Micro Meetings Networking Event
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Learning Studios A&B
Session 1: October 20, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Session II: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Exclusive to Delegate Pass Holders, imagineNATIVE’s Micro Meetings connect you one-on-one with industry decision-makers by giving you valuable face-to-face time to discuss your project for acquisition, sale or development potential. Update October 5: Due to demand, we are expanding the MICRO MEETINGS into two sessions, 1:00 - 3:00pm, 3:30 - 5:30pm. Please See the listing of Leaders available in each session and make sure you are available for the session.
How to Sign-Up for Micro-Meetings
Festival Pass Holders can still sign-up for any remaining Micro-Meeting spots in the following two ways:
- On Thursday, October 19, between 9:00am to 12:00pm, at 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 349 (imagineNATIVE's office space).
- On Friday, October 20, 12:30pm (a half-hour before the start of the first Micro-Meeting) at Learning Studios A&B, on the third floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Arrive early to secure your spots. This is a fantastic event and we encourage directors and producers to sign-up.
Industry Leaders -Overview
SESSION I - 1:00 to 3:00pm
Linda O’Shaughnessy | Manager of Acquisitions | Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
Nadia Gaudet Burnstick | Manager of Programming, Central Region (NWT, SK, MB, ON)| Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
Tania Koenig-Gauchier | Manager of Programming, Western Region (AB, BC, YT) | Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
Jean-François D. O’Bomsawin | Manager of Programming, Eastern Region (QC, Nunavut and Maritimes) (APTN)
Karam Masri | Film/TV Program Consultant | Ontario Media Development Corporation
David Oppenheim + Lea Marin | Producers | National Film Board of Canada - Ontario
Isidra Cruz | Indigenous Arts Officer, Toronto Arts Council | Associate Indigenous Arts Officer, Ontario Arts Council
Jason Brennan | Founder | Nish Media
Danis Goulet | Shorts Programmer | Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
Andrew Johnson | Executive in Charge of Production, Original Content, Factual | Corus Entertainment
Melanie Nepinak Hadley | Executive in charge of Production | CBC Drama
Tanya Natscheff | Executive Producer | VICE Canada
Jill Samson | Deputy Director – Portfolio Management | Telefilm/CMF
Anusha Duray | Acquisitions Manager | SBS/NITV (Australia)
Maya Solis-Austin | Program Manager, Sundance Institute's Native American and Indigenous Film Program (USA)
Linda Campos Olszewski | Movies that Matter | Shorts HD (USA)
Tracy Rector | Co-founder, Longhouse Media | Programmer | Seattle International Film Festival (USA)
Shirley Sneve | Executive Director | Visionmaker Media (USA)
Mitch Mallon | CEO | Stadium Media (USA)
Sérgio Gomes Executive Director | Porto/Post/Doc: Film & Media Festival, Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival (Portugal)
Cristian Heinsen | Founder, Fundacion Altiplano | Director - Arica Nativa, Rural + Indigenous Film Festival (Chile)
Juhani Alanen | Executive Director | Tampere Film Festival (Finland)
Senta van de Weetering | Programmer | Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland)
Libby Hakaraia | Festival Director | Māoriland Film Festival | Aotearoa (New Zealand)
SESSION II - 3:30 to 5:30pm
Jeremy Edwardes | Producer | Wabunganung Films
Stephanie Brown | Senior Producer | CBC Indigenous
Lesley Birchard | Executive in Charge of Production | CBC Docs
Charlotte Engel | Executive in Charge of Production, Documentaries | CBC Docs POV
Drop-in meetings (no length) for information about the Canada Council for the Arts' Digital Strategy Fund:
Emmanuel Madan | Program Officer, Digital Strategy Fund
Laurie Biderman | Manager, Digital Strategy Fund
Cieron Cody | Commissioning Editor | SBS/NITV (Australia)
João Garção Borges | Managing Director | RTP2 - SHORTSPLANET (Portugal)
Thomas Grimshaw | International Programmer | London Short Film Festival (UK)
Penelope Bartlett | Programmer | Criterion Collction & Short of the Week (USA)
Penny Smaalacombe | Head, Indigenous | Screen Australia (Australia)
Leader Profiles -canada
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is the first and only national Aboriginal broadcaster in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians, as well as viewers around the world. We strive to be domestically and internationally recognized as the leading source for distinctively Aboriginal audiovisual content produced by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples.
The programming department develops, commissions and acquires distinctive Aboriginal content, which reflects our pride and heritage. APTN is committed to enabling Aboriginal Peoples to share their stories and convey them to a domestic and international audience.
APTN develops and licenses first window programs from Aboriginal production companies (with 51% or more ownerships and control). Limited funds are available for second window projects, which don’t require Aboriginal ownership.
Acquisitions, licenses a wide range of Canadian and international programs in English, French and Aboriginal languages - from movies and series to documentaries and short films.
APTN is looking for bold and original ideas that will reach our target markets. Do you have an inspiring and entertaining story to tell? We love complex and multidimensional characters just like you and want to watch them develop on APTN.
Manager of Acquisitions, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Linda O’Shaughnessy was raised in Baker Lake, Nunavut and Ottawa, Ontario, and brings over 25 years of broadcasting experience to APTN’s Programming department.
She studied at Algonquin College in the radio-television broadcasting program in Ottawa, and has been part of Canada’s Aboriginal broadcasting industry since its beginnings in the North. Linda was part of the pre-launch of Television Northern Canada (TVNC) in Iqaluit, Nunavut, where she worked in scheduling and programming. Of note is that Linda was a panel member representing programming at TVNC’s Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) license hearing for a national network. The CRTC issued a broadcasting license that launched what is now APTN.
Since the start of the network, Linda continued to work in scheduling and programming at APTN’s Yellowknife bureau. She then returned to Ottawa in 2002 and was promoted to Manager of Acquisitions in November 2013.
