Upcoming Events

Dec 10 2024
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Film USA At FOCUS 2024

Film USA is returning to FOCUS!
Stay tuned for details.


May 16 2023
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Film USA at Cannes 2023

The Film USA pavilion is on the Pantiero side of the International Village (#200).


Come join for some incredible panels and events and meet film commissioners from:

Montana Film Office

Nevada Film Office

Oklahoma Film + Music

Film Baton Rouge (Louisiana)

Cherokee Nation Film Office (Oklahoma)

Film Columbus (Ohio)

Dallas Film & Creative Industries (Texas)

Houston Film Commission (Texas)

Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & culture (Oklahoma)


Download the program HERE.

Download the panelist guide HERE.

Download the calendar HERE.

Download EP’s Free US Production Incentives Guide HERE.


17 MAY 2023


I’ve got a movie! Now what???

Date: 17/05/2023

Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Description: This panel will discuss best practices and marketing for movies in the post-covid era.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Ash Grayson and others.


Changing Landscape: AI, the Metaverse & ChatGPT – the Future of Film

Date: 17/05/2023

Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM

Description: You can’t read the news or listen to a program without someone talking about the advancements of technology from Artificial Intelligence, virtual reality, the metaverse, and most recently ChatGPT. Our panel of Stage 32 experts will discuss the evolution of these storytelling mediums and how they will shape the future of the entertainment industry.

Speakers: Sami Apra, CEO of Largo Film (Switzerland), Christopher Morrison – Founder, Reality +, Richard Botto – CEO, Stage 32


Happy Hour: Come meet the U.S. Film Commissions at the Film USA Pavilion

Date: 17/05/2023

Time: 4:30PM – 6:00PM


18 MAY 2023


Authentic Stories: the Importance of Diversity & Inclusion in Film and TV

Date: 18/05/2023

Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Description: Through a conversation from unique perspectives, this Stage 32 expert panel will explore the importance of representation, equity, and inclusion in film production. As well as, the impact of diverse storytelling on audiences, industry trends, and the business of filmmaking.

Speakers: Ramfis Myrthil – Producer, Thien A. Pham – Producer, 3388 Films, Andrew Vallentine – Director, Jen Loren – Producer


USA Film Commissions Tax Incentive Programs

Date: 18/05/2023

Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Description: The USA Film Commissions at Cannes discuss the benefits of shooting in their regions.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde

Speakers: Tony Armer (Dallas, TX), Katie Patton Pryor (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Danette Tull (Nevada), John Daugherty (Columbus, OH), Allison Whitmer (Montana), Jeanette Stanton (Oklahoma), Alfred Cervantes (Houston, TX), Tava Sofsky (Cherokee Film).


Canon Presents: Exciting Opportunities for Filmmakers in 2023  + Cocktail Event 

Date: 18/05/2023

Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM

Description: Netflix recently added the Canon EOS R5 C to the approved cameras list for Netflix productions, opening up a wide range of opportunities for filmmakers worldwide. Canon has been a long time favorite for filmmakers and in this exclusive panel we’ll be demystifying Canon and talk about how filmmakers have successfully used Canon products on productions.  Following the panel Canon will host a cocktail event where you can meet the Canon team and filmmakers.


19 MAY 2023


Film and Tourism Panel Discussion

Date: 19/05/2023

Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Description:Tourism and film are intertwined. Learn how your project can benefit.

Speakers: Doug Bourgeois (Assistant Secretary Louisiana Office of Tourism), Matt Pinnell (Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma), Allison Whitmer (Montana Film Office), Jonathan Olsberg (Olsberg SPI), Kate Edwards (SetJetters),

Moderator: Dave DeBorde


Today’s Film Packaging, Sales/Acquisitions & Distribution Landscape

Date: 19/05/2023

Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM

Description: As the rise of streaming services continues to impact traditional theatrical distribution deals, the art of packaging films has undergone a significant transformation. Nowadays, what makes a package attractive has evolved. It is crucial to understand who the buyers are and what their motivations will be once a film is completed. In this expert panel, you will gain insights into the current market trends, and how to position your project for success.

