Tropfest NZ has announced US social media specialist Sheri Candler as the international headline speaker for its Roughcut symposium.
Candler is an expert in the use of social networks for marketing, and not just in her own bio. She’s already been a presenter at Amsterdam’s Binger FilmLab for the last two years and at Sheffield Doc/Fest for the last three.Her blogs on her own website and on thefilmcollaborative are offer plenty of hard information as well as beating the drum for social media as a filmmaker’s tool.
LA-based Candler focuses on the independent filmmaking sector, so her presentation at Tropfest will be of interest to a much wider constituency than those entering the Tropfest competition.
It’s perhaps appropriate, therefore, that for its next edition Tropfest has split off the Roughcut symposium from the festival screening in New Plymouth and will present it in Auckland in September. In addition to presenting at Roughcut, Candler will offer 30-minute consultations with filmmakers (info here).
Candler is the first speaker to be announced for Roughcut. TV3’s Kate Rodger, no slouch herself in the social media department, will MC the Roughcut event, which runs 4 September at Q Theatre in Auckland: (tickets here).
Please note: 4 September at Q Theatre is a change of date and venue from previous announcements.