Industry Panels


Offering opportunities for emerging filmmakers and storytellers to learn from industry leaders through insightful discussions.
In-person panels take place on October 14th at Rogers Communications Inc. (333 Bloor St E). Presenting partners are Rogers Group of Funds, CMF, DGC National, and Racial Equity Media Collective (REMC).
Virtual panels can be viewed on October 17th and 18th through the Reelworld online platform. Presenting partners are Black Screen Office (BSO), Telefilm Canada, Music Publishers Canada, and Independent Production Fund (IPF). 

Oct. 14, 2022 |   11:00AM EST   |  60 Mins

Your Perfect Pitch Package!

What should be in a great pitch package? Hear from these top executives on how to capture their attention for those coveted funds.


Moderator: Fennela Bruce

Panelists: Robin Mirsky, Executive Director Rogers Communications, Rogers Group of Funds, Jon Taylor, CEO of Independent Production Fund, Agnes Augustin, President & CEO of Shaw Rocket Fund


Oct. 14, 2022  |   12:30PM EST   |  60 Mins

Producing Live Unscripted Shows

More in demand than ever before the Unscripted/Variety genre is on the rise. Blending performance art, live music and comedy, these shows give producers a unique opportunity to bring artists from different disciplines together. Learn how the CMF can support producers and creators interested in working in this field.


Moderator: Sholeh Fabbri

Panelists: Marcia Douglas, Director, English Content, International and Export, Ngozi Paul, Creator & Producer of FreeUP!, Maya Annik Bedward, Director on LIDO TV

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Oct. 14, 2022 |  2:00PM EST   | 60 Mins

Responsible Storytelling

In our current climate, there’s important stories being created that deal with traumatic experiences or disasters. How do you navigate with the sensitivity required to do the story justice when it’s a culture you might be one step removed from? How do filmmakers handle these projects with the required care even when they are from the same ethnic group. This discussion will touch upon the responsibilities of Diasporic Canadians directors telling authentic stories.

Moderator: Elizabeth Mudenyo, Poet, Community-based Artist & Arts Manager

Panelist: Noura Kevorkian, Director of Batata, Min Bae, Director of Reset

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Oct. 14, 2022  |   3:30PM EST   | 60 Mins

Launch of Racial Equity Media Collective Community Mapping report

How are Black, Indigenous, People of Colour who run production companies and media nonprofits managing in these stressful times.. The last two years have been break or make it years and companies from racially diverse communities have suffered the most.  This enlightening report shines a spotlight on  how under-resourced these companies are and we will discuss what our industry needs to strengthen this sector.


Moderator: Lisa Valencia-Svensson – Executive Director, REMC

Panelist: Amar Wala, Producer & Director REMC, Kadon Douglas, Executive Director, BIPOC TV & Film, Tonya Williams, Executive Director – Reelworld Screen Institute

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Oct. 17, 2022  |   1:30PM EST

Telefilm Canada
Talent to Watch:
Creating a Strong Application

Oct. 17, 2022 |   12:00PM EST

Being Seen:
How to Create More Authentic Content that Resonates with Viewers

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Oct. 18, 2022  |   1:30PM EST

Independent Producer Fund
Creating a Successful Team

Oct. 18, 2022 |  12:00PM EST

Music Publishers Canada
There's a Song for Every Scene:
Tips for finding the right music for every production

Reelworld Industry Panels are made possible with support from Telefilm Canada, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Creates, and Canada Council for the Arts

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