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FCFF INDUSTRY SESSIONS SUPPORTED BY FANSHAWE COLLEGE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Learn The Art and Science of Filmmaking – October 23-25, 2020 is a Robust Virtual Experience

A series of live events designed to educate, entertain and inspire emerging filmmakers and film fans alike. Each event features successful industry professionals sharing their experiences and insights through instructional dialogue, cautionary tales and fascinating conversation. Learn what’s current and coming up in film and TV from the people in the know.

Industry Sessions 2020 Guide

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INDUSTRY SESSIONS

Highlight

Chat With Experts: Mentoring Session

Saturday Oct 24, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy conversation with the professional of your choice, each from a different corner of the filmmaking industry. These casual mentoring sessions are incredibly valuable to both emerging filmmakers and film fans alike, so don’t miss your chance!

Space is limited so book early!

This is a Zoom metting due to COVID Restrictions. You will choose 4 experts to spend 15 minutes each with. Each expert will have a maximum of 4 guests at their “Virtual Table” so everyone will have a chance to ask their questions.

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The FCFF Pitchfest

Sunday Oct 25, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Witness local 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 DRAGON’S DEN/SHARK TANK of filmmaking!

Prizes for Best Short Concept Pitch Totalling $12000 is waiting to be won!

Even in the age of COVID-19, this event will carry on. Read below for more details of how it will work online!

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Up Close Conversations

Oct 18, 23, 24

3 special events where we chat with renowned Industry personalities like animator Kris Pearn (Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, The Wolloughbys), military consultant Andy Robertshaw (War Horse, 1917), and London-native actor Victor Garber (Titanic, Argo, Happiest Season).

Livestreamed events with personal interaction with our special guests. Tickets available now!

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Auditioning for the Camera (Workshop)

Saturday Oct 17 , 10:00 a.m.

Samora Smallwood (Star Trek Discovery, ACTRA, The Actors Work Studio) will work with you to break down a script, understand the story the writer and director are telling, identify what the writer is exploring (themes versus plot), and character analysis (actors will receive a free Character Analysis Workbook) in this 4-hour intensive online workshop.

Limited seating. Reserve your spot now — ticket link below.

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Meet the Creators

A Conversation with Indigenous Women Filmmakes, Friday Oct 23, 1:00 p.m.

Join co-creator of Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC), Dr. Carol Whiteman, as she moderates a panel of accomplished Indigenous women directors from Southwestern Ontario in a discussion about leadership, voice, success and what it takes to create film projects in today’s landscape. Featured guests include Shelley Niro, Zoe Hopkins, Caroline Monnet.

Livestreamed event with one-on-one interaction with Industry Experts. Tickets to this informative networking opportunity are available now!

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Industry Guests

Look Who’s Coming to FCFF2020

Hear from, and connect one-on-one with key industry players and artists to jumpstart your next big project.

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KELLY PAYNE

Film Development Consultant, Ontario CreatesRead More

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CRAIG THOMPSON

Documentary Filmmaker, President and Executive Producer, Ballinran EntertainmentRead More

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DR. CAROL WHITEMAN

Co-creator & Producer, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC)Read More

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Victor Garber

Canadian ActorRead More

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Paige Murray

CBC Development ManagerRead More

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KIRK COOPER

Producer / Festival StrategisRead More

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Kris Pearn

Director / Animator / WriterRead More

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Samora Smallwood

Actor / Actor’s CoachRead More

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Carolyn McMaster

Producer / President of CHAOSRead More

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Sean Cisterna

Director / WriterRead More

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GREG JEFFS

Client Service Coordinator William F White InternationalRead More

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Jeremy Lalonde

DirectorRead More

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Zoe Hopkins

Director / WriterRead More

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Courtney McAllister

Writer / ProducerRead More

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Andy Robertshaw

Military Historian and Media ConsultantRead More

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Caroline Monnet

Multidisciplinary Artist / DirectorRead More

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Dylan Mitro

Director / WriterRead More

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Janice Zolf

Director / Writer / ProducerRead More

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Kat Webber

Editor / DirectorRead More

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Cory Crossman

Music Industry Development OfficerRead More

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Shelly Niro

Multi Media Artist / DirectorRead More

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Neil Haverty

Senior Manager of MVP/Prism PrizeRead More

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Richmond Obeng

DirectorRead More

CAROLINE CHOPRA

Deputy Director CMF – Portfolio Management

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How to attend the Industry Sessions 2020

  1. Explore the catalogue for all the FCFF 2020 Industry Sessions and Events. Purchase your ticket on Eventive following the link below.
  2. A reminder email closer to the event date will include a Zoom link for the Live Interactive session, where you will be chatting with Industry Experts one-on-one.
  3. For the public livestream events, you will be able to attend on Eventive. You will receive the Livestream link in the event reminder email, as well.
  4. Enjoy the interactive session and participate either on the Zoom video call or through the Eventive Live Chat!

