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How to produce a Sundance hit with Natalie Qasabian

Updated: Feb 1

An inside look at making festival-worthy feature films from the producer of 'Searching,' 'Run'


As the industry returns home from an exciting Sundance festival, we're taking a look back at our virtual workshop with Natalie Qasabian, whose film "Searching" premiered at Sundance 2018 and won the Audience award and Alfred P. Sloan award. Previously, she had premiered her first short film at the fest in 2016.


She also produced "Run" starring Sarah Paulson) for Lionsgate, and it became the most-watched film on Hulu. Another of her features, "All About Nina," premiered at Tribeca, and her credits include three Duplass Brothers films.


In these highlights from our interview, Natalie shares advice for submitting to festivals and how to best strategize your pitching plan. She delves into why she believes it's so important to give new artists a chance. She also shares her tips and tricks for maximizing your budget to make your film look more expensive.



ABOUT NATALIE QASABIAN


Natalie Qasabian is an independent film producer based in Los Angeles. The first short film she produced, Join the Club, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. Her feature credits include three Duplass Brothers features; most recently Duck Butter, directed by Miguel Arteta. She also produced All About Nina, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Common, which premiered at Tribeca and was acquired by The Orchard. Next, she produced Searching, a thriller starring John Cho and Debra Messing. Searching premiered at Sundance 2018 and won the Audience award and Alfred P. Sloan award. Recently, she produced Run, starring Sarah Paulson, for Lionsgate alongside Searching co-producer Sev Ohaanian and director Aneesh Chaganty. This film became the most-watched film on Hulu.

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