Welcome to Reel Asian’s Industry Series!
I’m very pleased to welcome you to the third year of Reel Asian’s Industry Series. We’ve learned a few new tricks and have picked up some lessons from years past and we’re happy to say we might just be getting the hang of this.
Our programmes for the series are an eclectic and thoughtful blend of what Reel Asian film- and videomakers have requested, and what we think is for your own good. Returning this year are the Salon sessions (those small-room discussions with industry insiders on a variety of topics) – we’ve suped them up, increased capacity and remained true to the principle of the series: to increase exposure and opportunities for filmmakers. (And by the way, we will continue to serve Chinese buns throughout!)
Also returning is the workshop on screenwriting with Elke Towne (a favourite among last year’s delegates), along with a new session led by Lea Alcantra on The Art of Self Branding. A session with the venerable National Screen Institute (who will be hosting our IS reception), a revamped Networking Lounge that features producers who will meet with you on a variety of issues, and our now live Pitch Competition mean we can safely say that we’ve stepped up our game.
In partnership with the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, we’ve programmed a great series of discussions that will feature acclaimed filmmakers (one Oscar-nominated!) in conversation on a variety of issues and topics that will engage and hopefully inspire (plus, they’re free!).
So yes, we’re pleased and perhaps thrilled. Come early, register, stay all night – and of course, enjoy the view!
Patricia Lee, Industry Series Programmer
Financing for Film And TV
THU NOV 13 | Salon | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Innis Café | Industry & Festival Pass Holders Only
This session will examine the present models for financing film and TV projects in Canada as well as international co-production models. Financing can be a complex formula involving several sources during the various stages of production. This session will attempt to demystify the process and provide expert advice from the key professionals via case studies.
WITH: William Barron, business affairs lead analyst – Ontario and Nunavut region, Telefilm Canada and other guests TBA.
MODERATED BY: Paul de Silva, president/executive producer of A4 One Media. De Silva has over 25 years of experience as an independent producer/director of drama and documentary productions and has worked as a senior broadcast executive at the CBC and Vision TV.
FRI NOV 14 | Salon | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Innis College Rm 223 | Industry & Festival Pass Holders Only
How do indie directors and producers get their work onto the growing number of digital screens in Canada? With much discussion on the changing nature of broadcasting, we bring you an excellent opportunity to find out about the latest changes and advances from those on the front lines. Learn about mandates, guidelines for working with independent producers, multiplatform initiatives and more!
WITH: Romen Podzyhun, president & CEO, Movieola and other guests TBA
FRI NOV 14 | Salon | 10:00 – 12:00 PM | Innis College Rm 313 | Industry & Festival Pass Holders Only
Worried about first- versus third-party liability? Questions about your consent and release forms? Wondering how to handle copyright issues? Here’s your chance to ask some key questions and get advice on the legal and insurance-related aspects of filmmaking.
WITH: Eboue Reinbergs, entertainment lawyer, Heydary Hamilton, P.C. Barristers & Solicitors
Judi Heron, senior account executive, Unionville Insurance Brokers
FRI NOV 14 | Salon | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Innis College Rm 223 | Industry & Festival Pass Holders Only
Ever wondered what a residency at the CFC entails? Curious about what kind of work they’ve created? Come and explore with people in the know – the managers of the Television and Film programs – to ask the key questions you need answers to and explore the breadth of their program streams and initiatives!
WITH: Erin Burke, manager, CFC feature film program
Jessica Weller, manager, CFC television programs
Tara Woodbury, manager, CFC film program
MODERATED BY: Seema Sabnani, CFC recruitment & alumni specialist
In Conversation with Yung Chang and Christine Choy
FRI NOV 14 | Panel | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Innis Café | Free with Pre-Registration at www.utoronto.ca/ai
A must-attend session with Oscar-nominated filmmaker (Who Killed Vincent Chin?) and chair of NYU’s graduate film and TV department Christine Choy in conversation with Yung Chang, director of the acclaimed film Up the Yangtze. Co-presented with the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto’s CinemAsia.
All About NSI (the National Screen Institute)
SAT NOV 15 | Salon | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Innis College Rm 223 | Industry & Festival Pass Holders Only
Come and talk to Joy Loewen about all things NSI and its many training programs, which include The Drama Prize, Features First and Totally Television. As programme manager, Loewen oversees NSI’s market-driven training programs, which are led by experts in film, television and digital media.
