Educational Events at POWFest


Filmmaker Panel – FREE / Friday March 4, 2016, 100pm

The Hollywood Theatre

Navigating the Industry and Creating a Sustainable Place for Women Filmmakers:

We have all seen the statistics about women’s lack of representation in the film & television industry. We have also seen an increase in programs designed to give women opportunities to succeed in the business. Yet the statistics seem to be moving forward at a glacial pace. How do we create a sustainable industry where women have a space to thrive and succeed. Join industry experts as we discuss this very current topic!


Seed & Spark: Crowdfunding for Independence – $10 / Free with festival pass / Friday March 4, 2016, 300pm

The Hollywood Theatre

Why you should be crowdfunding a portion of your budget for every film?

The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience! Crowdfunding is becoming a fundamental piece of most financing plans for independent film. However, many filmmakers miss the opportunity to turn their film funding campaigns into audience-building opportunities that can last an entire career — and provide the groundwork for distribution that the filmmaker controls. This class for film-related projects will provide the crowdfunding action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience. (Fun Stat: Attendees who have run Seed&Spark campaigns have a 100% success rate!)


Seed & Spark: The Art of the Pitch – $10 / Free with festival pass / Saturday March 5, 2016, 1230pm

The Hollywood Theatre

The Art of the Pitch is all about your story and how you tell it, but it also matters how you come into the room. This workshop is about building the tools you need for a successful pitch meeting: identifying your end game, crafting the story, and conveying confidence. This class covers the basics of pitching for anything: film, tech, non-profit, to brands, etc.

Attendees are welcome to just listen and learn, but if you’d like to actually practice your pitching skills within the safe, supportive environment of the workshop, please complete this google form in advance of the workshop. We will select 5 to 7 pitches to include in the workshop! Space is limited, and you’ll be notified prior to the workshop as to whether you’ll be pitching or not (if selected, you will still need a valid ticket or pass to attend the workshop).

Be brave – give it a shot!


Master Class with Guest of Honor, Catherine Hardwicke – $30 / Sunday March 6, 10am

The Hollywood Theatre

POWFest Guest of Honor Catherine Hardwicke will take some time out of the hectic festival schedule to present an interactive discussion with POWFest attendees! Her career as a director with production designer roots has proven over and over that it is possible to sustain a viable creative life in the film industry, ans she will share her insights with you! With a career that spans from insightful, independent, original works like Thirteen to the blockbuster adaptation Twilight—the latter making her the most commercially successful woman director, she is definitely a woman to take notes from! Come prepared with a pencil and your questions!

Catherine Hardwicke’s resume includes: director (Miss You Already, Twilight, Lords of Dogtown, Thirteen), screenwriter (Thirteen), and production designer (Laurel Canyon, Three Kings, Vanilla Sky)!