Friday, Oct 12th, 2018 | Toronto Reference Library
The Panel Focus was:
A Case Study of the development of the feature film Roobha
The role Telefilm plays in financing feature films
How Telefilm stimulates both demand and access to Canadian feature films
This was a very special case study with Dan Lyon, Telefilm’s Regional Feature Film Executive for Ontario and Nunavut. Telefilm Canada is known to both stimulate demand and access to Canadian productions as well as financing the development and production of Canadian features. The panel studied the development of ROOBHA, the first Canadian feature about a young transgender Tamil woman.
Thank you to Telefilm Canada for sponsoring this panel.
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DAN LYON - Regional Feature Film Executive for Ontario and Nunavut
Prior to joining Telefilm, Dan worked primarily as a film distributor (executive vice-president of the Astral Entertainment Group & its successor companies), executive producer, and entertainment lawyer. His primary focus at Telefilm is the development, production and marketing of lower-budget feature films, and building new talent.
Lenin M. Sivam was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka and raised in Toronto, Canada.
He is widely acclaimed for “revolutionizing Tamil cinema” through his offbeat, realistic and
powerful depiction of the Tamil Diaspora. Sivam first achieved international recognition with his feature film debut “1999” in 2009, which was received with critical acclaim, winning several film awards both in Canada and around the world. Sivam’s success continued with his next film, A GUN & A RING (2013), which was well received both critically and commercially and made its world premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June 2013, where it was shortlisted for the coveted Golden Goblet Award.
Warren Sinnathamby is a multifaceted entrepreneur, well-known in the business community in Canada. He heads the hugely successful land development company, 7S Group, and has created numerous vibrant communities. With the launch of Next Productions, he forayed into the realm of media. His aim is to bring forth meaningful cinema while promoting artistic talent.
Producer: BROKEN DREAMS, KANDAM, ROOBHA, IN MY DREAMS, 100M CRIMINAL CONVICTION
A lawyer by profession and a filmmaker by choice, Raji Nair is also an advanced public speaker accredited by Toastmasters International. In a career spanning continents, she has worked as a teacher, aid worker, and operations manager. She has also scripted and hosted television shows, and published literary articles.
Executive Producer: BROKEN DREAMS, KANDAM, ROOBHA, IN MY DREAMS, 100M CRIMINAL CONVICTION