HOSTED BY: Joy Loewen, programme manager, NSI
The Producer’s Lounge
SAT NOV 15 | Session | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Innis Café | Industry & Festival Pass Holders Only
Need a producer? Some advice about your film? Direction? Register for a 15-minute one-on-one session with a professionals who is in the know. The Reel Asian Producer’s Lounge features producers from diverse backgrounds who have been carefully selected for their leadership qualities, excellence in their profession and their demonstrated interest in providing expertise and guidance in all aspects of film producing.
WITH: Jennifer Holness, Hungry Eyes Entertainment
Anita Lee, National Film Board of Canada
Daphne Park, independent producer
Ed Barrevald, Storyline Entertainment
and other guests TBA (see www.reelasian.com for the latest details)
*Pre-registration required. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
So You Think You Can Pitch?
SAT NOV 15 | COMPETITION | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Innis Town Hall | Free – General Admission
“I laughed, I cried, I loved it more than Cats…!”
Three judges, a live audience, and 10 teams of filmmakers with nerves of steel who’ll have six minutes to pitch their projects to vie for over $10,000* (emerging category) and $18,000* (professional category) worth of production, post services and artist’s fees at Charles Street Video (CSV) and the opportunity to screen their work at next year’s Reel Asian Film Festival. Bring your placards and friends and cheer on your favourite team of filmmakers!
Winners will be announced on Sunday November 16, 2008, at the Closing Night awards ceremony.
*Estimated value at industry rental rates!
JUDGES: Nobu Adilman, co-host of Food Jammers, The Food Network
Eileen Arandiga, festival director, CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival
Judy Gladstone, executive director of CTV’s Bravo!FACT.
Hosted by Keith Cole.
Industry Reception with the NSI
SAT NOV 15 | PARTY | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | L’Espresso | 321 Bloor Street West | Industry & Festival Pass Holders only
The NSI hosts this intimate affair following the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN PITCH competition. Mingle with pitch finalists and industry movers and shakers. A great networking opportunity for industry professionals.
The Art of Self-Branding
SUN NOV 16 | Workshop | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Innis College Rm 313 | Industry & Festival Pass Holders Only
Who are you? Who cares? With proper self-branding, not only will you find out who you are, you will make the RIGHT people care, opening up a slew of the RIGHT opportunities specifically tailored for you. This session will define branding (it’s not just the logo), talk about the top five things to focus on your brand as a filmmaker, and show examples of brands that work – and some that don’t – plus what they could do to improve. Most importantly, this session will help translate that information to your own personal brand. While this session will focus on a freelance or studio perspective, the ideas presented should be portable to any type of professional setting. Maximize marketing potential and get the type of work and respect you deserve.
WITH: Lea Alcantara, Lealea Design
SUN NOV 16 | Salon | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Innis College Rm 223 | Industry & Festival Pass Holders Only
Join us for an intimate, candid talk with Hong Kong-based, Canadian-educated filmmaker Kenneth Bi, director of Reel Asian’s Opening Night film The Drummer, as he discusses the unique challenges of feature filmmaking.
Show, Don’t Tell: Screenplay Anatomy Lesson with Elke Town, Storyworks
SUN NOV 16 | Workshop | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Innis College Rm 313 | Industry & Festival Pass Holders Only
The script is at the forefront of all narrative film projects. When the script brings the world and the characters of the story fully to life, the gap between reading the script and seeing the film is closed. If you want to write screen stories that appeal to the emotions and intellect – and can get financed – then this roundtable workshop will help you better understand structure, character, theme, tone and pacing to ensure your story will resonate with audiences.
Participants are encouraged to bring forward their own projects for discussion.
Elke Town is a story editor, script consultant and head of Storyworks, a company devoted to helping writers, directors and producers build better stories. With close to two decades of experience in film, television and print media, Town has developed, financed and produced for both film and television, worked as a broadcast executive. During her time as head of Telefilm Canada’s creative affairs department, she was involved in the development and financing of over 200 film and television projects. She also has a background in writing and the visual arts and frequently teaches screenwriting workshops. The chemistry between words and images is her forte.