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Bring your work into sharp focus! We strive to bring Southwestern Ontario opportunities to improve the craft of filmmaking and the business of film! Learn from people who are at the top of their game, making a living in the industry.

 

 Sharpen your Filmmaking Skills

OCTOBER 26-28 @ THE STEVENSON AND HUNT ROOMS AT THE WOLF


JOIN US FOR A WEEKEND DEDICATED TO IMPROVING YOUR FILMMAKING SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE!

Go into your next movie project with the confidence that you will churn out a quality product and get noticed by film industry insiders.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26/2018

4 EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR THE DAY

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EVENT 1
10:00AM - 11:30AM

POST-PRODUCTION ON A BUDGET - PANEL

“We’ll fix it in post” has become a well-worn punchline in the film industry. “Fixing” in post is risky at best, but elevating a modest production – even significantly –  is possible when you know how to get the most out of post-production. Listen and learn from our industry pros as they share micro-budget post-production secrets and cautionary tales.

Moderator

SCOTT DOERR (Professor/Program Coordinator - Broadcast-Television and Film Production & Visual Effects & Editing at Fanshawe College)

Scott has been in the media business for over 30 years. He has been teaching Visual Effects, Motion Graphics, Editing and Animation at Fanshawe College for 20. His career included time as an Editor at CBC Television (Toronto) and Producers Post (London). Scott also operated his own Production company, Doerr Digital Productions, for 15 years. He has completed Editing, Visual Effects and Animations for a variety of clients in the Film and Television Industry on Commercials, Documentaries, Corporate Videos, Music Videos and Television Shows.

 
 

Panelists

RYAN GREGORY (CTV Post Production)

Ryan is a producer/director/editor, who has been creating TV commercials for 17 years. A graduate of Fanshawe College, he spent over 5 years in Toronto working for Ricochet (part of BBDO Toronto), as an Editor and Visual Effects artist. For more than 10 years now, Ryan has worked at CTV London as a Creative Producer, executing every aspect of commercial production from start to finish. He also spent 4 years teaching Editing and Motion Graphics at Fanshawe College, and runs his own company, Above The Line Creative.

MARK DUFFIELD (Sound Designer/Editor)

Mark is an experienced audio editor with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. He is skilled in Pro Tools, Audio Engineering, Audio Editing, Dialog Editing, Sound Design and Audio Processing. Mark is a strong arts and design professional with an Honours Diploma focussed in Audio Engineering from Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART) and a Diploma in Software Engineer from Fanshawe College.

LUCAS K. LABRECQUE (Story/Production/Post at SaMRD)

Lucas got his start in TV and was part of the 'first wave' of the DV revolution. In 2007, Lucas shifted focus of post-production to a 'decentralized' scale, doing all post-production over the internet. The first of such shows was the PBS TV series: "Click and Clack: As the Wrench Turns". Lucas also spent the past 15 years abroad shooting/directing lifestyle docs for National Geographic/Food Network/Fox Traveler. Currently Lucas is focussed on lowering production costs, while maintaining quality. Having worked on a myriad of programs big and small, Lucas brings a wealth of knowledge and insight on ‘pre-to-post’.

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EVENT 2
12:00PM - 1:30PM

SCORING YOUR FILM - PANEL

Learn from music publishing professionals: how to properly incorporate music into your film: creating, locating, licensing, compensation, and working directly with musical artists. 

Moderator

RYNER STOETZER

Ryner is a sound recording engineer and a prolific and, diversified composer with scores on shows such as Saturday Night Live, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Access Hollywood, Portlandia, and in Allan Ungar’s feature films Gridlocked and Tapped Out. Ryner has composed, arranged, produced and performed music for more than thirty-three television series, documentaries and specials that comprise nearly 800 individual episodes, in addition to a substantial portfolio of long and short-form commercial music and album tracks for a variety artists in multiple genres. A career highlight for Ryner was working with Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue to edit and arrange the music for Scott and Tessa’s Olympic Gold Medal ice dance win in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

Panelists

GLENN MORLEY (Composer/Conductor/Music Director/Producer) 

