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Film development

FE&D TEAM

Meet our instructors

Kevin Christoffersen

20+ years of media-based positions held on an international scale. Co-producing a multitude of mixed genre narrative feature films and a docudrama TV series overseeing the process from development into distribution. This includes packaging, financing structures, investment negotiations and project coordination throughout Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production. Current main initiative of launching a venture capital agency that focuses on the marketing, investment sourcing and deal structures of features, TV series and new tech platforms through different strategic partners.

Javier Gonzalez

Javier is a Mexican, Brooklyn-based, Emmy-winning Producer whose films have been selected for the Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, New York, Rotterdam, TriBeCa, Fantastic Fest, Morelia, Glasgow, Stockholm, Los Angeles, Sitges and Los Cabos Film Festivals. Javier has spent the last fifteen years working in various production capacities throughout the American and Mexican film industries.

Dan Thorens

Self-made Canadian-Swiss Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Producer and Actor. CEO / Founder of CW1 Films & Swiss Made Films. Writer of 5 very different feature length films scripts, from personal inner journeys to fighting your way across the land of the 'un-dead'. Shot a host of shorts films and teasers for 2 of his feature films: BLOODTYPE and SWISS-MADE. Shot a humanitarian doc on a local Haitian street children association, which became the inspirational basis of BLOODTYPE. Majored in Psychology at the Geneva University. Fluent in French. Voilà !

Simon Taufique

Simon Taufique is a producer of award-winning narrative and documentary films with distribution by Lionsgate, Universal, Amazon, Monument, Reliance and eOne. His films screened and won prizes at Sundance, Berlinale, IFP, Austin, Rome, SXSW, Tribeca and Telluride, including nominations for the Emmy Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, and Oscar shortlist.

Dallas Brennan

Dallas Mitchell Brennan is an award-winning Writer/Producer, a graduate of Rutgers University and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. His script for Rock the Paint (2005) received the Creative Promise award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2005 where it also World Premiered under his production banner Wren Court Films. Original music and score by 'Wyclef Jean'. In 2010 Brennan established his production company Wild Invention

Martin Rosete

Martin Rosete is an Award-Winning Spanish film director based in New York. In 2013 he was nominated for the Spanish Academy Award (Goya Awards) and won over 100 awards for his short film VOICE OVER, including the Melies d'Or at Stiges Film Festival.

Meet our team

Kevin Christoffersen

Founder / Director

20+ years of media-based positions held on an international scale. Co-producing a multitude of mixed genre narrative feature films and a docudrama TV series overseeing the process from development into distribution. This includes packaging, financing structures, investment negotiations and project coordination throughout Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production. Current main initiative of launching a venture capital agency that focuses on the marketing, investment sourcing and deal structures of features, TV series and new tech platforms through different strategic partners.

Shannon Nagaoka

Director of Product & Growth

As director of product & growth, Shannon ensures FE&D continues to offer value to all students and partners interested in our mission to make Film Education and Development accessible to all. Professionally, she works as a tech product manager, and pivoted her career from advertising/marketing having worked for over 5 years in ad agencies, including a DDB Affiliate Agency and The New York Times' in-house brand studio. Shannon is passionate about EdTech and film, minored in Film Studies, and enjoys co-producing with filmmakers on their independent feature films and series. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, and was born and raised in Honolulu, HI.

PARNTERShips

Our partners

NYU (New York City)
New York University (NYU)

Since its founding in 1831, NYU has been an innovator in higher education, reaching out to an emerging middle class, embracing an urban identity and professional focus, and promoting a global vision that informs its 19 schools and colleges.

Today, that trailblazing spirit makes NYU one of the most prominent and respected research universities in the world, featuring top-ranked academic programs and accepting fewer than one-in-five undergraduates... [Visit site]

IFP (New York City)
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists across various media disciplines with essential resources at all stages of their career and projects’ development. The organization fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent creative community, represents a growing network of storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 fiction and nonfiction works each year. During its 42-year history, IFP has supported over 10,000 projects and offered resources to more than 30,000 storytellers. [Visit site]

Brooklyn College (New York City)
Brooklyn College

Brooklyn College is an innovative liberal arts institution with a history of more than 90 years of academic excellence. With more than 18,000 students enrolled in 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the humanities, social, behavioral and natural sciences, education, business and the arts, the college is renowned for its rigorous academics, diverse student body, award-winning faculty, and highly affordable tuition. Located on a beautifully landscaped 35-acre campus, Brooklyn College offers a rich student life within an urban environment. [Visit site]

NY Media Center (New York City)
NY Media Center

We are a collaborative workspace and community designed to support and connect the next generation of media and tech entrepreneurs, innovators, and artists with industry resources, events, mentorship, and educational opportunities.

