at the Vancity Theatre

Friday, March 4th - Sunday, March 6th, 2011

followed by the WIFTI Short Film Showcase screening
celebrating International Women's Day on Tuesday, March 8th

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Digital Media Forum

Friday, March 4th | 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

A one-day initiative that includes panel discussions focusing on the success stories of women working in the new media realm. The level of discussion aims to build the capacity of media content producers of creative content in the digital/new media space. Clare Hodge, Digital Media Forum Programmer.

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9:30 am – 11:00 am | Introduction and Panel #1 – Focus on Innovation
A group of visionary digital media professionals discuss the next-gen applications of technology. From the implementation of new communication technologies to the gamification of everyday life, the discussion will touch on how digital media will affect the future. Moderated by Justine Bizzochi.  Panelists: Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, Rochelle Grayson, Rae Hull.

Justinehead.jpg  As a Technology Manager at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia Canada, Justine Bizzochi works with faculty researchers specializing in new media, entertainment technology and e-learning systems. Justine is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Film and Television. She has over 30 years experience working in film, television and new media both independently and with such organizations as the Banff New Media Institute (HorizonZero), the National Film Board of Canada, KCTS Television, and the Centre for Image and Sound Research.  She was a key member of the start-up team for both Vancouver Coop Radio and Cineworks Film Production Coop.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm | Panel #2 – New Trends in Social Media
Social media mavens, veterans and upstarts discuss the new trends in socializing and marketing. How can Twitter grow? Have Facebook members revolted against the marketing machine? What’s next? Moderated by Sarah Muff. Panelists: Nadia Aly, Rebecca Coleman, Nimisha Mukerji.

 SarahMuff_headshot_grey_bw.jpg Sarah Muff describes herself as a transdisciplinary creative. Her work experience intersects art, audience, education and change through the public sector. Her current projects include MAX: Metro Vancouver’s new online arts and culture guide and programming for Knowledge. Sarah has worked as a curator, manager, marketer and educator for Canadian Images at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth and Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society. She holds a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University and a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Break 
Industry Showcase of exhibitors and networking opportunities in the atrium of the VIFC. 

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm | Panel #3 – Start-Up Upstarts
Digital pioneers partnering in new technologies. Profiling women entrepreneurs in all areas of the digital realm: communication, gaming and social media marketing. Moderated by Danika Dinsmore. Panelists: Kirsten Forbes, Angel Pui, Moyra Rodger. 

Danika_DinsmoreDanika_Dinsmore  Danika Dinsmore is a writer, filmmaker, and educator with a diverse creative background. She is also inexplicably attracted to producing and managing events. A former WIFTV President, she was Chair of the 2007 & 2008 Women in Film Festivals, BC, as well as coordinator for their inaugural New Media Forum.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Panel #4 – Nice Work if You Can Get It
How do you turn your passion for digital media into a career? Where do you start and what skills do you need? Panelists include: an experienced game producer, a writer new to the gaming world, and a front-line social media marketer. Moderated by Dina Grskovich. Panelists: Bryna Dabby, Bonnie Jean Mah, Melissa Wood.

DinaGrskovich5.JPG  Dina Grskovich, CHRP, Strategic Change Consultant. Founder of DMG Business Strategy, Dina studied Information Technology and Management Systems at BCIT. In 2008 she obtained her CHRP designation from the BCHRMA.  Working with Creative Design Firms she likes to apply organizational development and strategic change plans in order to further facilitate sustainable growth patterns.  A strong advocate for community involvement Dina is a 2 time member of the Board of Directors for Wired Woman Society and a Workshop Facilitator for Business Mentoring for the Arts.

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm | Networking Reception
Join panelists and industry professionals to continue the conversations in an informal atmosphere. Included with the purchase of a Digital Media Forum pass.


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