Social Media & Sangria-Jumping In Without the Stress

Interested in social media but just not sure where to start? Need to promote your work but not certain social media is needed? Feeling nervous about being a "social butterfly"?

In this session, we'll talk about the importance of social media in your marketing plan, the basics of getting started and a real world example of using social media for film promotion.

Presented by your WIFV peers, this session is for beginning to intermediate social media users. Bring your laptops to take notes and get hands-on as we get acquainted with social media. (And yes, there will be sangria!)

6:30 - Meet & Greet

7:00 - Session followed by Q&A and hands-on assistance

About the presenters:

KAREN WHITEHEAD is an independent filmmaker originally from London, UK. Her first documentary feature, Her Aim Is True has just had its world premiere at Seattle International Film Festival. Karen is an accomplished journalist, former BBC producer and director of current affairs programs as well as creator of documentary style videos for non-profits. She has produced a film on the history of the Berlin Wall for the Newseum, which is currently on exhibit in Washington, DC and is involved in video advocacy projects with the autism community. Karen will be sharing how she went from zero social media savvy to a "no fear
online" presence during her journey to complete and launch her
indie doc feature Her Aim Is True.

RANA KOLL-MANDEL is the Founder of WE R 1 COMMUNICATIONS, a media relations company that specializes in PR for film festivals, filmmakers, and authors. Clients include the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, BuddhaFest: A Festival for Heart + Mind, and filmmaker Holly Mosher, whose film Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus will be screened for the first time at The World Bank this fall. Rana has worked in communications and strategic marketing for more than 20 years and knows that social media is just another tool in the marketing toolbox. She proposed the idea for this forum because of
her initial anxiety about social media.

REGINA MEEKS is a communications professional who has worked with social media and web management in the non-profit sector for the last two years. Previously, she supported the Pentagon Channel in production and marketing. She believes you don't have to be the best at social media, but you do need to be out there. She'll share some of the basics on getting started.

WIFV members: $15
WIFV non-members $30

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  • Aurora B.

    I enjoyed the program, and love WIFV, but kind of wished for this one that there was more info, or a little more in depth. Not sure how, just seemed like I left a little curious...

    September 17, 2013

    • regina m.

      Thanks for the comment. This session was meant to be an overview for those just getting started. We may be able to dig deeper in the future but there are lots of great resources and blogs out there to help you learn more in the meantime. Thanks for coming out!

      1 · September 17, 2013

  • Melissa H.

    Rana, Karen and Regina presented a great overview of how to jump into social media. Looking forward to their additional materials

    September 17, 2013

  • Yolanda R. A.

    Very informative and a great way to learn about using social media to market yourself. I hope WIFV does more of this.

    September 17, 2013

  • Kate

    What a great idea! I've been to update my social media portfolio.

    August 19, 2013

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