OUR FREE INDUSTRY PANELS CREATE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

FOR EMERGING FILMMAKERS & STORYTELLERS.  

Learn from the experts, and get real advice that you wont hear any where else. Each panel features prominent industry leaders and gives attendees the opportunity to ask questions and facilitate discussions with the artists. You will be able to sit in on insightful discussions, while also getting the chance to drive the discussion with your questions.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15  |   1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

SHOW ME THE MONEY!

Presented by Rogers

Financing your project, from the people who actually fund you.

 

Join us for a discussion on funding options for longform streaming and traditional broadcast content, including The Harold Greenberg Fund, the Independent Production Fund, the Bell Fund and the Shaw Rocket Fund.

Agnes Augustin

President & CEO,

Shaw Rocket Fund

Alain P. Arthur 
Executive Producer/CEO 
Caribbean Vibrations TV Ltd. 

MODERATOR

PANELISTS

Carly McGowan

Manager,

Independent Production Fund

Nancy Chapelle, Executive Director,

Bell Fund

John Galway

President, The Harold Greenberg Fund

Robin Mirsky

Executive Director,

Rogers Group of Funds

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15  |   4:30pm - 5:30pm

IN CONVERSATION WITH C.S.A.WINNERS

Presented by the Director's Guild of Canada National

How did they do it? We all know the challenges of being a Black creator in Canada, and these three women fought the odds and won!!! In this panel moderated by writer/producer Alison Duke, filmmakers Ngardy Conteh George and Alicia K Harris will discuss their directorial vision for the 2020 Canadian Screen Award-winning films Mr. Jane and Finch (2019) and PICK (2019), and break down how they shoot a scene.

MODERATOR

Alison Duke

Producer, Director, OYA Media Group

PANELISTS

Ngardy Conteh George

Producer, Diretor, Co-Founder, 

OYA Media Group

Alicia K. Harris

Director, Writer, PICK

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15  |   3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

TELEFILM CANADA CASE STUDY

Theres No Place Like This Place, Anyplace

From idea to script to screen - this is the step-by-step road map to taking the journey from idea to completion with Telefilm Canada. Join us with Telefilm Canada’s E.J. Alon and the filmmakers of the award-winning documentary feature There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace .

MODERATOR

E.J. Alon,

Talent Fund Director, Telefilm 

PANELISTS

Lulu Wei

Director, 

There's No Place Like This Place, Anyplace

Ali Weinstein

Producer,

There's No Place Like This Place, Anyplace

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16  |   4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

STRATEGIES FOR A SUCCESSFUL COMPANY

Presented by AFBS

Join moderator Ella Cooper and panelists Gilad Cohen, Amos Adetuyi, and Ty Hyland and learn innovative, inclusive and financially successful tips for running your organizations -  as told by people who are in production, film festivals and broadcasting. .

MODERATOR

Ella Cooper

Producer, Founder, Black Women in Film! Canada

PANELISTS

Amos Adetuyi

CEO, Circle Blue Entertainment

Producer, Diggstown (2019)

Ty Hyland

Production Planning Executive, Comedy & Digital,

CBC Scripted Content

Gilad Cohen

Founder and Executive Director, JAYU

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16  |   7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

WEB SERIES:

SOMNIUS: PILGRIMS OF CENTAURI  AND  NEXT STOP

Join us for a discussion on Reelworld Film Festival’s 2020 official selection web series, NEXT STOP (2019) and Somnius: Pilgrims of Centauri, with Reelworld programmer Marina Hanna and the filmmakers.

MODERATOR

Marina Hanna

Programmer, Reelworld Film Festival

PANELISTS

Alain Williams

Writer/Producer, Somnius:

Pilgrims of Centauri

Denver Jackson

Director, Somnius:

Pilgrims of Centauri

Phil Witmer

Director, NEXT STOP

Jabbari Weekes

Director, NEXT STOP

Tichaona Tapambwa

Director, NEXT STOP

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17  |   3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

GET ON THAT ROSTER AND DIRECT IN BC

A lot of USA series are shot in BC, and Hollywood is seeking racially diverse directors. Let's hear from some that are doing well in this field. Directors will discuss their filmmaking journeys and their experiences working in the British Columbia film and television industry. 

MODERATOR

Prem Gill

CEO, Creative BC

PANELISTS

Sharon Lewis

Director, Brown Girl Begins

Sudz Sutherland, 

Founder, Hungry Eyes Media

Nimisha Mukerji

DGC-BC Director,

Producer, Writer, Tempest Storm

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18  |   2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

CANADA MEDIA FUND CASE STUDY

TOKENS (2019)

Playback’s Jordan Pinto does a deep dive with the Canadian Screen Award-winning creators of the hit web series Tokens as they take us on the journey of how Tokens got funded, went viral, and won big - stay tuned and watch the pilot episode at the end of the panel!

MODERATOR

Jordan Pinto

Associate Editor, Playback

PANELISTS

Winnifred Jong

Writer/Producer, Tokens (2019)

Connie Wang

Performer, 2020 CSA Nominee

Trinni Franke

Producer, Tokens (2019)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19  |   2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

HOW TO ENGAGE AND KEEP YOUR AUDIENCE

Presented by Shaftesbury

If you want to be successful, you must know how to market and monetize your project - and yourself. Dylen Postnikoff, VP, Global Brand Strategy for Shaftesbury, shares her secrets on how to build an audience and keep them engaged from project to project. Marketing guru Kadon Douglas will be hosting this discussion breaking down how film and media makers can use the myriad of tools available now!

MODERATOR

PANELIST

Kadon Douglas

Chair of the Board, 

Reelworld Film Festival

Dylen Postnikoff

VP, Global Brand Strategy, Shaftesbury

Our 2020 goal is to help filmmakers break through to the next level.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16  |   2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

One-on-One: A Conversation with Clement Virgo

Clement Virgo is one of Canada’s foremost directors. TV directing credits include Empire, The Wire, The L Word, American Crime, and the OWN series Greenleaf, where he also served as Executive Producer with Oprah Winfrey. He is currently developing BLOOM with Callie Khouri through the Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground Productions.

In 2015, Virgo directed and co-wrote the miniseries adaptation The Book of Negroes. It won 12 Canadian Screen Awards, was nominated for two U.S. Critics Choice Television Awards and four NAACP Image Awards. Virgo’s features include Poor Boy’s Game and Lie With Me. His films have premiered at Cannes, Berlinale and TIFF.

Virgo’s debut film, Rude, premiered at Cannes in 1995. It was recently featured in Locarno’s Blacklight Retrospective, showcasing international Black cinema of the 20th century.

MODERATOR

PANELIST

Tonya Williams, 

Founder, Executive Director 

Reelworld Film Festival

Clement Virgo, 

Director

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19  |   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

One-on-One: A Conversation

with Shirley Cheechoo

Reelworld is proud to name Dr. Shirley Cheechoo as our 2020 Reelworld Visionary Award recipient. The Reelworld Visionary Award honours industry leaders who have dedicated decades toward changing the face of the Canadian entertainment industry through advocating, creating spaces, and pushing boundaries. 
 
Dr. Shirley Cheechoo, a Cree filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist, made her directorial debut in 1998 and is revered as the first Indigenous woman to write, produce, and direct a dramatic feature film in Canada for her film Bearwalker, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. This film also opened Reelworld's inaugural 2001 festival where Dr. Cheechoo won the Best Director award.

MODERATOR

Jason Ryle,  

 Producer & Curator

Former Executive Director of imagineNATIVE

PANELIST

Shirley Cheechoo

Chancellor, Brock University, Award-winning Artist, Actor and Film Director

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