April 11, 2015, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

This workshop has been cancelled.  Our apologies for the inconvience.  We will try and re-schedule at a later date. 


Develop your pitching skills and prepare to effectively present your project.

In this workshop Paul Armstrong and Ines Eisses will present what makes a successful film or series pitch.  Participants will also have the golden opportunity to develop their pitches and pitch to a panel of experts who have heard hundreds and hundreds of pitches in their collective careers, and to receive feedback to incorporate into future pitches.
A must for any filmmaker with passion for developing their career!
Date:   April 11th

Time:   9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: SFU Woodwards, Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Room 2555, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings

Confirmed presenters and pitch panelisits: Paul Armstrong, Ines Eisses, Liz Levine (see Bios below)


9:30 - 12:30 Prepare your pitch in a small group setting

12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch (bring your own or purchase nearby)

1:30 - 4:30 - Practice your pitch to the workshop panelists and receive feedback.


Participants must have a project (any genre and format) at some stage in development.  It is not necessary to have a pitch prepared.

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Paul Armstrong is an award-winning Vancouver film, television and theatre producer with over 25 film producing credits including both feature and short form.

He is the Executive Director of Crazy8s, Vancouver biggest short film competition, now in its 16th year. Paul is also the founder, programmer and producer of The Celluloid Social Club, a monthly screening of short films running since 1997. Through the Celluloid Social Club he operates the Hot Shot Shorts Contest, about to launch its 7th season.

Recent feature film credits include ‘Lawrence & Holloman’ based on the play by Morris Panych, written by Daniel Arnold & Matthew Kowalchuk, and directed by Kowalchuk; ‘Moving Malcolm’ by Benjamin Ratner starring Elizabeth Berkley (‘Showgirls’); the Genie Award nominated ‘See Grace Fly’ by Pete McCormack and ‘Ill-Fated’ by Mark A Lewis which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and in the US at Slamdance. He is currently in post-production on the documentary ‘Revolution, The Legacy of the Sixties’.

Short film credits include the record breaking 13 Leo Award winning ‘Anxious Oswald Greene’ by Marshall Axani,  ‘The Money Pet’ featuring Alan Cumming (‘The Good Wife’), ‘Monster’ & ‘Everything’s Coming up Rosie’ starring Jodelle Ferland (‘Twilight’) & Ian Tracey, ‘The Bar’ starring Peter Deluise (’21 Jump Street’), ‘Break a Leg, Rosie’ starring Carly Pope (‘Popular’) & Ian Tracey, and ‘Mon amour mon parapluie’ with cameos by William Gibson & Douglas Coupland, and 12 Crazy8s short films.

Paul has also produced TV commercials with Adplay Media for WirelessWave, produced a TV episode for Red Bull, web videos for Nintendo, Electronic Arts and Molson Canada and the talk show ‘Daytime’ with Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford. He has also produced music videos for Bif Naked, Jim Byrnes, Jessie Farrell and Jeff Martin of the Tea Party and produced 20 plays, from Shakespeare to Ibsen to Mamet.

INES EISSES, Producer & Production Manager

After leading a successful career for two top Canadian Financial Institutions, Ines decided to pursue her lifelong dream of writing and producing for the big screen. In December 2011, she graduated with Honors from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, under the Entertainment Administration Program. During this time, she produced and launched an interactive edutainment game for the iOS platform entitled, THE DOLPHIN, OCEAN RESCUE, based on the book (and subsequent animated film), THE DOLPHIN: STORY OF A DREAMER from best-selling Peruvian author, Sergio Bambaren.

In 2012, she Co-produced CINEMANOVELS, a feature film with Director, Terry Miles and starring Jennifer Beals and Lauren Lee Smith. It premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and the film subsequently received an Honorable Mention for Best BC Film at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Starting in 2012, Ines joined CRAZY8’s, which is an 8-day filmmaking challenge that provides funding and support to emerging filmmakers. For the past two years, she has produced the event and executive produced the six winning films and Gala Event along with Executive Director, Paul Armstrong.

Subsequently in 2014, Ines produced THE BIRDWATCHER, a feature film with Director, Siobhan Devine. It will begin its festival run this year. She is also currently producing a Kirk Caouette film, Real Fiction, that will begin shooting at the end of April 2015. In her off time, she writes and works on getting her own projects.

Liz Levine, Producer

Liz has over a decade of experience in film and television. She started in the business in Toronto with Moses Znaimer’s CityTV. Since that time, she has worked as an independent producer with CHUM Television, Global Television and CBC Television and has been a journalist with The National Post and Playback Magazine .

In 2002 Levine established Beetle Box Media, an award-winning Vancouver based new media company. Over her 4 years with Beetle Box, Levine produced numerous new media and film properties for Bravo!, Global Television, CHUM Television and Showcase. These projects garnered a number or awards including a Gemini in 2004 for CAMP HOLLYWOOD.

In 2006 Liz served as director of development at Vancouver-based No Equal Entertainment. She then served as new media producer on the 13 episode series JPOD based on Douglas Coupland’s novel. During this time Liz continued to produce other projects including the award-winning short MACHINE WITH WISHBONE and the documentary, KARL MAY.

In 2007 Liz began consulting on film, television and new media projects including FILMINUTE with Capacity Networks UK, The Actors Foundry and The Stagers on HGTV among others. From 2008-2009 Liz was the executive director of development for  Brightlight Pictures in Vancouver.

Liz currently resides in Vancouver.