PITCHING SESSIONS 2016

1:00 PM, March 11, 2016

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

A pitch session is a 10 minute one-on-one non-public session that is conducted in an open room in a "speed dating" style.  
 

PITCH SESSION PROTOCOL

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". 
 
Prior to the pitching day, you will receive a confirmation email indicating the exact time of your pitch session(s) between 1:00 and 3:00 on Friday March 11th.
 
Pitch Professionals 
 
Marina Cordoni Entertainment is now full.
 
PITCH PROFESSIONALS + WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR
 
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, and manages projects from conception to green light. She joined the company in 2007, and works closely with independent producers, writers, and her in-house team to shape and pitch new TV series to Canadian, American and international broadcasters.

Some of the Force Four productions currently on air include the innovative fixed-rig documentary series First Dates Canada for Global, the critically acclaimed medical documentary series Keeping Canada Alive for CBC, and the extremely popular Border Security: Canada’s Frontline for Global. In the fall of 2016 our hidden camera series Tricked will air on YTV. 

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.

Nicole is looking for factual entertainment pitches.  She’s always looking for worlds, characters, and special access. She is also looking for ideas that people feel would fit with a certain broadcaster as well as for for genres across the board.  

 
Knowledge Network is British Columbia’s public educational broadcaster. We commission, acquire, and pre-buy documentaries and limited series on social issues, culture, and environment – films that stand the test of time.  An engaging story is paramount, as is a strong filmmaker point of view, and a distinct aesthetic approach.  Our priority is for filmmaker-driven creative documentaries and limited series that entertain, enlighten and challenge our viewers.
 
Before you pitch us, please spend time watching Knowledge on-air or online and make sure you are familiar with our programming.  You can find our guidelines for independent producers at: https://www.knowledge.ca/producers.
 
Patrice Ramsay

Patrice Ramsay is the Coordinator of Independent Production at Knowledge Network.  She helps bring original Knowledge Network commissions to a BC audience. Recent examples include Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH, Just Eat It, and Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World .  She is also responsible for the budget for all independent production at Knowledge and manages Knowledge’s Broadcaster Performance Envelope from the Canada Media Fund.  She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from BCIT and recently earned The Osgood Certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgood Hall Law School of York University. 


Marina Cordoni Entertainment, MCE

MCE provides a focused and dedicated approach to the various stages of feature film production: from creative development, pre-production financing negotiations, in the trenches producing, to foreign sales of finished picture and theatrical domestic releasing.  

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. http://www.marinacordoni.com/

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'.  

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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.

Teri Snelgrove
Teri is a graduate of the film/video program at Emily Carr Institute (now University). She currently works as an Associate Producer at the National Film Board of Canada where she has worked on many documentaries including “Debris”, “Bone Wind Fire”, “Crazywater” and the interactive project, “Bread”. Currently, she is working on the NFB animation “The Mountain of SGaana”, the documentary “Beauty” and “The Road Forward”, and a handful of other things that are currently in development. Before landing at the NFB in 2006, Teri worked as a freelance director and producer on projects such as In Her Footsteps (Celebrating BC Women in Sport) an interactive video installation on permanent display at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Jan Derbyshire’s first short film “Sanity for Beginners”, and Marie Clements’ “Jesus was an Indian”. Prior to working in film and video, Teri worked in interdisciplinary theatre in a variety of capacities for over a decade as a producer, director and production manager. She has always enjoyed traversing the edges, as long as heights aren’t involved.

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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.
 

Principia Productions 

Lael McCall 

Lael McCall established Principia Productions in 2001. Prior to establishing her own company, Lael gathered extensive experience in producing for film and television. Her current goal is to develop and produce projects for theatrical and television audiences. Principia’s most recent production, Marion Woodman and the Conscious Feminine (2013), an 8-part educational series based on several years of interviews with the beloved Canadian Jungian analyst and writer. Other Principia productions include executive producing Season 2 of Exes & Ohs, a dramedy for Super Channel/Showcase/Logo and the theatrical feature Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom, both with Blueprint Entertainment Corporation.

