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Ontario Screen Creators Conference
October 24-26, 2024
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October 24-26, 2024

Ontario Screen Creators Conference

In 2024, the Ontario Screen Creators Conference (OSCC) is undergoing a transformative evolution. Established in 2020 as a vital space for independent filmmakers and screen creators in Ontario, OSCC has now grown into a dynamic platform geared towards professional industry needs. This year, we are enhancing our focus on skills-building, professional development, and networking, tailored specifically for established filmmakers and emerging creators alike. Our vision is to solidify OSCC as a cornerstone event within Ontario and across Canada, fostering talent, innovation, and collaboration at the forefront of the filmmaking industry. Join us this year October 24-26, as we pave the way for the future of filmmaking in Ontario and beyond.

TICKETS ON SALE AUGUST 2024

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Conference Highlights

Industry Programming

Immersive and insightful, the OSCC’s programming features a rich array of workshops, panel discussions, and sessions focused on empowering industry professionals with cutting-edge insights and skills. Whether you’re honing your craft or navigating industry trends, our sessions are designed to elevate your expertise and ignite creativity in every aspect of filmmaking and content creation.

Breakfast Mentorship Roundtables

Start your day with our Breakfast Mentorship Roundtables, where prior registration grants you access to informal sessions with industry executives. Engage in inspiring conversations over coffee and breakfast, gaining insights into industry trends and professional growth opportunities.

Advanced registration is required. Registered delegates will have the opportunity to sign up for sessions beginning mid-September.

Industry Market

Our Industry Market is the exclusive opportunity for delegates to pitch their concepts directly to industry leaders and potential collaborators. The structured 15-minute pitch meetings are designed to foster connections, secure partnerships, and receive invaluable feedback. Pitch to investors, producers, and decision-makers, and refine your project with immediate insights. Network with fellow creatives, find collaborators who compliment your skills, and explore mentorship opportunities.

Advanced registration is required. Registered delegates will have the opportunity to sign up for sessions beginning mid-September.

Exhibitors Market

Explore the OSCC Exhibitors Market and discover the latest advancements in film industry technology. Engage with leading companies innovating in production and post-production, and take advantage of the opportunity to network, learn, and explore tools that will enhance your creative projects.

Short Film $12,000 Pitch

Thursday, October 24, 2024

Pitch your short film idea and compete for $12,000+ in cash and prizes! Open to creators from Southwestern Ontario, this pitch offers valuable resources including sound supervision, equipment vouchers, cash prizes, and marketing consultation. Submit your budget and script outline by September 15, 2024, and secure your chance to bring your project to life.

Feature Film $60,000 Pitch

Saturday, October 26, 2024
Calling all Canadian filmmakers! Present your narrative feature film project for a chance to win $60,000+ in cash and prizes, with a focus on projects shooting at least 50% in London, Ontario. Prizes include substantial grants, equipment and audio post-production support, marketing boosters, legal services, and tax credit assistance. Submit your application by September 15, 2024, to be considered for this prestigious opportunity.

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Conference Schedule

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

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Breakfast Mentorship Roundtables

Windsor Room

Start your day with our Breakfast Mentorship Roundtables, where prior registration grants you access to informal sessions with industry executives. Engage in inspiring conversations over coffee and breakfast, gaining insights into industry trends and professional growth opportunities. Advanced registration is required. Registered delegates will have the opportunity to sign up for sessions beginning mid-September.

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The Art of the Pitch

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In the competitive world of film and television, securing funding is a critical step towards turning a creative vision into a successful production. This session delves into the art of pitching film and TV projects to investors. Attendees will gain invaluable insights into crafting compelling pitches that capture the attention and investment of potential backers.

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The New Windowing: Exhibition & Distribution in a Shifting Landscape

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Streaming platforms have changed the way the industry works, and nowhere is that more apparent than the shift in Windowing for exhibition. Filmmakers used to rely on a strong festival run and established seasonal release schedules to lead to a sale and potential cinema exhibit. Now, the disruption of traditional models for exhibition and sale have led to a lot of uncertainty and confusion for indie-producers/filmmakers. This panel will unpack and explore the changing nature of the industry, what that will mean for festivals and filmmakers in the future, and how creators can adapt to the new realities.

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New Filmmaking Tools & Tech: Spotlight on AI

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The influence of AI on the entertainment industry is expanding rapidly, transforming content creation, storytelling, and production in unprecedented ways. How will AI shape the future of these areas? Join leading media executives at the forefront of AI innovation as they delve into these questions and more. Discover the opportunities and discuss the threats AI presents for creators. Learn how to leverage AI to elevate your productions and stay ahead in the ever-evolving entertainment landscape.

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Exploring Ontario's Regional Film & Television Hubs: Diversifying Production Landscapes

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As production costs, accommodation challenges, and urban congestion escalate in Toronto, the traditional hub, alternative regions are emerging as viable options for filmmakers. This session delves into the expanding network of regional film and television hubs across Ontario. It examines how production companies are leveraging these new opportunities to navigate cost-effective solutions and foster creative environments outside the GTA. Join us to uncover how these regional hubs are reshaping Ontario into a dynamic filmmaking destination, complementing Toronto’s industry leadership with diverse, thriving production centres.