Glenn is a Toronto-based composer, conductor, and musical director with an extensive background in music for Theatrical, Live Events, Concert, Television, and Film media. With credits for more than 2000 television episodes, he has won 3 Gemini Awards.  A founding member and past President of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, he is currently the Vice-President of Project Productions of the Glenn Gould Foundation, and a SOCAN Board member (Chair of Membership Committee)

MARVIN DOLGAY (Creative Director, Tambre Productions)

AMY FRITZ (Music Supervisor, Radar Music Group)

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EVENT 3
2:00PM - 3:30PM

WEB SERIES PANEL- MOVING YOUR IDEA TO THE WEB

Established Web series creators explore the exciting opportunities and challenges producing episodic vlogs, video podcasts, documentaries, and scripted narrative for the web.

Moderator

ADAM CAPLAN (PRODUCER, DIRECTOR WEB.ISOD.ES)

Adam Caplan is Founder of web.isod.es, an interactive story studio. Previous positions include Creative Director at EK3, Executive Site Producer at hsn.com, and he continues to lecture on e-commerce strategy at Western University after over a decade. Prior, Adam consulted for digital agencies and studios in Los Angeles.

Adam serves on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and previously on the Boards of The Grand Theatre, Museum London, and UnLondon.

Panelists

CHRIS DUNN (Consultant, Industry Initiatives, Ontario Creates)

MARIAH OWEN (CEO, GTE Productions)

PETER WOODS (President and Executive Producer, Vandal Media)

JUSTINE NELSON (Actor, Writer, Co-creator, Mind Fudge)

RODNEY SMITH (Producer, founding Board Member for IWCC)

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EVENT 4
4:00- 6:00PM

LEDC NETWORKING PARTY - ELEVATOR PITCH

Come and join other London and regional film and digital creative industry members as they introduce themselves and their locations, businesses, or personal skills relevant to the regional filmmaking community.  Learn all about the who, what and where of the region's film industry over conversation, light food and drinks provided. 

This event is at Innovation Works, 201 King St,  a small distance from the Wolf Performance Hall - the main venue for the Forest City Film Festival and Industry Sessions.  Come out, enjoy some food and drinks while getting to know people in the industry from this city, region and beyond.

Registration is FREE and Necessary and includes one drink ticket and light food.

 

Agenda

4:00pm - Event open and Networking

4:45pm - Elevator Pitches

5:00pm - Networking

5:30pm - Elevator Pitches

5:45pm - Networking

6:00pm - Event Concludes

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27/2018

5 EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR THE DAY

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EVENT 1
8:30AM - 10:00AM

BREAKFAST WITH EXPERTS - MENTORING SESSIONS

Book your breakfast with one of our fascinating experts. Enjoy a meal and conversation with the professional of your choice, each from a different corner of the filmmaking industry. These casual mentoring sessions are always incredibly valuable to both emerging filmmakers and film fans alike, so don’t miss your chance to listen and learn! 

NOTE: This is not included in the weekend pass and must be booked separately.  

BREAKFAST AT HILTON DOUBLETREE. LIMITED SEATING: Maximum 5 people per expert, so book early!  

REGISTRATION TO CLOSE OCTOBER 22

Our Experts

CRAIG THOMPSON (President and Executive Producer, Ballinran Entertainment)

Craig is an accomplished executive producer, producer, director and writer with more than 25 years’ experience in the Canadian and international film and television industry; founding his company after more than a decade working as a journalist both in Canada and abroad. He is a published author, public speaker and experienced educator committed to inspiring the next generation of media professionals. Ballinran has recently embarked on a production partnership with a major Chinese media company and together are producing a film with Cirque du Soleil. Recent feature documentary credits: Game Changers (2018), The Truth is in the Stars (2017), Mostly Sunny (2016).

SUSAN CURAN (A71 Entertainment VP of Marketing and Acquisitions)

Over the last two decades, Susan has worked as a marketing executive in Over the last two decades, Susan has worked as a marketing executive for BMG, Sony Wonder, Tower Records, Universal Music and Anchor Bay. During her 12-year run as Executive Director of Marketing/Acquisitions for Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, notable accomplishments include the release of over 1000 titles into the Canadian retail marketplace, over 100 of which were Canadian.

