LA Femme International Film Festival - the motto is "By Women, For Everyone" - is October 19th - 22nd in Los Angeles. The fest screens content from female producers, directors, and writers. It is a launching pad for TV Pilots as well as films. LA Femme also has panel discussions and seminars for beginning filmmakers. Some of these are posted on its website for free. Here is a link to the 2015 panel on finance and distribution. Independent Finance and Distribution Panel
You can also buy tickets on the site.