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INDUSTRY SESSIONS

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LEARN THE ART AND SCIENCE OF FILMMAKING

October 25-27, 2019

Each year the Forest City Film Festival proudly presents our “INDUSTRY SESSIONS”, a series of live events designed to educate, entertain and inspire emerging filmmakers and film fans alike. Each event will feature successful, working professionals sharing their experience and insights through instructional dialogue, cautionary tales and fascinating conversation. Learn what’s going on right now and where things are headed in film and T.V. from the people that know.

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INDUSTRY SESSIONS HIGHLIGHT


 

 Sharpen your Filmmaking Skills - October 25-27

Join us for a robust weekend that will enable you to learn, connect and create!


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All events take place in the Lawson Room nearby the Wolf Performance Hall in the downtown library in London Ontario

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This weekend pass includes 8 sessions. Mentoring Breakfast with Experts is not included and must be purchased separately

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 25

 

Survival Class: TV and Film on a Budget

10:00- 11:30 am

If you are just starting out in the biz--or are a longtime ham-- you’re guaranteed to learn something new at this seminar with Freelancer and Digital Mercenary Lucas K. Labrecque. He will offer an unfiltered look at exactly what it takes to make low-budget(high quality) TV/Documentary lifestyle programming with effective tips/hacks on the road to save money, but most importantly- TIME.  

Expert:

Lucas K. Labrecque LOVES FILMS! He's worked the past few decades in film/television from broadcast tv to one of the largest post houses in Canada.

These days, Lucas leverages his skills to help film/television/corporate producers deliver on time and under budget.

Fun facts about Lucas: Kept the camera rolling during a full-on riot in northern India. Had a free four-course meal with a team of world-renowned scientists in southern Italy. Loves bad movies.

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Scoring your Film from Start to Finish (panel)

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Master composer Ryner Stoetzer breaks down the entire process of scoring a film from inception to delivery with priceless insights from other professionals representing every discipline key to a successful collaboration with producers, directors, editors. 

Moderator and Experts

Moderator - Ryner Stoetzer is a prolific and diversified composer, sound recording engineer, and producer, who has composed original score, for more than 800 episodes of over 30 television series, 160+ tv commercials, dramatic films, investigative docuseries, tv specials, music for ballet, modern dance, dressage, and synchronized swimming, as well as for album tracks for a variety of recording artists. Celebrating 26 years in business in 2019, Ryner’s music was selected to underscored a T-Mobile Superbowl ad featuring Justin Bieber, and shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Late Late Show With James Corden, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, America's Most Wanted, Access Hollywood, Portlandia and many more. Ryner won the Top Indie Film Award for "Best Music” for his original score and sound design in "The One I Adore" by Jason Seelman. A career highlight for Ryner was to work with Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue to edit, record, and arrange the music for Scott and Tessa’s Olympic Gold Medal ice dance win in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Ryner is a Director of the Board of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, and is part of a national group of creators coordinating their efforts to update copyright legislation in Canada to properly reflect compensation models adopted by the USA and the EU.

Experts: Gagan Singh (Composer)

Spencer Creaghan (Composer)

Ally Kelly (film producer - Who Let the Dogs Out)

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Creating Content for the Web (panel)

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Web content specialist Adam Caplan is back with several creators whose projects are finding success outside of the traditional distribution model. Hear stories of innovation and determination that will help you decide if the web is right for your project too.

Moderator and Experts

Moderator: Adam Caplan (Producer/director, web.isod.es) is Founder of web.isod.es, a London, Ontario-based Story Studio that creates authentic stories for social and interactive experiences. Previously, Adam was Creative Director at Cineplex Digital Networks, Executive Site Producer at hsn.com, and has lectured on e-commerce strategy at Western University for over a decade. Prior to that, Adam worked in emerging media in Los Angeles, California. Adam currently serves on the Board of the Ontario Creates (OMDC) and its Audit and Strategic Planning Committees; he is also chair of the Screen Based Industries Strategic Working Group for the City of London, and served as a member of London’s 2019 JUNOS Host Committee.

