workshop by Gregg Helvey

Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Gregg Helvey, will speak about marketing your short film, creating a fan base, and "Do it yourself" (D.I.Y.) distribution through alternative/cutting-edge methods.

Helvey will lead this workshop from the perspective of making his University of Southern California graduate thesis film, KAVI, in India and then taking it from the film festival circuit all the way to the Oscars and beyond, including partnering with anti-slavery organizations that use KAVI to raise awareness and help fight modern-day slavery.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn about pulling together resources in order to bring a dream to life, and how you can bring your vision to the screen for audiences around the world.



Gregg HelveyOscar Nominee and Student Academy Award® Winner, Gregg Helvey, has traveled the world to film in countries such as El Salvador, China, Kenya and England on projects ranging from National Geographic and BBC1 documentaries to independent fictional films.

As a filmmaker, Helvey seeks to combine his passion for social justice with powerful story telling. This was most recently recognized by A.M.P.A.S. inviting Gregg to become a lifetime member of the Academy. He currently serves on the Foreign Language Film Award selection committee for the 2011 Oscars.

Helvey wrote, directed and produced “Kavi,” the winning film of the 2009 Student Academy Award® gold medal in the narrative category.

Helvey’s other award-winning work includes the documentary, “Overexposed,” which examines how pornography affects men. Dr. Drew, Adam Carolla and other cultural pundits comment on the issue as the cameras follow two men trying to navigate the rocky road of love, sex and intimacy in the age of virtual fantasies.

Helvey received his M.F.A in film production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and his B.A.s in English and French from the University of Virginia.