PANELS AND GUESTS - FREE!
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.
Subjects may include:
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 2024, AmDocs will host special guests and industry experts:
10:30 am (Theatre 3)
Christopher Blauvelt (Saturday, March 23)
Location: Camelot Theatres
Details: Cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt will discuss his life in the industry and ways in which he’s navigated a career in independent film.
Christopher Blauvelt is a third-generation film craftsman who combines his extensive experience with a fresh creative eye. A protégé of Harris Savides, Chris worked on with Harris on films for directors Noah Baumbach, David Fincher, Tom Ford, Spike Jonze and Gus Van Sant. Chris’ work as a cinematographer includes Sofia Coppola’s edgy commentary on spoiled youth, "The Bling Ring", "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" for director Ned Benson, Jeff Preiss’ directorial debut "Low Down" for producers Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger, and Sundance awarded him Best Cinematography at the 2014 festival. "I Am Michael" for director Justin Kelly, premiered at Sundance in 2015, Chris lensed "Indignation", which is the directorial debut of Focus Features veteran James Schamus. In 2017 Chris was chosen by one of his lifelong mentors Gus Van Sant to shoot "Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot", based on the autobiography of the Portland Oregon native, and quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan. He then went on to shoot the directorial debut of Jonah Hill "Mid 90’s" and Emma starring Anya Taylor-Joy, with director Autumn De Wilde for Working Title and Focus Features. Chris has a long working partnership with Kelly Reichardt, including "Meek’s Cutoff", "Night Move"s, "Certain Women" and "First Cow". Their newest film "Showing Up" was in the main competition at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2022. Chris' most recent collaboration as cinematographer "May December" directed by Todd Haynes and produced by Killer Films is considered a multi-award nominated film. The most recent work in post production is “Hot Milk”
directed by renowned screenwriter and playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz, starring Emma Mackey, Vicki Krieps and Fiona Shaw. In addition to his award at Sundance, Chris has been named by Variety and Indiewire as a “Top DP to Watch”.
is a Danish award winning writer/director who grew up in the Middle East, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut feature As in Heaven was awarded two Silver Shells at San Sebastian Film Festival in 2021 (including Best Director) and the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at Göteborg Film Festival. Since its premiere it has travelled to more than 40 international festivals worldwide, including TIFF, Busan, BFI London, Rotterdam, EnergaCamerimage and Red Sea Film Festival, just to name a few.
As in Heaven was nominated for 12 Danish Academy Awards. In 2022 she was selected as one of ten European women by the European Film Promotion (Europe! Voices of Women in Film) to represent Danmark at Sydney Film Festival. Tea also created the Netflix supernatural show Equinox (2020) and between 1999 and 2007 she organized the alternative film festival Cosmic Zoom in Denmark.
Antonia Campbell Hughes
is a highly acclaimed actress with a wealth of Awards and Nominations under her belt, established has having ‘a flair for experiment and depth’. After a breakout leading role in Rebecca Daly’s The Other Side of Sleep at Directors Fortnight/ Cannes. A 2012 Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow’, followed by the prestigious Berlinale Shooting Stars award. She has received International acclaim for her brave film work, namely 3096Days, playing Natascha Kampusch, shot by Michael Ballhaus who received the Golden Bear at 2016 Berlinale. BAFTA winning lead performances in Kelly+Victor. Noted performances in Jane Campion’s ‘Bright Star’. TV acting credits include comedy LEAD BALLOON, BBC's MY MOTHER AND OTHER STRANGERS, Ridley Scotts VATICAN,and Starz series DANGEROUS LIAISONS as Queen Marie-Antoinette (2022). In 2022 was Antonia's directorial debut with IT IS IN US ALL, as writer/director, a complex psychological drama starring Cosmo Jarvis and Claes Bang. World premier at SXSW’22, to receive the Jury award for ‘Extraordinary Cinematic Vision’, and unanimous rave reviews naming Antonia as
an exciting rare talent to watch; her sophomore feature DIAMOND SHITTER currently in development with BFI / Sleeper Films, set for fall 2024 shoot. Raffey Cassidy (Killing of a Sacred Deer) will lead.
was born in Peja Kosovo in 1992, Erblin started acting at ten years old. In 2010, their family won the Green Card Lottery to move to he United States. Erblin earned their B.A. from George Mason University where they studied film with a concentration in directing, and a minor in photography. Their thesis film, BINI, won multiple jury prize and audience awards, a Regional Student Emmy Award, and was a finalist for a Student Academy Award. Erblin recently released their debut feature film titled “I Love You More” which was supported by Kosovo Cinematography Center and Albanian National Cinematography Center. Now a dual citizen traveling back and forth between Kosovo and America, Erblin is producing films through their Kosovo based company Tilia Entertainment LLC. To escape reality and live a worry-free fantasy, Erblin is also a professional drag queen known as
Location: Camelot Theatres
TBD Master Class (Saturday, March 23)
Location: Camelot Theatres