Industry Professional Sessions

The Global Impact Film Festival has an exciting line up of workshops this year.

Our goal is to educate socially minded filmmakers, digital media professionals and social entrepreneurs on how to create social change through media, the business side of getting projects made and the legal aspect of protecting yourself and your work.

Check out the workshops below!


WORKSHOP: STUNTS in Filmmaking: An Intro to Action with Dylan Hintz,
Co-Founder of DC Stunt Coalition
FRIDAY AUGUST 26 @ 6:30PM

Dylan Hintz

Stunt Performer, Actor, Fight Choreographer and Live Stunt Producer

Dylan Hintz is a Maryland born-and-bred stunt performer, actor, fight choreographer, filmmaker, and live stunt show producer. Starting at Six Flags America in 2009 as a live show performer, he has since gone on to work professionally in the film and television industry. Dylan started the DC Stunt Coalition in 2011 in an effort to connect local aspiring stunt performers and action actors. He has worked on dozens of local independent films, and after joining SAG-AFTRA in 2013, has gone on to perform in major television shows such as “TURN“, “OUTSIDERS“, “BANSHEE“, and films such as “THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR” and “BLACK MASS“. Using his training and connections in the industry, Dylan’s mission has been to bring practical, professional, and safe training methods for stunts and action to the DC area. He currently serves as a TIVA-DC board member in an effort to connect the growing DC, MD, and VA filmmaking community, and continues to reach out to local projects that are in need of his skills and those of the DC Stunt Coalition members that he trains with every weekend.


WORKSHOP: Making an Impactful Documentary with Aldo Bello,
Chief Creative Officer at Mind & Media
SATURDAY AUGUST 27 @ 12PM

Aldo BelloAldo Bello

Documentary Film Director, Television Producer & Mind & Media Co-Owner

Aldo Bello is an Emmy award-winning documentary film director, television producer and co-owner of Mind & Media, Inc, a strategic communications and media company located in Alexandria, VA and Bright Box, a performance space located in Winchester, VA.

Over the past 5 years, as Chief Creative Officer at Mind & Media, Aldo has been exploring the growing influence of social, interactive and smart mobile in educational, corporate and marketing communications. As broadband penetration in the United States continues to grow and wireless networks become ever more powerful and distributed, interactive and social media solutions to business and organizational problems will also continue to rise in importance and influence, and Aldo is making sure that Mind & Media is favorably positioned for the transition.

Aldo has been responsible for garnering over 225 peer-judged awards for the company’s campaigns and media products. In 2005, Washingtonian magazine named Mind & Media one of the 55 “Greatest Places to Work” in the region and Washington Business Journal recognized the company as one of the 50 “Best Places to Work in Greater Washington.”

Bello’s latest documentary film is DREAM: An American Story, which has already garnered several awards, including two regional Emmy awards, “Best of Festival” from the Greater Washington Independent Film Fest, the Marcom Platinum Award, a Summit Emerging Media Leader Award and a Pixie Platinum Award for the documentary’s title sequence. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Americans for Immigrant Justice Humanitarian Award. You can learn more about the DREAM project at: http://www.dreamthedocumentary.com


WORKSHOP: The Business of Indie Filmmaking with Ron Newcomb,

President at The Forge Studios
Part 1: SATURDAY AUGUST 27 @ 3PM
Part 2: SUNDAY AUGUST 28 @ 3PM

ron_newcombRon Newcomb

Director, Writer, Actor, and Producer

Ron has written and directed award winning short and feature-length independent films. He founded the FCF, a network of over 500 faith-based filmmakers and film enthusiasts, organized and co-leads the DMV Producers Association, as well as being involved in other film groups. Under his Opening Act Production, LLC team, Ron developed the feature film, Rise of the Fellowship, a coming-of-age story about how a group of four friends learn there’s a little bit of geek and hero in all of us. Since its debut in 2013, Rise has been distributed internationally and has been dubbed in several foreign languages. Ron also produced, Made in the USA: A 30 Day Journey, which is a documentary that explores what the brand “Made in the USA” really means these days. Ron’s innovative transmedia concept, along with his strong IP of The Rangers creates a new, dynamic and lucrative model for independent filmmaking.


WORKSHOP: Protecting your Creative Content with John Simson,
Professor of Entertainment Law at American University
SUNDAY AUGUST 28 @ 12PM

John SimsonJohn Simson

Executive in Residence. Kogod School of Business, American University

John Simson has been in the music industry since his signing in 1971 as a recording artist and songwriter. Simson’s career has included stints as a manager, handling the career of 5X Grammy winner, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, special advisor to Harry Belafonte for music and television projects, and a 30 year career as an entertainment lawyer advising clients on copyright and business issues in film, television, music and the visual arts. He most recently served as the Executive Director of SoundExchange from 2001-2010, an organization he helped launch in 2001. SoundExchange collects royalties from internet and satellite radio services on behalf of recording artists and record labels. The organization is now responsible for distributions greater than Two Billion Dollars since inception. Simson received an Emmy nomination for his music supervision of the PBS series, “American Roots Music” and was named the Outstanding Volunteer Lawyer by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts on their 10th Anniversary celebration. Simson was at the forefront of the battle for artist’s rights and their ability to be paid for their work online and has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, WSJ, Marketplace, CNN and many other news outlets. He is a frequent lecturer on music industry and copyright issues and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, is Chairman of the D.C. Bar’s Art, Entertainment, Media & Sports Law Committee, is a Board member of CINE, the Musicianship and the Music Manager’s Forum. He is a 1994 Alumni of Nashville’s Leadership Music Program and is a past President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Grammy organization. Simson previously taught Entertainment Law at Washington College of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

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