Our recent 2017 Hollywood Spring Showcase events were an opportunity to highlight the kinds of socially relevant content the HFF strives to support. It also offered several of the HFF’s Impact Partners a unique look into how our rapidly growing network of global relationship, both inside and outside the Hollywood entertainment industry, are serving to position the HFF not only as a major industry event platform but more so as a growing global movement for Good.
This year’s Showcase opened with our China Showcase event at the prestigious Directors Guild of America. There an official state-sponsored delegation from China including representatives from the Shanghai Media Group, Shanghai Film Foundation, and Hollywood China Media announced the HFF’s unprecedented invitation to participate in the 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) in June. The first time in there Festival’s 25 year history that another film festival has been welcomed to participate in their events.
On Friday evening of the Showcase, HFF was proud to present it’s 2016 Best Social Impact Film Jury Prize winner, American Street Kid, as the feature event of our Social Impact Showcase events.
The 2017 Showcase then closed with a day-long Gender Showcase series of “Curated Conversations” on Saturday at the historic the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. An executive team from Plan International in D.C. joined us as that event opened with a panel of experienced women from the entertainment industry representing the Atlanta chapter of Women in Film, the President of Veterans in Film & Television, and President of the Alliance for Women in Media sharing the many lessons of their experience a female content creators and producers. That panel was followed by a second conversation between four emerging female directors and producers joining us from the U.S., Russia, Poland and China to share the challenges they face today as women in Hollywood and how those lessons compare with their experience working in other nations.