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Panorama Stream | Vancouver International Film Festival

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Azad Abbasi

Azad Abbasi


CEO
Genius XR
Azad started with a 480p handycam and a PC when he was 14, and he has come a long way since… He is a storyteller by trade, mixing audio and visuals to create things which can be felt but not explained. Take VR: the only way to fully understand it is to try it. Think of Azad trying to explain a new colour with mere words. It’s impossible; he has to show you the colour in all its brilliance.
Workshop: Augmented Reality Production

Steve Adams

Steve Adams


Co-Director/Producer, The Day Don Died
Steve and Sean are a directing team from Vancouver, British Columbia. Their documentary and docufiction films explore the intersection of identity, humour and popular culture. Their most recent short documentary works include The Day Don Died, A Small Part Of Me and Hunting Giants. Steve and Sean are currently in production with the National Film Board on their first feature-length documentary film, Someone Like Me.
Not Short on Talent: The Rise of the Short Form Documentary

Michael Apted

Michael Apted


Director, 63 Up
Director Michael Apted is best known for Up, the groundbreaking series of documentary films that has followed the lives of a group of British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. The most recent instalment, 63 Up, screens at VIFF 19. In a career that spans almost 50 years, Apted’s credits include the biopics Coal Miner’s Daughter and Gorillas in the Mist; the documentaries Bring on the Night, Incident at Oglala and Moving the Mountain; and the TV series Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan.

63 Up
Creator Talk: Michael Apted, Director 63 Up

Nathalie Atkinson

Nathalie Atkinson


Culture Writer and Film Critic
Nathalie is a Toronto-based film critic, a columnist for The Globe and Mail and a contributor to Zoomer magazine. She has been a culture and film critic for more than a decade, and was previously an arts reporter, columnist and award-winning editor at the National Post. Nathalie is a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association and the creator of Designing the Movies, an ongoing film lecture series that explores art direction, costume design and production design as a lens for analysis.

Creator Talk: Arianne Phillips, Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood

Jane Aurora

Jane Aurora


Creative Director
Arrival Sounds
Jane is a producer, licensing agent, music business consultant and musician. She recently founded the Producer’s Lounge in Vancouver, with the goal of elevating female and non-binary-identifying music producers and engineers. Jane’s production credits encompass multiple genres and include work with internationally acclaimed artists from Australia and North America. She is co-owner of Arrival Sounds, a Vancouver-based licensing company that represents over 50 artists and composers.
The Producers Lounge at VIFF AMP

Tiffany Ayalik

Tiffany Ayalik


Musician
Tiffany is from Yellowknife, NT and is of Inuit ancestry. She travels across Canada and has performed in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Finland and elsewhere, sharing her blend of story, song, movement and improv. She hosts a lifestyle documentary, Wild Kitchen; writes for film, television and theatre; and produces film and other media with her company Copper Quartz Media, based in Yellowknife. She is also a Juno Award-winning musician, and she has lent her unique style to several film scores.

Reel Voices - Behind the Music in Red Snow

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John Bain

John Bain


Head of Distribution
Level Film
John is Head of Distribution at Level Film. He joined Level in 2018, when the company merged with Search Engine Films. John has held a wide range of jobs in the field of film distribution, including long stints at Lionsgate Films and Maple Pictures.
Meet the Distributors

Eric Baptiste

Eric Baptiste


CEO
SOCAN
As CEO of the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), Eric is one of Canada’s most influential music ecosystem leaders. Prior to joining SOCAN, he worked in French radio and served as Director General of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors & Composers (CISAC). A graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and the École nationale d’administration, Eric was awarded the French government’s Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2006.
Where is the Money? Global Rights and the Way Income is Improving for Creatives

ishQ Bector

ishQ Bector


Musician
ishQ is an urban music artist with Punjabi roots; born and raised in Canada, he has been making music for Bollywood for over a decade. He first burst on the scene with the “Aye Hip Hopper” music video, which has since achieved cult status in Indian hip-hop. Thus far in his career, ishQ has made full-length albums, hit Bollywood tracks and entire background scores, as well as done corporate campaigns.
Where is the Money? Global Rights and the Way Income is Improving for Creatives

Biawanna

Biawanna


Biawanna is a Canadian vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer of indigenous Fijian and German descent. They have placed top 25 in CBC’s nationwide Searchlight contest, third in Live Act’s Best in Vancouver competition and second in CiTR Radio’s SHINDIG. Biawanna has showcased at the Vancouver Mural Festival as well as the Vancouver Pride Festival. They are currently working on their debut EP, which will include the single “Care.”
Music BC's SOUNDOFF

Joel Breton

Joel Breton


President and EVP of Production Development
Sixense
Joel produced 7 Miracles, the world’s first feature-length VR film. He was formerly the GM and VP of global virtual reality content for Vive Studios at HTC; he then led Vive’s initiative to develop immersive software solutions for global partnerships in the healthcare, entertainment, education and design industries. Joel is currently President of Sixense Studios, where he is focused on building immersive applications for the entertainment, healthcare and training industries.
Inside the International VIFF Immersed Competition

Ricky Brigante

Ricky Brigante


VP & Creative Technologist
pseudonym productions
Ricky is an immersive entertainment expert and founder of ​Inside the Magic​, a respected source of entertainment news. After 13 years as its Editor-in-Chief, Ricky sold Inside the Magic in 2018 to become a designer of immersive experiences. Now Vice President & Creative Technologist at ​Pseudonym Productions​, he helps create interactive entertainment that entices audiences to push boundaries and question reality.
New Realities in Storytelling Keynote

Caitlin Burns

Caitlin Burns


Executive Producer
StoryTech® Immersive
Caitlin is a producer, strategist and specialist in emerging media business models. A pioneer of the Transmedia Storytelling concept, she is known for her work creating multi-platform narrative strategies for film franchises, AAA console games, TV shows and global brands. In addition to supervising and coordinating these projects, Caitlin has produced original work on new platforms for them; these include immersive cruise line experiences, interactive eBooks, VR, MR, WebVR and more.

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Titus Calderbank

Titus Calderbank


Titus Calderbank is a Vancouver-based folk-soul musician. In 2017, he embarked on what he called the 365 Songwriting Challenge. By the end of the year, he had written 185 tunes—barely half of his original goal, but a lifetime’s worth of material for many artists. Full of plaintive guitar, nimble keys and the occasional ukulele, the stripped-down bedroom arrangements highlight the aching power of his voice. Titus now has a huge catalogue—and it’s time for him to share it with the world.
Music BC's SOUNDOFF

Gloria Calderon Kellett

Gloria Calderon Kellett


Co-Creator/Executive Producer, One Day at a Time
Gloria is an executive producer, co-showrunner, director and cast member of the critically acclaimed sitcom One Day at a Time. She wrote and executive-produced the comedy pilot History of Them at CBS and was a writer/producer on iZombie (CW), Devious Maids (Lifetime), Mixology (ABC), Rules of Engagement and How I Met Your Mother (both CBS). Gloria is a former stand-up comic and was a founding member of the sketch comedy group And Donkey Makes Five.

