VIWIFF 2018 PITCH SESSIONS

March 9, 2018, 12:00 - 3:00 PM

Location: VIFF's Vancity Theatre Production Room, 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 12:00 and 3:00 on Friday, March 9th.
 

Pitch Professionals: 

 

PITCH PROFESSIONALS + WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR


Massey Productions

We are actively looking for feature-length material we feel could be of interest to Chinese audiences, directors, actors and investors. These would be films that resonate culturally with China, as broad as that may be interpreted. Scripts potentially for China do not need to be set there, necessarily. We are also treading carefully into India and are in active discussions with a handful of the hundreds of busy companies there. Again, a film for any audience in India must resonate culturally with them.
We are not limited to any genre. We will look at other material but it has to be astonishingly original and a great vehicle for a bankable actor. We are not developing or pursuing anything for half hour or one-hour television. We are not developing anything intended strictly for web release unless it was viable for a Chinese audience. 

MASSEY PRODUCTIONS LTD. is a Canadian production company creating and collaborating on theatrical motion pictures and television/cable movies. MPL was incorporated in 1983 and has produced in a variety of media and formats for theatrical, television/cable/DVD and radio. Today, MPL is focused mainly on larger scale feature films with an emphasis on formal co-productions and including a slate with partners in China. Past films include the China-Canada co-production IRON ROAD. Massey Productions also provides full production services from Immigration and prep through to delivery as required. Massey Productions was incorporated in 1983 and is wholly-owned by Raymond Massey. Massey is credited as Executive Producer, Producer or Supervising Producer on some 35 feature films, documentaries and movies for television. The company keeps offices in Vancouver, Canada. 

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Synergy Cinema Inc - FULL

Synergy Cinema is currently seeking projects of all genres that tell interesting and compelling stories. Of primary interest are Thrillers and Dramas as well as stories with strong female leads in the protagonist roles.
 
Robyn Wiener is an award-winning producer, line producer & production manager with over 50 professional credits to her name. Her latest feature, “Numb” which opened at the Busan International Film Festival in 2015 and has played across the globe. Her previous feature, “Black Fly”, was selected by Telefilm for Perspective Canada (Marche du Film at Cannes 2015). Robyn also co-produced & line produced multi-award winning features including “Lawrence & Holloman, “American Mary” & “The Wingman”, “Amazon Falls” (TIFF 2010) & the presentation pilot “Kits”. Her production company, Synergy Cinema Inc. has been involved in Executive Producing an indie feature, shorts & a commercial video. Robyn has also production managed Canadian shooting segments of TV shows from China and the Indian blockbuster feature “Phantom” for Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment. She is also a sought-after DGC Production Manager and working on Canadian features such as “Drone” and “Rememory” and has worked with TNT & Turner Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Hallmark. Robyn just produced the MOW “The Sweetest Heart” for Hallmark. She also works as a PM and Line Producer with Lighthouse Pictures in Vancouver.
 
Her company is in development on several feature films & Robyn has become known as one of the go-to indie producers in Vancouver. Robyn was a part-time instructor for the Vancouver Film School where she developed & taught budgeting & scheduling for their Entertainment Business Management Program. She also sits on numerous film juries, panels & mentors emerging filmmakers. Robyn is a past president of Women in Film & Television Vancouver & was the 2013 recipient of the Wayne Black Service Award. In 2014, she was awarded the Irving Avrich Film Fund by TIFF which recognizes 10 Canadian emerging filmmakers. 
 


National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) creates social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, and digital content from a uniquely Canadian perspective. The NFB’s Digital Studio works with a wide range of artists and media-makers interested in experimenting with the creative application of digital technologies and interactivity as it relates to story, expression and community. In practice, this includes digital video shorts, interactive documentaries, virtual reality and 360 video, mobile and locative media, interactive animations, photographic art and essays, data visualizations, physical installations, community media, interactive video, user-generated media, etc. 

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.

Nicholas Klassen is an Interactive Producer with the NFB's Digital Studio. Drawing from over a decade of experience creating and producing online content for the social and cultural sector, he works with filmmakers, writers and artists to produce interactive storytelling projects that push the boundaries of story, form and platform.

Prior to his work at the NFB, he co-founded the creative and online strategy agency Biro Creative, where he advised leading movement-building organizations like Greenpeace, WWF, and Avaaz.org on a number of Webby-award winning and -nominated projects. He has also served as Senior Editor at Adbusters, overseeing editorial and online content for the acclaimed and globally-recognized magazine.

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National Film Board of Canada - FULL

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.

Terry Snelgrove is interested in documentary, and auteur animation pitches. 

Teri Snelgrove is the Associate Producer at the BC & Yukon Studio of The National Film Board of Canada where she has worked on many documentaries including the acclaimed The Road Forward (Marie Clements), Debris (John Bolton), Bone Wind Fire (Jill Sharpe), Crazywater, (Denis Allen) Beauty (Christina Willings), and the interactive project, Bread (Mariette Sluyter). Teri is also working on a number of animated projects, including the recently released The Mountain of SGaana (Christopher Auchter) and Shop Class (Hart Snider) as well as The Zoo (Julia Kwan), which is currently in production. Teri Snelgrove is a Newfoundlander and a graduate of the film/video program at Emily Carr Institute (now University).

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Knowledge Network

Knowledge Network is British Columbia’s public educational broadcaster. We commision, 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. We also have a new initiative to mark the 150th anniversary of British Columbia’s entry into Confederation. To find out more check out: https://www.knowledge.ca/bchistory.