Speakers: Tiffany Boyle – President, Ramo Law, Viviana Zarragoitia – Financier, VP, Three Point Capital, Jack Sheehan – President, Archstone Films


Happy Hour with Talon Entertainment Finance

Date: 19/05/2023

Time: 4:30PM – 6:00PM

Description: Meet and network with Steve Demmler CEO of Talon Entertainment Finance and learn about the new film and technology fund.


20 MAY 2023


Film Finance Strategies and Methods

Date: 20/05/2023

Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Description: Film financiers discuss the best ways to fund your upcoming projects.

Speakers: James Cole Jr – JASCO Group, Steve Demmler – Talon Ent. Finance, Michelle Chang – Managing Partner, Ramo Law, Josh Harris – Gramercy and Film Hedge, Ilaan Girard – OLFFI.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde


How You or Your Project Can Stand out in the International Market

Date: 20/05/2023

Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM

Description:The global film market is as inter-connected as ever with local language content seeing massive reach to international audiences. In this Stage 32 expert panel we’ll talk about what opportunities you have internationally as a creative and what the global business landscape looks like.

Speakers: Sidney Chiu – Producer, Segolene Zimmern, Manager of International Acquisitions, Alexia Melocchi – Partner, Little Studio Films, Host of The Heart of Show Business


Hyphen Productions: Dissecting the Role of a Producer + Cocktail Event 

Date: 20/05/2023

Time: 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Balancing the creative with the business. Hear from the founders behind Hyphen productions, a film and media company providing services through pre-production, production, and post production. Following the panel, Hyphen Productions will host a cocktail event where you can meet the team.

Speakers: James Cole Jr, AJ Leon, Ramfis Myrthil


21 MAY 2023


The Pitchfest 

Date: 21/05/2023

Time: 1:00PM – 2:30PM

Description: – Learn pitching from industry pros and come ready to pitch your idea!

Speakers: Ramfis Mythil (Ramfis productions) Natasha Marburger (Producer), Josh Harris (Gramercy) Maxim Jago (Director), and others TBA.

Moderator: Dave DeBorde


Producing in Today’s Market: Opportunities & Challenges in 2023

Date: 21/05/2023

Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM

Description: Presented by Stage 32


Happy Hour with Dallas, Texas 

Date: 21/05/2023

Time: 4:30PM – 6:00PM

Description: Meet and network with the Dallas Film Commission.  Learn about filming in the great State of Texas.

Speaker: Tony Armer, Dallas Film Commissioner


22 MAY 2023


Screenwriting: Making your Screenplay Bulletproof and Ready to Sell   

Date: 22/05/2023

Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Description: Strategies and practical advice to make your screenplay as good as it can possibly be.

Speaker: Dave Deborde – Screenwriter, College Professor


Happy Hour with Houston, Texas 

Date: 22/05/2023

Time: 4:30PM – 6:00PM

Description: Meet and network with the Houston Film Commission.  Learn about filming in the great State of Texas.

Speaker: Alfred Cervantes, Houston Film Commissioner 


23 MAY 2023


Happy Hour 2 with Dallas, Texas 

Date: 23/05/2023

Time: 4:30PM – 6:00PM

Description: Meet and network with the Dallas Film Commission.  Learn about filming in the great State of Texas. Presented by the Longhorn Ballroom.

Speaker: Tony Armer, Dallas Film Commissioner 

Oct 4 2023
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Film USA at Catalyst 2023

Join Film USA at the Catalyst Content Festival. 

October 4 – 7, 2023 in Duluth, MN


This festival is one of the only events focused on episodic and serialized content, providing unique opportunities to connect with creators and industry professionals in the TV/episodic realm!

Get all the details here.


Here is the schedule for Film USA Events at Catalyst Content Festival in Duluth 2023:


Thursday, October 5
5-7pm: Panel: Film tourism and its impact on communities, as part of the Upper Midwest Film Office Legislative Update


Friday, October 6
11am-12pm: FilmUSA Brunch Hour
12-1pm: Panel: What is a Film Office…and what can it do for your production?


Saturday, October 7
4-5pm: FilmUSA Cocktail Hour
7pm: Catalyst Content Festival closing ceremony


PLUS screenings, table reads,industry panels, and networking events throughout the week!