Art of Brooklyn Film Festival (New York City)
The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is a unique event that brings Brooklyn’s celebrated film and media makers together with their peers across the country and around the world. The award-winning AoBFF is a filmmaker-focused event, platform and showcase for exciting emerging creators and established voices. We partner with film distributors and media organizations, host world-class talkbacks, create innovative programming for networking and skill building, and screen in state-of-the-art theaters for enthusiastic audiences across Brooklyn. [Visit site]

Filmshop (New York City)
Filmshop

Founded in 2009, Filmshop is a nonprofit collective of independent filmmakers committed to developing new work through peer support and collaboration. Chapters in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and New Orleans meet weekly to workshop projects, offer constructive critique, and incubate new ideas.

Filmshop’s Breakthrough Series showcases a curated selection of our members' films in an intimate setting with festival programmers, distributors, and executive producers. Facilitating discussions centered around development and distribution, Breakthrough provides a forum for filmmakers to explore the next stages of their careers.

Stage 32 (USA)
Stage 32

Stage 32 is a US-based social network and educational site for creative professionals who work in film, television and theater. As of June 2015, the global web site had more than 400,000 members. Stage 32 links professionals in the entertainment industry including directors, writers, actors and entertainment staff.

Cineworks (Los Angeles)
Cineworks

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society is a non-profit Artist-Run Centre, supporting independent filmmakers, media artists and arts audiences through facilities and initiatives encompassing production, exhibition, consultation, outreach and advocacy.

Through programs that foster experimentation with motion-picture arts, in dialogue with their historic, current and future cultural contexts, we engage our membership and wider communities in the investigative, expressive and transformative powers of the moving image. [Visit site]

Hunter Mountain Film Festival (Upstate New York)
Hunter Mountain Film Festival

Only 2 hours away from NYC, Hunter Mountain is the perfect festival destination bringing in many industry representatives to make your selection to this festival an exciting premiere event. The insightful, thought-provoking films by these visionaries will be displayed throughout the three days, and awarded for the works of art that they are. Screening the best feature films, short films, web/new media, student films and music videos.A great way to network with other fellow indie filmmakers and industry representatives while attending panels, screenings, and parties. [Visit site]

ReadingFilmFEST (Philadelphia)
ReadingFilmFEST

ReadingFilmFEST was created by filmmakers for filmmakers and film lovers. We understand the importance of festivals in creating opportunities for filmmakers to meet their audiences, network with other professionals and promote their films. By supporting filmmakers, we’ve learned that our audience benefits by being able to engage in truly meaningful dialogue with the creators of film. [Visit site]

Produce Iowa (Iowa)
Stage 32

Stage 32 is a US-based social network and educational site for creative professionals who work in film, television and theater. As of June 2015, the global web site had more than 400,000 members. Stage 32 links professionals in the entertainment industry including directors, writers, actors and entertainment staff.

Film Loft NY (New York)
Stage 32

Stage 32 is a US-based social network and educational site for creative professionals who work in film, television and theater. As of June 2015, the global web site had more than 400,000 members. Stage 32 links professionals in the entertainment industry including directors, writers, actors and entertainment staff.

LaSalle College Vancouver (Canada)
Stage 32

Stage 32 is a US-based social network and educational site for creative professionals who work in film, television and theater. As of June 2015, the global web site had more than 400,000 members. Stage 32 links professionals in the entertainment industry including directors, writers, actors and entertainment staff.

Hollywood Radio & Television Society (Los Angeles)
Stage 32

Stage 32 is a US-based social network and educational site for creative professionals who work in film, television and theater. As of June 2015, the global web site had more than 400,000 members. Stage 32 links professionals in the entertainment industry including directors, writers, actors and entertainment staff.