Patrice Ramsay is the Coordinator of Independent Production at Knowledge Network. She helps bring original Knowledge Network commisions to a BC audience. Recent examples include “Shut Up and Say Something: A Shane Koyczan Story”, “For Dear Life”, and “Vancouver: No Fixed Address”. She is also responsible for the budget of all independent production at Knowledge and manages Knowledge’s Broadcaster Performance Envelope from the Canada Media Fund. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration and recently earned The Osgood Certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgood Hall Law School of York University.

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Omnifilm Entertainment

Omnifilm Entertainment is a leading independent Canadian content company. Since 1979, Omnifilm has produced and distributed hundreds of hours of award-winning programming including drama, comedy, factual and lifestyle series, documentaries, and children's programming.

Necessary requirements: We are looking for fictional scripted television series (no features), live-action (no animation), creators must have an agent.

Not necessary but preferred: Returnable series (limited can work but less preferred), drama as opposed to straight comedy, projects that are based on IP helps massively, projects that are set-up to appeal international is also a big plus – our company is focusing on intl co-pros.

Omnifilm is beginning production on ‘The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco’, a spin-off of the hit ITV period mystery series for Britbox, ITV and Netflix. The company also recently completed the second season of ‘Mech-X4’, a live-action sci-fi adventure series for Disney XD. Other current productions include: ‘Wild Bear Rescue’ for Animal Planet, and Season 3 of ‘Jade Fever’ for Discovery Canada. Omnifilm's recent scripted series include: 'Arctic Air’ (CBC) which starred Adam Beach and garnered the highest premiere for a CBC 1-hour drama in over a decade; ‘Primeval: New World’ (CTV/Space, SyFy Channel, ProSieben, and UKTV); ‘Defying Gravity’ (ABC, CTV-Space, ProSieben, and BBC); ‘Dragon Boys’ (CBC); and long-running dramedy ‘Robson Arms’ (CTV). One of Omnifilm's earliest dramas, the Emmy-nominated ‘Odyssey’, featured a young Ryan Reynolds in one of his first starring roles. Omnifilm's teen drama ‘Edgemont’ discovered both Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast, Smallville) and Grace Park (Hawaii 5-0, Battlestar Galactica). On the non-scripted side, multiple award-winning documentary series ‘Ice Pilots NWT’ is currently airing on History Canada, Discovery UK, and in 61 other countries worldwide including France, Germany, and Australia.

Based in Vancouver, Omnifilm is a vertically-integrated content company handling development, production and post-production, delivery, and distribution of our brands on both traditional television and digital/VOD platforms.

 


Steph Ouaknine

 
Steph Ouaknine always looking for new voices and unique POVs – with a focus on female-led sci-fi and speculative fiction. 
 
Steph Ouaknine is an award-winning producer specializing in digital-first features and series, branded content, and fan engagement. She has a proven track record of creating evocative series that have garnered passionate fans, critical acclaim, and forged new revenue models. She creates content that finds an audience.

Steph has co-created, developed and produced CARMILLA, the award-winning multi-platform series that ran for 108 episodes and spawned a global and engaged community that call themselves "The Creampuffs." The series was financed by U by Kotex, topped 70 million views, earning Steph and the team a Cannes Lion nod, Rocky Award, multiple Canadian Screen Awards, Webby and Streamy Awards.

She then developed, produced and successfully raised the financing for the continuation of the franchise: The Carmilla Movie. It bowed to a sold-out Canadian theatrical event run in 40+ theatres in partnership with Cineplex and Telefilm, as well as doing the festival rounds worldwide.

Steph's entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the future of television landed her a spot in the Canadian Media Producers' Association "Next Generation of Producers" feature in Winter 2018.

She has been named one of “19 people in the TV Industry the LGBTQ Community is thankful for” by Cultures Magazine and spoken at WIFT-T, The British Film Institute, TIFF, Buffer Festival, VIFF, New York Comic Con and Toronto Fan Expo, as well as Ryerson and UCLA.
 

Marina Cordoni Entertainment - FULL

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 centre 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.

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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Resonance Films - FULL

Resonance Films is interested in innovative, smart, and unique feature films and TV concepts

Jason James is an award-winning producer/writer/director based in Vancouver and Los Angeles. He recently directed/produced the indie drama/comedy ENTANGLEMENT starring Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Jess Weixler (Teeth), and Diana Bang (The Interview). The film will be released in North America on February 9th, 2018.


He also directed/produced the indie feature THAT BURNING FEELING (starring John Cho, Tyler Labine, and Paulo Costanzo). The film played numerous festivals, won Best Feature at VIFF, and was released in both the USA and Canada by eOne Films and Search Engine Films in 2014.

Other projects include producing: THE STEPS by director Andrew Currie (starring Jason Ritter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Brolin, and Christine Lahti), MOUNTAIN MEN by director Cam Labine (starring Chace Crawford and Tyler Labine), and the Carl Bessai directed features REPEATERS, COLE, FATHERS & SONS, and UNNATURAL & ACCIDENTAL. He also co-created and produced the CBC comedy series THIS SPACE FOR RENT.

Jason has previously been invited to attend the Film Independent Producer’s Lab, Telefilm/CFC/Just For Laughs Comedy Features Lab (three times), Toronto Film Festival Talent Lab, the Rotterdam Talent Lab, a CTV Fellowship at the Banff Television Festival, the National Screen Institute’s Totally Television Program, and The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s National Director Apprenticeship program.

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