Other great news…Catalyst Content Festival is happening at the same time as the North Star Story Summit in Duluth, so Catalyst Festival attendees can participate in all of those panels and events as well. Here is more information on the North Star Story Summit: https://www.northstarstorysummit.org
Also…Did you know Catalyst Story Institute is also part of the Film Festivals in both Nashville and Lake Placid?! Here is a link for more details: https://www.catalystories.com/submit


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Dec 5 2023
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Film USA at Focus 2023

Join Film USA at FOCUS 2023.

December 5 – 6, 2023 in London.


FOCUS returns to The Business Design Centre London on 5/6 December with a packed programme of meetings, networking and conference sessions, spanning film, TV, advertising and games.

FOCUS is the only UK trade event where attendees can meet with content makers and facilitators from over 100 countries.

Professionals in the creative screen industries are invited to apply for a FREE DELEGATE BADGE.


See below for a list of USA film commissioners and affiliates attending, Film USA programming and contact information:


Film USA Events at FOCUS 2023:


USA Film Commissioners and representatives attending FOCUS 2023:
– Discover Flagstaff
– Film Tucson
– FLICS (Film Liaisons in California Statewide)
– Upstate California Film Commission
– Film San Francisco
Florida (booth just across from Film USA)
– Key West Film Commission
– Film Lauderdale
– St. Pete Clearwater Film Commission
– Film Miami
– Louisiana Economic Development
– Louisiana Office of Tourism
– Baton Rouge Film Commission
Hawaii: (Check out their coffee booth!)
– Honolulu Film Office
– Film Columbus
– Oklahoma City Film & Creative Industries Office
– Dallas Film Commission
– Houston Film Commission


Join us for our Events:


PANEL: Behind the Scenes: Navigating the USA’s Cinematic Landscape with Film Commissioners

Presentation Theater
Wednesday, 6 December: 9:50am
Join us for an engaging and informative panel discussion featuring USA Film Commissioners as they delve into the captivating world of regional filmmaking and the invaluable role of film commissions. These dedicated professionals hail from diverse regions across the United States, each bringing their unique expertise and insights to the table. In this illuminating session, our panelists will share their deep knowledge of their region from locations to tax incentives; everything a filmmaker needs to know about working in their areas. These commissioners are here to guide you through it all. Discover how different film commissions serve as vital resources for both independent and big-budget productions. Whether you’re a seasoned filmmaker or just starting your cinematic voyage, you’ll gain invaluable insights into how these commissioners can be your gateway to a successful and seamless production process.
– Chris Stelly, Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment
– Tony Armer, Film Commissioner, Dallas Film Commission
– Sabrina Jurisich, Regional Film Commissioner for UpState California Film Commission
– Chad Newman, Florida Keys Film Commissioner
– Jeanette Stanton, Director, Oklahoma Film + Music


PANEL: Lights, Camera, Louisiana: Tax Incentives, Tourism, and the Bayou State’s Charm

Presentation Theater
Wednesday, 6 December: 10:40am
Venture into Louisiana’s film frontier, uncover the financial incentives that lure filmmakers, and embrace the charm and culture that beckon tourists from around the world. This panel discussion promises to be an exciting journey through the world of film tourism and the cinematic history and allure of Louisiana. Whether you’re a filmmaker seeking the perfect location, a tourist looking for your next adventure, or an economic development enthusiast interested in the impact of the film industry, this event is not to be missed. Join us for an engaging and enlightening conversation that celebrates the intersection of film, tourism, and the rich tapestry of Louisiana’s culture and history.
– Doug Bourgeois, Assistant Secretary of Tourism Louisiana Office of Culture Recreation and Tourism
– Chris Stelly, Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment
– Katie Patton Pryor, Executive Director Baton Rouge Film Commission


Louisiana Office of Tourism Happy Hour

At Film USA booth
Wednesday, 6 December: 3:00 – 4:00pm
Join the Louisiana team for their happy hour event at the Film USA booth (P3 & P4).
Meet and greet the Louisiana film and tourism experts and plan your next trip and project for the beautiful bayou state.


