CANADIAN FILM FEST UNVEILS MASTERCLASS AND INDUSTRY SERIES FEATURING KEY PLAYERS FROM THE CANADIAN FILM INDUSTRY

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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.

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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.

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MASTER CLASS:

THE DIRECTOR’S POINT OF VIEW

Tuesday, March 21

 

MODERATOR:  Kris Booth (Bear VS Bunny, At Home by Myself…with You, Ordinary Days).

DIRECTORS:

Vincenzo Natali – Cube, Hannibal, The Strain

Craig David WallaceTodd and the Book of Pure Evil, Odd Squad, Slasher

Ingrid VeningerI am a Good Person/I am a Bad Person, The Animal Project, Porcupine Lake

ACTORS:

Kristin BoothSex After Kids, The Kennedys, Signed Sealed Delivered, Orphan Black

Grace Lynn KungBeing Erica, Miss Sloan, Hard Rock Medical, Mary Kills People

Kristian BruunOrphan 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.

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INDUSTRY SERIES PANELS:

PANEL 1

Wednesday, March 22

GENRE WRITING – HOW TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

 

MODERATOR: ChrIstopher Warre Smets (The Overlookers, The last Hit Man, Flung)

PANELISTS:

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.

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PANEL 2

Wednesday, March 22

RIGHT ON THE MONEY – WHERE TO FIND THE FUNDS

 

MODERATOR: Avi Federgreen (President, Federgreen Entertianment & IndieCan Entertainment)

PANELISTS:

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.

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PANEL 3

Thursday, March 23

SHOWING OFF THE GOODS – HOW TO GET YOUR FILM SEEN AND SOLD

MODERATOR: David Miller (A71 Productions)

PANELISTS:

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.

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PANEL 4

Thursday, March 23

UNLOCKING THE CASTING ROOM

MODERATOR: Shauna MacDonald

PANELISTS:

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.

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The complete program with full details can be found here: www.canfilmfest.ca.

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