Over the course of the festival, our industry series aims to connect familiar faces and new talents to our impressive lineup of industry experts in all fields through salons, workshops, panels and 1-on-1 mentor hours. We would like to thank Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund, our Industry Series Lead Sponsor, for their continuous generous support, and for bringing back our all-time festival favourite, Elke Town, for another Screenplay Anatomy workshop.
We have listened to your feedback and hope that we have grown the series to meet your needs. By keeping all programmes intimate and using real-life case studies led by established industry professionals, we aim to ensure that you go home with new knowledge and great connections.
Alongside our revamped staples like Business Affairs and All About NSI, we are also pleased to bring you Speaking The Language of Music, where the award-winning team of filmmaker Keith Lock and his composers will walk you through the delicate process of composing using his new film, The Ache as an example. Don’t forget to join us for Tap Into The Child’s Mind, a new session hosted by Centennial College. You’ll see how an Asian perspective can be an advantage in the expanding children’s entertainment industry.
Come cheer for the finalists at the So You Think You Can Pitch? competition. Register early to get your spot! Make a mark and DEFINE YOURSELF at our industry series this year!
Industry Series Coordinator
Destiny, Politics and Economic Imbalances
Tue NOV 10 | 6-8PM | Panel | Munk Centre for International Studies RM 208N | FREE
MODERATED BY: Bart Testa, Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto
Lixin Fan (Director, Producer) was the cinematographer for Up the Yangtze. His debut documentary, Last Train Home (2009), focuses on the world’s largest migration, that of human workers from rural farms to urban factories in China.
Uruphong Raksasad (Director) was born in northern Thailand. His film Agrarian Utopia (Reel Asian 2009) focuses on farming communities affected by national policy and industrial globalization.
Peter Vandergeest (Department of Sociology, York University) is principle researcher for the project “Challenges of Agrarian Transition in South East Asia.” His articles include “Mapping Nature: Territorialization and State Power in Thailand.”
Jennifer Hsu (Visiting Scholar, Asian Institute, University of Toronto) received her PhD in Developmental Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2009. Her dissertation is entitled, “State-Society Relations in China: A Case-Study of Migrant Civil Society Organizations in Beijing and Shanghai.”
The Asian Institute at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, is the intellectual core for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and teaching on Asia.
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is an independent resource for Canadians on contemporary Asia and Canada-Asia relations. It is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Tap into the Child’s Mind
Thu NOV 12 | 10 AM-12 PM | Panel | NFB Conference Room | Industry and Festival Pass Holders Only
Children’s entertainment is a multi-billion dollar industry around the world, and having an Asian perspective and knowledge can give you huge advantage in the film and TV industry of children’s entertainment. From Power Rangers to Ni Hao Kai Lan and the anime explosion, there is a long history of co-production and cross-cultural exchange between East and West in this exciting area of the entertainment industry.
Hosted by Centennial College’s Children’s Entertainment: Writing, Production & Management programme, the only one of its kind in Canada, this panel discusses emerging markets and trends in children’s entertainment.
MODERATED BY: Suzanne Wilson, Centennial College
Sarah Haasz, Exec in Charge of Production, Children’s & Youth Programming, CBC
Brenda Nietupski, Dir Of Programming, Treehouse TV And Discovery Kids Canada
Caroline Tyre, Director Of Programming, Teletoon
Matt Wexler, Executive Producer, Spinmaster Toys
All About NSI
Thu NOV 12 | 1-3 PM | Salon | NFB Conference Room | Industry and Festival Pass Holders Only
Renowned for giving many emerging filmmakers their first breaks, the national screen institute provides the training and production support to filmmakers through programmes like the 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. Come early, learn all about NSI, and talk to our NSI experts in film, television and digital media.
Liz Janzen, Director Of Programming, NSI
Joy Loewen, Programme Manager, NSI
1-on-1 Mentor Hours
Thu NOV 12 | 3-4:30 PM | NFB Canadian Heritage Space | Industry and Festival Pass Holders Only | Meetings are by appointment in 15-minute slots. Pre-registration is required.
Ready to make the big leap of your career? Make an impression during Reel Asian’s exclusive 1-on-1 sessions with our industry experts. Reel Asian mentors are industry professionals who have been carefully selected for excellence in their profession, leadership and their demonstrated interest in providing expertise and guidance in various aspects of filmmaking.
Ask for advice or guidance with your current or future projects, and start a relationship with your mentor from the meeting on!
Filmmakers are REQUIRED to pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org. ACT QUICKLY! These invaluable and limited meeting slots will be gone in seconds!
Kristine Estorninos, Festival Services And Distribution Operation, Ouat Media
Judy Gladstone, Executive Director, Bravo!Fact
Anita Lee, Producer, National Film Board Of Canada
Kathleen Mullen, Toronto International Film Festival Programmer, Curator, Filmmaker
Robin Smith, Founder Of Kinosmith
Heidi T. Yang, Producer, Filmmaker
NSI Industry Reception
Thu NOV 12 | 5-7 PM | Dazzling Modern Restaurant + Bar | Industry and Festival Pass Holders Only
Kick-start your industry experience at the 13th annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival with this exclusive reception hosted by the NSI! Mingle with festival delegates and industry professionals, network with fellow filmmakers, and plan to have a great time together throughout the rest of our festival!
Financing for Low-Budget Feature Film
Fri NOV 13 | 1-3 PM | Panel | Innis College RM 223 | Industry and Festival Pass Holders Only
Have you been contemplating how to take the step from short-format to making a feature on a limited budget? Low-budget feature filmmaking requires a creative financing and working model, as well as detailed planning.