Calling the Shots: Meet the Showrunners

Anne Canute

Anne Canute


East of the Rockies
NFB
Anne is a multiracial, multidisciplinary designer based in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. They are in their final year at the University of British Columbia, where they study Cognitive Systems as well as Asian Canadian and Migration Studies. Their interests lie in digital storytelling and community-driven media. Anne recently worked on their first short film, Ricecake, which premiered at the 2019 Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
Panel: BC Showcase

Rio Caraeff

Rio Caraeff


CCO
Magic Leap
Rio is Magic Leap’s Chief Content Officer, responsible for the development, operation and business management of the company’s spatial computing content and developer ecosystem. Formerly he served as Founder, President and CEO of Vevo, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform. Rio’s career spans more than 25 years in technology, strategy and new business development across all areas of entertainment.
Inside the International VIFF Immersed Competition

Ben Carlin

Ben Carlin


Live VR and Cinematic VR Director
XR Media Group
Ben has directed some of the largest Live VR activations in the world. He specializes in bringing the most cutting-edge techniques to his work and strives to create exciting, engaging and comfortable Live VR experiences for his viewers. Having jump-started his career with stints at Immersive Media and then Digital Domain, Ben now heads Live Creative and XR Integrations at XR Media Group, working with a team of award-winning industry pros. Their most recent project is Red Bull Rampage AR.
Workshop: Live 360° Production

Teri Nelson Carpenter

Teri Nelson Carpenter


CEO
Reel Muzik Werks
Teri is President & CEO of Reel Muzik Werks, LLC, a full-service music rights management company that specializes in global writer/publisher administration; licensing and clearance; and music supervision for all media. RMW services include management of performance, mechanical, neighbouring and secondary rights. Teri began her career at Broadcast Music Inc. in film/TV relations; she has also worked for Hemdale Film Corp. and Fox Family Worldwide/Saban Entertainment.
Where is the Money? Global Rights and the Way Income is Improving for Creatives

Jingshu Chen

Jingshu Chen


Co-Founder
VeeR VR
Jingshu is a co-founder of VeeR VR (veer.tv), and is currently leading the teams in charge of content, product and operations. VeeR VR is a premium content distribution platform, available on all major online VR platforms as well as 100+ Location Based Entertainment channels. Since 2016, VeeR has helped thousands of VR creators around the world create, distribute and monetize VR entertainment content. Jingshu is also the Forbes 30U30 Asia 2018 nominee.
Distribution and Monetization of Immersive Film

Tobias Chen

Tobias Chen


Immersive Media Technologist
Tobias is a multidisciplinary media technologist. He has been an immersive media consultant for various Fortune 500 companies, including Netflix, Intel and IBM, and he was also previously a Facebook Supplier, collaborating on various content creation solutions for company. Tobias was the Technical Director of Phone of the Wind VR, a recent 6DOF interactive documentary funded by Facebook, and the VR Supervisor for Rose Colored, which recently won the 2018 Lumiere Award for Best Live Action VR.
Workshop: Volumetric Video in Motion Pictures

Rudy Chung

Rudy Chung


Music Supervisor
HTGR / UCLA / Pusher
Rudy is partner at HTGR, and the music supervisor of Silicon Valley, Rapture, Andre The Giant and Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men. He is also music-supervising documentary projects on Michael Jordan and Biggie Smalls. Rudy is a founding partner at Pusher, an artist agency that specializes in licensing and creating music for film and TV marketing campaigns. Pusher is proud to have garnered numerous awards and honoured to represent artists including Moby, DJ Shadow and Run The Jewels.
A Bad Rap: The Current State of Hip Hop on Screen

Marie Clements

Marie Clements


Filmmaker / President
MCMEDIA
Marie works in a variety of mediums, including film, TV, radio and live performance. Her latest project, feature drama Red Snow, has been nominated for 10 Leo Awards, and her music doc The Road Forward won five Leos, including Best Director. Marie’s plays have been presented on some of the most prestigious Canadian and international stages. Her company MCM specializes in the development, creation and production of innovative works which explore an Indigenous and intercultural reality.
Red Snow
Reel Voices - Behind the Music in Red Snow
Creator Lab: Marie Clements on Story as Survival

Andrew Cochrane

Andrew Cochrane


Immersive Content Creator
SpringBok Entertainment
Andrew is an interactive and immersive content creator specializing in virtual and augmented reality, installations, live events and more. He recently completed The 100%, a volumetric VR experience that premiered at Tribeca X, where it won the top prize in its category. Andrew has led the creation of live-action, animated and real-time experiences for Intel, Adobe, USA Today, Google, GE, Disney, Visa and many other companies.
Volumetric Capture in Storytelling: The 100%: Maggie’s Story

Lisa Coleman

Lisa Coleman


Composer
Wendy & Lisa
Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman are an Emmy Award-winning composing duo based in Los Angeles. They both started their careers in one of the most successful rock bands of the 80s, Prince and the Revolution. After forming as a duo, Wendy & Lisa released five original albums and pursued a career path in scoring feature films and television. Since 1995’s box-office hit Dangerous Minds, they have had a successful track record, scoring films such as Soul Food and series such as Shades of Blue.
The Producers Lounge at VIFF AMP
Composers Creating Change

Nancy Cotton

Nancy Cotton


EVP, Head of Scripted Programming
EPIX
Nancy is Executive Vice President, Head of Scripted Programming for EPIX, overseeing development and production of all original scripted series on the network. Since joining EPIX in February 2018, she has greenlit new originals The Godfather of Harlem, Pennyworth and Perpetual Grace, LTD, as well as the upcoming Belgravia. Prior to joining EPIX, Nancy was President of Heyday TV USA, where, working with David Heyman, she oversaw series targeted for broadcast, cable and streaming.


Meet the Decision Makers

Valerie Creighton

Valerie Creighton


CEO
Canada Media Fund
Valerie is an industry leader in arts, culture and media, recognized for reenergizing some of Canada’s most important organizations in those sectors over the last 35 years. Currently serving as President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, she positions Canadian programming at the forefront of world markets, advocating successful, innovative Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms.

Executive Roundtable: Funding

Alexandra Cunningham

Alexandra Cunningham


Creator/Executive Producer, Dirty John
Alexandra is the creator, showrunner and executive producer of the upcoming series Dirty John, which is based on the hit LA Times podcast of the same name and is set to premiere this fall on Bravo. She began her TV writing career on NYPD Blue, and she has since written and produced such shows as Rome, Desperate Housewives and, most recently, Chance. Alexandra graduated from Johns Hopkins and Columbia, and was a playwriting fellow at the Juilliard School.
Calling the Shots: Meet the Showrunners

Larry Cutler

Larry Cutler


Co-Founder, CTO
Baobab Studios
Larry is CTO and Co-Founder of Baobab Studios, which produces interactive VR/AR animation. Founded in 2015, Baobab has released five projects, to commercial success and critical acclaim. Larry can claim 20 years of leadership in the area of animation creation and development; previously, he was Global Head of Character Technology at Dreamworks Animation, and he began his career at Pixar Animation Studios as a Technical Director on the films Monsters Inc., Toy Story 2 and A Bug’s Life.
Workshop: Making You Matter: Pioneering Interactive Immersive Storytelling at Baobab Studios

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Stuart Derdeyn

Stuart Derdeyn


Arts & Entertainment Reporter
Postmedia / The Province
Stuart is a career arts journalist with three decades’ experience covering music, the movie industry and more. He is a graduate of UBC, with a degree in English and Political Science, and he once played bass (very badly) in a band who went on to better things once they replaced him with someone who could actually play their instrument. He’s been writing about musicians and more ever since.

Stages to Screens

Melissa Dex Guzman

Melissa Dex Guzman


Director, Smash Forward
Melissa is an emerging director who works in the immersive technology industry and moonlights as a photojournalist. She is a credited finalist for Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scott’s YouTube project Life in a Day, which premiered in early 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival; she is also Vancouver VR Community’s Director; Media Lead for the SIGGRAPH 2018 Business Symposium; and most recently, director/producer of Smash Forward, a Telus STORYHIVE-funded project for the Documentary Edition 2018.
Not Short on Talent: The Rise of the Short Form Documentary

Stephanie Dinkins

Stephanie Dinkins


Stephanie is a transmedia artist who creates platforms for dialogue about artificial intelligence (AI) as it intersects with race, gender, aging and our future histories. She is particularly driven to work with communities of color and co-create more inclusive, fair and ethical AI ecosystems. Stephanie employs lens-based practices, emerging technologies and community engagement to confront questions of bias in AI, consciousness, data sovereignty and social equity.

The New York Times recently featured Stephanie in its pages, naming her as an AI influencer. Apple Inc recognized her research and community-centered efforts by featuring her in their “Behind the Mac” ad campaign. She is a Sundance New Frontiers Lab Fellow, a Soros Equality Fellow and a Creative Capital Grantee. Wired, Art In America, Artsy, Hyperallergic, The Wilson Quarterly, the BBC, Art21 and many popular podcasts have recently highlighted Stephanie’s art and ideas.


Experimental AI Storyteller: Not the Only One presented by Stephanie Dinkins

Amie Doherty

Amie Doherty


Composer
Amie’s composing credits span a wide range of genres in both film and television. She is currently scoring Amazon’s upcoming sci-fi adult animation series Undone; other recent scores include DreamWorks Animation’s short film Marooned, Paramount’s Here and Now and the Emmy-nominated documentary Light in the Water. In addition to her scoring work, Amie orchestrates and conducts the scores for many films and television series, including The Umbrella Academy, Star Trek: Discovery and Fargo.
AMP Masterclass: Jeff Russo

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Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan


Director
With eighteen feature films and related projects, Atom Egoyan has won numerous awards including five prizes at the Cannes Film Festival – the Grand Prix, International Critics Awards and Ecumenical Jury Prizes – two Academy Award nominations, twenty-five Genie Awards – now Canadian Screen Awards – including three Best Film Awards – prizes from the National Board of Review and an award for Best International Adaptation at The Frankfurt Book Fair. His films have been presented at several retrospectives across the globe, with complete career overviews in Paris, Madrid, New York, Brussels and Mexico City. Egoyan’s latest film Remember won Best Film at the Hanoi International Film Festival including Best Actor for its star, Christopher Plummer, and was selected one of the top films of 2016 by the Huffington Post.

He won the Douglas Sirk Award from the Hamburg Film Festival, the Honorary Maverick Award from the Woodstock Film Festival, the El Pochote International Award for Digital Cinema and Mexico City’s Cineteca Nacional Medal, the Cinematographer-Director Duo Award from Camerimage in Poland, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Film Festival of India, joining other career honours from festivals and events in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Midnight Sun (Finland), Reykjavik, Las Palmas, Cairo, Jerusalem, Sao Paulo, Sarajevo, Prades, and the Panorama of European Cinema in Athens.

Egoyan has directed theatre and opera including his adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s Eh Joe, winner of The Irish Times/ESB Award for Best Direction, as well as the North American premiere of Martin Crimp’s Cruel and Tender, opera productions for Canadian Opera Company and Lincoln Center Festival, Houston Grand Opera, and English National Opera. Egoyan’s production of Jenůfa for Pacific Opera Victoria premiered in 2017 in his hometown of Victoria, British Columbia and will be remounted by Opéra de Montréal in 2020. In 2019, his critically acclaimed production of Così fan Tutte was remounted by Canadian Opera Company and travelled to The Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv in June.

Egoyan’s art installations have been presented at the Venice Biennale and prestigious international institutions. His work, Steenbeckett, commissioned by the UK’s Artangel, is part of the permanent collection of the Tate.

Egoyan was knighted by the French government and is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honour. He is a recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Guest of Honour
DGC Masterclass: Atom Egoyan, Guest of Honour

Ocie Elliott

Ocie Elliott


Musical Group
Ocie Elliott is musical duo Jon Middleton and Sierra Lundy, who hail from Victoria, B.C. The two met while playing at a festival on Salt Spring Island; their love of music and the chemistry of their voices led to an instant connection. In October 2017, they released their first EP to the world and immediately attracted an international following. Their second album, We Fall In, will be available February 8th, 2019, through Nettwerk Music Group.
Music BC's SOUNDOFF

Adrian Ellis

Adrian Ellis


Vice President, SCGC
Adrian is known for his inventive, concept-driven, risk-taking approaches to creating scores. His feature film scoring work includes indie horror (The Scarehouse), quirky comedy (To Hell With Harvey) and documentary (Surviving Bokator). Television credits include Canada AM and Out With Dad. Adrian is Vice-President of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and an advocate for the value of screen music and the importance of the filmmaker-composer relationship.
A Closer Examination: The Music of The Good Doctor

Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein


Writer/Producer, Adventures in Public School
Josh Epstein’s work as a writer, producer and actor has taken him to all corners of the world. Currently, he’s writing original features for Paramount and Aircraft Pictures, re-writing one for Mark Gordon/E1, as well as developing television, all with business partner Kyle Rideout.

Their latest film Adventures in Public School stars Judy Greer, premiered at TIFF, opened TIFF Top Ten with theatricals in CDN/US/UK/JPN before landing on Netflix, TMN and HBO Eastern Europe. Their first film Eadweard won 5 Audience Choice Awards, had 15 Leo nominations and has been distributed around the world.

