This month we are fortunate to have Tonya Mantooth and Stephanie Inscoe joining us from the San Diego International Film Festival. They will be discussing all the ins and outs of film festival programming and answering your questions! Topics covered will include: what filmmakers should do when preparing to submit to festivals, what to do to maximize your time and foster relationships when your film gets accepted, and what you should do after a festival to make the most of their experience.
The San Diego International Film Festival is an independent film festival that takes place annually in San Diego. This year the festival will run October 15-20 across two "villages" in the Gaslamp Quarter and La Jolla. The festival showcases contemporary narrative feature, documentary and short films in competitive juried categories. These categories, or "tracks", vary year to year and have included foreign language, animated, Native American, military, social justice, and equestrian . The Festival also hosts awards banquets, panel discussions, retrospectives and parties during the festival.
This month we are fortunate to have Tonya Mantooth and Stephanie Inscoe joining us from the San Diego International Film Festival. They will be presenting on all the ins and outs of film festival programming. Topics covered will include: what filmmakers should do when preparing to submit to festivals, what to do to maximize their time and foster relationships when their film gets accepted, and what should they do after a festival to make the most of their experience.
About Our Speakers
CEO & Artistic Director
San Diego International Film Festival
A ten-time regional Emmy award winner with over 60 international Telly and ADDY awards, Tonya Mantooth began her career as an Executive Producer when she became the Director of Acquisitions for CRM Films. Tonya co-founded and was President of The Dakota Group, a film and post production company in Southern California. Tonya has produced national TV campaigns and award winning documentaries for Fortune 500 companies.
In 2007, Tonya launched Mantooth Studios and expanded her production scope to include computer generated imagery (CGI) projects and entertainment projects. Under Mantooth Films, Tonya executive produced four feature films, including Grave Secrets which became the pilot to the Nickelodeon Series, Dead Time Stories.
In 2012, Tonya and several colleagues took over the San Diego International Film Festival with a two-fold vision: to bring international cinema to San Diego and grow the SDIFF as a significant contributor to San Diego’s economy. Today the SDIFF has grown over 500%. The six-day festival features 120+ film screenings, parties and a red carpet celebrity tribute honoring actors including Annette Bening, Adrian Brody, Geena Davis and Sir Patrick Stewart. Tonya believes that in our increasingly complex and divisive world, cinematic storytelling gives us the opportunity to find common ground through our shared human experiences.
Tonya is a current Board member and past Board chair for SDX (San Diego Ad Club), a member of Patrons of the Prado and recently won the prestigious Advertising Community’s top SDX Brandiego Award, was voted North County Empowered Women to Watch and received the Philanthropy Award from The Ten Best. Tonya graduated from San Diego State University with degrees in business and music.
Stephanie Inscoe has over eleven years of experience working in the film industry and has wide-ranging knowledge of film and video projects from inception to completion. Currently, Stephanie is the Festival Producer of the San Diego International Film Festival, a position she has held for the past seven years. She oversees the festival’s programming department and manages day-to-day coordination of the annual program/film slate and various year-round events. She also supports project management, marketing, production, and operational logistics.
Stephanie also works closely with studios and distributors to secure films for the festival.
Stephanie has held various positions in production and communications including producing live shows for various organizations such as SDX and the Museum of Photographic Arts. She was the production manager for Aviatech Digital Marketing Agency and Mantooth Studios, and has experience working on international Telly and Emmy award-winning commercials, public service announcements, corporate videos, and documentary films.
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3959 Ruffin Road, Suite F
San Diego, CA 92123
Note: All attendees - please remember to check in upon arrival.
Members: Monthly meetings are included with your membership.
Non-Members: $15 pre-registered, $20 same-day or at the door.
Students: Free with student ID and pre-registration
We always serve refreshments and light appetizers.