Manager of Programming, Western Region (AB, BC, YT)
Tania Koenig-Gauchier is a television producer who brings almost 20 years of experience in broadcasting and independent production to APTN’s Programming department. She has worked as a producer for CTV, APTN and CBC, and has a background in business, marketing and promotions for television. Most recently, she completed the Ch’nook Aboriginal Management Certificate Program (AMP) at the UBC Sauder School of Business.
One of the first employees at APTN in 1999, she now returns full circle and feels fortunate to work with other Aboriginal producers who share her passion to tell authentic Indigenous stories and share them with the world.
Tania is extremely proud of her Cree-Métis heritage - her family is from Northern Alberta. She is also mother to two children whom are members of the Nisga’a Nation (Village of Laxgalts’ap) in British Columbia.
Nadia Gaudet Burnstick
Manager of Programming, Central Region (NWT, SK, MB, ON), APTN
Nadia Gaudet Burnstick’s life-long passion for storytelling began through music, as a songwriter and composer, most recently nominated in two categories at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Her artistic background lead her to produce and manage a variety of live events through which she branched out into the Film & Television industry in 2006, accumulating experience working as Production Manager, Production Coordinator and Set Photographer on various Documentary, Music & Variety and Television series filmed across Canada.
Nadia first joined the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) in 2014 as Programming Coordinator for the Central Region. She is very proud of her Francophone-Métis heritage, and is grateful for her new role as Manager of Programming for the Central Region at APTN, where she is able to work with Aboriginal Producers who share her passion to celebrate Indigenous culture, and who find innovative and authentic ways to share their inspiring stories.
Jean-François D. O’Bomsawin
Jean-François D. O’Bomsawin | Manager of Programming, Eastern Region (QC, Nunavut and Maritimes), APTN
Jean-François D. O’Bomsawin is a First Nations member of the Abenaki community of Odanak, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Communications from the University of Ottawa. For five years, he worked for the Canadian Museum of Civilizations, managing a training program for Aboriginal Peoples.
Jean-François’ career started at APTN in 2010 as a Communications Coordinator for the Marketing department. In 2012, he joined the management team as Manager of Programming, Eastern Region and was promoted, in July 2016, to Senior Manager of Programming. His management experience and understanding of Aboriginal perspectives are very beneficial to the development, evolution and commission of original programming and in leading the network’s team of regional Programming Managers.
National Film Board of Canada - Overview
The National Film Board of Canada is the nation’s public producer and distributor of distinctive and audacious audiovisual content. Our mandate is to engage Canadians and the world through the production of creative and innovative works that reflect our country and Canadian points of view.
The NFB’s English Program is a unique creative laboratory. Our producers work with creators from across Canada— filmmakers and other media artists — in the production of POV documentaries (more than 50% of our work), auteur animation and original interactive digital content for all platforms including tablet, mobile and the Web.
We strive to use our public sector difference to produce work that in terms of approach/perspective/story would be more difficult to undertake in the private sector. Our projects come from a wide range of communities, engage with a wide range of topics and reflect voices and perspectives that are often underrepresented in the mainstream media.
As creative producers, we work closely with directors, artists and co-producers to build collaborative teams around projects, and to shape working methods and environments that promote experimentation and creativity.
NFB Representatives (taking meetings together)
Producer | National Film Board of Canada - Ontario
David Oppenheim is a producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario Studio where his recent credits include Draw Me Close (Tribeca 2017, Venice Film Festival 2017), an immersive theatre production made in collaboration with the National Theatre (UK) and the Webby award-winning Universe Within, the final chapter of the NFB's HIGHRISE project. Recent film credits include Randall Okita's short documentary Moving Through Music and Brett Story's World in a City, part of the global Big Cities short-documentary project. He is currently producing a number of documentary film, interactive, and immersive projects including the studio’s creative nonfiction VR lab in partnership with the National Theatre, and the interactive documentary The Space We Hold (Sheffield Doc/Fest, FoST), a companion to the NFB feature documentary, The Apology.
David is also a documentarian and interactive media-maker with diverse industry experience. Before producing with the NFB, he was Head of Documentary Development and Interactive Producer at Kensington, where he worked on projects such as the Scopify mobile app and City Sonic, which premiered at TIFF and launched on mobile, the web, television, and at Toronto's Nuit Blanche. He has produced and directed for
Discovery Health, CBC Newsworld, and TVOntario. He is a past resident at the Canadian Film Centre's Media Lab.
Lea Marin | Producer | National Film Board of Canada
Lea Marin is an award wining Toronto based producer with more than 18 years experience in the film and television industry. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Producer’s Lab, Lea joined the National Film Board of Canada as a producer in 2006. Her most recent film credits, Unarmed Verses, premiered at Hot Docs International Film Festival this year and won the jury prize for Best Canadian Feature; and Picture This, screened at Inside Out and OUTeast, winning Best Canadian Short and the Audience Award for Best Short at both festivals. Other credits include, My Prairie Home which in 2014, premiered at the Sundance film festival, and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award; The Portrait, directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker, Hubert Davis, which in 2012 premiered on the BBC, and Astra Taylor’s Examined Life, which launched at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008. Prior to returning to the National Film Board of Canada, Lea Marin produced the CFC short dramatic film, Escape, and worked as a line producer on the Discovery Channel series Mega Builders.
Indigenous Arts Officer at the Toronto Arts Council | Associate Indigenous Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council
Isidra is a Mexican, Cree, African American, and French arts administrator and costume designer. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Theatre Production program where she received a BFA with Honours, specializing in theatre administration and costume design/construction. Currently she is working as the Indigenous Arts Officer at the Toronto Arts Council and the Associate Indigenous Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council.
