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Meet Canada’s Funders: Who's funding, what are they funding and who is eligible.

CMF  |  IPF    | TELEFILM  | STORYHIVE  | CREATIVE BC  | BELL FUND  | TELUS FUND

 

Panel and discussion. Note that the panel will be followed by smaller meetings with individual funders. Sign ups will be available at the panel.

 
 

Christine Larsen
VWF Board of Directors
Moderator
 

Media insider Christine is the latest addition as Co-Chair to the VWF family. Christine is a veteran media business consultant, with an extensive background at Creative BC and BC Film. For more than a decade, she has managed industry relationships for development funding, digital media strategies, broadcast and distribution. Christine is a former Executive Board member for Women in Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) where she served for 2 years and is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious WIFTV Wayne Black Service Award.

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Nathalie Clermont
Director of Program Management, CMF

Nathalie Clermont has worked for more than twenty years in the film and television industry, with extensive experience in financing. She acts as a key advisor on CMF policies and programs, ensures consistency in service standards and the application process, and ensures that file analysis is accurate, fair, and consistent, in accordance with the CMF guidelines. Previously, Ms. Clermont was team leader of the Business Affairs Unit at the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) for 15 years. Ms. Clermont holds a B.A. in Film, Communications, and Public Relations from the Université de Montréal.

 
 

Andra Sheffer
CEO, Independent Production Fund

 

The IPF invests in the production of scripted drama series created for any platform - digital or traditional television.

She was the founding Executive Director of the Bell Fund (1997-2014) which supports interactive digital media projects associated with Canadian television programs. Previously, she was the founding Executive Director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television producing the annual Genie and Gemini Awards (now the Canadian Screen Awards). She lectures on the business of television and digital media and is the editor of publications about the business of TV and digital media production: New Media, New Business: The Producer’s Guide (2001), Create a Winning Proposal – the Handbook for New Media Producers (1999) and the co-editor of MAKING IT: The business of film and television production in Canada (1986 & 1995).

She also served as Managing Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, with the federal government as a Certification Officer setting up the original CAVCO office (and Canadian content “point” system), and at the Film Festivals Bureau promoting Canadian films internationally. She has been awarded the Digital Media Trail Blazer award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the Champion of Digital Innovation Tribute at Merging Media , an Award of Excellence by the Digi Awards, an Outstanding Achievement Award  from the Youth Media Alliance, and has been inducted as an Industry Builder into the Playback Hall of Fame.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of Interactive Ontario and of Women in Film and Television (WIFT-Toronto) and of SIRT (Sheridan Screen Industries Research and Training Centre).

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Elizabeth Friesen, 
Executive Director, Telus Fund

Elizabeth Friesen is Executive Director of the TELUS Fund overseeing finance, administration, operations and program design.  Elizabeth is also a certified Project Management Professional and brings more than 25 years of senior leadership experience and a proven set of tools and techniques to her consulting engagements. In 2010, Elizabeth obtained a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University and Prosci certification as a Change Management Professional. She has since managed implementation of a renewed medical education curriculum at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, analysis of distributed education alternatives for the Province of Alberta, and the launch of a new channel for Knowledge Network.  Langara College and CMPA have also engaged Elizabeth to facilitate meetings and build consensus across complex stakeholder groups. Former senior positions include Chief Operating Officer at Telefilm Canada where Elizabeth was responsible for a +$100M portfolio of media investments. She also led English, French and International Operations, research and strategic planning, and the launch of innovative public private initiatives.

 
 

John Dippong

National Project Lead, Western Region and Ontario

John Dippong is National Project Lead – Western Region and Ontario, based in Telefilm Canada’s Vancouver office.  He is responsible for identifying and implementing regional strategies, partnerships and special initiatives, and managing Telefilm’s Promotion Program.  John was also Western Region Feature Film Executive for 12 years, where he was responsible for managing Telefilm’s portfolio of feature film development and production decisions.  Prior to joining Telefilm, John worked in feature film production and film festival organization and programming.

 

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Christine Chiu
Analyst, CreativeBC

Christine is an analyst in the development department for the Project Development Fund, Passport to Markets and International Industry Initiatives programs.

Prior to working at Creative BC, Christine worked for ten years in the business affairs departments at various film and television production companies in Vancouver and Toronto. She also worked in film and TV distribution sales in Toronto and Hong Kong.

In her spare time, she can be found hiking, practicing yoga or watching television.

 
 
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Kim Guise
Director of Local and Original Programming, Telus

Kim Guise oversees a multi-million dollar portfolio supporting BC and Alberta filmmakers and organizations. Since joining TELUS in 2013, Kim has played a key role in setting TELUS’ local content strategy and enabling TELUS to be an innovator and leader in local programming and the creative industries. Kim is passionate about enabling people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to tell stories that are meaningful to them and their communities.

Before joining TELUS, Kim spent 10 years in the western office of Telefilm Canada, a crown corporation that makes equity investments in Canadian content projects. Prior to that, Kim was a financial services lawyer at a national business law firm, with a practice that combined secured lending and entertainment law.

 
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Suzanne Lacey
Program Manager Bell Fund

Prior to the Bell Fund Suzanne held numerous management positions in the media industry from project management to broadcast scheduling and executive in charge of production for factual and dramatic series.  A Queen's Film graduate, Suzanne was a decision maker at the Hot Docs Industry Forum for several years and has a certificate in Digital Media from OCAD.

 
 
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UBCP/ACTRA Presents... Working with Professional Performers, How and Why?

Hear from a diverse panel of filmmakers about their experiences with professional performers, how it benefited their productions and the ins and outs of working with the union. 

 
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Moderator: Joely Collins, Producer


Joely Collins is an award-winning producer and actress and has worked with major studios, broadcasters and networks. She produced the critically acclaimed web series CODED (Telus/Canal+), which is now being developed as a television series. Joely produced the coming-of- age feature film Becoming Redwood, which won the Audience Choice award at the Vancouver International Film Festival and Best Canadian Feature at the Edmonton International Film Festival. Her career as an actress earned her a Gemini Award for Best Lead Actress on the Series Madison. Enjoying working on both sides of the lens, Joely founded Million Faces, a boutique production company dedicated to creating content that matters. She is actively developing a slate of projects, including a documentary series to help empower young women and a documentary feature directed by Benjamin Ratner.

 

 
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Joel McCarthy
Director/Writer

Joel is a multi-award winning director/writer who has now completed two feature feature films, multiple short films and two popular web-series. Joel most known for his feature films; Taking My Parents to Burning Man; (feature documentary) ‘Shooting the Musical’ (controversial comedic film) as well as the short films & Why Does God Hate Me?; “I Love You So Much It’s Killing Them”. Most recently his semi-autobiographical web-series; Inconceivable; was nominated for the very prestigious Gotham Independent Film Award for & ;Breakout Short Series. Currently Joel is working as a directing teacher at Vancouver Film School, and developing Inconceivable as a long form episodic and a new feature film.

 
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Rob Lyons
Super Creative

Rob Lyons is a Vancouver born producer/director, president of Super Creative and a brand ambassador for Panasonic Lumix cameras. Rob has been making web series since 2006 in a variety of roles and is currently the Executive Producer and Cinematographer of House Call with Dr. Yvette Lu, a new show that aims to provide practical solutions for caregivers across Canada.

 

 

 
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Lisa Purdy,
Notio Media

Lisa Purdy is an experienced media executive who has worked in creative development, funding, production, broadcast, digital product development, business development, brand, marketing and content distribution. She has played a leadership role in her close to 30 years in media in Canada. She founded Notio Media in 2017 to produce and consult on digital media projects and initiatives.

Formerly Director of Knowledge Kids, part of British Columbia’s Knowledge Network, and the Director of BBC Kids, a national specialty channel, Lisa has also worked for CBC Television and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Recent projects include co-producing the scripted web series SPIRAL for TELUS and under the Notio Media banner, working with a range of clients – from tech companies to film festivals – on strategy and analysis. Lisa is also working on a start-up for live performances.

 
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Troy Mundle

Actor / Director / Producer / Writer

Originally from the East Coast, Vancouver Web Fest alumn Troy Mundle is an actor, writer and filmmaker who has created, produced and acted in several projects under the UBCP ULB program: most notably Single & Dating In Vancouver, an Award winning, 14-time nominated, Internationally screened comedy webseries that took him to France in 2016; Ghost Unit, a new action-crime drama currently being pitched to networks; and La Buena, a short-film entering the film festival circuit and recently admitted into the 2018 Cannes Short Film Corner. In addition to filmmaking, Troy enjoys long walks on the beach and swiping left on Tinder.

