Conscious Film Convergence

What is Conscious Film Convergence?

If you are involved in the conscious film industry as a writer, director, producer or in any area from production to distribution, the Conscious Film Convergence (CFC) is for you. Held annually at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona this film industry gathering is dedicated to evolving the conscious cinema movement into a global phenomenon.

The Convergence brings industry leaders from around the world to present workshops and presentations in areas of importance to aspiring and established filmmakers. You'll meet funders, distributors, directors, writers and other movers and shakers in the industry in an up close and personal venue. This is the world's premier event dedicated to elevating the world's collective mind, body, spirit and environmental consciousness through cinema. The event is comprised of master classes, panel discussions, a mentorship program, nightly parties where you can mingle with presenters, and the most compelling conscious cinema of the year as curated by the ILLUMINATE Film Festival.

The Conscious Film Convergence 2017 took place Friday June 2nd through Sunday June 4th.

Conscious Cinema Accelerator

Each year, six to seven mind, body, spirit films-in-progress are selected to participate in a mentoring program. If your project is chosen, you will have an opportunity to get one-on-one advice from industry leaders. This is a rare opportunity to get a giant head start on your project. Submissions are CLOSED.

The Conscious Cinema Movement Has Reached a Tipping Point

According to a study by Sparks & Honey in partnership with Gaiam TV, more than 100 million people in the United States are hungry for information on how to grow spiritually and live in harmony with other people, other cultures and the earth.

Conscious concepts, once trivialized, are becoming mainstream thanks to moguls like Oprah, Russell Brand, Deepak Chopra, Russell Simmons and others. Production values have dramatically improved as veteran filmmakers enter the conscious media space and novice filmmakers continue to hone their craft. These developments, as well as technological advancements in everything from camera gear to social media tools, have democratized our ability to produce, market and distribute conscious content.

Who was there in 2017?

Hosting filmmakers, producers, distributors, marketers, publicists, financiers and brands invested in the creation of conscious content, Conscious Film Convergence is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to exchange and network with like-minded professionals.

Louis Schwartzberg


Louie Schwartzberg award-winning Cinematographer, Director and Producer

Henry Arlander Henry Arlander,
Managing Director,
Pereira & O'Dell
Jim Browne Jim Browne, President,
Argot Pictures
Sandra de Castro Buffington Sandra de Castro Buffington,
Founding Director, UCLA
Global Media Center for Social Impact
Billie Goldman Billie Goldman, Global Campaign Manager, Intel
Elizabeth Sheldon Elizabeth Sheldon,
COO, Bond/360
Lydia B. Smith Lydia B. Smith, Filmmaker, Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
Mark Urman Mark Urman, CEO, Paladin  Bruce Joel Rubin Bruce Joel Rubin, Academy Award Winner
Nancy Trent Nancy Trent, President of Trent & Company  Jean Griesser Jean Gressier, Co-director and Screenwriter of Hare Krishna!

Director, time-lapse pioneer and TED Talk sensation Louie Schwartzberg creates art based on evoking "wonder, awe and gratitude." His recent works include the 3D IMAX film, Mysteries of the Unseen World, narrated by Forest Whitaker, the documentary Wings of Life, narrated by Meryl Streep, and a series of shorts "Gratitude Revealed", launched on Drawing from personal experience, Louie offers timely insight into how filmmakers can respond to world events and use film to create the shift in consciousness needed to foster unity and connectedness.

Keynote sponsored by: International Documentary Association

How can filmmakers address conscious themes in a way that engages mainstream audiences? Sandra de Castro Buffington, Founding Director of UCLA's Global Media Center for Social Impact joins Academy Award winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost, Jacob's Ladder, The Time Traveler's Wife) and Jean Gressier, co-director and screenwriter of Hare Krishna! to discuss how to craft stories that communicate deeper messages to mainstream audiences and how to measure their influence.

INTUITIVE FILMMAKING: Walking the Camino Case Study
How can the intention of creating the greatest good deliver tangible results in film fundraising, directing, promotion and distribution? When making her award-winning, theatrical hit documentary, Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago, filmmaker Lydia B. Smith put into practice spiritual learnings that paved the way to a $1.6 million theatrical gross worldwide. Join us for her remarkable journey.

Brands like Intel, Samsung and Dove are aligning with media makers and creative agencies to engage audiences and use their influence for social good. Moderator Nancy Trent, President of Trent & Company, speaks about these exciting new trends in financing and marketing with Billie Goldman, Global Campaign Manager at Intel and Henry Arlander of the award-winning agency Pereira & O'Dell.

Digital distribution has thrown traditional release strategies out the window. Hear from distribution experts about the new models they are using to find success through DIY, hybrid, and all rights distribution. Joining us are Elizabeth Sheldon, COO, Bond/360; Mark Urman, CEO, Paladin; and Jim Browne, President, Argot Pictures.

Attend with a Convergence Pass

Convergence Pass benefits include:

  • Unlimited Conscious Film Convergence panels and conversations
  • Tickets to 3 film screenings of your choice
  • Access to VIP parties and receptions: Wednesday Launch Party VIP reception, Thursday Opening Night Party, Friday Sedona Experience and Saturday Spotlight Soiree
  • Priority ticketing period


Attend with an All-Access Pass

An All-Access Pass includes all of the above and tickets to all 26 film screenings. 



Conscious Cinema Summit
Sunday, June 4, 2017 • By Invitation

Conscious film industry visionaries and media change-makers come together to discuss how conscious cinema can become a viable business sector within the independent film business. Invited guests gather to define "conscious" cinema, imagine new business models and brainstorm new strategies for collaboration to increase the quality, quantity and availability of conscious cinema around the globe.

McLean InstituteSummit sponsored by: McLean Meditation Institute