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CFF MASTERCLASS: THE DIRECTOR’S POINT-OF-VIEW

 

DATE: Tuesday, March 21
TIME: 10:30am-5:00pm  (LUNCH BREAK at 1pm)
WHERE: CINEPLEX Scotiabank Theatres

MODERATED BY - Kris Booth - Director, At Home by Myself...With You, Ordinary Days

DIRECTORS:

Vincenzo NataliCube, Hannibal, The Strain
Craig David Wallace - Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Odd Squad, Slasher
Ingrid Veninger - Porcupine Lake, He Hated Pigeons, The Animal Project, Modra

ACTORS:

Kristin Booth - Sex After Kids, The Kennedys, Signed Sealed Delivered, Orphan Black
Grace Lynn Kung - Being Erica, Miss Sloan, Cult of Chucky, Mary Kills People
Kristian Bruun - Orphan Black, Murdoch Mysteries, Play the Film

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?  Participants will witness the very essence of what a director does across all stages of filmmaking (pre-production, production and post-production) and how they guide and influence the story based on their unique point-of-view.   This six-hour intensive study into the Director's point of view is a Masterclass of epic undertaking, and truly should not be missed! 

Award-winning DGC directors from different backgrounds and genres will work with the same scene and group of top-level talented ACTRA actors.  Each director will break down the script, work with the actors to block and shoot the scene, and then collaborate with an editor on a pass of the scene.  At the end of the class, each of the scenes will be run back-to-back, showing the impact of an individual director's point-of-view on the scene and story.

THE QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED.  How do directors breakdown a scene, and prep the shot list (and do they throw it away once shooting starts)?  How do they navigate the creative language of a scene with actors, and guide them through a scene?  How do they say something about the world through the creative custodian of the character?   Where do they place a camera to most effectively tell the story, and how will the frame sit?  After the dust clears how do they choose between Take 1 or Take 3, and decide if the moment is better in a Wide or Close Up?

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?  The masterclass is designed for emerging and established filmmakers (directors, actors, producers, writers, DOPs, editors, casting directors, etc.), content creators and film-lovers alike.

BONUS! – Participants will receive a FESTIVAL PASS for all screenings, panels and parties!  So, don’t miss this unique experience to BE A PART of the Canadian Film Fest and celebrate 11 years of amazing Canadian Stories, and the people who make them.

*Due to the nature of the biz, CFF Masterclass guests or panelists may change without notice. 

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PANEL #1: GENRE WRITING –
HOW TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

DATE: Wednesday, March 22
TIME: 12:00-1:30PM
WHERE: CINEPLEX Scotiabank Theatres
MODERATOR: Christopher Warre Smets (The Overlookers, The Last Hit Man, Flung)

PANELISTS:

Chad Archibald – Writer/Director/Producer, Co-owner of Black Fawn Films, The Heretics, Bite, Antisocial, The Drownsman
Audrey Cummings – Director/Writer/Producer, Berkshire County, Darken
Casey Walker – Writer/Director/Producer - Owner - Cave Painting Pictures, A Little Bit Zombie, The Void, Some Kind of Madness
Justin McConnell - Writer/Director, Skull World, Broken Mile, Galaxy of Horrors, owner of Unstable Ground, programmer at Toronto After Dark

Genre films (horror, sci-fi, thriller) can be cheap to produce, come with an already built-in audience, and have the potential for big financial returns - which explains why they’re an appealing choice for emerging Canadian filmmakers.

But, with so much competition, how can you write one that stands out from the crowd?

Our panel of experienced genre filmmakers will unpack genre writing from a variety of angles:  How do you write to the location you have (an old farmhouse, a cabin in the woods, an abandoned hospital) – How can you bend the rules of storytelling?  Is it smart to mix genres?  What are some of the common traps that young genre filmmakers fall into?  How far do you go when mixing social commentary into the narrative?  How important is it to have a unique hook?  How important is it to get a star attached – or is genre enough? 

Join us and find out if your career-launching project should be a genre film, and how to make it happen!

