U.S. Department of Commerce backs global business workshops for Long Beach Indie’s fourth season.

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Festival to also feature expo exhibits on virtual and augmented reality, gaming, music business, video, and more.

  • U.S. Department of Commerce has invited China-Hollywood Society, U.S. Small Business Administration, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) and the Entertainment Small Business Alliance as well as Digital Media Wire to the 4th Annual Long Beach Indie International Film, Media & Music Festival
  • Entities present how-to workshops on capitalizing on international business opportunities for U.S. businesses, including diverse, emergent and women-owned media and entertainment companies
  • Festival to also feature an expo with exhibitors from across the media and entertainment ecosystem
  • Long Beach Indie takes place Wednesday, Aug. 30 – Sunday, Sept. 3 at Cinemark at the Pike Theatres and Hilton Long Beach Hotel
  • Register HERE for FREE Long Beach Indie Entertainment and Music Industry Conference

Long Beach, CA – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) Global Media and Entertainment Team has partnered with Long Beach Indie International Film, Media & Music Festival to present workshops for the LBI International Media and Entertainment Business Summit and Expo taking place Thurs., Aug. 31 – Sat., Sept. 2 at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel, 701 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90831.

Different from other festivals, the International Media and Entertainment Business Summit and Expo is designed to help creative companies grow their business and monetize their content internationally. The summit will highlight international business opportunities in China, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Canada, the Nordic Region and India. Following the sessions, representatives from the local and regional offices of ITA will be on hand to assist U.S. businesses interested in international growth.

ITA’s Global Media & Entertainment Team leader Andrea DaSilva will present findings from the Top Markets Report for Media and Entertainment and highlight international trade and licensing events and opportunities.  

On Thursday, Aug. 31, China-Hollywood Society will discuss co-production models for U.S. companies to produce in China. The U.S. Small Business Administration will unveil its first ever Small Business Association Arts and Entertainment Loan Program, a plus especially for women, Black and Latino-owned small or medium sized companies that are disproportionately underfunded when it comes to venture capital, the primary source of funding for media and entertainment startups. The Entertainment Small Business Alliance is a new organization created to support business opportunities domestically and internationally for the media and entertainment industry. The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) will offer tips on navigating their influential conventions for buying and selling television shows for national or global distribution, attracting international capital, and how distribution deal rights vary from country to country. Digital Media Wire will discuss their flagship shows in Los Angeles and New York City, titled Digital Entertainment World and NY Media Festival, respectively. These events gather industry thought leaders and influences from across the digital media landscape, with workshops and events to network and hear the latest industry happenings.

Music and digital media will be the focus of workshops on Fri., Sept. 1. They will explain international licensing, monetization and connect Virtual and Augmented Reality companies to business opportunities in the multi-billion dollar U.S. educational sector. Additional workshops are being added daily.

“These are services offered by the U.S. government,” says says Dr. Daniel Walker, who founded Long Beach Indie International Film, Media and Music Festival in 2014. “The U.S. Department of Commerce is charged with championing U.S. economic interests and specifically helping U.S. companies take advantage of these opportunities. We are excited to have them as a partner.”

The Media & Entertainment Expo to be held on Fri., Sept. 1 and Sat., Sept. 2 is an opportunity for all divisions of the media and entertainment ecosystem (e.g. VR and AR developers, game designers, guilds and unions, music labels, digital media producers, VOD services, equipment rental companies, film production and distribution companies, etc.) to showcase their products, services and talents to a diverse audience of millennials, content creators, educators and media influencers.

Named one of FilmFreeway’s Top 100 best reviewed film festivals, Long Beach Indie International Film, Media & Music Festival delivers five days of screenings, plus workshops for educators, students, entertainment industry professionals, and more. (click here for more info)

Produced by Perfect Works and the BLU Educational Foundation, Long Beach Indie 2017 sponsors are The California Endowment, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and KCETLink.

Festival Collaborators include California Black Media, Black Voice News, Hollywood Post, BlackTreeTV, Cafe Sevilla, Boulder Entertainment, Media & Repertoire, the Believe Foundation and Dakar Foundation.

To request media credentials, contact Billy Johnson, Jr. at Media & Repertoire at billy@mediaandrepertoire.com, or Edna Sims at ESP Public Relations at esppr@icloud.com.

About Long Beach Indie:

Since its inception in 2014 the festival has screened more than 450 films from 50+ countries, drawn over 8000 attendees, received coverage from more than 300 international media outlets, and drawn Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy, Emmy, Directors Guild of America, ALMA, and NAACP Image Award winners and nominees as presenters.

The 2014 winner for Best Animated Short (The Dam Keeper) was nominated for an Academy Award and more than half of the features screened have gained national or international distribution.

More Than Just A Film Festival:

A five-day entertainment experience Long Beach Indie includes the LBI International Film Festival, LBI International Media and Entertainment Business Summit and Expo, LBI Film, Digital Media, and Music Conference, LBI Career Pathways in Arts, Digital Media and Entertainment Conference, and  the LBI College and Career Fair exposing urban communities to careers in arts, entertainment, and digital media.

Attesting to the draw of Long Beach Indie, recent industry presenters include: Oscar nominee Margaret Avery (The Color Purple), Emmy winners Mark Kirkland (The Simpsons), Charles Ragins (The Simpsons), and P. Frank Williams (Unsung, American Gangster), two-time DGA winner Jesus Salvador Trevino, multiple Grammy winner David Porter, Grammy winner Jeff Weber, Grammy nominee Xocoyotzin Herrera, 4-time NAACP Image Award winner Terri J. Vaughn, and YouTube icon Tay Zonday.

Connect With Long Beach Indie:


Website: www.longbeachindie.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/longbeachindie
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/longbeachindie/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LongBeachIndie/

Media Contacts:

Media & Repertoire
Billy Johnson, Jr.
(661) 607-2610

ESP Public Relations
Edna Sims
(310) 770-8117


Updated: August 28, 2017 | Originally Published: July 24, 2017

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