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Filmmakers Gather To Talk Business In Houston This Weekend

The conference is aimed at educating the region’s aspiring filmmakers.

2015 Business of Film Conference
2015 Business of Film Conference

So does Houston offer many opportunities for filmmakers? “Yes and no,” says Alfred Cervantes, who is on the Board of Directors with the Southwest Alternate Media Project, or “SWAMP.”  “We are a destination for people making commercials. We have a commercial market here.”

The organization is holding its annual Business of Film Conference in Houston this weekend. Cervantes says many local filmmakers work in the commercial industry to pay the bills, but some want to get a break in the independent film world.

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Filmmaker and native Houstonian Greg Carter is the keynote speaker for the conference.

The conference teaches them about the work involved OFF camera. That includes classes on copyright and licensing, marketing in the digital age, and production management. “If you are endeavoring to make an independent feature film, these are things you’ll need to know and hopefully not learn the hard way,” Cervantes says. “And that’s what this conference is all about, helping filmmakers save some grief and money and make a successful film, ultimately.”

Professionals from across the country come to share their film industry experience at the conference. The keynote speaker, Greg Carter, is a native Houston filmmaker. The Business of Film Conference is Friday and Saturday at the Rice Media Center.

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