Pitch Sessions 2013

March 8, 2013, 1:00 - 3:00 PM




Friday, March 8, 2013  |  1:00 pm - 3:00 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 to whom you are interested in pitching. Make sure it’s a good fit.

Animation (only auteur animation - no series/tv): National Film Board
Comedy Series: Super Channel
Digital Stories:  National Film Board
Documentary:  National Film Board,  Super Channel, Knowledge Network
Feature Film:  Joker Films, Super Channel, Telefilm
Reality Show: Omni Film Productions, Super Channel
Scripted TV:   Super Channel
Children's TV: Knowledge Network 

**  Knowledge Network is British Columbia’s public broadcaster. We commission, acquire and pre-buy filmmaker-driven creative documentaries and limited series on Social Issues, Culture, Politics and the 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 that entertain, enlighten and challenge the viewers.

MurrayBattle.jpg MURRAY BATTLE
Murray Battle is the Director of Independent Production and Presentation at Knowledge Network. He has been a filmmaker for over 30 years. From 2000 – 2007 he produced, directed and programmed TVO’s Saturday Night At The Movies. 

timbrown.jpg TIM BROWN
At the age of 10, Tim Brown screened Jaws and knew from that point forward his life was going to be dedicated to film in one way or another. In July 2009 Tim founded Joker Films from the basement of his home in North Vancouver. Although the company was new to the global  production/distribution landscape Tim was not. Tim has spent the past 20 years in all aspects of film. Tim started working for Rene Malo (Decline of the American Empire) in the distribution of STV films in Canada. Malofilm at the time distributed approx 15-20 movies/month. After three years at Malofilm Tim moved to Astral where he was National Sales Manager. In the 6 years spent at Astral (later known as, Motion) he was responsible for evaluating thousands of scripts and feature films. By travelling the world looking for films and releasing them into the Canadian market place Tim developed a keen sense of what films worked in the marketplace and what films did not. After 6 years at Motion, Tim moved West to Vancouver to explore new opportunities in the world of West coast production. Tim spent a year working with an independent production company, Highwire, learning the ropes of production and financing of feature films. Tim went on to become head of worldwide sales and distribution for Keystone Entertainment. Tim was in charge of marketing and releasing all internal productions to the global marketplace. He learned what films not only worked in the Canadian marketplace but the international and US marketplace as well. He had the opportunity to garner important relationships with all the major studios and mini-majors. After his time at Keystone, Tim decided to fulfill his lifelong dream to direct his first feature film. He directed The Cradle starring Lukas Haas. Once Tim had the chance to write and direct his own feature film it gave him the ability to fully appreciate the process of writing, producing and directing. He went on to become President of Insight Film Studios and in just over two years was involved in the financing, creation, packaging, marketing and sales of over 40 films including Personal Effects (Ashton Kutchar and Michelle Pfeiffer), Numb (Mathew Perry), and While She Was Out (Kim Bassinger). In his first 24 months since founding Joker Films Tim has Executive Produced over 11 films. In addition, Tim is currently producing 2 feature films.



 ** The National Film Board is interested in documentary, digital stories (see http://www.nfb.ca/interactive) and auteur animation (no tv animated series)






Selwyn Jacob joined the National Film Board of Canada in 1997. The Vancouver-based producer’s most recent productions include Mighty Jerome, written and directed by Charles Officer, and When You give of Yourself by acclaimed filmmaker Lynne Stopkewich. Mighty Jerome won four awards, including Best Feature Length Documentary, at the 2011 Vancouver Leo Awards. It subsequently won the 2012 Regional Emmy Award for best historical documentary. Jacob also produced Jeni LeGon: Living in a Great Big Way and the Leo Award-winning The Journey of Lesra Martin. Prior to joining the NFB, Jacob was an independent filmmaker who directed two award-winning NFB releases, Carol’s Mirror, and The Road Taken, which won the Canada Award at the 1998 Gemini Awards. Selwyn is currently working on several documentaries, two digital interactive projects and a Governor General Awards filM.


** Science, adventure, historical, and natural history type content. We are NOT looking for any lifestyle shows at this time. Omni Film’s unscripted department develops and produces factual and lifestyle television series in a variety of genres as well as documentaries. We tend not to develop series for teens or children. We do not produce feature films nor animation. For more info please see www.omnifilm.com/development.shtml
Omnifilm_Headshot2_RP_195.jpg ERIN MUSSOLUM
Erin Mussolum brings to Omnifilm Entertainment a unique blend of production know-how, and marketing and communications expertise. Erin is a seasoned factual producer having produced for the prime time television market and worked with a wealth of national and international broadcasters and distributors. As a former talk show producer Erin pumped out exciting programs daily for Vancouver’s CKNW. Erin’s marketing and communications career has spanned multiple sectors where she contributed her skills in the areas of media relations, public relations, strategic marketing, and digital and social media. In her role of Director of Marketing and Communications, Erin manages Omnifilm Entertainment’s corporate communications, promotional and marketing activities, and creates press kits and launch strategies for company’s factual production arm.


** Super Channel is looking for Canadian  feature-length documentaries and independent feature films with a theatrical quality to them.  Super Channel currently offers pre-sale licence opportunities. Go to http://www.superchannel.ca and check the network and its programming out.  

Maureen_Levitt.jpg 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. She is a cofounder of Vision TV.  Between 1994 and 2005 she was Manager of its Western Region office, Commissioning Editor of independent programs from Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. 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.


** Telefilm will only be accepting Feature Film proposals for all genres (drama, comedy, horror etc.)


John Dippong is Director of Industry Promotion for the Western Region.  He joined Telefilm Canada in 1997 after having been involved in feature film production, film festival organization and programming.  He has taken on roles of increasing responsibility since joining Telefilm, including Regional Feature Film Executive, where he was responsible for the Western Region’s development and production decisions for the past 12 years.  In his current position, John is responsible for identifying and implementing regional strategies, partnerships and special initiatives which respond to Telefilm Canada’s corporate and promotional objectives - to stimulate demand for Canadian content and help to build a vibrant audio-visual industry in Western Canada.