International Networking Day
9:00am - 5:00pm | TIFF Bell Lightbox, Learning Studios A+B | Guest Artist + Industry Delegates | *pre-registration required
International Networking Day is a full-day event of micro-meetings, a networking reception, and the only market event of its kind in the world dedicated to Indigenous screen content, giving Indigenous creatives valuable face-to-face time with leading representatives in various sections of the industry.
International Networking Day streams participants on either side of the table according to their interests and what they are seeking. Four separate 90-minute sessions take place (one Festivals, one Sales & Distribution, and two Development: Production + Representation sessions) comprised of one-on-one round-robin style meetings with industry representatives.
imagineNATIVE Institute staff expertise curate the Indigenous creatives meetings to maximize potential for development. In 2018, International Networking Day attracted over 80 participants and 60 industry leaders, over $800,000 in deal memos, over 70 programming invitations, and numerous collaborative partnerships.
Space for this event are limited, with pre-event registration prioritized and on-site registration available. Guest Artist and Industry Pass Holders doing on-site registration must be prepared and to do their homework before requesting meetings by visiting the International Networking Day web page at www.imaginenative.org.
October 1: Participant call for Indigenous screen creatives to apply
Extended! October 18: Applications Close until on-site registration Oct 24
October 20: Final schedules to Indigenous screen participants
October 24: On-site Registration, 10 - 4pm, Industry Centre @ Artscape Sandbox Lobby
October 25: International Networking Day, 9:00pm to 5:00pm
Your personal schedule will be given to you one week before the event. Streams include:
Session 1: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Sales Agent, Distribution and Acquisition
Session 2: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Festivals
Session 3: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM | Development Funding
Session 4: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM | Training and Production
New! Arts Councils in Canada: Office Hours
If you’re looking to discuss and explore opportunities with Toronto, Ontario or Canada Council Arts Officers, they are taking meetings separate to this event this year.
Session 1 | Sales Agent, Distribution and Acquisition - Industry Leaders:
Linda Olszewski | Shorts that Matter/Shorts HD
Linda Olszewski (aka Linda O.) is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Short Film and Feature Animation branch. She has led acquisitions of the Oscar Shorts releases since 2006 as an Associate Producer, supporting several Oscar shortlisters, nominees and winners in their Oscar run for the Academy Award. She has served on over 100 international film fest juries and panels, and is one of the most knowledgeable people in the global short film industry. She leads acquisitions for ShortsTV and TV Cortos
Looking for: Short films of any kind.
After working for almost a decade in international film sales, Themba has been in charge of Diversity & Inclusion at the last two editions of the European Film Market (Berlinale). His work comprises curating and programming a series of events on the market relevance of diversity and inclusion across the EFM's industry platforms, collaborating on events with other Berlinale-internal and external organizations and knowledge partners, creating awareness and visibility for all programmes, actions and promotions of D&I across all the Berlinale’s different entities and liaising with delegations formed by underrepresented groups.
At the 2019 Durban FilmMart, Themba will spearhead Engage @ DFM, a series of curated think tank conversations on the pertinent, challenging and multi-faceted questions facing the African film industry which will be shared with delegates over four days for input and debate.
Themba is also one of the founding members of the Programmers of Colour Collective (POC2) that aims at creating a conversation around and working towards a more diverse and inclusive programming pool at international film festivals through research, awareness events, networking, profile raising, mentoring and shadowing.
I am working with imagineNATIVE in connection with the EFM Indigenous Cinema Stand.
Leena Minifie is a Gitxaala (Tsimshian) and British digital strategist, impact and media producer based in the unceded Coast Salish Territories of Vancouver. Leena has deep experience in film and television, but focuses on online campaigns and strategy for social good. She ran campaigns for the Canadian/US release, educational components and #next150 campaign for Indian Horse, and is currently working onThe Grizzlies and to the creation of the Cool.World web app. A journalist, she's worked for CBC, CTV, APTN and co-founded Ricochet.Media. She feels communication is all about creativity and passion with a healthy dose of radical truth, transparency, authenticity, reciprocity and a pinch of out-of-the-box thinking.
We are looking for content that can impact the world, contributes to education and social justice.
We are looking for projects that amplify issues of marginalized voices
We are looking for media that can change hearts and minds
Session 2 | Festivals - Industry Leaders:
Isabela Pará Santana |
Isabela Santana is an Afro-indigenous woman of the Pataxó Nation who is an independent artist, cultural producer and communicator. Her work is inspired in her ancestry and the healing through culture strengthening. She is the co-founder of Indigenous Visibility, the first and largest page in Brazil run by urban indigenous youth that aims to give visibility to indigenous culture, filmmaking and contemporary art. The page will soon launch the first platform with movies, photographs, books, and academic research made by indigenous people of Brazil. Isabela is also currently working in the production team of YBY Festival, the first contemporary indigenous music festival in Brazil, which will happen in November 2019.