2020 INDUSTRY SESSIONS DETAILS

There are three way to purchase this experience. The Full IS pass is The best deal! $260 value for $140 – save 46% while learning and networking! The Three session pass saves you 17% over individual pass prices. Individual event pass is $20.

  • Saturday October 17
  • Sunday October 18
  • Friday October 23
  • Saturday October 24
  • Sunday October 25
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Special Event – Limited Enrollment ($125)

Auditioning for the Camera – A workshop with Samora Smallwood.

In this intensive four-hour Zoom workshop, you’ll learn how to break down a script, understand
the story the writer and director are telling, identify what the writer is exploring (themes
versus plot), and character analysis (actors will receive a free Character Analysis Workbook).
You will learn how to make strong choices that connect you to the material and craft a
compelling audition and performance. You will work on using imagination and vivid specificity to
create nuance, layers, and emotion in performance.

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Coach

Samora Smallwood is a classically trained, bilingual Actress, Writer, & Cool
Feminist. She is Co-Chair of ACTRA’s Diversity Committee as well as the founder of The
Actors Work Studio, an innovative acting studio in Toronto. Samora’s recent on-screen
work includes Star Trek, The Expanse, American Gods, Coroner, The Shelter, and
Shadowhunter. Samora’s passion is telling fresh stories and promoting diversity
on-screen and behind the camera. She 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” Talent to Watch Program. Samora is also a passionate public speaker whose recent
work includes hosting panels at TIFF, The Toronto Black Film Festival, Official
International Women’s Day, and ACTRA Toronto.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Up-Close Conversation with Andy Robertshaw

Andy Robertshaw is a military historian with an astounding list of film credits, including War
Horse (Steven Spielberg), Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins), They Shall Not Grow Old (Peter Jackson),
and most recently, the Academy Award winning film 1917 (Sam Mendes). Andy works from script
through production, with costumes, props, actors to help create realism in films about these
dramatic historical events. This is will be a fascinating up-close conversation for film lovers
and military buffs alike.

Moderated by David OKeefe,Historian/Best-Selling Author/Teacher/Documentarian

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Speaker

Andy Robertshaw is a military historian and media consultant. A freelance military
historian, author and broadcaster who has specialised in the study of the two World
Wars, Andy is currently working on a project for Twickenham Studios that will compete
later this year. He was previously a Museum Director for the Ministry of Defence, and
before that, Head of Education and Events at the National Army Museum in London,
Enlgand. He runs a replica World War One trench in Sussex which has been featured in a
variety of television and film projects and for which he provided advice, uniformed
extras and props. Andy’s business, Battlefield Partnerships Ltd, provides military props
and original items for prop houses and consultations on film projects. He was Military
Consultant War Horse and was on location throughout the filming. In the period before
filming started he was consulted on the screenplay and worked with Richard Curtis. For
‘1917’ he was also costume, prop and Set Dec consultant. This very successful experience
demonstrated his ability to balance historical accuracy with the needs of a production.
He works with actors, extras and crew, and provides historical background and motives
for actors and extras that are unfamiliar with military history or the period portrayed. Moderated by David OKeefe,Historian/Best-Selling Author/Teacher/Documentarian

10:00- 11:00 a.m.

Volumetric Video Capture: IO Industries

Spend an hour with Andrew Searle from IO Industries as he showcases volumetric video capture as
the ultimate cutting edge film tool and how it’s establishing itself as the solution for
immersive showcasing of human performances. This is the ultimate tool for generating truly
life-like three-dimensional avatars of real actors, recording every nuance of their expressions,
emotions, and the full performance they’re bringing to the stage – from all angles,
simultaneously. The result is a vivid, engaging, virtual copy of the performer which can be
replayed from any point of view.

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Expert

Andrew Searle is the Sales Manager for IO Industries Inc. and for over 10 years
has held various technical and commercial roles within the company. His experience with
the diverse IO Industries customer base has spanned a broad range of applications, from
deep-sea exploration to projects with NASA and the International Space Station.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Meet the Creators: A Conversation with Indigenous Women Filmmakers

Co-presented by Women In the Director’s Chair (panel)

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Join co-creator of the internationally respected Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program,
Dr. Carol Whiteman, as she moderates a panel of accomplished Indigenous women directors in a
discussion about leadership, voice, success and what it takes to create film projects in today’s
landscape.

