Pod Of Seals – Filmmaker Strategy Seminar by Hammad Zaidi

This seminar is designed to help filmmakers navigate their careers. Topics will include distribution insights, film festival strategies, pitching, packaging, and submission tactics, as well as many other things you need to know that distributors will never tell you. 

Hammad Zaidi has been a jury member, advisory board member, panelist, filmmaker advisor, program curator and screener at several film festivals, including Sundance, SXSW, Slamdance, and Flickerfest in Sydney, to name a few. He has been an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at several universities, like UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Chapman, The Watkins Film School in Nashville, Avila University, The University of Kansas, UMKC, and San Diego State, among others. Hammad Zaidi received his Masters of Fine Arts from the UCLA School of Film and Television Producers Program.

Hammad Zaidi is the founder of the Lonely Seal Company Group, which consists of entertainment, social cause, and media-related companies committed to making the world a more magical place. These include Lonely Seal Releasing, an international film, and television, distribution company,  The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay & Music Festival, a Top 100 Best Reviewed Festival, The Lonely Seal Traveling Film Festival, which hits multiple cities in 2020, and Lonely Seal Streaming, which launches in late 2020.

In addition, Hammad is a certified buyer at the world’s most significant film festivals and film sales markets, including Cannes, Berlin, Hong Kong, etc. Zaidi is also a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America.

Zaidi is also a founder at Hourglass24, a new crowdfunding platform that supports all lengths of crowdfunding campaigns, from 24 hours to 60 days.

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