Her innovative marketing and advertising strategies built Anchor Bay’s company profile, and consistently delivered results that exceeded expectations. Susan is a champion of new talent, enjoying the energy and ingenuity of the creative people she meets in the independent film community while successfully bringing their projects to the marketplace.

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.

GARY ELMER (Director of Photography, DP Eyeline Cinematography)

Gary has been behind the lens professionally for over 30 years and has shot in every Province and Territory in Canada multiple times along and has extensive international credits. He has DP (Director of Photography) on a wide variety of productions: Commercials, Docs, Shorts, Music Videos, News, Narrative, Corporate videos, Training and Research. Gary has DP’d three movies currently in international distribution. Devil Seed (2010), Kingdom Come (2014) and Gray Matter (2018). Gary is renown for generating high quality imagery at any budget range.

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EVENT 2
10:30 - 12:00PM

DISTRIBUTION FOR INDY FILMMAKERS

Arguably no corner of the filmmaking industry is evolving more rapidly and radically than distribution. If your film project has any hope of succeeding and finding a wider audience, you need to understand the emerging opportunities and fast-moving trends that are currently reshaping how films reach the public.

Moderator

ROB MCCALLUM(Producer/director Pyre Productions, Crowd Funding Consultant)

Rob McCallum is an Emmy-nominated and multiple award-winning filmmaker who has directed several popular documentaries such as “Nintendo Quest”, FCFF Best Documentary winner “Missing Mom” and this year’s FCFF documentary entry, “The Power of Grayskull”. Born in London, Ontario and one of only two filmmakers who has screened a film every year at the festival, Rob is considered one of the most prolific filmmakers in the area. When not directing, producing and editing his own projects, he is often working as a crowdfunding consultant and has helped numerous projects secure the funding they needed with his unique expertise. Currently, Rob is putting the finishing touches on his next docu-series “Video Game Box Art” which is an 8-part series exploring the fascinating world of video game cover illustrators.

 

Panelists

PAUL LEWIS (Executive Producer, Factual Entertainment)

Paul Lewis is a respected leader in factual programming. He has just left his role as President of Great Pacific Media, an award winning Canadian production company that delivers innovative factual programs worldwide, to work as an independent Executive Producer. As a television executive Paul has more than three decades of broadcasting and production experience. He has created, developed and commissioned some of the world’s most successful factual television and digital content. Paul’s television career began as a journalist at CBC, working on news and current affairs programs. In 1994, Paul joined the Discovery Channel in Canada and launched the world’s first daily science program, Daily Planet. He went on to become President and General Manager of Discovery during the company’s most significant period of expansion and growth and led Discovery Canada to become the most watched factual channel in the country. Paul oversaw five television networks and their related websites, an in-house production company and a distribution business. He initiated key strategic and content partnerships with international broadcasters. Paul is a founding Board director for the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers and the Canadian Science Media Centre of Canada.

CRAIG THOMPSON (President and Executive Producer, Ballinran Entertainment)

Craig is an accomplished executive producer, producer, director and writer with more than 25 years’ experience in the Canadian and international film and television industry; founding his company after more than a decade working as a journalist both in Canada and abroad. He is a published author, public speaker and experienced educator committed to inspiring the next generation of media professionals. Ballinran has recently embarked on a production partnership with a major Chinese media company and together are producing a film with Cirque du Soleil. Recent feature documentary credits: Game Changers (2018), The Truth is in the Stars (2017), Mostly Sunny (2016).

SUSAN CURAN (A71 Entertainment VP of Marketing and Acquisitions) Over the last two decades, Susan has worked as a marketing executive for BMG, Sony Wonder, Tower Records, Universal Music and Anchor Bay. During her 12-year run as Executive Director of Marketing/Acquisitions for Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, notable accomplishments include the release of over 1000 titles into the Canadian retail marketplace, over 100 of which were Canadian. Her innovative marketing and advertising strategies built Anchor Bay’s company profile, and consistently delivered results that exceeded expectations. Susan is a champion of new talent, enjoying the energy and ingenuity of the creative people she meets in the independent film community while successfully bringing their projects to the marketplace.

JESSICA LA GRASSA With over a decade of experience in film distribution, Jessica La Grassa has gained a unique perspective, having worked domestically and internationally for companies such as Anchor Bay, Maple Pictures, Alliance Films, eOne and most recently Mongrel Media. As an independent freelancer and project manager (PMP) she harnesses her marketing, sales and acquisition skills to champion films and rally audiences. When not watching movies, she can be found exploring Hamilton’s diverse landscape and vibrant culinary scene.

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EVENT 3
12:30PM- 2:00

JUMPSTART YOUR FILM PROJECT - PANEL

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 our expert panelists as they discuss strategies for giving your project the “leg up” it needs.  Subjects covered will include: finding the money, finding the right creative partners and... finding your audience.

Moderator

CRAIG THOMPSON (President and Executive Producer, Ballinran Entertainment)

Craig is an accomplished executive producer, producer, director and writer with more than 25 years’ experience in the Canadian and international film and television industry, founding his company after more than a decade working as a journalist both in Canada and abroad. He is a published author, public speaker and experienced educator committed to inspiring the next generation of media professionals. Ballinran has recently embarked on a production partnership with a major Chinese media company and together are producing a film with Cirque du Soleil. Recent feature documentary credits: Game Changers (2018), The Truth is in the Stars (2017), Mostly Sunny (2016).

 

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-WISE (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.

KAAREN WHITNEY-VERNON (Senior Vice President Branded Entertainment at Shaftesbury)

Kaaren is a keynote speaker and marketing visionary. Before joining Shaftesbury, Kaaren founded two successful companies. The first, Youth Culture Inc., is a media agency specializing in helping brands to target millennials. This worked with brands like P&G, L’Oreal and Coca Cola to reach millions of that audience. The second, Shift2, created original programming for brands such as Walmart, U by Kotex® and RBC. Today, at Shaftesbury, Kaaren charges her team to produce original content for television, film, and digital brands designed to drive revenue.

Kaaren has been quoted in BNN, Adweek, The Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, on CBC and is the President of the North American chapter of the global Branded Content Marketing Association. Kaaren also sits on several North American marketing advisory boards and judging panels such as Adweek’s Arc Awards at the Branded Storytelling Conference held at the Sundance Film Festival. As a maverick in branded entertainment, Kaaren actively provides opportunities in branded collaboration for young creators and is part of the movement to bring a universally accepted measurement for branded content. As an Executive Producer of the scripted digital series Carmilla, 60+ million views, Kaaren has been invited to speak at leading television and content markets.

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.

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EVENT 4
3:00PM - 4:00PM

CURRENT TRENDS IN FUNDING - SEMINAR

Finding the necessary funding has never been as challenging as it is today. Fortunately, innovative new opportunities such as “branded content” have emerged and are providing fantastic solutions for emerging filmmakers. Learn what Branded Content is all about, and how it may be the key to funding your next project.

Speaker

KAAREN WHITNEY-VERNON (Senior Vice President Branded Entertainment at Shaftesbury)

Kaaren is a keynote speaker and marketing visionary. Before joining Shaftesbury, Kaaren founded two successful companies. The first, Youth Culture Inc., is a media agency specializing in helping brands to target millennials. This worked with brands like P&G, L’Oreal and Coca Cola to reach millions of that audience. The second, Shift2, created original programming for brands such as Walmart, U by Kotex® and RBC. Today, at Shaftesbury, Kaaren charges her team to produce original content for television, film, and digital brands designed to drive revenue.

Kaaren has been quoted in BNN, Adweek, The Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, on CBC and is the President of the North American chapter of the global Branded Content Marketing Association. Kaaren also sits on several North American marketing advisory boards and judging panels such as Adweek’s Arc Awards at the Branded Storytelling Conference held at the Sundance Film Festival. As a maverick in branded entertainment, Kaaren actively provides opportunities in branded collaboration for young creators and is part of the movement to bring a universally accepted measurement for branded content. As an Executive Producer of the scripted digital series Carmilla, 60+ million views, Kaaren has been invited to speak at leading television and content markets.

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EVENT 5
5:00 - 7:00PM

THE FCFF PITCHFEST - FILM PITCH COMPETITION  $4000 in Prizes!

