Hollywood’s Premier Faith-Based Entertainment Industry Event
The Biola Media Conference has a rich history of advancing the integration of faith and the arts. Born in 1995 out of a desire to expose Biola University film students to working media professionals, it has grown to become a significant professional resource for Christians in the entertainment field.
The goal for the Biola Media Conference continues to be an impassioned desire to gather the collective wisdom from people of faith who have been working successfully in Hollywood and impart that wisdom to the next generation. Plenary sessions, workshops, panel discussions, a resource fair, and networking lunches fill one of the most rewarding days in the entertainment industry.
Beyond Digital: What Now?
Plenary speaker, Kevin Kelly will launch the 2011 Conference theme, Beyond Digital: What Now? Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine, which he co-founded in 1993 and served as its Executive Editor from its inception until 1999. He is also editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors per month. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. Kelly authored the best-selling book New Rules for the New Economy, Out of Control and his latest release, “What Technology Wants.”
Top industry insiders teach a variety of workshops on topics as diverse as Entertainment Law to Church Media to Screenwriting to Acting Visual Effects. Story consultant extraordinaire Bobette Buster will lead a workshop entitled: ‘Hollywood Economics 101,’ Soul Surfer producer Noah Hamiliton will be part of a panel discussing the process ‘Bringing Films of Faith to Screen.’ Scott C. Smith, Academy award-winning digital artist (Pirates of the Caribbean 2), will be part of a workshop on ‘Off-the-shelf Visual Effects.’ (Click here for a complete list of workshops.)
“Access Lunches”– roundtable discussions with industry insiders — add a new element to this year’s conference. Access lunch table leaders include:
|Dean Batali – Writing
Brian Godawa – Writing
Travis Mann – Entertainment Law
Scott Smith, Tim Naylor – Visual FX
Charlie Matz, Bub Kuns – Church Media
Dawn Baldwin, Marc Harper- Branding & Marketing
|Mark Clayman – Producer
Arthur Anderson – Director
Korey Pollard – Director
Simon Swart – Distribution
Jon Bock – Marketing
A closing plenary session orchestrated by BMC favorite Phil Cooke (Cooke Pictures) rounds out the day. Phil will mc an inter-active conversation with industry executives Tom Halleen, (Senior VP of Programming, AMC), and DeVon Franklin (VP of Production, Columbia Pictures). A special conversation with actor Sean Astin (Sam in the LOTR trilogy) caps what should once again prove to be a remarkable day. (See Speaker Bios.)
The Biola Media Conference is one of the most rewarding faith-based media events in the world. In keeping with BMC’s original vision, it is the involvement of currently practicing Hollywood professionals that makes all the difference in the world. Whether you are an industry pro looking for a day of rich community with peers, or a Hollywood newcomer exploring a calling to the entertainment industry, the Biola Media Conference has something for you!
Sunday is the final day for discounted registration.
Don’t miss it!