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Moderator & Experts

Moderator:

Dr. Carol Whiteman is best known as co-creator and producer of Canada’s
internationally respected Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program, Dr. Whiteman is
a two-time Governor General’s Award nominee and multiple award-winner for promoting
gender equality in Canada’s screen industry. Since 1997, Dr. Whiteman has worked
tirelessly to advance the careers, feature films, network television, and web series of
a generation of female screen writers and directors across Canada and internationally.
She produced over 150 short films through WIDC and is executive producer on seven
award-winning feature films including Red Snow, Rustic Oracle, and Queen of the Morning
Calm, with two more WIDC features in the pipeline. Dr. Whiteman recently completed her
doctoral degree in education at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. Her
dissertation shares an inspiring chronicle of the tenacity and transformative leadership
behind WIDC’s decades-long history.

Experts:

Shelly Niro is a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle
Clan.
Shelley Niro is a multi-media artist. Her work involves photography, painting, beadwork,
and film. She’s conscious of the impact post-colonial mediums have had on Indigenous
people. Like many artists from Native communities, she works relentlessly to present
people in realistic and explorative portrayals. Photo series such as Mohawks in
Beehives, This Land Is Mime Land, and M: Stories of Women are a few examples of this
genre. Films include Honey Moccasin, It Starts With A Whisper, The Shirt, Kissed By
Lightning, and Robert’s Paintings. Recently she finished her film The Incredible 25th
Year Of Mitzi Bearclaw.
Shelley graduated from the Ontario College of Art, Honours and received her Master of
Fine Art from the University of Western Ontario.
Shelley was also the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Award presented through
the Ontario Arts Council in 2012. In 2017, she received the Governor General’s Award For
The Arts from the Canada Council, The Scotiabank Photography Award, and also received
the Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Award.
Shelley recently received an honorary doctorate from the Ontario College of Arts and
Design University. She also was the 2019 Laureate of the Paul de Hueck and Norman
Walford Career Achievement Award for Photography.

Zoe Hopkins is a Heiltsuk and Mohawk woman, born in Bella Bella, a fishing village
on the coast of BC.  She is now raising her son in her father’s community of Six
Nations, Ontario, where she learned to speak and teach Kanyen’kéha (the Mohawk
language.)
Zoe drew upon her personal connection to the Great Bear Rainforest for her award-winning
first feature film, Kayak to Klemtu, which received a theatrical release in Canada, and
is distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media. Zoe is a winner of the Audience Choice Award
at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival & Powell River Film Festival, Best Canadian First
Feature Film at Victoria Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at CAIIFF, Official
Selection at Edinburgh International Film Festival. Her Leo Awards include Best Actress
(Ta’Kaiya Blaney), Best Supporting Actress (Sonja Bennett), Best Director & Best Actor
(Lorne Cardinal): American Indian Film Festival.
Zoe holds a BAA in Film from Ryerson University and is an alumna of the Sundance
Institute’s Feature Film Program. Her films have screened internationally at festivals
including Sundance and Berlinale. Zoe is a member of the Embargo Collective, the
creators of the omnibus feature, The Embargo Project, which included her short film
Skyworld (Best Short Film, Niagara Integrated Film Festival).
Zoe also writes on the soon-to-be broadcast dramatic series Trickster, based on the
much-celebrated book Son of a Trickster, by Eden Robinson. Also for the small screen,
Zoe has directed an episode of the music documentary series, Amplify, for APTN. In 2004,
she was Senior Producer on the documentary series, Venturing Forth, also for APTN. She
directed 26 episodes of the children’s series Art Zone, produced by Force Four
Entertainment.
She ‘s currently in post-production with her sophomore feature, previously entitled
Running Home, with Toronto’s Big Soul Productions and Devonshire Productions. Zoe is a
member of the Writer’s Guild of Canada.