 

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Case Study: Blue Fire Trail

 Nick Uhas  |  Michael Cappetta

This documentary follows the journey of two best friends on an epic adventure through a volcanic region of Bali and Indonesia.

Film Length = 25 Minutes

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Nick Uhas

http://www.youtube.com/Nickipedia

@nickuhas

Nick Uhas started his career in media at the age of 17 when he became a professional stunt rollerblader for Team Rollerblade USA. While competitively skating Nick attended college with a focus in the sciences studying Biology at The Ohio State University. He continued his science focus at OSU where he became a publish chemist in the field of Organic Chemistry, and worked for the College of Anatomical Sciences as an anatomy instructor. Nick furthered his studies learning about video production and Economics at Yale University.

After 3 years in New York City working as a traditional actor and TV host, Nick moved to Los Angeles and began producing a pop-science YouTube show called “Nickipedia”. In the Nickiepdia series, Nick explains the phenomenal world around us through science experiments, DIY’s and traveling focused content. This web-series perfectly aligned him to work as a host and producer for The Weather Channel’s pop-science show called “Brain Storm”, which aired through April 2015. Most recently the web-series “Nickipedia” has landed Nick many live science segments on NBC’s TODAY show, Dr.Oz, Fox n Friends, and Americas Got Talent. Nick Currently hosts and produces a science series for Awesomeness TV, Dreamworks TV and DEFY media called “SMOSH Lab”.

 
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Michael Cappetta

@MCappetta

Michael is an experienced producer for television and digital platforms. He currently works as producer for NBC News including the “TODAY” show, and “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.” Michael books real people to be on television for day-of-air news and feature documentary stories. His previous work includes producer at ABC’s “Nightline” and a producer and cameraman at Discovery Channel’s No. 1 show, “Deadliest Catch,” and a multimedia video shooter and producer for Yelp and Seamless.

 

Case Study: Spiral

        Lisa Purdy, Notion Media  |  Andrew Williamson, Off Island Media  |  
Annelise Larson, Veria Search Marketing

Emma, Grace, Clark, Davis, Josh, Sophie and Alex are first year students assigned to the same residence, Berwick House, at King’s College University, a small, prestigious Ivy League campus. They’re about to discover that friendship, like karma, is forever and everything that goes around comes around too.

Hailing from different backgrounds and with varying expectations of the next four years, the mismatched freshmen quickly form allegiances and rivalries. But it’s the shocking discovery that they may all have known each other in a past life that bonds them together.

 
 
 
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Lisa Purdy,
Notio Media

Lisa Purdy is an experienced media executive who has worked in creative development, funding, production, broadcast, digital product development, business development, brand, marketing and content distribution. She has played a leadership role in her close to 30 years in media in Canada. She founded Notio Media in 2017 to produce and consult on digital media projects and initiatives.

Formerly Director of Knowledge Kids, part of British Columbia’s Knowledge Network, and the Director of BBC Kids, a national specialty channel, Lisa has also worked for CBC Television and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Recent projects include co-producing the scripted web series SPIRAL for TELUS and under the Notio Media banner, working with a range of clients – from tech companies to film festivals – on strategy and analysis. Lisa is also working on a start-up for live performances.

 

Annelise Larson,
Veria Search Marketing

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Annelise comes from a background as an independent producer, with training at such prestigious institutions at the Canadian Film Centre (Producer’s Lab) and Banff Centre for the Arts (Electronic and Film Media) and is a highly sought after speaker for media festivals and conferences.  Since 1995 she has been working in the field of online marketing and has always been an avid gamer and consumer of digital content. She works extensively with government and industry  organizations and production companies in the film, television and interactive industries in North America. Her focus is helping content creators and storytellers to use the power of online language and data to define, find, attract and engage their audiences and work toward strategic and sustainable digital business models. Her ground-breaking online course Becoming a Storypreneur has been taught to media storytellers across Canada and in conjunction with Boost Hbg in Sweden.

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Andrew Williamson, 
Off Island Media

Andrew Williamson is a seasoned producer and director who started OFF ISLAND in 1999. He executive produced the award-winning doc series Emergency Room: Life & Death at VGH for The Knowledge Network/Discovery and High Moon, a pilot coventure with Universal Cable Productions and Executive Producer Bryan Fuller. He also produced Gastown Gamble for the OWN Network.

Andrew is producing the documentary feature The Magnitude of All Things with Jennifer Abbott (The Corporation) and Whale and Raven, a Canadian / German coproduction with the National Film Board of Canada and ARTE. He has worked with all the major Canadian networks and funding agencies including producing ground breaking digital media content like The Dark Corner (Bell Media), Spiral (TELUS) and Yukonic, for the Canadian Government, which premiered in New York’s Times Square.

Andrew was recently VP Production & Digital for Lark Productions where he produced digital and social media campaigns for televisions series including Motive (CTV), Emergency Room: Life & Death at VGH, Gastown Gamble, The Real Housewives of Vancouver (Shaw) and Mom's A Medium (Corus).

Andrew is the founder of Crazy8s and was previously Director of Industrial Relations at the Canadian Media Producers Association, Manager at Directors Guild of Canada and Director of Development for Keatley Entertainment. He volunteers with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project to help educate people about climate change.

 
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PANEL - Innovative and Alternative sources of IP

Moderator, Tim Carter  
Valerie Connelly, theBis.ca | Kevin Barton, SnackableTV | Plato Fountidakis

 

The seeds of a story can come from anywhere. Dive deep into sources of IP that can help jumpstart your audience, funding opportunities, and connections, as well as ways to adapt unusual sources into cinematic storytelling.
 

 
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Tim Carter, Writer | Producer
Moderator

Tim Carter is a Canadian writer and producer based in Vancouver and Los Angeles. He has worked extensively within the US studio system as well as on independent projects. Best known for his work adapting video game titles and writing video games, he is a frequent speaker and panelist at the San Diego Comic-Con and other fan-based events. In 2010 he produced the groundbreaking digital series MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY, which has been viewed more than 100 million times on various channels. More recently he wrote and produced two Dead Rising digital features and produced the digital series ELECTRA WOMAN & DYNA GIRL for Legendary Pictures and Fullscreen.

 

Kevin Barton, SnackableTV

Kevin Barton has spent his life immersed in creative industries. He began his career at Universal Music Group Canada, where he went on to create the largest Urban Music department within Canada. Kevin’s efforts propelled the division’s sales to record numbers; what’s more, Kevin was a pioneer in experiential marketing, creating a template that would soon be followed by many major corporations in the nation.

In his time with Universal, Kevin grew adept at marrying music with video messaging to deliver dramatic marketing that captured audience attention and carried emotions along with visuals.

Kevin later stepped in to a role as head of Mobile Marketing in the Caribbean for Cable & Wireless. Kevin brought his unique take on marketing communications and content strategy to the task and redesigned the marketing department to better suit a fast-paced, high-noise environment. His efforts paid off as CWJ saw a 100% increase in average revenue per user.

Kevin’s passion for storytelling led him to pursue further education in film and photography, allowing him to focus on bringing his directorial vision to life. Kevin has refined his experiences and skills into a technique he calls “strategic storytelling,” bringing effective marketing and brand-building communications to the deeply connected and unceasingly skeptical audiences of the 21stcentury.

In his new role at Bell Media as Director of Programming for SnackableTV, a new mobile first short- form content platform, Kevin brings this unique perspective to the table in pursuit of building fresh, entertaining on-the-go consumable content for audiences.

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/kevin-jedi-barton

 

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Valerie Connelly, thebis.ca

Valerie is a veteran TV producer and development executive who has worked on content for major broadcaster in Canada. She had the privilege of being part of the creative teams behind hit shows such as HGTV’s “Colin & Justin’s Home Heist”, Slice’s “Wedding SOS” and City TV’s “The Liquidator.”

