2016 INDUSTRY SERIES: WORKSHOPS AND PANELS
IMAGINENATIVE'S SHORT DRAMA PITCH COMPETITION
The most dynamic short film ideas are brought to life by three pre-selected and trained teams to an audience and industry jury of high-level professionals specializing in short films. A “wild card” pitch from the audience will make a run for the money (and prizes) in an exciting twist. The Short Drama Pitch winner will receive a $7,500 cash prize and over $3,000 in-kind production and networking prizes for supports!
IMAGINENATIVE'S SHORT DOC PITCH COMPETITION
Come experience the excitement of this annual live-pitch competition, where three pre-selected and trained Canadian Indigenous pitch teams try to impress a jury of high-level industry professionals. Prepared pitches are put to the test when a “wild card” project from the audience is pitched to steal the show (and prize!). Don’t miss this! Prizes include $4,500 cash and over $3,000 in-kind production and networking prizes.
INDUSTRY BREAKFEAST WITH THE CANADA COUNCIL
Canada’s national aboriginal arts funder welcomes delegates with good eats and valuable information to kick-off to the Festival Industry Series. With respect to the sweeping changes to its grant programs, the Canada Council invites all delegates to learn about and explore these important updates and its potential impact on the future of arts funding in Canada for both creators and consumers. Individuals are welcome to present potential projects they may have and see how they fit under the New Funding Model which enters into effect April 2017.
INDIGENOUS VR SPOTLIGHT
This is an opportunity to showcase and inform the Indigenous media arts delegates about the state of Virtual Reality and its creative and industry impact in shaping and experiencing Indigenous storytelling. Featuring leading producers and artists, the panel will discuss and present developing and produced content by Indigenous VR creators and allies, and their best practices for stepping into this field creatively, technically and financially.
WHAT'S MARKETING GOT TO DO WITH IT? EVERYTHING
Emerging filmmakers often suffer from cinematic tunnel vision beyond the practical filmmaking process, hijacking their film potential to reach awaiting consumers. Developing a marketing strategy at the onset of film development is key to discovering who the audience for your film could be and how you can entice them in a media-saturated landscape. This informative panel starts with the basics in developing effective and impactful film creative collateral, expanding to the collaborative connections you’ll be glad to have once your film makes its public debut.
DISCOVERABILITY OF INDIGENOUS CONTENT IN THE AGE OF MEDIA
Technology has changed audience content consumption behavior beyond traditional frameworks and into the vastness of the digital realm, making it harder for creators and their presenters to reach audiences effectively. While this new issue, dubbed “content discoverability,” is often acknowledged as the top-priority challenge facing the industry over the course of the next decade, from an Indigenous creator’s perspective – one that had to fight for representation in the regulated system – does this new world level the playing field, or even give advantage to the recent surge in Indigenous attention in media? In a “sharing circle” format, we invite all content creators to bring their opinions and successes alongside Industry leaders in media and gaming, and Indigenous producers/creators finding success in their production distribution, to communally bring awareness, tactics and avenues to develop future productions with a “discoverability” perspective.
MICRO MEETINGS NETWORKING EVENT
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.