Toronto Arts Council/Ontario Arts Council and what you are looking for:
The Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council are funding bodies who support the activites of professional artists. Both councils offer an Indigenous arts stream that supports both contemporary and traditional arts practices. I would love to meet artists who are based in Toronto or Ontario to discuss available funding opportunities.
Founder, Nish Media
Jason Brennan is a member of the Kitigan-Zibi First Nation and the owner of Nish Media. In ten years, Nish Media has produced critically acclaimed programming for various networks in Canada such as APTN, CBC, Canal D, TV5, ArTV, RDI. It’s new series Skindigenous, profiling tattooing traditions in Indigenous cultures around the world will air on APTN in 2018. Nish is currently in development on a six part dramatic series for Radio-Canada entitled “Pour toi Flora”, about siblings living with the trauma of residential schools.
In 2015, Nish Media released its first feature film “LE DEP”, written and directed by Sonia Bonspille Boileau which premiered at Karlovy Vary Film Festival and the Vancouver Film Festival. Nish is slated to shoot Boileau’s second feature “Rustic Oracle”, staring Carmen Moore in 2018 and is currently adapting Marc Séguin’s “Nord Alice” for the big screen.
About Nish Media and what they are looking for:
Looking for writers and directors to collaborate on existing and future documentary series as well as scripts and treatments for feature length films of all genres. In addition, looking for potential co-producers in Canada and around the world.
Shorts Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
Danis Goulet programs short films for the Toronto International Film Festival. She is the former Artistic Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and has curated award-winning short film commissioning projects including the Embargo Collective I and II. Goulet has developed initiatives for the Ontario Arts Council, served on the boards for the Toronto Arts Council and the Images Festival, and is a former programming committee member for the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival. As a director, her films have screened at numerous festivals in Canada and around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Berlinale, imagineNATIVE and the Sundance Film Festival. She is an alumna of TIFF Talent Lab and the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize Program. Danis (Cree/Métis) was born in La Ronge, Saskatchewan and currently resides in Toronto. About The
About TIFF and what they are looking for:
Starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals — a "festival of festivals" — the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform for filmmakers to launch their careers and to premiere their new work.
The festival showcases all genres, all lengths, from all regions of the world in numerous section. The Short Cuts section of the Festival is a showcase of extraordinary new short films that portray perspectives and experiences in every corner of the globe. Whether the films themselves take the forms of animation, documentary or narrative, Short Cuts presents the best and boldest new works by emergent and established talent in Canada and internationally and celebrates cinematic storytelling that’s innovative, provocative and distinctive.
Executive in Charge of Production, Original Content, Factual | Corus Entertainment
The team develops & commissions factual, reality, format and documentary programming for several Corus networks, especially HISTORY. Johnson oversees series like Hunting Nazi Treasure, Yukon Gold, Real Vikings, War Story and the drama Gangland Undercover. Past series & programs have included Ice Pilots, Museum Secrets, Klondike Trappers, Camp-X and Canadian Pickers. Previously, he was Commissioning Editor of CBC News Network’s award-winning documentary series The Lens and Rough Cuts as well as Senior Producer at The Passionate Eye. Johnson began his career in independent television production and has won numerous prizes including a Peabody Award, 3 Geminis and an International Emmy nomination.
What you are looking for:
The Original Content group at Corus Entertainment commissions factual, lifestyle and scripted programming. In the factual area, we look for entertaining programs that draw broad audiences through a combination of active storytelling, strong characters, compelling narrative and access. We give priority to series, from 4 to 13 episodes, both one-hours and half-hours. One-offs are limited to a very small number of high-budget feature documentaries for HISTORY, with large audience and news-making potential. Projects with international partners are especially appealing. Acquisitions are handled by a separate department at Corus.
Melanie Nepinak Hadley
Executive in charge of Production, CBC Drama
Melanie Nepinak Hadley is Executive in Charge of Production for CBC Drama. She recently stepped into the role and manages projects in development and production, such as Heartland. Prior to her role at CBC she was the Manager of Programming for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network where she oversaw development, first window licencing and second window licencing for television and digital media projects commissioned from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the Northwest Territories. She joins CBC with over 15 years of experience working for independent production and a national broadcaster.
About CBC and what you are looking for:
We are actively interested in finding, developing, producing, co-producing and offering the strongest and most original dramatic properties for conventional and digital delivery. In other words, we are looking for sophisticated, absorbing and above all, distinct dramas. These should be character-driven series with a strong story engine that will appeal to Canadians. We are looking to reach a broad 25+ audience.
We are also looking for two-hour TV movies of stories of a more epic nature. Typically, we look for programming that has historical or cultural significance to Canadians or is based on important Canadian literary properties.
Our current programming strategy is focused on serialized one-hour series and limited series, between 8 and 10 episodes, that can air between 8:00PM and 9:00PM or, 9:00PM and 10:00PM, as well as two hour movies for an 8:00PM timeslot.
TV Drama has a special responsibility to work alongside independent producers and creators in Canada. To that end, we look forward to having the opportunity to consider your ideas as we work toward making this your first port of call for new, sophisticated, distinct, and relevant Canadian dramas. We have a particularly strong interest in continuing our commitment to regional voices and production.
Naomi Boxer | Documentary Acquisitions Programmer | TVO
Naomi acquires and pre-licenses documentaries and factual content for TVO’s acclaimed showcase of social-issue point-of-view and arts documentaries, as well as current affairs, science, technology, wildlife, and natural history content. Naomi participates in international juries and documentary forum industry events. Selected TVO premieres of note include: Finding Vivian Maier, The World Before Her, Judgement in Hungary, The War Show, Chosen, Leslie Caron: Reluctant Star, Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island, Of Men and War, Redesign My Brain, Facebookistan, Genetic Me, The Destruction of Memory, Snowden’s Great Escape, Strike a Pose, Seed: The Untold Story, Sonita and Blue ID.