Do you have a great idea for a film? Are you working on a script now or plan to in the near future? Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to test the artistic and marketing value of your film concept before a panel of industry professionals. Pitching provides excellent feedback on where your idea works, where it doesn’t and how to make it good enough to sell.  So sign up today!

  • $500 CASH

  • SCRIPT COVERAGE AND POSTER DESIGN BY VORTEX PICTURES($1000 value)

  • $2500 EQUIPMENT VOUCHER FROM WILLIAM F. WHITE! 

  • THE TOP 6 PITCHES WILL EACH GET 10 MINUTES OF SPEED MENTORING WITH ONE OF THE JUDGES

How it Works: 

Registered competitors are given 1 - 2 minutes to pitch their film concept (no TV concepts will be accepted but Narrative or Documentary shorts and features are acceptable) to a panel of industry experts. After the 2 minutes is finished, they will be asked a single question by each panelist and given 30 seconds to answer each one. Time is of the essence, so know your concept well and keep it short! Immediately following the PitchFest, our panelists will choose and present the prizes to our winner! 

ENTRIES TO BE SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 7 - PLEASE REGISTER HERE

ALL CHOSEN APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A $25 ENTRY FEE  

Limited space! The 10 participants will be selected by October 15

This is a fascinating and entertaining event for filmmakers and film fans alike, so please join us in the audience for this unique event and enjoy witnessing pitches for what may become the next award-winning films! 

Moderator

Jordan Morris(Writer/Producer/Screenwriting Instructor, Sighthound Studio)

Jordan is an award-winning producer and director of films like Nintendo Quest and FCFF Best Documentary winner, Missing Mom. He has also worked on numerous films as an actor, production designer, art director and screenwriter. Since 2013, Jordan has been creating and hosting popular seminars and workshops on the nebulous art and science of writing screenplays.

 

Judging Panel

GEOFF HART(CEO/Producer, Longshot Pictures) Geoff’s first breakout project happened in 2006 while under his own Longshot Pictures banner he worked as both writer and producer of the animated TV series adaptation of Pierre Berton's "Secret World of Og" on CBC, a 2.3-million-dollar animated series for children. He also produced the popular horror film DEVIL SEED (2012) for Matchbox Films which found distribution in over 55 countries around the world. 
Most notably, Geoff produced what was likely the most expensive feature film ever shot in London, Ontario: TAPPED OUT (2014)). The massive fight film starred Anderson Silva (UFC), 
Lyoto Machida (UFC) Michael Biehn (Terminator/Tombstone) Krzysztoff Soszynski (UFC, Here Comes The Boom) and Martin Kove (Karate Kid) Currently Geoff is once again working as a Producer, this time with Real True Pictures on ORIGEN, A TRUE STORY OF EVIL which is one of his own scripts currently in development.

GEORGE MIHALKA(Director, Quatrieme Vague Management) George Mihalka is known for the ease with which he moves from drama to comedy, from theatrical features to television. Mihalka’s films have achieved record sales at the Canadian box office and his series, record ratings. Since 1988, George’s films, television movies, and miniseries have been honoured with over 50 nominations and awards in Canada, the US and internationally. His international features include the cult horror classic My Bloody Valentine, and Bullet to Beijing, starring Michael Caine and Michael Gambon. George’s other feature credits include the French comedies La Florida (Golden Reel award) L’Homme Ideal, and Les Boys IV, all top box office successes in Canada. His longform television credits include the Gemini Award winning Dr. Lucille starring Louis Gossett Jr, and Sticks and Stones starring David Sutcliffe. 2009 winner of the Shaw Rocket Prize for best Canadian youth and family film, Sticks and Stones also won Best Foreign Feature Drama at the 2008 Los Angeles International Family Film Festival and earned Gemini and Canadian Film and Television Production Association Indie Award nominations. Race to Mars a four hour miniseries about the first manned flight to Mars had the highest ever ratings for a speciality channel (Discovery) in Canada in 2007 and on Arte, France in 2008. George also directed Thunderpoint and Windsor Protocol starring Kyle McLaughlan for Showtime. George has also worked as Director/Showrunner on the multiple award-winning French-language series Scoop and Omerta 3, Last Man of Honour, and the Orwellian miniseries thriller Haute-Surveillance. Currently, he is working as showrunner/executive producer, developing 24 Hour Rental, a comedy series for Reel One Entertainment, Los Angeles.

