Talent to Watch at this year's Forum!

For Immediate Release:
September 12, 2012

Media Contact: Rory Richards
Tel: (604) 505.6210
Email: rory@roryrichards.com

Vancouver, BC -- The script is where it all begins. It's what makes or breaks a project. That's why the VIFF's Film & TV Forum has invited some of the top writers from the realm of film, TV, and digital media to participate in the 27th edition of The Forum, Sept. 26 - 29th at the Rogers Industry Centre.

Whether you're writing for the big, small or handheld screen, this year's Forum has it covered. On Global Trends Day, John Cabrera, Head Writer of Bryan Singer's new digital series, H+, brings a fresh and innovative perspective to the session, THE NEXT GENERATION OF STORYTELLERS. Along with fellow panelists Rita Hsiao (Mulan) and Matt MacLennan (Splinter Cell) the session will focus on writing for a global audience, from gaming to animation to web series.

Feature film screenplays get a specific focus on the session THE ART OF THE ANTAGONIST with Glenn Berger (Monsters vs Aliens and the new Paul Feig comedy Wish List) and Rhett Reese (Zombieland).

Once the brilliant script is ready, it's time for a director to step in. SUCCESS STORIES will focus on new filmmakers who have attracted both movie stars and financing to their indie films. Directors Tanya Wexler (Hysteria starring Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Robert Byington (Somebody Up There Likes Me starring Parks & Recreations' Nick Offerman) will be welcomed by moderator Kris Elgstrand (co-director/screenwriter, Doppelgänger Paul) to discuss securing talent and getting unique movies made in today's competitive marketplace.

"This is the year to see and be seen at the Forum. With more guests than ever in the history of this 27-year Vancouver film industry tradition, the 2012 VIFF Forum is where your career can expand into the global career you want it to be," says Creative Director Kellie Ann Benz. "Don't leave home without your business cards - or QR codes or BBM Pins!"

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

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Contact Information

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

Industry Alert #4

September 6th, 2012

The 27th Annual Vancouver Film & TV Forum is open for business! 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!

CREATIVE SESSIONS INCLUDE:

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

Working the Runner: Making the Most of Your C Plot

Typical half hour comedies excel when episode A, B and C plots meld beautifully together. While A usually gets all the glory (and the star), and B always enjoys a supportive role, it's the C plot (aka The Runner) which often delivers the funniest moments. Though it might seem to just be bringing up the rear, the runner should never be an afterthought. The best runners are the through lines that drive story points and provide the final comedy button in an episode.  Meet with our comedy writers from The Simpsons and Community who have worked their runners to perfection, and in doing so, created some of the most memorable comedy moments in recent TV history. Guest Speakers: Al Jean, Writer/Exec. Producer, The Simpsons and Chris McKenna, Exec. Producer/Writer, Community

Innovation and Advancement in Technologies

The digitization of filmmaking also affects the artistic process. Let's examine some trends and experimentations that are advancing our industry - from SFX and VFX to sound design - and see how story and spectacle will co-exist in creative image-making. Guest Speakers: Craig Berkey, Sound Designer, X-Men: First Class, Phil Tippett, VFX guru, Tippett Studio and Bradley Goodman, Post Production Supervisor, Elysium

BUSINESS SESSIONS INCLUDE:

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: Nicolas Chartier, CEO, Voltage Pictures, David Hamilton, Producer, Midnight's Children and Nansun Shi, Producer, Film Workshop

Brand Integration in Original Web Series

Undeniably, the buzz-phrase of the year is 'brand integration'.  With online accessibility allowing even the smallest of productions to find a big audience, brands are now looking to original web-based content to attract and maintain consumers. Join the producer of the award-winning Guidestones and an international brand integration specialist as they discuss the financial benefits, potential pitfalls, concentrated effort and terrific rewards of incorporating brand integration into your original web series production plan. Guest Speakers: Jonas Diamond, Producer, Guidestones and CJ Yu, VP, Branded Entertainment & Integrated Media, Carat

Companion Series in a Digital Universe

Today's savvy TV producers are well aware that a multiplatform approach is essential to audience building for new or existing TV series. Led by Smokebomb Entertainment, the digital division of Shaftesbury, let's meet the team behind a series of successful convergent extensions and companion web series to the popular Murdoch Mysteries TV series.  Find out how the team's willingness to 'play', their ability to work within budget constraints and their capacity to develop creative techniques resulted in some award-winning on-line campaigns for the extensions Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs, The Murdoch Effect and the yet-to-be-released transmedia experience to support Season VI of the series. Guest Speakers: Jay Bennett, Creative Director, SmokeBomb, Cal Coons, Writer, Murdoch Mysteries and Michelle Ricci, Writer, The Murdoch Effect

Plus...