About TVO and what and who they are looking for (program and strand briefs)
TVO is Ontario’s public media organization. We develop and commission compelling social issue and current affairs documentaries, along with convergent digital media projects that focus on contemporary social, political and cultural issues that are of direct relevance to Canadian audiences and promote citizen engagement. Recent commissions include Family Camera, Migrant Dreams, Sugar Coated, Lowdown Tracks and My Millennial Life. International pre-buys and acquisitions explore social issue and arts related stories that are character-driven and illuminate the diversity of human experience and inspire thought, understanding and inclusive communities. Acquisitions of factual content explore a broad range of subjects including history, science and natural history. For more information visit http://tvo.org/about/doc-submission-guide
Film/TV Program Consultant, OMDC Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)
Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) supports the province of Ontario’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding for the film & television; book & magazine publishing; interactive digital media & music industries. As Program Consultant for the Film and Television sectors, Ms. Masri brings industry experience to the administration and development of programs and strategies which help to drive innovation and growth in Ontario’s creative industries. Prior to her current roll at OMDC, Ms. Masri was the Business Analyst at the Bell Fund
Jill Samson | Deputy Director – Portfolio Management | Telefilm/CMF
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms.
The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors.
INTERNATIONAL LEADERs - Session i
Acquisitions Manager | National Indigenous Television (NITV)
Anusha is the Senior Programmer for NITV Australia and manages acquisitions for the station. She is also an award winning producer for her short film "Bourke Boy" which had its international premiere at imagineNATIVE in 2009. She has worked on various feature films and television series with over a decades experience working in indigenous community and business development. She has been a board member of the Aboriginal Women's Consultation Network since 2010. Born and raised within the Bundjalung Nation.
About National Indigenous Television and what you are looking for:
National Indigenous Television (NITV) is a channel made by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Through us, you will discover a channel for all Australians.
NITV informs, educates and entertains its Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences about the issues that matter the most to Indigenous Australians. NITV provides a rich diversity of cultures, languages and talent.
The channel commissions or acquires content primarily from the Indigenous production sector. NITV is proud to host the only daily national news service covering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island stories across the country.
As NITV develops within the media landscape, its growing audience recognises the channel as unique in celebrating and providing a voice for Indigenous Australia, educating all Australians and opening a dialogue with wider Australia.
Program Manager, Sundance Institute's Native American and Indigenous Film Program
Maya Solis-Austin (Pascua Yaqui/Blackfeet/Mexican Descent) is a program manager for Sundance Institute's Native American and Indigenous Film Program. Prior to joining Sundance Institute, she held archivist positions with the National NAGPRA Program, The Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum, the Academy Film Archive, and the UCLA Cataloging and Metadata center. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of California Los Angeles.
About Sundance Institute and what they are looking for:
2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the formal existence of the Native American and Indigenous Program at Sundance Institute. Following President and Founder Robert Redford’s original vision, Sundance Institute has remained committed to supporting Native American artists throughout the history of the Institute. This support has created tremendous growth in the Native American media field and put Native film on the cultural map. From the support of Greg Sarris’s (Coast Miwok) Grand Avenue at the 1992 June Screenwriters Lab to the world premiere of Sydney Freeland’s (Navajo) Drunktown’s Finest at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the Institute has established a rich legacy of work. The Native American and Indigenous Program operates the Native Filmmakers Lab Fellowship, the Native Producers Fellowship, and the Native Forum at Sundance Film Festival, and it has established filmmaker labs in New Zealand and Australia. The program has supported more than 300 filmmakers through labs, grants, mentorships, and the platform of the Sundance Film Festival.
The Native American and Indigenous Program has a global focus and through its work strengthens Indigenous cinema. The program operates the Native Filmmakers Lab Fellowship, in which two short film projects are selected through a national competition, workshopped, and provided production support. The program also operates the Native Producers Fellowship, selecting two fellows per year to develop their skills at managing all levels of production. Filmmakers and projects supported include Sterlin Harjo and his Spirit Award–nominated Four Sheets to the Wind and follow-up film Barking Water; Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi and his feature debut, Eagle vs. Shark, and follow-up film Boy; Billy Luther's award-winning Miss Navajo and his second film, Grab; Andrew Okpeaha MacLean's Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize–winning short film Sikumi and feature film debut On the Ice; Aurora Guerrero's Mosquita y Mari; and Sydney Freeland's Drunktown's Finest. Forthcoming supported projects include Yolanda Cruz’s La Raya, Ciara Lacy's Out of State, and Ty Sanga's After Mele.
We are looking for projects and filmmakers that are looking for support for their projects and would want to submit to the festival or be considered for our labs. I am hoping to meet filmmakers who are working on short films, which have a focus on environmental issues as related to the global Indigenous community.
Linda Campos Olszewski | Movies that Matter | Shorts HD
Affectionately known in the entertainment industry as “Linda O.”, is one of the most passionate and knowledgeable people in the short film industry. A new member of AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) for their Short Film and Feature Animation branch’s class of 2016, she has overseen acquisitions of the Oscar Shorts Theatrical/VOD/iTunes releases as an Associate Producer for ShortTV/Shorts International since 2006 and managed the launch of shorts on iTunes for its first 5 years. She has supported several films in their Oscar run which have gone onto become shortlisted or nominated including Ennemis Intérieurs, Borrowed Time, Contrapelo, The Wolf, The Jackal, The Rifle and The Boy, and Bear Story, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film! She has served on over 100 international film fest juries and panels throughout the world, offering distribution deals for iTunes, Amazon, and Oscar qualification as well as TV licenses for ShortsTV™ - The Short Movie Channel. Linda has contributed to “Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution,” “The Guerilla Filmmakers Pocketbook,” and “Making it Big in Shorts: The Ultimate Filmmaker's Guide to Short Films.” She holds an MA in film, and under her MoviesThat Matter umbrella runs festival and Academy strategy and distribution workshops in the US, Mexico and South America and consults to studio clients and independent filmmakers. She was recently one of 6 short film executives from around the world chosen to participate in Guadalajara Film Festival’s “Shorts UP,” has participated in Guanajuato Intl Film Festival’s “Think Tank,” FICIL BIO BIO Global Industry Initiative across Chile, and IndieBo (Bogota) and Lima Film Festival’s short film expansion with the Oscar Shorts. Recent favorite juries include LA Film Prize, Morelia Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Austin Film Festival, IndieBo Columbia and SXSW. She remains steadfast in championing diversity on ShortsTV with programming efforts to promote women directors through “Films by HER”, and Latino, Black, Asian and Indian actors and filmmakers for #WatchinColor. She acquired short films for The Hatchery and EVEO and developed shorts for Hanna-Barbera’s WHAT A CARTOON for Cartoon Network. She is currently programming shorts for Flickerfest in Australia and has programmed shorts for the DreamWorks Short Film Festival, Palm Springs Short FF, Newport Beach FF and Sofia Independent FF, and pre-screened shorts and features for Fear Fete and Sundance FF.
