Workshops and Other Educational Programs

The Hanson Film Institute presents educational programs and workshops to serve students, faculty and the local filmmaking community. Programs have included:

insidetrack-square-330Inside Track: A Series of Film & TV Panels

Inside Track, presented in collaboration with Film Tucson, is a series of panels featuring leading entertainment industry executives, producers, directors, actors, agents and more, many of them University of Arizona alumni. Each panel focuses on a different aspect of the industry, providing diverse insider perspectives on the realities of the film, television and new media industries.

Past topics include:

  • Breaking & Entering: The New State of the Entertainment Industry
  • Web Series — The New Way In?
  • Creating a Great TV Series: From Idea to Development to Production
  • Agents & Managers: What They Do and How to Get One
  • Where’s the Money? How to Finance an Independent Film

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pitchfest-square-330PitchFest Tucson 

PitchFest offers filmmakers the opportunity to pitch their project ideas to leading entertainment professionals and receive valuable feedback on how to sell their ideas. A pre-Fest workshop instructs participants in the finer points of pitching, including crafting a logline that sells. The PitchFest grand prize winner receives a free pitch with a Hollywood producer. Other winners get private consultations with pitch professionals.

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Doing Your Doc

This weekend-long seminar, presented in conjunction with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), helps documentary filmmakers bring their projects closer to completion. Session topics include creating a pitch, logline, synopsis, and demo, grants and more, and the seminar concludes with one-on-one project mentorship by industry professionals.

The Hanson Institute has partnered with NALIP to present the workshop, in collaboration with Film Tucson, Latino Public Broadcasting, and the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television.

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Historian Pearl Bowser conducts a graduate level seminar.
Historian Pearl Bowser conducts a graduate level seminar
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