The 7th Annual Wheaton Film Festival was an online event from November 5 - 13th, 2021.
Saturday, November 6, 2021
12:00 PM: FILM PREMIERE - Student Films (Group 1 of 3)
2:00 PM: FILM PREMIERE - Student Films (Group 2 of 3)
4:00 PM: FILM PREMIERE - Student Films (Group 3 of 3)
7:00 PM: FILM PREMIERE - General Films (Group 2 of 2)
Thursday, November 11, 2021
7:00 PM: COMMUNITY NETWORKING EVENT (Open to All Ticket Holders)
WFF 2021 Officially Selected Films
Maryanne is an award-winning writer/filmmaker with extensive experience in developing, writing and producing documentary and nonfiction series. She is the former President of National Geographic Studios and served as the Executive Director of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital . Her most recent projects include writing and producing video and editorial content for Avatar: Discover Pandora, an international touring science museum exhibition based on the fictional world in James Cameron’s movie Avatar. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA)
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Friday, November 5, 2021
5:00 0 6:00 PM: Filmmaker Reception (Filmmakers and All-Access Pass Holders)
7:00 PM: Festival Opening
7:10 PM: FILM PREMIERE - General Films (Group 1 of 2)
8:30 PM: FILM PREMIERE - Local Films (Group 1 of 1)
Friday, November 12, 2021
1:05 - 2:00 PM: Introduction + Kevin Sharpley and Gianfranco Bianchi - “The World of Animation”
2:00 - 3:00 PM: Break
3:00 - 4:30 PM: John Mason - “Entertainment Law for Creative Professionals”
4:30 - 4:40 PM: Break
4:40 - 6:10 PM: Melissa Houghton and Sara Barger - “Effective Networking for Media Makers”
6:10 - 7:00 PM: Dinner Break
7:00 - 8:30 PM: Ziad Foty - “Adobe Creative Cloud for Filmmakers”
Saturday, November 13, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM: Introduction + Adam Levin - “Web Streaming and Sound Recording Equipment”
12:45 - 1:15 PM: Lunch Break
1:15 - 2:45 PM: Maryanne Culpepper - "Writing Effective Stories for Scripts"
2:45 - 3:00 PM: Break
3:00 - 4:30 PM: Kimberly Skyrme - “Casting 101 for Film and Video”
4:30 - 4:40 PM: Break
4:40 - 6:00 PM: Chris Petracco - "Future of Film: Filmmaking in the Metaverse"
6:00 - 7:00 PM: Dinner Break
7:00 - 8:41 PM: Film Finalists [All Categories]
8:41 - 8:45 PM: Break
8:45 - 9:05 PM: Awards Ceremony
Meagan has been involved in the entertainment business for over 23 years. Prior to moving to South Florida, Meagan was in Los Angeles where she garnered casting and pre/post-production experience while working on numerous TV shows and short films. Once she arrived in Miami, Meagan got very involved with the local film community. She has co-produced short film and music video contests and has coordinated many entertainment networking events, including film-based seminars and screenwriting workshops. Meagan's last job before being hired for the Florida Film Institute was at a local talent agency where she loved being a film/tv agent for actors.
Tim has spent 30+ years in the media field, including 20 + years in television and industrial video production. In addition to TV shows, commercials, and many industrials, Tim has produced or co-produced numerous short films, and wrote and directed the documentary “100 Years of Maryland Football” in collaboration with the University of Maryland and NuAd, Inc. He continues to write, shoot and produce TV commercials and industrial content, and writes scripts for a wide variety of projects.
Nate is an eclectic mix of analytic and artistic talents. He is a proud member of the Silver Spring community and spends his professional efforts split between working on local productions and assisting clients with their own audience engagement activities. Nate enjoys collaborating with other passionate creatives on local projects such as Movie Nightcap and Silver Spring Inquiries for his production company, Createrly. He also works with his passionate team of communications professionals at Mindshare Capture Consulting for brands including Technicolor, J.D. Power, The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and more.
Paul has 26+ years experience in the area of development and program execution. His experience includes a wide range of development activities including Corporate/Foundation/Government Support as well as Individual Giving. Paul believes by empowering and providing the necessary tools to smaller non-profit organizations they can become competitive fundraisers. Paul has worked with and trained many non-profits on alternative ways of thinking of how data and other items can be of use to their development strategies.
Chris is a senior digital media specialist and content creator with over 20 years of experience in communications and media production, including over a decade teaching communications and media at the college level. Chris has a comprehensive knowledge of multimedia production, volumetric filmmaking, social media solutions, digital media production, and digital tools to create comprehensive media campaigns. Chris helps clients develop broadcast, cable, and online products. He is the founder of TrustedPhotoDC and TPA360 and now is known as a reality capture expert.
Antonio is a highly respected production professional who has over 20 years of experience as a director, producer, photographer and writer, Piedra's work is well-known for his distinctive visual and narrative style. Born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in South Florida, Antonio developed his love for film as a child then, while working for a cinema at the age of 16, he discovered his desire to pursue as career in cinema and the arts. He attended Florida Atlantic University where he majored in Communications and Business. Inspired by his passion for television and film, Antonio spent the next few years writing, producing and directing over 100 direct response commercials, corporate videos, commercials, music videos and movies with some of the entertainment industry’s best and brightest. His work has brought a best music video nomination on BET, a National Distinction Award for Best PSA and one of the top cult movies of the last generation. Antonio’s expanded interest into the world of photography, most recently inspired him to expand his fashion editorial portfolio and launch an exhibit on Miami's Art Basel week in 2016. Considered one of the best Latin American director-producers, he has also become recognized as one of Miami's top photographers, having developed his trademark use of bold colors, humor and poses which are signatures to his unique style.
Monday, November 8, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM: Paul Marengo - "Grant Writing 101 for Creative Professionals"