Micro Meetings Networking Event

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Learning Studios A&B
October 21, 3:15PM – 5:15PM

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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. Delegates who have missed the deadline for applications are welcome to apply during the Festival starting October 20 at the first Industry Series panel, until the end of the day, and at the event, pending availability. Apply early to ensure your spot; spaces are limited!

An up-to-date list of attending decision-makers is available here.

Charlotte Engel

Executive in charge of Production, Firsthand, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Based in Toronto, Charlotte Engel has spent over 25 years working in the film and television industry. She cut her teeth working in the Indie Canadian film industry, working on the films like “Highway 61” and “The Adjuster”.

She moved onto a career in broadcasting, working as a production executive for CHUM Television, CTV and Bell Media for 10 years. Specializing in documentary and factual programming, she oversaw successful documentaries such as “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould” and “Metal: A Headbanger`s Journey” and series such as “Star Portraits”, “Bathroom Divas”, “Ballet Girls” and “Stripsearch”.

Engel is currently Executive in Charge of Production for Firsthand, CBC’s new documentary strand.  Engel sits on the board of imagineNATIVE. Previously, she sat on the Boards of DOC and Hot Docs.

About Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and what you are looking for:

Firsthand is CBC's new strand of original documentaries airing Thursday nights at 9 pm.

We are looking for character driven, POV stories that will resonate with Canadians from coast to coast. We want to challenge our audience on a range of ideas, opinions and tone. 

Linda Fong

Documentary programmer, TVO
As TVO's Independent Production Officer, Linda Fong works with Commissioning Editor Jane Jankovic, programming the network's award-winning Canadian POV documentary anthology series.  Recent commissions include Min Sook Lee’s Migrant Dreams, Michèle Hozer’s Sugar Coated and Matt Gallagher’s How To Prepare for Prison.  Prior to joining TVO in 2004, Linda worked in Marketing and Distribution at the National Film Board of Canada.  She has served on film juries and is a member of the advisory committee for the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

About TVO and what you are looking for:

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 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

Andre Bennett

President & CEO, Cinema Esperança International Inc

Since 1983, André Bennett has been participating in both the Canadian and International Film Industries. Besides producing, distributing and selling independent art house features & documentaries, he has participated at a variety of international film festivals as a jury member and panelist.

About Cinema Esperança International Inc and what you are looking for:

We are looking for projects that are not mainstream or stereotypical, but rather very imaginative and provocative for which there is a niche audience.

Cinema Esperança International is a production, distribution & sales company. We are seeking both projects and completed films, dramas and documentaries, that are thought provoking and entertaining, for which there is a market in both Canada and internationally.

Jean-François D. O’Bomsawin

Senior Manager of Programming, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

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.

About Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and what you are looking for:

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? 

Anusha Duray

Senior Programmer, 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.

João Garção Borges

Managing Director, SHORTSPLANET

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.

Jenny Hayden

Acquisitions Executive, ShortsHD

Located in Los Angeles, Jenny Hayden has broad experience as a marketing, licensing and sales agent for both finished content and for original concepts.  Jenny buys Pay TV transmission rights and distribution rights to short films for ShortsHD.  Her point of entry into the world of television was in original documentary production where films she worked on won many awards for excellence including Emmy’s, Edward R. Morrow Awards, Investigative Reporters & Editors Award, Peabody Awards, DuPont Columbia, Cine Golden Eagle and others.    In addition to her work at ShortsHD, Jenny has her own company, Jenny Hayden Media Licensing & Marketing where she acts as a sales agent for filmmakers to secure licensing agreements across all platforms globally.     

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.  

Charlotte Mickie

Manager of Acquisitions & Broadcast Sales, Mongrel Media (Canada)

Charlotte Mickie most recently served as evp of eOne Films International after joining in 2008 when the company acquired Maximum Films, where she had served as managing director. During her tenure at eOne she oversaw sales on Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Animal Kingdom, Incendies and The Babadook, among others. Prior to Maximum Films, Mickie was managing director of Celluloid Dreams, selling films by the Dardenne brothers, Michael Haneke and François Ozon. She oversaw sales at Alliance Atlantis and founded the Alliance Independent division. Charlotte has been instrumental in bringing some of the most iconic independent films and directors to the world’s attention and she continues to build on this legacy at Mongrel International where she is currently heading up sales for MAUDIE directed by Aisling Walsh and starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.

