On The Hill Summit

What does Congress have to do with the art of independent film? A good question and one we address at the nexus of art and law. Washington DC. Filmmakers in the United States work within and around a body of regulation bearing on the art and artists. In cooperation with the Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus, we welcome filmmakers and the public to an open discussion with experts and lawmakers about these developments. From issues directly effecting taxation to technology to intellectual property, we are in a unique position to organize and convene this annual event.

2018 Summit On The Hill

New Tax Breaks and Incentives: Impact on Independent Film Production

How do these incentives really work to the advantage of independent production companies. What do filmmakers think about it all and how to ensure the health of this dynamic, growing and creative industry?


  • Jack Gerbes, Film Commissioner, State of Maryland
  • Emily Hunter Salveson, CEO, Streamline Global Group
  • Hal Kessler, Entertainment Attorney, partner, Olsen and Cepuritis, Ltd
  • Carletta S. Hurt, President, Women in Film and Video
  • Doug Maddox, Producer and Founder, DBM Communications, Inc.

Past Summits


2017 Summit: Tax Incentives for Filmmakers
2016 Summit: Virtual Rights And Avatars
2015 Summit:  Lights! Drones! Action!
2014 Summit: Legislating Crowdfunding & The Impacts on Independent Film and the Arts
2013 Summit: Strengthening Support For Independent Media Arts: “Reviewing What Exists and Proposing What Might Be”