Caroline Monnet is an Anishinaabe/French multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais,
Québec, currently based in Montréal. She studied in both Sociology and Communication at
the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Granada (Spain) before pursuing
a career in visual arts and films. Monnet’s short films have screened at numerous
festivals including Toronto International Film Festival (Ikwé, Warchild, Mobilize,
Tshiuetin, Creatura Dada, Emptying the Tank), Les Rencontres Internationales
Paris/Berlin (Gephyrophobia), Sundance Film Festival (Mobilize), and Palm Springs
(Mobilize). She won a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival for Best
experimental film for Mobilize. She was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards: Best
Short Drama for Roberta and Best Short Documentary Tshieutin. She is currently working
on her first feature film entitled Bootlegger, selected for both CineMart and Berlinale
Co-Production Market 2016. That same year, she was selected for the prestigious
Cinéfondation residency in Paris. The project won Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film
Festival 2017, an award granted by Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC)
and Cinéfondation. Monnet is also an accomplished visual artist with exhibitions at the
Whitney Museum (NYC), Toronto Biennial of Art, Walter Phillips gallery (Banff), Division
Gallery (Montreal), Contemporary Art Museum (Montreal), Arsenal Contemporary (New-York)
and the National Art gallery (Ottawa).

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

UP CLOSE CONVERSATION: KRIS PEARN

Director, Animator

Kris Pearn has over 18 years’ experience in film and television. Born and raised on a goat farm
in Southwestern Ontario, Kris was lucky enough to graduate from Sheridan College’s Classical
Animation Program. Join us as we have an intimate conversation with the director of such films
as Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and The Willoughbys. Find out what working as a writer
and director in Hollywood is really like.

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Moderator & Experts

Expert:

Kris Pearn was born in London, Ontario, Canada. After graduating from Sheridan
College, Kris has spent most of his life making cartoons for both film and television.
His credits include Open Season, Surf’s Up, Arthur Christmas, Shaun the Sheep, Pirates:
Band of Misfits, and Home to name a few. He was Head of Story on Cloudy With A Chance of
Meatballs, and co-directed Cloudy Two: Rise of the Leftovers. He has most recently
written and directed the Netflix animated feature The Willoughbys based on the novel by
Lois Lowry. Kris has been nominated for several Annies, has taught at Sheridan College,
lectures all over the world through Schoolism, and has given a Ted Talk called “The
Optimistic Opportunity of Failure”. He has illustrated several books including Edward
The Tree Climbing Dog, Project Superhero, and Tales of Spiffing. He still loves to draw.

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Mentoring: Chat with Experts

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Bring a coffee and enjoy a conversation with the professional of your choice, each from a
different corner of the filmmaking industry. These casual mentoring sessions are incredibly
valuable to both emerging filmmakers and film fans alike. So don’t miss your opportunity to
engage with some of Canada’s top industry professionals. NOTE: This session is $20 and is not
included with industry sessions weekend pass. You will choose 4 experts to spend 15 minutes each
with. Each expert will have a maximum of 4 guests at their “Virtual Table” so everyone will have
a chance to ask their questions.

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Expert Mentors

Paige Murray has worked at the CBC for over nine years within the content areas.
She is currently Executive in Charge of Production, YA Digital Originals, overseeing
production and development of short and mid-length series for CBC Gem. She most recently
worked on Queens, Late Night in the Studio, and Decoys. Paige is also the programmer for
Canadian Reflections, the longest-running Canadian short film showcase on national
broadcast television. She oversees the film acquisition, programming and scheduling
strategy of this weekly show. Additionally, Paige currently sits on the board of
Breakthroughs Film Festival. Breakthroughs is the only festival in Canada devoted
exclusively to showcasing short films made by emerging women and non-binary directors

Greg Jeffs is the Client Service Coordinator at William F White International. An
NSI Features First alumni, Jeffs 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.

Craig Thompson is a documentary filmmaker and executive producer. 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). Craig specializes in film and
television production management, event management, financing, and strategic and
business consulting in the media industry. He’s also the founder of DocFest Stratford
and No Boundaries. Craig is an 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), and Chaos on the Bridge (2014).

Kirk Cooper is a producer and festival strategist. Kirk is 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 the
entertainment industry. His strength lies in Film Programming, Communications,
Professional Development, and Project Management for Film. Kirk has created film
programming for festivals such as the Durham Region International Film Festival,
Victoria Internation Film Festival, ReelWorld Film Festival, Inside Out (LGBT) Film
Festival, Planet In Focus, Canadian Film Festival, River to River, and Pan Africa Film
Festival.
Kirk is currently the Festival Manager for Raven Banner Entertainment — a genre
distributor in Canada.

Kelly Payne is the Film Development Consultant at 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 and magazine
publishing; interactive digital media and music industries. As Program Consultant, Film
and Television. Kelly 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.

Caroline Chopra, Deputy Director – Portfolio Management, CMF Program Administrator – Telefilm Canada.
Caroline Chopra has been with Telefilm Canada in Toronto since 2006, working with the Canada Media Fund (CMF) Program Administrator team. Over the last 14 years, she has held various positions within this team, and is currently Deputy Director – Portfolio Management responsible for English-language documentary programming. Prior to joining Telefilm Canada, Caroline worked at the Canadian Television Fund (now CMF), the Historica Foundation, the NFB and French-language educational broadcaster TFO.

10:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Distribution For Indie Filmmakers (panel)

You’ve finished your project, now what? How do you get your film in front of an audience? Join us
as we explore the emerging opportunities and fast-moving trends that are currently reshaping how
films reach the public.

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Moderator and Panelists

Moderator:

Kelly Payne is the Film Development Consultant at 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 and magazine
publishing; interactive digital media and music industries. As Program Consultant, Film
and Television. Kelly 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:

Paige Murray has worked at the CBC for over nine years within the content areas.
She is currently Executive in Charge of Production, YA Digital Originals, overseeing
production and development of short and mid-length series for CBC Gem. She most recently
worked on Queens, Late Night in the Studio, and Decoys. Paige is also the programmer for
Canadian Reflections, the longest-running Canadian short film showcase on national
broadcast television. She oversees the film acquisition, programming and scheduling
strategy of this weekly show. Additionally, Paige currently sits on the board of
Breakthroughs Film Festival. Breakthroughs is the only festival in Canada devoted
exclusively to showcasing short films made by emerging women and non-binary directors

Kylie Bechberger – Before joining A71 Kylie got her start in the film industry in 2009 at Entertainment One Films Canada. During her 10 years with the company, Kylie worked in theatrical sales releasing across Canada for major theatrical films including THE HUNGER GAME SERIES, DIVERGENT SERIES, JOHN WICK, BAD MOMS, NOW YOU SEE ME and Oscar films VICE, LA LA LAND, SPOTLIGHT. Kylie is also a board member of Pioneering Women a division of the Canadian Picture Pioneers helping to create networking events for women in the entertainment industry..

Carolyn McMaster is a Canadian film producer and president of CHAOS a film company
that focusses on scripted content for the international marketplace. Her most recent
production is the horror film Don’t Say Its Name. Previous work includes the CIFF
Audience Choice Award winner Root of the Problem with Sergio Di Zio and Claire Rankin,
the sci-fi thriller Parallel Minds, starring Greg Bryk and Tommie Amber Pirie, the 2016
romantic comedy Chokeslam starring Chris Marquette and Amanda Crew with wrestling icon
Mick Foley. In 2013 the thriller Ferocious, starring Amanda Crew and Kim Coates, was
released. Walk All Over Me starring Leelee Sobieski and Tricia Helfer premiered at the
Toronto International Film Festival in 2008.
McMaster is also an alumna of the Canadian Film Centre Comedy Lab and the NSI, she is a
member of the Producers Guild of America, CMPA, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
and is a recipient of an EMMY award.

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Jumpstart Your Project (panel)

Join our expert panelists as they discuss strategies for giving your project the “leg up” it
needs to succeed. We will be exploring important subjects such as financing possibilities,
choosing the right creative partners and identifying your audience.

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Moderator and Panelists

Moderator:

Craig Thompson has 25 years’ experience in content creation, production and
management, and more than a decade as a working journalist (CBC, CBC Radio (England),
CTV). Craig specializes in film and television production management, event management,
financing, and strategic and business consulting in the media industry. He’s also the
founder of DocFest Stratford and No Boundaries. Craig is an 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), and Chaos on the Bridge (2014).

Panelists:

Sean Cisterna is a multi-award-winning director whose most recent film is From the
Vine (2020), an international co-production starring Emmy winner Joe Pantoliano.
Cisterna directed the acclaimed cancer drama Kiss and Cry (2017), which topped the
Canadian box office and is currently streaming on Netflix worldwide. His 2015 feature
Full Out, starring Jennifer Beals, is based on the true story of gymnast Ariana Berlin.
The film was broadcast on NBC, now residing with Netflix Worldwide and Disney Europe.
Cisterna was awarded a Canada 150 Citizenship Award by the Federal Government for his
dedication to and community engagement in the arts.

Greg Jeffs is the Client Service Coordinator at William F White International. An
NSI Features First alumni, Jeffs 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.

