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July 27-Oct 23
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Leg Up Labs

Are You Working On Your First Feature Film?

The challenges of getting your first film, or maybe your second try at your first film, off the ground are enormous.  It takes grit, determination, and a lot of knowledge to get it on its feet.  We are here to inspire your grit and determination and provide you with lots of knowledge!  This year’s Leg Up Labs workshop series will be focusing on the steps you need to take to take your career to the next level. We will be covering everything, from creation through finance and production to distribution. Bring your big idea off your wish list and into reality with the coaching of industry leader John Galway, formerly head of the Harold Greenburg fund, along with a strong selection of industry experts.

At the end of the first two weekends, you will be ready to submit your pitch to the Ontario Screen Creator’s Conference $60,000 Feature Film Pitch! (more info on that really soon!)

Get to Know the Three Elements to Get to Market

  1. CREATING content that engages an audience.
  2. RAISING THE MONEY AND BUILDING YOUR TEAM to realize your dream.
  3. PARTNERING – finding and collaborating with the right distribution partners.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 15TH

2024 Leg Up Labs

Series Highlights

Workshop Dates

July 27 & 28,  August 24 & 25,  and October 23.

Group Size

This program is capped at 20 Projects.

Entrance Fee

Free to apply.  Selected participants pay $600, which includes five days of programming.

Craft Services

Four days of lunches and refreshments (Value $120)

OSCC Pass

One Ontario Screen Creators Conference Seminar Day ticket for October 24-26 (value $150)

Networking

A ticket to the Screen Creator’s Networking Party on Thursday, October 24 (value $30)

Film Tickets

A six-ticket pass to the Forest City Film Festival ($90 value)

Outstanding Value

The total value of $990 for only $600

Scholarships

The FCFF will provide one scholarship consisting of a waived fee for the 2024 Leg Up Labs.

Leg Up Labs 2024

Workshop Schedule

*Schedule subject to change. Full program details coming soon.

10:00am-11:00am

GROUP INTRODUCTIONS – LAB REVIEW

Session 1

Led by John Galway. Introductions and discussion of goals – and a review of the schedule.

Speaker: John Galway

11:00am-12:00pm

WHAT GOES INTO MAKING A FILM

Session 2

A successful producer looks at “producing” your first feature film – what exactly is a Producer responsible for!

Speakers: 

1:30pm-2:30pm

WHO IS THE AUDIENCE

Session 3

What excites the marketplace for first features – funders, distributors/sales agent and ultimately the audience. What aspect of my project will attract attention at each stage of the journey.

Speakers: 

2:45pm-5:00pm

BREAKING DOWN YOUR PROJECT

Session 4

As a group, we’ll dig into the creative, audience engagement and financial aspects of each project -discussing the opportunities and challenges and build a plan forward…and of course there’s homework!

Speakers: 

5:30pm-7:30pm

The Ink and Drink Social: Part 1

Networking

Participants who have attended the day’s events (and guests and even those who have not attended) are encouraged to mix and mingle at a local food/drink patio.

A great way to connect, and network in more personal and meaningful ways.

Speakers: 

10:00am-12:00pm

BREAKING DOWN YOUR PROJECT

Session 1

As a group, we’ll dig into the creative, audience engagement and financial aspects of each project -discussing the opportunities and challenges and build a plan forward.

Speakers:

1:30pm-4:30pm

BREAKING DOWN YOUR PROJECT

Session 2

As a group, we’ll dig into the creative, audience engagement and financial aspects of each project -discussing the opportunities and challenges and build a plan forward.

Speakers: 

4:30pm-5:00pm

NEXT STEPS – Group discussion

Session 3

A review of the main learning lessons of the first weekend and next steps in developing your project and pitch.

Speakers: 

10:00am-10:30am

Questions and Catch-up

Session 1

John Galway will lead the recap of the past days to start off the second weekend and thoughts on progress made between sessions.

Speakers:

10:30am-12:00pm

BUDGETING YOUR FILM

Session 2

How do you start to budget for your film – we’ll look at everything from number of shoot days, size of crew, locations etc. as we start to build the picture of how much your film will cost to make.

Speakers:

1:30pm-3:00pm

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?

Session 3

William F Whites is Canada’s leading equipment house – Greg will review everything lights, camera packages and everything you need to create the look you want.

Speaker: Greg Jeffs

3:10pm-5:00pm

WHAT FINANCING IS AVAILABLE?

Session 4

We’ll look at potential sources of funding: Film Funds, tax credits and private investors.

Speakers:

5:30pm-7:30pm

The Ink and Drink Social: Part 2

Networking

Writers who have attended the day’s events (and guests and even those who have not attended) are encouraged to mix and mingle at a local food/drink patio.

Speakers:

2024 Leg Up Labs

Producer and Lab Facilitator

John Galway
Corrib Entertainment

John Galway is a highly accomplished CEO, producer, and influential figure in the film and media industry. As the founder of Corrib Entertainment, he has curated captivating documentaries and compelling dramatic series. With notable roles at Telefilm Canada and the Harold Greenberg Fund, John’s expertise spans financing, policy development, and industry leadership. His contributions have left an indelible mark on the Canadian media landscape, including the establishment of the renowned Producers’ Lab at the Whistler Film Festival and his role as Executive Director of the Toronto Irish Film Festival. Recognized with prestigious accolades such as the Canadian Screen Award’s Academy Board Tribute, John Galway is a true luminary in the industry.

Leg Up Labs 2024

Guest Speakers

Greg Jeffs
Director, Cinematographer
Jeremy Larter film Expert
Jeremy Larter
Film Expert

Leg Up Labs 2024

Workshop Partners

Supporting Partners