Valerie has held positions with industry leaders such as Cineflix, Cream Productions and was Head of Development for Marble Media before moving to Vancouver. She is a regular at markets such as MIP, Realscreen and Banff, and has pitched content to broadcasters from around the world. For the past 5 years, Valerie has been a guest lecturer at Queens University for their Business in Media course. Her latest venture sees her launching a digital platform offering cannabis inspired content. Valerie endeavours to provide Canadians with a welcoming digital space to learn about cannabis through entertaining original content. www.thebis.ca

 

Plato Fountidakis, CEO | Executive Producer | Producer

Plato Fountidakis is the co-founder and CEO of Fast Motion Studios & Fast Motion Media Group an independent film and new media technology company based in Toronto, Canada. After graduating with Honours from Seneca College/ York University, Plato’s entry into the entertainment sector was by marketing campaigns for a diverse group of corporate clients in the mid 90’s. Simultaneously his lifelong focus & passion of martial arts led him to Asia where he was expedited into the North American film and television realm.

This facilitated to the creation of Fight Action Stunt Team (F.A.S.T.), a highly successful stunt/action services organization that is networked world-wide; its member’s posses an inviable list of production credits. Strategizing and envisioning the progression of new technology, led by the gaming industry, Plato co-founded, alongside his business partner Paul Rapovski, Fast Motion Studios. One of Canada’s first independently-operated service providing motion capture and new media facility.

In addition to managing the day-to-day operations Plato is responsible for media development, strategic planning, and executive project management. In his 20 plus years, Plato has managed to procure several successful media projects from development, content creation, to brokering deals through international business relations. Having produced music videos, action reels, pre-visualization, short films, lifestyle programming, feature films to television series. Plato’s philosophy is simple: narrative adaptation; accumulate knowledge; retain strong work ethics; good leadership skills; transparent communication; and persistently researching creative methods to deliver audiences with the ultimate in visual & audio gratification.

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Women in Media: Fireside Chats

   Moderator: Catherine Warren  |  Catherine Winder, Skybound Entertainment  |   Prem Gill, Creative BC

Join Catherine Warren in Conversation with Chief Executive Officer of Creative BC, Prem Gill. Prem has been named one of Canada's 100 most powerful women, Vancouver Magazine’s “Power 50”, Community Catalyst by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and listed as one of The Globe and Mail’s 10 Women Who Matter in Film and TV. She brings more than 20 years of experience from the digital media and entertainment industries to her current role as CEO, where she is responsible for delivering a wide range of programs and services that will expand BC’s creative economy to reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.

Catherine Winder is the CEO of Skybound North Entertainment, a creator driven content company in partnership with LA based Skybound Entertainment (Walking Dead, Outcast). She is also the CEO of Wind Sun Sky Entertainment, a Canadian content multi-media production company. She is in production and development on a slate of film, TV, AR and VR projects in both the digital and live action space.

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MODERATOR:
Catherine Warren,

President & Board Director,
Centre for Digital Media

Catherine Warren is the newly-appointed President & Board Director at the Centre for Digital Media, a thriving urban district for academia, industry and public engagement, located in the heart of Vancouver. She is a longstanding board member of the Bell Fund, Canada’s largest private fund for digital media associated with TV, with $200M+ invested to date. She also serves on the Nominating Committee for the international Emmy Awards organization and the board of DigiBC, the provincial industry association for video games, animation, visual effects and interactive marketing. The founder of FanTrust, a digital business development and audience-building consultancy celebrating 15 years, Catherine works with global entertainment clients in TV, film, video games and eSports, the emerging pro-gaming sector. Prior to founding FanTrust, Catherine was Chief Operating Officer of a broadcast tech company that she and colleagues took public on the Nasdaq, growing it to a $300M market cap, with powerful 24-hr news broadcasting clients. Her interests in culture-building and strategic transformation come from living and working internationally and from bridging the media, tech, tourism and education sectors. Catherine has a physics degree from Reed College and an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she did her original digital work on-site at MIT covering the launch of its Media Lab.

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Prem Gill,
CEO, Creative BC

 

The agency is designated by the Province of British Columbia to focus on uniting, sustaining and growing British Columbia’s dynamic and diverse creative sector including motion picture, music and sound recording, interactive and digital media, and magazine and book publishing.

Prem has been named one of Canada's 100 most powerful women, Vancouver Magazine’s “Power 50”, Community Catalyst by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and listed as one of The Globe and Mail’s 10 Women Who Matter in Film and TV. She brings more than 20 years of experience from the digital media and entertainment industries to her current role as CEO, where she is responsible for delivering a wide range of programs and services that will expand BC’s creative economy to reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.

Before Creative BC, Prem spent eight years with TELUS, most recently in the role of Director of Production & Original Programming. Her commitment to the advancement of BC’s creative economy can be seen through her achievements there, including the successful development and launch of the StoryHive program and TELUS’s Optik TV community channel.

For many years, Prem has championed Canadian creativity as a representative and spokesperson to media, industry and government at all levels. Previous roles and responsibilities have included government and regulatory affairs, independent media consultation, cross-platform marketing, communications, research, public affairs and multicultural programming.

Prem is currently Vice-Chair of the National Screen Institute and sits on the Board of Directors for Advantage BC and The Actors Fund of Canada. She is on the Advisory Board of the Women in View Festival, and was previously a board member of the Vancouver International Film Festival.

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Catherine Winder,
Skybound Entertainment

Catherine Winder is the CEO of Skybound North Entertainment, a creator driven content company in partnership with LA based Skybound Entertainment (Walking Dead, Outcast). She is also the CEO of Wind Sun Sky Entertainment, a Canadian content multi-media production company. She is in production and development on a slate of film, TV, AR and VR projects in both the digital and live action space. She produced the global event, highly successful film The Angry Birds Movie, based on the number one app of all time. In this role she was responsible for and involved in all aspects of the project including: building a studio from the ground-up, identifying the film's creative team, and managing the development, production, marketing and promotions of the property. She also developed a sequel film for this franchise. Previously as President/Executive Producer, Rainmaker Entertainment, Winder oversaw all creative and production operations of the studio in addition to producing the animated feature film, Escape from Planet Earth for The Weinstein Company. Prior to this role she was Executive Producer at LucasFilm Animation, overseeing the set-up and management of the division in Marin County and Singapore. As George Lucas' producer, she was responsible for taking the Star Wars brand into animation, developing and producing the first animated Star Wars movie and highly rated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. During her tenure at Fox Feature Animation, as Senior Vice President, Winder was integrally involved in the transformation of Fox's Blue Sky Studio from a visual effects and commercial production house into a CG feature film studio. She was also responsible for overseeing the production of the Oscar® nominated film Ice Age as well as completing Titan A.E. and ramping up Robots for production. Winder has consulted, produced and or worked with many content producers in North America including; DisneyToons Animation, Hanna-Barbera/Turner Productions, HBO Original Programming, MTV, Skybound Entertainment LLC, SpinMaster Entertainment and Illumination Entertainment. Winder co-authored the industry handbook "Producing Animation" for Focal Press. She also wrote and produced the award winning short film Luna featured in the book.

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Future of Digital Distribution and the Indie Episodic

        Tim Carter, Contradiction Films  |  Bernie Su  |  George Reese, Seeka TV  

 

Success as a digital content creator often means anticipating where the markets and technology will be in one, two, five, or ten years. We’ll explore how emerging technologies and platforms have the potential to change how we reach and engage our audiences, from OTT services to blockchain to crowd-based streaming.

 
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MODERATOR:
Ben Dobyns, Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, LLC

Ben is an executive producer and director for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment. He previously worked for six years as Director of Development for Dead Gentlemen Productions, where he oversaw the business and creative development of both new media, feature films, and roleplaying games. Ben has directed feature films and numerous shorts including "Wranglers of Death" and "Attack Ad", winner of the CurrentTV $15k Launch Challenge.  He has written a novel and several screenplays, is a published short story author, and was the editor of festival circuit favorites The Dark Horse and Camilla Dickinson.

