Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

Stay tuned! We will be announcing more guest speakers over the next few weeks.

Adam Reed

Title: Creator
Company: Archer

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Adam Reed is the co-creator of Sealab 2021, Frisky Dingo, and the creator of Archer. A motorcycle and cat enthusiast, he divides his time between Atlanta, Georgia and the forest.

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Blake Corbet

Title: Producer
Company: Blake Corbet Productions

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Brian Hamilton

Title: Principal and Executive Producer
Company: Omnifilm Entertainment

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Brian Hamilton is a Partner and Executive Producer at Omnifilm Entertainment. He has executive produced more than 40 television projects in both scripted and non-scripted genres, representing over 160 hours of broadcast programming since he joined Omnifilm in 1994. Recent programs include: Primeval: New World, a 13 x 60 sci-fi series recently airing on SPACE, UKTV, Prosieben and SyFy, Defying Gravity, for CTV, BBC, ProSieben, and ABC, Pure Design for HGTV Canada, Word Travels for OLN and Smart Cookies for W Network. Brian also produced and executive produced three seasons of Robson Arms, CTV’s critically acclaimed dramedy; and Make Some Noise, a music/activism series for CBC which won the Gemini for Best Youth Non-Fiction series, as well as the Shaw Rocket Prize, and the prestigious Japan Prize for Youth Programming. Brian oversees Omnifilm Post, a busy facility which handles end-to-end post production for Omnifilm Entertainment projects. Brian is Chair of the BC Branch of the CMPA, and a member of CMPA’s National Board. He holds a First Class Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and received his television training from the Banff Centre for the Arts.

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Bruce Whitty

Title: Factual Series Producer
Company: Make Believe Media

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David Gullason

Title: Executive and Series Producer
Company: Omnifilm Entertainment

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David created and is currently producing the sixth season of Ice Pilots NWT for History, and the first season of Jade City for Discovery. Previous credits include producing Pyros for Discovery, Stuntdawgs, a Gemini Award‐winning series about stuntmen for The Movie Network; the wilderness series Wild at Heart, which was nominated for the Japan Prize; the Gemini‐nominated History Television feature Icebound; three seasons of Discovery's Storm Warning; the special effects series Cinema Secrets for AMC and the two‐hour special Space Medicine for Discovery Health. Other credits include the one‐hour documentary Blind Hope and the four‐part series Medical Profile for Discovery Health, as well as Simon and the Spirit Bear for National Geographic Channel.

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Dylan Marchetti

Title: EVP, Theatrical Distribution and Marketing
Company: Amplify Releasing

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Dylan Marchetti is a firm believer in the glory of independent film since sneaking into a screening of Pulp Fiction twenty years ago and having his head explode. After stints at THINKFilm, ImaginAsian Entertainment, and AMC Theatres, Dylan founded Variance Films in 2008, partnering with filmmakers ranging from Spike Lee to John Sayles to Dave Grohl and releasing everything from $20,000 experimental jazz musicals to $36,000,000 kung-fu epics across the US and Canada. Variance releases have been shortlisted multiple times by the Academy documentary branch, nominated for (and won) Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, and Cinema Eye Honors. Dylan has also served as the creative director for all Variance campaigns, winning multiple Golden Trailer Awards. In 2014, Dylan merged Variance with Logan Mulvey’s GoDigital to create Amplify, a new all-rights distributor, where he is the head of theatrical distribution and marketing. Upcoming Amplify releases include Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl, A.J. Edwards' Terrence Malick-produced The Better Angels, and The Zellner Bros’ Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter.

Twitter: @variancefilms

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Emily founded Seed&Spark to make a contribution to the truly independent community in which she would like to make moving pictures. In 2011, she had the great fortune of producing her first feature, Like the Water, with a remarkable group of women who inspired her to create Seed&Spark. Emily was named one of the “2013 Indiewire Influencers” and is touring film and tech festivals around the world to educate filmmakers on how to leverage crowdfunding to build lasting independence and learn their best practices in connecting with their audiences to build a sustainable career.

Twitter: @emilybest

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Hillary Hennessy

Title: Development Producer
Company: Force Four Entertainment

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Hillary has been a part of Vancouver’s television industry since 1992. She’s worked for CTV, Global Television and in the process soon discovered her passion for story producing. After a string of successes with W Network, HGTV, OWN, Food Network and Shaw, and recent collaborations on Force Four’s Urban Suburban, The Audience and Shannon & Sophie, she is very excited to join the Force Four Development team to see projects from conception to green-light.

