Film Festivals & Conferences

We have organized film festivals and major conferences around social issues, including the Moving Pictures Magazine Short Film Contest, which awards entertainment industry prizes to filmmakers working on material with a social message -- Grand Prize is a screening at the at the Sundance Film Festival. We can help you plan the content and structure of your media related event.

In 2005, we co-founded the E2 Ethics of Entertainment Conference and Film Festival at Arizona State University (ASU), which was sponsored by the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. E2 brought dozens of keynote speakers, filmmakers and academicians together to discuss the role of ethics in entertainment. A Lifetime Achievement Award for public service was granted to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

We have produced, participated in and/or moderated dozens of panel discussions on media and social issues. These include those at the Chicago Screenwriter’s Festival, AFI Screenwriters Weekend, NATPE, Hawaii International Film Festival, Taos Talking Pictures, Association of Weekly Newspapers annual conference, and the Computer Game Developers Association.  Panels & Events Produced and/or Moderated by LTV:

Facing Racism On Film and TV: A Panel Discussion

Hollywood Comes to Chicago Conference for Screenwriters

Chicago, Illinois

         David McKenna, writer, American History X

         Laurie Trottta, media consultant

         Dr. Michael Dyson, activist and author

         Warrington Hudlin, director


Violence in America: Is the Media to Blame?

Association of Alternative Newspapers Annual Conference

Scottsdale, Arizona

         Moderator:      Laurie Trotta

         Panelists:       Jack Valenti, president, Motion Picture Association of America

                          Todd McFarlane, producer and writer, Spawn

                           Jack Thompson, Esq.

                           Kevin Saunders, Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma


God, Mom & Apple Pie: Exploring the Family-Friendly Programming Trend;

NATPE 2000 Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana

Explored the current popularity and success of wholesome and spiritual themes on prime time TV. Panelists: Andrea Alstrup, VP Advertising at Johnson & Johnson, founder of the Family Friendly Programming Forum; Larry Poland, Mastermedia, a nonprofit group working to support spiritual programming; Tim Johnson, Senior Vice President of Programming, Paxson Communications; Bruce D. Johnson; President and CEO, Porchlight Entertainment.


The Effects of Violent Scripts on Society

American Film Institute - Screenwriters Weekend

-- WGA Theater, Beverly Hills

Panelists:       Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise)

                  David McKenna (American History X)

                  John Milius (Apocalypse Now)

                  Laurie Trotta (More Than a Movie, editor)

                  Jim Uhls (The Fight Club)


Through the Eyes of Children

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, North Hollywood, CA

This major conference for creators, producers and actors of children’s television was produced in association with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Federal Communications Commission.  Guests to address the 600 participants include actors Bill Cosby and LaVar Burton, FCC Chairman William E. Kennard and Academy President Meryl Marshall.  Mediasope panel, ”Redefining Children’s TV,” brought academicians and entertainment industry leaders for a debate on the responsibility of TV makers.


Children’s Media Summit: Developing Voluntary Guidelines for Creative Professionals; DIC Entertainment

Co-sponsored with DIC Entertainment a two-day summit for leaders in children’s entertainment to develop guidelines for creators of programming for kids.  Guidelines were written by Trotta and disseminated throughout the children’s TV industry.


Children’s Educational Television 101: Complying with the FCC Rules

Mediascope presented a panel discussion at NATPE 1999 on Children’s Educational TV to more than 80 buyers of children’s programming and others directly concerned with educational TV for children at the annual New Orleans conference.

Moderator:              Laurie Trotta; Mediascope

Panelists:                Donna Mitroff; Fox Kids Worldwide

                           Robby London; DIC Entertainment

                           Donald Roberts; Stanford University

                           Catherine Montgomery; Center for Media Education

                           Carol Martz; KCOP-TV


Canadian Senate Subcommittee on Telecommunications

Organized and hosted a meeting of children’s programmers and members of the Canadian subcommittee.  Topics included comparisons and similarities in Canadian/US law concerning children’s TV regulation, the international marketplace, and ratings.

