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Fest Forums in Santa Barbara 2018 kicked off with great line up of speakers and unique networking opportunities


November 14th-16th
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront
(Formerly The Fess Parker Resor



Featured Speakers

avatar for Hope Hall

Hope Hall

Filmmaker, Cinematographer, Photographer
avatar for Jonas Koffler

Jonas Koffler

New York Times Bestselling Author, Cofounder, Writer & Producer
avatar for Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Comedian, Musician, American Actor, Author, Director
avatar for Guy Webster

Guy Webster

Celebrity Photographer
avatar for Maureen Ford

Maureen Ford

Live Nation Media & Sponsorship 
President, National & Festival Sales
avatar for Dennis Quaid

Dennis Quaid



avatar for Xavier Abraham

Xavier Abraham

Vicious Buzz 
CEO and Creative Director
avatar for Jeffrey Abramson

Jeffrey Abramson

avatar for Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

TasteUSA Festival Managemen 
avatar for Beatrix Veronica Amador

Beatrix Veronica Amador

Mouse Live 
Innovation Director
avatar for David Andres

David Andres

Sanitrax International 
Business Development
avatar for Peter Ashwin

Peter Ashwin

Event Risk Management Solutions (ERMS) 
Principal and Founder
avatar for Aidan Augustin

Aidan Augustin

avatar for Ben de Ayora

Ben de Ayora

DoLA - DoStuff Media 
General Manager
avatar for Brian Bauer

Brian Bauer

Bauer Entertainment Marketing 
avatar for Peter Bell

Peter Bell

Telluride Society for Jazz 
Executive Director
avatar for Barry Berkowitz

Barry Berkowitz

SVP, Business Development and Strategy
avatar for David Alan Bernahl,II

David Alan Bernahl,II

CLM, Pebble Beach & Los Angeles Food & Wine Festivals 
avatar for Michael Bleau

Michael Bleau

events locker 
CEO and Director, Sales
avatar for Kimberley Browning

Kimberley Browning

Filmmaker & Film Festival Programmer
avatar for John Buckner

John Buckner

Cinch Productions 
avatar for C R Capers

C R Capers

Hip Hop Film Festival 
avatar for Elizabeth Carter

Elizabeth Carter

Armored Things 
Chief Security Officer
avatar for Drea Clark

Drea Clark

LA Film Festival 
Senior Programmer & Head of Filmmaker Relations
avatar for Anthony “A” Cole

Anthony “A” Cole

Complex Entertainment 
avatar for Allen Cook

Allen Cook

Founder & CEO
avatar for Anita Cotic

Anita Cotic

Director, Film Office and Event Production
avatar for Jesselyn Desmond

Jesselyn Desmond

Lucent Dossier 
Founding Member
avatar for Mark Dinerstein

Mark Dinerstein

Knitting Factory Entertainment 
avatar for Wendy Dio

Wendy Dio

Niji Entertainment 
President & Owner
avatar for Dave Dunne

Dave Dunne

Salt River Fields 
General Manager
avatar for Lisaann Dupont

Lisaann Dupont

Opry Entertainment Group 
Director of Communications
avatar for Timothy L. Epstein

Timothy L. Epstein

Duggan Bertsch, LLC 
avatar for Stephen Feener

Stephen Feener

President of Live Experience
avatar for Tyler Fey

Tyler Fey

Partner, Promoter and Manager
avatar for Omar Figueroa

Omar Figueroa

Law Offices of Omar Figueroa 
Principal Attorney
avatar for Ashley Flohr

Ashley Flohr

Senior Account Manager
avatar for Wayne Forte

Wayne Forte

Entourage Talent Associates, Ltd. 
President and Senior Agent
avatar for Jennice Fuentes

Jennice Fuentes

Fuentes Strategies 
Founder and Managing Partner
avatar for Vladislav Ginzburg

Vladislav Ginzburg

Vice President || Business Development
avatar for Keith Goldberg

Keith Goldberg

Chief Revenue Officer
avatar for Andrew Goodwin

Andrew Goodwin

Head of Partnership 
avatar for Josh Grady

Josh Grady

Founder, Head of Partnerships
avatar for Christopher Guest

Christopher Guest

Screenwriter, Composer, musician, Director, Actor, and Comedian
avatar for Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison

T1 Agency 
avatar for Kim Hawkins

Kim Hawkins

AEG Presents 
Senior Director of Partnerships
avatar for Ify Ifebi

Ify Ifebi

Founder & Chief Everything Officer
avatar for Kristin Johansen

Kristin Johansen

Merkaba Media 
Head of Growth & Strategy
avatar for Michael Katz

Michael Katz

The Emerald Exchange 
avatar for Giselle Koy

Giselle Koy

Conscious Media Festival 
avatar for Gail Kvistad

Gail Kvistad

Living Local 
Director, Host and Producer
avatar for Matt Lawler

Matt Lawler

Director of Digital Media, Global Partnerships
avatar for Jesse Lawrence

Jesse Lawrence

avatar for Grady Lee

Grady Lee

avatar for Kevin Leflar

Kevin Leflar

Co-founder, President and CEO
avatar for Willie Litvack

Willie Litvack

avatar for PJ Loughran

PJ Loughran

President, Brand Creative
avatar for Randy Lubas

Randy Lubas

Ventura Comedy Festival 
avatar for Adam Lynn

Adam Lynn

Prime Social Group 
CEO + Founder
avatar for Danielle Madeira

Danielle Madeira

Another Planet Entertainment 
VP Strategic Alliances
avatar for LJ Malberg

LJ Malberg

The Reliance Company 
Founder & CEO
avatar for Rachel Mandel

Rachel Mandel

Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards 
avatar for Morgan Margolis

Morgan Margolis

Knitting Factory Entertainment 
CEO/ President
avatar for Steve Martin

Steve Martin

Partner and Executive Vice President
avatar for Lyle Maxson

Lyle Maxson

The Courtiers 
CEO and Founder
avatar for Brian McCue

Brian McCue

Director of Sales and Sponsorship
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avatar for John Petrocelli

John Petrocelli

Bulldog DM 
CEO and Founder
avatar for Jeff Pezzuti

Jeff Pezzuti

avatar for Chris Porter

Chris Porter

Porter Productions 
avatar for Janine Fazzolari Puñales

Janine Fazzolari Puñales

PHX Vegan Food Festival 
Director of Vendor Operations
avatar for Michael Rabehl

Michael Rabehl

Director of Programming
avatar for Paul Reed

Paul Reed

Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 
Chief Executive
avatar for Robert Richards

Robert Richards

Glastonbury Festival 
Commercial Director
avatar for Ryan Romenesko

Ryan Romenesko

Jensen Communications 
Vice President of Public Relations
avatar for Zach Ruben

Zach Ruben

Prime Social Group 
avatar for Josh Seago

Josh Seago

Lou Dog Events 
Founder & President
avatar for Ron Severance

Ron Severance

Magic Money 
President - Music Festivals and Special Events
avatar for Allison Shaw

Allison Shaw

Manic Monkee 
avatar for David Silbaugh

David Silbaugh

Talent Buyer
avatar for Lynne King Smith

Lynne King Smith

avatar for Susan Soares

Susan Soares

Executive Director
avatar for Jenn Stokes

Jenn Stokes

San Francisco LGBT Pride 
Main Stage Producer
avatar for Jackie Subeck

Jackie Subeck

Cannabis Expert, Entrepreneur, Advocate, Educator and Event Producer
avatar for Hebe Tabachnik

Hebe Tabachnik

Film Society of Minneapolis Saint Paul 
Artistic Director
avatar for Scott Tashjian

Scott Tashjian

Eat Drink SF 
Festival Director
avatar for Scott Thunes

Scott Thunes

avatar for Thomas Turner

Thomas Turner

Relentless Beats 
avatar for Leslie Vanderpool

Leslie Vanderpool

Bahamas International Film Festival / BIFF 
Founder & Executive Director
avatar for Andrew Voorheis

Andrew Voorheis

Experiential Marketing and Events Manager
avatar for Max Wagner

Max Wagner

North Coast Music Festival 
avatar for Breven Angaelica Warren

Breven Angaelica Warren

Festival Angaelica 
Founder & Executive Director
avatar for Christian Weber

Christian Weber

avatar for Rob Wilmshurst

Rob Wilmshurst

See Tickets 
avatar for Christine M.Van Winkle

Christine M.Van Winkle

University of Manitoba 
Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
avatar for Keith Wortman

Keith Wortman

Blackbird Presents 
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
avatar for Simon Wright

Simon Wright

avatar for Jenn Yacoubian

Jenn Yacoubian

Talent Buyer
avatar for Brian Yaeger

Brian Yaeger

Freelance beer writer and beer festival producer
avatar for Ahmet Zappa

Ahmet Zappa

EVP of Global Business Development


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