March 7, 2014, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
March 7, 2013, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
VIFF's Vancity Theatre Atrium
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC
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Joker Films is seeking any feature film pitch.
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.
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 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 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.
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’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.
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 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.
TRUE WEST FILMS is interested in ideas for original drama TV series, international formats for North American remakes, and feature films.
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.