Moderator/Host::                 Laurie Trotta; Mediascope

Participants:                      Nancy Steingard; Universal

                                    Robby London; DIC Entertainment

                                    Christopher Keenan; Warner Bros.

                                    Carol Monroe; KCOP-TV (UPN)

                                    Jerry Kramer; Canadian Consul General of Los Angeles

                                    Michel Patrice, Senate Subcommittee


On-Screen Violence: How Much Is Too Much?

Hawaii International Film Festival; Honolulu

Trotta organized and hosted a panel moderated by critic Roger Ebert for an exploration of the consistent popularity of violence in film and television. 

Moderator:               Roger Ebert

                           C. M. Chan, Producer (”Tongs: A Chinatown Story,” ”Guns of Dragon”)

                           Miguel Valenti, Producer

                           Bruce Fletcher, Former Canadian Government Censor

                           Jeff Portnoy, First Amendment Scholar and Attorney

                           Deborah M. Pratt, Executive Producer and Writer (”The Net,” ”Quantum Leap”)


Regulating Television in Canada and the US: A Look at the Issues; Beverly Hills, CA

Francoise Bertrand, Chairperson of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (equivalent to the US Federal Communications Commission) was guest of honor at an event during a briefing mission to Los Angeles.

         Host:             Laurie Trotta; Executive Director; Mediascope

                           Jerry Kramer; Consul; Canadian Consulate General

         Guest:           Francoise Bertrand; Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission


Carol Altieri; Vice President; CBS Television Network ñ Program Practices

Mary Conley; Director of Children’s Programming, ABC Television Network

Carl Gottlieb; Vice President, Writers Guild of America, West

Robby London; Exec. VP of Creative Affairs, DIC Entertainment

Grant Marshall,. Behavioral Scientist, Rand ñ Social Policy Dept.

Rick Mater; VP Broadcast Standards, Warner Bros.

Roland McFarland; VP Broadcast Standards & Practices, Fox Broadcast TV

Donna Mitroff; VP Educational Policies & Program Practices, Fox Kids

Richard Mosk; Chairman Classification & Ratings, MPAA



Computer Game Developers Association Annual Conference

Long Beach, CA

In partnership with PCI, organized two major panel discussions as part of a new association to create a social track of discussions and breakout sessions for the 12,000 attendees of the CGDA Conference.  The events marked the first time that social issues were raised as a focal point with the game developers.  The panelists and discussions were as follows:


Moderator:  Hal Josephson, Executive Director, Invision NewMedia Festival

Eugene Provenzo -- Professor, School of Education, University of Miami

Debra Lieberman -- media research consultant

Dr. Jeanne Funk -- Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toledo


Moderator:         Annie Fox -- game designer & creator of Talk City’s The Insite

Yasmin Kafai -- Assistant Professor, UCLA School of Education

Kaveri Subrahmayam -- Assistant Professor, Child & Family Studies, Cal State LA

Cecilia Barajas -- Director of  Civilization II at Activision

Kathryn Jones, Girl Games, Inc., producer and designer

Alex Uttermann -- Journalist and game developer



Trotta served as a judge for this first annual award, organized by PCI, to be bestowed upon a computer game designer who designs the most entertaining game with social responsibility aspects.  Selection was made from one dozen submissions ñ growth of this contest is expected as news of the $10,000 award prize money (through PCI) circulates among the game industry.


Depictions of Tobacco and Illicit Drug Use in the Entertainment Industry

MGM Main Theater; Santa Monica, CA

Trotta opened the day’s discussions of nonsmoking advocates, government health officials, nonprofit representatives, advertisers and entertainment industry executives assembled to examine the prevalence of smoking onscreen, and for a discussion on what could be done about it.  Sponsored by CDC, SAMHSA and Next Generation Alliance.

Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics

Arizona State University, Tempe

Served as a panelist during this three day, open ended discussion with a diverse group of internationally renowned scholars, artists and critics on the role of ethics in our lives and the role of ethics in art and social change.