 
 
 

Tim Carter, Contradiction Films
Writer and producer; co-owner of Contradiction

Tim Carter is a Canadian writer and producer based in Vancouver and Los Angeles. He has worked extensively within the US studio system as well as on independent projects. Best known for his work adapting video game titles and writing video games, he is a frequent speaker and panelist at the San Diego Comic-Con and other fan-based events. In 2010 he produced the groundbreaking digital series MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY, which has been viewed more than 100 million times on various channels. More recently he wrote and produced two Dead Rising digital features and produced the digital series ELECTRA WOMAN & DYNA GIRL for Legendary Pictures and Fullscreen.

www.contradictionfilms.com and @tbcart

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Bernie Su
Creator / Executive Producer - The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Emma Approved

Bernie Su is a two time Primetime Emmy award-winning interactive storyteller, creator, and showrunner. His two winning series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved, are the first and second Primetime Emmys ever won by a Youtube distributed series. He has been creating web series since 2009. His other series include the psychological thriller Compulsions, the science series Frankenstein MD for PBS Digital Studios, and the soapy revenge drama Vanity for Maybelline. He is also a co-founder of Canvas Media Studios which focuses on creating scripted franchise series for digital and traditional platforms.

 
 

George Reese, Seeka TV
Vice President, Programming

George Reese has worked in television, film, and technology as an entrepreneur and independent filmmaker for over 25 years. He began his career working as a production assistant on Judge Wapner’s The People’s Court. Since then, he has started several companies and worked on dozens of productions in just about every behind-the-camera role imaginable. George’s prior company, Enstratius, was acquired by Dell in 2013. His feature screenplay Reconquista recently won Best Action/Thriller Script at the New Hope Film Festival.

At Seeka TV, George leads a team that seeks out the highest quality shows for the our platform. This team scours the festivals for the best of the best and brings them to Seeka TV. In addition, he serves as Executive Producer on select co-produced and original Seeka TV content.

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PANEL - International Distribution in the Digital Age


Moderator: Eric LaPointe | Subhadarshi Tripathy, Zee Studios International Ltd | Jeff Stecyk, Wavelength Entertainment

Distribution continues to change dramatically and quickly. Join our panel of experts as we discuss how traditional and new sales markets have evolved, the role of sales agents, direct distribution, and other strategies.

 
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Moderator: Eric LaPointe

President, And Now Global, Vancouver, BC

Now based in Vancouver, British Columbia and newly elected Chair of the Vancouver Web Fest Board of Directors. Formerly of Montreal, Eric has spent over 15 years in international marketing & distribution sales; of which included 3 year at Just For Laughs and a prior role as Senior Advisor of Content Distribution at Cirque du Soleil. As the Senior Director of International TV & Digital Development at Just For Laughs, Lapointe was responsible for the distribution and licensing rights to television channels and platforms in over 100 countries. Visit Eric’s website to contact him: eylapointe.com

 

Jeff Stecyk, Wavelength Entertainment

Jeff is a principal partner, founding member and Executive Producer of the Wavelength Entertainment Group.  Jeff has been working with the other shareholders since 1999 and is responsible for major decisions on key issues for the Wavelength Entertainment Group of companies.  His role entails comprehensive definitive executive management of all functions related to the corporation and its subsidiaries. This involves an ongoing balance of business, creative, marketing, financial, legal and entrepreneurial leadership.  For over 18 years his extensive range of key responsibilities have resulted in financing, producing and executive management/supervision of over 400 hours of programming and over $100,000,000 in programming / sales.  These productions have been seen in over 150 countries and 30 languages including: Crime Stories/Blood, Lies & Alibis, The Re-Inventors, Bridging Borders, Boomtowners, Genius Factory,  Edge of War, Nordic Lodge, Legend Hunters, Escape from Iran, Trading Places, Disasters of the Century and Emmy-award winning, 13 Seconds/Kent State.

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Subhadarshi Tripathy,
Zee Studios International Ltd

As the Business Head and Senior Vice President Zee Studios International Ltd, the international content making hub of India’s largest entertainment company, Zee Entertainment, Subhadarshi has been creating content for the global audience for more than a decade.

Having been trained to be a classical animator, photographer and documentary filmmaker, he is passionate about all things creative. From Animation to VFX, Children’s content to Factual entertainment, News to Education; Subhadarshi has been part of a wide array of industries in his 20-year career and brings with him a knack of identifying the hook that makes content work across geographies and ethnicities.

 
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Storytelling tools and platforms you need to know about

George Reese, Seeka TV  |  Kevin Barton, SnackableTV  |  Ajay Kishore, Stareable

 

Filmmaking in the digital age is more than shooting and editing. New platforms and technologies allow us to find and engage viewers in ways that weren’t possible a few years ago. What tools and platforms are on the cutting edge and how can you use them?

 
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Moderator: Matt Vancil

Twitter: @mattvancil Facebook: @matt.vancil.39

Matt Vancil is an author, filmmaker, and narrative designer from Tacoma. A co-founder of Zombie Orpheus Entertainment and Dead Gentlemen Productions, Matt wrote and directed the Gamers movies and created the web series JourneyQuest. He wrote video games for mobile giant King, his work has been featured on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and he teaches filmmaking at DigiPen (aka “Nintendo University”). He would beat you at cribbage. You would beat him at chess. And probably cribbage.

 
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George Reese,
Seeka TV

George Reese has worked in television, film, and technology as an entrepreneur and independent filmmaker for over 25 years. He began his career working as a production assistant on Judge Wapner’s The People’s Court. Since then, he has started several companies and worked on dozens of productions in just about every behind-the-camera role imaginable. George’s prior company, Enstratius, was acquired by Dell in 2013. His feature screenplay Reconquista recently won Best Action/Thriller Script at the New Hope Film Festival.

At Seeka TV, George leads a team that seeks out the highest quality shows for the our platform. This team scours the festivals for the best of the best and brings them to Seeka TV. In addition, he serves as Executive Producer on select co-produced and original Seeka TV content.

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Kevin Barton, SnackableTV

Kevin Barton has spent his life immersed in creative industries. He began his career at Universal Music Group Canada, where he went on to create the largest Urban Music department within Canada. Kevin’s efforts propelled the division’s sales to record numbers; what’s more, Kevin was a pioneer in experiential marketing, creating a template that would soon be followed by many major corporations in the nation.

In his time with Universal, Kevin grew adept at marrying music with video messaging to deliver dramatic marketing that captured audience attention and carried emotions along with visuals.

Kevin later stepped in to a role as head of Mobile Marketing in the Caribbean for Cable & Wireless. Kevin brought his unique take on marketing communications and content strategy to the task and redesigned the marketing department to better suit a fast-paced, high-noise environment. His efforts paid off as CWJ saw a 100% increase in average revenue per user.

Kevin’s passion for storytelling led him to pursue further education in film and photography, allowing him to focus on bringing his directorial vision to life. Kevin has refined his experiences and skills into a technique he calls “strategic storytelling,” bringing effective marketing and brand-building communications to the deeply connected and unceasingly skeptical audiences of the 21stcentury.

In his new role at Bell Media as Director of Programming for SnackableTV, a new mobile first short- form content platform, Kevin brings this unique perspective to the table in pursuit of building fresh, entertaining on-the-go consumable content for audiences.

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/kevin-jedi-barton

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Ajay Kishore,
Stareable

Ajay Kishore is the founder and CEO of Stareable, the largest community of web series creators. Stareable.com is a discovery platform for independent television, meant to be a central place to find great new shows to watch. Our creator community forum connects web series creators to their peers so they can learn from each other and find potential collaborators. And we are excited to be launching Stareable Fest, a three day celebration in July 2018 in Tribeca of all things web series and independent television, focused on taking creators' careers to the next level.

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Cinematic VR Directors- A New Beginning

MODERATOR- Stephanie Halber  |  Mischa Jakupcak  |  Kryshan Randel  |  Christopher Graham  |  Ariel Hansen

 

Here at the dawn of immersive media, we interview four film directors who have now all tried their hand at cinematic 360. What are the challenges? How do film skills transfer? What do they see as their path forward with the technology and what do they forecast for the future of the medium?

 
 
 
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Moderater - Stephanie Halber

Stephanie is a swiss army knife working in Vancouver’s local film industry. She recently joined the Vancouver Web Fest team as Technical Coordinator & Moderator.  What makes Stephanie so versatile and easy going is her talent as a professional Actress & Casting Director. She used her magic over the past three years as the Co-producer & Production Coordinator with the Crazy8s Film Event and is the Community Partnership Coordinator for the Vancouver Short Film Festival bringing huge success to both events with her dedicated support to the community.