*Due to the nature of the biz, CFF Masterclass guests or panelists may change without notice. 

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PANEL #2: RIGHT ON THE MONEY –
WHERE TO FIND THE FUNDS

DATE: Wednesday, March 22
TIME: 2:30-4:00PM
WHERE: CINEPLEX Scotiabank Theatres
MODERATOR: Avi Federgreen (President, Federgreen Entertainment & IndieCan Entertainment)

PANELISTS:

Andrew Ferguson - Executive Producer Filth City, LaRue Entertainment
Matt King – Executive Producer Filth City, LaRue Entertainment
Greg Jeffs – Client Services Coordinator Emerging Filmmakers, William F. White International Inc.
Dan Lyon – Feature Film Executive, Telefilm Canada
Divya Shahani - Entertainment, Corporate and IP Lawyer, Hall Webber LLP

We are fortunate to live in a country that offers opportunities for financial support from various Funding Organizations and Programs that are dedicated to promoting the talent of emerging Canadian filmmakers.

Beyond these traditional sources, there are many ways to fund your indie film, and “borrowing” money from Great Aunt Wilma’s retirement fund doesn’t have to be it!

Based on their extensive experience in innovative funding strategies, grant applications, and sponsorship opportunities – this panel of successful Producers and highly profiled Funders will discuss the tips and tricks that will help you get your hands on the goods you need to make your next movie.

*Due to the nature of the biz, CFF Masterclass guests or panelists may change without notice. 

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PANEL #3: SHOWING OFF THE GOODS –
HOW TO GET YOUR FILM SEEN AND SOLD

DATE: Thursday, March 23
TIME: 12:00-1:30PM
WHERE: CINEPLEX Scotiabank Theatres
MODERATOR: David Miller (A71 Productions)

PANELISTS:

Susan Curran – Founding Partner and President of Marketing and Development, United Front Entertainment
Tim Smythe-Bishop – President, TSB
Andrea Grau – President, Touchwood PR
Andrew Hunt – Managing Partner, Raven Banner Entertainment

With ever changing content consumption platforms and fierce competition from an international market, just how does a Canadian Indie Filmmaker like you strategically position your Canadian film to get both ‘bums in seats’ and money in your pocket?

Get ready for some hands-on, actionable advice, with step-by-step strategies from some of Canada’s most influential and innovative distribution, production, and public relations companies.

A must-see panel for the Canadian independent filmmaker who’s completed a short or feature film, and is wondering how to successfully get it out there, get it seen, and get it sold.

*Due to the nature of the biz, CFF Masterclass guests or panelists may change without notice. 

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PANEL #4: UNLOCKING THE CASTING ROOM

DATE: Thursday, March 23
TIME: 2:30-4:00PM
WHERE: CINEPLEX Scotiabank Theatres
MODERATOR: Shauna MacDonald (Trailer Park Boys, Degrassi, Hemlock Grove, 11.22.63, Rogue, Ransom)

PANELISTS:

Sara Kay – Lewis Kay Casting, CDC, Man Seeking Woman, Letter Kenny, Backstage
Jenny Lewis – Lewis Kay Casting, CDC, Man Seeking Woman, Letter Kenny,Backstage
Ron Leach – Ron Leach Casting, CDC, Kingdom Come, Merry Matrimony, High Rise Rescue
Marissa Richmond – Marissa Richmond Casting, CDC, Flashpoint, 19-2, This Life, Sleepless
Dee Shipley - Dee and Company CDC - JustinTime, Camp Lakebottom, Hotel Transylvania

Finding the right cast could make or break your indie film.

This is an essential panel for Canadian filmmakers who want to make sure they are set up for success in the casting process.  Actors looking to ace auditions will get an insider perspective into what happens once you leave the casting room, and what you can do to keep getting auditions. 

The prolific panel of veterans of the Canadian casting world, speaking from multiple perspectives, will demystify the casting process and discuss their approaches and advice for finding the right players for your project.  

These are the casting keys to your next big hit!

*Due to the nature of the biz, CFF Masterclass guests or panelists may change without notice. 

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