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Canadian Buyers and Funders

Danielle Audette
Manager of Programming, Central Region
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (Canada)

A Métis-Francophone, Danielle Audette develops and commissions original programming for APTN from independent producers in the Central Region (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and NWT). She offers over 12 years of experience working in the film and television industry. Danielle has participated in panels for the Featuring Aboriginal Stories Program.

About APTN and what they are looking for:

APTN strives to be domestically and internationally recognized as the leading source for distinctively Aboriginal audio-visual content produced by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples. The APTN Programming department develops, commissions and acquires distinctive Aboriginal content which reflects our pride and heritage. APTN is committed to enabling Aboriginal people to share their stories and convey them to a domestic and international audience.

Content Priorities

  • APTN seeks innovative Documentary (6-13 episodes) series one hour (45:00) or half-hour (22:00); Children & Youth limited (6-7 episodes) or full (13 episodes) half-hour (22:00) series; Music, Dance & Variety one-hour (45:00) or half-hour (22:00) music and variety series or one-hour (45:00) one-off specials; Drama limited (6-7 episodes) half-hour (22:00) dramatic series proposals. (N.B. APTN does not generally license dramatic feature films. APTN does not license short films however, it does acquire them for its Short Cuts program strand); Lifestyle Limited (6-7 episodes) or full (13 episodes) half-hour (22:00) or hour (45:00) series.
  • We aim to increase programming that originates in Aboriginal languages
  • We currently broadcast programming in English (56%), French (16%) and Aboriginal languages (28%)
  • Our program schedule must be 75% Canadian
  • Our programming celebrates our rich heritage and shares our unique and diverse stories with all Canadians
  • Our programming is geared towards all age groups and interests
  • APTN will give a strong voice to our children and youth
  • APTN will give a forum to Aboriginal artists and producers to exhibit their work, but we will not license more than two series or major productions from one production company within any single broadcast season
  • APTN will reflect an appropriate balance among the needs of all Aboriginal peoples including First Nations, Inuit and Métis
  • APTN will endeavor to be relevant to all regions of the country
  • APTN seeks proposals that include plans for web development or other media.

1st window Licensing Proposals

APTN Programming will issue a Request for Proposals ((RFP) a minimum of twice a year with the intent of seeking innovative, quality programming proposals relevant to APTN's Programming Mission from qualified Producers. APTN will only accept 1st window proposals within the time frame outlined in a RFP. 1st window proposals that are received after an RFP deadline will not be eligible for selection. Proposals should be sent to the attention of the Programming Manager that represents your region.

Development and 2nd Window Licensing Proposals

APTN accepts development and 2nd window proposals throughout the year on an on-going, first come, first served basis until funds are exhausted. There are no deadlines for applications.
APTN develops programs from Aboriginal producers and writers. Programs must require development (research, planning or writing). Development funding must be for a proposed outline, treatment, script and/or pilot episode and the Producer must be prepared to offer APTN the option to license the program for broadcast on APTN once the program is completed.
Proposals should be sent to the attention of the Programming Manager that represents your region.


APTN is looking for completed Canadian and international programs that have Aboriginal content, deal with Aboriginal issues and feature actors, directors or producers who are of Aboriginal descent. An Aboriginal person is defined to include First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples of Canada and includes Indigenous people from around the globe. APTN also seeks acquisitions for its Short Cuts strand of programming, a block dedicated to showcasing short films from Indigenous filmmakers from around the world.

Please visit for program examples, application information and forms and other detailed information.

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Jennifer Chen
Director of Programming and Acquisitions
Channel Zero

Jennifer manages content for four television networks in Canada: Movieola- The Short Film Channel, Silver Screen Classics, CHCH Channel 11 in Toronto and Metro 14 (CJNT), the ethnic channel in Montreal. She was formerly the General Manager of Ouat Media (a Channel Zero company), managing one of the largest distribution companies specializing in the acquisition, distribution and sales of short form content internationally. She currently serves on the Board of the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival.

Jennifer's previous film sales and festival experiences include the
Canadian Film Centre, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. Jennifer studied cinema at the Sorbonne in Paris before returning to Canada, where she worked in feature film production and directed and produced her own short films. Jennifer has shared her knowledge of the film industry with audiences at film festivals around the world, consulted on distribution strategies for award-winning shorts, published papers on the subject and represented shorts in many international film festivals.

About Channel Zero and what they are looking for: TBC

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Jane Jankovic
Commissioning Editor of Canadian POV documentaries

Jane Jankovic is Commissioning Editor of Canadian POV documentaries for TVO, commissioning up to 10 hours of POV programming a year. She is also Supervising Producer for the series Allan Gregg in Conversation and for Saturday Night at the Movies. Jane Jankovic joined TVO in 1994 as Series Producer for Studio 2, a live daily current affairs program in primetime. Studio 2 received Gemini nominations and wins for its documentary work, and won Best Talk Series in 2003. Before TVO, Jane Jankovic worked as a journalist and producer with CTV and Barna-Alper Productions.

About TVO and what they are looking for:


TVO's commissioning of Canadian POV docs has lead the way in
creative, ground-breaking, social-issue documentaries that explore the
human condition, are of direct relevance to Canadian audiences, and open
windows on diverse points of view that challenge conventional thought. We look for one-hour documentaries
suitable for commercial-free public broadcasting. Documentaries commissioned
by TVO include: Invisible City, Water On The Table, Cat Ladies, Broke, Last Call At The Gladstone, Girl Inside.


TVO also considers the development and pre-licensing of
high-impact limited 3-4 part documentary series for prime time Limited series commissions include: Empire Of The Word, The Corporation, Diamond Road, Black Coffee, The Undefended Border. Upcoming series include Inside Disaster Haiti, and Raw Opium.


