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Conversations with Natasha Marburger

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natasha Marburger. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I run the Los Angeles International Film Festival (LAIFF), which has been running for 3 years. The mission is to showcase films at the same time as AFM in Santa Monica. I am also the Festival Director of the London Independent Film Festival, and I am also a Producer, so I understand filmmaking and am able to put together festivals/events that are truly beneficial. Having an event at the same time as AFM within walking distance allows filmmakers to attend both events. I am also able to invite industry professionals who are around. This is a successful match-making solution, and I also host a pitching event where content creators can pitch their projects to industry executives. The more opportunities we can create, the better. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Being a filmmaker has many challenges. I am always producing a number of projects. That is why I started working in festivals. It in inspiring to help fellow filmmakers celebrate their work and also provide opportunities to connect with each other. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a both a film producer and a festival director. This gives me a unique perspective as I have an insight into both areas. As festival director, I can connect with filmmakers and promote their films, giving voice to their films and helping to promote their work. As a producer, I know what is useful to filmmakers, so I am able to create connections and opportunities. As well as the pitch event, where filmmakers can pitch to industry execs, I also host events for people to mingle and meet each other, hopefully with the intention of collaborating in the future. I am also a film producer, and working in festivals means I can connect with other filmmakers and I can develop projects according to different audiences. 

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