Media Release

Ay, caramba! The Simpsons' Al Jean & other Hollywood Heavyweights to attend the VIFF Film & TV Forum

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2012

Media Contact: Rory Richards

Tel: (604) 505.6210


Vancouver, BC -- The 27th Annual Vancouver Film & TV Forum is bringing together Hollywood heavyweights for three packed days of panels, master classes, networking, speed dating sessions, and Telefilm Canada Tête-à-tête appointments at the Rogers Industry Centre, September 26-28. The biggest names in show biz will be in town to discuss the changing landscape of film, TV and screen-based industries. The Forum wraps with New Filmmakers' Day on Saturday, Sept 29.

A sneak peek... Al Jean, Executive Producer of The Simpsons will provide insight into what it's like to work on one of the most famous and successful animated sit-coms of all time. Jean first joined the show as a writer in 1989 and went on to receive eight Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for his work.

Filmed in Vancouver, Once Upon a Time is a fairytale not only in terms of its plot, but also when it comes to its success. Emmy-nominated writer Jane Espenson will share her insights on what it's like to create a world that's torn between fantasy and reality.

Meanwhile, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky of Indie Game: The Movie will provide indie filmmakers working with more "creatively challenging" budgets a chance to learn how to pave their way to success. The independently produced documentary got off the ground thanks to Kickstarter and went on to premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where not only did it get outstanding buzz, but also managed to sell adaptation rights for a fiction comedy series to HBO.

The Forum kicks off with Global Trends Day, a new initiative which will explore innovation and advancement in technologies, emerging markets, international financing and the next generation of storytellers. The Film Program will cover mastering the set piece, the art of the antagonist and new ways to market and finance a $1-5M Canadian indie film. Not to be outdone, the Factual Program will focus on recent success stories in the world of reality TV and documentary filmmaking while the TV Program will feature sessions on brand integration in web series, multiplatform approaches and finding that elusive "hook" that can make or break a TV Show.

New Filmmakers' Day highlights the working actor, mastering the micro-budget, Telefilm Canada's Talent to Watch and writing for sci-fi story worlds.

Forum Early Bird delegate pass is $300 until Sept. 14 and $325 thereafter. Delegate pass includes all Forum sessions on Sept. 26 - 28th with the exception of Telefilm Canada Tete-a-tete meetings and Speed Dating sessions. New Filmmakers' Day pass is $85 for the full day and includes end of day reception.

Ticket or pass purchase is available online or by phone at (604) 685.3547

Follow the Vancouver Film & TV Forum on Twitter @VIFForum and use hash tag: #VIFForum12

Contact Information

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All sessions take place at the Rogers Industry Centre, located at 1181 Seymour Street. The Vancouver International Film Festival acknowledges the generous support of Telefilm Canada and our major corporate partners Rogers Communications and Fidelity Investments Canada.