Various economic factors are critical to the state’s success, including the creative economy, which can best be summed up as the income-earning potential of creative activities and ideas.
The Arkansas Cinema Society (ACS) has an event planned this weekend in Northwest Arkansas to support those pursuits. The inaugural Film Development Conference is scheduled for Friday and Saturday (April 29-30) at Thaden School in Bentonville. Filmmakers from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri are welcome to attend film screenings, discussions and workshops on pre-production best practices with industry authorities.
ACS co-founder Jeff Nichols and his producing partner Sarah Green will host the in-person event with writer/producers Greg Kwedar and Clint Bentley.
A schedule of events and ticket information is available at this link. A full weekend pass is $100, a Saturday workshop pass is $75 and a la carte workshops and screening tickets are available for $25.
All ticket holders to any event during the conference will be eligible to apply for a film development grant up to $2,500 awarded after the conference. Grant details will be released on Friday The grant is made possible through the support of ACS board member Tom Gordon, CEO of Fayetteville-based restaurant chain Slim Chickens.