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Writing Compelling Characters

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Creating characters that resonate with audiences is a cornerstone of successful film and television writing. This program explores the principles and techniques for developing multi-dimensional characters that drive your narrative and captivate viewers. Attendees will learn how to imbue their characters with depth, complexity, and authenticity, ensuring they leave a lasting impact.

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Story Engines

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Exploring the heartbeat of a great story. What is the engine that drives the plot and characters forward? How can storytellers structure their stories to embody this dynamic, creating narratives that audiences cannot stop watching.

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Punching up your Dialogue

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This session will guide writers through the process of editing their work to make their dialogue sharper, tighter, and funnier. Learn the art of “punching up” your dialogue with practical techniques and gain the perspective needed to elevate your writing.

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Breakfast Mentorship Roundtables

Windsor Room

Start your day with our Breakfast Mentorship Roundtables, where prior registration grants you access to informal sessions with industry executives. Engage in inspiring conversations over coffee and breakfast, gaining insights into industry trends and professional growth opportunities. Advanced registration is required. Registered delegates will have the opportunity to sign up for sessions beginning mid-September.

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Meet the Documentary & Unscripted Buyers in Canada

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Dive into the dynamic world of documentaries and unscripted content with a panel that explores the current landscape and reveals what buyers are seeking. This session is designed to equip creators with the insights needed to navigate the evolving market and understand what drives audience engagement and interest.

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Post-peak: What is the future of TV Production in Canada?

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As the TV production market faces retraction and streaming platforms reduce their content acquisitions, creators are left questioning the future landscape. This session will explore the current state of TV production in Canada, offering insights into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. We will examine the evolving market dynamics and discuss how much room still exists for creators to sell their ideas.

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Utilizing Social Media for Audience Growth

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Harnessing the Power of Social Platforms for Storytellers seeking effective strategies to boost audience engagement, generate revenue, foster community, and enhance content visibility and reach.

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Rights & Clearances

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Discover strategies for cost reduction and risk mitigation through the utilization of stock footage, still images, and recorded music. This session will include discussions on copyright, the evolving rights marketplace, and how to effectively navigate platforms like YouTube, AI, and user-generated content.

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New Filmmaking Tools & Tech: Spotlight on Virtual Production

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Virtual production is transforming the filmmaking landscape, offering unprecedented opportunities for creativity, efficiency, and storytelling. This session will explore the transformative power of virtual production and how filmmakers can leverage this cutting-edge technology to bring their visions to life.

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Expanding Horizons: Navigating International Co-Productions with Canada

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International co-productions offer an exciting avenue for filmmakers and screenwriters to access new funding sources, tax credits, and diverse creative opportunities. This session will focus on the benefits and practicalities of developing a co-production film or TV project between Canada and another country. Emerging screenwriters and filmmakers often overlook this option, but co-productions can be a strategic move even for those on their second or third projects.

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Speakers

Maria Alexopolous
Director of Video, Hive Media Group
Melissa Amer
Telefilm
Kerry Ball
Meridian Artists
Robert Budreau
Lumanity Productions
John Buffone
Supervising Producer at Bell Fibe
Barri Cohen
Filmmaker & Policy Writer at POV Magazine
Nahlia Loren Couto
Filmmaker
Kevin Gallant
Audio Engineer
John Galway
Corrib Entertainment
Steve Gamester
Creative Director at Saloon Media
Glen Gauthier
IATSE 873
Rachel Gordon
Distribution Educator and Author
Romy Goulem
Director, Cinematographer
Gail Haupert
ACTRA
Greg Jeffs
Director, Cinematographer
Micah Kernhan
CBC
Peggy Kyriakidou
NABET
Derek Lamoureux
Director, Cinematographer
Adam Madrzyk
Cinematographer
Mark McAuley
Lawyer
Neal McDougall
Assistant Executive Director, Writers Guild of Canada
Michelle Michals
Directors Guild of Canada
Bruce Miller
Filmmaker
Faran Moradi
Director, Writer
Tamara Moulin
Writer
Paige Murray
Executive in Charge of Development, Drama on the Scripted Content, CBC
Anna Newallo
Ontario Creates
Kelly Payne
Senior Director Business Affairs, Production Funding, Blue Ant Media
Kris Pearn
Animation Director, Producer
Kelly Peckham
Documentary Filmmaker & Producer
Federico Pereanez
Editor
Justin Rawana
Writer
Luisa Alvarez Restrepo
ACTRA
Desmond Sargeant
Writer
Rebecca Snow
Director
Beth Warrian
Writer, Director

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Travel & Accommodations

Doubletree by Hilton
Hotel Metro
Residence Inn by Marriott
Delta Hotels London Armouries

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Conference Partners

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