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From his first job as an usher at a cinema on a Canadian base in Germany, J has spent two decades working professionally in media. During his undergraduate at Queen's University he started a recording group that toured with acts such as The Tragically Hip, Wilco, and Primus. After graduation, he directed award-winning short films and gained experience at every level of production on film and television in Toronto. Relocating to Vancouver he founded dimeRocker (OverInteractive Media) an award-winning digital agency focused on branded gamification and social TV strategies for clients such as the CBC, Disney/ABC, Weinstein Company, Telus and PwC. He has participated in industry panels including: Banff WMF, Merging + Media, nextMedia, X-Summit, Digital Dialogues, Petchakucha, Prime Time and SXSW. J. sits on the board of the Vancouver International Film Festival, and as a National Advisor for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Merging + Media & X-Summit. In May 2012 he founded CineCoup. The CineCoup Film Accelerator is a disruptive model for indie filmmakers to develop, market and finance their feature films. The pilot cycle of the CineCoup Film Accelerator saw ten projects become optioned for development and the winning project, WolfCop, went into production with $1 million in financing and a release in Cineplex theatres. This fall, CBC, Just For Laughs Television and CineCoup Media launched CBC ComedyCoup, an innovative, digital comedy accelerator.

Twitter: @j_dot_joly

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James Emanuel Shapiro

Title: Chief Operating Officer
Company: Drafthouse Films

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James Emanuel Shapiro is Drafthouse Films' Chief Operating Officer. The film distribution arm of the Alamo, Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world that works under the simple motto of “sharing the films we love with widest audience possible.” Under James’ leadership, Drafthouse released Four Lions which was listed as one of ‘Time Magazine’s Top Ten Films of the Year” in 2010, The Act of Killing, produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, and SXSW’s Midnight Audience Award Winner Cheap Thrills.

Twitter: @JamesatDHF

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Jamie Wilkinson is co-founder and CEO of VHX, a digital distribution platform for film, TV and other premium video content. He is the co-creator of Know Your Meme, taught the Internet Famous Class, won a Primetime Emmy for his work on Star Wars Uncut, and regularly speaks on the subjects of Internet culture and creative production. His work has been featured on NBC, TIME, CNN, NPR, the New York Times and the front-page of YouTube.

Twitter: @jamiew

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John Galway

Title: President
Company: Harold Greenberg Fund

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John Galway is President of the Harold Greenberg Fund. John’s twenty-five year career in the Canadian film and television industry began with a position at TIFF. His interest in development and production led a position with Independent Pictures and contract work on several film and television projects. He then moved into financing, with positions at the OMDC, the CMF and at Telefilm Canada where he served as a Regional Director and the Television Sector Head. During his time there, he completed his MBA. In 2005, he joined The Harold Greenberg Fund as President and Board Member. At the Fund, he has been involved with investments of more than $30 Million and has helped develop over 800 feature film and television projects. He is also the co-founder of both the Toronto Irish Film Festival and the Canadian International Television Festival, and sits on various industry boards, juries and advisory committees.

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Laura Good

Title: Scripted Development Coordinator
Company: Omnifilm Entertainment

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Laura Good is the scripted development coordinator at Omnifilm Entertainment, where she is responsible for evaluating scripted series pitches, developing new series ideas and helping to foster projects in active development with broadcasters. Laura’s development knowledge is supported by a decade of television production and post-production experience. In her spare time, she has produced several award winning short films with Vancouver directors. Laura hails from Austin TX and holds a commercial pilot license.

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A veteran of the film industry for fifteen years, Marc Hofstatter leads the film and digital program for global crowd funding platform, Indiegogo. Originally from New York, he began his career at Bingham Ray’s indie film label, October Films and worked as an independent producer collaborating with such filmmakers as: Chris Weitz, Tom Ford, Peter Sollett, J. Michael Straczynski, and Sam Raimi. Hofstatter later transitioned to Los Angeles, moving to the William Morris Agency. Following his time at the historic agency he went on to serve as a production executive on both the Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox lots. During that time he helped oversee production on such projects as Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, A Single Man and The Golden Compass.

Twitter: @TheOriginalHoff

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Marc Schiller, Founder and CEO of BOND Strategy and Influence, is an accomplished advertising and marketing executive with decades of industry and entrepreneurial knowledge, in the areas of digital marketing, brand strategy, corporate consulting, cultural curation and public relations. BOND helps clients understand, tap into, and leverage the rapidly evolving technologies that consumers use to communicate in the digital era. To that end, Marc and BOND create innovative influencer strategy campaigns that deliver success for a diverse client base, from independent films and media companies to hospitality giants and Fortune 500 corporations. Recent agency clients include: American Express, General Electric, Starwood Hotels, The Economist, HBO, MTV, A&E Networks, BabyBjörn, Seamless, Tribeca Film Festival, Microsoft, Netflix, and a host of consumer product, hospitality, media and entertainment companies. Marc currently consults on marketing strategy for a variety of film projects that include Banksy’s Academy Award-nominated film Exit Through the Gift Shop and Asif Kapadia’s SENNA, Imposters, and Particle Fever. In 2013, Marc was honored by Indiewire as of their “2013 Indiewire Influencers” and sits on the board of directors of the IFP and Eyebeam.

