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SUPPORTED BY FILM LONDON

ONTARIO SCREEN CREATORS CONFERENCE

THE NEXT STEP IN YOUR FILMMAKING CAREER.

A series of live events designed to educate, entertain and inspire emerging filmmakers and film fans alike. It’s the next logical step in your filmmaking career.

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 and meet your fellow filmmakers.

OSCC 2022

Event Calendar

12:30 – 2:00PM

Figuring Out Film Unions

Interested in a career in filmmaking? Pursuing a dream you thought was unachievable? Or even taking the next logical step in your career path. Join us to learn about the top unions in the industry and how you can start working professionally on the next blockbuster movie.

2:30 – 4:00PM

Media Buyers Panel

Want to know what media buyers are looking for? Sit down with massive industry leaders, like Bell, CBC, and Corus. This is your opportunity to meet the buyers, find out what kind of content they’re looking for, and move your projects forward.

4:30 – 6:00PM

Screen Creatives Networking Party

Connect and build relationships with industry professionals, funding organizations, and more. Don’t miss your opportunity to mix and mingle with the best in the biz!

8:30 – 10:00AM

Breakfast Mentoring

Come and have breakfast with us and enjoy exclusive conversations with our experts guests – each from different corners of the filmmaking industry. These casual mentoring sessions are incredibly valuable to both emerging filmmakers and film fans alike. Don’t miss your opportunity to engage with some of Canada’s top industry professionals!

10:30AM – 12:00PM

Come Get Your Money: Creative ways to make your project have a life

Let us show you where the money is for your next project! Whether you’re trying to get your web series off the ground or need more production money for your film. This panel of experts will give you all the ways to bring your project to life!

10:00AM – 1:00PM

Music Sync Summit

The FCFF and London Music Office are back with a highly interactive and engaging Sync Summit. This not to be missed event, dives headfirst into the world of music synchronization featuring panel discussions, a workshop, pitch session and speed dating with industry leading professionals.

1:00 – 2:30PM

Finding Your Audience: Development, Distribution and Marketing your Film

Begin with the end in mind! You have a great idea for a film so now what? Come to this panel to hear what a group of industry veterans, with many projects under their belts, say about finding your audience.

2:00 – 3:30PM

Music Video Panel

Dive into the world of music videos through funding, production, and disseminating to your audience.

2:30 – 4:00PM

Micro-Meetings

Three 30-minute meetings. One, two or all three may interest you. Pop in and out as you please!

Tax Credits: What are they and how do they work? – Learn about the intricacies of tax credits with one of the top professionals in Canada that supports passionate creators with their business and compliance elements to ensure successful production experiences.

Green Screen – As the number of film and television productions grow, so does the industry’s energy consumption and carbon footprint. The Ontario Green Screen Initiative, powered by Ontario Creates, is the province’s plan for reducing carbon emissions, decreasing waste, and bolstering environmentally sustainable education and production. Chris Dunn from Ontario Creates speaks on the economic and environmental importance of sustainability, its impacts on the film industry, and how you too can go green!

3rd Micro-Meeting – To be announced!

4:30 – 6:30PM

Locations Happy Hour

Happy Hour is the best hour! Calling all industry professionals to join us for a happy hour event at 100 Kellogg Lane. Let us show you all of the fresh and under utilized locations our amazing city has to offer!

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Immersive Documentary Filmmaking

Discover the landscape of Immersive Virtual Reality 3D documentary filmmaking with our expert industry panel!

10:30AM – 12:00PM

Storytelling in Gaming and Film

More information on this panel coming soon!

1:00 – 2:30PM

Making Of…

Hear the inside scoop on the path from idea to audience, from two films in competition at the Forest City Film Festival for 2022.

1:30 – 2:30PM

Interactive Gaming – Making and Distribution Licensing

More information on this panel coming soon!

3:00 – 4:30PM

Project Pitch

This is your chance to hear from our Project Pitch finalists! The largest pitch prize in Canada will be awarded to the most compelling and original feature film pitch. The winner will receive a whopping $60K in cash and prizes to bring their project to life.

Learn from and connect with

Featured Speakers

Dan Pasqua

Production Executive,
Corus Entertainment

Janice Dawe

Co-President,
Bizable

John Buffone

Supervising Producer,
Bell Fibe

Micah Kernan

Development Manager of Comedy and Drama Scripted Programming,
CBC

Alex Epstein

Narrative Director,
Compulsion Games

Jonas Chernick

Writer, Actor, Producer

Kelly Payne

Director Business Affairs, Production Funding
Blue Ant Studios

Jeremy LaLonde

Director/Writer/Executive Producer

And more experts to be announced!

OSCC IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE SUPPORT OF

Presenting Partner

and the rest of our amazing sponsors

Dan Pasqua

Production Executive at Corus Entertainment

As a production executive on the development team in the Original Lifestyle Content division at Corus Entertainment, Dan takes an active role in shaping the lifestyle content slate, developing projects for Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada and Slice.

Dan will be speaking at the following events:

Janice Dawe

Co-President of Bizable

As one of Canada’s most respected business-minded producers, Janice brings to Bizable Media years of expertise in developing and financing a variety of screen based content. Janice has produced and overseen hundreds of hours of dramatic, documentary, factual and interactive content that has won awards and sold internationally. From 2005-2013 she held the senior role of Vice-President Production for White Pine Pictures where she honed her skills in business management. Over her career, she has formed strong relationships with the creative community, broadcasters, buyers, financiers and lenders. Janice currently serves on the OMDC Screen-based Industry Advisory Committee and is an active committee member of the CMPA.