Speed Dating Sessions and Telefilm Canada Tête-à-tête Appointments

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

Visit viff.org/forum for details

Check back regularly for guest updates

Connect with us...

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.

VIFF 2013 Facts + Figures

Contact: viff@viff.org - 604-685-0260


VIFF 2013

Event     32nd  Vancouver International Film Festival (inaugural year was 1982)
Dates     September 26 – October 11, 2013
Slogan    Same Planet. Different Worlds.


VIFF 2013 Facts & Figures

  • 341 films (208+ of which are feature-length)
  • 75 countries
  • more than 500 screenings
  • 92 Canadian films (including co-productions):
    31 features , 6 mid-lengths, 55 shorts
    Selected from 800+ Canadian submissions
  • 85 nonfiction films (73 of which are feature-length)
  • 140,000 admissions in 2012
  • 750 volunteers
  • 9 screens at seven theatres:
    The Centre for the Performing Arts
    The Cinematheque
    Cineplex Odeon International Village (8-10)
    Rio Theatre
    SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at Woodwards
    Vancity Theatre
    Vancouver Playhouse 
  • 600 accredited industry guests in 2012
  • 1,000+ Film and Television Forum delegates
2013 Galas

Opening Gala, September 26
Canadian Images Opening, September 27
Dragons & Tigers Awards Gala, October 3
BC Spotlight Screening, Awards and Party, October 5
Closing Gala, October 11

2013 Programming Strands
  • Galas and Special Presentations
  • Canadian Images
  • BC Spotlight
  • Dragons and Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia
  • Cinema of Our Time
  • Spotlight on France
  • Nonfiction Features
  • Arts and Letters
  • Altered States
  • International Shorts

28th Film + TV Forum: October 2 – 4
New Filmmakers’ Day: October 5

Awards

Adjudicated Awards
  • Best Canadian First Feature Film Award 
  • Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award ($2,000 prize)
  • Best BC Film, sponsored by the Harold Greenburg Fund ($10,000 development bursary)
  • BC Emerging Filmmaker Award, sponsored by UBCP/AFBS ($7,500 prize)
  • Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, presented by Brad Birarda ($5,000 prize)
Audience Awards
  • Rogers People’s Choice Award
  • VIFF Most Popular Canadian Film Award
  • VIFF Most Popular Documentary Film Award
  • Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award
  • VIFF Most Popular First Feature

VIFF is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose mandate is:

A)   to encourage understanding of the world’s cultures through the art of cinema, to foster the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting in British Columbia of cinema professionals from around the world, and to stimulate the motion picture industry in British Columbia. 

B)   to operate an annual Vancouver International Film Festival, a festive public celebration bringing to British Columbia the best in contemporary Canadian and international cinema and retrospective programs.

C)   to operate the Vancouver International Film Centre, providing the public and film community with an excellent facility for the appreciation of cinema and related art forms throughout the year. 


Film lengths: Features = over 60 minutes long; mid-lengths = between 20 and 60 minutes; shorts = under 20 minutes

Yin & Yang: The Creative and Business Come Together at the VIFF Film & TV Forum

For Immediate Release:
September 5, 2012

Media Contact: Rory Richards
Tel: (604) 505.6210
Email: rory@roryrichards.com

Vancouver, BC -- There's no doubt that when it comes to the film and television industry, business and creative are inseparable. It's like Yin and Yang. That's why the 27th Annual Vancouver Film & TV Forum is bringing together some of the industry's savviest business minds along with its most creative talent for some engaging and provocative sessions at the Rogers Industry Centre, September 26-29.

"We're really excited to have the caliber of talent and expertise that the Forum brings this year – and proud that many are accomplished Canadians," says Kellie Ann Benz, Creative Director of the Forum, "We're thrilled to be able to offer our local film and television community such unique access to fellow creators from around the world.”

On the creative front, guests include such high profile names as Leonard Dick (writer, The Good Wife), Chris McKenna (exec producer/writer, Community), and Tim Schlattman (exec producer/writer, Dexter) who will share their expertise in finding the perfect "hook" and “making the most of your C plot”.