About Mongrel International and what you are looking for:

Mongrel International, an operating division of Mongrel Media, acquires and sells films worldwide. In keeping with the parent company’s mandate, Mongrel International focuses on the best in Canadian and world cinema. For over 20 years, as a leading independent distributor, Mongrel Media has specialized in bringing carefully curated, culturally relevant and beautifully crafted films to Canadian audiences.  Mongrel International is now doing the same for audiences around the world.

Shirley Sneve

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. 

Stine Wangler

World Sales and Acquisitions, KurzFilmAgentur

Stine Wangler has been working at the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg doing world sales and acquisitions since 2012. Having wrote her final thesis about short film on the Internet, Stine has also concentrated on the sales possibilities for short films online. Furthermore, she is part of the programming team for the National Competition of the Hamburg International Short Film Festival.

About The Hamburg KurzFilmAgentur (KFA) and what you are looking for:

The Hamburg KurzFilmAgentur (KFA) promotes both the distribution and public awareness of short films. It was founded in 1992 and has its roots in the NoBudget Short Film Festival (since 1994 known as the Hamburg International Short Film Festival).

The KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg operates a theatrical distribution service for short film, negotiates worldwide licensing rights, maintains a short film database linked to an extensive video archive, sets up training and education courses and organizes film-related projects with national and international co-partners.

The sales department acquires 15 to 20 international short films per year. We are looking mostly for short fiction and animation, preferably with a duration between 5 and 20 minutes. However, we also take shorter or longer films into our catalogue. When acquiring short films, we ask for all usuage rights worldwide and exclusively. We sell the films to TV stations, educational institutions, theatrical distributors, VoD Plattforms and to airlines.

Furthermore, we are also looking for films for our theatrical distribution catalogue. Here the films shouldn’t be longer than 10 minutes and should work well on big screens. We ask for commercial and non-commercial theatrical rights for the German speaking territory to rent the short films to cinemas to be seen before a feature film.   

Lesley Birchard

Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Docs

Lesley Birchard is Executive in Charge of Programming for CBC Docs' new digital documentary strand Short Docs.  Currently, Lesley is commissioning short point-of-view docs from emerging Indigenous documentary filmmakers.

Lesley also oversees production on a number of other CBC Unscripted television and digital series and specials, including the Canadian Screen Award winning comedy series Still Standing and performing arts documentary Balletlujah with k.d. lang.

She's thrilled that two of CBC's first Short Docs - Tshiuetin and Four Faces of the Moon - will be featured at ImagineNative 2016

About CBC Docs and what you are looking for:

CBC Docs is reaching out to the next generation of Canadian documentary filmmakers to tell their stories by creating original digital documentary content for CBC.

Pitches are being taken immediately, and content must be produced and delivered between now and April 2016, with the intent of being released on CBC’s digital platforms and social channels.

CBC Docs’ goal with this initiative is to give emerging documentary filmmakers — those starting out in the field and with a passion for telling stories in the documentary genre — the opportunity to take their careers to the next level and reach a national audience. We intend to put a significant focus on supporting emerging Indigenous documentary producers and directors.

CBC Docs is looking for stand-alone documentary concepts that focus on a single, unified, strong narrative, approximately 5 to 15 minutes in length. At this time, we are not looking for interactive documentaries. Content should be distinctive, contemporary, character-driven and relevant to Canadians. Subject matter and style may be broad in scope.

Andrew Johnson

Executive in Charge of Production, Original Content, Factual

Andrew Johnson is a Production Executive with the Original Content, Factual group at 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. 

About Corus Entertainment and 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.

 

Nadia Gaudet Burnstick

Manager of Programming, Central Region

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (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. 

 

About Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and what you are looking for:

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.

Tania Koenig-Gauchier

Manager of Programming, Western Region (APTN)

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.

About Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and what you are looking for:

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.

Sylvain Levesque

Manager of Programming, Eastern Region, APTN

Sylvain Lévesque holds a Master in communication (M. Sc.) as well as a Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in film studies and another one corporate in copywriting and public relations. He has been working in the audiovisual industry during now three decades. His career especially led him to Telefilm Canada (International Relations), where for several years he had been promoting Canadian short films and animated films and series at international festivals. He also worked for the National Film Board (Communication Department) and for Cinéac, a Montréal-based business which surveys markets for movies and gathers box office data.

