Join us in Jack London Square as we talk Filmmaking!

Each year The Oakland International Film Festival features films “Made in Oakland”.
and/or by Made by Oakland filmmakers.

Below are a few trailers of a few films that demonstrate filmmaking in Oakland is on the rise!

Filmmaker Networking

11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

1:15 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.

Elmanne El Zein

Eimanne El Zein is a writer/director originally from Seattle, WA. She is a graduate from film school at the University of British Columbia. Eimanne has been making movies ever since she can remember, and wants to create films that have a powerful emotional pull....

John Eddins

John Eddins was born and raised in Los Angeles. He earned his BA from Morehouse College as well as an MFA in acting from NYU. Most of his credits have been in front of the camera and on stage. This is his writing and directorial debut.

Eric Stone

Eric Stone is from Edmonds, Washington State. He is a graduate of Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College and the Seattle Film Institute. His experience as a commercial fisherman for a decade and his previous work as a hospital orderly helped inform the...

Shawn Gerrard

Shawn Gerrard is a filmmaker from Toronto and alumnus of York University’s Film Production and Screenwriting program. Since graduating, Shawn has directed three short films about personal identity: Isaiah’s Birthday, 5PiX and My Viola. My Viola was a socially...

3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

John Eddins
Miguel Duran
Evan Cecil
Shawn Gerrard
Elmanne El Zein

4:45 p.m.- 6:15 p.m.