Meanwhile, three-time Oscar nominated sound designer, Craig Berkey (X-Men: First Class, True Grit, No Country for Old Men) and Oscar-winning VFX guru Phil Tippett (Twilight Saga, Star Wars: Episode IV, Jurassic Park) will discuss the digitization of filmmaking and how it also affects the artistic process on the session Innovation and Advancement in Technologies.

Homegrown talent features strongly on the session, The Working Actor – Creativity across all Mediums!  Guests include Joely Collins (actor/producer, Becoming Redwood), Aleks Paunovic (actor, This Means War), Julia Benson (actor/writer/producer, Death Do Us Part) and John Cassini (actor, Three Days in Havana).  Our featured actors have all leveraged their talents in a variety of roles including producing, writing, and directing.

On the business side, Global Trends Day will explore emerging markets and international financing.  Nicolas Chartier, president of Voltage Pictures, producer David Hamilton (Midnight's Children), and Nansun SHI of Film Workshop will focus on China, Hong Kong and India and look at where potential exists for co-ventures/co-productions with Canada.

The session CineCoup: Disrupting the Packaging, Marketing and Financing of Independent Films will feature digital media maven J. Joly, President, CineCoup and Michael Kennedy, Executive Vice President of Filmed Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment Corporation. CineCoup is a born-in Canada platform-as-studio model that is set to change how independent films are packaged, marketed and financed. Join us for the official unveiling of this game-changing platform that will ultimately option the top projects for development and finance one project for production and guaranteed release in Cineplex theatres in Fall 2013.

Mastering the Micro Budget takes some work. Luckily, the Forum will have producers Steven Schardt (Your Sister's Sister), Jay Van Hoy (Keep the Lights On), and Sean Baker (Starlet) on hand for a frank discussion about the real market place for mumblecore and micro budget – and if your project belongs there!

TV Day shifts the focus to the growing trends in brand integration where CJ Yu (Carat) and Jonas Diamond (Guidestones) will discuss the financial benefits, potential pitfalls, and terrific rewards of incorporating brand integration into your original web series production plan. Meanwhile, over on the session Companion Series in a Digital Universe, our featured guests will discuss how a multiplatform approach is essential to audience building for new or existing TV series.

An incredible value, the Forum Early Bird delegate pass is $300 until Sept. 14 and $325 thereafter. Delegate pass 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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Contact Information

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

Industry Alert #3

The 27th Annual Vancouver Film & TV Forum is open for business! 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!

Business Sessions Include...

Emerging Markets and International Financing

Co-productions are integral to film financing as motion picture financing continues to rebuild. 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, Producer, Midnight's Children; Nicolas Chartier, President, Voltage Pictures; Nansun Shi, Producer, Film Workshop Inc.

New Distribution Strategies

While the market for feature films remains highly competitive, new films are getting bought, getting released and getting noticed. Meet the distributors and find out who is buying what now - and how your film can get their attention.

Guest Speakers: Olivier Gauthier-Mercier, Director Theatrical Sales, eOne Films; Ryan Kampe, President, Visit Films

CineCoup: Disrupting the Packaging, Marketing and Financing of $1-5M Independent Films

CineCoup is a born-in Canada platform-as-studio model that will disrupt how $1-5 million independent films are packaged, marketed and financed. Staged across the social mobile channels where this generation goes to create, consume and share cultural content, CineCoup aims to: discover fresh talent; de-risk bold ideas; and build audiences early. Join us for the official unveiling of this game-changing platform that will ultimately option the top projects for development and finance one project for production and guaranteed release in Cineplex theatres in Fall 2013.

Guest Speakers: J. Joly, President, CineCoup; Michael Kennedy, Executive Vice President of Filmed Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment

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.

Guest Speakers: Rob Bromley, President, Force Four Entertainment Inc. and Executives from Lark Productions

Brand Integration in Original Web Series

Undeniably, the buzz-phrase of the year is 'brand integration'. With online accessibility allowing even the smallest of productions to find a big audience, brands are now looking to original web-based content to attract and maintain consumers. Join the producer of the award-winning Guidestones and an international brand integration specialist as they discuss the financial benefits, potential pitfalls, concentrated effort and terrific rewards of incorporating brand integration into your original web series production plan.

Guest Speakers: Jonas Diamond, Producer, Guidestones; Andra Sheffer, Executive Director, Independent Production Fund; CJ Yu, VP, Branded Entertainment & Integrated Media, Carat

Mastering the Micro Budget

Before you buy your own 7D and recruit your tiny crew, are you really sure your idea is solid enough to rise above the crowded marketplace for ultra low budget movies? If it is, are you prepared for the fierce festival strategy you must deploy and armed with the know-how to manage distributors? How can you exploit guerilla marketing and social networking strategies to reach an audience? Join our producers for a frank discussion about the real market place for mumblecore and micro budget - and if your project belongs there.

