WED NOV 9 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Pre-registration required
Shape up and learn how to make the most of your festival experience from an industry insider. You’ll learn the tricks of the trade to pull off big picture necessities like strategic planning, marketing, and distribution, but also get a glimpse at the oft-overlooked details that separate the Pros from the Joes. Now drop and give me 20!
With: Jennifer Chen, Director of Programming & Acquisitions, Channel Zero
Crowded House: Crowd-funding Case Studies
WED NOV 9 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Have a project that doesn’t fit traditional funding models? Looking to engage a broad community of like-minded folk? Hear first-hand experiences with the growing trend of crowd-funded projects from filmmakers who have launched successful campaigns, both big and small. We’ll also discuss the broader implications of the phenomenon: is this the future of fundraising or will it get too crowded?
Moderated by: Randall Okita, Absitomen Media
With: Tiffany Hsiung, Director, Within Every Woman
Shasha Nakhai & Rich Williamson, Directors, Sugar Bowl
LIKE! This Panel-Social Media Strategy for Filmmakers
WED NOV 9 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
A case study seminar on how to best utilize tweets, #tags, +pluses, pages, groups, likes, and more for your film as you build the successful social media strategy that’s required in today’s climate. Featuring campaign examples from filmmakers as well as a current social media campaign from one of Reel Asian’s 2011 festival films.
Moderated by: Jon Bunning, Social Media & Client Community Manager, thirdocean
With: Anthea Foyer, The Labs
Sol Friedman, Director, Junko’s Shamisen
For the Love of Discourse! Artist Talk with Derek Tsang
THU NOV 10 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | FREE. Open to Public
No stranger to show business, Derek Tsang Kwok Cheung is a rising star in Hong Kong from famous lineage, and now a feature film director. Join us for an intimate talk with the director of Lover’s Discourse as he talks about the process of creating the film as well as the transition to the director’s chair for his first feature.
With: Derek Tsang Kwok Cheung, Director, Lover’s Discourse
Reel Asian Speed Dating
THU NOV 10 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Pre-registered required
You feel the need for speed? Here’s your chance to gain valuable insight and make an effective impression in 1-on-1 sitdowns with industry veterans. Who knows, maybe you’ll find that special someone?
Kristine Estorinos, Manager, Festival Services and Domestic Sales, Ouat Media
Linda Fong, Independent Production Officer, TVO
Cheryl Geonanga, Art Director, Taxi 2
Judy Gladstone, Executive Director, BravoFACT!
Vicci Ho, International Programming Consultant, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Anita Lee, Producer, National Film Board of Canada
Paritosh Mehta, Director of Independent Production Development, Rogers Media
Alex Rogalski, Short Cuts Canada Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival
Reel Asian Meet Market
THU NOV 10 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Pre-registered required
Know the perfect DOP for somebody? Maybe they have an editor they’re dying to introduce you to. And we all know a good actor is hard to find. The Meet Market is your chance to hook up with all your creative friends of friends of friends, so bring your “+1s”, expand your network and get your drink on!
It’s Not Personal, It’s Business
FRI NOV 11 | Master Class 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Part Two 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Pre-registered required for Master Class
Creativity isn’t limited to your film; it also lies in your strategic business planning. From inception to production to distribution, you need proactive business and legal professionals involved to avoid potential pitfalls. A must-attend session for emerging producers who want their films to achieve maximum financial success! Preceded by a hands-on Master Class for experienced producers. Get an intensive assessment of your business plan with our expert business team.
Moderated by Karla Bobadilla, 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
Not All Candy: Complicated and Determined Youth in Taiwanese Independent Cinema
FRI NOV 11 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Munk School of Global Affairs RM 208 | FREE. Open to the Public
Join the Asian Institute to discuss the current state of Taiwanese cinema with Lin Yu-hsien, director of this year’s Centrepiece Presentation Jump Ashin! Followed by a catered reception.
Moderated by: Bart Testa, Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto
With: Lin Yu-hsien, Director, Jump Ashin!
Additional guests TBA
Scriptwriting: What Not to Write
SAT NOV 12 | Part One 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Master Class 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Pre-registered required for Master Class
This workshop is a two-part affair, featuring 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 will be run as a Master Class in which two teams (or writers) will work one-on-one with Elke to develop an existing or new project into a feature film.
With: Elke Town, Story Editor, Storyworks
A Visit from the NSI
SAT NOV 12 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support to filmmakers through programs like the NSI Drama Prize, Features First, and Totally Television. The 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!
With: Melissa Kajpust, Director of Programming, NSI
Whither Asian North American Media?
SAT NOV 12 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM | FREE. Open to the Public
On Reel Asian’s 15th Anniversary, we take the opportunity to ask ourselves, “Where are we going?” What is the future of Asian North American media in the current global context and the ascension of Asia? And where can Asian Canadian filmmakers position themselves within this evolving trajectory? Expert panelists weigh in to share their perspectives on our future. A must-see event. It might get existential!
Moderator by: Anita Lee, Producer, National Film Board of Canada, Co-founder of Reel Asian
With: Karen Chien, Producer, dGenerate Films
Michael Fukushima, Producer, National Film Board of Canada
Masashi Niwano, Festival & Exhibitions Director, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
Artist Talk: Lost Secrets of the Royal
SAT NOV 12 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | FREE. Open to the Public
Artist talk with Daïchi Saïto, Cindy Mochizuki, Louise Noguchi, soJin Chun.
So You Think You Can Pitch? Live Finale
SUN NOV 13 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | The Royal
FREE. Open to Public
The proverbial blood, sweat, and tears will be on display at the sixth annual So You Think You Can Pitch? competition Live Finale. We’ll see finalists battle it out for pitch supremacy in front of a live audience. May the best pitch win! Winners will be announced at the Industry Series Reception immediately following. (Note: actual blood is not likely!)
NSI Industry Series Reception
SUN NOV 13 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Join us as we wrap up the 2011 Industry Series by announcing the winners of this year’s So You Think You Can Pitch? competition. Get to know the pitch finalists while mingling with your fellow festival friends, delegates, and industry professionals, and celebrate! Hosted by the National Screen Institute.