• Creating Impact With Your Film

This event has passed. Stories are vital catalysts for social change. Now more than ever, filmmakers have the opportunity to start social movements, change hearts and minds, and create lasting impact. But how? These folks will dive into the ins and outs of impact producing and distribution with films of all shapes and sizes.

Event will be held via Zoom. Closed Caption is available for this event.

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Shelby Knox | Shelby Knox is nationally known as the subject of the Sundance award-winning film, THE EDUCATION OF SHELBY KNOX, a 2005 documentary chronicling her teenage activism. She is formerly the Director of Women's Rights at change.org, and designed the partnerships program for MoveOn's Real Voter Voices during the 2018 midterms. She ran the first ever outreach campaign for a Netflix original film, AUDRIE & DAISY, and was an impact producer on YOUNG LAKOTA and BEI BEI. She is currently the impact producer for Kartemquin's THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE.


Liz Manashil | Post-graduation from USC Film School, Liz spent several years as a film critic, producer and director for PBS/Hulu series JUST SEEN IT. Overlapping this, Liz worked with distribution guru Peter Broderick. In 2016, Liz became the manager of Sundance's groundbreaking Creative Distribution Initiative until the program's close in 2019. As a filmmaker, her debut feature, BREAD AND BUTTER was released by The Orchard. Her second feature, SPEED OF LIFE (starring Ann Dowd), is currently airing on SHOWTIME. Liz has started production on her third feature, LADY PARTS. She lives in Los Angeles and currently works as the Senior Manager, Impact Distribution at Picture Motion. 


Jared Milrad | Jared Milrad is the founder of A Show For A Change and Movikarma, a streaming platform that connects inspiring films with a call to action. Jared worked for President Obama and founded a nonprofit supported by Warren Buffett's son, Peter. He has been profiled by dozens of media outlets around the world.  Currently a finalist for The Sundance Institute's prestigious 2020 Episodic Lab, Jared is an accomplished writer/director who has created award-winning films and TV pilots. He holds a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law, a graduate degree from Tufts University, and an undergraduate degree with highest honors from North Carolina State University.


Brandi Payne | While Brandi started off as an actor, she fell in love with the storytelling process after writing & producing MUTED, a short film about media discrepancy when a child of color goes missing, that aired on HBO. She followed that up by writing & directing ALOHA, a short film about infant loss, and is currently in pre-production for her next short SPIN. Brandi is an HBO Writers Program alum, an Emergence Filmmaker Grant recipient and a proud member of RAINN'S Speakers Bureau. Her goal as a content creator is to use story to bring together community and facilitate healing.

2020 ShortFest