Looking for: I look for content and broadcasters/filmmakers who could possibly be interested in making a cultural exchange and partnering in order to share or make their work available in Brazil (such as movies, videos or digital media) — specifically on the Indigenous Visibility website platform. Also, broadcasters or filmmakers looking forward to create ties and exchanges with Brazilian Indigenous organizations, communicators and filmmakers/artists, in a way they can inspire and support the indigenous artistic movement in South America and also learn about the work that is being done by communities and independent Indigenous filmmakers around Brazil.
Julie Rousson | Claremont-Ferrand
Julie holds a Masters degree in cultural project production, she permanently joins Sauve Qui Peut le Court Métrage, the association behind Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, in 2015 after several years working on punctual missions at the Short Film Market. She takes care of the industry meetings, the relation with administrative institutions, the management of the Shortfilmdepot submissions' platform and is also a member of the international selection committee.
Looking for: Short films under 40min for our Festival, and promotion for our Short Film Market industry events.
Charlotte Reekers | IFP
Charlotte joined the IFP programming team in 2018. She oversees the IFP Documentary Lab, the IFP Week’s Spotlight on Documentaries Project Forum and all other IFP programs for filmmakers and creators who are making nonfiction work. Prior to working in NYC, she produced four editions of IDFA Forum, one of the largest co-financing and co-production markets in documentary film as part of the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA). Besides her responsibilities for the operations of the Forum, she particularly contributed to the successful development of new pitch programs to secure funding for projects operating in niche and emerging markets. These programs included the “Cross-media Forum” created for nonfiction storytellers with immersive or interactive projects, as well as the “Youth Pitch” introduced to spotlight filmmakers producing documentaries to be enjoyed by a young audience. She also held different roles over the years at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Dutch Cinema Exhibitor Association and sales agent Fortissimo Films. Charlotte has a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Non-Western Sociology from the University of Amsterdam.
Session 3 | Development Funding - Industry Leaders:
Greig Dymond | Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Comedy | CBC
Greig is Executive in Charge of Production for the CBC Comedy series Schitt's Creek, Baroness von Sketch Show, and the network's stand-up-comedy festival programming from Halifax, Winnipeg, and Just For Laughs in Montreal.
Looking for: Interested in meeting writers and/or directors who want to pitch half-hour scripted comedies to CBC.
Sarah Adams | CBC Drama
Executive in Charge of Production, Burden of Truth |CBC Television
As Executive in Charge of Production, Drama, for CBC Television, Sarah Adams is on the team that oversees production and development of original drama including one-hour series, limited series and one-off specials. Sarah is currently the executive for CBC on ‘Burden of Truth’ Season 2 (8 x 60’) and ‘Coroner’ (8 x 60’). She previously served as the production executive on the limited series ‘Caught’ as well as on multiple seasons of ‘This Life’, ‘X Company’ and ‘Murdoch Mysteries’. Along with other members of the drama team, Prior to joining the broadcaster in 2012, Sarah was Head of Development at a Toronto-based production company where she oversaw a slate of projects in various genres including scripted, animation and documentary.
Looking for: Sarah regularly takes pitches from independent producers and creators looking to work with CBC.
Session 4 | Training and Production - Industry Leaders:
Chelsea Winstanley |
Chelsea Winstanley has been a producer, writer and director for more than 15years. Most recently, she was a producer on Taika Waititi’s feature, JOJO RABBIT and the documentary feature, MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN, which was picked up for distribution by Ava Duvernay’s company, ARRAY NOW. In 2014, she produced the hit mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, directed by Waititi and Jemaine Clement – now a TV show for FX.
Eva Thomas | Producer
Eva Thomas is a Writer & Producer. She also works with writers in script development and as a story editor. Eva serves as a mentor for the imagineNATIVE Screenwriting Intensive, the MAGEE TV Diverse Writers Program and the Women in Film & Television-Vancouver (WIFTV) Tricksters & Writers Program.
As a producer, Eva is looking for great projects to develop.
Kristy Assu |
I am a film and television producer from Vancouver British Columbia and I've been working in the film industry for over 13 years. My past work includes documentary series produced for APTN and private contracts. I've worked with indigenous communities for my whole the past 13 years and fully acknowledge the important work that we are all doing as indigenous creators. My last role as project manager was as TELUS Storyhive and most recently I've succumbed to my new role as Supervising Producer for TELUS Originals factual content. My goal as an indigenous producer is to tell authentic indigenous stories through meaningful relationships.
Looking for: Telus Originals is looking for pitches for innovative documentary in the subject areas of environment, health, community, digital economy and connectivity.
Industry Reception with Unifor NABET
5:00 - 7:00pm | Industry Centre @ Artscape Sandbox | Guest Artist + Industry Delegates
Delegates are welcomed to gather toasting a successful International Networking Day.