As an actor Epstein has won 4 Jessies, been nominated for 3 Dora’s and is the recipient of the Most Promising Actor Award at the Stratford Festival. He just directed Studio 58’s Cabaret, their highest grossing show in their 54 year history.
Meet the Distributors

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Glass Forest

Glass Forest


Musical Group
Glass Forest is an indie-pop group based in Vancouver, BC. They have gained a reputation for euphoric live shows that blend electronic dance elements with atmospheric soundscapes. In Spring 2018, the band released the singles "Anywhere" and “High on Your Love,” with accompanying music videos directed by Jordan Clarke. In August 2019, they released their single “To the Ocean” with Platinum Certified record producer Nygel Asselin. Additional releases are scheduled for fall 2019.
Music BC's SOUNDOFF

FRANKIIE

FRANKIIE


FRANKIIE is Zoe Fuhr, Francesca Carbonneau, Nashlyn Lloyd and Victoria Sieczka. From Mexico City to Haida Gwaii, a tour supporting The Charlatans UK, and recording with Jason Corbett of Jacknife Sound, their journey over the last year has been wild. Reverb-drenched guitars and intoxicating harmonies have defined the four-piece as a dream-rock band; their forthcoming album Forget Your Head marries the lush rock qualities of Fleetwood Mac with the intimate, anthemic approach of Warpaint.
Music BC's SOUNDOFF

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Sera Gamble

Sera Gamble


Co-Creator/Executive Producer, You
Sera is the creator, with Greg Berlanti, of YOU (Netflix), based on Caroline Kepnes’s acclaimed novel of the same name. Since its worldwide debut in December 2018, YOU has been seen by an estimated 40 million viewers, and it has already been picked up for its second season. Sera also writes essays, poetry and fiction. Two of her stories have appeared in the Best American Erotica series, and other work has appeared in journals such as Washington Square and Nerve. She lives in Los Angeles.
Calling the Shots: Meet the Showrunners

Aamina Gant

Aamina Gant


Music Supervisor
Aamina began her career at BMI, working closely with songwriters and producers as well as learning the business of music licensing. She transitioned into music management and has since worked with artists such as Mary J Blige and T.I. In 2013, Aamina decided to pursue her interest in film and TV music, and she secured a position at Sony Pictures; there, she worked on shows such as Outlander and Better Call Saul. Most recently, Aamina was the Onset Music Supervisor for Lee Daniels’ Star.
A Bad Rap: The Current State of Hip Hop on Screen
Behind the Scenes: The Art of Music Supervision

Olivier Gauthier-Mercier

Olivier Gauthier-Mercier


Director, Distribution Sales
Elevation Pictures
Olivier currently overseas theatrical distribution at Elevation Pictures in Canada. In over 20 years of experience in the industry, he’s swept popcorn following screenings of Fight Club and handled the distribution of films from ranging from Twilight to Moonlight. Olivier also programs for the Open Roof Film Festival in Toronto.
Meet the Distributors

Teon Gibbs

Teon Gibbs


Based in Vancouver, BC, Teon Gibbs, according to RENDRD Magazine, "looks poised to take the door off the hinges." Having been involved in production, sessional musician work, songwriting and engineering for almost 10 years, Teon has the network, the ambition and the talent to be Western Canada’s flagship musical artist.
Music BC's SOUNDOFF

Prem Gill

Prem Gill


CEO, Creative BC
Creative BC
Prem is Chief Executive Officer of Creative BC, an agency mandated by the Province of British Columbia to focus on uniting, sustaining and growing BC’s dynamic creative sector. A recipient of the Community Catalyst award from the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, she has been named one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women and placed in Vancouver Magazine’s “Power 50.” Prem brings more than 20 years’ experience in the digital media and entertainment industries to her role as CEO.

Tim Goodman

Tim Goodman


Chief TV Critic, The Hollywood Reporter
Tim Goodman is the Chief Television Critic for The Hollywood Reporter, where he writes reviews as well as trend and analysis columns, mostly about failure.
Creator Talk: Rob McElhenney, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Calling the Shots: Meet the Showrunners
Meet the Decision Makers

Judith Guez

Judith Guez


Founder
Recto VRSO
Judith is an artist, curator, researcher and engineer in the fields of VR and MR. She has exhibited artworks in several international venues, including Ars Electronica and BPI Centre Pompidou. Judith is currently founder and director of the artistic pole at Laval Virtual; in this role, she created the international art and VR festival Recto VRso in 2018. She is co-founder of the VRAC (VR Art Collective).
Spotlight on French Immersion

Erin Gunn

Erin Gunn


Executive Producer / Co-Executive Producer
The Good Doctor
Erin is head of development and production for Shore Z Productions and Executive Producer of The Good Doctor. Other shows she has produced during her tenure at Shore Z include Sneaky Pete and Battle Creek. Prior to teaming up with David Shore, Erin spent a decade at Imagine Television, where she developed and worked on shows such as Parenthood, Friday Night Lights and Arrested Development. She is a proud alumna of Amherst College, where she serves on the Loeb Career Center Advisory Council.
A Closer Examination: The Music of The Good Doctor

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Tyler Hagan

Tyler Hagan


Producer
Tyler is a Métis-Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver, B.C. His producing credits include Never Steady, Never Still and The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, showing at VIFF 19. Tyler’s directorial work has shown at the Berlinale and includes productions with the NFB, the CBC, and Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology. He received his BFA in Film from Simon Fraser University and is currently a Master’s candidate in History at the University of British Columbia.
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Case Study: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Julia Hamilton Trost

Julia Hamilton Trost


Head of VR & AR Partnerships
YouTube
Julia is Head of VR/AR & Brand Content Partnerships at YouTube. In the VR/AR realm, she works closely with partners and YouTube creators to expand the library of compelling VR video content on the site, building on the momentum of the newest format, VR180. Prior to joining YouTube, Julia was the Business Development Lead for Daydream, Google’s VR/AR team, managing content partnerships with a focus on VR video. She has also worked for The Atlantic magazine and CNN’s Larry King Live.
Executive Roundtable: Distribution for Ad-Based Models

Jennica Harper

Jennica Harper


Co-Creator/Executive Producer, Jann
Jennica is the showrunner and co-creator of the hit primetime comedy series JANN, starring Jann Arden (CTV/Crave). JANN is currently in production on Season 2. Previously, Jennica was a writer and co-executive producer on Netflix’s supernatural series The Order and the crime drama Cardinal (CTV/Hulu). Other credits include the upcoming period drama Fortunate Son (CBC), as well as the kids’ multicam comedies Some Assembly Required (YTV/Netflix) and Mr. Young (YTV/Disney XD).

Calling the Shots: Meet the Showrunners

Red Heartbreaker

Red Heartbreaker


Red Heartbreaker is a multiple award-winning composer with a split musical personality. From composing for screen and stage, singing in everything from chamber choirs to rock tribute stage shows and even coaching actors to sing for screen, Red is thirsty to keep it fresh.

