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Host Leslie LaPage, Director of LaFemme International Film Festival uncovers the Secrets of Filmmaking with her lineup of industry professional guests. In every episode you will learn things like how to make the most out of the film festival circuit, how to find a great distribution partner, how to attract A list talent, finding the perfect representation, the dirty little secrets of Hollywood and much more.

Host Leslie LaPage, Director of LaFemme International Film Festival uncovers the Secrets of Filmmaking with her lineup of industry professional guests. In every episode you will learn things like how to make the most out of the film festival circuit, how to find a great distribution partner, how to attract A list talent, finding the perfect representation, the dirty little secrets of Hollywood and much more.


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Host Leslie LaPage, Director of LaFemme International Film Festival uncovers the Secrets of Filmmaking with her lineup of industry professional guests. In every episode you will learn things like how to make the most out of the film festival circuit, how to find a great distribution partner, how to attract A list talent, finding the perfect representation, the dirty little secrets of Hollywood and much more.




HollyShorts Film Festival Secrets with Daniel Sol - Ep #44

With a passion for film and filmmaking since childhood, Daniel decided to move to California in 2000 with an interest in the film business. After graduating at Cal State Northridge in 2006, he realized that young filmmakers had very little access to industry professionals, and few options for screening their films. And thus, the HollyShorts Film Festival was born. Now in its 18th year and Academy Award Qualifying in 3 categories, HollyShorts has quickly become the most influential short...


Secrets About Film Development in Hollywood with Garrick Dion - Ep #43

Do you think a development executive turned screenplay writer might have some good advice? Then this episode is for you. Leslie sits down with Garrick Dion from LA-based management/production company 5X and the conversation is FIRE!!! More about Garrick: Having started his career as an intern for THE MATRIX producer Joel Silver, Garrick Dion has over 25 years of experience in the Film & Television industry. After a decade of working as a studio development exec for WB, New Regency and...


Dances with Films Co-Founders Leslee Scallon & Michael Trent - Ep #42

In this episode Leslie dives deep with Co-founders of Dances with Films to discuss what film festivals are looking for and how to improve your chances as a filmmaker to get your film accepted. LESLEE SCALLON & MICHAEL TRENT // Co-Founders A Regent Scholar at New York University, Michael Trent began his career as one of the youngest stage managers to receive an Equity production contract with Broadway and touring credits includ- ing the Julliard based Acting Company (touring arm of the...


Marketing and Public Relations Tricks for Your Indie Film - Ep #41

Leslie and Deborah Gilels discuss the real truths about marketing your Indie film from a PR Professional in Hollywood. Now, not every Publicist is a marketing person and not every marketing person is a publicist. In this episode, they also discuss promoting vs selling a film using a press release, niche marketing, social media, pitching to trades and much more. More About Deborah: Deborah Gilels has run a successful PR/Media Consulting company for the past 16 years, assisting writers,...


Seeking Distribution as an Independent Filmmaker with Ilyssa Goodman - Ep #40

How do you get your indie film made and distributed? Ilyssa Goodman says build your rolodex and know your market. In this episode Leslie and Ilyssa talk about writing, production and casting to make your project sellable to studios and distributors. More About Ilyssa: Director, producer, writer and distribution strategist Ilyssa Goodman has worked with many of Hollywood’s top young and established stars, and with her latest film, “#FBF”, in which Goodman wrote and directed for Timur...


From Romantic Comedies to Animated TV & Comics with Joelle Sellner - Ep #39

Joelle began her writing career as an advertising copywriter, creating award-winning campaigns for brands like In-N-Out Burger, Kleenex and Lexus. Since making the jump to screenwriting, she's written several romantic comedy and family telefilms including Hallmark Channel's Paris, Wine and Romance. Other films include Love on the Vines and Diagnosis Delicious, each of which aired on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, Win Lose or Love, and Change of Heart for PixLTV, as well as Reluctant Nanny...


What Do Film Distributors Look for with Megan Huggins from Gravitas - Ep #38

From good sound design to proper formatting on deliverables, Leslie and her guest Megan Huggins from Gravitas dive deep on exactly what distributors are looking for in your film. Megan Huggins is the acquisitions coordinator for Gravitas Ventures, the largest indie all rights distributor in North America. In her time with Gravitas she has negotiated hundreds of feature film deals across VOD, theatrical and worldwide distribution. Megan is a dual Australian/American citizen who worked in...


Crossover Content and Emerging Trends in Animation with Marlene Sharpe - Ep #37

Are you interested in being a creator of animation? In this information packed episode Leslie and Marlene discuss, global development of Animation in Japan, merchandising in Animation Crossover content and trends in animation, the market for boys at specific ages, an animation market for girls, the difference between selling your show and producing your show, Web-comics and the new content creation platforms of Tapas and WebTune. More About Marlene Marlene Sharp is a creative and...


What's Your Hook? How To Pitch Your Movie with Devo Cutler-Rubenstein - Ep #36

The first question to ask when you're preparing your pitch is, what do you want them to understand? Next is what's your hook, your personal story that will get and hold their attention. In this powerful episode, Devo Cutler-Rebenstein answers these questions as well as discussing how to get buyers to want to work with you, gap financing, digital marketing tools and more. Devo Cutler-Rubenstein's passion for storytelling and artistic expression brought her to California Institute of the Arts...


Transition From Directing Commercials to Features with Justine Bertrand - Ep #35

How do you transition from directing commercials to directing features? Are the structures similar? Are the skills transferable? In this episode, Leslie talks with a young director named Justing Bertrand about the differences between directing in France and directing in the US, the Me Too movement, sexism in the French culture and film industry, Justine's process as a director and much more.


Developing Your Own Projects Successfully with Kathryne Isabelle Easton - Ep#34

Sometimes you just have to do it yourself ... as long as it's in conjunction with someone else. In this episode, Leslie talks with Actress/Writer/Director Kathryne Isabelle Easton about developing her own horror franchise, her award winning short film Borrelia Borealis, how to navigate Hollywood as a woman and still stay true to your vision, pay inequity and much more. More about Kathryne: Kathryne Isabelle Easton attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City after...


Love in 2020: The Power of a Web Series - Ep #33

What is it like to find love during a Worldwide pandemic? In this episode Leslie talks to the co-creators of the award winning web series "Love in 2020" about what it takes to create and film during Covid 19. Eirinn Disbrow I am an LA based director and editor who is passionate about telling women's stories. Credits include working in editorial on Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters (Sony), Jonathan Levine’s Snatched (FOX) and Long Shot (Lionsgate) as well as David Fincher’s Videosyncrasy (HBO). I...


Filmmakers of LaFemme 2021! - Ep #32

In this very special episode Leslie brings you just a sample of the filmmakers that were featured at this year's LaFemme Film Festival. There was such a wonderful representation of fantastic projects driven by passionate women to choose from that we had to share them with you.


Adapting "The Outsiders" for the screen and Life After with Kathleen Rowell - Ep #31

Kathleen Rowell wanted to be a novelist and ended up writing a huge film (none other than the Outsiders) as her first feature. How did this happen? In this episode, Leslie and Bridget dive into the reality of being a working Scriptwriter in Hollywood. There are some great tips in this episode.


LaFemme Int'l Film Festival 2021 is Here! - Ep #30

In this very special episode, Leslie is on the hot seat as she answers questions from Producer Phil about everything from the origins of LaFemme to how filmmakers should properly submit to a festival, common mistakes, what to expect at a festival, networking tips, how and why films are chosen, how the right festival can launch your career and much more. More About Leslie: For the past fifteen years Leslie La Page has produced, directed and line produced for Film, TV, Music Videos,...


The Re-birth of Television again with Bridget Terry - Ep #29

Streaming and the pandemic are inextricably linked, so let's jump on the bandwagon! In this episode Leslie and Bridget dive into developing a storyline for streaming networks, trends in television, the rise of Sci-fi and women, finding your way into a pitch and behind the camera, ageism in Hollywood (ignore the elderly at your peril), made for TV movies, Ed Asner AND MUCH MORE! Bridget Terry has produced, written or directed a variety of award-winning television, including productions...


From Martin Scorsese to the Morning Show with Ellen Gerstein - Ep #28

Ellen Gerstein is an award winning actor/filmmaker. She is a member of: Women In Film, The Alliance of Women Directors, LA Film Team, Film Independent and is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. As an actor Ellen has worked with talented directors including Martin Scorsese, Mark Rydell, Mimi Leder, Rob Marshall and Danny DeVito to name a few. She was honored with the Robert Proski Character Actor Award and the Roy W. Dean Screenwriters Grant. Ellen can be seen on the acclaimed FX show,...


The Hybrid Model for Women in Entertainment with Julie Janney - Ep #27

Julie Janney has been a working actress for more than 30 years in film, television, and theatre. She has trained with world renowned producers, directors, and educators like Lee Strasberg and Nikos Psacharopoulis. She has also acted as Meryl Streep’s stunt double on seven feature films, and has performed on Broadway. Ms. Janney is a member of the several acting guilds and organizations and has taught acting and choreography for more than 30 years. In this episode, Leslie sits down with...


The Legal Gauntlet of TV & Film Contracts and Negotiations with Nina Ameri - Ep #26

Contract negotiations got you down? Listen in as Leslie talks to Entertainment Attorney Nina Ameri the founder of the highly respected boutique law firm Ameri Law. Together, they discuss the ins and outs of drafting and negotiating talent agreements, Copyright law, development production and distribution deals, story rights and intellectual property, corporate selection and formation, investor agreements and much more. More About Nina The entertainment industry is in my blood. My father...


Writing A Proof of Concept with Janeane Bernstein - Ep #25

Janeane Bernstein is a writer, speaker, radio host/producer at KUCI 88.9fm, and host of the new series, OUTSIDE THE BOX. She earned a doctorate from Boston University in Educational Media & Technology and graduated from Syracuse University with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education & Communications. She is a 2021 Age Boom Academy Fellow with the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center in partnership with Columbia Journalism. She first started writing at age 15 when her creative...