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VIFF Industry Exchange

Monday, October 3 | All day | Vancity Theatre

Presented by CMPA-BC  in partnership with Creative BC, Western Economic Diversification (WED), Telefilm, and the Canada Media Fund, VIFF Industry Exchange provides attendees with high-level education and business development opportunities from global industry leaders in the ever-evolving digital entertainment market. The forum is a must-attend for executives and creators seeking to stay abreast of the most recent changes in the marketplace or intending to pivot to newer platforms, as well as for newer digital filmmakers wanting to expand their audiences and business practices. The program includes keynote talks, B2B meetings with development executives, and a series of discussions on the most recent transformations in the global marketplace, including; what the latest models are, what the newest platforms are buying and how to package your projects to sell.


08:45 AM - 15:00 PM | Registration & Check In | Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St

 

09:55 AM | Opening Remarks 

Amy Davies, Associate Director, CFC Media Lab & Creative Director, VIFF Industry Exchange
Jesse Albert, President Xpansive Media & Board Member, PGA & Creative Director, VIFF Industry Exchange
 

10.00 AM | Opening Keynote: Telling Stories in an On-Demand World

Consumers are leading a massive shift in entertainment consumption where the old rules of distribution are being re-written and even broken entirely. In a post-scarcity world of entertainment, with almost infinite choices of what to watch, those who best connect with an audience are winning. What is working and how can today's storytellers thrive in an on-demand world?
 
Marc Hustvedt, Founder SUPERGRAVITY Pictures/Co-Founder Streamy Awards
 

10: 35 AM | Navigating the Digital Buyers Market

No longer a new breed of digital buyers, but a growing breed of digital buyers. The fast-paced digital entertainment market continues to evolve; new players emerge and business models change. A roster of leading buyers will take our audience through a comprehensive journey, and outline the state of the online market, who’s buying and why.
 
John Canning, VP of New Media, Producers Guild of America (Host)
Derek Dressler, Director, Content Acquisition and Business Development, Vimeo
Andy Shapiro, VP Digital Programming, Legendary Entertainment
Chris Harris, Executive Producer, Digital, CBC

Meredith Carlin, ‎Executive Producer, Original Programming & Content Marketing ULIVE.com at Scripps Networks Interactive

 

11.25 AM | Pitching, Packaging & Making the Deal 

What types of packages may be required when pitching and where the best opportunities are for every producer? Pro tips on forging the right co-productions and partnerships; using digital as your test bed to prove audience demand; and casting for talent.
 
John Canning, VP of New Media, Producers Guild of America (Host)
Katrina Frolov, Sr. Manager, Programming at Comcast
Brian Hamilton, Executive Producer, Omnifilm Entertainment
Jesse Albert, President Xpansive Media & Board Member, PGA
 

12.15 PM | Lunch Break & VR Installations: The Future of Storytelling

Experience the newest in virtual reality storytelling at the VIFF VR Innovation Hub, featuring room-scale experiences on the HTC Vive, interactive video experiences on the Oculus Rift, and cinematic VR films from Hollywood directors to political activists. 
 

13.30 PM | CMF Announcement on Discovery 

The Canada Media Fund is releasing a research report that sheds light on how consumers learn about the existence of content, how they make their choices and provides a discussion of audiences’ main discoverability vectors

 

13.35 PM | Case Study: Producing For the New Media Platform(s)          

In a production environment where formats and platforms change frequently, budgets are often tight, and broadcast quality is a must. Lifeboat, one of hollywood’s digital-first production houses, has worked with many of the largest players in Hollywood including Netflix, Sony Crackle, Hulu, Yahoo, Microsoft, Scott Free, Viacom and others. Join Co-Founder for an in-depth case study on producing in the digital media environment.
 
Jaime Burke, Founder, Lifeboat Productions
Amy Kim, Founder, Lifeboat Productions
 

14.10 PM |  Rapid-Fire Presentations - The Big Opportunity

Creating Content for Targeted Markets
 
Philip Chung, Founding Partner, YOMYOMF
Brandon Bauman, Sr. Counsel & Director, Machinima 
Nina Sundra, General Manager, Vice Canada 
 

15.00 PM |  Coffee Break & VR Installations: The Future of Storytelling

 

15.00 PM | Coffee & Conversations | VIFF Industry Exchange

VIFF Industry Exchange in partnership with CMPA-BC invites attendees to participate in B2B meetings with buyers, commissioners, broadcasters, distributors and funders.
 
Katrina Frolov, Sr. Manager, Programming, Comcast
Meredith Carlin, Executive Producer, ulive.com & Content Marketing
Derek Dressler, Director, Content Acquisition and Business Development, Vimeo
Chris Harris, Executive Producer, Digital, CBC
Andy Shapiro, VP Digital Programming, Legendary Entertainment
John Canning, VP of New Media, Producers Guild of America 
Brandon Bauman, Sr. Counsel & Director, Machinima
 

15.30 PM | How to Find Your Audience’s Funny Bone

In an online world where it’s hard to stand out in the crowd, how do you make laugh-out-loud comedy content and at the same time make it financially viable? Join a master-class on creating comedy content that resonates with online audiences. 
 
Matt Clarke, Creator of Convos with My Two Year Old (host)
Mickey Meyer, Co-Founder, JASH
Rosie Kaller, Head of Production, Cracked.com
Burnie Burns, Co-founder & CEO of Rooster Teeth
 

16.15 PM | Where Next? New Market Opportunities in AR, VR & More

Seth Shapiro shares insights on the massive disruptions and opportunities ahead – find out what the entertainment experience of the future will look like in an immersive, augmented and virtual future.
 
Seth Shapiro is a Two-time Emmy Award winner, Governor of the Television Academy and Adjunct Professor at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.
 

16.45 PM | Industry Happy Hour & Networking

Mix and mingle with fellow guests and speaker over cocktails. 
 

22:00 PM | Vancouver Web Creators Night with Kimmortal

Featuring seven short films by emerging local web creators curated by Amar Mirchandani. Come and go throughout the night and dive into the visual minds of the next-generation of Vancouver indie filmmakers. The night will also feature a performance by local rising hip hop star K!mmortal. Her latest album was met with critical acclaim, Discorder Magazine describing the album as “for anyone who needs to feel like there is someone in their corner.
 

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VIFF Industry Exchange Pass: $250

Virtual Reality and VIFF Industry Exchange Pass: $350

A must-attend forum that provides attendees with high-level education and business development opportunities from global industry leaders in the ever-evolving digital entertainment market.

VIFF Industry Exchange Pass VR and VIE Combo Pass



 
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