About ShortsHD and what you are looking for:
SHORTSHD is a 24/7 linear pay television short movie channel with carriage in the US and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). In stunning high definition, ShortsHD features high quality live action, animation & documentary shorts from filmmakers across the globe and some of the world’s most famous film festivals. Featuring over 3,000+ short movies, including over 200 Academy Award winning & nominated films, ShortsHD delivers a unique movie category to viewers worldwide. Jenny is attending the festival in hopes of finding films to license for the channel. The average length of a film on the channel is 12 minutes, but the channel features films anywhere from five minutes long to forty minutes long. Since 2006, ShortsHD has created a compilation released theatrically of the Academy Nominated short films in the Live Action and Animation categories and recently has also added the Documentary category as well. In 2016, the compilation was released in almost 600 theaters. We are completing a 3 year First Natoins Spotlight I'd like to meet filmmakers- short film and feature length.
Co-founder, Longhouse Media | Programmer | Seattle International Film Festival (USA)
Tracy Rector (Choctaw) is a filmmaker, curator, community organizer, co-founder of Longhouse Media and a 2016 Stranger Genius. She has made over 400 short films, and is currently in production of her fifth feature documentary. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National Geographic, Toronto International Film Festival, the Seattle Art Museum and in the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian. Raised in Seattle and Albuquerque, Tracy currently lives in Seattle is the Indigenous Film Programmer for the Seattle International Film Festival and sits as a City of Seattle Arts Commissioner.
What you are looking for:
SIFF shows more than 400 films from 80 countries, runs 25 days, has a minimum of 155,000 attendees and is largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States, now in its 44th year. SIFF is also an Oscar qualifying festival and has been specifically committed to Indigenous programming and education for the past 12 years called 4th World Media Lab. With that we are looking for seasoned and emerging Indigenous filmmakers to screen shorts, features, experimentals and immersive media.
Executive Director, Vision Maker Media
Shirley Sneve directs Vision Maker Media. A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, she directed Arts Extension Service in Amherst, MA, and the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts
Center in Sioux Falls, SD. As assistant director for the South Dakota Arts Council, she was a founder of Tribal Arts and Tourism groups. She produced for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. She serves on the boards of The Association of American Cultures, the Friends of the Ross Media Arts Center, the Southeast Nebraska Native American Coalition, and Arts Extension Institute. She chairs Native Americans in Philanthropy, and consults for Creative Community Builders.
About Vision Maker Media and what you are looking for:
At Vision Maker Media we create, promote, and distribute Native stories that represent the cultures, experiences and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Our work will integrate Native experience and wisdom into the broader public conversation and awareness about this country’s past, present and future. With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, we fund 6 to 10 projects annually at all stages of production. Citizens or legal residents of the U.S. are eligible to apply for funding. In addition, we acquire 4 to 8 finished productions—primarily Canadian documentaries. Vision Maker will also support the creation of new media projects for Internet distribution. Other activities include an annual Producer’s Training, archival media assistance, and two film festivals in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska.
CEO, Stadium Media
Mitch Mallon is the founder and CEO of Stadium Media, a digital content provider who is at the forefront of distribution. Mallon is a 25-year entertainment veteran having achieved tremendous success in the music, home entertainment and digital entertainment industries. He has held senior management positions at Rhino Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Image Entertainment. Early in his career, he focused and successfully promoted independent niche product and then, music DVDs to the retail community. In 2005, Mallon was a key player in the launch of one of the industry’s first digital content companies, Egami Media, a subsidiary of Image Entertainment. The field was virtually unknown at the time and he assisted in building relationships with accounts very well known today including iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and Google. In 2007, Mallon helped establish the Entertainment Merchants Association’s (EMA) Digital Council and is currently the Chair of the Steering Committee for Digital EMA. The Digital EMA's programs and initiatives help educate producers, licensors and studios who are interested in the evolving digital marketplace. He also frequently presents or serves on industry panels covering the burgeoning digital marketplace including EMA's Digital Media Pipeline and the Producers Guild of America's New Media Council as well as . Mallon is also a member of NARAS (The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
About Stadium Media and what theyou are looking for:
Stadium Media is a worldwide video and audio digital content provider and digital distribution company that operates in over 20 global markets. The company has successful long-term business relationships with the top platforms to-date including iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, FandangoNOW, Vudu iFlix, and Google Play/YouTube. Most recently, Stadium Media released “That Girl” starring Marlo Thomas as well as the 1950s classic television series, “The Danny Thomas Show” as well as the successful indie film The Matchbreaker starring Wesley Elder and the late Christina Grimmie. Stadium Media was founded by Mitch Mallon, a 25-year entertainment veteran who has achieved tremendous success in the music, home entertainment and digital entertainment industries. Mallon has over a decade of experience in the digital distribution arena alone and was a key player in the launch of one of the industry’s first digital content companies, Egami Media, a subsidiary of Image Entertainment. The field was virtually unknown at the time and he built relationships with accounts very well known today including iTunes, Hulu and Google.
