3 Areas That Can Help Jumpstart your Film Project


Do you have the talent, fresh ideas and ability to create a film and yet you find yourself stalled with no clear path forward? Join Craig Thompson and an expert panel as they discuss strategies for giving your project the “leg up” it needs. They tackle topics like:

  • Finding the money

  • Finding the right creative partners

  • Finding your audience

These three core building blocks for your project are crucial to your success and can be the hardest to get your head around. As you work on your concept and treatment, finding the right audience and the creative partners has to be on the top of your mind. It’s vital that you tackle all these elements together — there’s no particular order or timing that works universally. Without all of the above falling into place for you, all you will have is a great idea.

So, what are you waiting for? Come and find what it takes to jumpstart your film project on October 27, 12:30 -2:00, where you will have the opportunity to hear some great thoughts from these amazing panelists.

COURTNEY MCALLISTER (Head of Development at Vortex Words + Pictures and V71 Entertainment)

Courtney has extensive experience in production services including financing, budgeting and delivery. Most recently, she produced the documentary series Street Spirits for Bell Canada. In the last two years at Vortex/V71, she has worked on the release of Another WolfCop, Hellmington, Trouble in the Garden, and is constantly developing fresh concepts with both emerging and experienced filmmakers. Courtney is currently working on a horror script, with the aim for it to go to camera in early 2019. 

KELLY PAYNE (Film Development Consultant, Ontario Creates)

As Program Consultant, Film and Television Ms. Payne brings 20 years of industry experience to the administration and development of programs and strategies, helping to drive innovation and growth in Ontario’s Film and TV sector. Prior to her current roll at Ontario Creates, Ms. Payne was Team Lead for provincial tax credits and held various management roles in programming, production and business/legal affairs with some of Canada’s largest media and production outlets.

REBEKAH MORRISON-WIZE (Development & Grants Professional, London Arts Council)

Rebekah has twenty years of professional experience within the cultural sector managing Granting Programs, Organizational Investment Programs and Services including Organizational, Community, Educational, Corporate and Social Events.

GREG JEFFS (Client Services Coordinator, Emerging Filmmakers/Digital Content Creators, William F. White International Inc.)

Greg is an NSI Features First alumni. He has written and produced short films that have been broadcast, released theatrically and are available on iTunes. His short film, THE HUNT, was named the best short film of 2013 by RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE. His directorial debut, IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD premiered at the 2016 Horror Channel Fright Fest and continues to tour the worldwide festival circuit. Through his work with William F. White he helps new talent learn the industry procedures and develop a plan for their project that will help maximize the results.

PENNY EIZENGA (Director/Writer/Producer/Actor, Dog-Eared Productions)

Penny is a Toronto based filmmaker and digital media producer who loves to be part of a creative, collaborative team to develop projects that inspire, move and challenge people. She’s keen to involve more women both in front and behind the camera. Dog-eared Productions is an independent film production company founded by Penny and known for producing high quality stories that challenge and entertain.

Industry Sessions at the Forest City Film Festival run from Oct 26th to 28th. Details here.

Forest City Film Festival