FilmTech#7: Fireside chat with GLEN BASNER, recorded for Film Disruptors podcast

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This fireside chat, a deep-dive into the international business of financing and selling films with a global appeal and a high commercial potential, will be moderated by ALEX STOLZ and live recorded for the Film Disruptors podcast (www.alexstolz.com). GLEN BASNER is the CEO at FilmNation Entertainment, the Hollywood production and international sales powerhouse behind such Oscar-nominated hits as Denis Villeneuve’s ARRIVAL (with 8 noms in 2017) and THE BIG SICK by Michael Showalter (nominated in 2018 for Best Original Screenplay).

FilmNation Entertainment is a leading distributor, financier and producer of independent films and is a destination for many of the world's most renowned filmmakers including Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, Jonathan Glazer, Sofia Coppola, Jeff Nichols, J.C. Chandor, Rian Johnson, Anton Corbijn, Lenny Abrahamson, Denis Villeneuve, and John Lee Hancock. Founded in 2008 by Basner, FilmNation has established itself as a home for specialty filmmaking with global appeal by focusing on a highly selective group of filmmakers and projects that emphasize both creative integrity and commercial potential.

FilmNation is consistently ranked as one of the highest-grossing independent international film distributors. The company has become a prolific and respected producer, and its titles are amongst the most critically lauded in the film industry. FilmNation has more than 40 Academy Award® nominations and eight wins since its inception. In their wide-ranging interview, Alex Stolz will address Basner’s views on how new technologies and the use of data have changed the film business, the current state of diversity in front of and behind the camera, and FilmNation’s process of selecting projects and building talent.

Film Disruptors podcast is about sharing insights and expertise from the players reshaping the business and art of storytelling.

This Meetup is a great opportunity for the local FilmTech community and attendees of EFM and Berlinale to meet, network and exchange. How might we use tech to create the future of film? Let’s find out together! FilmTech Meetup #7 is presented by the Propellor FilmTech Hub and the FilmTech Office, in collaboration with Film Disruptors.