Looking to meet with film-makers who think out of the box in both creativeness and distribution.
Executive Director | Porto/Post/Doc: Film & Media Festival, Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival (Portugal)
Sérgio worked for Curtas Vila do Conde IFF in 2001 as guest coordinator, and since 2007, as Competitions Coordinator and as a programmer for the International, Experimental, Take One! and Music Videos competitions. Since 2014, he is Executive Director and Programme Coordinator of Porto/Post/Doc: Film & Media Festival.
About Curtas Vila do Condo and what they are looking for:
Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in Portugal, reaching its 26th edition in 2018. Assuming as main objective the promotion and diffusion of cinematographic and audio-visual works, selected according to a quality criteria, Curtas Vila do Conde focus on the discovery of new films and filmmakers and also on the recognized legacy of Cinema. Short film competitions with animations, documentaries, fiction films, experimental films and music videos, produced in 2016 or 2017, no longer than 60 minutes (exception made, under 30 minutes duration limit, for Curtinhas – youth and children; Take One! – student films; and music videos), preferably with subtitles in Portuguese or English, are admitted to the various competitions. Side programs, to be progressively announced, will highlight not only a selection on worldwide contemporary short films but also the relations between shorts and features, music and film or art and cinema.
Founder, Fundacion Altiplano | Director - Arica Nativa, Rural + Indigenous Film Festival (Chile)
Cristian Heinsen, 1974, Santiago, Chile, has a degree in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics, Master in Creative Documentary Filmmaking and Master in Business Administration. At the age of 17, he discovered the cultural landscape of Arica y Parinacota and began to collaborate in heritage preservation in andean communities. Founder and current executive director of Fundacion Altiplano, a non profit organization created to get a happier world in community, through promoting heritage preservation as an alternative of sustainable development. He has designed and executed interdisciplinary projects and plans as The Restoration Plan of Andean Churches of Arica y Pariacota; Ruta de las Misiones, Circuit of Responsible Tourism; Arica y Parinacota, Culltural Landscape of America; Arica Nativa, Rural + Indigenous Film Festival; and others. Director of Arica Nativa Rural + Indigenous Film Festival. Author of books and articles for seminars and publications, he is author of Because I Felt in Love with you, a simple model to conserve cultural landscapes in community. Cristian Heinsen is married with Magdalena Pereira. They live in Arica, Chile, and have 4 children.
About Fundacion Altiplano and Arica Nativa and what they are looking for:
Fundación Altiplano is a nonprofit organization that works to achieve a happier and sustainable world through heritage conservation in andean/rural communities. The Restoration Plan of the Andean Churches in Arica y Parinacota, Chile, has become a reference in America and has the support of the Government of Chile and private collaborators. www.fundacionaltiplano.cl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrlOxp1kqLw
Arica Nativa, Rural + Indigenous Film Festival is one of the main projects of Fundación Altiplano in Arica y Parinacota, Cultural Landscape of America. Its purpose is to woo new generations with natural and cultural treasures conserved by rural and native communities of the world, far away from cities. 12 (2017) editions celebrated in Arica and ancestral andean villages, with international competition of rural + indigenous films, screenings, School of Filmmaking and Sustainable Development, Music and the power of the Andean Experience. Filmmakers distinguished by the festival: Abdullah Ommidvar (Iran-Chile), Silvio Caiozzi (Chile), Chris Eyre (USA), Francisco Lomabardi (Perú), Carlos Ferrand (Canada), Pablo Perelman (Chile). Friendship and collaborations with other Film Festivals: L'Alternativa Barcelona, Rural Route Film Festival New York, Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, Bolivia Lab. Arica Nativa is supported by The National Council of Culture and Arts of the Chilean Government. www.aricanativa.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLVGd1A-egU
At ImagineNative, we would like to meet: Native filmmakers and Native artists; Producers and distributors interested in Native Films of South Andean Communities; Communities that work in heritage conservation and sustainable development; potential interns for Arica Nativa and Fundacion Altiplano.
Executive Director, Tampere Film Festival
Juhani Alanen studied at the University of Tampere and graduated as M.Sc. in Marketing. He has worked at the Tampere Film Festival more than 30 years on various duties and nowadays he is the Executive Director of the festival. Juhani Alanen has been a member of the selection committee of Tampere Film Festival for 10 years. He is curating short film programs for Tampere Film Festival and Finnish short films programs for various film festivals. He has also been a member of the jury at different short film festivals.
About Tampere Film Festival and what they are looking for:
Tampere Film Festival is one of the most important short film festivals. The festival presents over 450 films in 120 screenings. The 48th festival will be held March 7-11, 2018.
The core of the festival is the International and the National Competitions and the special programmes. About 110 films from 40 countries are screened in the competitions. The special programmes consists of a great number (about 20 each year) of retrospectives, tributes and thematic programmes and the children’s festival all of which allows a wide selection of European works from the early years of cinema up to the most recent works.
Tampere Film Festival has a strong interest on indigenous films, and it has been screening every second year a special Sami film focus since 2007.
Tampere Film Festival will be visit by about 100 foreign and 550 Finnish accredited guests (about 100 journalists). Tampere Film Festival has a high number of public - about 17 000 spectators in 5 days. Tampere Film Market has over 4000 titles, with a major presence of productions of northern Europe and Baltic countries. A variety of events, seminars, exhibitions and meetings are organised during the festival. Tampere is very active on bilateral activities regarding promotion, programming and consulting with several European festivals. Promoting Finnish and European Short Film is one of our primary missions. Professional meetings include discussions and seminars of different topics, a meeting of film festivals and meetings between filmmakers, producers, audience and film students.
