Media Release

Vancouver Film & TV Forum Ends on a High Note

For Immediate Release:

October 4th, 2012
Media Contact: Rory Richards

Tel: (604) 505.6210

Email: rory@roryrichards.com

Vancouver, BC - The 27th edition of the Film & TV Forum ended on a high note with a packed house for New Filmmakers' Day that was truly an inspiration for all the local indie filmmakers and DIY-ers. Throughout the four days of professional development sessions, The Forum played host to some extraordinary guests who spoke on a wide range of topics. From acting to sci-fi, to micro-budgets, brand integration, and the ever important C-plot in TV comedies, the Forum had it covered from all angles. Perhaps just as importantly, delegates got to rub shoulders, converse, and exchange business cards with the industry's top talent.

"These have been an extraordinary four days that showed how much wonderful and unique talent we have in Vancouver," said The Forum's Creative Director Kellie Ann Benz, "Our Hollywood guests were just as excited to meet our delegates as delegates were to meet them. It has truly been a whirlwind of inspiring conversations and chance meetings."

GLOBAL TRENDS DAY offered a major keynote announcement from VIMEO whereby the video platform giant will now offer monetization for films hosted on their site, affording filmmakers an incredible opportunity to turn eyeballs into funds. The Next Generation of Storytellers brought together an incredible round table of writing talent from the world of web series, gaming, and animation including H+'s John Cabrera, Splinter Cell's Matt MacLennan, and Toy Story 2 scribe, Rita Hsiao. Indie Marketing Canadian Style focused on the marketing of homegrown film, Camera Shy, providing insights from five marketing professionals on how to be competitive in today's marketplace.

The FILM PROGRAM saw the unlikely pairing of Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa) and Deepa Mehta (Midnight's Children), where the directors had attendees alternating between laughter and thought as they offered their take on making personal films for mass audiences.

Not to be outdone by its big sister the TV PROGRAM featured Leonard Dick (The Good Wife), Tim Schlattman (Dexter), Al Jean (The Simpsons), Chris McKenna (Community), Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time) and Amy Berg (Eureka) as they discussed how to make the most of your C plot, the premise and the hook and creating compelling sci-fi story worlds.

On the business front, producers heard from international heavyweights Nansun Shi and Nicholas Chartier as they dissected the landscape for emerging markets and international financing. Digital media maven J. Joly unveiled his new micro-budget incubator, CineCoup, in partnership with Cineplex, and delegates received insider tips on brand integration from CJ Yu of Carat.

The Documentary Program brought together some of the most powerful voices and stories, including a mesmerizing discussion on editing from Nettie Wild (Uninterrupted) and Kate Amend (First Position). Paul Saltzman (The Last White Knight), Kirby Dick (The Invisible War) and Nisha Pahuja (The World Before Her) joined in on a fascinating discussion about bravery, moderated by producer Kevin Eastwood. Delving into the business of documentary, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky revealed their wildly successful DIY marketing and distribution strategies for their documentary Indie Game: The Movie.

New Filmmakers' Day took centre stage with panelists Jay Van Hoy (Beginners), Steven Schardt (Your Sister's Sister), Sean Baker (Starlet), Bob Byington (Somebody Up There Likes Me) and Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) discussing the tricks of the trade and how to master the micro-budget. Telefilm Canada's Talent to Watch session was inspirational as some of our most talented west coast filmmakers discussed the joys and challenges of getting their projects off the ground. Meanwhile, over on the actors' session, our local thespians discussed leveraging their talent in a variety of roles and across a number of mediums in order to build exciting and sustainable careers. Creating Sci-fi Story Worlds would prove to be the most popular session featuring Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time), Amy Berg (Eureka) and Simon Barry (Continuum).

Social Media was up front and personal throughout The Forum with the twitter-sphere buzzing via the hashtag #VIFForum12.

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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

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.

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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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