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+ By Gary Pratt
HBFF’s Infotainment Conference features dozens of informational seminars, panels and workshops covering a wide variety of topics which include: film production, distribution and marketing, pitching, writing for television and film, in addition to specific programs designed to inform and educate of interest to actors.Each year, more than 100 top film and television executives, filmmakers, producers, directors, writers, agents, attorneys, business managers and actors participate in the talk-show style panels, roundtable discussions and workshops.A highlight of the Infotainment Conference is “A Conversation With…” a series of up-close-and-personal candid conversations with some of the industry’s hottest movers and shakers. HBFF has been honored to have directors and producers such as John Singleton (Hustle and Flow, Illegal Tender, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Shaft, and Boyz N The Hood), George Tillman (Soul Food and Barbershop) and St. Clair Bourne (The Life and Works of Gordon Parks and John Henrick Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk) and scribe Tina Andrews (ATL and Why Do Fools Fall in Love?) participate in these.The HBFF Pitchathon, among the most popular Infotainment Conference events, has become a MUST ATTEND for filmmakers and storytellers hoping to sell their idea, story, book, or screenplay to Hollywood buyers. Participants get to pitch their story ideas to entertainment industry executives (film directors and producers, acquisitions, development, production and distribution executives), talent agents and key personnel who have the power to “greenlight” desired projects. Pitchathon panelists will critique submitted works from filmmakers by examining content, concepts and story ideas to determine its commercial potential in today’s film marketplace.