Reel Magic Hour® is a day long program that provides one hour panels designed for our Chelsea Film Festival filmmakers to meet and network. This is the Fourth edition of the Reel Magic Hour. This program is supported by the Sundance Institute and listed in the Women at Sundance and Women in Film LA Resource Map.

Access to this event requires a Reel Magic Hour® Day Pass, Festival Pass, Filmmaker’s Pass or VIP Pass. Click here to purchase. The Reel Magic Hour® Pass includes access to the breakfast and cocktail.

Saturday, October 19th from 10.30am – 6pm


New Yorker Hotel,
481 Eighth Ave.,
New York, NY 10001

Networking Breakfast
Panel One: Deep Impact: How VR and Films Can Affect Social Change
Panel Two: MasterClass with Jury President
Panel Three: Women in Entertainment: Action for Change
Panel Four: Diversity: Changing the Status Quo
Networking Closing Cocktail

10.30am – 11.30am
Networking Continental Breakfast

11:30am – 12:45pm
Panel One: Deep Impact: How Virtual Reality and Film Can Affect Social Change

Moderator: Stina Hamlin (State Media NYC/VR Programmer)
Speakers: Meredith Riley Stewart  (See Me VR), Kristin Gutekunst (Overview Collective), Elia Petridis (Filmatics, Fever Content),  Stephanie Riggs (Immersive Riggs), Nahiyan Ahmad (Jump Into The Light)

12:45pm – 2:00pm
Panel Two: MasterClass with Paul Haggis, 2019 CFF Jury President

2:00PM – 2:15PM – BREAK

2:15PM – 3:15PM
Panel Three: Women in Entertainment: Action for Change

Moderator: Dionne Walker (Filmmaker, Screenwriter)
Speakers: Dorothy Toran (EP, Real Housewives of New Jersey), Joanna Pickering (3 Arts, Writer, Actor), Doris Casap (SVP, Film Programming, HBO/WarnerMedia), Rebecca Lichtenfeld (Producer, ex-Director of Social Impact, Bertha Foundation)

3:15PM – 4:30PM
Panel Four: Diversity: Changing the Status Quo

Moderator: Lucy Mukerjee (Producer, Senior Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival)
Speakers: Charlie Hidalgo (Filmmaker & Film Curator, Cucalorus, Slamdance), Emma Bell (Guest Filmmaker at CFF 2019, Actor, Between The Pines/The Walking Dead),  Javicia Leslie (Actor, God Friended Me), Justina Adorno (Actor, ABC Grand Hotel)

4:30PM – 6:00PM
Networking Closing Cocktail at AMC LOEWS 34th St.

The Reel Magic Hour® Program is exclusively available for Day Pass, Festival Pass,  Filmmaker’s Pass and VIP Pass holders.