Fact and Fiction at the VIFF Film & TV Forum

For Immediate Release:

September 19, 2012
Media Contact: Rory Richards

Tel: (604) 505.6210

Email: rory@roryrichards.com

Vancouver, BC — Whether a filmmaker chooses to make a documentary or a narrative feature, the impulse is the same: To tell a story. A documentary filmmaker chooses to do it by recording that story, while a narrative filmmaker strives to interpret it. Still, at the end of the day, both are storytellers and there are some impressive ones joining the Vancouver Film & TV Forum, Sept. 26 – 29th at the Rogers Industry Centre.

DIRECTING IN THE 21st CENTURY pairs together two filmmakers who are a study in contrasts: Deepa Mehta (Water, Midnight's Children) and Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa,Ghost World, Crumb). The duo will discuss artistic motivations and choices, inspirations behind the vastly different stories they choose to tell, casting, and more. One thing that these filmmakers DO have in common is their desire to tell personal stories that connect with audiences worldwide.

GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE SUBJECT will move delegates into the world of documentary filmmaking. The session will look at the unique challenges and opportunities encountered during the filmmaking process.  Kevin Eastwood (producer, Do You Really Want to Know?) will moderate a discussion with Oscar-nominee Kirby Dick (director, The Invisible War), Nisha Pahuja (director, The World Before Her), and Paul Saltzman (director, The Last White Knight).

Once the story is captured, the daunting (and inspiring) process of editing begins. FRAME BY FRAME will zero in on the editing room, unearthing secrets from award-winning editors Dan Swietlik (Re:Generation) and Kate Amend (First Position). Nettie Wild (director, Uninterrupted) will guide the discussion.

As most documentary filmmakers can attest to, the process of funding, promoting, and distributing their film often calls on a lot of creativity and a do-it-yourself approach. The session GAME CHANGING TACTICS IN A DIY WORLD will look at a case study of Indie Game: The Movie, an independently produced documentary that took the 2012 Sundance Film Festival by storm. The doc got its start on the web thanks to Kickstarter funding, had a limited theatrical run, and launched on the web via unique distribution platforms. The Canadian writer and director team, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky will be on hand to share their experiences.

An incredible value, the Forum Delegate pass is $325 and includes all Forum sessions on Sept. 26 – 28th with the exception of Telefilm Canada Tête-à-tête meetings and Speed Dating sessions.

New Filmmakers’ Day pass is $85 for the full day and includes end of day reception.

On-line ticket or pass purchase is available at viff.org/forum or by phone at (604) 685-3547

Follow the Vancouver Film & TV Forum on Twitter @VIFForum and use hash tag: #VIFForum12

All sessions take place at the Rogers Industry Centre, located at 1181 Seymour Street. The Vancouver International Film Festival acknowledges the generous support of Telefilm Canada and our major corporate partners Rogers Communications and Fidelity Investments Canada.

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Industry Alert #6

The 27th Annual Vancouver Film & TV Forum is just around the corner! Our four days of seminars, master classes, and Telefilm Canada Tête-à-tête appointments are scheduled for presentation at the Vancouver International Film Centre from Sept 26 - Sept 28, plus New Filmmakers' Day, September 29. And don't forget the networking opportunities: speed dating sessions and Industry Hour receptions!

KEYNOTE

Industry on the precipice of change: Entertainment is evolving from the age of observation into the era of participation. Widely accessible tools for fundraising, filming, editing, and distributing are helping content creators make the films they believe in and share them with the world. This is the moment of empowerment for all. Presented by Dae Mellencamp, President, Vimeo and Jeremy Boxer, Creative Director, Vimeo Festival + Awards

Fact and Fiction Focus at the VIFF Film + TV Forum:

DIRECTING IN THE 21st CENTURY pairs together two filmmakers who are a study in contrasts: Deepa Mehta (Water, Midnight's Children) and Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa,Ghost World, Crumb). The duo will discuss artistic motivations and choices, inspirations behind the vastly different stories they choose to tell, casting, and more. One thing that these filmmakers DO have in common is their desire to tell personal stories that connect with audiences worldwide.

GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE SUBJECT

Moderator Kevin Eastwood (producer, Do You Really Want to Know?) will lead a discussion with Oscar-nominee Kirby Dick (director, The Invisible War), Nisha Pahuja (director, The World Before Her), and Paul Saltzman (director, The Last White Knight) on the challenges and opportunities each filmmaker encountered as they developed their topic and subjects. Did they start with a vast landscape which narrowed down to a specific subject, or, perhaps, a nugget of a subject that sprouted into a larger issue than originally anticipated? What were some of the creative strategies used to move projects forward through development, financing and, finally, capturing an audience on the small or big screen?

FRAME BY FRAME will zero in on the editing room, unearthing secrets from award-winning editors Dan Swietlik (Re:Generation) and Kate Amend (First Position). Nettie Wild (director, Uninterrupted) will guide the discussion. Documentaries are made in the edit room - join us and find out how!

The session GAME CHANGING TACTICS IN A DIY WORLD will look at a case study of Indie Game: The Movie, an independently produced documentary that took the 2012 Sundance Film Festival by storm. The doc got its start on the web thanks to Kickstarter funding, had a limited theatrical run, and launched on the web via unique distribution platforms. The Canadian writer and director team, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky will be on hand to share their experiences.