Experts:

Mariah Owen (CEO, GTE Productions) Mariah Owen is an award-winning actress and filmmaker from Toronto. She founded her production company, GTE Productions, at the age of 21 She currently serves as CEO of GTE while being named the 2019 Executive Producer of T.O. Webfest; an international festival for digital content that highlights web series and podcasts held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The emerging powerhouse has been called a “tour de force from the indie film industry” (Broadway World) and “one of Canada’s most impressive young producers” (Indiescreen)

Maria Alexopoulos (Director and Producer) Maria launched the video division for social media giant Diply, where she was the Director of Video for over four years. Her time there oversaw the creation of online channels; Crafty, Delicious and Flawless, having collectively garned over 16 million followers and 500 million video views. Prior to her time at Diply she directed the feature documentary, Nepal In the Mountains Shadow, which premiered and won best international documentary at the Swansea Bay International Film Festival, she then went onto to produce indepenent feature films Liminality and Backtrack.

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LEDC NETWORKING AND MICRO KEYNOTE EVENT 

4:00 - 6:30 / OFFSITE EVENT @ INNOVATION WORKS AT 201 KING

Come and introduce yourself to the local film industry! 15 featured guests will give two-minute keynotes detailing their link to the local filmmaking industry. Drinks and finger food available on-site. This event is a highlight every year, so DO NOT MISS OUT! WITH RESERVATION ONLY - LIMITED SPACE.

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Saturday OCTOBER 26

 

Breakfast with Experts

8:30 - 10:00 a.m. - Offsite at the Hilton Doubletree - Blakes

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 session is $35 and is not included with industry sessions weekend pass.

Expert Mentors -

SUSAN CURRAN - VP of Marketing and Acquisitions at A71 and V71

GREG JEFFS - Client Service Coordinator William F White International

KELLY PAYNE - Film development, Ontario Creates

CRAIG THOMPSON - Documentary Filmmaker and Executive Producer

PAIGE MURRAY - CBC- Development Manager, Comedy and Drama and Canadian Reflections Programmer

SHELLY QUAID – Manager Programs & Development and TELUS Partner Liaison, National Screen Institute Canada

 
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DISTRIBUTION FOR INDY FILMMAKERS (panel)

10:30 - 12:00 p.m.

If your film project has any hope of succeeding, you and your filmmaking collaborators must attend this valuable panel to understand the emerging opportunities and fast-moving trends that are currently reshaping how films reach the public.

Moderator and Experts

MODERATOR: Kelly Payne, Film Development, Ontario Creates - Ontario Creates (formally OMDC) supports the province of Ontario’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding for the film & television; book & magazine publishing; interactive digital media & music industries. As Program Consultant, Film and Television Ms. Payne brings over 20 years’ of industry experience to the administration and development of programs and strategies which help to drive innovation and growth in Ontario’s creative industries. Her portfolio includes the Film Fund, Industry Development and the Marketing and Distribution Initiative.

PANELISTS:

SUSAN CURAN - VP of Marketing and Acquisitions at A71 and V71

CRAIG THOMPSON - Documentary Filmmaker and Executive Producer

PAIGE MURRAY - CBC- Development Manager, Comedy and Drama and Canadian Reflections Programmer

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JUMPSTART YOUR FILM PROJECT (panel)

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Join our expert panelists as they discuss strategies for giving your project the “leg up” it needs to succeed. Subjects covered will include: securing financing, choosing the right creative partners and... identifying your audience.

Moderator and Panelists:

Moderated by Greg Jeffs-an NSI Features First alumni, 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.

Panelists

Kelly Payne, Film Development, Ontario Creates

Penny Eizenga, Film Director

Cornelia Principe, Documentary Film Producer

Luke Vellamiere Emerging Filmmaker

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Working with Representation (panel)

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

If you’re an actor trying to find your way into the world of film, a filmmaker looking for the very best talent for your project, or a writer, director, producer wondering about how to get representation do not miss this insightful and informative look at how to work with unions, agents and casting directors when you work in Southwestern Ontario.

Moderator and Experts:

Moderator - Penny Eizenga, Actor/Director - Penny is an alumnus of Women in the Director’s Chair, with the feature screenplay A Far Cry, co-written with Gordon Pinsent. Filming planned for spring 2021.
Penny directed and produced several award-winning short films and the feature, Go Fish and 20 concept television pilots in collaboration with The Incubator Studio. She produced a 21-episode digital series called The Giant Comes Out, which screened at the LA Comedy Fest. Her feature screenplay, Put Your Lips On, is currently in development with a UK-based production company.