Red was proud to accept multiple Leo Award nominations for Best Original Score in a Motion Picture for her work in White Raven (Dir. Andrew Moxham - White Buffalo Films) and Charlotte’s Song (starring Iwan Rheon & Katelyn Majer - Done Four Productions) culminating in a win for the latter picture - along with her music team colleague Maya Saxell, they were the first female composers ever nominated/awarded in that category. She net a "Best Music" gong at the 2017 Seattle Web Fest for her work in webseries Telegraph Cove, and was proud to be selected as panel favourite at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival’s inaugural blind composition challenge.
Composers Creating Change

Kathleen Hepburn

Kathleen Hepburn


Director/Writer
Kathleen is a Vancouver-born writer and director whose debut feature Never Steady, Never Still premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and was awarded Best Canadian Film and Best Director by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a BFA in Film Production from the universities of Guelph and Simon Fraser, respectively. The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, co-written and co-directed by ElleMáijá Tailfeathers, is her second feature.
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Case Study: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Sean Horlor

Sean Horlor


Co-Director/Producer, The Day Don Died
Steve and Sean are a directing team from Vancouver, British Columbia. Their documentary and docufiction films explore the intersection of identity, humour and popular culture. Their most recent short documentary works include The Day Don Died, A Small Part Of Me and Hunting Giants. Steve and Sean are currently in production with the National Film Board on their first feature-length documentary film, Someone Like Me.
Not Short on Talent: The Rise of the Short Form Documentary

Hugh Hou

Hugh Hou


Co-Founder / Creative Director
CreatorUp
Xiaoyu Hugh Hou is Co-Founder and Creative Director of digital media company CreatorUp; in this role, he has produced VR content for companies and organizations including the Special Olympics, Google, Mastercard, RedBull and the City of Los Angeles. When not producing for other companies, Hugh teaches immersive technologies and VR filmmaking on the CreatorUp YouTube channel as well as acting as a mentor and consultant to aspirants in his field.

Workshop: Camera Systems and Image Capture

Sam Hudecki

Sam Hudecki


Storyboard Artist, Blade Runner 2049
Sam has earned renown as a storyboard artist and concept designer through his work on Oscar-winning films. He works closely with the director, cinematographer and production designer in the development of a movie’s visual language, and helps to apply it in each department as the work grows in scope. Sam has collaborated on six films with Denis Villeneuve: Enemy, Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049 and, most recently, a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune.
Totally Indie Day

Brian Seth Hurst

Brian Seth Hurst


Chief Storyteller, CEO
StoryTech® Immersive
A multi-disciplinary producer, writer and strategist, Brian has spent his career at the forefront of innovation and storytelling. His work in theater, television, new media and now immersive media has enabled the building and extension of story worlds and brands. As Chief Storyteller and President of StoryTech® Immersive, Brian leads the company’s work in cinematic and Live VR, as well as immersive events production.

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Sandra Ignagni

Sandra Ignagni


Director
Sandra trained in film production at Maine Media and is an alumnus of the Summer Intensive program at the UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art. She holds a PhD in Political Science (York University) and a M.A. in Indigenous & Canadian Studies (Trent University). Sandra’s short films have screened at festivals around the world. Ranger was acquired by CBC for Canadian Reflections and won the Matrix Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 2017 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.
Highway to Heaven: A Mosaic in One Mile
Not Short on Talent: The Rise of the Short Form Documentary

LeeAnne Ireland

LeeAnne Ireland


Executive Director, Producer
Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth, Thunder VR
LeeAnne has been Executive Director of the Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY) for the past 12 years. Recently, she has produced several virtual and augmented reality products which aim to provide education for the Indigenous youth community. LeeAnne’s intentions in creating any new project are that it be driven by Indigenous youth, serve as a positive portrayal of the community and be meaningful to those that experience it.
Indigenous Voices in Immersive Storytelling

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Mozhdah Jamalzadah

Mozhdah Jamalzadah


Musician / Singer
The Kabul-born, Vancouver-based icon Mozhdah has sparked conversation and inspired women all over the world, generating respect and controversy in equal measure. She is the first Afghan artist to produce hit records in English; she has captured a global audience and performed around the world; and she has braved death threats in order to host her own talk show, The Mozhdah Show, and cover sensitive subjects impacting Afghan women and children.
Reel Voices - Behind the Music in Red Snow

Tory Jennings

Tory Jennings


Director, Programming, Premium SVOD, Bell Media
As the Director of Programming for Bell Media’s SVOD and Premium Pay Services (Crave, Crave + Movies, HBO and STARZ), Tory sources and delivers key content acquisitions, manages budgets, oversees scheduling across six linear channels and works in partnership with Bell’s Original Programming team in the selection and commissioning of Canadian scripted and documentary feature films. Tory has been with Bell Media for six years, and was previously with Astral Media for 3 years.
Meet the Decision Makers

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Ann Kline

Ann Kline


Music Supervisor
Ann practiced law in the music department of the William Morris Agency before starting a career as a music supervisor. For many years she ran the music department for John Wells Productions; in that position, she supervised many TV series, including ER, The West Wing and Third Watch, as well as feature films such as Nearing Grace and The Company Men. Currently, Ann is working as an independent music supervisor on productions including Shameless, Animal Kingdom and The Good Doctor.
Music BC's SOUNDOFF
A Closer Examination: The Music of The Good Doctor

Casey Koyczan

Casey Koyczan


Artist
Wenazìi K'egoke ; See Visions
Casey seeks to bridge the gap between visual and audio art. He has acquired a Multimedia Production Diploma from Lethbridge College and a BFA from Thompson Rivers University; as well, he is attending the University of Manitoba this fall for their MFA program. Casey’s artworks have been shown across Canada, as well as in parts of Europe and South America. He is also a musician, actor, writer and overall arts advocate for future generations in the Northwest Territories.

Indigenous Voices in Immersive Storytelling

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Wayne Lavalee

Wayne Lavalee


Composer
Wayne is a singer, musician and producer of Métis heritage, based in Vancouver, BC. In addition to receiving two Juno Award nominations, he has won the Canadian Folk Music Award for best Indigenous songwriter and several Canadian Indigenous Music Awards. He composes music for dance and film projects, including Marie Clements’ Red Snow, which premieres at VIFF 19. Wayne is inspired to create music and sounds that are rooted in his Indigenous culture—he seeks to evoke the ancient spirit within.
Reel Voices - Behind the Music in Red Snow

Dario Laverde

Dario Laverde


Senior Developer Evangelist
HTC Vive
Dario is a senior developer evangelist at HTC, with an EE background and 25-plus years of experience developing software. He is a veteran of software development for mobile, embedded, Web and enterprise. Dario’s professional roles include Android instructor, consultant, Java architect, author and entrepreneur. He has founded several developer communities, including NYC Java, NYC-GDG and NY Android, and he is active in the VR community. You can follow him on twitter @virtual_dario.

