Directing in the 21st Century

This session will focus on the inner workings, creative choices and artistic motivations behind our featured award-winning and critically acclaimed directors. Let’s find out: what inspires the stories they choose to tell; the decisions behind their casting choices; working with key creative partners; and the realities of making ‘their’ films in today’s marketplace. Moderator: Melanie Friesen


Deepa Mehta, Director, Midnight's Children
Melanie Friesen, Cinema Salon Producer, Vancouver International Film Festival
Terry Zwigoff, Director, Bad Santa