Experts:

Taisa Dekker -Industry Relations ACTRA

Sara Kay & Jenny Lewis - LewisKay Casting

 
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THE FCFF PITCHFEST - $10,000 in prizes to be won
(Special Event - Pay What you can to View Live - First Come First Seated)
 

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Witness regional film talent “pitch” their unique film concepts to a panel of working professionals who will then test the artistic and marketing value of each film concept before choosing a winner! It’s the DRAGONS DEN/SHARK TANK of filmmaking!
Prizes for Best Feature Length Concept and Best Short Concept Pitch Totaling $10,000 are waiting to be won! REGISTER YOUR PITCH HERE

Judges:

PAIGE MURRAY (CBC- Development Manager, Comedy and Drama and Canadian Reflections Programmer)

GREG JEFFS (Client Service Coordinator William F White International)

SHELLY QUADE (Manager of Programs and Development, National Screen Institute)

MARIA ALEXOPOULOS (Director and Producer)


 
 
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Sunday October 27

DOCUMENTARY FILM SUCCESS (panel)

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Hear successful filmmakers recount their journeys to creating their successful documentary films. Ask them questions on their funding, their partners and how they created the films that have won awards and audiences around the world.

Experts

Shannon Walsh - writer and director of the feature documentaries Jeppe on a Friday (RIDM 2013), À st-henri, le 26 août (Hot Docs 2011), and H2Oil (Hot Docs 2009). She recently premiered her first nonfiction VR, Disappearance: Hong Kong Stories (RIDM 2018), and finished a short doc, Matsutake Hunters (AmDocs 2019), for TELUS Originals. Her work has been theatrically released in Canada, the UK and South Africa, and broadcast on Al-Jazeera, CBC, Discovery channel, Netflix and other stations internationally. Her work has screened in over 60 film festivals such as Hot Docs, Visions du Réel, La Rochelle, Full Frame, Rome, and Beijing, as well as in museums including the Pompidou Centre in Paris. She is an assistant professor of film production at the University of British Columbia.

Craig Thompson - President and Executive Producer, Ballinran Entertainment. Craig has 25 years’ experience in content creation, production and management, and more than a decade as a working journalist (CBC, CBC Radio (England), CTV). Specialties: Film and television production management, event management, financing, strategic and business consulting in the media industry. Founder, DocFest Stratford and No Boundaries. Author, acclaimed public speaker, and experienced educator, committed to inspiring the next generation of media professionals. Recent feature documentary credits: Game Changers (2017), The Truth is in the Stars (2017), Mostly Sunny (2016) Chaos on the Bridge (2014).

Christy Garland - Christy’s films reveal compelling, intimate stories that combine observational documentary with strong dramatic development and universally felt themes. Her feature What Walaa Wants was chosen as one of TIFF Canada’s Top Ten 2018, and was nominated for 3 Canadian Screen Awards. The Globe and Mail called it the “unexpectedly thrilling coming-of-age documentary of the year”.

After a world premiere at the Berlinale 2018, where it was shortlisted for the Glashütte Original Award, and the Amnesty Film Award, it has won the Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award, the Special Jury Award at Hot Docs, the Hilal Best Feature Award at the Doha Film Institute’s Ajyal Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Forest City Film Festival in her hometown of London, Ontario in 2018. It was also nominated for the DGC Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary.

Based in Toronto, she often co‐produces with the Nordic countries. The Bastard Sings The Sweetest Song (2012, Hot Docs, Sheffield) garnered rave reviews at its theatrical release, “echoing the work of Bresson and the Dardennes” (Globe & Mail). Cheer Up (2016, HotDocs, DOC NYC) was called“a biting portrait of young womanhood” by iD/Vice. Christy is an alumni of Ryerson, Binger Film Lab (Amsterdam) and DOK Incubator (Prague).

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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN FILM (panel)

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. -

From ‘Making Space’ to ‘Sharing her Journey,’ an expert panel explores the myriad of ways our industry can help give a diverse range of new voices the chance to build skills behind and in front of the camera.