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.

SUSAN CURRAN(VP of Acquisitions and Marketing, United Front Entertainment)

Over the last two decades, Susan has worked as a marketing executive in both the Music and Film Industry. Currently, she is on a new journey working in film production in marketing and development. In 2016 Susan became a founding partner of United Front Entertainment. Previously as the Executive Director of Marketing/Acquisitions for Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, Susan released over 1000 titles into the Canadian retail marketplace, over a 100 of which were Canadian acquisitions. She is a champion of new talent, and enjoys the energy and ingenuity of the creative professionals she meets while successfully bringing their projects to the marketplace.

KAAREN WHITNEY-VERNON(Senior Vice President Branded Entertainment at Shaftesbury)

Kaaren is a keynote speaker and marketing visionary. Before joining Shaftesbury, Kaaren founded two successful companies. The first, Youth Culture Inc., is a media agency specializing in helping brands to target millennials. This worked with brands like P&G, L’Oreal and Coca Cola to reach millions of that audience. The second, Shift2, created original programming for brands such as Walmart, U by Kotex® and RBC. Today, at Shaftesbury, Kaaren charges her team to produce original content for television, film, and digital brands designed to drive revenue.

Kaaren has been quoted in BNN, Adweek, The Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, on CBC and is the President of the North American chapter of the global Branded Content Marketing Association. Kaaren also sits on several North American marketing advisory boards and judging panels such as Adweek’s Arc Awards at the Branded Storytelling Conference held at the Sundance Film Festival. As a maverick in branded entertainment, Kaaren actively provides opportunities in branded collaboration for young creators and is part of the movement to bring a universally accepted measurement for branded content. As an Executive Producer of the scripted digital series Carmilla, 60+ million views, Kaaren has been invited to speak at leading television and content markets.

 

How to Participate in the FCFF Pitchfest

1. Submit a YouTube or Vimeo link of you making your 1-2 minute pitch.

Why a video submission? Because we do not want to grade anyone on a written submission when the entire point of a Pitchfest is to reward those who can effectively PITCH. With such limited time available for the event, viewing these videos in advance provides a simple way for us to choose finalists with the most potential.

The video quality is not important. Your appearance in it is not important. Sound quality is not important (as long as we can clearly understand what is being said). No-one but our panellists will ever see this video. It will NEVER be released to the public or shared with any other party outside of the festival. All we want is to see how you structure your pitch, how you communicate your ideas, and how well you understand the industry at large by pitching us a concept that has both artistic and commercial potential.

NOTE: Videos that are longer than 120 seconds will be immediately disqualified.

2. Based on the pitch videos submitted, our panellists will choose TEN FINALISTS. These finalists will be invited to the FCFF Pitchfest that will take place on Saturday, October 27 at 5PM and will run until 7PM.

3. EACH FINALIST WILL BE ASSIGNED A NUMBER with their invitation. On the day of the event, you will pitch in that order. Any finalists that are not present in the event space by 5PM will be disqualified. Numbers will NOT be reassigned; the event will move forward and simply skip any numbers/finalists not present.

4. Finalists will be asked to remain in the cue in a specific area within the event space.

NOTE: Leaving that area will result in disqualification.

5. In numerical order, each contestant will be asked to move to the podium where they will address the panel of experts. The moderator will tell you when to begin. At that point, you will have ONE MINUTE Minimum and TWO MINUTE Maximum to make your pitch to the panel.

NOTE: The Moderator will cut you off after 120 seconds and move on to panelist questions.

6. Following the last panelist question, you will be asked to return to the finalist cue area where you started the contest where you will wait until all finalists have participated. After the last finalist has made their pitch, the panel will communicate with each other privately and collectively choose the grand prize winner.

We encourage you to stay in the event room as people may want to speak with you about your pitch and screenplay concept! Don’t miss your chance to mingle!