Hired by APTN’s Programming Department in 2008, and still on duty for this organization, he has been since then carrying on specialising in aboriginal film and television productions, especially the ones which are strengthening in Eastern Canada. His background in cultural organisations, as well as his general knowledge, have been considered as strong assets for his hiring.  

 

About Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and what you are looking for:

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.

Suzanne Lacey

Program Manager, Bell Fund

Currently Acting Manager at the Bell Fund, Suzanne is a media leader with over 20 years experience as Director, Multi-Platform Content & Promotional Strategy, Project Manager, Director of Broadcast Scheduling and Executive in Charge of Production for factual and dramatic series. Supported by years of Executive Management training and professional development Suzanne’s objective is to continue to contribute to the Canadian media and entertainment sectors by bringing a strategic and creative approach to meaningful projects and helping teams achieve their full potential.

 About The Bell Fund and what you are looking for:

The Bell Fund provides grants to Canadian independent producers who develop and produce engaging, interactive cross-platform digital content for Canadian broadcasters to complement and enhance associated television programs. Since 1997, the Bell Fund has invested over $170M in over 1,700 Canadian digital media projects, television programs, development grants, co-productions and support for research and professional development. The Bell Fund also undertakes training, research, business development and promotion for the digital media industry.

The Bell Fund receives annual contributions of approximately $17.5 M from Bell TV as part of its broadcast distribution undertaking (BDU) contributions to the industry. In addition, the Development Program is supported by the interest generated by a $10M endowment. The Bell Fund is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, governed by an independent Board of Directors representing various sectors of the television and digital media industry.

Justine Pimlott

Producer, English Program, Ontario Centre, National Film Board

Justine has over 20 years of experience in the film industry beginning her career interning with the NFB’s Studio D, earning early credits on The Company of Strangers and Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives. She is a co-founder of Red Queen Productions where she produced several award-winning documentaries including: Derby Crazy Love, The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche, Dish: Women, Waitressing & The Art of Service, Girl Inside, Fag Hags, Punch Like A Girl & Laugh In The Dark.  In 2014 she joined the National Film Board of Canada as a Producer in the Ontario Studio. Her slate of projects at the NFB include; the GG short Sculpting Memory – a profile of Atom Egoyan, the interactive project Portrait of A Family At 150, and upcoming feature documentaries The Daughter Tree & A Better Man.

About National Film Board and what you are looking for:

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.

http://onf-nfb.gc.ca/en/produce-with-the-nfb/english-program/directing-co-producing-with-nfbs-english-program/

Aimée Mitchell

Distribution Manager/Educational Services, CFMDC

Aimée Mitchell is the current Distribution + Collections Manager at the CFMDC and has been active with the centre since 2005. She is pursuing her PhD at York University in the Joint Communication & Culture Program, exploring issues in Canadian audiovisual preservation. She is the Co-Founder of the Toronto Queer Film Festival, a DIY grassroots fest that champions queer experimental film, activist video, and political documentary. Aimée has been a Project Coordinator involved in local large public art projects such as The Leona Drive Project and Nuit Blanche Toronto. She has sat on the Executive Committee for the Film Studies Association of Canada (2009-2011) and the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies (2010-2012).

 About Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre and what you are looking for:

CFMDC is a non-commercial film distributor dedicated to distributing works which operate not simply outside of the mainstream, but which are innovative and diverse in their origins and expressions. CFMDC was founded in 1967 by a group of visionary filmmakers with the set goal of increasing distribution opportunities, audiences and visibility for artists and independent film.

Our collection is diverse, ranging from the 1950s to the present, and continues to grow steadily. We believe that works gain historical and cultural value over time and that an evolving body of work by an individual artist is important to preserve.

Through a unique and successful national and international distribution service, CFMDC makes its film collection of more than 3500 titles available for preview, rental and sale for the purposes of research, exhibition, screening and broadcast, and for institutional and private acquisition.

Our collection contains original works in Super 8, 16mm and 35mm, plus all video and digital exhibition formats. Films are in all genres including drama, documentary, experimental, animation, and installation, and produced by a wide range of local, national and international artists, both established and emerging.

The distribution program is complemented by an in-house Resource Centre, screening room, on-line catalogue and public events.

