March 6, 2015, 1:30 - 3:30 PM


VIFF's Vancity Theatre Atrium
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC

A pitch session is a one-on-one non-public session that is conducted in an open room in a "speed dating" style.  

Please ensure that the person to whom you are pitching relates to your project. Before signing up, do your research, both on the company to whom you want to pitch and on the pitch professional associated with that company. Make sure it’s a good fit.

To sign up for a pitch session, click on Register now above where you will be able to select one of the companies below to whom to pitch your project. Once you have submitted your first request you may select another company by clicking on the Register now  button again under Purchase another ticket - or Scroll forward to "Finish Registration"
Within 24 hours of your registration you will receive a confirmation email indicating the exact time of your pitch session(s) between 1:30 and 3:30 on Friday March 6th.
Pitch Professionals: 

Bell Media is Canada’s largest broadcaster with two conventional networks CTV and CTV Two, 35 specialty channels, and four pay TV services. Michele McMahon will be available to hear pitches for: factual series or docs, comedies, and dramas that would be appropriate for CTV, The Comedy Network, Space, Bravo, and The Movie Network.

Please read producer’s guidelines for more tailored descriptions of each network http://www.bellmedia.ca/producer-guidelines/

Michele McMahon is Development Manager Independent Production for B.C. and the Territories.  In this role, Michele is the point of contact for the local production community, acts as the creative executive on projects in development and production, and initiate community engagement and outreach initiatives. Michele is currently one of the Production Executives for Bell Media on 19-2 (BRAVO) and MOTIVE (CTV).

Prior to joining Bell Media, Michele McMahon spent 10 years with Omnifilm Entertainment, the last five as Director of Drama Development. There, she developed the drama PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD (Space) and ARCTIC AIR (CBC). In her diverse 20-year career as a journalist, writer, and TV producer, McMahon has edited a weekly paper, freelanced for newspapers and magazines, and written and story edited several screenplays. She also acted as the Chair of the Amnesty International Film Festival (Vancouver).  Michele earned degrees in Political Science (Carleton University), Journalism (Algonguin College) and Writing for Film and Television (Vancouver Film School) and is slowly working towards her Masters’ Degree at Simon Fraser University.



  Force Four Entertainment is one of Canada’s leading television production companies.  Our vibrant production slate includes award-winning hit shows that air in Canada and sell around the world -  in both the unscripted and scripted genres. We’re always looking for the next great idea for a hit television series, and we love creating shows that people love to watch.  In 2014, we were acquired by Entertainment One, which has enabled us to grow our global business and build our international connections.
Nicole Lawson is the Director of Development at Force Four Entertainment.  She joined the company in 2007, and works closely with independent producers and writers, and her in-house team to shape and pitch new TV series to Canadian, American and international broadcasters.

Recent projects she managed from conception to green light include 10 one-hour episodes of the factual series Million Dollar Neighborhood for OWN (airing January 2012), 26 episodes of the half hour lifestyle series Urban Suburban, 13 half-hour episodes of the competition series Family Cook Off for Food Network (airing spring 2012), and 10 one-hour episodes of the factual series Village On A Diet for CBC.

Before dedicating herself full time to development, Nicole worked in production on series such as Making It Big for Slice, Take It Outside for HGTV and Tube Tales for TVtropolis. She has a degree in journalism from Ryerson University and a degree in psychology from UBC.

Hillary Hennessy is a Development Producer at Force Four Entertainment and has been a part of Vancouver’s television industry since 1992. She’s worked for CTV, Global Television and in the process soon discovered her passion for story producing. After a string of successes with W Network, HGTV, OWN, Food Network and Shaw, and recent collaborations on Force Four’s Urban Suburban, The Audience and Shannon & Sophie, she is very excited to join the Force Four Development team to see projects from conception to green-light.

Hillary is a Communication Arts graduate of Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Hamilton, Ontario.