 
 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28/2018

3 EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR THE DAY

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EVENT 1
10:00AM - 11:30AM

CINEMATOGRAPHY “MAGIC” WITH A MASTER - ROUNDTABLE AND Q&A

From John Carpenter's 'Halloween' to 'Apollo 13' and 'Jurassic Park,' Dean Cundey reigns supreme as one of the best, and most prolific cinematographers to ever grace celluloid with his often striking and accomplished photography.  Join us in conversation for an intimate DOP-to-DOP chat and have a chance to ask this master of the screen your questions.

Hosts

GARY ELMER (Director of Photography, DP Eyeline Cinematography)

Gary has been behind the lens professionally for over 30 years, has shot in every Province and Territory in Canada multiple times and has extensive international credits. He has DP (Director of Photography) on a wide variety of productions: Commercials, Docs, Shorts, Music Videos, News, Narrative, Corporate videos, Training and Research. Gary has DP’d three movies currently in international distribution. Devil Seed (2010), Kingdom Come (2014) and Gray Matter (2018). Gary is known for generating high quality imagery at any budget range.

Alan Poon (Director of Photography, Nests of Gold Variety magazine has listed Alan Poon as one of the Top Ten Cinematographers to Watch in 2018 (https://variety.com/gallery/10-cinematographers-to-watch-3/#!9/alan_poon). He has lensed a remarkably varied portfolio of projects, from documentaries to stop-motion animation, from shorts to feature films. More recently, he shot the Netflix-acquired road movie, “Kodachrome” starring Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olsen, directed by long-time collaborator Mark Raso. The film premiered at TIFF 2017.

Alan studied New Media at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts and at Westminster University’s Contemporary Media Practice program in London, England. Following his studies, Alan continued as the teaching assistant and mentored under esteemed cinematographer Torben Johnke, ASC. and later gained experience at William F. White Intl. rental house in Toronto.

His background in mixed media and fine arts challenges him to be constantly thinking of new and interesting ways of storytelling. Kodachrome (2017), Nests of Gold (2017), Pond Life (2017), Population Zero (2016), Copenhagen (2014)

 

Special Guest

DEAN CUNDEY

Dean Cundey reigns supreme as one of the best, most prolific, and talented cinematographers to ever grace celluloid with his often striking and accomplished photography. He attended UCLA Film School and was taught by famous cameraman James Wong Howe. Following graduation in 1968, Cundey initially worked on various non-union low-budget pictures as a gaffer, editor, or production manager. Cundey's first assignment as a director of photography was the revenge outing No Mercy Man, The (1973)_. Other horror and exploitation movies Cundey shot during his salad days include Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976), Bare Knuckles (1977), Creature from Black Lake (1976), Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1976), Black Shampoo (1976), Satan's Cheerleaders (1977), Roller Boogie (1979), Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979), Galaxina (1980), and Without Warning (1980). Cundey received a great deal of attention and accolades for his exemplary work on five films for John Carpenter: Halloween (1978) (Cundey's expert use of a fluid prowling camera, one of the first-ever uses of what became known as a Steadicam, became a key motif in a spate of slasher pictures made in this breakthrough independent smash's influential wake), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), and Big Trouble in Little China (1986). Cundey's collaborations with Robert Zemeckis are likewise fine and impressive: Romancing the Stone (1984), all three "Back to the Future" features, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) (Cundey was nominated for an Oscar for his outstanding contributions to this movie), and Death Becomes Her (1992). Other films Cundey has served as a director of photography on are Halloween II (1981), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Psycho II (1983), Warning Sign (1985), Road House (1989), Hook (1991), Jurassic Park (1993), Apollo 13 (1995), and Garfield (2004).

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EVENT 2
12:30 - 2:00PM

WRITING FOR REPRESENTATION - PANEL

Screenwriting Agents and Managers look for very specific attributes when it comes to both screenplays and screenwriters. Listen to our industry insiders describe how to write in a manner that is attractive to professional representation and how your attitude and conduct can make all the difference between success and failure. If you are now or plan to be a screenwriter, do not miss this critical panel! 

Moderator

JORDAN MORRIS (Writer/Producer/Screenwriting Instructor, Sighthound Studio)

Jordan is an award-winning producer and director of films like Nintendo Quest and FCFF Best Documentary winner, Missing Mom. He has also worked on numerous films as an actor, production designer, art director and screenwriter. Since 2013, Jordan has been creating and hosting popular seminars and workshops on the nebulous art and science of writing screenplays.

