Your first time should be special. With any luck, it will also involve lots of people, a big spectacle, and Brooke Shields. The First Time Fest is returning for a second year to make it happen for some promising new filmmakers. They’ll be given a forum to screen their debut features, with 10 movies competing for the grand prize: theatrical distribution. Last year, bigwigs like Martin Scorsese and Sofia Coppola showed up to support the fledglings. In addition to the aforementioned Shields, this year features Julie Taymor, Peter Bogdanovich, Slash, and our very own film editor, Alan Scherstuhl, all participating in a host of panels about how to get the ball, or rather, camera rolling on a filmmaking career. Don’t miss the “First Exposure” series, which screens the long-ago premiere works of Albert Maysles, Michael Moore, and others with the directors in person to reminisce.

Thursdays-Sundays, noon. Starts: April 3. Continues through April 6, 2014