Stephanie’s talent doesn’t stop there, she is also a Casting Assistant, Acting Coach and associate producer. And of course where her talent really shines is singing show tunes in the shower.  http://www.stephaniehalber.com 

 

 
 

Mischa Jakupcak
Joint CEO & Co-Founder, Zoo Break Productions

MISCHA JAKUPCAK, originally from Missoula, Montana, is a Seattle-based, award-winning filmmaker/producer in film, VR and television. She is CEO of Zoo Break Productions which runs a 24,000 sq ft soundstage outside of Seattle with her partner, Robyn Miller (Myst, Riven). Mischa earned an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School. She has worked on over forty productions, ranging from smaller indie projects to multi-million dollar films. Mischa produced Megan Griffith's The Off Hours, Todd Rohal's  MOPZ and The Hunky Boys Go Ding- Dong for Adult Swim, and Eagle Bone directed by Tracy Rector, which was one of five VR pieces selected to screen at TIFF. She produced Wes Hurley's autobiographical documentary Little Potato premiered at SXSW this spring, winning the grand jury award for best short documentary. She also produced Potato Dreams, Wes’ VR experience which premiered at AFI and IDFA and she is also producing his feature film Potato Dreams of America this summer. She recently directed a five part VR music series for Degenerate Art Ensemble called Skeleton Flower. Mischa champions strong, original voices in film, television and VR. www.zoobreakproductions.com

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Ariel Hansen

Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Ariel entered the film industry as an actor, working on various award winning films, before adding directing to her skillset. Her debut film as a director and writer, Ready to Burst, was also the first film to come out of Bad Cookie Pictures and played at over 20 festivals around the world. She then went on to direct the Telus Storyhive funded short film, The Man in the Rabbit Mask, which was produced by Akuma Films. Ariel’s third directorial work was Paint the Town Red which was co-written and co-directed by fellow Bad Cookie Christopher “Topher” Graham as a part of the Tales Beyond the Bar competition which won the best cinematography award. Relaxing Rituals ASMR made in partnership with Hammer & Tong marked Ariel's first foray into the world of 360 film making and is already proving a chilling success amongst those who experience it.

 
 
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Christopher Graham, Bad Cookie Pictures


Christopher Graham is one of the founders of Bad Cookie Pictures. He's been a pillar to the Indie horror community working in production design and recently taking on writing and directing. Tune in for Murder is his first attempt at the 360 format. He has had several successes directing including his film "The Devil and I", as well as directing the Crazy 8s short "Extra-Ordinary Amy" He prides himself on a unique style and eye for genre.

 
 
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VR Now

Moderator: Scott Banducci | Daniel St. Pierre | Ollie Rankin | Olivier Leroux   

 
 

We will be discussing the changing world of VR and where we are situated in this moment in time. Featuring a distinct panel representing different parts of North America, " VR Now" takes VR out of the future and focuses in on what is occurring right now, what it means, and how to get involved.

 
 
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Moderator: Scott Banducci, 
Multiball Studios

Starting off in Software Sales, Scott soon began travelling the world, opening new markets and building sales teams in Sydney and London. After 3 years outside of Canada, he decided to return to Vancouver and explore opportunities in the VR space. Since 2017 Scott has started a blog/podcast VRinVancouver (winning a Canada Periodical Fund grant) and has partnered with Adam Thompson to create Multiball Studios. Scott and Adam, with a small team selected from Vancouver's vast pool of talent, create indie games and VR applications.

 
 
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Daniel St-Pierre,
Didjet Inc.

Daniel St-Pierre is the Chief Executive Officer of Didjet Inc. a Virtual Reality development studio in Vancouver, BC. He’s been working with and writing about cutting edge technologies for more than 25 years, and has its own company for 15. In the most recent years, he’s been concentrating his expertise towards Therapeutic VR to help people with clinical anxiety and dementia. When he is not trying out new Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences, you can find him riding a mountain bike on a downhill trail near you. Follow him on Twitter at @iamdanistp

 
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Ollie Rankin,
Pansensory Interactive Incorporated

Ollie Rankin is a virtual reality storyteller and visual effects supervisor whose feature film career spans more than 18 years and 26 films. He’s been involved in many of cinema’s biggest franchises, from the Lord of the Rings and Matrix trilogies, to the X-Men, Transformers and Alice in Wonderland franchises. But he fell in love with VR in the 80s when it was little more than a figment in the imaginations of visionary Sci-fi and cyberpunk authors. He’s spent the last several years working in various capacities to help realize their visions. Ollie currently advises a number of VR startups and is developing original, immersive, narrative experiences.

 
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Olivier Leroux
Founder / Creative Director at Impact VR

Producer of Virtual Reality Video Content for companies and independent productions.

 
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VFX for Indie Production

        Moderator: Laura Arguilla Williams, Adobe   |  Ryan Curtis   |  Chris Orchard  |   Adam Stern   

Learn the tricks of the trade for creating stunning visual effects on a limited budget with industry experts. Bring your VFX related questions and get advice for your projects during the Q&A portion of the panel.

 
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Moderator: Laura Arguilla Williams, Adobe

Laura Williams Argilla is Director of Product Management, Professional Video & Audio for Creative Cloud at Adobe. In this role, Laura is responsible for creating connected experiences for Adobe customers, helping them make the most of their digital workflows. As a passionate storyteller, social media addict and follower of all things video, Laura is committed to helping creator tell their stories, reach their audiences and achieve their creative goals.  Prior to Adobe, Laura taught video editing and was the technical director at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has been involved in various organizations that support film, art and women in technology. Laura earned her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Washington in digital media and new media storytelling.

 
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Ryan Curtis

Coming for many years as a Freelance VFX Supervisor on such projects as Man in the High Castle (Amazon), The Exorcist (FOX), Lucifer (WB/FOX) and Supernatural (WB/CW) Ryan comes bringing with him  tip and tricks for shooting your VFX efficiently and on budget.

 
 

Chris Orchard

Chris “Boots” Orchard has been immersed in the film industry since 2002.His skills in visual presentation have resulted in multiple Leo Award nominations for Visual Effects and his films receiving critical acclaim at both National and International Film Festivals. Among the more known festivals, his films have been screened at Cannes, TiFF, Busan, Vancouver, Fantas porto, Whistler and the burgeoning Oaxaca film festival in Latin America to name a few. Starting his Arts career at the Victoria College of Art, Chris considers his real education to have come from working as a commercial airbrush artist and filmmaker. His expertise and experience are focused on Post Production Standard, VR 360 and 3D Visual Effects, including: Green Screen; Rotoscoping; Motion Graphics; 3D/CG Animation; 2.5D Planer Compositing; Match-Moving/Camera Motion Tracking; Rig-Removal; Stabilization; and, colourisation/timing

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Adam Stern

Adam has worked in film and television for over twenty years. He founded Artifex Studios in

1997 with the intent of setting up a creative space where a group of artists could produce

quality work. While remaining a small studio, Artifex now houses close to forty artists and staff, and has created visual effects for over sixty feature film and television projects. Artifex has won or been nominated for numerous visual effects awards, including an Emmy nomination for its work on FOX’s Almost Human.

Adam has since turned his attention to his own projects as a writer/director. The Adept, his first film as writer/director, screened at festivals around the world including Raindance, Sci-Fi London, The Seattle Short Film Festival, FilmQuest, First Glance Philadelphia and the Miami International Sci-Fi Festival. The film has received several awards and nominations, including nominations for Best Sci-Fi Short at FilmQuest and Honourable Mention at the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.

Recently, Adam completed his second short film. FTL is the recipient of multiple awards

including Best Drama at the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival, Best Sci-Fi Film at the 2017 Roswell Sci-Fi Film festival, Best Sci-Fi Film at the 2017 Sci-On! Film Festival, and Best Sci-Fi Film at the 2017 Top Shorts Online Film Festival. Additionally FTL was nominated for Best International Short Film at the 5th Annual Philip K Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, Best Sci-Fi Short at FIlmQuest, and Best Sci-Fi Short at the Sydney Indie Film Festival. FTL has also been nominated for a number of additional awards for VFX, editing, and performances.

Adam is a member of the Television Academy, the Visual Effects Society and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

 
 
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Marketing: How to monetize content across multiple platforms

3 Urgent Truths About Paid Advertising No Serious Business Owner Can Ignore In Today's Scary Digital World

 
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Rohan Sheth
GrowRev Digital

Rohan is the owner of GrowRev Digital, and an in-demand speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur.  He cut his teeth as a young salesman in Vancouver Canada, climbing the ranks from clueless newbie to one of Canada's youngest top sales masters in a career notorious for eating the weak for breakfast: door to door sales. 