MODERATOR - Samora Smallwood, actor:

A bilingual Actress, Writer, & Cool Feminist. She is also co-chair of ACTRA’s Diversity Committee as well as an ACTRA Toronto Councillor. Samora’s recent on-screen work includes Star Trek, The Expanse, American Gods, The Coroner, The Shelter, Shadowhunters, and Frankie Drake Mysteries in a story about white passing & black identity in Canada. Samora’s passion is telling fresh stories and promoting diversity on-screen and behind the camera. She is the founder of The Actors Work Studio, an innovative acting studio in Toronto and was recently a jury member for The Female Eye Film Festival as well as a selected participant in The Reelworld Film Festival’s “Emerging 20 Program”.

PANELISTS:

Penny Eizenga, Filmmaker:

Penny is an alumnus of Women in the Director’s Chair, with the feature screenplay A Far Cry, co-written with Gordon Pinsent. Filming planned for spring 2021.
Penny directed and produced several award-winning short films and the feature, Go Fish and 20 concept television pilots in collaboration with The Incubator Studio. She produced a 21-episode digital series called The Giant Comes Out, which screened at the LA Comedy Fest. Her feature screenplay, Put Your Lips On, is currently in development with a UK-based production company.

Dylan Mitro, Filmmaker

Dylan Mitro is a 23-year-old Toronto-based writer/director. He focuses most of his filmmaking on queer and gender positive representation, told through heavily stylized absurd narratives. His credits include 6 music videos for artists including The Zolas and Kendal Thompson. That Funeral Glow is his largest project to date. He hopes to use his filmmaking to help younger artists in the LGBTQ community find their voice.

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WORKING WITH A CINEMATOGRAPHER (panel)

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Hiring a cinematographer is easily one of the most critical decisions you’ll make as a filmmaker. Join Michael Jari Davidson (SUPERGRID, FIRST ROUND DOWN) as he outlines the role and responsibilities of a cinematographer and then leads a fascinating conversation with a working Director, Producer and D.O.P. on how those positions should work together as an effective team.

Moderator and Experts:

Moderator - Cinematographer Michael Jari Davidson is a graduate of Western University, as well as the Detroit Film Center. Michael sits on the President’s Committee of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers and is a Director of Photography member of I.A.T.S.E. 667, The International Cinematographers Guild. Michael’s films include the action adventure SUPERGRID, the action comedy FIRST ROUND DOWN, the critically acclaimed, multiple award winning films HEIR and FAMILIAR and many more. His camera for music videos include Dear Rouge (Universal), Buck 65 (Warner), Tegan and Sarah (Universal), Alice in Chains (Capitol), The Afters (Columbia), as well as D-Sisive (URBNet).

Panelists

Greg Segar (Director)

He has had the opportunity to be a part of a wide range of projects, including television commercials, features, short films, corporate, infomercials and music videos in various production roles for the past 20 years. Greg has been worked on projects for companies such as Rogers Television, Nyrstar Entertainment, Chorus, CBC, CityTV, Somerville Entertainment and Omni Television to name a few. He is part of Matchbox Pictures, where he produce, write and direct feature films like "Gray Matter", Kingdome Come" and "Devil Seed".

Kristina Esposito (Producer)

A producer with her company KEME Productions. As co-owner of KEME productions, she has produced award-winning content that has screened across North America. She was one of Reel World Film Festival’s Emerging 20 with her short Captive Love. The film premiered at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on opening night of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival and screened at the Forest City Film Festival. She also conceptualized and produced Virtual Hitman, which screened at a number of festivals including Philadelphia Comic Con, FanExpo, and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival where it won Best Canadian Short. As an independent producer she produced IRL The Series, which premiered on Bell Media’s FibeTV1. In 2017 she worked as associate producer on the Telefilm funded feature Becoming Burlesque starring Shiva Negar and directed by Jackie English. This past fall Kristina produced her first feature film, Viscous in upstate New York starring Mena Suvari, and Trey Tucker. The film is slated to come out in 2020. Kristina is currently developing a number of projects across the continent, telling universal stories in a different light.

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