Senta van de Weetering
Programmer | Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland)
Senta is a programmer at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland’s short film festival, where she is part of the team responsible for the focus programs. She studied German Linguistics & Literature and Film at the University of Zurich. Senta was a film critic for many years and has been on the executive board of a local repertory cinema, where she also was responsible for marketing.
About Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and what they are looking for:
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur is Switzerland's most significant short film festival. By compiling innovative programs, its aim is to provide a lively international platform for professional exchange between filmmakers, artists, the industry and the audience. It takes place each year in November. In 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences added Kurzfilmtage to its list of “Academy-qualifying festivals for the Short Film Awards". Kurzfilmtage maintains the largest short film archive in Switzerland, containing approximately 30,000 short films and organizes the Kurzfilmnacht Tour, which brings a night of short films to cities all over Switzerland. 2017 the festival will take place 7-12 November.
Festival Director Māoriland Film Festival | Ngāti Raukawa, Aotearoa New Zealand
Libby is a filmmaker and television producer/director. In 2014 Libby set up New Zealand’s annual international indigenous film festival MĀORILAND in her west coast home of Ōtaki. Māoriland Film Festival is the commissioning producer of the Native Slam a 72 hour international indigenous filmmaking challenge. In 2017 Libby and the Māoriland Charitable Trust established the Māoriland Hub, a multi purpose cinema and arts space centred around indigenous filmmaking and collaboration. The Māoriland Indigenous Film Residence is opening in 2018.
What Libby is looking for:
I’m interesting in meeting funders/partners to discuss the Māoriland Filmmaker residency programme that will look to invite indigenous filmmakers in 2018 to collaborate on films with Māori filmmakers. I’d also like to discuss co-production partnerships for Māori youth filmmaking as well as opportunities for up and coming Māori youth filmmakers in Canada and further afield.
Sven Schwarz | Managing Director | Hamburg International Short Film Festival
About Sven and the Festival:
Sven Schwarz, born 1977, lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. He started working with film festivals in 2004 at the Hamburg feature film festival and is the managing director of the Hamburg International Short Film Festival since 2011. At the festival, he curates special programmes like country focuses and thematic short film programs (including really funny and sometimes weird very very late-night programs). He is responsible for the festival’s industry and international relations sector including the organization of all industry events, panels and workshops. Year-round he also organizes and curates film events with varied topics, gives lectures on film festivals for film students and has been member of various juries at International film festivals. Sven Schwarz is also a member of the Hamburg based short film event project A Wall is a Screen since 2006 and has organized more than 200 short film walks all over the world. He holds a master of arts degree in media studies and North American literature studies from the university of Paderborn, Germany and sometimes moonlighting as DJ at film festival parties….
Canadian Leaders - Session II
Jeremy Edwardes is the Vice-President and Principal Producer for Wabunganung Films (President: Jim Compton) and Stonecast Pictures (President: Jesse Green). Recent productions include Urban Native Girl, Kahawi, Sparkle and Catch the Dream Bios w’ Adam Beach. We are currently preparing to go into production this spring on a new series for APTN called Essence profiling the creative process of Indigenous Musicians. Lead Directors are Shane Belcourt and Michelle St. John. We are currently looking fro hire 4 Director/PM/DOP teams in Ontario and 4 in Manitoba. We are also versioning in the Ojibway language and I am interested in meeting with capable translators.
Stephanie Brown Senior Producer, CBC Indigenous
CBC Indigenous is a national digital unit working across the country to tell Indigenous stories by Indigenous storytellers. We are looking for unique voices, stories and points of view to broadcast on our digital site and strong social media networks, and are open to short documentary and new media proposals. CBC Indigenous is headed by Stephanie Brown, a Métis producer who has worked for VICE, The National Film Board and previously produced documentaries for APTN, SBS Australia, The Tyee and others.
Lesley Birchard | Executive in Charge of Production | CBC Docs
Lesley where she oversees the digital strand Short Docs cbc.ca/shortdocs, which features short, point of view documentaries from emerging documentary filmmakers. Lesley is currently seeking short documentary concepts that are character-driven with active and unfolding stories that will resonate with a digital audience.
Executive in Charge of Production, Documentaries | CBC Docs POV
Now in its third season, CBC Docs POV (formerly Firsthand) is known for strong character driven documentaries. They are transformative, intimate and enlightening.
Prior to CBC, Engel was an independent producer. Through her company Rock Yenta Productions, Engel recently co- produced “Puffin Patrol” for CBC’s “The Nature of Things” and executive produced “Fractured Land” for documentary and Knowledge Network. In 2013, she co-produced “Mugshot” for TVO and Knowledge Network and produced “Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale” for CBC’s “The Nature of Things”.
In the past Engel has sat on the Boards of imagineNATIVE, DOC and Hot Docs.
Emmanuel Madan | Program Officer, Digital Strategy Fund | Canada Council for the Arts
Laurie Biderman | Manager, Digital Strategy Fund | Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national public arts funder. We champion and invest in artistic excellence so that Canadians may enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life.
The Digital Strategy Fund is a new strategic fund that helps support Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations in understanding the digital world, engaging with it, and responding to the cultural and social changes it produces. The Fund will support initiatives that aim at developing a user-centric culture of innovation, a rethinking of organizational culture and leadership styles, and finally, the adoption and deployment of available technological solutions. In 2017-18, $10M will be provided in support to artists, artistic groups and organizations towards the development of digital initiatives.
We are interested in speaking with artists and arts organizations who are interested in applying to or learning more about the Digital Strategy Fund.
International leaders - Session II
Cieron Cody | Commissioning Editor| NITV (Australia)
With a background in production and directing Cieron Cody is a development and production executive with experience overseeing extensive slates across feature film, documentary, broadcast drama, children’s content, innovation, games, VR and more. His experience encompasses a wide range of development and production grant/investment programs and initiatives designed to advance concepts, elevate talent and build business within the marketplace.