And don't forget about NEW FILMMAKERS' DAY, September 29th!

On-line ticket or pass purchase is available at viff.org/forum or by phone at (604) 685-3547

Follow the Vancouver Film & TV Forum on Twitter @VIFForum and use hash tag: #VIFForum12

Contact Information

P: 604.685.3547 | F: 604.688.8221 | E: forum@viff.org | Website

All sessions take place at the Rogers Industry Centre, located at 1181 Seymour Street. The Vancouver International Film Festival acknowledges the generous support of Telefilm Canada and our major corporate partners Rogers Communications and Fidelity Investments Canada.

Industry Alert #5

The 27th Annual Vancouver Film & TV Forum is just around the corner! Our four days of seminars, master classes, and Telefilm Canada Tête-à-tête appointments are scheduled for presentation at the Vancouver International Film Centre from Sept 26 - Sept 28, plus New Filmmakers' Day, September 29. And don't forget the networking opportunities: speed dating sessions and Industry Hour receptions!

Last chance to buy a Forum Early Bird Pass is Friday, September 14th!

If you're interested in writing...

THE NEXT GENERATION OF STORYTELLERS

Cinematic storytelling continues to evolve along with global access to entertainment. Crossing borders, boundaries and communities, key creatives across all genres and styles are providing a road map to excellence. Let's hear from our guest speakers who are creating exciting new work in web series, gaming and international animation and altering the future of screenwriting as we know it. Guest Speakers: John Cabrera, Head Writer, H+, Matt MacLennan, Writer, Splinter Cell and Rita Hsiao, Screenwriter, Toy Story 2

THE ART OF THE ANTAGONIST

Today's 'bad guy' is a different breed of cinematic nemesis. From Colonel Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds to Loki in The Avengers, every story needs its jaw-dropping antagonist. In today's been-there-done-that story-telling world, what are the character traits that every nemesis must have?  How evil is evil when you're writing for a global market? Our guest screenwriters will take us inside the process of crafting a good 'bad' guy! Guest Speakers: Glenn Berger, Writer, Kung Fu Panda and Rhett Reese, Writer, Zombieland

THE PREMISE AND THE HOOK

The hook. That's the strongest element within a series that needs to stand out in an increasingly competitive TV marketplace. It's that element of the story that sets up the pilot and carries the series through from week to week and into the hearts of audiences and beyond.  Meet our hit series writers from Dexter and The Good Wife who have found their unique hook and maximized the potential to make their water cooler TV shows. Guest Speakers: Leonard Dick, Writer, The Good Wife and Tim Schlattmann, Executive Producer, Dexter

If you're interested in directing...

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. Guest Speakers: Deepa Mehta, Director, Midnight's Children and Terry Zwigoff, Director, Bad Santa

SUCCESS STORIES

The indie feature market appears to be on the re-bound with more films than ever attaching stars and finding financing. What types of stories, characters and partnerships can help attract onscreen talent? How do you work around intense schedules to ensure you get the rehearsals, character development and story meetings needed to deliver your best film? Our directors will walk us through the realities of turning today's low budget movies into career building successes. Guest Speakers: Robert Byington, Director, Somebody Up There Likes Me and Tanya Wexler, Director, Hysteria

If you're interested in producing...

EMERGING MARKETS AND INTERNATIONAL FINANCING

Co-productions are integral to film financing as motion picture financing continues to rebuild. With box office, ancillaries and pre-sale values under pressure in traditional markets, will the new frontiers of China, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Korea, Brazil and Russia change the international landscape? The Asian markets in particular are growing rapidly and many western companies need the capital and the growth. This session will focus on China, Hong Kong and India and look at where the potential exists for co-ventures/co-productions with Canada. Guest Speakers: David Hamilton, Midnight's Children, Hamilton Mehta Productions Inc., Nansun Shi, Producer, Film Workshop and Nicolas Chartier, CEO, Voltage Pictures

SUCCESS STORIES IN REALITY

With Vancouver being home to two of the best known reality franchise brands, Bachelor Canada and The Real Housewives of Vancouver, we're getting a sneak peek into how these US made series were brought across the border. Find out: how the producers secured the franchise in the first place; when the Canadian network was brought into the picture; how the producers worked with the series originators to create a uniquely Canadian version of the brand; what rights are retained by Canadian producers- if any; and what the key is to getting through the door of the US partners and networks. Guest Speakers: Rob Bromley, President, Force Four Entertainment Inc. and Executives from The Real Housewives of Vancouver

Plus Our Keynote

Presented by Dae Mellencamp, President, Vimeo and Jeremy Boxer, Creative Director, Vimeo Festival + Awards.

Countdown is on for Speed Dating Sessions! Book your appointment now.

Your chance to pitch projects, forge new relationships and, hopefully, do some business!

Participating companies include: Telefilm Canada, Make Believe Media, Force Four Entertainment, Omni Film, True West Films, Blake Corbet Productions, Odyssey Media, National Film Board of Canada, Super Channel, Screen Siren Pictures, Film Workshop, Voltage Pictures, eOne Films, Visit Films and Pacific Northwest Pictures.

Contact Information

P: 604.685.3547 | F: 604.688.8221 | E: forum@viff.org | Website

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