Reel Asian Speed-Dating
WED NOV 10 | 12 PM – 2 PM | NFB Canadian Heritage Space
Learn from a seasoned industry vet, soak up their expertise and experience, or ask for guidance and advice on your current or future project. This year’s sessions now allow for 30 minutes with your selected mentor. The clock is ticking! Start “grooming” now so you’ll be well prepared for your date with one of Reel Asian’s industry experts.
Pre-registration and a brief application are required for this session. Please register through firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristine Estorninos, Festival Services and Distribution Operation, Ouat Media
Judy Gladstone, Executive Director, Bravo!FACT
Victoria Ha, Partner, Stitch Media
Anita Lee, Producer, National Film Board of Canada
Raymond Phathanavirangoon, producer, programmer
Shane Smith, Director, Public Programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox
The Next Wave of Careers: What’s Next?
WED NOV 10 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Panel | NFB Conference Room
This expert panel’s collective credits include Fox Television, Vision TV, Zoomer Media, The Movie Network, CBC, Citytv, Disney and Dreamworks, and collaborations with Ivan Reitman, Robert Redford, and Spike Lee. Our industry insiders will discuss the biggest industry trends, share professional experiences and explore where things are going for the next wave of careers emerging for the film, TV and interactive space. This panel will discuss what skills, talents and training will be needed today for tomorrow’s media world.
Paul Koidis, Manager of Communications, Marketing and Development, The Centre for Creative Communications, Centennial College
With: Amit Chatterjee, CEPO, Blackcreen Studios
Mclean Greaves, VP Interactive, Zoomer Media
Philip Krueger, Professor, Digital Animation, Game Art and Design and Interactive Digital Media, Centennial College
Joan Schafer, The Red Car Producers
Chris Terry, Professor, Broadcasting and Film, Centennial College
Reel Asian Docs: Engage, Collaborate, Create
THU NOV 11 | 1 PM – 3 PM | Panel | Innis College RM 313
From collaborating with remote local communities, to engaging millions through new media web-interactive, filmmakers Gerry Balasta, Lesley Loksi Chan and Andreas Hartmann will explore the innovative and active role of documentary filmmaking and its power to effect meaningful change.
Cheuk Kwan, documentary filmmaker
With: Gerry Balasta, Director, The Mountain Thief
Lesley Loksi Chan, Director, Redress Remix
Andreas Hartmann, Director, Days of Rain
Pastiche With a Purpose – Revivals and Revisions of Hong Kong Martial Arts
THU NOV 11 | 4 PM – 6 PM | Panel | Munk School of Global Affairs RM 208N
FREE. Open to the public
A discussion of Gallants, directed by Clement Cheng and Derek Kwok, a hit
film in Hong Kong this year that brings together many of the old masters of the kung fu film for a final showdown in the streets of Hong Kong. Not unlike the recent American effort, The Expendables (2010), Gallants is both homage and a pastiche. The revisitation of favourite genres and stars has become a trend in recent Hong Kong filmmaking, and this panel will seek to explore its sources and implications through a dialogue between critics and the film’s co-director Clement Cheng.
Bart Testa, Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto
With: Clement Cheng, Co-Director and Screenwriter, Gallants
Prof. Catherine Spring, Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Colin Geddes, Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival
The Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, is the intellectual core for leading-edge interdisciplinary research and teaching on Asia.
Filmmakers in an Ad World
FRI NOV 12 | 1 PM – 3 PM | Panel | Innis College RM 313
From scriptwriting to copywriting, from animated shorts to animated ads, the skills of a filmmaker have tremendous potential for a transition into advertising. Meet Reel Asian filmmakers Jeff Chiba Stearns and Lena Lee, who will share their experiences working in both worlds, and the creative teams at BBDO Toronto and Saatchi & Saatchi, who will reveal the keys to success in the industry.
Lena Lee, filmmaker, and Art Director, Saatchi & Saatchi Toronto
With: Jeff Chiba Stearns, Director, One Big Hapa Family
Lisa Luk, Art Director, BBDO Toronto
Erik Dela Cruz, Copywriter, BBDO Toronto
Behind The Scenes – Business & Legal Affairs to Remember
FRI NOV 12 | 3 PM – 5 PM | Panel | Innis College RM 223
From inception to production to distribution, a successful film relies on strategic business planning up front, and proactive business and legal professionals throughout to stay on course and navigate inevitable pitfalls. Chain-of-title, clearances and other E&O insurance matters, comprehensive budgeting, tax credit planning and private financing strategies will all be considered. A must-attend session for emerging and experienced producers who want to ensure that their films enjoy the maximum opportunity for financial success!
Karla Bobadilla, Lawyer, Lewis Birnberg Hanet, LLP (and Chair, Board of Directors, Reel Asian)
With: Eric Birnberg, LL.B., Co-Founder, Behind the Scenes Services
Thomas Walden, C.A., Co-Founder, Behind the Scenes Services
Animation Master Class with Koji Yamamura
SAT NOV 13 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Workshop | NFB Cinema
FREE with Pre-Registration
Animation filmmaker Koji Yamamura is arguably the greatest short-form, auteur animator in Japan today. He is certainly the most internationally successful. Join the inventive creator of Oscar-nominated Atamayama/Mt. Head and the singular Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor in this fascinating exploration of his artistic process that will both surprise and inspire. In conversation with NFB producer Michael Fukushima.
Scriptwriting Workshop: Taking the Leap From Shorts to Features
SAT NOV 13 | 12 PM – 2 PM | Workshop | Innis College RM 223 | Limited Enrollment
A two-part scriptwriting workshop with story editor Elke Town. The first part is an examination of the elements that go into the making of a successful feature film: structure, character, tone, theme, dialogue, pacing and much more. The second part (2 PM – 3 PM) will be run as a masterclass in which two teams (or writers) will work one-on-one with Elke Town to develop an existing or new project into a feature film.
Elke Town, Story Editor, Storyworks
All About NSI
SAT NOV 13 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Salon | Innis College RM 313
Renowned for giving many emerging filmmakers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support to filmmakers through programs like Drama Prize, Features First and Totally Television. NSI also offers national exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival, and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television and new media industry. Make sure you come to this intimate session for an exclusive opportunity to talk to our experts from NSI!
Liz Janzen, Director of Programming, NSI, and Festival Director, NSI OnlineShort Film Festival
Joy Loewen, Programme Manager, NSI
Derek Luis, CEO, NSI
Love and Daydreaming in Taipei: Artist Talk With Arvin Chen
SAT NOV 13 | 4 PM – 5 PM | Salon | Innis College RM 312 | FREE. Open to the public
Meet director of Au Revoir Taipei, Arvin Chen, for this intimate talk. Find out how he developed this delightful tale of fumbling love and daydreaming in the metropolis city, and crafted this urban drama-comedy that resonates with both art house cinema-goers in the West and commercial audiences in Asia.
So You Think You Can Pitch? Live Finale
SUN NOV 14 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Innis Town Hall | FREE. Open to the public
NSI Industry Reception
SUN NOV 14 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Munk School of Global Affairs, South Lounge
Join us as we announce the winners of this year’s So You Think You Can Pitch? competition. Mingle with festival delegates and industry professionals, get to know the pitch finalists, network with fellow filmmakers and plan to have a great time together throughout the rest of our festival! Hosted by the National Screen Institute