In 2017 Cieron departed Screen Queensland as Vice President of Development and Production supporting the creative and commercial outcomes of a diverse range of content. Delighting audiences from a local to global scale Cieron has supported a range of award-winning projects with some of Australia’s and the world’s most recognised market players.
As Commissioning Editor for NITV Cieron works closely with Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and the broader screen sector to elevate compelling indigenous voices and perspectives that inform, educate and entertain.
Cieron Cody commissions a full range of content strands, formats and genres including half hour, hour, feature and series documentary, factual entertainment, comedy, children’s content including animation, Young Adult Drama; STEM, Historical, Biography, Politics, Environment, Culture, Arts and more.
Strong, narratives that capture and celebrate Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture, experience and perspectives is central to Commissions’ purpose and Cieron will explore global indigenous concepts with co-production or cross-over potential. Concepts must be indigenous, relevant to Australian indigenous audiences and have a compelling and natural capacity to include Australian indigenous perspectives and key creatives.
Primarily Cieron is seeking to meet experienced indigenous producers, writers and directors with a background in broadcast, particularly in co-production and international co-production and documentary.
João Garço Borges | Managing Director | SHORTSPLANET (Portugal)
João is a cinema and TV programmer, director, producer, screenwriter, editor and film critic. He graduated by the Film School of the National Conservatory of Lisbon. He has been working in film since 1976 and works regularly, both in cinema and TV. In 1979 joined RTP (RADIO E TELEVISÃO DE PORTUGAL) where he developed several fiction and documentary projects and was also responsible for all fiction production, co-production and programming, among them ONDA CURTA. Since 1996, ONDA CURTA was established as a special format for short films selected from all over the world. ONDA CURTA is now integrated in a new media project called SHORTSPLANET.
João is also the programmer of BASTIDORES, a format oriented for cinema world news and film reviews that is also going to be integrated in SHORTSPLANET.
Most recently, João is developing a documentary project in South America about an old Guarani trail that linked the Atlantic coast of Brazil to the mountains of the Inca Empire in Peru.
About SHORTSPLANET and what you are looking for:
In 1996, ONDA CURTA began a complete new era of short films programming in Portugal. Since its first broadcasting at RTP (RÁDIO E TELEVISÃO DE PORTUGAL) it was clear that a program in itself, albeit groundbreaking, cannot work isolated from the world of production and distribution that shapes the matters sustaining its activity.
Now, ONDA CURTA wants to look at the future with a modern and avant-garde perspective intimately related with today’s new media potentialities.
SHORTSPLANET and ONDA CURTA programming accepts all genres…fiction, animation, documentaries and experimental…from all over the world.
ONDA CURTA programming accepts shorts from all ages, since the classics from the XIX century to the more recent production.
Some of our recent acquired or broadcasted projects: THE LOST TOWN OF SWITEZ, YAPTIK-HASSE, THE MONSTER OF NIX, LIPSETT DIARIES, WINSOR McCAY animations and native productions such as THE SPIRIT OF THE BLUEBIRD, TUNNIIT: RETRACING THE LINES OF INUIT TATOOS…among others.
Thomas Grimshaw | International Programmer | London Short Film Festival (UK)
Thomas joined the London Short Film Festival three years ago in order to establish and build the festival's international programme. Beforehand though I sampled many of the delights the industry has to offer. Film distribution for Curzon/Artifical Eye, commissioning for BritDoc, curation and journalism for Shooting People. I also hold am MA in documentary filmmaking, with a particular passion for editing. I recently got the opportunity to edit my first feature, The Castle, about regeneration in the Elephant & Castle area of London
About LSFF and your programming interests
The London Short Film Festival is now entering its 15th year and I believe its longevity has been down to both it's inclusivity and punk rock spirit. We're a small team with niche interests and it's great seeing the less-explored corners of the world writ large on the big screen. Over the last few years my events and shorts curation has been driven by an interest in queer politics, feminism, trauma and hybrid cinema. I'm drawn to more formally experimental and less story or genre driven work and my aim with LSFF to really push the diversity of the shorts programmes beyond Europe and the USA.
Penelope Bartlett is currently a programmer for The Criterion Channel on FilmStruck, a digital streaming service which launched in November 2016. She served as Director of Programming for the 2016 Palm Springs Shortfest, and also writes and curates for the website shortoftheweek.com
She has previously held positions at the Chicago International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and the Glasgow Short Film Festival and Glasgow Film Theater. She has also produced several short films, most recently Crystal Lake by writer/director Jennifer Reeder, which world premiered at the 2016 Berlinale. She lives in New York City.
Penelope is looking to meet short filmmakers with works to consider for her digital channels.
Penny Smallacombe | Head of Indigenous | Screen Australia
Penny Smallacombe is a Member of the Maramanindji people, from the Northern Territory. She has completed a cadetship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and has a Masters of Arts (Documentary Producing) from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney. At AFTRS, Penny produced two documentaries - Roger and A Change of Heart. A Change of Heart was nominated for a Dendy Award and played at several International film festivals including IDFA. Between 2004 and 2005 Penny worked in the Indigenous Programs Unit at the ABC, where she produced and directed for series 6 and 7 of Message Sticks. Penny’s ABC stories Leila Murray and the Long Grassers were nominated for Human Rights awards. Penny also produced the ABC’s highly successful Yarning Up series 1 and 2 and was a part of the Screen Australia Indigenous Department’s Producers Initiative in 2011. She produced a series of shorts called The Forgotten Ones in 2010, directed by prisoners from the NT, and before beginning her role at Screen Australia, Penny was working as a Senior Programmer for NITV, National Indigenous Television, a division of SBS.