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Totally Indie Day

Saturday, October 8 | All day | Vancity Theatre

Totally Indie Day, presented by STORYHIVE, invites independent content creators for a dynamic day designed to provide real insights and hands-on advice from top experienced industry pros and rising new talent. The best emerging film directors of 2016, hit web series creators, top distributors looking for the next great indie, and the best of Hollywood will share their successes, setbacks, what they’re looking for, and what you need to do to rise to the top.
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All Day Session Pass: $125

Includes reception following the afternoon sessions. Student passes available for $99.
Totally Indie Day Pass

Morning Session Ticket: $75

Includes admission to the morning sessions only. Does not include admission to the reception following the afternoon sessions.
Totally Indie Day Morning Ticket

Afternoon Session Ticket: $95

Includes admission to the afternoon sessions and reception.
Totally Indie Day Afternoon Ticket

8:50 am | STORYHIVE Welcome Talk 

Guest: Erin Mussolum (Project Manager, STORYHIVE)

9:00 - 10:00 am |  Get Picked Up: Meet the Distribution Players

How distributors choose independent films, how to get yours chosen—learn what the top executives for narrative and documentary features in the US and Canada are looking for, now and on the horizon, and learn their strategies for finding and expanding the audience for your independent films.

Guests: Ron Mann (President, Filmswelike), Nancy Gerstman (CEO, Zeitgeist), Kerry Kupecz (VP, Distribution & Marketing, Unobstructed View), Robin Smith (CEO, Kinosmith) & Danish Vahidy (Director of Marketing, Theatrical Releasing, Mongrel Media).

Moderator: J. Joly (CEO / Founder, CineCoup) 


10:15 - 11:15 am |  Bridging the Indie Gap

Award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter Brad Wilke delivers a film marketing, audience engagement and personal branding guide to help indie filmmakers bridge what he’s coined as “The Indie Gap” – the divide between filmmaking as a passion to the creation of a sustainable career as an independent filmmaker.
Guest: Brad Wilke, Co-Founder & Principal, Smarthouse Creative (Seattle)
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11:30 - 12:30 pm | Pushing the Boundaries of Documentary Filmmaking

Legendary Canadian and BC documentary filmmaker Nettie Wild asks: does art has a big part to play in these controversial times? Her film, KONELINE: Our Land Beautiful (premiering at VIFF as part of IMPACT) is a breakaway film, the form of storytelling is unlike anything she has ever done.  She and her team will share the new approach—and new technologies—they brought to creating a film unlike any she has ever made or audiences have ever seen. 
Guests: Nettie Wild (Director), Michael Brockington (Editor), Van Royko (Cinematographer, CSC), Sound Team


1:20 pm | STORYHIVE Welcome Talk

Guest: Jonas Woost (TELUS Senior Manager, STORYHIVE)

1:30 - 2:30 pm |  Doubling Down: Millennial Creators Take Over 

Meet creators and stars Amanda Joy and Samantha Wan, the forces behind the Canadian original series Second Jen, premiering October 27 on City. Building on Wan’s previous success with her hit web series, Sudden Master, Second Jen takes on coming-of-age in a comedy about two second-generation Chinese and Filipino-Canadian millennials and best friends tackling all of life’s firsts. Discover how to leverage the success of your content to create new opportunities to push yourself creatively and reach bigger audiences.
Guests: Amanda Joy (Creator & Actor, Second Jen),  Samantha Wan (Creator & Actor, Second Jen)

Moderator: Siobhan McCarthy (Creator & Producer, PARKED)

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2:30 - 3:30 pm |  Rising Stars: The Top New Directors of 2016

These are the rising stars you need to know, learn from and be inspired by. Learn from the challenges they faced, how they set their films apart, how they succeeded and where they’re pushing next. 

Guests: Ben Chace (Sin Alas), Kevan Funk (Hello Destroyer), Yan England (154), Ashley McKenzie (Werewolf)


Moderator: Steve Greene, Special Projects Editor, IndieWire


3:30 - 4:30 pm |  In Conversation with Executive Producer and Writer, Krista Vernoff

One of the most successful writers and producers in Hollywood today, Krista Vernoff is currently the Executive Producer of the award-winning hit Showtime series Shameless. With Emmy nominations and Golden Globe wins as head writer and executive producer of Grey's Anatomy, Krista is also a Writers Guild of America Award winner, a playwright and a filmmaker. Join her for a masterclass on what it takes to succeed at the highest level.

Guest: Krista Vernoff (Producer, Writer)


Moderator: Steve Greene, Special Projects Editor, IndieWire

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4:30 - 6:00 pm | Totally Indie Day Reception.

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