Jeremy Lalonde is a filmmaker who resides in Toronto where he was awarded NOW
Magazine’s ‘Best Local Filmmaker’ Reader’s Choice Award in 2015. His films have screened
internationally including TIFF, Slamdance, Cinequest, Santa Barbara, and Whistler. His
film Sex After Kids won Best Feature at Film North Huntsville, Best Comedy at the
Edmonton Int’l Film Festival, and Best Screenplay & Best Director at the Canadian Comedy
Awards.
His film How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town premiered at Slamdance and won Best Indie
Feature at the Edmonton Int’l Film Festival, and Best Ensemble & Best Feature film at
the Canadian Film Fest. His fourth feature film The Go-Getters had its world premiere at
Cinequest where it won the Jury Award for Best Comedy Feature.
Jeremy has won multiple Canadian Screen Awards, a Director’s Guild of Canada, and a
Canadian Comedy Award for his work both directing and editing on BARONESS VON SKETCH
SHOW (CBC/IFC). He was an integral part of the show for its first three seasons. His
fifth feature film James Vs. His Future Self, co-written by Jonas Chernick and starring
Daniel Stern, Frances Conroy, and Cleopatra Coleman, recently took home four awards at
Toronto After Dark including Best Feature Film (Bronze), Best Canadian Feature, Best
Sci-Fi Feature, and Best Supporting Actor and is also screening at Whistler, Santa
Barbara, and Brussels among others. It was recently nominated for four Canadian Screen
Awards including Best Original Screenplay. He has recently finished production on his
sixth feature film, the title of which has yet to be announced and is developing several
properties for television.

Caroline Chopra Deputy Director – Portfolio Management, CMF Program Administrator │ Telefilm Canada
Caroline Chopra has been with Telefilm Canada in Toronto since 2006, working with the Canada Media Fund (CMF) Program Administrator team. Over the last 14 years, she has held various positions within this team, and is currently Deputy Director – Portfolio Management responsible for English-language documentary programming. Prior to joining Telefilm Canada, Caroline worked at the Canadian Television Fund (now CMF), the Historica Foundation, the NFB and French-language educational broadcaster TFO.

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Creating and Funding Music Video (panel)

Music videos are often one of the first calling cards for young directors and filmmakers. Without
the constraints of length or budget, a music video is perfect for the aspiring director and can
afford a license allowing filmmakers to express their creative vision. However, funding and
support can be hard to find and acquire. This panel consists of industry experts sharing their
experience on how to get your music video made, and share your concept with the world.

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Moderator & Experts

Moderator:

Cory Crossman is a musician and music enthusiast. His background focused on
presenting live music ranging from small club shows to large festivals to community
events. His current role as Music Industry Development Officer for the City of London
positions him as the lead contact at City Hall for the music industry. Serving as a
liaison between City Hall and the music sector. Working to create conditions to grow the
music sector, Cory is focused on building things steadily from the ground up.

Experts:

Neil Haverty is a Senior Manager, MVP Project / Prism Prize at the Academy of
Canadian Cinema & Television. Haverty oversees multiple initiatives that aim to
spotlight artistry in the Canadian music video industry. The Prism Prize was established
in 2012 to recognize extraordinary achievement within the field. The MVP Project, a
joint initiative with RBCxMusic, was recently launched to assist in the creation of new
music video work by way of production grants for emerging artist teams (comprised of
recording artists, directors and producers). Haverty also works as a film composer and
musician, most notably as a founding member of Toronto-based ensemble Bruce Peninsula.

Dylan Mitro is a young 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.

Kat Webber is fascinated by all things storytelling. With attention to detail and
extensive understanding of multiple genres, she brings a deliberate eye to her work as
both an Editor and Director. Kat received a BFA in Acting from the conservatory program
at York University in Toronto, which provided her with a unique appreciation for the
actor’s process. After graduating, Kat stepped behind the camera to develop her
technical skills. After years of editing international broadcast campaigns, feature
films and award-winning music videos, she’s studied the storytelling process from the
inside-out. Kat has had the honour of working as a close collaborator with visionary
director Karena Evans, who catapulted her onto the international scene after editing
pieces like Drake’s “Nice for What” and Coldplay’s “Everyday Life.” Recently Kat worked
as an additional editor for multiple episodes of the new STARZ series, P-Valley. Kat’s
mission is centred around amplifying the female gaze, whether that be in service as an
editor, director or mentor to young femme-identifying creatives. Each decision she
makes, from pre-production to post, comes down to two questions: why now & what serves
the story?

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Up Close Conversation with Victor Garber

Special Event

We welcome you to enjoy us in an intimate conversation with SAG and Tony award winning Actor
Victor Garber. Victor was born in London, Ontario, and has gone on to act in some of the most
memorable movies of the past 30 years. You may know Victor from his film appearances in the
comedies Sleepless in Seattle (1993), The First Wives Club (1996), and Legally Blonde (2001). Or
from his Screen Actors Guild Award nominated performances in the historical drama films Titanic
(1997), Milk (2008), and Argo (2012). Wherever you may know him from, this is a conversation you
won’t want to miss.