Janice will be speaking at the following events:

John Buffone

Supervising Producer at Bell Fibe

John Buffone is currently the supervising producer at Fibe TV1 – Bell’s video-on-demand community television platform. In his seven-year tenure, TV1 has expanded to create local content, with broad appeal in markets from Manitoba to Newfoundland and Labrador. He oversees almost 100 new series every year, in 4K and HD, and has seen viewership increase steadily over the same period. Prior to joining the TV1 team, John had a long career in news and information programming. He started his career as a writer and chase producer for Canada AM and CTV News Channel eventually becoming one of the youngest Executive producers in News Channel’s history. He revamped the format, expanded the roster of anchors and reporters and launched the innovative national prime-time news program “Kevin Newman Live”. Never able to stay in one place, he also had some detours that include the CBC documentary “Hunting Arrows”, a role as the senior producer at BNN, working as a producer and camera operator for the Gemini nominated “ShiftTV”, and a few other lifestyle shows. He got into TV because he spent most of his youth sitting in front of one and figured he might as well turn that into a career. When he’s not working, he’s spending time with his family, cooking (and eating) or cycling.

John will be speaking at the following events:

Micah Kernan

Development Manager, Comedy and Drama Scripted Programming at CBC

Micah Kernan is the Development Manager for both Drama and Comedy. She coordinates the management, tracking and distribution of projects. She supports the team by evaluating pitches and being the point of contact for creators to connect with CBC. Micah is the current Programmer for Canada’s longest running short film showcase, Canadian Reflections. At the CBC, inclusion and diversity are a priority. This means Micah works to reflect all of the regions and the country’s multicultural and multiracial nature, while programming for Canadian Reflections.

Micah will be speaking at the following events:

Jonas Chernick

Writer/Actor/Producer

Jonas Chernick recently co-wrote, produced and co-starred in Ashgrove, which had its world premiere at the 2022 Glasgow Film Festival, won Best Ensemble Cast and the William F White Reel Indie Awards at the Canadian Film Festival, and will be released theatrically in Canada, the US and the UK in December. He also wrote and co-starred with Emily Hampshire in the rom-com The End Of Sex, which world premiered at TIFF 2022. He wrote, produced and starred in sci-fi comedy feature film James vs His Future Self, which won four awards at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards including Best Original Screenplay. Chernick wrote, produced and starred in 2015’s Borealis, which won awards at the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Canadian Film Fest, was the Opening Night Film of the Brooklyn Film Festival, and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. He also wrote, produced and starred in My Awkward Sexual Adventure, which had its world premiere at TIFF and was subsequently named one of TIFF’s Top Ten Films of 2012. He will next be seen co-starring opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the upcoming Paramount Plus series Rabbit Hole, and as the writer, producer and lead actor in the drama feature The Time We Met, coming in 2023.

Jonas will be speaking at the following events:

Kelly Payne

Director Business Affairs, Production Funding Blue Ant Studios

Kelly Payne has over two decades of experience in the Film and Television industry. As Director, Business Affairs, Production Funding at Blue Ant Media she leads the Canadian and American production and development teams in the strategic approach to project financing, including facilitation of applications, negotiations and deal structure for Film and Television content developed and produced in Canada and the USA. Prior to joining Blue Ant Kelly spent 10 years at Ontario Creates in a variety of capacities. At Ontario Creates Kelly contributed to agency policies and strategies, driving innovation and growth in Ontario’s creative industries. Her portfolio contained a wide range of programs and initiatives including Tax credits, the Feature Film Fund, Industry Development initiatives, Export, Marketing and Distribution programs. Ms. Payne has also held management roles in programming, production, and business/legal affairs with Bell Media (CTV) and Rogers Broadcasting Limited (RBL), sits on the Board of Directors for Spacefy, a marketplace for inspiring short-term space rentals centered around the creative industry and is a founding member of the Halton Hills Arts and Culture Working group.

Kelly will be speaking at the following events:

Alex Epstein

Narrative Director, Compulsion Games

Alex Epstein was Narrative Director on WE HAPPY FEW for Compulsion Games, as well as its DLCs, and was Story Director on CONTRAST and Narrative Lead on STORIES: THE PATH OF DESTINIES for Spearhead Games. He is currently working on Compulsion’s latest, unannounced game. Alex started his career in films and tv. He co-wrote the film Bon Cop / Bad Cop, which broke the Canadian box office record, and co-created the comedy series NAKED JOSH, which ran for three years. His books, CRAFTY SCREENWRITING and CRAFTY TV WRITING, have sold over 30,000 copies in English and have been translated into Korean and Chinese.

Alex will be speaking at the following events:

Jeremy LaLonde

Director/Writer/Executive Producer

Jeremy LaLonde resides in Toronto, ON where he was awarded with NOW Magazine’s ‘Best Local Filmmaker’ Reader’s Choice Award. His films have screened internationally including Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Slamdance, Glasgow, Brussels, Busan, Cinequest, Santa Barbara, Dances with Films and Whistler. He is a four-time Canadian Screen Award Winner, three-time Canadian Comedy Award Winner, and a winner of the Director’s Guild of Canada’s Best Direction in a Comedy Series for his work on Baroness Von Sketch Show. His previous feature films SEX AFTER KIDS, HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN, and THE GO-GETTERS have all won Best Feature Film awards at various festivals and have gone on to be released internationally. His film JAMES VS HIS FUTURE SELF recently won Best Canadian Feature Film among other awards at the Toronto After Dark Festival as well as being nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards including Best Original Screenplay. He is currently touring festivals with his most recent film ASHGROVE which premiered at the Glasgow Int’l film festival and recently won Best Ensemble Cast and Indie Spirit Award at the Canadian Film Festival. He recently shot his seventh feature film, DANIEL’S GOTTA DIE and is developing several properties for television.

Jeremy will be speaking at the following events: