Where have Academy Award winning directors, screen writers and stuntmen been spotted in the Waterloo Region? At the Indie Lounge Talent Lab at THEMUSEUM, returning as a part of this year’s Grand River Film Festival. Supported by Perimeter Development Corp., the 2010 Indie Lounge: Talent Lab – taking place on Sunday, October 24, 2010 – is an artistic development opportunity for emerging talent from Ontario to come face-to-face with industry professionals.
Film industry enthusiasts and new-comers alike will have an unparalleled opportunity to interact with and learn from acclaimed filmmakers right here in the Region. Using GRFF’s exclusive relationships with world class filmmakers, Indie Lounge fulfills a need in our local film industry. This intimate setting allows for invaluable artistic mentorship and development opportunities to a new generation of cinematographers.
“The name says it all,” explains GRFF Artistic Director Ken Nakamura. “Indie: part industry, part independent. It’s all about these two worlds coming together in discussion in an accessible setting.”
This year’s Indie Lounge theme is “Developing Your Financial Toolkit”; the day long event will include discussions on developing a sellable script, accessing development funds and film distribution. The day concludes with a panel discussion with industry leaders across different areas of film creation. Previous Talent Lab guests have included: Directors Bruce MacDonald, Derek Vanlint and Oscar winning Yojiro Takita.
This year, GRFF invites: Brent Hanson – Former Anchor CKCO News, Philip Bast – Former Arts Editor, The Record, Benjamin Rousse, Producer/Director, Resolve Film, John Galway – President Harold Greenberg Fund, Astral Media, Carrie Paupst Shaughnessey – Creative Analyst Feature Film Unit, Telefilm Canada, Martin Harbury – Film & Television Consultant, Ontario Media Development Corp., Robin Bennett – Waterloo Region Arts Fund, Joanna Mills – Vice President Marketing, Maple Pictures, Jerry Ciccoritti – Director, Jim Donovan – Director.
To be a part of this year’s Indie Lounge, registration is required; applications are available online at www.GRFF.ca. More information about the Indie Lounge schedule, GRFF film schedule or Festival details can also be found at www.GRFF.ca.
The Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) is entering its fourth season as a medium for bringing lovers of all film together. Started by members of the Waterloo Region community with a passion for film, the Festival has grown to attract speakers from as far as Japan with last years special guest Yojiro Takita, Academy Award Winning Director of Departures. Each season features a line up of film that includes Canadian and foreign screenings in multiple genres.