June 21st – Creative + Investor Shark Attack
In late June, Ball of Fire Media presented the Ritz Group’s Fourth Annual Creative + Investor Shark Attack at The Ivy in Buckhead, sponsored by Kugarand Capital Holdings. The event included both an educational and social forum to connect, learn and grow with the aid of a workshop, “How to Package, Finance and Sell Your Film.” Content creators were encouraged to bring their stories to life while putting Georgia talent to work, leveraging the infrastructure that has made Georgia the number-one state for filmmaking in recent years.
With capacity crowds filling the venue for yet another run, the capstone “Shark Attack” pitch event, created by Ritz Group visionary Larry White, has been produced by Atlanta-based screenwriter and Ball of Fire Media CEO, Bernadette Boas, since 2015.
A full roster of industry experts contributed their tips, advice, and reality-checks. Among them were Erin Bethea and Drew Waters of Argentum Entertainment; John Adcox of Gramarye Media, Inc.; Stanislav Shkilnyi of Crogan Filmworks, LLC; Chris DeBlasio of Agency 850; Karen Rands of Kugarand Capital Holdings; Eileen O’Neill of EY; and Chris Helton of Silver Line Films, Inc.
Community Partners included Women in Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA); Morin Entertainment Law; Production Accounting and Crew Services International (PACS); Atlanta Nova House; Agency 850; Cromwell Parkes Photography; and Burst Video/ Film Inc.