Guest Speakers: Sean Baker, Director, Starlet; Steven Schardt, Producer, Your Sister's Sister; Jay Van Hoy, Producer, Keep the Lights On

Game Changing Tactics in a DIY World

The Canadian writer/director team of Indie Game: The Movie, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky talk about their interaction with the gaming community, the process of making the documentary, their two Kickstarter campaigns, distribution and marketing strategies and how HBO has acquired adaptation rights for a fiction comedy series.

Guest Speakers: Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky, Co-Directors, Indie Game: The Movie

Plus...

Speed Dating Sessions and Telefilm Canada Tête-à-tête Appointments

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.

Visit viff.org/forum for details

Check back regularly for guest updates

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 #2

August 23rd, 2012

The 27th Annual Vancouver Film & TV Forum is open for business! 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!

Look Who's Coming to New Filmmakers' Day!

  • Jane Espenson
  • Aleks Paunovic
  • Tanya Wexler
  • Steven Schardt

Creating Sci-fi Story Worlds

Great writing often benefits from limitations: be they of medium, budget, genre, etc. In today's SFX-at-your-fingertips TV environment, writers creating sci-fi story worlds are free to let their imaginations roam. What do writers unfettered by constraints do when the limitations are removed, and does this infinite canvas affect story, character or plot? How do they map out season arcs when plot turns could literally take them anywhere they want to go? Our writers take us along on their own journey from concept to pilot as they share the ideas they've discarded and the discoveries they've made in crafting their unique stories.

Guest Speakers

Amy Berg, Writer, Eureka
Jane Espenson, Writer, Once Upon a Time

Mastering the Micro Budget

Francis Ford Coppola's famous wish that filmmaking be available to everyone, even 'a fat girl in Ohio’ who wants to make a film' has come true.  The availability of equipment, talent and post tools has opened the floodgates to everyone and anyone with the desire to be a filmmaker. Before you buy your own 7D and recruit your tiny crew, are you really sure your idea is solid enough to rise above the crowded marketplace for ultra low budget movies? If it is, are you prepared for the fierce festival strategy you must deploy? Are you armed with the know-how to manage distributors? Are you familiar with who is buying what in the indie marketplace? How can filmmakers exploit guerilla marketing and social networking strategies to reach an audience? Join our producers for a frank discussion about the real market place for mumblecore and micro budget - and if your project belongs there.

Guest Speakers 

Jay Van Hoy, Producer, Beginners 
Steven Schardt, Producer, Your Sister's Sister

The Working Actor: Creativity Across All Mediums

Actors bring a unique toolkit and voice to the cinematic arts. An actor's week can consist of S/FX laden green-screen work; starring in micro-budget indies and web series; feature film day players; and taking on lead roles in TV series. Any way the work presents itself, versatility equals longevity. And in a challenging and competitive marketplace the actor's toolkit often reaches beyond performance and into writing, directing and producing. Vancouver actors must manage and deploy their ever-expanding creative skills depending on the project role, medium and budget. Hear from those actors who have leveraged their talents in a variety of roles and across a number of mediums and built exciting and sustainable careers. Getting your project off the ground and accessing Vancouver's top talent is also easier than you think!

Guest Speakers

Julia Benson - Actor/Writer/Producer, Death Do Us Part 
John Cassini - Actor, Three Days in Havana; Producer, Hit 'N' Strum 
Joely Collins - Actor/Producer, Becoming Redwood 
Aleks Paunovc - Actor, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters; Associate Producer, Gotta Grudge?

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? Once you have an a-lister attached, how do you work around intense schedules to ensure you get the rehearsals, character development and story meetings needed to deliver your best film? How do you maintain an on-going relationship on future projects? Our directors will walk us through the realities of turning today's low budget movies into career building successes.

Guest Speakers

Tanya Wexler, Director, Hysteria
More Speakers to be announced

TELEFILM CANADA'S TALENT TO WATCH!

Telefilm Canada's Talent to Watch session turns the spotlight on the next generation of Canadian film talent whose features are screening at the 31st edition of VIFF.  Join these first-time filmmakers as they discuss their projects from concept to delivery, and the role Telefilm Canada played in the process. Guests coming soon. 

Check our website regularly for updates on guest speakers

viff.org/forum

Connect with us...

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.

Ay, caramba! The Simpsons' Al Jean & other Hollywood Heavyweights to attend the VIFF Film & TV Forum

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2012

Media Contact: Rory Richards

Tel: (604) 505.6210

Email: rory@roryrichards.com

Vancouver, BC -- The 27th Annual Vancouver Film & TV Forum is bringing together Hollywood heavyweights for three packed days of panels, master classes, networking, speed dating sessions, and Telefilm Canada Tête-à-tête appointments at the Rogers Industry Centre, September 26-28. The biggest names in show biz will be in town to discuss the changing landscape of film, TV and screen-based industries. The Forum wraps with New Filmmakers' Day on Saturday, Sept 29.

A sneak peek... Al Jean, Executive Producer of The Simpsons will provide insight into what it's like to work on one of the most famous and successful animated sit-coms of all time. Jean first joined the show as a writer in 1989 and went on to receive eight Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for his work.

Filmed in Vancouver, Once Upon a Time is a fairytale not only in terms of its plot, but also when it comes to its success. Emmy-nominated writer Jane Espenson will share her insights on what it's like to create a world that's torn between fantasy and reality.

Meanwhile, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky of Indie Game: The Movie will provide indie filmmakers working with more "creatively challenging" budgets a chance to learn how to pave their way to success. The independently produced documentary got off the ground thanks to Kickstarter and went on to premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where not only did it get outstanding buzz, but also managed to sell adaptation rights for a fiction comedy series to HBO.

The Forum kicks off with Global Trends Day, a new initiative which will explore innovation and advancement in technologies, emerging markets, international financing and the next generation of storytellers. The Film Program will cover mastering the set piece, the art of the antagonist and new ways to market and finance a $1-5M Canadian indie film. Not to be outdone, the Factual Program will focus on recent success stories in the world of reality TV and documentary filmmaking while the TV Program will feature sessions on brand integration in web series, multiplatform approaches and finding that elusive "hook" that can make or break a TV Show.

New Filmmakers' Day highlights the working actor, mastering the micro-budget, Telefilm Canada's Talent to Watch and writing for sci-fi story worlds.

Forum Early Bird delegate pass is $300 until Sept. 14 and $325 thereafter. Delegate pass includes all Forum sessions on Sept. 26 - 28th with the exception of Telefilm Canada Tete-a-tete meetings and Speed Dating sessions. New Filmmakers' Day pass is $85 for the full day and includes end of day reception.

Ticket or pass purchase is available online 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 #1

August 16th, 2012

The 27th Annual Film & TV Forum is now open for business! Four full days of panels, master classes, speed dating sessions, Telefilm Canada Tête-à-tête appointments and networking opportunities are scheduled for presentation at the Rogers Industry Centre from September 26 - 28th plus New Filmmakers' Day, September 29, 2012.

Here's a sneak peek!

  • Lisanne Pajot: IGTM
  • James Swirsky, IGTM
  • Amy Berg, Eureka
  • J. Joly, CineCoup

Creating Sci-fi Story Worlds

In today's SFX-at-your-fingertips TV environment, writers creating sci-fi story worlds are free to let their imaginations roam. What do writers do with characters, stories and season arcs when plot turns could literally take them anywhere they want to go? Our writers will take us along their journeys from concept to pilot as they share the ideas they've discarded and the discoveries they've made in crafting their unique stories.

Game Changing Tactics in a DIY World

Indie Game: The Movie (IGTM) is an independently produced documentary that first premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. IGTM's story began on the web thanks to Kickstarter funding, had a limited theatrical run on May 18th and, a mere month later, was available for download on iTunes on June 12th.  It will also be released by VHX as a direct DRM-free download and will also be distributed through Steam, Valve's video game distribution platform. The Canadian writer/director team, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky talk about their interaction with the gaming community, the process of making the documentary, their two Kickstarter campaigns, distribution and marketing strategies and how HBO has acquired adaptation rights for a fiction comedy series.

CineCoup: Disrupting the Packaging, Marketing and Financing of $1-5M Indie Films

CineCoup is a born-in Canada platform-as-studio model that will disrupt how $1-5 million independent films are packaged, marketed and financed. Staged across the social mobile channels where this generation goes to create, consume and share cultural content, CineCoup aims to: discover fresh talent; de-risk bold ideas; and build audiences early. Join us for the official unveiling of this game-changing platform that will ultimately option the top projects for development and finance one project for production and guaranteed release in Cineplex Theatres in Fall 2013.

See viff.org/forum for program details and registration.

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.

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