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Moderator

Dorothy Downs – Executive Director and Founder of Forest City Film Festival

Guest:

Victor Garber –Victor Garber has been in some of the most memorable projects of
the past four decades including Sleepless in Seattle (1993), The First Wives Club
(1996), Legally Blonde (2001), Titanic (1997), Milk (2008), and Argo (2012). Victor has
recently appeared in Family Law, The Slap, The Flash, Motive and Web Therapy. He is
currently starring in Greg Berlanti’s new DC Comics Superhero series “DC’s Legends of
Tomorrow” for Warner Bros/CW. He has shared in two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award®
nominations for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast, the latest for Milk, and previously as
a member of the cast of Titanic as well as winning with the cast of Argo. Garber
received three Emmy® nods for his role on Alias and has also earned Emmy® nominations
for Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, and his guest roles on Frasier and Will &
Grace. He is also an accomplished stage actor, whose extensive credits encompass lead
roles in both plays and musicals, and has earned four Tony Award® nominations, for his
work in Damn Yankees (1994-1995), Lend Me a Tenor (1989-1990), Little Me (1982) and
Deathtrap (1978-1982. Victor also starred in the 1998 Tony Award-winning Best Play, Art.
He originated the roles of Anthony in Sweeny Todd and John Wilkes Booth in Assassins
both by Stephen Sondheim.

10:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Shorts That Get You Noticed

Almost every famous director got their start with a short film. Whether it’s film school, DIY, or
funded through grants, the short is a rite of passage that can help your career take off. This
panel of experts brings experience from all facets of the industry to teach you how to develop,
fund, and shoot the short film that jumpstarts your career.

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Moderator and Panelists

Moderator:

Greg Jeffs

is the Client Service Coordinator at William F White International. An
NSI Features First alumni, Jeffs 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:

Richmond Obeng is a Canadian cinematic director moved by thought-provoking
authentic narrative. Starting his filmmaking journey shooting commercials, music videos
and corporate branded content, Richmond quickly embarked on his own inspired path,
focusing on creating stories grounded in truth and representation. These efforts include
the award-winning and internationally praised anti-bullying short “Helping Hands”, and
the HIV/AIDS branded content trifecta “PrEP”, “It Takes Courage” and “The Test”, which
was featured at various community events including World Aids Day 2017.
Continuing on his mission to bring important stories to light, Richmond’s long-form
debut came with his 2018 Toronto inner-city documentary “Some Sort of Judas”, which
after debuting to 100,000 homes on TVO, has been dubbed by several educators and
activists as one of the most important Canadian documentaries in crime and justice, and
made its way to the 2018 Cannes Marche du Film.
Richmond’s latest project takes him to historical non-fiction, as he works with Peoples
Temple cult survivor Leslie Wagner-Wilson, author of “Slavery of Faith” and the main
focus of his June 2020 YouTube short docu-series “No Church in the Wild”. After securing
the rights to Leslie’s autobiographical novel Richmond is now working on adapting it
into a scripted miniseries.

Kirk Cooper Kirk Cooper is 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 the entertainment industry. His strength lies in Film Programming, Communications, Professional Development, and Project Management for Film. 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, Pan Africa Film Festival. Kirk is currently the Festival Manager for Raven Banner Entertainment – a genre distributor in Canada.

Paige Murray has worked at the CBC for over nine years within the content areas.
She is currently Executive in Charge of Production, YA Digital Originals, overseeing
production and development of short and mid-length series for CBC Gem. She most recently
worked on Queens, Late Night in the Studio, and Decoys. Paige is also the programmer for
Canadian Reflections, the longest-running Canadian short film showcase on national
broadcast television. She oversees the film acquisition, programming and scheduling
strategy of this weekly show. Additionally, Paige currently sits on the board of
Breakthroughs Film Festival. Breakthroughs is the only festival in Canada devoted
exclusively to showcasing short films made by emerging women and non-binary directors

1:00- 2:30 p.m.

