Entrepreneurship in Filmmaking with Dylan Leinner

Beyond the core program taught by region’s leading film professionals and artists, series of theoretical and practical workshops led by some of the world's renowned film directors and experts remain a defining feature of SFA's academic calendar.

Following the week-long Directing workshop with acclaimed British director Peter Webber, Sony Pictures Classics’ Senior Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Production, Dylan Leinner also joined us with an Entrepreneurship in Filmmaking Module. During the Module, Leiner examined what is creative entrepreneurship; how does one define her/his own path and what role do professional and personal partnerships play in this path? How does one become a working filmmaker; is the auteur theory of filmmaking still relevant in this age of media hybridization and concept driven storytelling were among the topics treated within the Module. During his tenure running the Acquisitions & Production Department, Dylan’s films have garnered over 100 Academy Award nominations. Dylan has been named by The Hollywood Reporter as a member of its 35 under 35 Next Generation Group and by Crain’s New York Business among its 40 executives under 40.

Since 1997, Leiner has overseen the Acquisitions and Production Department responsible for a broad range of films including Run Lola Run, Pollock, The Triplets of Belleville, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Lives of Others, Rachel Getting Married, The Class, Waltz with Bashir, A Prophet, The Secret in Their Eyes, Inside Job, Midnight in Paris, A Separation, Amour, Searching for Sugar Man, The Gatekeepers, Blue Jasmine, Mr. Turner, Whiplash, The Lunchbox, Son of Saul, Toni Erdmann, Elle, Call Me By Your Name, A Fantastic Woman as well as upcoming SPC releases including Foxtrot and The Rider