Golden State Film Festival Announces Opening Night Party and Panel on Film Commissions

2019 Golden State Film Festival announces opening events and party. The Goldden State Film Festival will screen over 300 independent films at TCL Chinese Theaters.

Golden State Film Festival Announces Opening Night Party and Panel on Film Commissions
Hollywood, CA, March 11, 2019 --( The Golden State Film Festival is pleased to announce its opening night party and panel before the start of the second edition of the festival. The event will take place on March 21 at Cabo Wabo Cantina, located above the TCL Chinese Theater. The panel begins at 7pm.

The 2nd Golden State Film Festival is scheduled to be held from March 22-28 at the TCL Chinese Theater, the world’s most renown theater. This year, the festival will host over 300 independent films from across the world. The schedule and details of the opening night party and the panel, sponsored by California Film Commission will be available on the festival website.

Festival Programmer Peter Greene is especially excited about this year’s festival, “We are excited to partner with the TCL Chinese Theater as well as the California Film Commission and hold our festival in the revitalized Hollywood and look forward to an exciting second year of our festival.”

The panel discussion for this year moderated by Amy Lemisch, Executive Director, California Film Commission, will be on the topic of film commissions, the indie producers secret weapon. Not many indie producers are familiar with the power of film commissions to save time and money by tapping into state and local film offices. Film commissions offer valuable assistance, be it planning the production, problem solving, or locations and permits, and even incentives.

Participants at the panel will discover how to work effectively with the California Film Commission, and 58 local film offices in the state, which are ready and eager to extend all possible help. The audience will also understand how to avoid or resolve problems during filming on location with the help of community outreach and innovative methods.

“If you’re a California filmmaker, this panel discussion is a must! All of us with the festival are excited about this panel and look forward to seeing you at our opening night panel and party,” said Jon Gursha for The Golden State Film Festival.


- Amy Kradolfer: Production Planning Supervisor, FilmLA
- Tasha Day: Film Commissioner, Long Beach Film Office
- Evan Thomason: Film Commissioner, Santa Clarita Film Office
- Steven Wolfe: CEO/Producer, Sneak Preview Entertainment (500 Days of Summer, Our Family Wedding, Baggage Claim, etc).
- Kent Matsuoka: Location Manager/Scout (Bumblebee, The Nun, The Affair, Heathers, War for the Planet of the Apes, etc.)

Food and Drink Specials:

- 20% off for all festival filmmakers
- $5 Beers, Margaritas & well drink specials

Event at a glance

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Time: 6 - 10 PM (Panel starts at 7 PM)
Venue: Cabo Wabo Cantina (Located at Hollywood and Highland)
Just above the TCL Chinese Theater, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Parking information:
(There is also a Metro Red Line Stop right at Hollywood and Highland)

The Golden State Film Festival is intended to serve as an opportunity for emerging independent filmmakers to showcase their talents. It is a competitive event, with exhibitors and prize winners enjoying fantastic exposure before a large audience of enthusiastic film aficionados and high-level industry decision-makers. Filmmakers from across the United States and around the world are eligible to participate, and short-form as well as feature-length works are being considered for entry. For more information, please visit:
Golden State Film Festival
Jon Gursha
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