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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.

2019 Industry Sessions Full Weekend Pass
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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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2019 Industry Sessions Full Weekend Pass
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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

 

Postproduction on a Budget (Panel)

10:00- 11:30 - LAWSON ROOM

Get the most out of your post-production resources with valuable insights and strategies that work. Listen and learn from successful working professionals as they share their best micro-budget postproduction secrets and cautionary tales. 

Moderator and Experts To be announced

 

Scoring your Film from Start to Finish (panel)

12:00 - 1:30pm p.m. - LAWSON ROOM

Master composer Ryner Stotzer 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 Stotzer

Expert To be announced

 

Creating Content for the Web (panel)

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. - LAWSON ROOM

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.

2019 Friday Industry Sessions Day Pass
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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. RESERVATIONS OPEN UP SEPTEMBER 1.

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Saturday OCTOBER 26

 

Breakfast with Experts

8:30 - 10:00 a.m. - Offsite at the Delta Hotel

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 $30 and is not included with industry sessions weekend pass.

Expert Mentors -

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

GREG JEFFS - Client Service Coordinator William F White International

KELLY PAYNE - Film development, Ontario Creates

COURTNEY MCCALLISTER - Head of Development + Co-productions at Vortex Pictures

CRAIG THOMPSON - Documentary Filmmaker and Executive Producer

 
 

DISTRIBUTION FOR INDY FILMMAKERS (panel)

10:30 - 12:00 p.m. - LAWSON ROOM

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

PANELISTS:

TO BE ANNOUNCED

 
 

JUMPSTART YOUR FILM PROJECT (panel)

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. – LAWSON ROOM

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 Experts:

To be announced

 
 

CASTING ACTRA TALENT (panel)

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. –LAWSON ROOM

If you’re an actor trying to find your way into the world of film, or a filmmaker looking for the very best talent for your project, do not miss this insightful and informative look at how to work with Canada’s Actor Union when you work in Southwestern Ontario.

Moderator and Experts:

Moderator - Penny Eizenga, Actor/Director Experts: Taisa Dekker -Industry Relations ACTRA More to ba announced

 
 

THE FCFF PITCHFEST
(Special Event FREE to View Live)
 

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. – ROOM NAME

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 $9500 are waiting to be won! REGISTER YOUR PITCH HERE


 
 
 

Sunday October 27

 

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - CINEMATOGRAPHY “MAGIC” ON A BUDGET (panel)

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.

 

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. - SHORT FILM SUCCESS (panel)

Hear successful filmmakers recount how their first short film launched their career by either showcasing their skills or by using the short as a proof of concept for a feature to come later. If a feature is out of your grasp, learn how to make a short film that will help you succeed.

 

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. - WORKING WITH TALENT

SPECIAL EVENT 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 camera composition. See how movies get made and careers get forged with effective and insightful direction right before your eyes!


 
 
 
 

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