One of the key ways the Canadian Film Fest is able to provide an unbiased forum and excellent networking opportunities for Canadian filmmakers and others in the industry is through their Masterclass and Industry Workshop offerings held each year during the festival. These programs bring together actors, directors and key stakeholders in the Canadian film industry, offering an unprecedented opportunity for filmmakers to expand their knowledge.
Below is this year’s schedule of events. For the complete schedule with full details, click HERE. Tickets went on sale on Tuesday, March 14 at canfilmfest.ca.
THE DIRECTOR’S POINT OF VIEW
Tuesday, March 21
MODERATOR: Kris Booth (Bear VS Bunny, At Home by Myself…with You, Ordinary Days).
Vincenzo Natali – Cube, Hannibal, The Strain
Craig David Wallace – Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Odd Squad, Slasher
Ingrid Veninger – I am a Good Person/I am a Bad Person, The Animal Project, Porcupine Lake
Kristin Booth – Sex After Kids, The Kennedys, Signed Sealed Delivered, Orphan Black
Grace Lynn Kung – Being Erica, Miss Sloan, Hard Rock Medical, Mary Kills People
Kristian Bruun – Orphan Black, Murdoch Mysteries, The Handmaid’s Tale, How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town
In this six-hour class, Award-winning DGC directors from different backgrounds and genres will work with the same scene and group of top-level talented ACTRA actors. Each director will break down the script, work with the actors to block and shoot the scene, and then collaborate with an editor on a pass of the scene. At the end of the class, each of the scenes will be run back-to-back, showing the impact of an individual director’s point-of-view on the scene and story.
INDUSTRY SERIES PANELS:
Wednesday, March 22
GENRE WRITING – HOW TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD
MODERATOR: ChrIstopher Warre Smets (The Overlookers, The last Hit Man, Flung)
Chad Archibald – Writer/Director/Producer, Co-owner of Black Fawn Films, The Heretics
Audrey Cummings – Director/Writer/Producer, Tormented, Darken
Casey Walker – Writer/Director, A Little Bit Zombie, The Devil’s Children
Genre films (horror, sci-fi thriller) can be cheap to produce, come with an already built-in audience and have the potential for big financial returns – which explains why they’re an appealing choice for emerging Canadian filmmakers. But, with so much competition – how can you write one that stands out from the crowd? The esteemed panel of experienced filmmakers will unpack genre writing from a variety of angles.
Wednesday, March 22
RIGHT ON THE MONEY – WHERE TO FIND THE FUNDS
MODERATOR: Avi Federgreen (President, Federgreen Entertianment & IndieCan Entertainment)
Andrew Ferguson – Executive Producer Filth City, La Rue Entertainment
Matt King – Executive Producer Filth City, La Rue Entertainment
Greg Jeffs – Client Services Coordinator Emerging Filmmakers, William F. White International Inc.
Dan Lyon – Feature Film Executive, Telefilm Canada
Divya Shahani – Entertainment, Corporate and IP Lawyer, Hall Webber LLP
Attendees will learn where the opportunities are to find funding for your film, not only through traditional funding organizations and programs that are dedicated to promotion the talent of emerging Canadian filmmakers, but outside of the box avenues and opportunities that exist today.
Thursday, March 23
SHOWING OFF THE GOODS – HOW TO GET YOUR FILM SEEN AND SOLD
MODERATOR: David Miller (A71 Productions)
Susan Curran – Founding Partner and President of Marketing and Development, United Front Entertainment
Tim Smythe-Bishop – President, TSB Media
Andrea Grau – President, Touchwood PR
Andrew Hunt – Managing Partner, Raven Banner Entertainment
With ever changing content consumption platforms and fierce competition from an international market – this panel should provide some insight on how to successfully get filmed product out, seen and sold. Click here for more details.
Thursday, March 23
UNLOCKING THE CASTING ROOM
MODERATOR: Shauna MacDonald
Sara Kay – Lewis Kay Casting, CDC
Jenny Lewis – Lewis Kay Casting, CDC
Ron Leach – Ron Leach Casting, CDC
Marissa Richmond – Marissa Richmond Casting, CDC
Finding the right cast could make or break your indie film. A prolific panel of veterans of the Canadian casting world, speaking from multiple perspectives, will demystify the casting process and discuss their approaches and advice for finding the right players for your project. Click here for more details.
The complete program with full details can be found here: www.canfilmfest.ca.
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