Canada’s Top Industry Professionals Are Your Mentors!admin
Are you an aspiring filmmaker looking to get your foot in the door? Do you have an idea or script for your next film, but not sure who to pitch it to? Are you an experienced filmmaker in need of resources or connections to start your next project?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this session is perfect for you!
Through this session, you will get the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with some of Canada’s top industry professionals, all coming from different sectors of the filmmaking industry. You will choose 4 experts to each spend 15 minutes with, and each expert will have a maximum of 4 guests at their “Virtual Table.” These small numbers will allow everyone to have a chance to ask their questions and receive personalised advice.
The experts you can choose from include 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐦 𝐅 𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥’s Client Service Coordinator, 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐠 𝐉𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐬; 𝐂𝐁𝐂’s Executive in Charge of Production, 𝐏𝐚𝐢𝐠𝐞 𝐌𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐲; documentary filmmaker and executive producer, 𝐂𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐠 𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐬𝐨𝐧; film programmer and Festival Manager for 𝐑𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭, 𝐊𝐢𝐫𝐤 𝐂𝐨𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫; and Film Development Consultant for 𝐎𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐨 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬, 𝐊𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐏𝐚𝐲𝐧𝐞.
Through his work at 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐦 𝐅 𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥, 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐠 𝐉𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐬 has helped new talent learn industry procedures and develop the best plan for maximizing the success of their projects. Jeffs’ short film, 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐮𝐧𝐭, was named the 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟑 by 𝐑𝐮𝐞 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐮𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐞, and he made his directorial debut with the film, It’s All In Your Head. This debut film premiered at the 2016 Horror Channel Fright Fest, and it continues to be played on the worldwide festival circuit. He has also written and produced short films that have been broadcast, released theatrically, and are available on 𝐢𝐓𝐮𝐧𝐞𝐬. From information on equipment rental to strategic planning for a production, Jeffs will have all the answers you need.
𝐏𝐚𝐢𝐠𝐞 𝐌𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐲 has over nine years of experience working at 𝐂𝐁𝐂, and she currently oversees production and development of short and mid-length series for 𝐂𝐁𝐂 𝐆𝐞𝐦. As the key point of contact for comedy and drama submissions, Paige actively looks for new talent and projects, and evaluates series pitches to fulfill CBC’s programming needs. She is also the programmer for 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, the longest-running Canadian short film showcase on national broadcast television, and she sits on the board of 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐬 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥, the only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to showcasing short films made by emerging women and non-binary directors. Her diverse knowledge on what sells in the industry, from film festivals to CBC programming, will make her advice invaluable to any aspiring filmmaker.
𝐂𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐠 𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐬𝐨𝐧 is a Director, Writer and Producer, with 25 years of experience in content creation, production and management. He has worked as a journalist at 𝐂𝐁𝐂 and 𝐂𝐓𝐕 for over a decade, and his company Ballinran Entertainment, marks its 25th anniversary in 2020.
Craig is an expert in film and television production management, event management, financing, and business consulting in the media industry. He founded 𝐃𝐨𝐜𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐍𝐨 𝐁𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬, and he is an experienced educator committed to inspiring the next generation of media professionals.
Besides his wealth of knowledge in producing and educating, Craig can also share some tips on how to adapt your filmmaking process to the changing production landscape that has resulted from COVID-19. When the pandemic hit, Craig and his team team smuggled a camera into the epicentre of the coronavirus to produce the 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐖𝐮𝐡𝐚𝐧. It premiered on 𝐂𝐓𝐕’𝐬 𝐖𝟓 in March and has generated more than one million viewers since then. As if being an innovative and worldwide documentary filmmaker wasn’t impressive enough, Craig’s credits include the 𝐀𝐥𝐞𝐱 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐛𝐞𝐤 𝐝𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐆𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐬, and 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐬, which streams worldwide on 𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐟𝐥𝐢𝐱 and is starring 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐦 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐫 and Stephen Hawking.
𝐊𝐢𝐫𝐤 𝐂𝐨𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫 is a producer, festival strategist, and the founder of 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬, a film consulting and PR firm. Kirk’s contribution to the international film community spans over 17 years with experience in the global arts and entertainment industry that he can share with you. Kirk has created film programming for festivals such as 𝐃𝐮𝐫𝐡𝐚𝐦 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥, 𝐕𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥, 𝐑𝐞𝐞𝐥𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥, 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐎𝐮𝐭 (𝐋𝐆𝐁𝐓) 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥, 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐭 𝐈𝐧 𝐅𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐬, 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥, 𝐑𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐑𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫, and 𝐏𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥. In addition to being an expert in Film Programming, his other strengths are Communications, Professional Development, and Project Management for Film. With this vast expanse of knowledge on everything related to film festivals, he is your go to guy for anything advice you need about this sector of the industry.
Lastly, 𝐊𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐏𝐚𝐲𝐧𝐞 brings over 20 years’ of industry experience to the administration and development of programs and strategies which drive innovation and growth in Ontario’s creative industries. Through her role at 𝐎𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐨 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 (𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐎𝐌𝐃𝐂), she supports Ontario’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, as well as services and funding for the film & television; book & magazine publishing; and interactive digital media & music industries. Her portfolio includes the Film Fund, Industry Development, and the Marketing and Distribution Initiative. If you are looking for some guidance on how to fund your next project, or if you want to contribute to Ontario’s creative industry, then Kelly will definitely have some insight for you.
Regardless of which expert you choose, you will be getting advice and an engaging conversation with some of Canada’s most experienced and accredited filmmakers. Whether you are looking for information about grants, documentary filmmaking, festival programming, TV production or just more knowledge on the industry, these casual mentoring sessions will be incredibly valuable to anyone in the industry.
Since these sessions will be small, there are limited tickets available so make sure you get them before they sell out!
Event: Mentoring: Chat with Experts
Date: Saturday, the 24th of October, 2020
Time: 8:30 -10:00 am