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CNA sound & storytelling conference

march 2018

We would like to invite you to join us for the CILECT North America Sound & Storytelling conference that will take place at Chapman University in Southern California from March 22 – 24, 2018. (Participants will arrive on Wednesday March 21st and the conference will end in the late afternoon of March 24th.)

The conference will focus on the expressive and narrative use of sound in film and related media. The conference will consist of multiple sessions related to the theme, including keynote speakers, master classes, workshops, demonstrations, and panel discussions involving both educators and industry professionals.

The conference has been designed to appeal to a wide range of film educators and students, from those who have a general interest in the art and craft of filmmaking to those who specialize in sound for film or related media.

The conference website is

Call for Papers/Presentations
We are now accepting submissions of proposals for papers/presentations. Send submissions to by January 31st, 2018.

Registration Details:

Take advantage of the discounted rate by registering prior to March 1:

Early Registration Deadline: March 1, 2018

-          General Attendees: $300 (USD)

-          Students: $85 (USD) 

Late Registration Deadline: March 14, 2018

-          General Attendees: $350 (USD)

-          Students: $135 (USD)

Please note: most meals (coffee breaks, lunches and two receptions) will be provided as part of the conference. Attendees are responsible for securing their own lodging and transportation.

Registration information and information regarding hotels and conference events can be found on our website:

Register today, and continue to check your email for updates about events, important deadline reminder emails and conference updates.

Keynote Speaker 
Our Keynote Speaker will be Mark Mangini who sound designed Mad Max: Fury Road and Blade Runner 2049. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing and has won one for Mad Max: Fury Road

 Featured speakers include:

• Vanessa Ament, Endowed Chair at Ball State. Author of The Foley Grail.

• Jay Beck, Professor at Carleton College, author of Designing Sound: Audiovisual Aesthetics in 1970s American Cinema

• Midge Costin, Professor and Head of Sound at School of Cinematic Arts at USC ( She will be discussing the making of her documentary about sound designers called Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

 • Miriam Cutler (Music Composer for Documentary Films):

• Mildred Iatrou: Supervising Sound Editor whose credits include Lalaland, Battle of the Sexes, The Mountain Between Us.

• Mark Kerins, Professor at Southern Methodist University, Filmmaker and author of Beyond Dolby (Stereo) Cinema in the Digital Sound Age

• Samuel Larson Guerra, Mexican sound designer, composer and teacher. Author of Thinking About Sound: An Introduction to Film Sound Theory and Practice.

• Christopher Newman, Production Sound Recordist whose credits include: Medium CoolThe GodfatherKluteThe Exorcist

• David Sonnenscheim, Author of Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema

• Bill Wittington, Professor at USC, author of Sound Design and Science Fiction 

CILECT North America is a regional association of the member schools of CILECT

Our conference partners are:
University Film & Video Association (UFVA
Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE
Cinema Audio Society (
Mix Magazine (

CNA Digital Innovation Day opened the 2016 UFVA Conference

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UQAM and SARTEC present CILECT sponsored Serial Risk symposium

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Organizational, distribution and funding realities were incorporated into this dialogue on approaches and creativity. Among the questions raised were: What were the risks to creativity and originality because of these outside realities? How were these risks defining the development of creative product? What funding models might mitigate overall risk? What contributions could be made by outside stakeholders such as distributors (ARTE) or broadcasters (public vs. private) to find such answers.

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August 2015

American University hosted the 2015 University Film and Video Association Conference. The event started with a pre-day symposium on documentary filmmaking and related education, which was organized and presented by CILECT North America.

Award-winning filmmaker, educator, and author, Michael Rabiger, gave the keynote presentation, and this was followed by in-depth panel discussions with question & answer sessions that addressed Content Development, Fair Use, Teaching Documentary Filmmaking, and Documentary Grant Funding. 

Toronto Pre-Visualization Symposium: Screen Industries Research & Training Center (SIRT), Pinewood Studios.

Toronto Pre-Visualization Symposium: Screen Industries Research & Training Center (SIRT), Pinewood Studios.

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A partnership between CILECT/CNA, Sheridan College, Ryerson University, Adobe, and TIFF / Bell Lightbox. 

Day Two was hosted by John Helliker in the Screen Industries Research and Training Center (SIRT) at Pinewood Studios Toronto. To prepare for that hands-on "train the trainer" component, the Day One program at TIFF / Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto featured a keynote presentation by co-founder of The Third Floor, Chris Edwards, which you can watch below: