Media Release

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

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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.

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.

Highlights From Cannes at VIFF 2012

Above photo from REALITY (Italy/France | Dir: Matteo Garrone)

As a kick-off to the Festival, our first announcement presents the much anticipated selections from the Cannes Film Festival. Our programming team braved the Cannes hoopla and selected a fantastic roster of films to bring to Vancouver audiences. Included on the list are some of the Cannes award winners and other outstanding films, many of which may never be commercially released. The screenings at VIFF represent your best and perhaps only chance to see some of the best films from Cannes 2012.

Read the full release: Highlights From Cannes at VIFF 2012

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