For more information: www.cfmdc.org

Wanda VanderStoop

Distribution Director of Vtape

Wanda vanderStoop provides continuing support to Vtape’s artists, promoting over 5000 independent productions to worldwide markets including museums, national and international festivals, broadcasters, educational institutions and mobile platforms. She is a committed advocate for artist’s rights and fees and contributes to a policy consultation process on the changing methods of dissemination in video and new media.

About Vtape and what you are looking for:

Vtape is a vibrant distribution organization that represents an international collection of contemporary and historical video art and media works by artists. We make this collection accessible to curators and programmers, educators, scholars and public audiences worldwide. In addition to providing a distribution framework for established and emerging artists, Vtape is committed to establishing video art preservation and exhibition standards, and strives to support hybrid practices in an increasingly complex technical milieu.

Juhani Alanen

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 you 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 47th festival will be held 8th to 12th of March 2017.

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. 

Anna Kalbhenn

Project Manager, Berlinale¹s NATIVe ­ A Journey into Indigenous Cinema (Germany)

Anna studied Italian, Sinology and Communication studies in Berlin and Milan and has been working for various film festivals in the past decades. In 2010 she started working for the Berlin International Film Festival and since 2012 she manages the new special series on Indigenous filmmaking.

About Berlinale¹s NATIVe ­ A Journey into Indigenous Cinema and what you are looking for:

NATIVe ­ AJourney into Indigenous Cinema was launched as a special series at the 63rd Berlinale in February 2013 with a focus on Australia, Oceania and North America. In 2017, the Berlinale will present Indigenous filmmaking from the circumpolar region. Film screenings and a supporting programme will give greater insight into the culturally diverse and politically, economically and artistically charged history of Indigenous cinema and its creators. With NATIVe, the Berlinale aims to show its appreciation of Indigenous cinematic heritage and demonstrate its relevance beyond tribe and nation.

NATIVe presents short and feature length documentary and fiction films from all ages and also supports new Indigenous films within the other Berlinale sections. The NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema Stand is a project between NATIVe, the Canada Council for the Arts, imagineNATIVE, Maoriland Film Festival, International Sami Film Institute, Sundance and many more to present upcoming and brand new Indigenous films at the European Film Market (EFM), which takes place during Berlinale.

More about NATIVe and Berlinale at www.berlinale.de https://www.berlinale.de/en/HomePage.html

https://www.berlinale.de/en/das_festival/sektionen_sonderveranstaltungen/native/index.html

David Kleingers

Co-funder and curator, Maple Movies

David Kleingers, born in 1972, is an executive at the Deutsches Filminstitut (German Film Institute), Frankfurt am Main. As a journalist and film historian, he has published numerous articles and book contributions on German and international cinema. In 2015, he programmed an extensive selection of Canadian short films for a special focus on Canada at the 31st Hamburg International Short Film Festival. David Kleingers is co-founder and curator of Maple Movies, a biennial festival of Canadian Cinema incepted in 2003, which will see its eighth edition in 2017.

About Maple Movies and what you are looking for:

Maple Movies is a biennial festival of Canadian Cinema. Organized by the Kinemathek Hamburg in cooperation with the Embassy of Canada in Berlin, the non-profit festival has had seven editions so far, with an eighth edition scheduled for 2017. With programs screening in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and other major cities in Germany, the festival continuously highlights emerging filmmakers as well as established artists, thus reflecting the cultural diversity of modern Canada and finding new audiences for its multitude of distinct and creative voices. Over the years, Maple Movies has developed successful and long-standing collaborations with partners abroad. In 2013, Maple Movies teamed up with ImagineNATIVE for "Tales of the True North", a special edition of the festival solely dedicated to new and seminal works by Indigenous filmmakers from Canada. This marked the beginning of a prolific partnership, which yielded another selection of films by First Nations artists– again curated in cooperation with ImagineNATIVE – being part of the 2015 festival program. Maple Movies is looking forward to continue its cooperation with imagineNATIVE, and is dedicated to further the presence of Indigenous talent and films in future editions of the festival.

Adam Piron

Film Programmer & Manager, Native American & Indigenous Program, Sundance Institute

Adam Piron (Kiowa/Mohawk) is the Manager of the Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Film Program. In addition to this role, he also a member of the Sundance Film Festival’s short film and virtual reality programming teams. In 2016, he also joined Film Independent's short film programming team for the LA Film Festival. Adam started at Sundance as an intern with the Native Program in 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts and California College of the Arts.

 About Sundance Institute and what you 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.