Making Your Project Happen: Successful Film/TV Producing & Financing
10:00 am10:00

Making Your Project Happen: Successful Film/TV Producing & Financing

Jenn Mello and Film Interchange proudly present...

MAKING YOUR PROJECTS HAPPEN: Successful Film/TV Producing & Financing

 The Highly Acclaimed and Anticipated Workshop by Former ICM Agent & Award-Winning Filmmaker & Author 

Jim Jermanok

A Professional Workshop on Creative Entrepreneurship


MAKING YOUR PROJECTS HAPPEN: Successful Film/TV Producing and Financing!

An acclaimed and intense professional 5-hour workshop geared toward producers, investors, filmmakers, directors, key crew, screenwriters, editors, journalists, actors other working and successful creative professionals who want to produce films, TV and web series.



This is an insider's no-bull, no fluff presentation of the real movie and televison business.


This is great for investors and also professional industry. It is a well known fact that to keep working professionally as an actor, writer , director and producer in any aspect of movies and media these days,you need to create your own opportunities and make your own projects.This workshop is for those in the business and those who want to enter the business. It is based on 30 years of  experience and analysis of the qualities and traits that successful film/TV producers share. 


MAKING YOUR PROJECTS HAPPEN: Successful Film/TV Producing and Financing! is extremely empowering (if not life-transforming) bottom-line and nuts-and-bolts. No fluff.  You will be taking 20-30 pages of notes! By the author of the the highly anticipated book: BEYOND THE CRAFT: What You Need to Know to Make A Living Creatively to be published in 2016.  


Space is limited--Register today!



  • Selecting and researching the right script
  • Literary gold mining
  • Distinguishing yourself and your projects
  • Creating superb promotional materials
  • Pitching yourself and your projects
  • Where the financing comes from
  • How to find, approach, research and convince investors
  • How to produce or invest in theater, television and new media
  • How to package yourself as a creative
  • What you need to know about domestic and international tax incentives and other soft money
  • Film Producing advantages of holding a foreign passport
  • Current status of the independent film industry
  • What genres/budget ranges are working now
  • Art of the schmooze
  • Assembling a team whose sum is greater than its parts
  • Overcoming creative career self-sabotage
  • Understanding and succeeding with agents and managers
  • Distributors and sales agents--what you need to know
  • Branding your film
  • Do It Yourself Distribution
  • Social Media Marketing for producers
  • Making it happen on your own 

 Reserve today! Space is limited.

About Jim Jermanok: 

Jim Jermanok is an award-winning writer, director and producer, creative success expert, consultant and speaker. Jim wrote and produced the highly acclaimed romantic comedy, “Passionada,” which was released by Columbia Tri Star in over 150 countries. His latest film “Em” recently won the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival and the Criterion International Inspiration Award. It was released recently by Vanguard Cinema and SnagFilms. He is also active in TV, Theater and New Media. Last year, Jim Jermanok wrote and directed “Homophonia,” a political comedy film on gay marriage rights which has appeared at over 50 film festivals while winning several of them. Mr. Jermanok is a former ICM Agent who helped to represent Arthur Miller, Shirley MacLaine, John Chancellor, Ben Kingsley, Dudley Moore, Helen Hayes, Alan Arkin and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, among others.  Jim also speaks and conducts workshops worldwide on the subject of his 2016 upcoming book, BEYOND THE CRAFT: What You Need to Know to Make A Living Creatively, as well as Successful Film/TV Producing & Financing and The Art and Business of Screenwriting.  


Jim Jermanok has spoken to hundreds of audiences worldwide at entertainment conferences, colleges and universities, film festivals, theaters, and media/arts organizations on the 30 years of wisdom he's acquired about succeeding in the world of entertainment and media. 









Party With Our Thought Leaders
6:00 pm18:00

Party With Our Thought Leaders

We at Film Interchange pride ourselves on our strong network. Therefore, at the end of our seasonal sessions, we invite all prior Thought Leaders and their esteemed guests back to mingle, connect, and party hardy. 

Think of it as high-end curated networking -- an opportunity to meet film professionals in a casual atmosphere.

Season Finale: With Keynote Thought Leader & Curated Networking!
5:00 pm17:00

Season Finale: With Keynote Thought Leader & Curated Networking!

