Media Release

Yin & Yang: The Creative and Business Come Together at the VIFF Film & TV Forum

For Immediate Release:
September 5, 2012

Media Contact: Rory Richards
Tel: (604) 505.6210

Vancouver, BC -- There's no doubt that when it comes to the film and television industry, business and creative are inseparable. It's like Yin and Yang. That's why the 27th Annual Vancouver Film & TV Forum is bringing together some of the industry's savviest business minds along with its most creative talent for some engaging and provocative sessions at the Rogers Industry Centre, September 26-29.

"We're really excited to have the caliber of talent and expertise that the Forum brings this year – and proud that many are accomplished Canadians," says Kellie Ann Benz, Creative Director of the Forum, "We're thrilled to be able to offer our local film and television community such unique access to fellow creators from around the world.”

On the creative front, guests include such high profile names as Leonard Dick (writer, The Good Wife), Chris McKenna (exec producer/writer, Community), and Tim Schlattman (exec producer/writer, Dexter) who will share their expertise in finding the perfect "hook" and “making the most of your C plot”.

Meanwhile, three-time Oscar nominated sound designer, Craig Berkey (X-Men: First Class, True Grit, No Country for Old Men) and Oscar-winning VFX guru Phil Tippett (Twilight Saga, Star Wars: Episode IV, Jurassic Park) will discuss the digitization of filmmaking and how it also affects the artistic process on the session Innovation and Advancement in Technologies.

Homegrown talent features strongly on the session, The Working Actor – Creativity across all Mediums!  Guests include Joely Collins (actor/producer, Becoming Redwood), Aleks Paunovic (actor, This Means War), Julia Benson (actor/writer/producer, Death Do Us Part) and John Cassini (actor, Three Days in Havana).  Our featured actors have all leveraged their talents in a variety of roles including producing, writing, and directing.

On the business side, Global Trends Day will explore emerging markets and international financing.  Nicolas Chartier, president of Voltage Pictures, producer David Hamilton (Midnight's Children), and Nansun SHI of Film Workshop will focus on China, Hong Kong and India and look at where potential exists for co-ventures/co-productions with Canada.

The session CineCoup: Disrupting the Packaging, Marketing and Financing of Independent Films will feature digital media maven J. Joly, President, CineCoup and Michael Kennedy, Executive Vice President of Filmed Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment Corporation. CineCoup is a born-in Canada platform-as-studio model that is set to change how independent films are packaged, marketed and financed. Join us for the official unveiling of this game-changing platform that will ultimately option the top projects for development and finance one project for production and guaranteed release in Cineplex theatres in Fall 2013.

Mastering the Micro Budget takes some work. Luckily, the Forum will have producers Steven Schardt (Your Sister's Sister), Jay Van Hoy (Keep the Lights On), and Sean Baker (Starlet) on hand for a frank discussion about the real market place for mumblecore and micro budget – and if your project belongs there!

TV Day shifts the focus to the growing trends in brand integration where CJ Yu (Carat) and Jonas Diamond (Guidestones) will discuss the financial benefits, potential pitfalls, and terrific rewards of incorporating brand integration into your original web series production plan. Meanwhile, over on the session Companion Series in a Digital Universe, our featured guests will discuss how a multiplatform approach is essential to audience building for new or existing TV series.

An incredible value, the 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 Tête-à-tête meetings and Speed Dating sessions.  New Filmmakers’ Day pass is $85 for the full day and includes end of day reception.

On-line ticket or pass purchase is available at or by phone at (604) 685.3547

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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.


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