Knowledge Network is British Columbia’s public educational broadcaster.  We commission, acquire, and pre-buy filmmaker driven creative documentaries and limited series on social issues, culture, and the environment – films that stand the test of time.  An engaging story is paramount, as is a strong filmmaker point of view and distinct aesthetic approach.  Storyville is our flagship anthology series and the home for our commissioned films.  Some recent examples include “Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH”, “Oil Sands Karaoke”, and “Father Figures”.  For more information please refer to our guidelines for Independent Producers at: www.knowledge.ca/producers.
Patrice Ramsay
Patrice Ramsay has been with Knowledge Network for over 15 years.  As Coordinator of Independent Production, she works closely with the Director of Independent Production and Presentation to bring programs such as “Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH” and “Oil Sands Karaoke” to a BC audience.  She is responsible for managing the budget for all independent production as well as the Broadcaster Performance Envelope received from the CMF.  She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from BCIT.

Marina Cordoni Entertainment, MCE

MCE provides a focused and dedicated approach to the various stages of feature film production: from  creative development, financial pre-production negotiations and completed sales, to marketing and domestic release strategies.

With long term experience in the domestic and international marketplace, with hundreds of titles pre-sold, thousands of deals concluded, MCE is a one step access center to global buyers and a worldwide audience for your feature.


In a feature film, Marina is looking for a well written screenplay, meaning: strong real life dialogue and solid story structure, character development and universal themes. A familiar story is welcome, as long as there is a unique angle. Although I am open to any genres, the ones that "sell" most around the world are: family audience, thriller, unusual yet universal indie stories that attract profile actors.

Marina Cordoni

Prior to MCE, Marina Cordoni worked for various entertainment companies including the film division of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, where she handled pre-sales and completed picture sales in various foreign territories on major independent hits including '4 Weddings and a Funeral', 'Dead Man Walking', 'Fargo' and 'Sleepers'.




National Film Board of Canada

NFB Programming Criteria: Talent and vision of the creator/director ; Originality of concept and approach; Creative excellence; Great storytelling; Clearly articulated sense of the intended audience; Viability of project (in terms of access, timeframe and budget); Reflecting Canada back to Canadians and the world; Innovation in form.

Shirley Vercruysse
Shirley Vercruysse is the  Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada's Pacific and Yukon Centre, based in Vancouver. Vercruysse has served in Canada's arts and cultural industries for many years, both in film and television production as well as the non-profit cultural sector. She worked in independent production for 14 years, previously serving as a partner in Burns Films, with writer-director Gary Burns, where she produced such acclaimed works as waydowntown and the Genie Award winning NFB co-production Radiant City.


Super Channel is looking for Canadian  feature-length documentaries and independent feature films with a theatrical quality to them. 

Maureen Levitt
Maureen Levitt joined Super Channel, Canada’s only national English Pay TV service, at its inception in 2007. As Creative Development Executive she works with the independent production community in Western Canada and the Territories to develop their feature length films and documentaries intended for theatrical release. Her commissioning portfolio includes a growing list of independent features such as Carl Bessai’s popular Fathers&Sons and over 120 Canadian documentaries including such international hits as The Corporation and Scared Sacred and the recently released ECO-PIRATE: The Story of Paul Watson and
Occupy Love. Maureen is a cofounder of Vision TV. Between 1994 and 2005 she was Manager and Commissioning Editor of the Western Region office and Executive Producer of various in-house series. Previous to that she was First Assistant Editor on the Canadian film classic, The Grey Fox, and on the quintessential Canadian series The Beachcombers and The Canadian Establishment. Maureen has a Masters in Communications from Simon Fraser University and lives near the ocean in beautiful Victoria, B.C.

TRUE WEST FILMS is interested in ideas for original drama TV series, international formats for North American remakes, and feature films.

Elizabeth Yake 
Elizabeth Yake is President of True West Films based on the west coast of Canada. As producer, her films have been nominated for more than 15 Genie Awards and each of her features and shorts have premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. Films/TV include PILGRIMS, EVERYTHING’S GONE GREEN, IT’S ALL GONE PETE TONG, MISS TEXAS. TWF focuses on structuring international coproductions for the world market. Elizabeth is in post with her feature docu-drama HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT based on the story of The Golden Spruce in coproduction with the NFB and Passion Pictures, UK, Oscar winners 2013 for SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN. 

(Note that Eilzabeth Yake will be joined by her intern, Krista Martin)