Workshop: Building Cross Platform Immersive Experiences

Gave Lindo

Gave Lindo


Executive Director, OTT Programming CBC
Gave is the Executive Director of OTT Programming for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in which role he leads the content strategy for the public broadcaster’s over-the-top streaming service, CBC GEM, and oversees its slate of original digital content for all platforms. Prior to this appointment, he served as Senior Director and Chief of Staff of Programming, overseeing CBC’s programming operations and content partnerships. Gave began his career as a corporate media lawyer.
Meet the Decision Makers

Marc Lopato

Marc Lopato


Operations and Business Development
Diversion Cinema
Marc joined Diversion Cinema in 2016 to manage its Operations and Business Development. Diversion Cinema specializes in showcasing and distributing immersive content, and it creates and operates virtual reality showcasing spaces for companies and cinema festivals. In 2018, Diversion launched a Distribution division, and the company now acts as an international sales agent for 360 videos, VR and interactive experiences.
Spotlight on French Immersion

Lori Lozinski

Lori Lozinski


Producer, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Lori is an award-winning filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC and the President of Violator Films Inc, an independent production company. She is recognized for producing socially conscious, character-driven stories with female-identifying creatives. Recent films include The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, showing at VIFF 19. Lori is an alumna of Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre, Trans Atlantic Partners, Women In The Director’s Chair and the Rotterdam Lab.
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Case Study: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

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Edward Madojemu

Edward Madojemu


Creator
Edward is a Nigerian concept artist and animator specializing in VR content creation. Having provided art and animation on a few VR projects, including Eri Ife’s Pixel Hearts, a 360° music video, and Emily Carr University’s Wild Empathy, he is interested in exploring the medium further. Edward has studied illustration, film, comics and game design. He is currently an animation student at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Panel: BC Showcase

Jen Malone

Jen Malone


Music Supervisor
Euphoria / Atlanta / Black & White
Jen Malone is an Emmy Award-nominated music supervisor based in West Hollywood. Her credits include Creed II (MGM) and Atlanta (FX). Jen Malone began her career in the music industry as a publicist at Formula PR, working with acts such as Nine Inch Nails and Portishead. While living in Boston, she formed publicity agency Black & White and represented several artists and labels, including The Hives and Hydrahead Records. In 2009, Jen Malone moved to LA to start a career in music supervision.
A Bad Rap: The Current State of Hip Hop on Screen
Creator Lab: Jen Malone on The Power of the Soundtrack

Jarrett Martineau

Jarrett Martineau


Cultural Planner, Music
City of Vancouver
Jarrett Martineau is a leading voice in Indigenous media and cultural production. He works extensively at the intersection of music, media, technology and social movements. Jarrett is the co-founder and Creative Producer of Revolutions Per Minute, a new global music platform, record label, and artist collective for contemporary Indigenous music. He is the host and producer of Reclaimed, a weekly series on CBC Music that explores the sounds of the Indigenous Next Wave.

Reel Voices - Behind the Music in Red Snow

Cliff Martinez

Cliff Martinez


Composer
Martinez Films
Charting a dynamic 30-year career, BAFTA award-winning film composer Cliff Martinez is widely-known for his idiosyncratic and now iconic music for Drive, Spring Breakers, Traffic and The Knick. He is also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a drummer of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band.
AMP Keynote: Cliff Martinez

Rob McElhenney

Rob McElhenney


Creator/Executive Producer/Actor, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Rob is the creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the critically acclaimed FXX series on which he also co-stars and serves as executive producer and writer. He also created and stars in Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, a new comedy for Apple’s streaming platform Apple TV+.
Creator Talk: Rob McElhenney, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Michael McGar

Michael McGar


President
QuantumERA
Michael loves to tell stories of ordinary people who made history. The epic struggles of the battles of the Alamo and Gettysburg are the first stories he has brought to life through augmented and mixed reality, on a scale that matched the dimensions of the original events.
Michael has developed media for The Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Witte Museum, Sony Digital Entertainment, Miramax, 20th Century Fox and many Fortune 500 companies. He is a member of the SXSW Conference Advisory Board.
Storytelling in AR: The Battle of Gettysburg: A Nation Divided

Wendy Melvoin

Wendy Melvoin


Composer
Wendy & Lisa
Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman are an Emmy Award-winning composing duo based in Los Angeles. They both started their careers in one of the most successful rock bands of the 80s, Prince and the Revolution. After forming as a duo, Wendy & Lisa released five original albums and pursued a career path in scoring feature films and television. Since 1995’s box-office hit Dangerous Minds, they have had a successful track record, scoring films such as Soul Food and series such as Shades of Blue.
The Producers Lounge at VIFF AMP
Composers Creating Change

Travis Mercredi

Travis Mercredi


Artist
Wenazìi K'egoke ; See Visions
Travis is a Métis producer, sound designer, musician and new media artist from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. He works across many media, including film, music, theatre, radio, television, fine art, virtual reality and video games, seeking to connect technology and indigeneity and explore the implications of that relationship for social innovation. Travis’s work has been featured at the National Arts Centre, the Canoe Theatre Festival, the Talking Stick Theatre Festival and elsewhere.
Indigenous Voices in Immersive Storytelling

Yvette Metoyer

Yvette Metoyer


Music Supervisor
Yvette grew up in Southern California. Inspired by music and TV since her early years, she pursued a career in TV production after graduating from Cal State. After working on several successful shows, including Big Love, Yvette decided to study music supervision
at UCLA. A one-year apprenticeship with SuperMusicVision blossomed into a ten-year relationship and work on projects including Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. Yvette is currently co-music supervisor on the Amazon series Sneaky Pete.
The Producers Lounge at VIFF AMP
Behind the Scenes: The Art of Music Supervision

Michael Moore

Michael Moore


Director, Roger & Me
Michael’s debut film was the groundbreaking Roger & Me; he went on to make the Oscar-winning Bowling for Columbine and the Palme d’Or-winning Fahrenheit 9/11 (still the top-grossing documentary of all time). His other films include Sicko, Capitalism: A Love Story and Fahrenheit 11/9. Michael is also one of America’s top-selling nonfiction authors, with such books as Stupid White Men and Dude, Where’s My Country? In 2019, on the PBS show Finding Your Roots, he was informed by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. that he was actually “3/8 Canadian” (which helped to explain much of the above).
Michael Moore presents: A 30th Anniversary Screening of Roger & Me

Tony Mugavero

Tony Mugavero


Co-Founder/CEO, Co-Creator
Littlstar / ARA
John Anthony Mugavero is the Co-Founder and CEO of Littlstar, an immersive content network that puts viewers at the center of experiences using VR, AR, and distributed technologies. He’s also the Co-Creator of open-source P2P distribution and blockchain licensing platform Ara, which rewards fans for distributing and supporting digital content and pays creators 90% revenue shares. Tony has founded or sold numerous media tech companies and worked with Disney, Sony, Intel and other corporations.
Executive Roundtable: Blockchain Distribution for Immersive Creators
Workshop: Augmented Reality Production

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Noah Nelson

Noah Nelson


Noah is the founder and publisher of No Proscenium, the self-styled Guide to Everything Immersive. As a public media journalist, he’s covered the arts, technology, and politics beats for two decades. Noah holds a Theatre Arts degree from San Francisco State University, which he is currently using to help organize the emerging immersive theatre and experiential arts community in Los Angeles, and to define the frontier where the immersive arts roam wild.
Inside the International VIFF Immersed Competition

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Jami O'Brien

Jami O'Brien


Creator/Executive Producer, NOS4A2
Jami executive-produces NOS4A2, based on the novel by Joe Hill, which she created for television. Previously, she has written for Fear the Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, Big Love and Flesh and Bone, which was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award. Jami has an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.
Calling the Shots: Meet the Showrunners

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Starr Parodi

Starr Parodi


President
Alliance of Woman Film Composers
Starr first entered the public eye as part of the house band on The Arsenio Hall Show. Since then she has scored numerous films, TV series and trailers, and her solo work has been featured on NPR, KCRW and iHEART Radio. Starr’s score credits include Conversations With Other Women and Transformers: Rescue Bots. Her solo projects include the albums Common Places and The Heart of Frida, a tribute to artist Frida Kahlo. Starr is President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers.