Squalor (New York City)
Stage 32

Stage 32 is a US-based social network and educational site for creative professionals who work in film, television and theater. As of June 2015, the global web site had more than 400,000 members. Stage 32 links professionals in the entertainment industry including directors, writers, actors and entertainment staff.

EAS Advisory (USA)
EAS Advisory

Advise on project finance opportunities in power and real estate sectors. Work closely with business owners and principals to achieve strategic business objectives with respect to business structure, markets, operations and acquisitions. Clients in financial services, hotels, healthcare, entertainment and digital media.

CW1 Films (USA, Belgium)
CW1 Films

Led by director-producer-screenwriter Dan Thorens,CW1 films is a US based specialized production companywith strong working partnerships in Belgium, China, France, Canada and Switzerland.​Working closely with Writers, Producers and Directorsallows therm to creatively foster quality narrative and documentary projects on an international scale.

JAG Films - Javier Gonzalez (USA)
JAG Films - Javier Gonzalez

Javier Gonzalez is a Mexican, Brooklyn-based, Emmy winning Producer whose films have been selected for the Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, New York, Rotterdam, TriBeCa, Fantastic Fest, Morelia, Glasgow, Stockholm, Los Angeles, Sitges and Los Cabos Film Festivals. Javier has spent the last fifteen years working in various production capacities throughout the American and Mexican film industries. Javier is fluent in Spanish, English and German.

Kingston5 Productions (Miami)
Kingston5 Productions

Kingston5 Productions is an Indie Film Production company committed to documenting the injustices and the joys that human beings face on a daily basis. Its goal is to foster a sense of community and encourage positive change in the world. Kingston5 is based in Miami, Florida in the United States.

TESTIMONIALS

Don't take our word for it.

Hear what our students and clients have to say.

Grace Kim
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"As mentioned on the last day of class, I really took a lot away from the class from you and the other classmates! Excited to apply what I’ve learned for when I’m ready to take on my first feature…"
Jan 16, 2020
John Rolin
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"This is a very valuable course and appropriate for both beginners or intermediates looking to finance their feature films who wish to know more about the process of finding financing.  Not only should this course be taught multiple times per year, but it should be one pillar of recurring filmmaker classes The Media Center should offer. Teacher was overall great, and would love to see this expanded— I would definitely take again."
Jan 16, 2020
James Duff & 
Julia Morrison
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"Hi Kevin,
Thanks so much for everything you’ve done to make the workshop a valuable experience. We learned a ton, and can’t tell you how much Julia and I appreciated your willingness to share your documents with the class. Imagine, all of Hollywood being transparent???"
Jan 16, 2020
Julie Baseq
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"This class was very informative, and the vibe was relaxed with a lot of class participation, which I really enjoyed with an interesting guest speaker and interactive class pitches.  Overall, very worth it and I appreciated the instructor’s calm demeanor throughout. Thanks!"
Jan 16, 2020
Jesse Gebryel
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"Hi Kevin,
Thank you for the materials and for such an informative class!  Your ongoing efforts to provide financing education to the filmmaking community are important. I’d love to set up a 1x1 consultation."

My best,
Jesse Gebryel
Jan 16, 2020
Eric Ogden
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"Hey Kevin,
Thanks again for offering us an informative class on film financing.  For me, it was important to get a sense of the language and mechanics of that part of the filmmaking process, even if I am not personally raising the funds myself(though maybe I will be!)."

Best,
Eric Ogden
Jan 16, 2020
Judy Richland
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"Dear Kevin,
Thanks so much for a terrific course.  I'm sorry I couldn't make it down from Boston to attend the last class. I'll keep in touch about whether you might like to do a similar workshop in Boston. Thanks again!"

All the best,
Judy Richland
Jan 16, 2020
Claudia Murdoch,
Cup of Joe Film, Inc.
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"Thank you again for the Film Financing class at the IFP, which was very informative and has shown me that there are a few paths I have to learn to explore, in order to piece together financing for my film and tv projects. As I mentioned, I would love to take advantage of your offer of a consultation meeting with you."

Claudia Murdoch        
Cup of Joe Film, Inc.
Jan 16, 2020
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executive Development services

FE&D develops and strategizes with you

In addition to our educational courses and content, we offer our clients executive film development services to assist with everything from film financing and packaging to the marketing and distribution of your project.

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