What we're about

Welcome to StoryForward, a group dedicated to exploring the future of storytelling and entertainment. We host meetups, workshops, and other events celebrating the leaders, the ideas and the techniques of storytelling in the 21st Century.

In addition to our meetups we also provide a StoryForward Podcast, (http://www.storyforwardpodcast.com/) hosted by Emmy Award winning Experience Designer, Steve Peters. His work with Fourth Wall Studios and 42 Entertainment provide a great intellectual framework for guests from all over the globe from Felicia Day (http://www.storyforwardpodcast.com/) to Thomas Dolby (http://www.storyforwardpodcast.com/).

Please check out the StoryForward Podcast (http://www.storyforwardpodcast.com/).

StoryForward is led by artist, creative director and strategist, Hal Hefner (http://www.halhefner.com), who has worked on all sorts of experimental stories with Fourth Wall Studios, Ignition and Catmonkey studios (http://www.thecatmonkey.com) such as X-Men Days of Future Past, Duff Beer, The Defiant Few (Defiance TV show on SyFy), Gates, The Serpent Seed and many more projects from various angles.

Originally formed as TRANSMEDIA LOS ANGELES in December 2009, this group is committed to the education, innovation and incubation of new and exploratory ways to tell stories.

We want to connect people, curate experiences, incubate projects, and share our discoveries with others around the world.

Please join us on our journey!

Upcoming events (1)

Online Wheaton Film Festival 2021 (11/5/21 to 11/13/21)

Join us for the online 7th Annual Wheaton Film Festival ("WFF"). The online Festival will run from November 5 - 13, 2021. WFF is a great event to learn about the entertainment industry and to watch some amazing short films. Tickets are required to attend. Please purchase them at: https://wff2021.heysummit.com/tickets/?coupon=MEET50.
Use code "MEET50" to get a 50% discount.

Here is a tentative list of our online panel discussions:
- Paul Marengo: "Grant Writing 101 for Creative Professionals"
- Kevin Sharpley: "The World of Animation"
- John Mason: "Entertainment Law for Creative Professionals"
- Melissa Houghton: "Effective Networking for Media Makers"
- Ziad Foty: "Adobe Creative Cloud for Filmmakers"
- Adam Levin: "Web Streaming and Sound Recording Equipment"
- Maryanne Culpepper: "Writing Effective Stories for Scripts"
- Kimberly Skyrme: "Casting 101 for Film and Video"
- Chris Petracco: "The Future of Filmmaking"

For information about the tentatively selected films being shown, please visit https://wff2021.heysummit.com, or

There are two different types of tickets:

General Admission - Access to film screenings, educational panels, online networking event, and the awards ceremony. (No access to replays or filmmaker reception)
- Early Purchase: $12 ($6 with discount) Available until September 30th, 2021
- Regular Purchase: $20 ($10 with discount) Available October 1 - October 31, 2021.
- Late Purchase: $25 ($12.50 with discount) Available November 1 - November 13th, 2021.

ALL ACCESS - Access to ALL film screenings, filmmaker reception, educational panels, online networking event, the awards ceremony, and replays. Replays are available through December 13, 2021 and include all film screenings, educational panels, and the awards ceremony.
- One rate: $40 ($20 with discount)

Use code “MEET50” for 50% off ticket price. Purchase tickets here: https://wff2021.heysummit.com/tickets/?coupon=MEET50.

Please see the event page for the latest Tentative 2021 WFF Schedule.
https://wff2021.heysummit.com (event page)

For additional information about the Wheaton Film Festival, please visit:
https://www.wheatonfilmfestival.com/ (festival website)

If you would like to stay updated with this Festival, please follow the social media:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/dcfilmmakers/ -and- https://www.facebook.com/WheatonFilmFest/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/wheatonfilmfest/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/WheatonFilmFest

For questions, comments, or additional support, contact [masked].

The Wheaton Film Festival 2021 is supported in part by the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Chuck Levin's Music Center, Arune LLC, DC Filmmakers, Adobe Software, FilmConvert, Quick Film Budget, Red Giant, Sound Department, Pro Cuts Editing Services, Write Brothers, and Clairvoyance LLC. This event is produced by Arune LLC. Promotional partners include DC Filmmakers, Docs In Progress, TIVA, WIFV, Creative Edge Collaborative, WALA, and DC Media Makers.

Past events (93)

Wheaton Film Festival (6th Annual)

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