Final Keynote Thought Leader is


Check him out under the ABOUT Tab, or on his website Small Pond Enterprises! 

He'll give a special Keynote presentation on April 6th AND for those people who purchase Film Interchange Full Price Season Pass Michael is teaching YOU and exclusive private workshop called "Ask for Anything and Get It!"  It's a $1000 for the price of the $399 Season Pass!  

Holy Networking Batman!

The final event is simple! My network is your network! I invite EVERY Film Interchange Thought Leader since the beginning if FI to come back to mingle & get down with their bad selves!  AND I ask them to bring a high end guest!  

After you complete the full 6 weeks, you'll have the following...

  1. Inspirational sparks of fire!  Be prepared for career take-off!
  2. A Strong professional path to follow that has been forged by each individual Thought Leader. They paved the way, follow in their footsteps!
  3. Your personal questions asked and answered by our Thought Leaders!
  4. You'll have a game plan for your career next steps!
  5. You'll experience a "TED TALK" type presentation by me as I "Tony Robbins'" You! Be prepare to DO MORE & MOVE FAST towards your goals!
  6. You'll have a one-on-one coaching with me. 
  7. You'll have a full network of filmmaking peers to create projects with (should you choose to do so,) who can help connect you to their connections. Filmmakers helping filmmakers!
  8. You'll get special deals & discount codes for some Film Interchange sister companies & for some Film Interchange offerings.
  9. You'll have a full network of high end contacts that you meet ALL AT ONCE at the final event. How you follow up is up to you! Take care of YOUR NEW NETWORK OF PROFESSIONALS! 

Film Interchange is one part education, one part networking and one part inspiration! I can't wait to help you define and REACH your filmmaking goals! 



* Please note Film Interchange can not guarantee that all former Thought Leaders attend, but there will be PLENTY of strong contacts there for you to mingle with. 

Ceremony of Honor: All FI Thought Leaders Invited Back
4:30 pm16:30

Ceremony of Honor: All FI Thought Leaders Invited Back

Film Interchange has been in existence for three years -- in that time, we've had some incredible film makers pass through our doors. During our seasonal sessions, we invite them back to acknowledge their expertise and continued support of our growing, curated community.

Please see our Thought Leaders page to see who will be grabbing an invite.

We are honoring them at 4:30pm, just prior to our keynote address!

Matt Parker - Producer with Rock Star Status!
3:00 pm15:00

Matt Parker - Producer with Rock Star Status!

MATTHEW PARKER was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee where his love of film began with his weekly Sunday trip to the movies with his Dad.

He is currently in production on a documentary with HBO on Gianni Agnelli and premiered the Nora Ephron documentary, EVERYTHING IS COPY (also HBO) at the 2015 New York Film Festival. He recently premiered 5 NIGHTS IN MAINE (w/ David Oyelowo) at the Toronto Film Festival and is inpost production on AD INEXPLORATA (w/ Mark Strong).

He also produced MOTHER OF GEORGE,RESTLESS CITY, and HIGHER GROUND all which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival as well as co-producing BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and BACHELORETTE. He also is the co-author of NASHVILLE COUNTS a children's counting book that raised over $25,000 in relief for the 2010 Nashville, TN floods.

2:00 pm14:00

John "Buffalo" Mailer - Award-winning Screenwriter, Journalist, Editor, Playwright, Actor, and Producer

Preparing for the Long Game of Filmmaking, with Thought Leader John "Buffalo" Mailer 

Actor: In addition to his theater credits, John has appeared opposite Shia LaBeouf as Robby Mancini in Oliver Stone’s, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, opposite Paul Giamatti and Ellen Burstyn in Matthew Barney’s latest work River Of Fundament, and can next be seen opposite Tony Sirico in the upcoming feature film Friends And Romans.

Writer Extrodinaire: His latest script Crazy Eyes just wrapped on production. He also produced & stared in the film. In 2004 he took the position of Executive Editor for the makeover of High Times Magazine under Richard Stratton. John produced the documentary adaptation of Naomi Wolf’s New York Times best selling book, The End Of America, which has been downloaded over 4 million times since it was released. John's first play, Hello Herman, about a High School shooter being interviewed on death row three days before his execution, premiered in New York and was published by Dramatists Play Services in the Spring of 2010. It was produced into a feature film in 2012.

Ingrid Jean-Baptiste - Founder of the Chelsea Film Festival
1:00 pm13:00

Ingrid Jean-Baptiste - Founder of the Chelsea Film Festival

Ingrid Jean-Baptiste was born in Paris and raised between Paris and London. After graduating from La Sorbonne University, she started a career in journalism and worked for different French magazines at publication group EMAP France. Jean-Baptiste also contributed in the production of cultural TV shows broadcasted on National French Television at France Televisions.

After living in Los Angeles for several years, Ingrid Jean-Baptiste moved to New York in 2010 to study a different career: acting. She is now a graduate from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. From an early age, she traveled the world, which aroused her passion to discover new cultures; having visited more than a hundred countries, always trying to understand the world we live in and communicate her views. As a former journalist, Jean-Baptiste always wanted to relate an accurate information and share a universal message. In 2013, Jean-Baptiste and her mother Sonia Jean-Baptiste found themselves in a car accident along with 6 other people, which changed the course of their lives. Ingrid suggested the idea to her mother to create an international hub for up and coming artists in Chelsea, New York, where she currently lives: the Chelsea Film Festival was born. Since its creation, the Festival has presented 130 Official Selections (World, US and NY Premieres) from more then 30 countries and has become an international platform for emerging filmmakers.

Ingrid Jean-Baptiste is also an active advocate for many causes such as Human Rights, Women in Film and Gender Equality. Today, she sits on the Board of prestigious organizations: Easter Seals, Young Minds for Gender Equality and Chelsea Film Institute.

Jacob Krueger - Screenwriter
11:00 am11:00

Jacob Krueger - Screenwriter

The Spring session will be launched with Jacob Krueger -- what better way to start the day than with screenwriting, and Jacob is the best!

The founder of Jacob Krueger Studio, Jacob has worked with all kinds of writers, from Academy and Tony Award Winners, to young writers picking up the pen for the first time. His writing includes The Matthew Shepard Story, for which he won the Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Award and was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Screenplay. To follow Jacob’s blog or learn more about his Screenwriting Workshops, Online Classes, One-on-One Mentorship Program and International Retreats please visit 

10:45 am10:45

Jenn Mello - Founder of Film Interchange

Preparing for the Long Game of Filmmaking, with Thought Leader Jenn Mello

The title of the season always pertains to the event that I personally host! So what does that mean? I'm gonna "TED Talk" your butt's into fully understanding the journey ahead of you! In order to get to the end, you have to know where you're going! You must have fully defined goals. You must have a rock star caliber script. You must have incredible money attraction skills!

It's a closed event. Only those who join for the full season may attend & get their coaching.


View the video below to see Jenn interview the Weinstein Company last season!

SPRING SESSION: Preparing for the Long Game of Filmmaking!
10:30 am10:30

SPRING SESSION: Preparing for the Long Game of Filmmaking!

Jenn Mello's FILM INTERCHANGE is one part Education, one part Networking and one part INSPIRATIONAL SPARKS OF FIRE!

The intent of FI is to create LEADERS in the film industry.

How? By exposing you to those who have successfully carved out substantial careers themselves. They are the FILM INTERCHANGE THOUGHT LEADERS! 

The Spring 2016 Season entitled: Preparing for the Long Game of Filmmaking is designed for you to sit in an open discussion with your film peers as you listen to Jenn interview each Thought Leader. We really "get in there!" Think of it like "Inside the Actors Studio," but for the filmmakers behind the camera. We break down their career together to figure out the specific steps that were taken.  

The Culmination of the day is a Keynote address by our esteemed Thought Leader Michael Roderick.  In addition, all previous Film Interchange Thought Leaders from the past are invited to join in the audience. Think of this as high end curated networking!  

Here's what you get when you join for our day:

  • 4 Thought Leader Interviews plus an opening Keynote from Jenn Mello, and a closing keynote from Michael Roderick.  
  • Invitation to our end of day networking party with all FI Thought Leaders and their invited industry guests.  
  • Lasting friendships
  • Strong networking
  • Inspiring discussions
  • Steps towards success!

Can't wait to see you there! Let's get your film career moving forward FAST! 


Jenn Mello/Film Interchange Founder