Lael’s current projects in development include Journey’s End, set in New Delhi, with writer/director Meghna Haldar, and The Saltwater Decision in association with Stella Film and South Creek Pictures with director Christine Jeffs (Sunshine Cleaning, Sylvia), inspired by the real-life stories of twelve activists who hatched the idea in 1971 of sailing a rusty fishing boat into a U.S. nuclear test zone in wildlife sanctuary on Amchitka Island, Alaska, laying the foundation for the birth of Greenpeace.

Lael was raised in the Yukon and holds a degree in English from the University of British Columbia.

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Red Cedar FilmsHenrik Meyer's film and television prodco, engages in international co-productions or co-ventures; it develops Canadian as well as international feature films and television programs; and it facilitates production services for European and especially German or Dutch-speaking partners in Canada.

Red Cedar’s completed international projects include the German/Canadian period feature film Gold (showcased in the 2013 Berlinale competition); the multi-award winning feature film Shana - The Wolf's Music (a 2014 Swiss/Canadian treaty co-production); and the TV service production Our Dream of Canada aka. Vancouver Bay (a mini-series for Bavaria Studios which aired on German ARD network in early 2016).

Henrik Meyer 

Henrik Meyer is a Vancouver-based producer who has successfully produced film and TV for over 20 years in Europe, New Zealand and North America. He came to Canada in 2004 after helming the Studio Hamburg subsidiary Letterbox as its inaugural president and producing artistically as well as commercially successful feature films and television movies. His last film in Germany was Margarethe von Trotta’s Venice-contender Rosenstrasse and his first Canadian film was Douglas Coupland’s Everything’s Gone Green.

Henrik Meyer spans a bridge for cultures between the continents and offers high diplomatic skills for mediating sensitive productions as well as strong passion for the development of captivating stories. 

He is particularly interested in hearing pitches of captivating, dramatic television mini-series concepts backed by relevant political, scientific or environmental research. 

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Women in the Director's Chair, WIDC

Carol Whiteman

A two-time Governor General’s Award-nominee and multiple award-winner for promoting women’s equality and advancing talent in Canada’s screen industry, Carol is best known as a co-creator and the producer of the internationally respected Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program. Since 1997, Carol has supported the development of over 200 women screen directors from across Canada and internationally, produced over 150 short film, and through the WIDC Feature Film Award she has executive produced the Leo Award-winning LUCILLE’S BALL (director, Lulu Keating), THE BIRDWATCHER (director, Siobhan Devine), and NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL (director, Kathleen Hepburn) which is currently in production.  She also supported the production and completion of the awarding-winning AMAZON FALLS (director, Katrin Bowen) and SITTING ON THE EDGE OF MARLENE (director, Ana Valine).  Carol is an alumna of the Alliance Atlantis Banff Executive Program, has a BFA with Honours from York University and is a doctoral candidate studying transformational change in the faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Her thesis is a case study of the WIDC for the last twenty years. 

WHAT WIDC IS LOOKING FOR:

Through the combined support of leading Canadian film and television industry organizations, CWWA / WIDC administers an annual award valued at over $155,000 cash and in-kind towards a first or second, scripted fiction feature film project directed by a Canadian woman, anywhere in Canada. Projects may be any genre, and any budget range will be considered although this award is aimed at micro and low budget projects.If selected the director is automatically awarded a spot in the next WIDC Story & Leadership program. Application deadline: June 30, 2016

More info: http://www.widc.ca/programs/awards/awards-and-scholarships/

WIDC is also accepting applications for the next Career Advancement Module at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto and Story & Leadership program in collaboration with the Whistler Film Festival.

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Triton Media
 
Rupert Harvey
 
Rupert Harvey, Producer and founder of Triton Media gained his start in production working for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures and went on to independently produce Android, Slamdance, Critters, and the remake of The Blob. A number of feature films and Television movies followed: including Pump Up the Volume, Plunkett and Macleane, and Bones, and most recently ‘On the Farm’ - scheduled for release in 2016.
 
He is interested in distinctive genre film projects with a singular strong concept at the core, and that are suitable for International co-production.

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