The Producers Lounge at VIFF AMP
Composers Creating Change

Arianne Phillips

Arianne Phillips


Costume Designer, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Arianne Phillips is one of the most unique creative forces in the fashion and entertainment industries. As a multi-dimensional visual artist, she brings her exemplary vision to film, fashion, theater, opera, music and other media.
Arianne is known for her cutting-edge costume design, and her work has been recognized with Oscar nominations for James Mangold’s Walk the Line and Madonna’s W.E. She received a Tony nomination for the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch and a BAFTA nomination for Tom Ford’s A Single Man, as well as seven Costume Designers Guild Award nominations and a win from that body for W.E.
In 2019, Arianne’s work can be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Her distinguished film career also includes credits for Ford’s Nocturnal Animals; Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle; Mangold’s 3:10 to Yuma and Girl, Interrupted; Mark Romanek’s One Hour Photo; and Milos Forman’s highly acclaimed The People vs. Larry Flynt.
In 2018, Arianne had her debut in the opera world, designing Nico Mulhy’s opera Marnie for the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the English National Opera in London.
For over 20 years, Arianne has worked closely with Madonna on various creative projects, including music videos, album covers, photo shoots, special performances and costume design for the singer’s last six world tours. Most recently, she was an inaugural member of the TIME’S UP coalition and was asked by Reese Witherspoon to design its now-iconic logo.
Arianne’s illustrious career has been diverse by design, allowing her to express her creativity across multiple art forms.

Creator Talk: Arianne Phillips, Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood

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Ollie Rankin

Ollie Rankin


Downloaded
Ollie is a New Zealand-born virtual reality pioneer who spent two decades working at the forefront of the global visual effects industry. He combines this creative achievement with a background in computer programming and AI to develop new narrative conventions for immersive, interactive media. Ollie is the founder and CEO of Vancouver-based immersive content production company Pansensory Interactive as well as an activist for diversity, fairness, the environment and human destiny.
Panel: BC Showcase

Dan Romer

Dan Romer


Composer
Dan is an award-winning composer, songwriter and music producer based in Los Angeles. His scoring credits include the Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild, as well as Maniac, The Good Doctor, Beasts of No Nation, Atypical and Skin. In 2018, Dan composed the music for the Ubisoft’s flagship video game Far Cry 5. In addition to his scoring work, he produced the Grammy-winning single "Say Something" and Shawn Mendes’ hit “Treat You Better.”
A Closer Examination: The Music of The Good Doctor

RaMell Ross

RaMell Ross


Director, Hale County This Morning, This Evening
RaMell is an artist, filmmaker and writer based in Rhode Island and Alabama. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Aperture, Harper’s, TIME, the Oxford American and the Walker Arts Center. His feature documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening was nominated for an Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards and has screened at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art and Lincoln Center. RaMell teaches in Brown University’s Department of Visual Art.
Creator Lab: RaMell Ross on The Resistance of Form

Alexandre Roux

Alexandre Roux


Head of VR Distribution
Lucid Realities
Alexandre joined Lucid Realities in 2018 as Head of Distribution. The projects powered by Lucid Realities are designed to foreshadow the future of the XR industry, and to invent new ways to produce and distribute XR projects. The company—supported by some major players in the cinema and XR fields—has shown its capacity to build innovative business models, create powerful stories and push new models of presentation.
Spotlight on French Immersion

Jeff Russo

Jeff Russo


Composer, Legion, Fargo
Jeff is a composer for film, television and video games, as well as a founding member of the multi-platinum-selling rock band Tonic, with which he plays lead guitar and is a co-songwriter. His score for FX’s Fargo garnered him an Emmy Award and two additional Emmy nominations, and he also received a Best Music nomination from BAFTA for his work on Annapurna Interactive’s video game What Remains of Edith Finch. Jeff’s film credits include Lucy in the Sky, Lizzie and Mile 22.
Stages to Screens
AMP Masterclass: Jeff Russo

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Tony Scudellari

Tony Scudellari


SVP Television Music
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Tony oversees all aspects of music for Sony Pictures Television’s programming; his responsibilities include hiring composers and music supervisors as well as serving as a music supervisor himself. He is also the lead creative executive for the division’s music releases. During his tenure, SPT’s programming has been awarded for its music by the Guild of Music Supervisors, the Emmys and other awards bodies.
Music BC's SOUNDOFF
Behind the Scenes: The Art of Music Supervision

Kristine Severson

Kristine Severson


Director of Global Content Partnerships
Viveport
Kris is Head of VR for Impact at HTC Vive. She is also Head of Global Content Partnerships for HTC Viveport. Kris started her career at Sony Interactive Entertainment, curating third party content for Playstation. She then spent 12 years at Rockstar Games and 2K Games, working on titles such as Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption and Borderlands, among many others.
HTC VIVE: VR for Impact

Salar Shahna

Salar Shahna


Head
World XR Forum
Salar is President and CEO of Dirty Bacon, a production company based in Geneva, Switzerland. Active in the film industry since 2008, Salar shifted to VR in 2014, joining apelab on the awarded series Sequenced after developing transmedia solutions for the animation hit My Life as A Zucchini. He is the wizard behind the World VR Forum in Crans-Montana, which has been a hub for the global XR community since 2016; in 2019, it expands its vision, becoming the World XR Forum.

Asdru Sierra

Asdru Sierra


Composer, Artist, Musician
Ozomatli
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Asdrubal "Asdru" Sierra is a musician, composer and singer-songwriter. He is the co-founder of Grammy Award-winning band Ozomatli and has spent the last 20 years as its keyboardist, trumpet player and lead vocalist. When not performing internationally with Ozomatli or his passion project Abstrakto, Asdru composes scores for feature films, TV shows, big-budget commercials and video games. Past collaborators include Carlos Santana and The Black Eyed Peas.
Where is the Money? Global Rights and the Way Income is Improving for Creatives
Stages to Screens

Paisley Smith

Paisley Smith


Virtual Reality & Film Creator
Unceded Territories
Paisley is a Canadian filmmaker and VR creator based in Los Angeles, California and Vancouver, BC. She is the director of Unceded Territories, a collaboration with First Nations artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun which explores the connection between climate change and colonization; it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival Immersive 2019. Paisley is also the director of Homestay, an interactive VR documentary that won the BC Spotlight Audience Award at VIFF Immersed 2018.
Indigenous Voices in Immersive Storytelling

Tim Smy

Tim Smy


Director, Theatrical Sales
VVS Films
Tim began his career in the film industry as a teenager, working for Toronto’s Festival Cinemas repertory chain. Eventually, he entered the field of programming and purchasing, and in 2004 he made the move to distribution, joining the Canadian sales branches of MGM and then Union Pictures. In 2012, Tim joined VVS Films. In his current role as Director, Theatrical Sales, he has helped build the VVS theatrical department, working on the release of films such as Mid90s and The Farewell.
Meet the Distributors

Tim Southam

Tim Southam


National President, Directors Guild of Canada
Tim Southam most recently served as executive producer and director on the upcoming Netflix series Locke & Key. He is National President of the Directors Guild of Canada.
DGC Masterclass: Atom Egoyan, Guest of Honour

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Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers


Director/Producer
ElleMáijá is a filmmaker, writer and actor based in Vancouver, BC. She is Blackfoot from the Kainai First Nation (Blood Reserve) as well as Sámi from northern Norway. The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is ElleMáijá’s debut narrative feature. In 2017, she produced and directed the documentary c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city in collaboration with the Musqueam First Nation. She will appear onscreen in Jeff Barnaby’s Blood Quantum, slated for release in 2019.

