Everyone’s Talking About ITVFest – and You Should Too
By Jeanette Bonner
Snapshot: You’re at the bar, chatting it up with another actor who has a recurring role on a well-loved TV show. You turn around and find yourself talking sponsorship models with the founder of My Damn Channel, when a woman on your left shares a story with you and another man at the bar about a nearby bakery. You’re laughing loudly, making friends, when the Executive Director of ITVFest taps you on the shoulder and whispers, “That’s the director of scripted development at Warner Brothers, just so you know.” Oh, this guy? Cool.
Snapshot: The evening’s entertainment is a no-show. The Executive Director gets on the floor and announces an Open Mic Night. The founder of ITVFest hooks you up with some improv comedians and you do a spontaneous – if not exactly skilled, given the wine you’ve had – improv set. Afterwards you celebrate your boldness by doing shots of whiskey with the future Best Director Winner of the festival, professing your love for Lou Diamond Phillips.
Snapshot: You decided to check out a recommended short film, only to find it’s written by Amelia Jackson-Gray and directed by Skeet Ulrich (yes, that Skeet Ulrich), who is at the screening shyly sitting in the back row. Later at the Gala, shoeless (your heels are killing you from all that dancing), you turn suddenly to Skeet Ulrich and gush how awesome his film is and how cool it is that he’s making his own films and is at ITVFest.
These are small (but not uncommon) moments that happened to me while at this unique gathering of artists and industry people at ITVFest. Intrigued? You should be.