Social media workshops in Edmonton and Calgary


I promised that 2010 would be a year of speaking presentations about social media. And damn it if that isn’t the truth.

I’ve already notched up four in Winnipeg and it’s only February.

I was approached by the lovely folks at the National Film Board (NFB) to deliver workshops to filmmakers in Edmonton and Calgary. And so in March NFB’s Content Manager Matt Forsythe and me will blaze a trail (of sorts) through Alberta, Canada with the aim of teaching filmmakers how to use social media tools to build an audience and promote their projects.

This is Matt Forsythe by the way

This is really exciting stuff (I work for the National Screen Institute, a Canada-wide film and TV training school). Best of all, these are FREE workshops.

I’ve been super fired up about new models of film marketing and distribution. Largely because the internet/social media tools and independent film distribution have come together in in a beautiful synchronicity that makes so much sense to me.

I don’t remember when I started noticing this but reading Jon Reiss’ book Think Outside the Box Office was a big thing for me which led to my audio interview with him.

Then the Sundance/Slamdance festivals generated lots of innovative thinking among filmmakers. Again, it was like, hallelujah!, this is life-changing.

This blog isn’t about film distribution so I won’t harp on about it but I want to acknowledge the coming together of two important things.

Wanna attend this free event for filmmakers? Visit the links on Facebook below and RSVP. We hope to see you there.

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PS: At my last social media presentation I began with a story about finding a $4,000 day-long social media seminar that promised to teach you the secrets of social media. I promise that the workshops delivered by NSI and NFB will also teach you the secrets of social media. But it will cost you considerably less.