Twitter: @MarcDSchiller

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Michael Ghent

Title: Producer
Company: Two 4 The Money Media Inc.

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Michael Ghent has eighteen years of experience in the film/tv industry, including five years as a Production Executive for CanWest Global Broadcasting (now Shaw Media). During his career Michael has been part of over 500 hours of factual, scripted, general entertainment, true crime, current affairs, documentary and lifestyle content for a variety of Canadian and international networks. His roles include Producer, Story Producer, Writer and Development Consultant. He won a Gemini in 2007 for Best Documentary Series for Global Currents. He currently develops television movies and series for production companies in Vancouver.

Long active in the media community, Michael was the Creative Director of the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Film and TV Forum for the 2009 season, a Canadian Images programmer for the VIFF, Festival Director for Moving Pictures; Canadian Films on Tour and a publicist for the NFB/ONF. Michael has served on the board of directors for the Whistler Film Festival Society, represented Executives on the board of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and continues to advise the VIFF Industry Conference (formerly the Forum). He is a programming consultant for international films at the VIFF. He holds an MBA/DES from ESSEC University in France.

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Nicholas Treeshin

Title: Development Producer
Company: Force Four Entertainment

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Nicholas Treeshin is a writer/director with over 75 episodes of television under his belt, directing for the likes of National Geographic, OLN, HGTV, OWN, CityTV and W Network. Constantly creating and evolving new concepts, Nicholas was born for development. His love of music has led him to numerous collaborations with hip-hop music producer Religion, directing videos for Moka Only, EDGE and Pittsburgh native Jasiri X. In addition to lifestyle-reality television, Nicholas is also passionate about the scripted side of things and his latest short film Leave Us Alone had its Los Angeles festival premiere at Screamfest 2013. With a BFA in film production, Nicholas is a graduate from the University of Regina.

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After leaving her title as Exhibitor Relations Manager at Magnolia Pictures, Sara Kiener began her grassroots outreach tenure with Frederick Wiseman's La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet and Nicole Opper's Off and Running before joining forces with Merrill Sterritt to create Film Presence. Since then, Film Presence has implemented grassroots outreach and social media campaigns for over 50 films – including 20 Feet from Stardom and 5 Broken Cameras - as they prepare for their theatrical, DVD, broadcast and festival premieres, with an emphasis on organizational partnerships and community building. Film Presence has also overseen the outreach and social media for multiple crowdfunding campaigns, including An Honest Liar, Miles Ahead and the 2012 Oscar Shortlisted The Waiting Room. Sara is a member of the IFP Advisory Board.

Twitter: @SaraKiener

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Shirley Vercruysse

Title: Executive Producer
Company: National Film Board of Canada

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Shirley Vercruysse is the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada, Pacific & Yukon Studio, based in Vancouver BC. Prior to joining the NFB in February 2014, she was independent film and television producer based in Calgary Alberta. Credits include; Fubar II, the first Canadian film to open the high profile “Midnight Madness” section of the Toronto International Film Festival; Radiant City, winner of the Genie Award for Best Theatrical Documentary & waydowntown winner of the prestigious Toronto City Award for Best Canadian film at Toronto International Film Festival. Other feature credits incldue The Future Is Now!; Angels Crest; Comeback Season; A Problem with Fear. Television credits include Gavin Crawford’s Wild West; My Rona Home, Season's I and II and The Secret of the Nutcracker.

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Straith Schreder

Title: Director of Brand Marketing
Company: BitTorrent

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Straith Schreder joined BitTorrent in 2012 to develop the organization’s publishing platform by working with artists, filmmakers, and fans to design a new storytelling format built for the Internet. BitTorrent Bundle, launched in 2013, is an immersive experience that emphasizes the connection between viewers and creators, a toolkit that allows for sustainable direct-to-fan engagement and distribution, and a social object that increases in value each time it’s shared. Recent Bundle projects include Moby’s community songbook, downloaded over 8 million times, the world’s first 3D printed music video, created by Cut/Copy, digital download as global testimony, in partnership with the Oscar-nominated filmmakers of The Act of Killing, and the crowdfunded original content series, Children of the Machine.

Twitter: @BitTorrent

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