 
 

Panelists

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.

GEOFF HART (CEO/Producer, Longshot Pictures) Geoff’s first breakout project happened in 2006 while under his own Longshot Pictures banner he worked as both writer and producer of the animated TV series adaptation of Pierre Berton's "Secret World of Og" on CBC, a 2.3-million-dollar animated series for children. He also produced the popular horror film DEVIL SEED (2012) for Matchbox Films which found distribution in over 55 countries around the world. 
Most notably, Geoff produced what was likely the most expensive feature film ever shot in London, Ontario: TAPPED OUT (2014)). The massive fight film starred Anderson Silva (UFC), 
Lyoto Machida (UFC) Michael Biehn (Terminator/Tombstone) Krzysztoff Soszynski (UFC, Here Comes The Boom) and Martin Kove (Karate Kid) Currently Geoff is once again working as a Producer, this time with Real True Pictures on ORIGEN, A TRUE STORY OF EVIL which is one of his own scripts currently in development.

KERRY BALL (Literary Agent, Meridian Artists) Kerry Ball has worked as a Literary Agent for Meridian Artists since 2010 and represents a select roster of writers and directors throughout North America. Prior to that, she was an Associate Content Producer for Achilles Media assisting with programming content for The Banff World Television Festival, History Makers and nextMEDIA. Founded in 2005 by Glenn Cockburn, Meridian Artists is a premier literary agency and leading entity in the Canadian entertainment industry. With principal offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Meridian Artists represents and manages the careers of a select roster of the most talented writers, directors and producers in the country. With an unparalleled dedication to education, industry outreach, growth and big-picture career building, Meridian Artists operates under a distinct mandate of professionalism and continuous improvement for both its agents and its artists. Through this mutual effort, Meridian Artists' clients have been widely recognized with numerous industry nominations and honours, including WGC Screenwriting Awards, DGC Awards, Canadian Screen Awards, Leos and Canadian Comedy Awards.

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EVENT 3
2:30PM - 4:00

WORKING WITH TALENT - LIVE DEMONSTRATION

***SPECIAL EVENT***

FCFF is excited to complete our Industry Sessions programming with a very special live demonstration of how a director works with talent, specifically for the camera. Join us for this fascinating look into how an award-winning director can both elevate the performance of his talent and change the dynamics of a scene with superior blocking and composition. Director George Mihalka will observe an actor perform a short scene and then will endeavour to improve everything by directing both the actor and camera to transcend the material. See how movies get made and careers get forged with effective and insightful direction…right before your eyes! 

Director/ Lecturer

GEORGE MIHALKA (Director, Quatrieme Vague Management) George Mihalka is known for the ease with which he moves from drama to comedy, from theatrical features to television. Mihalka’s films have achieved record sales at the Canadian box office and his series, record ratings. Since 1988, George’s films, television movies, and miniseries have been honoured with over 50 nominations and awards in Canada, the US and internationally. His international features include the cult horror classic My Bloody Valentine, and Bullet to Beijing, starring Michael Caine and Michael Gambon. George’s other feature credits include the French comedies La Florida (Golden Reel award) L’Homme Ideal, and Les Boys IV, all top box office successes in Canada. His longform television credits include the Gemini Award winning Dr. Lucille starring Louis Gossett Jr, and Sticks and Stones starring David Sutcliffe. 2009 winner of the Shaw Rocket Prize for best Canadian youth and family film, Sticks and Stones also won Best Foreign Feature Drama at the 2008 Los Angeles International Family Film Festival and earned Gemini and Canadian Film and Television Production Association Indie Award nominations. Race to Mars a four hour miniseries about the first manned flight to Mars had the highest ever ratings for a speciality channel (Discovery) in Canada in 2007 and on Arte, France in 2008. George also directed Thunderpoint and Windsor Protocol starring Kyle McLaughlan for Showtime. George has also worked as Director/Showrunner on the multiple award-winning French-language series Scoop and Omerta 3, Last Man of Honour, and the Orwellian miniseries thriller Haute-Surveillance. Currently, he is working as showrunner/executive producer, developing 24 Hour Rental, a comedy series for Reel One Entertainment, Los Angeles.

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