Media Release

Vancouver Film & TV Forum Ends on a High Note

For Immediate Release:

October 4th, 2012
Media Contact: Rory Richards

Tel: (604) 505.6210


Vancouver, BC - The 27th edition of the Film & TV Forum ended on a high note with a packed house for New Filmmakers' Day that was truly an inspiration for all the local indie filmmakers and DIY-ers. Throughout the four days of professional development sessions, The Forum played host to some extraordinary guests who spoke on a wide range of topics. From acting to sci-fi, to micro-budgets, brand integration, and the ever important C-plot in TV comedies, the Forum had it covered from all angles. Perhaps just as importantly, delegates got to rub shoulders, converse, and exchange business cards with the industry's top talent.

"These have been an extraordinary four days that showed how much wonderful and unique talent we have in Vancouver," said The Forum's Creative Director Kellie Ann Benz, "Our Hollywood guests were just as excited to meet our delegates as delegates were to meet them. It has truly been a whirlwind of inspiring conversations and chance meetings."

GLOBAL TRENDS DAY offered a major keynote announcement from VIMEO whereby the video platform giant will now offer monetization for films hosted on their site, affording filmmakers an incredible opportunity to turn eyeballs into funds. The Next Generation of Storytellers brought together an incredible round table of writing talent from the world of web series, gaming, and animation including H+'s John Cabrera, Splinter Cell's Matt MacLennan, and Toy Story 2 scribe, Rita Hsiao. Indie Marketing Canadian Style focused on the marketing of homegrown film, Camera Shy, providing insights from five marketing professionals on how to be competitive in today's marketplace.

The FILM PROGRAM saw the unlikely pairing of Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa) and Deepa Mehta (Midnight's Children), where the directors had attendees alternating between laughter and thought as they offered their take on making personal films for mass audiences.

Not to be outdone by its big sister the TV PROGRAM featured Leonard Dick (The Good Wife), Tim Schlattman (Dexter), Al Jean (The Simpsons), Chris McKenna (Community), Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time) and Amy Berg (Eureka) as they discussed how to make the most of your C plot, the premise and the hook and creating compelling sci-fi story worlds.

On the business front, producers heard from international heavyweights Nansun Shi and Nicholas Chartier as they dissected the landscape for emerging markets and international financing. Digital media maven J. Joly unveiled his new micro-budget incubator, CineCoup, in partnership with Cineplex, and delegates received insider tips on brand integration from CJ Yu of Carat.

The Documentary Program brought together some of the most powerful voices and stories, including a mesmerizing discussion on editing from Nettie Wild (Uninterrupted) and Kate Amend (First Position). Paul Saltzman (The Last White Knight), Kirby Dick (The Invisible War) and Nisha Pahuja (The World Before Her) joined in on a fascinating discussion about bravery, moderated by producer Kevin Eastwood. Delving into the business of documentary, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky revealed their wildly successful DIY marketing and distribution strategies for their documentary Indie Game: The Movie.

New Filmmakers' Day took centre stage with panelists Jay Van Hoy (Beginners), Steven Schardt (Your Sister's Sister), Sean Baker (Starlet), Bob Byington (Somebody Up There Likes Me) and Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) discussing the tricks of the trade and how to master the micro-budget. Telefilm Canada's Talent to Watch session was inspirational as some of our most talented west coast filmmakers discussed the joys and challenges of getting their projects off the ground. Meanwhile, over on the actors' session, our local thespians discussed leveraging their talent in a variety of roles and across a number of mediums in order to build exciting and sustainable careers. Creating Sci-fi Story Worlds would prove to be the most popular session featuring Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time), Amy Berg (Eureka) and Simon Barry (Continuum).

Social Media was up front and personal throughout The Forum with the twitter-sphere buzzing via the hashtag #VIFForum12.


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