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Mr. Cones has lectured more than 250 times to an aggregate audience of approximately 4,750 on topics relating to film finance and distribution at lectures and/or panel discussions sponsored by the following universities, film industry organizations and bar associations:

American Film Institute

American University (Washington, D.C.)

Asheville Film Festival

Austin Film Society

Barnes & Noble

Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Law Section

Black Talent News

California Lawyers for the Arts

California State University, Los Angeles

California Western School of Law (San Diego)

Caribbean Film Institute (Puerto Rico)

Charleston Film Festival

Cinetex ‘90 International Film and Television Festival (Las Vegas)

Cleveland Bar Association

Cleveland Film Commission

Cinewomen (Los Angeles)

Columbia College/Chicago (Semester in LA Program)

Columbia College/Hollywood (12 week courses)

East Lansing Film Festival

Equitable Securities Corporation

Filmmaker Magazine

Founders National Bank of Los Angeles

Georgia Bar Association

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

Hollywood Film Festival

Hollywood Black Film Festival

Hollywood Film Institute

Idaho Department of Commerce


IFP/West Producer's Group

International Wildlife Film Festival

Institute for International Film Finance (IIFF)

Latin Entertainment Media Institute

Latin Heat Magazine

The Los Angeles Film School

Los Angeles Texas Exes Annual Hollywood Seminar

Los Angeles Independent Film Festival

Loyola Marymount University

Nashville Bar Association

Nashville Film Festival

NationsBank, Music Row Branch

North Carolina School of the Arts

Occidental College

Oregon State Film Office

Peoria (AZ) Film Festival

Pepperdine University

Portland Creative Conference

Santa Clarita Independent Film Festival


Sherwood Oaks College

ShowBiz Expo

Silver Lake Film Festival

Southern Methodist University

Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP)

Texas Association of Film and Tape Professionals

The Nashville Film/Video Association

UCLA Extension (seminars and 12 week courses)

UCLA graduate level Producer's Program (12 week courses)

UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management

University of Puerto Rico (Continued Education Division)

University of Texas Annual Entertainment Law Institute

UT Austin MBA Texas+ Program

UT Los Angeles Center (Semester in LA Program)

USC Cinema-Television Alumni Association

USC School of Cinema/Television

Whittier Law School Entertainment & Sports Law Society

Women In Film

Writers Boot Camp

Mr. Cones is available to lecture or participate in panel discussions relating to Film Finance and the more narrow topics of Investor Financing of Independent Film or Investor Financing of Business Startups.  You may contact him at 310/477-6842 or by e-mail at

Mr. Cones also hosts a Q&A Internet site about investor financing of entertainment projects at
Copyright 2011 by John W. Cones