Contact Film Commissions Attending FOCUS:
  • Louisiana Economic Development
  • chris.stelly@la.gov
  • Louisiana Office of Tourism
  • dchube@crt.la.gov
  • Baton Rouge Film Commission
  • katie@filmbatonrouge.com
  • Dallas Film Commission
  • info@dallascreates.org
  • FLICS (Film Liaisons in California Statewide)
  • sabrina@upstatecafilm.com
  • Upstate California Film Commission
  • sabrina@upstatecafilm.com
  • Film San Francisco
  • manijeh.fata@sfgov.org
  • Honolulu Film Office
  • info@filmhonolulu.com
  • Discover Flagstaff
  • mroederer@flagstaffaz.gov
  • Florida Keys and Key West Film Office
  • chad@filmkeys.com
  • Film Columbus 
  • john@filmcolumbus.com
  • Oklahoma City Film & Creative Industries Office
  • jsimpson@okcchamber.com
  • Houston Film Commission
  • acervantes@houstonfilmcommission.com
Jan 18 2024
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Film USA at Sundance 2024

Attending Members: 

Apr 25 2024
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Film USA at Suncreen 2024

Sunscreen Film Festival 
April 25 – 28, 2024, in beautiful, sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, join us for another spectacular film festival where attendees mix and mingle with filmmakers, actors, writers, producers, and celebrities in an open and relaxed atmosphere right in the middle of downtown St. Petersburg!
Film USA film commissions attending:
Dallas Film Commission (https://dallascreates.org)
St. Pete Clearwarer Film Commission (https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/film)
Baton Rouge Film Commission (www.filmbatonrouge.com)
Florida Keys & Key West (https://filmkeys.com/)
 Film Tampa Bay (https://filmtampabay.com/)
May 15 2024
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Film USA at Cannes 2024

Marché du Film, May 15 – 22 
The Cannes Marché du Film is the business counterpart of the Cannes Film Festival. It is the world’s largest film market and a key event for the international film industry, attracting thousands of producers, distributors, sales agents, and buyers from around the globe. It is a cornerstone event for industry professionals, offering a chance to network, attend workshops, and participate in panels.
The International Village at the Cannes Marché du Film is the crucial hub for film professionals to network. It is comprised of a collection of pavilions representing countries from around the world, each showcasing their own cinema, filmmakers, and film-related services. The International Village facilitates networking, promotions, meetings, and negotiations among the global film community.

The Film USA Pavilion is returning for our third year at the Marché du Film.
All programming is free and open to badge holders.

Come meet the USA Film Commissioners and Film USA partners at
The Film USA Pavilion
International Village, Pantiero #202

Film USA’s 2024 Cannes Programming: Click here

Film USA’s 2024 Panelist: Click here

Film USA’s 2024 Students/Alumni: Click here

Film USA’s Downloadable Google Calendar: Click here

Film USA’s Panel/ Happy Hour Tickets: Click here

(Please note, that RSVP is appreciated but not required for listed events. RSVP does not guarantee a seat. The Film USA programming is free and open to all Festival and Marche badge holders.)


Cannes 2024 Partners:



Louisiana Office of Tourism



Dallas Film Commission
Film Baton Rouge
Stage 32
Entertainment Partners
The Creative Coalition
Georgia Entertainment 



Film Lauderdale
Film SF | San Francisco Film Commission
Houston Film Commission
Fable House
FLICS | Film Liaisons in California Statewide
Unoriginal Films



Savannah Regional Film Commission
Film Columbus
Celtic Studios
Talon Entertainment Finance 
Montana Film Office 
Cherokee Nation Film Office
Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission
Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture


Attending Film USA Members at Cannes:

Film Baton Rouge
Cherokee Nation Film Office
Film Columbus
Columbus Georgia Film Office
Dallas Film Commission
Driftless Film Office
FLICS | Film Liaisons in California Statewide
Houston Film Commission 
Film Lauderdale
Louisiana Entertainment 
Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission
Film New Orleans
Savannah Regional Film Commission
Film SF | San Francisco Film Commission
Film Tampa Bay
Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture
Upstate California Film Commission