TRADE SECRETS FROM THE DOCUMENTARY FRONTLINES

Filmmaker Janice Zolf, writer and director of the new CBC documentary Into the Light, hosts a
candid and revealing discussion with producer, writer and director Craig Thompson about the
rapidly changing landscape for documentary filmmaking. Craig heads up Stratford-based Ballinran
Entertainment which is marking its 25th anniversary in 2020. Last year, he spent more than 180
days outside Canada, filming across China, Ukraine, Portugal and the U.S for two films now in
post-production including Balancing Act, which follows acrobats around the world as they prepare
for Cirque du Soleil’s first permanent show in China. In January, his team smuggled a camera
into the epicentre of the coronavirus to produce the undercover documentary Inside Wuhan which
premiered on CTV’s W5 in March, generating more than one million viewers. He is now remotely
directing the international documentary TruckHERS, following women truckers around the world
currently filming in Australia, Canada, UK, Russia and Kenya. Join us as Janice gets the inside
perspective from Craig about getting creative during challenging times and the way forward for
documentary filmmaking.

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Moderator and Experts

Moderator:

Janice Zolf worked as an arts and entertainment reporter and producer for CTV News
before winning prizes and international acclaim with her documentaries on art, music,
and design. Her award-winning films have screened on CBC’s Documentary Channel, Air
Canada, and toured festivals around the world. Her current documentary film Into the
Light, about the immersive projections that reimagine history on the walls of Old
Montreal, will appear on CBC and GEM in October 2020. Janice’s other films include
Michael Bublé: Audacious, a Governor General’s Awards film, profiling the artist behind
the superstar and Revealing Marie Saint Pierre, about the influence of artist Jean-Paul
Riopelle on a renowned Canadian fashion designer. Janice holds a Master’s of Digital
Experience and Innovation from the University of Waterloo.

Expert:

Craig Thompson is an experienced Director, Writer and Producer whose company,
Ballinran Entertainment, marks its 25th anniversary in 2020. When the COVID-19 pandemic
struck, Craig and his team adapted quickly to the changing film and television
production landscape. In March, his 22-minute documentary Inside Wuhan was one of the
highest-rated programs of the season for CTV’s W5. Directed and Produced from Canada,
Inside Wuhan was shot undercover in the epicentre of the coronavirus using a camera
smuggled into the city where a Canadian ex-pat provided a glimpse of life in a city
under lockdown. Other recent credits include the Alex Trebek documentary Game Changers,
nominated for a 2020 Canadian Screen Award for Best Arts or Biography Documentary;
streaming worldwide on Netflix, The Truth is in the Stars, with William Shatner and
featuring a raft of international celebrities including Stephen Hawking in one of his
last documentary interviews. Ballinran is currently in production on the Cirque du
Soleil documentary, Balancing Act, filmed in China and is adapting for the screen
Richard Wright’s award-winning novel Clara Callan.Craig is an 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), and Chaos on the Bridge (2014).

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

PitchFest

Witness regional talent pitch their unique film concepts to a panel of working professionals who
will then test the artistic and marketing value of each pitch before choosing a winner. It’s the
Dragon’s Den of filmmaking! Prizes for the Best Short Concept Pitch Totalling MORE THAN $11,000 are
waiting to be won! This event is a pay-what-you-can to watch, and $30 to pitch your idea.
If you are a filmmaker looking to pitch, learn more and register now.

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Moderator and Panelists

Moderator:

Jordan Morris is an award-winning producer and director of films like Nintendo
Quest and FCFF Best Documentary winner, Missing Mom. He has also worked on numerous
films as an actor, production designer, art director and screenwriter. Since 2013,
Jordan has been creating and hosting popular seminars and workshops on the nebulous art
and science of writing screenplays.

Judges:

Greg Jeffs is the Client Service Coordinator at William F White International. An
NSI Features First alumni, Jeffs 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.

Kirk Cooper is a producer and festival strategist. Kirk is 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 the
entertainment industry. His strength lies in Film Programming, Communications,
Professional Development, and Project Management for Film. Kirk has created film
programming for festivals such as the Durham Region International Film Festival,
Victoria Internation Film Festival, ReelWorld Film Festival, Inside Out (LGBT) Film
Festival, Planet In Focus, Canadian Film Festival, River to River, and Pan Africa Film
Festival.
Kirk is currently the Festival Manager for Raven Banner Entertainment — a genre
distributor in Canada.

Paige Murray has worked at the CBC for over nine years within the content areas.
She is currently Executive in Charge of Production, YA Digital Originals, overseeing
production and development of short and mid-length series for CBC Gem. She most recently
worked on Queens, Late Night in the Studio, and Decoys. Paige is also the programmer for
Canadian Reflections, the longest-running Canadian short film showcase on national
broadcast television. She oversees the film acquisition, programming and scheduling
strategy of this weekly show. Additionally, Paige currently sits on the board of
Breakthroughs Film Festival. Breakthroughs is the only festival in Canada devoted
exclusively to showcasing short films made by emerging women and non-binary directors

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