as a filmmaker, how to identify your specific audiences and how to consider reaching those audiences through various media. Liz Rosenthal cross-media expert and Founder of Power to the Pixel will examine how filmmakers are using cross-media practices to extend their stories across multiple platforms, find new finance partners and engage with audiences in powerful new ways. http://www.shortfilmcorner.com/
May 15th, 2010: Producers Network, Festival de Cannes Saturday, from 9-11AM. Jon Reiss will be connecting with fellow film professionals at the Producers Network.
May 12th – 13th, 2010: Studio K, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Workshop with Jon Reiss and Sheri Candler You can choose either the 1-Day (Wednesday, from 9AM-5PM) or the 2-Day Course (Wednesday and Thursday, from 9AM-5PM). On Day-1 I will give a seminar on the changing new methods of distribution and my personal experience on the field. I will be accompanied by social media advisor Sheri Chandler. On Thursday, I will be giving individual advise to a group of maximum 20 filmmakers with projects. The goal is to sketch the strategy for the filmmakers to start producing/funding/distributing their movie. http://www.visionatmedia.nl/
May 8th – 10th, 2010: Ealing Film Studios, London, UK. Workshop: Distribution and Marketing In 2010: The New Model For Film Making Success With Jon Reiss, Sheri Candler and Chris Jones. You can choose either the 2-Day (Saturday and Sunday, from 9AM-5PM) or the 3-Day Course (Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 9AM-5PM). Saturday kicks off with us showing how to create a 21st century ‘no budget’ marketing strategy. On Sunday the focus shifts to the creation of a dynamic distribution and marketing strategy that is unique to a film. On Monday I will be working with only 20 filmmakers helping them to develop their distribution and marketing strategies in a seminar format with all 20 filmmakers participating. http://www.chrisjonesblog.com/
March 25th, 2010: Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles | All Doc’d Out: The Ultimate Documentary Survival Guide Seminar With Amy Halpin (Program Manager, Fiscal Sponsorships/Grants, International Documentary Association), Agi Orsi (Producer, DOGTOWN AND THE ZBOYS, RIDING GIANTS), Jon Reiss (Author, “Think Outside The Box Office”; Producer/Director, BOMB IT, BETTER LIVING THROUGH CIRCUITRY), Marina Zenovich (Producer/Director, ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED.) Moderated by Film Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris. From 7:30-10:30PM. http://www.americancinematheque.com/
March 25th, 2010: Tech Supper Club, Los Angeles | Film Market Outlook and Top Tech Trends to Watch Event Workshop: Film Marketing, Distribution and Financing. Jon Reiss and Louise Levison. From 4:00-5:45PM. http://techsupperclub3-25.eventbrite.com/
March 16th, 2010: SXSW THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX OFFICE Book Reading at the Daystage in the Convention Center. From 1-1:30PM.
March 14th, 2010: SXSW I will be on the panel “The Main Event: Finding an Audience for Your Film” from 12:30-1:30PM followed by a Book Signing at 1:45 in South by Bookstore located on the 4th floor of the Austin Convention Center. http://my.sxsw.com/events/
March 13th, 2010: Miami International Film Festival Weekend Workshop I will be on the panel “Digital and DIY Distribution” at the Royal Palm Hotel Ballroom with a book signing to follow. From 11AM -12:30PM. http://miami.bside.com/2010/
March 10th, 2010: The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) Event David Geertz and I will talk about film marketing, distribution and financing in the digital age. From 1:30-3:30PM. http://www.nsi-canada.ca/
February 17th – 25th, 2010: NYU Singapore Producing Workshop I’m heading to Singapore to teach a producing workshop with a focus on distribution and marketing, of course. While there I will be filming graffiti and street artists in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia for our Bomb It Babelgum Channel. http://www.tischasia.nyu.edu.sg/page/about.html
Park City Sundance/Slamdance January 22-27th, 2010 Wednesday January 27th YouTube Panel on Digital Distribution 2-3pm
Saturday January 23rd Slamdance Filmmaker Summit “Part V Workshop: Jon Reiss workshops an existing documentary and narrative film and creates new strategies for distribution in conversation with the filmmakers and the participants.” from 11AM-2PM (MST) Followed by a Book Signing from 2PM-2:30. http://workbookproject.com/2010/01/filmmaker-summit/
November 19th: DIY DAYS: LA Speech/Presentation
PRACTICAL: THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX(OFFICE)
November 17th Inaugural Presentation for “A New World: A User’s Guide for Filmmakers and Audiences” Book signing to follow Hosted by Filmmaker Magazine
November 13th Keynote Speech at CPH:DOX and CPH:DOX Forum Think Outside the Box Office: A Manifesto for Filmmakers in the Digital Age Speaker:
November 8th: AFM -BAFTA- Panel No Direction Home – Changing Indie Distribution Strategies
October 11th: FIND Filmmaker Forum Distribution Case Studies panel
at the Director’s Guild of America, Los Angeles
October 2nd: Vancouver International Film Festival Forum Panel: 21st Century Doc Distribution Strategies
September 24th DV Expo Pasadena Convention Center
Top 10 Tips: Career Development in 2 sessions
Sept 22nd: Independent Film Week, IFP Conference New York Book Signing STATE OF DISTRIBUTION – THE CURRENT & FUTURE INDIE MODEL
June 20th, 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival – Film Financing Conference Panel: Taking your Film into the Marketplace
Moderator Peter Broderick, Paradigm, Jen Dubin, Producer, Good Dick, Sacha Gervasi, Director, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Cora Olson, Producer, Good Dick, Jon Reiss, Director/Producer, Bomb It!
June 26, 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest The DIY Panel will cover everything filmmakers need to know about doing it yourself.
April 28, 2009 Tribeca International Film Festival New York Panel: Tools of the Trade: Alternative Distribution, Marketing 2.0, and Beyond with Cynthia Swartz, Sara Pollack (, Festival alum Jon Reiss and Geoff Gilmore . Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Steven Zeitchik.
April 24th, 2009 New York Film Academy Presentation to the Producer’s Program An Introduction to DIY/Web and Hybrid Distribution for Independent Filmmakers.
March 15, 2009 SXSW Film Festival Austin, TX “Self-Distribution Not All by Yourself” with Chris Hyams (Founder and CEO of B-Side Entertainment, Inc.), Richard Abramowitz (Abramorama), Jon Reiss (Filmmaker and Consultant, Hybrid Cinema), and Caitlin Boyle (Semi-Theatrical Distribution Consultant, Paradigm Consulting) Moderated by Scott Macaulay (Filmmaker Magazine).
February 27th – March 1st True False Film Festival Columbia, MO Mentoring and Panels, Seminars
February 17th Consult This: Jon Reiss at Film Independent
SEGD Design Chapter Meeting
November 14th, 2008 Jacksonville, FL
SEGD Design Chapter Meeting
November 13th, 2008 Atlanta, GA
“Non Fiction Production” “Non Fiction Post Production” and “Micro Budget Cinema”
Nov 6th 2008 DV Expo Los Angeles
STATE OF DIGITAL PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION
Dec 4th, 2007 DV Expo Los Angeles
Graffiti and Public Space
October 2nd, 2008 Reykjavic City Hall Iceland
SEGD Design National Conference
May 27th, 2008 Austin, TX
British Film Institute
November 22, 2007 London England