In 2010, Rohan realized that selling online was a much more efficient route than old school ways and began dabbling in online sales.   In 2011, Rohan made a full shift into the digital marketing world because he was disgusted with what he saw all around him: Agencies and service providers claiming to help business owners with digital marketing, but selling glitzy plans, hot air, and false promises.  In an age where business owners were(still are) jaded yet hopeful, Rohan cut through the BS and focused on the one thing he knows best and matters most: Sales. So he set out to be a beacon of light in a sometimes shady industry.  

Since then, Rohan and his partner Matt Farmer have invested and managed over 30 million dollars in advertising spend.  And their clients reap the benefits of this revenue focused digital marketing.  A guitar coach went from $10,000 per month to over $140,000 per month in under 6 months.  A real estate investor became Australia’s youngest phenomenon, as they took his business from $30,000 per month to over 7 figures a MONTH. No, that is not a typo. They helped Foster the rebirth of business legend Robert Allen making him Asia’s newest American hero by filling his event rooms in excess of 300 + people every single time. They took a humble & average real estate agent and turned him into a celebrity able to make his first 7 figures in the first year working with them.

Rohan has been invited to share his views and expertise on stages across the world with people like Gary Vee, Billionaire Jeff Hoffman, and The Hip Hop Preacher Eric Thomas. He has also been featured on large news publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Fast Company magazine to name a few. 

Rohan lives by a simple philosophy - care about your clients, protect your clients, and focus on growing their revenue with paid advertising.  He only works with successful businesses, celebrities, experts, and rational entrepreneurs who know the "grown up" game of business is spending money to make money.

 
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How to Craft a Successful Pitch

Moderator: Kaleena Kiff | Bernie Su  |  Valerie Connelly | Mélanie Lê Phan

The Art of the Pitch can be an elusive beast, yet it is one of the most crucial elements of any storytelling project. Hear from filmmakers who are experienced at pitching as well as industry executives that hear pitches everyday to find out the inside scoop on creating the perfect pitch.

 
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Moderator: Kaleena Kiff, Producer

After producing and directing the critically acclaimed web-series Riese:Kingdom Falling (SyFy/NBC Universal Int’l), Kaleena Kiff transitioned into a career in feature films. Kaleena developed and produced the BAFTA award-winning feature film The Legend of Barney Thomson. The dark comedy stars Academy Award Winner Emma Thompson and BAFTA winners Robert Carlyle & Ray Winstone. Additionally, Kaleena produced the comedy feature No Men Beyond This Point which was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films at the Toronto International Film Festival and released by Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2016. It is currently being developed as a television series. With her partners in Curiosity Pictures, Kaleena is developing a slate of feature films and television projects in both Canada and abroad, including an Indian/Canadian co-production with the producers of The Lunchbox, as well as a rock ‘n roll origin story of The Doors with legendary guitarist Robby Krieger. Kaleena and her partners are currently in post-production on Stuffed, a documentary feature film exploring award-winning taxidermy artists around the world.

Kaleena is a member of the Producers Guild of America and ACE Producers (Europe).

 
 
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Valerie Connelly, thebis.ca

Valerie is a veteran TV producer and development executive who has worked on content for major broadcaster in Canada. She had the privilege of being part of the creative teams behind hit shows such as HGTV’s “Colin & Justin’s Home Heist”, Slice’s “Wedding SOS” and City TV’s “The Liquidator.”

Valerie has held positions with industry leaders such as Cineflix, Cream Productions and was Head of Development for Marble Media before moving to Vancouver. She is a regular at markets such as MIP, Realscreen and Banff, and has pitched content to broadcasters from around the world. For the past 5 years, Valerie has been a guest lecturer at Queens University for their Business in Media course. Her latest venture sees her launching a digital platform offering cannabis inspired content. Valerie endeavours to provide Canadians with a welcoming digital space to learn about cannabis through entertaining original content. www.thebis.ca

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Bernie Su

Creator / Executive Producer - The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Emma Approved.

Bernie Su is a two time Primetime Emmy award-winning interactive storyteller, creator, and showrunner. His two winning series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved, are the first and second Primetime Emmys ever won by a Youtube distributed series. He has been creating web series since 2009. His other series include the psychological thriller Compulsions, the science series Frankenstein MD for PBS Digital Studios, and the soapy revenge drama Vanity for Maybelline. He is also a co-founder of Canvas Media Studios which focuses on creating scripted franchise series for digital and traditional platforms.

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Mélanie Lê Phan, 
Production Executive, Digital Originals at CBC Television

Mélanie Lê Phan has worked for CBC Television in both Scripted and Unscripted programming since 2013. She is currently an Executive in Charge of Production for Scripted Digital Originals, overseeing production and development of mid-length series for CBC's OTT player and of social video for the CBC Comedy feed. She has recently worked on the fourth
season of The Amazing Gayl Pile and the second season of My 90-Year-Old Roommate in addition to many other digital scripted series.
Mélanie has also worked on digital unscripted content, including the doc series The Artists and several CBC Docs: Shorts one-off docs, including One Leg In, One Leg Out and The Haircut. She has previously held the position of Development Manager for Factual programming and CBC Docs (Firsthand, The Nature of Things). Prior to joining the CBC, Mélanie worked in independent production for TV series, documentary features and both fiction and non-fiction short films. Mélanie was also the Communications Coordinator for the CMPA - BC Producer’s Branch after her film production studies at UBC. She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Images Festival in Toronto, the largest experimental film
 festival in North America.

 

 

 
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How to Create and Pitch Branded Content

Moderator, Rachel David, Hashtag Communications | Tyler Funk, North of Now | Ben Strang, Blueprint Pictures
Stewart Reynolds, Brittlestar | Matt Clarke, Cocomilk Productions | David Milgard, Cocomilk | Nick Carreras, Bent Pixels

 

Show me the money! This panel will look at the ever-changing landscape of digital advertising and how you can become more involved. Featuring perspectives from influencers, filmmakers and producers, this panel will discuss the world of opportunities that exist, the steps aspiring creators need to take for success and the importance of identifying your own brand.

 
 
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Moderator: Rachel David, Hashtag Communications

YOUTUBE.COM/RACHELDAVID | INSTAGRAM: @RACHELDAVID | TWITTER: @RACHELDAVID | FACEBOOK.COM/RACHELDAVIDO FFICIAL | SNAPCHAT: @RACHELRDAVID

Rachel David is a content creator and entrepreneur from Toronto Canada. She has made it her mission to help creators make money online. She plans dinners, picnics and mentors creators that blow up over night. This has resulted in the creator community calling her "Canada's Youtube Mom". 

Rachel is the CEO and founder of Hashtag Communications Inc. A company that helps brands create and execute their influencer marketing campaigns. Clients include RBC, BestBuy, Google, Lowblaws and Sony to name a few. 

On top of running a 10 person business she releases a weekly video podcast called "Rakin' It In With Rachel David" where she interviews creators about their different revenue streams and gives viewers tips on how to strategically make money online.

 
 

Ben Strang, Blueprint Motion Pictures

Ben is a writer/director from Annapolis, Maryland and a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. In 2013, Ben founded Blueprint Motion Pictures, a branded content studio in Santa Monica and since then his commercial and music video works have garnered millions of views online and numerous accolades, including the AICP commercial awards shortlist. Ben currently resides in Los Angeles and is working on his first feature film.

Instagram: @benhstrang / @beasttheseries / @davidbolendp / @phantomg6
Twitter: @ben_strang / @beasttheseries
Email: ben@blueprintmotionpictures.com
Website: www.beastseries.com

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Tyler Funk, North of Now

www.northofnow.ca @everythingfunk 

Tyler Funk is the creator and showrunner of the White Ninja series. The world’s first (and last) narrative Vine series starring Paul Scheer. In additional to his narrative filmmaking Tyler Funk is the founder of North Of Now, a digital production company producing branded digital content and broadcast

 
 
 

Stewart Reynolds, Brittlestar

www.brittlestar.com
@brittlestar (pretty much everywhere)

Hundreds of thousands of people watch Brittlestar’s videos every week.

His comedic and family-friendly but irreverent videos have been seen more than 400 MILLION times on various platforms.  His recent KFC video campaign was the most popular branded video content in the world on Facebook for the summer of 2017.