Tailored for producers and directors who want to learn more about professionally producing a feature film with a limited budget as well as navigating the world of public funding agencies, this panel will examine different financing models used and their advantages and disadvantages in financing low-budget features. Through case studies with financing experts and filmmakers who have extensive experience in creative limited-budget film financing, the different post-production, marketing and distribution paths will be explored, examining how you can get the best value for money.
Come learn practical information, and immediately apply it to your own projects!
MODERATED BY: William Barron, Business Affairs Lead Analyst, Ontario And Nunavut Region, Telefilm Canada
Corey Marr, Producer, Passenger Side, Corey Marr Productions
Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy, Creative Analyst, Telefilm Feature Film Unit, Ontario & Nunavut Regions
Robin Smith, Founder of Kinosmith
Monica Szenteszky, Tax Credits and Financing Programs, Ontario Media Development Corporation
Business Affairs – Fighting the Necessary Devil
Fri NOV 13 | 3-5 PM | Workshop | Innis College RM 313 | Industry And Festival Pass Holders Only
School taught you that business affairs are a headache, yet we all know they are absolutely necessary to ensure the smooth and timely running of a production. Come sit in on a hands-on, intimate session with our industry vets, and learn how to face the “devil” with a well-prepared and creative fight.
From issues on releases and copyright to E&O insurance and distribution contracts, this workshop is designed for you to learn in advance how to deal with the legal, insurance, and business issues that may occur at any stage of your production. This workshop is for both emerging filmmakers to get started on the right foot, and for seasoned filmmakers gearing up for their next project. Take advantage of a limited number of 1-on-1, 15-minute meetings with our experts immediately following the session. Get your questions answered!
Ian Cooper, Associate, Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP
Judi Heron, Senior Account Executive, Unionville Insurance Brokers
So You Think You Can Pitch? Live Competition Finale
Sat NOV 14 | 11:30 AM-1:30 PM | Innis Town Hall | FREE
Bring your placards and enthusiasm to the finale of the fourth annual So You Think You Can Pitch? competition, and cheer for your favourite filmmaker team. You will witness the magic happen as the finalists fight it out, in hopes of winning a grand prize package of over $10,000* (emerging category) and $18,000* (established category) worth of production, post services and artist’s fees at Charles Street Video and the opportunity to screen their work at the 2010 Reel Asian Film Festival.
Want to see how your support has come to fruition? Don’t miss the 2008 pitch winners, Continuity Problems and Travels with my Brother, screening at the festival this year. Winners will be announced on Sunday, November 15, 2009, at the Closing Night Gala and Awards Ceremony.
*Estimated value at industry rental rates
Nobu Adilman, TV producer/Filmmaker, www.nobu.ca
Eileen Arandiga, Executive Director, CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival
Lila Karim, Executive Director, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, And Festival Director, Toronto Irish Film Festival.
HOSTED BY: Keith Cole, Performer/Filmmaker
Screenplay Anatomy with Elke Town
Sat NOV 14 | 2-5 PM | Workshop | Innis College RM 313 | Industry And Festival Pass Holders Only
Back by popular demand! Elke Town is back to show you the craft of screenwriting, the role and the working process of a story editor. 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 to better understand structure, character, theme, tone and pacing necessary to ensure your story will resonate with audiences. The workshop is animated with clips from award-winning movies, and all participants are encouraged to bring forward their own projects for an open, lively discussion.
Elke Town is a story editor, writer and head of Storyworks, a company devoted to helping writers build better stories. With close to two decades of experience in film, television and print media, Elke has developed, financed and produced for both film and television and 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.
Auteurship with Yang Ik-June
Sat NOV 14 | 5-7 PM | Salon | Innis College RM 223 | Industry and Festival Pass Holders Only
Not only is Breathless Yang Ik-June’s directorial debut, it was also starred in and written by Yang Ik-June! Join us for an intimate discussion with him as he shares his incredible experiences making this award-winning film.
Speaking the Language of Music
Sun NOV 15 | 1-3 PM | Salon | Innis College RM 222 | Free. Open to Public
Thinking about creating original music and sound design unique for your film? Learn how to strike a balance in the working processes of director/composer collaboration. Come take a glimpse into the world of film composer, familiarize yourself with the tools of the trade, the time and resources needed, and how to make the most of your music budgets. With examples of how creative collaborations work, the director-composers team of Keith Lock, Shin Kim and Erica Procunier will talk about their extensive working relationship with the film The Ache.
See how all the wonders have worked in the final product on screen with the premier screening of The Ache after the session.
MODERATED BY: Nobu Adilman, TV Producer/Filmmaker, www.nobu.ca
Shin Kim, Erica Procunier, Donald Quan, Composers, The Ache
Keith Lock, Director, The Ache
Tips on Tip – ACTRA De-Mystified
Sun NOV 15 | 3-5 PM | Salon | Innis College RM 223 | Industry and Festival Pass Holders Only
Want to work with experienced name talent? Think you need a gigantic budget to hire ACTRA members? Worried the ACTRA paperwork is too much of a hassle? Don’t miss this intimate seminar on ACTRA’s Toronto Independent Production (TIP) low-budget agreements, where all your worries and concerns will be de-mystified! Presented by Karen Woolridge, an ACTRA Toronto steward, this session will guide you through the simple steps to producing with ACTRA talent. Director Keith Lock and producer Elena Pilar Nañes will share their real-life experiences working with ACTRA’s tip low-budget program. A screening of their films follows this session. Be there! Seeing is believing!
MODERATED BY: Sheila Boyd, Actor/singer, Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee At ACTRA Toronto Performers
Indra Escobar, Senior Production Advisor, ACTRA Independent And Broadcast Production
Tasso Lakas, ACTRA Tip Coordinator
Karen Woolridge, Steward (IPA, CityTv, CTV), ACTRA Toronto Performers
Keith Lock, Director, The Ache
Elena Pilar Nañes, Producer, The Ache