2017 Panel Discussions

The 17th annual Beverly Hills Film Festival is proud to host several expert panel discussions led by reputable and experienced members of the film industry

Panel Discussion Location

All panel discussions will be hosted at the TCL Chinese Theater.

Discussion Categories & Panel Experts

The Importance of Latinos and Minorities in Hollywood Films

Date: Thursday, April 27th

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Location: TCL Chinese Theatres


Panel Members

Serving on the Board of Directors at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, Laura Lucio, a skilled television journalist/producer and consultant, has helped guide and shape the careers of many performers. As the moderator of this panel, she will draw from personal and professional experiences to discuss the important topic of racial minority in Hollywood film production.

Laura Lucio: (Moderator)

Producer [NBC TELEMUNDO], TV Journalist

Ted Perkins:

Writer, Producer [Pantelion Films]

Jeffre Phillips:

Producer, Talent Representative, Film Financier

Bel Hernández:

Actor [Selena, 1997], CEO [Latin Heat Magazine], Producer

Adriana Martinez Barron:

Producer, Creative Executive [3Pas Studios], How To Be a Latin Lover (2017), Instructions Not Included (2013)

Gerren Crochet: (Attendance Pending)

The Gersh Agency Film Finance and Distribution

Damian Bichir: (Attendance Pending)

Actor, Producer, Director

How to Make a Living Making Independent Films

Date: Friday, April 28th

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Location: TCL Chinese Theatres


Panel Members

Having produced and directed over 300 films for major networks such as Lifetime, Hallmark, ION, ABC, Family Channel, and many more, Michael Feifer, Fred Olen Ray, and Richard Gabai will come together as true veterans of the film industry to discuss their incomparable experiences in making independent films.

Michael Feifer:

Writer, Director, Producer, President [Feifer Worldwide, Inc.]

Fred Olen Ray:

Director, Producer, Writer

Richard Gabai:

Actor, Producer, Director

 Jury Members’ Discussion

Date: Saturday, April 29th

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Location: TCL Chinese Theatres


Jury Members' Discussions

Steven Paul: (Moderator)

CEO/Producer/Manager [SP Entertainment Group]

Please refer to the 2017 Jury page for all jury members

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