Academics: LBI Call for Papers Extended Deadline is May 5

Complete the Online Submission Form for conference papers and panels on this page — Extended Deadline: May 5, 2017

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4th Annual Long Beach Indie Film, Media and Music Conference
August 30 – September 3, 2017 

Hilton Long Beach Hotel/Cinemark at the Pike Theaters

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The Long Beach Indie International Film, Media and Music Festival is looking for scholars, journalists, and entertainment industry professionals to bring their intellect, art, and energy to our 2017 Film, Media and Music Conference.

Long Beach Indie is a 5-day global entertainment experience that includes the LBI International Film Festival, LBI Film, Media, and Music Conference, and LBI College and Career Fair exposing urban youth to careers in arts, entertainment, and digital media. Since 2014 Long Beach Indie has drawn more than 8000 attendees, screened more than 500 films, and drawn Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Directors Guild of America, ALMA and NAACP Image Award winners and nominees as presenters.

We invite individual papers and full panels representing any topic (e.g. theory, production, history, criticism, preservation, etc.) related to film, television, music, mass communication, digital media or the entertainment industry broadly defined.

We are also issuing a special call for papers interrogating or celebrating the themes:

  • Gender, Race, and the Entertainment Industry
  • Examinations and Interpretations of the film Moonlight
  • Trump, the Media, and Communities of Color

Sessions are 75 minutes long and include 15 minutes per paper (3 total) and 30 minutes of discussion. Chairs can serve as a presenter on the panel.

Individual paper proposals should include a maximum 200 word abstract plus the professional credentials of the presenter.

Panels should include a maximum 200 word abstract plus the specific titles of each of the three (3) individual papers and the professonal credentials of the chair and presenters. Discussants from the entertainment industry will be assigned by the conference committee where appropriate.

Registration Information


Attend all conference panels, workshops, select music showcases, and the opening night after-party. Also includes a limited 5-film screening pass good all day 8/31 and before 5pm on 9/1.

Early: Student $150/Professional $250 (5/1/17)
Regular: Student $175/Professional $275 (5/15/17)

Attend all conference panels, workshops, music showcases, the scholar/industry luncheon, and the LBI opening film screening and after-party. Includes a 10-film screening pass good throughout the 5-day festival and admission to all festival concerts and select parties (space permitting). Does not include VIP functions.

Early: Student $300/Professional $400 (5/1/17)
Regular: Student $350/Professional $450 (5/15/17)

VIP (Limited Availibility)
Guaranteed admission and preferred seating at all regular and VIP activities throughout the five-day festival. This includes workshops, parties, concerts, special events, receptions, artist showcases, and the festival awards gala.

Early: Student $450/Professional $550 (5/1/17)
Regular: Student $475/Professional $575 (5/15/17)

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3rd Annual Long Beach Indie Film, Media and Music Conference
Extended Submission Deadline—May 5, 2017
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