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All filmmakers are awarded a trip to Los Angeles to take part in the ceremony, followed by a bespoke program led by Sony Pictures executives. Held at the Sony Pictures Studio, these workshops and panel discussions have been created specifically for these filmmakers and reinforce the purpose of the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards: to provide exceptional insight, access and opportunities for independent filmmakers striving for excellence in every facet of their practice.

Workshop Program


Columbia Pictures Development

• Brittany Morrissey, Senior Vice President of Production, Columbia Pictures

• Maia Eyre, Vice President of Production, Columbia Pictures



• Todd Black, Film Producer


Editing & VFX Panel

• Lori Furie, Executive Vice President of Visual Effects

• Daniel Kramer, Head of CG, VFX Supervisor at Imageworks


The Production Process

• Andy Davis, President of Production Administration for Columbia Pictures


Sony Pictures Classics

• Michael Barker, Co-President of Sony Pictures Classics

• Tom Bernard, Co-President of Sony Pictures Classics


3000 Pictures Panel

• Elizabeth Gabler, President of 3000 Pictures

• Marisa Paiva, Executive Vice President of Creative Production

• Erin Siminoff, Executive Vice President of Creative Production

• Aislinn Dunster, Director of Creative Development


Business Affairs

• Michael Marshall, President of Motion Picture Group Business Affairs


Theatrical Marketing Panel

• Josh Greenstein, President of Motion Picture Group Marketing & Distribution

• Danielle Misher, Co-Head of Global Theatrical Marketing

• Jeffrey Godsick, Executive Vice President of Brand Strategy & Partnerships, Head

of Location Based Entertainment

• Gloria Hann, Executive Vice President of Global Publicity

• Elias Plishner, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Marketing & Data Analytics

• Stephanie Cohen, Senior Vice President of Domestic Promotions, Brand Strategy

& Global Partnerships


Film Scoring & Music Rights

• Tim Ahlering, Director of Music Administration


PlayStation Productions

• Asad Qizilbash, Head of PlayStation Productions



• Joseph Matukewicz, Head of Worldwide Acquisitions


Careers in Entertainment

• Edie Givens, Executive Vice President of People & Organization

• Paul Martin, Chief Diversity Officer

• Joel Camarena, Senior Manager, Global Talent Acquisitions

• Dom McCoy, Specialist, Global Talent Acquisitions


Sustainability and Filmmaking

• John Rego, Vice President of Sustainability, Sony

• Joanne Gunsberg, Director of Sustainability, Sony


Filmmakers will also enjoy exclusive tours to the main Sony Studios and Sony Innovation Studio.

Alongside this extraordinary experience, the six winners receive cash prizes and a range of Sony camera equipment and exclusive access to Sony’s state-of-the-art Digital Media Production Center (DMPC), a unique resource for everything related to cutting-edge technologies and end-to-end production, where they will learn to operate their newly won Sony gear in a live and virtual production environment.




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