Industry Bootcamp 2021

Sign up free for Industry Bootcamp and meet professionals from various fields, companies and organizations through panels, seminars or one-on-one consultations!

Participants will pre-submit questions and project information, hosting a mix of filmmakers from various stages of career. Each virtual session will be held on Zoom. 

Below are this year’s Industry Bootcamp sessions and the organizations involved:


Session #1: Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)

Date and Time: Saturday, October 23 from 1pm – 1:45pm

Session Panelists & Bios: Lisa Moreau, Member Services & Special Events and Marcia Douglas, Senior Director, Business Affairs

Lisa is responsible for all functions related to member service, and is one of the primary organizers of the CMPA’s annual Prime Time conference. As the point person for both new and renewing members, Lisa enjoys the opportunity to deal individually with every company that joins the CMPA. She handles the day-to-day operations of the membership department, and also manages the membership database. Lisa handles all logistics related to the CMPA’s annual Prime Time conference, a national networking event for some 600 of Canada’s most prominent business leaders from the feature film, television, interactive media, broadcasting and telecommunications industries. Prior to joining the CMPA in 1998, Lisa held positions in finance/accounting, human resources, office management, event planning and client relations. Before she joined the CMPA’s membership department, Lisa was the association’s Director of Finance.

Marcia Douglas brings extensive experience in—and strategic insight into—the Canadian media landscape for traditional and digital platforms. With a background in business affairs and production, Marcia works to establish policies and opportunities for producer interests in their business dealings. She directly works on files related to the kids and family sector, Terms of Trade, CMF, and Ontario regional issues, she also supports the CMPA’s equity, diversity and inclusion efforts and is the industry co-chair of the Ontario Green Screen Initiative.

Session Description:

During the 30 minute session, Lisa and Marcia will provide an overview of the role the CMPA plays in the Canadian production industry, outline the benefits of CMPA membership, and answer questions.

About the CMPA:

The Canadian Media Producers Association is the national advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production, and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema, and digital media channels. We work to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and to ensure a bright future for the diverse content made by our members for both domestic and international audiences.


Session #2: Behind the Scenes Services Inc. (BTS) and Lewis-Birnberg Hanet LLP (LBS)

Date and Time: Saturday, October 23 from 3pm – 3:45pm

Session Panelists: Eric Birnberg and Karla Bobadilla

Session Description:

Are you developing your first feature live action or documentary film, first web series, or first TV pilot? Are you looking to apply for funding or pitching to funders for your next project? If you are, this is a good time to think about your plans and level up your producing chops. 

Join this session with reps from business affairs and administration firm Behind the Scenes Services Inc. (BTS) and entertainment law firm Lewis Birnberg Hanet, LLP (LBH) to ask questions about how to set up the business and legal infrastructure to enable producing success, and make your pitch/application stand out to funders. 

This session is meant for filmmakers/producers who have completed short films/projects in the past, and are now scaling up to larger productions and budgets. Get ahead of the curve and avoid the typical pitfalls that impact the assessment of your funding proposals. 

When registering, we ask that you submit a brief description of the project you’re working on and a few questions so that we can tailor this high-level discussion towards noted areas of interest. 

The session will begin with a moderated discussion with these experienced reps from BTS and LBH, followed by a Q&A session based on submitted questions.

About Behind the Scenes Services Inc. (BTS)

At BTS, we manage all Canadian and US film and television tax incentive filings and collections, including preliminary applications, final applications and registrations, CPA and regulatory audit file preparations, and we liaise with tax authorities through to the completion of the tax audit, collection of the tax refund(s) and repayment of bank loans.  BTS is a business affairs and administration shop that brings studio level knowledge and efficiencies to Film, TV and Digital Media Producers. We provide structural advice and management services to qualify and maximize tax credits, obtain project interim financing, qualify for international treaty co-production status, and facilitate government and private investments on projects, amongst our many other services.  See www.bts-services.com

About Lewis Birnberg Hanet, LLP (LBH):

LBH is a boutique media, entertainment, telecommunications and technology law firm unlike any other. Our decades of collective Bay Street and in-house legal experience coupled with our “in the trenches” production experience is what sets us apart. We’ve produced TIFF gala- premiered films and, worldwide-released major network television series, and have hosted top Canadian commercial radio programs.  We’ve been on your side of the table, and we understand your needs.  See www.lbhmedialaw.com


Session #3: NABET 700-M UNIFOR

Date and Time: Sunday, October 24 from 1pm – 1:45pm

Session Panelist:

Peggy Kyriakidou – President of NABET 700-M UNIFOR

Gerry Mendoza – Secretary Treasurer and working in the Lighting and Grip departments

Brian Horrell – Member of the Sound department

Michael Christiani – Member of the Set Decoration department

Session Description:

This session will be guided by your interests in NABET 700-M UNIFOR. 

So let us know what you want to know! Whether it’s which departments you’re most interested in, either for your current or upcoming projects or out of personal interest. Or get your questions answered about your general career goals and expanding knowledge and experiences within the industry.

Hear from their skillful members and/or representatives about their years of experiences, do’s, don’ts, and more. 

A previous production partner of Kim’s Convenience and Tall Boyz, and current production partners Workin’ Moms, Run the Burbs, and Murdoch Mysteries.


NABET 700-M UNIFOR is a union of film, television and new media technicians that has serviced Ontario and the world for over 45 years. NABET 700-M currently has over 3,000 qualified technicians in fifteen (15) departments including the following:

  • Construction
  • Continuity
  • Costume
  • Grip
  • Hair
  • Labour
  • Lighting
  • Makeup
  • Paint
  • Props
  • Set decoration
  • Sound
  • Special effects
  • Transportation
  • Videotape 

Also offering a straightforward, competitive collective agreement with the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) that is available to Canadian, US, and International productions. It provides predictability and stability with no hidden costs and supplies high-skilled, efficient and professional Technicians to service productions on a non-seniority basis. Recently, NABET 700-M UNIFOR has been involved in production financing and independent production studio growth in tandem with spearheading industry initiatives to address the issues of workforce development and diversity within the industry.

NABET 700-M UNFOR has an Apprenticeship Program, which is designed to provide paid placement opportunities to those who would like to begin a career in the film, television and digital media industry. Apprenticeship opportunities are available in each department that NABET 700-M UNIFOR represents. 


Session #4: Charles Street Video

Date and Time: Sunday, October 24 from 2pm – 2:45pm

Session Panelist: Greg Woodbury

Session Description:

An overview of the services, support and equipment offered to filmmakers and media artists at Charles Street Video.

About Charles Street Video:

Charles Street Video (CSV) is a non-profit production organization established in 1981 to help support media artists. We provide affordable access to equipment and post-production editing facilities for creating videos, films, installations and other media art forms. We offer regular workshops, training sessions and residencies.

CSV also commissions artists to create new works, and sponsors a variety of youth-oriented production programs and post-secondary scholarships. We actively participate in local exhibitions of media art through our partnerships with arts organizations and grassroots festivals.

Charles Street Video fosters the creation of media art, encourages experimentation, and develops an artistic community and is Toronto’s leading media arts production centre where emerging and established artists gather and achieve their artistic vision.

CSV is supported by its members, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council for operating funding and by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts for capital funding.


Session #5: Media training with Judy Lung

Date and Time: Sunday, October 24 from 3pm – 3:45pm

Session lead Judy Lung 

Session panelist and bio:

Judy Lung is a communications expert and innovator, committed to building a more inclusive and equitable screen industry. With 20+ years of experience creating PR, marketing, and social media campaigns for Canada’s leading arts & entertainment organizations, Lung is known for developing data-driven audience-building strategies and championing Canadian content and talent, both at home and on the international stage. Currently, Lung is VP, Communications & Marketing at Touchwood PR. Lung sits on the boards of Unsinkable, a not-for-profit founded by Olympian Silken Laumann dedicated to amplifying diverse voices to drive change in the way people manage their well-being, and BIPOC TV & FILM, an advocacy group committed to increasing representation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour in front of and behind the camera. In 2020, Lung spearheaded HireBIPOC, an initiative created by BIPOC TV & FILM with Bell Media to transform hiring practices and increase opportunities for BIPOC creatives and crew in the Canadian media industry.

Session description: 30 minute media training workshop + Q&A

This session is intended to help underrepresented artists effectively and strategically navigate and leverage media interviews and other related PR opportunities.This tailored media training session will provide practical tools and tips for filmmakers and media artists to position and communicate their projects. This session is intended for both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and media artists, with the intention of providing strategies to use at all stages of your career. In the 30 minute media training workshop, you will learn what to expect in media interviews, how to prepare for them and how to deliver and frame your own messaging. This workshop will also be useful for emerging artists who are pitching projects to broadcasters, funders, and partners and are looking to learn best practices in creating impactful messaging. 


Free 1-on-1 30 Minute Consultations available with the following Industry Partners:

  • Behind the Scenes Services Inc. (BTS) and Lewis-Birnberg Hanet LLP (LBS);
  • Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA);
  • NABET 700-M UNFOR; and
  • ACTRA Toronto

If you have further follow up or detailed questions relating to your own projects, please take advantage of booking a free one-on-one with one or all of the Bootcamp partners listed above following their sessions from November – December. Whether you identify as up and coming or well-established in the industry, talking to unions or legal services can be daunting. We know that building a solid network and community as a filmmaker is crucial to your success, and that’s something Reel Asian always wants to provide to everyone we work with. 

How to book a 1-on-1: All registrants will receive an invite from Reel Asian at the end of Bootcamp with a calendar of available time slots from November – December. Select the time slot(s) in one or all of the helpful industry professionals’ calendars, and you will be emailed a calendar invite with a meeting link to join, and a reminder email one day before. Prioritization will be given to Asian-identifying participants for the limited 1-on-1 sessions.

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