May 5, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
LA Center Studios
450 S Bixel St
Los Angeles, CA 90017


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(Scroll down for details about our new photo contest!)

Here’s the lineup we have so far:

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Registration & Networking
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks from Amy Lemisch, Executive Director of the California Film Commission and Cassandra Hesseltine, President of FLICS

Keynote Speaker: Award-Winning Actor, Courtney B. Vance

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. The Making of the Amazon Series Bosch
This sharply-written, addictive crime procedural has many stars – from versatile and charismatic lead actor Titus Welliver and other accomplished cast members to Michael Connelly, international bestselling award-winning author who executive produces the series based on his enormously popular character, the irreverent LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch – to Los Angeles, a character in its own right. Learn what it takes to adapt Connelly’s novels into this fast-moving, location-centric series as it moves through the electric City of Angeles.Moderator: KCRW’s Host of “The Treatment,” Elvis Mitchell
Michael Connelly, Executive Producer
Henrik Bastin, Executive Producer
Titus Welliver, Lead Cast Member (Harry Bosch)
Madison Lintz, Cast Member (Maddie Bosch)Paul Schreiber, Supervising Location Manager
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Women Behind the Scenes
The statistics aren’t getting much better, and everyone wants to know what it’s going to take to level the playing field. We’ll hear from a distinguished group of highly-successful women – a director, producer, cinematographer, production designer, showrunner and studio executive who have risen among the ranks in a male-dominated industry. What have their journeys been like, what have been their biggest challenges and where have they found their greatest sources of support? New programs are in place to support women’s creative careers, it’s being talked about in the media, efforts are being made to balance the scales… but when is better going to be better enough?Panelists
Rachel Shane, Chief Creative Officer, MWM Studios (formerly OddLot Ent.)
Loren Yaconelli, Cinematographer (The Chi, Animal Kingdom, Shameless, House of Lies)
Jeannine Oppewall, Production Designer (Wakefield, Rules Don’t Apply, Good Girls Revolt, 5 to 7, Seabiscuit, Catch Me if You Can,)
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Networking Break
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Film Festivals – A Primer
This panel of experts will give you the perfect primer on the different types of festivals, which ones to enter, how to enter, what you can expect and how to make the most of the opportunities film festivals have to offer. Panelists will include festival programmers, as well as a filmmaker who has become an expert at working the festival circuit. Discover how (if done right) exhibiting your films at festivals can jumpstart your career!Panelists
Lucy Mukerjee, Director of Programming, Outfest & Newfest
Bojana Sandic, Programming Director, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles
Michael Albright, Programming Director, Santa Barbara Int’l. Film Festival
Jenn Wilson, Senior Programmer, LA Film Festival
Cindy Baer, Independent Filmmaker
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Networking Break
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Closing Panel

The Magic of Visual Effects
We’ll draw the curtain back to reveal what it takes to create VFX shots that look believable and have the to power to transport you to other worlds. We’ll explore how technology has advanced this facet of filmmaking, why it’s becoming more mainstream, more affordable and more realistic.

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Award Presentation

The California Golden Slate Award will be presented to NCIS Executive Producer Mark Horowitz (NCIS, JAG, The Rockford Files television movies, Doogie Howser, M.D.). This award honors an individual who champions filming in California and whose body of work has generated thousands of in-state production jobs.


Also note that this year, the Film in California Conference will be holding its first ever Photo Contest. Here’s how it works:


  • Industry professionals are invited to enter high-res photos to be considered in one of the following categories:
    • Best Sunset
    • Best Urban/City Scape
    • Best Rural/Nature Shot
    • Best Iconic Landmark
    • Best On-Set Behind-the-Scenes Shot
  • The Deadline for photo submissions is April 20th
  • FICC staff will review all submissions and choose the top three in each category to be showcased at the FICC in May
  • Photos will be printed and showcased on the second level of the FICC event venue
  • Attendees will vote on one winner from each category
  • The winners in each category will then compete for the “Best in Show” award, which will be voted on by the audience at the conference during the final presentation



  • Photos must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi
  • Photos must be of a location in California
  • Email all photo submissions to: Tyler.Algozzino@film.ca.gov.
  • Label the subject of each submission with:  FICC Photo Contest/(your name)/(category)
  • Include the following info with each submission:

– Your name, occupation or title & contact info (email address & cell number)

– Where the photo was taken

– Who/how the picture should be credited

  • Photos must fit into one of the categories noted above
  • One winner will be chosen in each category, and each winner will be presented with a prize
  • A grand prize will be presented to the Best in Show winner
  • By entering, the owner of the photo is giving the California Film Commission and/or FLICS the rights to use the photo for promotional purposes

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For questions about this year’s
Film In California Conference, call 323.860.2960