Biola Media Conference

Studio City, CA – Consultant to Disney Animation, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and Twentieth Century Fox, Bobette Buster, and film festival strategist and producer, Thomas Ethan Harris, will join the Biola Media Conference speaker line-up. In its 16th year, attracting more than 700 attendees, the one-day seminar is assembling leading voices in the entertainment industry to inspire those working in cinema and media arts.

“What the Biola Media Conference is offering in one day would literally cost you thousands of dollars in individual training course fees led by the most respected instructors in Hollywood,” said Producer of “To End All Wars” and Chairman of Biola’s acclaimed Cinema & Media Arts department, Jack Hafer. 

Buster, a world-renowned lecturer on story, cinema language, and Hollywood economics is one of those respected instructors. 

“Bobette Buster’s insights and thoroughness in examining every aspect of a film; from structure to marketing, acting, cinematography, editing, and sound, have been immensely valuable to our ongoing commitment to learning and creativity,” said Elyse Klaidman, dean of art and film for Pixar Studios.

Buster has taught a graduate level film course at USC for 18 years and guest lectures at elite film school programs around the world and consistently has students whom rank in the Top 10 box-office worldwide. She consults at major companies including Pixar Studios, where she has created a lecture series for their animators for the past eight years.

Harris, co-founder and former director of programming of the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) will speak on critical film festival strategies that will help your film find and deliver an audience to potential distributors.

Harris owns and operates his own successful Los Angeles-based consulting business whose personal clients have included several feature Academy and Emmy Award nominees and winners, as well as short films such as Disney’s 2004 Oscar-nominated short “Destino”; 2009 Oscar-nominated short “Kavi”; the 2004 Academy Award winner for “Best Live Action Short Film”, “Two Soldiers”, and the 2005 Academy Award winner for “Best Animated Short Film” “Ryan”. Harris produces and instructs at his own highly acclaimed monthly film seminar series at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles.

The Biola Media Conference is the largest event in the nation for people of faith working in the entertainment industry and is known for its intimate and practical conversations with Hollywood leaders, and professional training and instruction from some of the most influential individuals in Film, TV, PR, Media Marketing, Management and Digital Media. Conference topics cover every aspect of media related careers, technologies, and ministries from the creative, to the financial, to the production process.

Sponsored in part by Biola University’s Cinema and Media Arts Department, the Biola Media Conference is part of the FrontGate Media group and has numerous sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, see

For more information or to register online, visit and take advantage of the $150 General Admission from Feb. 9th – April 24th; and $180 at the door. Lunch and coffee bar provided.  Limited press passes are available upon request. Call 562-777-4061 if interested in a press pass.

About Biola Media Conference:
In its 16th year, the Biola Media Conference, part of the FrontGate Media group, exists to educate, inspire, and network media professionals while providing creative inspiration into the spiritual nature of any career in the media industry. The Biola Media Conference attracts participants who will benefit from direct interaction with acclaimed industry pros who are at the top of their craft. From CEOs to students, attendees secure valuable information, insight, and contacts that strengthen their character and their careers. 

About FrontGate Media:
FrontGate Media ( is the largest culture-engaged media group & marketing service reaching the faith and family values audience which represents $4.6 billion worth of Christian products purchased by consumers annually according to a recent article in USA Today. The firm is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2011. The FrontGate Media group provides reach to more than 15 million email subscribers, 25 million monthly page views, and 600,000+ at annual events. The media group is #1 in reach to several consumer and leadership demographics in the faith and family values audience including entertainment fans, music fans, church musicians and worship leaders, youth leaders and youth group students, and political conservatives. The company plays a key role in the success of movie studios, non-profit organizations, publishers and authors, record labels and artists and more seeking “creative & emerging media” outlets.


Biola University’s Cinema and Media Arts department continues to produce award-winning filmmakers such as Scott Derrickson (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still”), recent Doritos “Crash the Superbowl” winners for The Casket, and many more. Biola is a private university located in Southern California on the border of Los Angeles and Orange counties in the city of La Mirada. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Biola as a “National University,” which is considered the “major leagues” of higher education. With over 145 academic programs in six schools, Biola offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D. For more information, visit or call (562) 777 – 4061.
For more information on the Biola Media Conference and FrontGate Media, please contact
Lori Lenz – FrontGate Media