Each year, the American Documentary and Animation Film Festival (AmDocs) offers informative Filmmaker Panels conducted by our special guests and industry experts. These panels feature lively discussions, and Q&As, where our filmmakers get to bounce ideas off one another, and focus on multiple aspects of documentary filmmaking.

Our 2019 Festival featured the following four panel subjects:

  • How do you decide whether your film is a short or feature: What is better for the story and the audience?

  • Everything Legal, with AmDocs Advisory Board Member, Attorney at Law, and Filmmaker Paul Szynol

  • Editing your documentary film: The 3-act structure

  • Self-selling versus traditional distribution

In 2019, AmDocs hosted the following special guests and industry experts:

  • Geoff Callan, award-winning director, producer, and accomplished actor, with over 25 years of experience in film, television, advertising, and New Media

  • Adam Montgomery, Senior Manager of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, and former Director of Programming for CIMMfest, a film and music festival based in Chicago

  • Nita Deda, Director of International and Short Film Festival DokuFest, the largest cultural event in Kosovo, and former Head of Communications and music programmer for that festival's DokuNights

  • Dale Knorr, professor of Documentary Film History & Critical Analysis at the Life Long Learning Institute at California State University, San Bernardino

  • Rezeta Veliu, internationally-acclaimed actress who's appeared in the film Rezeta (currently available on Netflix) & the Lena Dunham-penned HBO series Girls

  • Bruno Chatelin, Co-Founder of the web site, which partners with the world's largest festivals & markets (Cannes, AFM, Toronto, & more)

  • Guy Kennedy, Co-Founder of the web site, and Founding Director of AB01, a digital media & communication company in London

  • Tom White, Editor of Documentary Magazine, the print and online publication of the IDA, and writer for numerous other publications

  • Craig Prater, President of Heartland International Film Festival, former Executive Director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Co-Founder of the Palm Springs International Short Fest and Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival.

  • Dion Eusepi, technology industry veteran and Founder of Synimatica, a platform designed to bridge the great divide between the filmmaking development process and the need for broad distribution

  • Summer Helene, veteran actress and producer who's worked with Mountain Pictures, Moon River Cinema & Paramount Pictures, among other studios

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