With a global fanbase, an invitation to the White House, speaking engagements all over North America, starring in the Dreamworks TV show ‘Kid vs Parent’ with his youngest son, collaborations with celebs such as The Property Brothers, and meet-and-greets at PlaylistLive, Brittlestar is living the social media celebrity dream… not bad for a Dad from the suburbs. 

Brittlestar, or Stewart Reynolds (as his mom calls him when he’s in trouble), is the father of two teen boys, Owen and Gregor (both well-known creators online). These three guys, along with Brittlestar’s wife, Shannon (co-star of their successful The Morning Show Thing live stream on Facebook), have created viral videos for a variety of brands and organizations such as Disney, ESPN, Subway, CBC, Walmart, and others.

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Matt Clarke, Cocomilk Productions

Matthew Clarke is a Vancouver based filmmaker, writer, actor, and musician. He is most well known as the creator and star of the hit, award winning web series, “Convos With My 2-Year-Old.” Over the past 15 years Matthew has worked in film, TV, theatre, toured North America with his band, Honey and the Money, created branded content for companies like Disney, Geico and Toyota, grown as a person, had numerous hair styles, owned two cars, owned two kids, joined a book club, and developed a habit of sharing things in bios that are completely irrelevant.

 

 
 

David Milgard, Cocomilk Productions

David Milchard is an Actor, Writer, Director, Producer, Comedian and Improviser.  He does a lot of things but still finds times to call his mother. A former member of Second City Toronto, he currently performs at the Vancouver Theatre Sports League. David has performed all over North America in festivals at Los Angeles, Orlando, Chicago, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Just for Laughs,BumberShoot and many more. He is a member of the hit touring show The Comic Strippers which tours internationally.

You may have seen him in Psych, Sanctuary, Fringe, the Flash, Supernatural, Arrow, Package Deal, Robert Redford’s the Company You Keep, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes. Starring roles include Russell Mania, After Party and the upcoming movie Monkey Up.

David was best actor at the 2014 Streamy Awards, best supporting actor at the Movie Maverick Awards and is a multi- nominee with Canadian Comedy Awards Check David out acting, producing and directing in the award winning hit web series, Convos With My 2-Year-Old on YouTube. He’s in more things too!  David likes things, being involved in things and on occasion engages in nothing.

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Nick Carreras

Nick Carreras is an experienced manager of top talent whose experience ranges from the traditional agency model to overseeing the careers of digital-first performers.
 
After graduating from law school, Nick began his career as an agent specializing in TV campaigns, animation, and celebrity endorsements. He  collaborated with popular actors such as Julie Bowen (Modern Family), William H. Macy (Shameless), and Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights).  
 
Nick moved into the digital world after six years as an agent. He joined Maker Studios as Director of Talent, Branding and Endorsements and in that role he developed and grew the businesses of the largest and most influential YouTube and social media influencers. His roster garnered over 6.7 billion monthly views, and included stars like Shay Carl, KassemG, Stampylongnose, Bart Baker, Markiplier, Captainsparklez, Convos with My 2 Year Old and Timothy DeLaGhetto. 
 
During his four-year tenure at Maker Studios, Nick was promoted to Head of Talent Strategy. He was responsible for aligning the career goals of the talent he represented with Maker Studios initiatives on both the development and commercial fronts. Nick led a team of highly skilled talent managers to grow Maker's enterprise talent, and partnered with them to create original IP and branded entertainment. 
 
Nick joined Bent Pixels as Vice President of Talent and Brand Strategy in 2017, heading up the talent division and helping to spearhead branded content projects and partnerships.

 
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Incorporating Influencers into your Digital Storytelling

        Tyler Funk, North of Now  |  Rachel David, Hashtag Communications 
Stewart Reynolds, Brittlestar | Nick Carreras, Bent Pixels

 

Hollywood has long used stars to draw people to the theatre. This panel will focus on how you can use influencers to do the same. The conversation will cover when is the right time to use an influencer (and when not to!), what costs you can expect, how to get people interested in your project and the differences between traditional film talent and social media stars.

 

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Moderator: Tyler Funk, North of Now

www.northofnow.ca

@everythingfunk

 

Tyler Funk is the creator and showrunner of the White Ninja series. The world’s first (and last) narrative Vine series starring Paul Scheer. In additional to his narrative filmmaking Tyler Funk is the founder of North Of Now, a digital production company producing branded digital content and broadcast commercials.

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Rachel David, CEO and Founder, Hashtag Communications

YOUTUBE.COM/RACHELDAVID
INSTAGRAM: @RACHELDAVID
TWITTER: @RACHELDAVID
FACEBOOK.COM/RACHELDAVIDO FFICIAL
SNAPCHAT: @RACHELRDAVID

Rachel David is a content creator and entrepreneur from Toronto Canada. She has made it her mission to help creators make money online. She plans dinners, picnics and mentors creators that blow up over night. This has resulted in the creator community calling her "Canada's Youtube Mom". 

Rachel is the CEO and founder of Hashtag Communications Inc. A company that helps brands create and execute their influencer marketing campaigns. Clients include RBC, BestBuy, Google, Lowblaws and Sony to name a few.

On top of running a 10 person business she releases a weekly video podcast called "Rakin' It In With Rachel David" where she interviews creators about their different revenue streams and gives viewers tips on how to strategically make money online.

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Stewart Reynolds, aka Brittlestar

www.brittlestar.com
@brittlestar

Hundreds of thousands of people watch Brittlestar’s videos every week.

His comedic and family-friendly but irreverent videos have been seen more than 400 MILLION times on various platforms.  His recent KFC video campaign was the most popular branded video content in the world on Facebook for the summer of 2017.

With a global fanbase, an invitation to the White House, speaking engagements all over North America, starring in the Dreamworks TV show ‘Kid vs Parent’ with his youngest son, collaborations with celebs such as The Property Brothers, and meet-and-greets at PlaylistLive, Brittlestar is living the social media celebrity dream… not bad for a Dad from the suburbs.

Brittlestar, or Stewart Reynolds (as his mom calls him when he’s in trouble), is the father of two teen boys, Owen and Gregor (both well-known creators online). These three guys, along with Brittlestar’s wife, Shannon (co-star of their successful The Morning Show Thing live stream on Facebook), have created viral videos for a variety of brands and organizations such as Disney, ESPN, Subway, CBC, Walmart, and others.

 
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Influencers And Their Stories

Moderator: Nick Carreras, Bent Pixels | Stewart Reynolds | Robert Randall

Matt Clarke | David Milchard | Linda Dong (Leeda D)

Hear from a diverse group of influencers. Find out why they chose this path, how they got started, what their goals are and their struggles and successes along the way.

 
 
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Moderator: Nick Carreras,
Bent Pixels

Nick Carreras is an experienced manager of top talent whose experience ranges from the traditional agency model to overseeing the careers of digital-first performers.
 
After graduating from law school, Nick began his career as an agent specializing in TV campaigns, animation, and celebrity endorsements. He  collaborated with popular actors such as Julie Bowen (Modern Family), William H. Macy (Shameless), and Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights).  
 
Nick moved into the digital world after six years as an agent. He joined Maker Studios as Director of Talent, Branding and Endorsements and in that role he developed and grew the businesses of the largest and most influential YouTube and social media influencers. His roster garnered over 6.7 billion monthly views, and included stars like Shay Carl, KassemG, Stampylongnose, Bart Baker, Markiplier, Captainsparklez, Convos with My 2 Year Old and Timothy DeLaGhetto. 
 
During his four-year tenure at Maker Studios, Nick was promoted to Head of Talent Strategy. He was responsible for aligning the career goals of the talent he represented with Maker Studios initiatives on both the development and commercial fronts. Nick led a team of highly skilled talent managers to grow Maker's enterprise talent, and partnered with them to create original IP and branded entertainment. 
 
Nick joined Bent Pixels as Vice President of Talent and Brand Strategy in 2017, heading up the talent division and helping to spearhead branded content projects and partnerships.

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Stewart Reynolds
brittlestar.com| Major Brands

Hundreds of thousands of people watch Brittlestar’s videos every week.

His comedic and family-friendly but irreverent videos have been seen more than 400 MILLION times on various platforms.  His recent KFC video campaign was the most popular branded video content in the world on Facebook for the summer of 2017. 