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Case Study: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Anna Ticktin

Anna Ticktin


Head of Content Operations
Samsung VR
After five years in Content & Services with Samsung Electronics America, Anna now leads Content Operations for Samsung VR Video. In 2018, she brought Pilot Season, a six-series, multi-episodic/multi-genre program, onto the platform. Anna spent the first 16 years of her career employing her graphic design skills for such giants as Gap International, Levi Strauss, The North Face, Volcom and O’Neill. Prior to joining Samsung, she spent seven years consulting for Apple Inc.
Executive Roundtable: Distribution

Loretta Todd

Loretta Todd


Creative Director
IM4
Loretta Todd (Métis Cree Canadian) is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker who conceived and developed the IM4 Lab. She is the creator and producer of Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show, a children’s series about Indigenous science for APTN. Loretta has also been actively engaged in digital media, creating and producing language apps, games and transmedia projects. Her films have screened at the Sundance Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, imagineNATIVE and MoMA.
Indigenous Voices in Immersive Storytelling
Indigenizing Immersive Technology and Immersive Spaces

Rose Troche

Rose Troche


Writer, Producer, Director
Rose is a writer, director and producer of film, television and new media. Her work includes Go Fish, The L Word and Concussion. Rose has been working in VR since 2014 and has written, directed and produced Perspective-Chapter 1, The Party-Chapter 2, The Misdemeanor, IF NOT LOVE and the award-winning VR comedy series LGBTQIA. In addition to this work, Troche has worked as a mentor/advisor for a number of organizations including the Sundance Institute, Film Independent and Outfest.
Case Study: Creating Perspectives

Tracie Turnbull

Tracie Turnbull


Tracie is a Los Angeles-based composer with an array of credits in film and television. She currently works as a scoring and tech assistant to Jeff Russo on projects such as CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery and the blockbuster film Mile 22. Tracie is also the composer for the Emmy-nominated series ctrl alt delete and the documentary A Brief History of Time Travel. She recently served as an orchestrator on Gravitas Ventures’ documentary First To The Moon: The Story of Apollo 11.
AMP Masterclass: Jeff Russo

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Bruce Vaughn

Bruce Vaughn


Dreamscape Immersive
Bruce is CEO of Dreamscape VR, which uses the most advanced VR technologies to create an entirely new form of mainstream location-based entertainment. He was previously Chief Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering for The Walt Disney Company; in that role, he led the integrated creative teams of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), Disney’s Creative Entertainment (DCE) and WDI Research & Development to drive excellence in product development and innovation.
Dreamscape: The Art of Making Mainstream VR

Shirley Vercruysse

Shirley Vercruysse


Executive Producer, BC & Yukon Studio
National Film Board of Canada
Shirley is the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s BC & Yukon Studio, where she leads the team producing documentary and animation projects. The studio’s latest projects include the feature-length documentaries The Whale and the Raven and Because We Are Girls; the musical documentary The Road Forward; the animated shorts Shop Class and The Zoo; and the short documentaries Highway to Heaven and Now Is the Time.
The Whale and the Raven
Workshop with Storyboard Artist Sam Hudecki

Fred Volhuer

Fred Volhuer


CEO
Atlas V
Fred’s work as AtlasV’s CEO, as a panelist at numerous VR conferences (Tribeca Film Festival, IFP Film week, Miami Filmgate, Mutek…) and as a lecturer at MIT and Brooklyn College, exemplifies the expanding bridge between storytelling and technology. Before co-founding Atlas V, Fred established a consulting firm, Shuttershades.io, to support creative VR pieces with marketing/distribution strategies. He is also a strategic advisor for several immersive technology companies.

Spotlight on French Immersion

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Oliver Wang

Oliver Wang


Writer / Journalist
Oliver Wang is a professor of sociology at CSU-Long Beach and the author of Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews of the San Francisco Bay Area. He contributes to NPR’s All Things Considered and KCET’s Artbound, as well as the Los Angeles Times and other outlets. Oliver is the creator and writer of the audioblog Soul-Sides.com, and the producer and co-host of the album-appreciation podcast Heat Rocks.
A Bad Rap: The Current State of Hip Hop on Screen

Shawn Williamson

Shawn Williamson


Producer
The Good Doctor
A native of Vancouver, Shawn founded Brightlight Pictures in 2001 and has since been developing, packaging and producing feature films and television. He is currently producing Season 3 of The Good Doctor, and he recently completed Kenny Ortega’s Descendant’s 3. Shawn has also executive-produced the feature films Horns and The Interview; other production credits include The Package, The Company You Keep and Wicker Man.
A Closer Examination: The Music of The Good Doctor

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Phillip Youmans

Phillip Youmans


Writer/Director, Burning Cane
Phillip is a filmmaker from the 7th Ward of New Orleans. He was first introduced to filmmaking as an actor, taking small roles in productions around the city. In his junior year of high school at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Phillip began work on his first feature film, Burning Cane, showing at VIFF 19. His most recent video installation, titled Won’t You Celebrate With Me, premiered through Solange Knowles’ creative agency Saint Heron at the end of his senior year.
Burning Cane
Totally Indie Day

Heather Young

Heather Young


Writer/Director
Heather is a filmmaker living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her short film Fish (2016) played at festivals all over the world, including the Vancouver International Film Festival and TIFF Canada’s Top Ten Festival. Milk (2017) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, won Best Short Film (Canada) at Festival du nouveau cinema, and played in TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten. Murmur is Heather’s first feature.
Murmur
Indie Spirits

Asia Youngman

Asia Youngman


Director
Asia is an award-winning film director from Vancouver, British Columbia. She began her filmmaking career in 2017 with Lelum, which won Best Documentary Short at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival. In 2018, Asia co-directed the TELUS Original film, In The Valley Of Wild Horses, which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival. In 2019, she directed This Ink Runs Deep, which was commissioned by CBC and Creative BC and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
This Ink Runs Deep
Not Short on Talent: The Rise of the Short Form Documentary

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun


Artist
Unceded Territories
Yuxweluptun is Salish for “man of many masks”—the name given to the artist during his initiation into the Sxwaixwe Society at the age of fourteen. Lawrence is of Coast Salish descent; especially relevant to his practice are elements of Coast Salish cosmology, Northwest Coast Design and the Western Landscape Tradition, and he has chosen art as a way to voice his political concerns. Lawrence graduated from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in British Columbia.

Indigenous Voices in Immersive Storytelling

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