2011 Highlights

A big thank you to all our delegates, guests and sponsors for making the 2011 Film & TV Forum a resounding success! With over 1,000 delegates in attendance, the Forum fulfilled its mandate of providing networking opportunities and market intelligence with flying colors.

Creativity abounded on TV Day featuring Emmy award-winning writers and producers from some of the top shows out there: Justified (Graham Yost), Prime Suspect (Alexandra Cunningham), Two and a Half Men (Lee Aronsohn) and The Killing (Aaron Zelman). On the business front, NETWORKING Day hosted executives from Shaw, Rogers, Bell Media, Knowledge Network and the Canada Media Fund and delegates also participated in roundtable discussions with the Bell Media Fund, Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund, Rogers Telefund and the NFB. Co-venturing with the US, featuring execs from E1 Entertainment, The Borgias, Fox Television Studios and Shaw Media drew an eager audience to learn how to create engaging series that resonate with viewers beyond our borders.

FILM Day offered a reality check from producers Mike Ryan (Meek’s Cutoff) and Anne Walker-McBay (Before Sunrise) as they discussed the trials and tribulations of producing in the 21st century. Endings: The Good, The Bad and The Insanely Great shone the spotlight on Michael Arndt as he provided a close analysis of the climaxes of Star Wars, The Graduate, and his own script, Little Miss Sunshine. FACTUAL Day enlightened as J. Joly, CEO, Overinteractive Media and Tessa Sproule, Executive in Charge of Digital Programming, CBC shared their direct insights and successes around cutting-edge social media, gamefication and social TV initiatives.

NEW FILMMAKERS’ Day, the only event of its kind in Western Canada drew a packed house for such notable guests as director Catherine Hardwicke (Red Riding Hood), co-creator/exec. producer/writer Lee Aronsohn (Two and A Half Men), director Jason Eisner (Hobo With a Shotgun), director Ed Gass Donnelly (Small Town Murder Songs) and cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel ( Drive). From learning the tricks of the trade in prepping for a shoot to being entertained and engaged with tales from the trenches of the sit-com world, New Filmmakers’ Day was inspiring and educational and enthusiastically received by all delegates.

Networking was front and centre throughout the thematic streamlined programming with Speed Dating Sessions for emerging producers back by popular demand. A total of 54 delegates had the opportunity to pitch their projects to 13 local senior production executives. For the mid to senior level producer, 50 Telefilm Canada International Tête-à-tête Meetings were scheduled with sixteen participating broadcasters and industry executives. At the Roundtable Discussions 46 participants networked with Robin Mirsky, Executive Director, Rogers Telefund, Melanie Friesen, Western Board Member, Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund, Tracey Friesen, Executive Producer, Pacific and Yukon Region, NFB, Catherine Warren, Board Member, Communications Chair, Bell Fund, and Alexandra Cunningham, Executive Producer, Prime Suspect.

Social / networking events included a reception to celebrate and promote the BC industry’s progress in establishing strong business relationships with China, hosted by the Honourable Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development; the 30th Anniversary reception for our public broadcaster Knowledge Network; WIFTV’s Martini Madness; and the finale reception on New Filmmakers’ Day hosted by Kodak and Citytv.