With a global fanbase, an invitation to the White House, speaking engagements all over North America, starring in the Dreamworks TV show ‘Kid vs Parent’ with his youngest son, collaborations with celebs such as The Property Brothers, and meet-and-greets at PlaylistLive, Brittlestar is living the social media celebrity dream… not bad for a Dad from the suburbs.

Brittlestar, or Stewart Reynolds (as his mom calls him when he’s in trouble), is the father of two teen boys, Owen and Gregor (both well-known creators online). These three guys, along with Brittlestar’s wife, Shannon (co-star of their successful The Morning Show Thing live stream on Facebook), have created viral videos for a variety of brands and organizations such as Disney, ESPN, Subway, CBC, Walmart, and others.

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Robert Randall
838K Subscribers | Youtube

Robert Randall is a Leo Award-winning filmmaker and founder/director of the Young Actors Project (YAP) - a Vancouver-based acting program that provides drama education to over 30,000 BC and Alberta school children every year.  YAP's YouTube channel features award-winning short films and web-series and boasts over 800,000 subscribers.  His short film The Girl Without a Phone - a Cinderella Story, with over 50 million views, ranks as one of the most watched Canadian short films of all time

Instagram: @Young_Actors_Project  / @Rob.Randall.Photo

Twitter: @DramaTwit

Facebook: @YoungActorsProject

 
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Matt Clarke, 
Cocomilk Productions

Matthew Clarke is a Vancouver based filmmaker, writer, actor, and musician. He is most well known as the creator and star of the hit, award winning web series, “Convos With My 2-Year-Old.” Over the past 15 years Matthew has worked in film, TV, theatre, toured North America with his band, Honey and the Money, created branded content for companies like Disney, Geico and Toyota, grown as a person, had numerous hair styles, owned two cars, owned two kids, joined a book club, and developed a habit of sharing things in bios that are completely irrelevant.

 

David Milgard,
Cocomilk Productions

David Milchard is an Actor, Writer, Director, Producer, Comedian and Improviser.  He does a lot of things but still finds times to call his mother. A former member of Second City Toronto, he currently performs at the Vancouver Theatre Sports League. David has performed all over North America in festivals at Los Angeles, Orlando, Chicago, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Just for Laughs,BumberShoot and many more. He is a member of the hit touring show The Comic Strippers which tours internationally.

You may have seen him in Psych, Sanctuary, Fringe, the Flash, Supernatural, Arrow, Package Deal, Robert Redford’s the Company You Keep, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes. Starring roles include Russell Mania, After Party and the upcoming movie Monkey Up.

David was best actor at the 2014 Streamy Awards, best supporting actor at the Movie Maverick Awards and is a multi- nominee with Canadian Comedy Awards Check David out acting, producing and directing in the award winning hit web series, Convos With My 2-Year-Old on YouTube. He’s in more things too!  David likes things, being involved in things and on occasion engages in nothing.

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Linda Dong, Comedian

Linda Dong is a female comedian known on YouTube as Leendadproductions. She directs, edits, and also stars in her own YouTube comedy channel with a following of over a million subscribers. Recently, she was awarded for the “Best Social Student Video Channel” at the Vancouver Social Media Awards. Linda is a very passionate individual and hopes to inspire others to express their creativity and individuality.

 
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Comedy in the Digital Age:
How to turn your shtick into gold! (or at least a sustainable career)

Stewart Reynolds | Matt Vancil | (Leenda D) | Matt Clarke | David Milchard

With the right strategy, luck, and talent, turning a talent for making people laugh into a career is more than possible. Hear from panelists whose humor has opened doors, built connections, and convinced audiences to fund their ongoing adventures.

 
 
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Matt Clarke, Cocomilk Productions

Matthew Clarke is a Vancouver based filmmaker, writer, actor, and musician. He is most well known as the creator and star of the hit, award winning web series, “Convos With My 2-Year-Old.” Over the past 15 years Matthew has worked in film, TV, theatre, toured North America with his band, Honey and the Money, created branded content for companies like Disney, Geico and Toyota, grown as a person, had numerous hair styles, owned two cars, owned two kids, joined a book club, and developed a habit of sharing things in bios that are completely irrelevant.

 
 

David Milgard, Cocomilk Productions

David Milchard is an Actor, Writer, Director, Producer, Comedian and Improviser.  He does a lot of things but still finds times to call his mother. A former member of Second City Toronto, he currently performs at the Vancouver Theatre Sports League. David has performed all over North America in festivals at Los Angeles, Orlando, Chicago, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Just for Laughs,BumberShoot and many more. He is a member of the hit touring show The Comic Strippers which tours internationally.

You may have seen him in Psych, Sanctuary, Fringe, the Flash, Supernatural, Arrow, Package Deal, Robert Redford’s the Company You Keep, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes. Starring roles include Russell Mania, After Party and the upcoming movie Monkey Up.

David was best actor at the 2014 Streamy Awards, best supporting actor at the Movie Maverick Awards and is a multi- nominee with Canadian Comedy Awards Check David out acting, producing and directing in the award winning hit web series, Convos With My 2-Year-Old on YouTube. He’s in more things too!  David likes things, being involved in things and on occasion engages in nothing.

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Stewart Reynolds, Brittlestar

www.brittlestar.com
@brittlestar (pretty much everywhere)

Hundreds of thousands of people watch Brittlestar’s videos every week.

His comedic and family-friendly but irreverent videos have been seen more than 400 MILLION times on various platforms.  His recent KFC video campaign was the most popular branded video content in the world on Facebook for the summer of 2017.

With a global fanbase, an invitation to the White House, speaking engagements all over North America, starring in the Dreamworks TV show ‘Kid vs Parent’ with his youngest son, collaborations with celebs such as The Property Brothers, and meet-and-greets at PlaylistLive, Brittlestar is living the social media celebrity dream… not bad for a Dad from the suburbs. 

Brittlestar, or Stewart Reynolds (as his mom calls him when he’s in trouble), is the father of two teen boys, Owen and Gregor (both well-known creators online). These three guys, along with Brittlestar’s wife, Shannon (co-star of their successful The Morning Show Thing live stream on Facebook), have created viral videos for a variety of brands and organizations such as Disney, ESPN, Subway, CBC, Walmart, and others.

 
 

Matt Vancil

Twitter: @mattvancil Facebook: @matt.vancil.39

Matt Vancil is an author, filmmaker, and narrative designer from Tacoma. A co-founder of Zombie Orpheus Entertainment and Dead Gentlemen Productions, Matt wrote and directed the Gamers movies and created the web series JourneyQuest. He wrote video games for mobile giant King, his work has been featured on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and he teaches filmmaking at DigiPen (aka “Nintendo University”). He would beat you at cribbage. You would beat him at chess. And probably cribbage.

 

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Linda Dong, Comedian

Linda Dong is a female comedian known on YouTube as Leendadproductions. She directs, edits, and also stars in her own YouTube comedy channel with a following of over a million subscribers. Recently, she was awarded for the “Best Social Student Video Channel” at the Vancouver Social Media Awards. Linda is a very passionate individual and hopes to inspire others to express their creativity and individuality.

 
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Case Study: Funny Tweets: A Documentary

Laurie McGuinness  |  Dan Duvall  |  Christine Larsen

 

Dan Duvall was a pharmacist's assistant in Victoria.  He got on twitter, was funny, and became friends with the show runners for Family Guy, The Simpsons, & Modern Family, and The Conan Show's Andy Richter.  When he was nominated for an award in LA, he went to the award show, and his life was never the same.  Twitter has democratized access to an audience. If you are funny on twitter, people will find you, and read your stuff.  And your life can change.

 
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Laurie McGuinness
Director - Producer

Laurie has worked for over 20 years in advertising as a copywriter, director and producer.  Funny Tweets is his first movie. 

Dan Duvall
Comedian, Writer, Twitter-er

In 2009 Dan Duvall started a twitter account in order to follow hockey analysts for his fantasy league. What he got was a career in comedy. From standup to writing in advertising and television, Dan's story is as unexpected as it is interesting.

@Lazerdoov

 

 

Christine Larsen
Associate Producer

Christine is a veteran media professional with an extensive background as a Business Analyst at Creative BC.  Christine is dedicated to the development and promotion of BC content in film, television and digital media and regularly consults on public and private funding, and was instrumental in getting Funny Tweets produced.  She was the 2016 recipient of the prestigious WIFTV Wayne Black Service Award.