Admission: $5 at the door / Free for Badge & Pass Holders
In an epic battle of perspectives, writers, producers, and funders face off on how to really pitch that perfect project, and what they look for when you come knocking on their door. Join the panelists afterward at our Industry Series Happy Hour.
Moderator: Romeo Candido, Producer, Digital Sweatshop
Sidney Chiu, Producer, SC Productions
Michael Fukushima, Executive Director, English Program Animation Studio, National Film Board of Canada
John Galway, President, The Harold Greenberg Fund
Ben Joseph, Writer
Anita Lee, Executive Director, National Film Board of Canada (Ontario Centre)
Nathalie Younglai, Writer/Producer
Sidney Chiu is a producer that focuses on films with international appeal. His credits include: COCONUT HERO a German / Canadian international coproduction by award winning Director Florian Cossen with UFA Fiction GmbH and Six Island Productions Canada, BANG BANG BABY winner of the TIFF 2014 Best Canadian First Feature directed by Jeffrey St. Jules and Produced with Scythia Films starring Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin and Peter Stormare, Edko Film’s Mandarin romantic comedy FINDING MR. RIGHT starring Tang Wei with Director Xue Xiaolu, and Producers Mathew Tang (HK) and Shan Tam (CA) which has grossed over US$80 Million in China according to Hollywood Reporter; THREE DAYS IN HAVANA starring Gil Bellows, and directed by Tony Pantages and Gil Bellows, the noir-thriller sett in Havana Cuba and Vancouver with E1 distributing and Joker Films for international sales; and A NIGHT FOR DYING TIGERS which premiered at TIFF in 2010 starring Jennifer Beals, Gil Bellows and Kathleen Robertson with Alliance Films distributing and Joker Film for international sales with distribution in several countries.
Michael Fukushima is an award-winning filmmaker and producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s world-renowned Animation Studio. Two of his most recent productions, The End of Pinky (Claire Blanchet) and Impromptu (Bruce Alcock), had their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.
John Galway is President of Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund. AMBA graduate with twenty-five years of experience in film and television, John’s career ranges from film festivals, to production and financing. After staring his career at TIFF and with the launch of Cinematheque Ontario, his interest in development and production led a position with Peter O’Brian’s Independent Pictures and contract work on several film and television projects. He then moved into financing, with positions at the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Canadian Media Fund and at Telefilm Canada where he served as a Regional Director and the Television Sector Head. In 2005, he joined The Harold Greenberg Fund as President and Board Member. At the Fund, he has overseen investments of more than $30 Million and has helped develop over 1000 feature film and television projects. In addition to the main feature film development and production programs, John has overseen partnerships and funding support for film festivals, script writing labs, film promotion initiatives and awards, documentaries and short film projects. Recently, he steered the Fund through the merger of Bell Media and Astral. He is also the co-founder of the Toronto Irish Film Festival and sits on various industry boards, juries and advisory committees. Twitter: @greycountymedia
Ben Joseph is an Emmy award-winning writer, John Fluevog shoe contest winner, and two-time NCAA March Madness pool winner. He has an English degree from the University of Toronto which did not guarantee him the fame, riches and ladies he was hoping for. He went to Ryerson’s Radio and Television program where he attended many pub nights. Ben Joseph has worked over eighteen years in the Canadian kids TV industry where he frequently works from home in his pajamas. If you stacked every script he’s written on top of each other, they would be taller than four Godzillas stacked on top of each other. Ben Joseph sometimes teaches script writing at Humber College where he really, really tries not to swear in class. Follow @benaconda on Twitter if you want to live…
Anita Lee is an Executive Producer at the National Film Board of Canada (a public producer nominated for 72 Oscar nominations), where Lee leads the development and production of full studio productions, as well as domestic and international co-productions for the Ontario studio. Lee is a multi-award-winning producer with 20 years’ experience in the industry and founder of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. As NFB producer from 2005 to the present, Lee produced some of the most acclaimed and inventive works in recent NFB history, including Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, a film that garnered international recognition and named Best Non-Fiction Film by New York Film Critics Circle in 2013. Prior to joining the NFB, Lee produced a slate of award-winning independent films that premiered at international festivals including TIFF, Sundance and Berlin and were theatrically released.
Nathalie Younglai is a writer, director, producer and harpist. She was the writing mentor for the Reel Asian Film Festival’s Unsung Voices summer workshop for youth and founder of Toronto’s Writers of Colour in TV & Film. Her writing has been published in the Playback Magazine Online, Globe and Mail, Banana Magazine, Canadian Screenwriter and Rice Paper magazine. Her work can be seen on TESSA & SCOTT (W Network), TIL DEBT DO US PART (Slice, CNBC), PRINCESS (Slice, CNBC) and TOP CHEF CANADA (Food Network Canada). Her short, THE SOUND THAT BROKE THE SILENCE, premiered at the 2013 Reel World Film Festival. Nathalie was awarded a 2013 Ontario Arts Council playwriting grant, the 2013 Telefilm New Voices Award, the 2012 Global Writers Apprenticeship and inaugural 2011 WGC-CTV Diverse Screenwriters Program. She also interned in the ROGUE (Direct TV, TMN) writing room. Her short script SISTER WARS was in development with 2012 “Writing Women” incubator series. She recently survived a round of pitching broadcasters with eOne and showrunner Daphne Ballon, and lives to tell it the tale. Nathalie continues to defy the Asian dream by not becoming a doctor.