PITCH SESSIONS

March 7, 2014, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Pitch Sessions 2014

NOTE - Force Four Entertainment has recently joined our pitch sessions and is the only company still open for registrations. 

March 7, 2013, 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.  
 
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"
 
Pitch Professionals: 
PITCH PROFESSIONALS + WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR
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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.
 

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Joker Films is seeking any feature film pitch.

Tim Brown
Tim Brown (CEO): Over 17 years in the film distribution business, starting with Malofilm Distribution in 1993. National Sales
Manager for TVA (formally Astral Distribution) for 5 years. 6 years with Keystone Distribution as VP Worldwide Sales and finally 2 years with Insight Releasing as President of its distribution business.

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NFB

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 new 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.

Teri Snelgrove
Teri is a graduate of the film/video program at Emily Car University. She has worked as a freelance producer on In Her Footsteps
(Celebrating BC Women in Sport) an interactive video installation at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Jan Derbyshire’s Sanity for Beginners, and Marie Clements’ Jesus Indian. She currently works as an Associate Producer at the NFB where she has worked on Bone Wind Fire by Jill Sharpe, Crazywater by Dennis Allen, and a number of shorts including Julia.

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Federgreen Entertainment

Federgreen Entertainment is seeking projects with super low budgets of up to $1M (high concept,commercial, films like John Hughes type films, ONCE, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL, GARDEN STATE, NEBRASKA, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE and quirky films like those). They are also seeking TV projects (narrative,lifestyle, factual, doc series), web series and feature length docs. 

Avi Federgreen
Avi Federgreen’s nearly 20 years of experience in the Canadian film industry feature many highlights, from music videos to TV series to full-length feature films. His current releases include Empire of Dirt directed by Peter Stebbingss, Random Acts of Romance directed by Katrin Bowen, the first ever Canadian fully financed 3D feature Dead Before Dawn directed by April Mullen and the documentary 30 Ghosts directed by Sean Cisterna. Federgreen's other producing credits include Still Mine, Score: A Hockey Musical, Moon Point, I’m Yours, HUNGRY HILLS, One Week, High Life, Leslie, My Name Is Evil, and the documentary As Slow as Possible. In November 2011, Federgreen opened his own film distribution company INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT. The company services not just up-and-coming Canadian filmmakers, but also those indies making films in a lower budget bracket who have otherwise virtually no chance to shine in a market of big studios, distributors and exhibitors.

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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.
 

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Telefilm is looking for good stories that are well told. In order to support Canadian talent in gaining domestic and international recognition, Telefilm is looking for the strongest projects that will play well for festival and/or theatrical audiences. Telefilm supports all genres and all ranges of production budgets and teams with all levels of experience. However, there are different streams appropriate for different levels: Micro-budget production, regional and national.

Lauren Davis
Lauren Davis is the feature film officer at Telefilm Canada’s Western Office in Vancouver. As such, she supports regional talent through production investments in lower-budget feature films. Lauren joined Telefilm in 1998. Over the last 15 years, she has held a number of positions within the television, feature film and performance and quality management teams.

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True West

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.  

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Force Four Entertainment
 
Force Four Entertainment is on the prowl for access to unique worlds and over-the-top characters that they can build a show around. They are also looking for formats in the world of food, cooking competitions, property and real estate. On the scripted side, Force Four is looking for half hour comedies, and one hour dramas. 
 
Tara-Lee Novak
Development Producer 
 
Tara-Lee has had a penchant for film & television since watching Patrick Swayze lift Jennifer Grey in the closing scene of Dirty Dancing.
Assuming the mantra, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner”, Tara-Lee graduated with honours from the University of Toronto with a degree in English and Sociology, followed by a diploma in Broadcast Journalism from BCIT.
She has contributed to a variety of Force Four series including W Network’s Cupcake Girls, OWN’s Murder She Solved and HGTV’s Urban Suburban.
Currently, Tara-Lee works full-time as Force Four’s development producer, contributing to the logistic and creative development of an ongoing and exciting slate of new projects.