SJIWFF27 • October 19-23, 2016
[Interactive] Film Industry Forum 2016
As a part of SJIWFF27, the [Interactive] Film Industry Forum occurred October 19-23, 2016 and featured the [Interactive] Incubator Project (IIP), supporting five women creators working on their first web-based or interactive project.
Thursday, Oct 20
International co-productions open doors to filmmakers wanting to access the new markets, connect with successful storytellers and tap into new funding bodies eager to work with Canadian creators. Learn how to work across borders and build attractive projects to bring international business partnerships. This panel features Richie O’Donnell (Atlantic), Mary Sexton (Maudie) and Barbara Doran (Boundaries).
Oscar and Academy Award-winning producer/director/writer Brigitte Berman joins us to discuss her prolific career, including her recent feature documentary film The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent. With over 20 years of experience working in the film and television industry, Berman has produced and directed more than 100 documentaries, including Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, Robert Bateman: A Celebration of Nature and The Osbornes: A Very Special Family. Berman is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she studied English and Film, as well as an alumni of the Canadian Film Centre’s resident in writing and directing program.
With a focus on provincial and federal funding opportunities, this panel helps creators discover funding opportunities and learn how to build strong and successful applications. There will also be a special section on Newfoundland and Labrador’s new Interactive Digital Media Tax credit. Guests include representatives from the Canada Media Fund/Telefilm and the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation.
Friday, Oct 21
This panel will focus on how successful Canadian television series found a unique voice and built their audiences from the writing room as well as creative marketing and fan outreach strategies, with an emphasis on webisodes, smart expansions to second screen apps. Featuring Catherine Brainbridge (Mohawk Girls), Gosia Kamela (Orphan Black), and Heidi Brander (22 Minutes).
Born in Dublin, Ireland and joining us now from the UK, multi-award-winning director and writer Aisling Walsh joins us to discuss her prolific career, including her recent feature film Maudie, which was shot in Newfoundland & Labrador and starred Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins. Walsh studied Fine Art at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology as well as the National Film School in London, England. Walsh has directed for film and television for over 30 years, and has won three BAFTA awards. She has worked with a large range of celebrated actors, including Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hiddleston, Maxine Peake, David Thewlis, Aidan Quinn, Charles Dance, Samantha Morton, and Helen McCrory to name a few.
With people reaching for their mobile devices or laptops to watch new content, web series are the new calling cards for filmmakers. How do we successfully build audiences for new dramatic series created exclusively for the web? How do we transition from web to TV, and why are filmmakers choosing the web as a medium to share new stories? Featuring Chloe Robichaud (Feminin / feminin), Morghan Fortier (Tinman Creative Studios) and Courtney Wolfson (Toronto Webfest).
Saturday, Oct 22
When it comes to the new world of virtual reality, the motto “see it to believe it” rings true. You will be invited to emerge yourself in VR experiences and discuss the creative process with the teams leading the gaming/VR world, and how they used this new technology to uniquely tell these stories. Featuring Patricia Bergeron (Leitmotiv, RVCQ), Claire Buffet (Turbulent) and Deirdre (Beep) Ayre (Other Ocean Interactive).
What drives successful film and TV? What makes a dream team? What makes a project work? A creative conversation between Telefilm (Stephanie Azam), Distribution (Emily Alden) and Broadcasting (Gosia Kamela) to discuss how to build work that is story driven and unique enough to stand out in today’s market, and how to build content that will stand on it’s own.
Aimed at producers, distributors and filmmakers, we invite you to meet Nina Sudra and VICE Canada and learn the business model behind one of the strongest global media companies in the world. As an industry leader in original video for the web, learn how they balance dozens of original series franchises along with working with advertisers, in house creatives as well as other creatives in print, event, music, online, television, and feature film divisions while operating in over 30 countries.
Sunday, Oct 23
Make your 15 minutes count! Apply for a one-on-one meeting with some of the biggest broadcasters, funders, producers and distributors from across the country. All waiting for you to wow them, this is one of Atlantic Canada’s biggest pitch sessions. Face 2 Face is an incredible opportunity to introduce your project to the industry’s biggest resources, including VICE Canada, Bell Media, CBC, Telefilm, the Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation, the National Film Board of Canada and more! Meetings are very limited.
To apply or to learn more, visit: www.womensfilmfestival.com/face2face. Deadline to apply is October 17, 2017
Join roundtable discussions facilitated by industry leaders to talk distribution, production, networking and creative ideas. A great final chance for delegates and panelists to network, build contacts and prepare for Face 2 Face pitch session and the final night of the Festival.
Coffee/tea and breakfast food will be provided.
All Forum tickets must be purchased at the LSPU Hall Box Office. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are NOT available at the door.
Your Festival Pass works as a ticket for all Forum events. Seating is limited.
LSPU Hall Box Office
3 Victoria Street (MAP)
753-4531 ext. 200
Box Office Hours
Mon-Fri, 12pm-5pm and one hour before every show. On show days open two hours before event.
Film Forum events at NIFCO are $20.50 (regular admission) and $15.50 (students/seniors). NIFCO is located at 40 King’s Road, A1C 3P5.
Lunch Panels * in the Rocket Room, Rocket Bakery are $25.50 (regular admission) and $20.50 (students/seniors). Rocket Bakery is located at 272 Water St, A1C 1B7. (Rocket Room is the third floor.)
* Lunch Panel tickets must be purchased via the LSPU Hall Box Office a minimum of 24 hours in advance to guarantee a meal.