During the festival, Twin Cities Film Fest will host panels featuring several celebrated film professionals. These panels will allow for
critical discussion about movies and the craft, help share resources for aspiring filmmakers and inspire the love for film.

Making, Distributing, Marketing & Watching: What’s the Impact of Digital?

Saturday, October 21 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

Where: Cooper Screening Room, 1607 Park Place Blvd

Like many industries, the business of TV and Film distribution is certainly changing due to digital - whether you're watching on your phone or tablet, dropping the cable package, making a web series or seeing a film online at the same time it's in theaters...the landscape is shifting quickly.


  • Jeff Hayne
  • Tim Grady
  • Doug Olzenak
  • Steven Chester Prince


  • Eric Stein

Film Fatales in the Twin Cities

Saturday, October 21 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Where: Cooper Screening Room, 1607 Park Place Blvd

Members from the newest chapter of this global collective of female feature film directors discuss the power of collaboration in the fight for gender equality within the film industry. The panelists will show clips and share stories about their experiences making their films.


  • Lisa Blackstone
  • Melissa Butts
  • Norah Shapiro
  • Melody Gilbert

Directing the Story

Saturday, October 28 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

Where: TCFF Lounge - 1658 West End Blvd

A discussion on the challenges director’s face when leading a production.



Deborah Girdwood
Moving Image Program Manager, Walker Art Center
Lead Programmer, Youth and Childish Programs, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

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