The "Who's Who" of Film & Finance Gather for Project Pitches, Networking, Financier Forums, Panels, & More on September 6th, 2012 at the Film Finance Awards Launch Event

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Beverly Hills, California will host the nomination launch event for the upcoming Film Finance Awards in Warsaw, Poland on December 5th, 2012. Through exclusive invitation only, financiers, film makers, and industry heavies will attend from all over the world.

The Luxe Hotel, located at 360 North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA will be swarming with the “who’s who” in finance and film as they attend a full day of project pitching, networking, entertainment, and financier forums from 9-2pm and 5-11pm. The Film Finance Awards ( launch will begin with a morning round table discussion sponsored by Forrest Capital “Packaging an Independent Film” alongside industry heavies Leslie Forrest Sheldon (Forrest Motion Pictures Ltd), Matthew Rhodes (President, Mandalay Vision Pictures), Jeanette Buerling (CEO Magnet Media Group), and Mary Aloe (CEO Aloe Entertainment). Following will be a pitch forum complete with panel discussion spotlighting “Pitching in a Down Economy” and “Crowdfunding as an Alternative”. Panelists include: Jack Kenny, (President of Creative Development Imagination Colony), Jared Safier (Founder/CEO Safier Entertainment), Keith Aaron (CEO, Bayview Consulting Group), Tom Malloy (Head of Film Production, New Films International), author of “Bankroll, A new Approach to Financing Film”, Christopher Williams (Managing Director Princebury Productions & Media, LLC), and David Marlett (CEO BlueRun Crowdfund, Executive Director of the National Crowd Funding Association).

Invited Guests will enjoy the evening gala on Luxe Hotel’s rooftop and the “LA Experience” specially orchestrated by the creator of It’s So LA™’s Kellie Koppel, including a luxury lounge offering lifestyle and spa treatments. Guests, press, and media will participate in a full service media room with red carpet, fashion show, hosted bar with flowing specialty drinks courtesy of Status Vodka, Tequila Loca, Cascal, and O.N.E. Coconut Water, passed hors d'oeuvres, and a cupcake/ candy Bar sponsored by D’Vine Pastry Bar. Bonus entertainment throughout the night includes a fashion show, live music, and interactive hypnotist.

“Fashion Passport” television show and MJ Icons will debut the “Zachary Collection” for Men by Alexander Paul Designs, “Beryll--worn by good people” by Sigmar Berg, and “The Evening” collection by BH Haute. Models will be styled by celebrity hair stylist, Ramses III and celebrity fashion stylist, Keirstin Selvage. Live music includes ongoing lounge DJ set from East Coast Hypeculture’s DJ Ty Walker, acoustic performances from singer/actor Jesse Pacheco and Christy Paige, and late night finale show with world-renowned hypnotist Peter Kingsley.

About the producers: Craig Smith head of The Film Finance Awards created the awards to recognize those in the industry who are responsible for financing, selling and distributing; along with investors, film boards, national and local governments providing tax credits, film festivals, sales agents, distributors, hedge funds, etc and all those who make the creative possible. It’s So LA™ is a trans-media entertainment company dedicated to bringing the “LA Experience” to any event (services include: hosted media lounges, luxury gifting suites, sketch comedy event experiences, integrated digital production services, and branded social media event gaming). “Fashion Passport” is an International luxury, lifestyle television show and fashion-oriented event production company created by Mirtha Jennings. The launch event will be featured in segments of “The House of Show”, “Fashion Passport”, and “It’s So LA™”.

Ticket prices for evening Gala are $295 and VIP Pitch Package is $799 (full access to all events and a structured private pitch session with financiers, jury members and investors). To RSVP for evening gala or to pitch a project, please contact Craig Smith at craig.smith (at) filmfinanceawards (dot) com or 310-498-6280.

For press and media inquiries please contact It’s So LA™ and the Film Finance Awards publicity team, Jade Umbrella.

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