TVO commissions compelling, character-driven POV documentaries with an
active, unfolding storyline. Our focus is on social, political and cultural
issues; powerful stories that engage and inspire, showcasing unique and
diverse points of view. We commission hour-long
documentaries and some Limited Series of three to four
parts, on a first-window basis in Ontario. Acquisitions of completed
programs can be considered,
provided that first-window broadcast rights are available in Ontario.

Commission opportunities are open to Canadian independent producers with a demonstrated ability to deliver broadcast-quality programs with high
production values. Preference is given to producers from Ontario. Programs
must qualify for certification as 100% Canadian productions or International
Treaty co-productions.

Producers are expected to apply for CMF funding and are strongly encouraged
to confirm their financing as early in the year as possible, in order to
ensure access to the Fund. Financing scenarios can include second window
licenses with other edunets, specialty, digital and French-language
channels, international pre-sales, public and private film funds,
co-productions with the National Film Board of Canada, provincial and
federal tax credits, distribution advances and producer investments
(evidence of interim financing is required if applicable.)


Proposals of up to 10 pages in length may be submitted at any time, although
producers are encouraged to do so as early as possible in the year.
Supporting documentation should include a concise treatment, production
schedule, production budget top-sheet, a realistic summary of the project's
proposed financing plan and CVs of the key creative personnel. It should also include ideas for a new media plan to accompany the documentary. Samples of previous work may be included in the proposal package. Proposals should also include a brief new media plan of one to two pages, outlining realistic
cross-platform ideas and opportunities.


TVO also acquires international POV docs. Controversial and provocative,
and always on the edge, the series programs hour-long and feature-length
documentaries by the finest auteur documentary filmmakers, such as Barbara
Kopple, Victor Kossakovsky, the Maysles Brothers, and Ray Muller.

Acquisitions include: Fog of War, Helvetica, Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary,
To See If I'm Smiling, The English Surgeon, The Devil's Miner, Grey Gardens,
Paragraph 175

Number of plays, exclusivity, and license period vary according to
competitive market conditions. Hour-long and feature-length documentaries
are licensed for Ontario only, and licence fees for works in progress may be
advanced at the discretion of the Commissioning Editor.


Arts docs are predominantly acquisitions. These docs celebrate and explore the life, work, and creative process of influential painters,
photographers, architects, writers, musicians, and filmmakers who are
considered masters in their respective fields. Art as social history is of particular interest.

This series is both Canadian and international in scope. Launched with a
tribute to Rhombus Media, world- renowned producers of arts documentaries,
Masterworks has featured Strand: Under The Dark Cloth, a lush portrait of
Paul Strand, one of the 20th century's great photographers and Simon
Schama's Power of Art.

Limited commissions are available for Canadian productions, although most
are acquisitions and some are pre- buys. Collaborations with other Canadian
broadcasters are also possible. These hour-long or feature-length
documentaries are licensed for Ontario only. Number of plays, exclusivity,
and licence period vary according to competitive market conditions.


TVO's History strand is dedicated to presenting hour-long documentaries that
examine historical events of national and international significance.

From the acclaimed Canadian series For King and Country to the award-winning
archaeological series Time Team, TVO seeks out the best in probing and
provocative history programming from around the globe.

While acquisitions dominate the strand, a limited number of Canadian
pre-buys may be funded each year.

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Kathleen Meek
Manager of Canadian Independent Production
The Movie Network

Kathleen Meek is the Manager of Canadian Independent Production for The Movie Network. In this role, she isresponsible for pre-licensing the network's Canadian films as well as the development and production of originalseries. Prior to joining Astral Media she was a development and production executive at CTV. She also serves on the board of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

About TMN and what they are looking for:
The Movie Network is a premium pay TV service in Eastern Canada that offers first-rate Canadian series and feature film, as well as first-run HBO and Showtime series and Hollywood-hit movies, uncut and commercial free, 24 hours a day. Our core audience is adult 25-54 and skews slightly male. In regards to Canadian feature films, we pre-buy approximately 50 films a year and look to support commercially viable big budget Canadian feature films. As a premium service, we do not pre-buy low budget films (under 1.5M) but will relate to them as acquisitions. We are not interested in acquiring short films, reality or lifestyle programming and have very limited appetite for documentaries. We do not develop feature films at TMN but encourage filmmakers to approach the Harold Greenberg Fund regarding feature film script development. In terms of original series, we look for highly original, intelligent and unconventional dramatic series. We develop
both limited and on-going one hour series as well as scripted half hour comedies. Our original series include Durham County, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures (upcoming), The Line, ZOS, etc.

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Robin Smith
KinoSmith Inc. (Canada)

About Kinosmith and what they are looking for:

Robin Smith has currently started his own distribution, production and marketing consultation company called KinoSmith Inc.. KinoSmith helps fill a void in consolidating Canadian distribution forces, providing marketing advice to productions in development and in the can, as well as acting as Executive Producer on a variety of upcoming Canadian feature film and television product. Robin brings a strong background of over 18 years of film, video and arts-related work to his new company. KinoSmith’s most recent releases include LAST TRAIN HOME, HUGH HEFNER: PLAYBOY, ACTIVIST AND REBEL, COLLAPSE, PASSENGER SIDE and THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF LITTLE DIZZLE. Upcoming releases include WINNEBAGO MAN, MARWENCOL, A FILM UNFINISHED and SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS.

Previous to starting KinoSmith, Robin worked at Capri Releasing Inc. as their Vice-President of Distribution triggering and releasing such films as AWAY FROM HER, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, TARNATION and DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE. Prior to joining Capri, Robin held positions at Seville Pictures as their Director of Sales and Marketing, Lions Gate Film Entertainment as Director of Marketing & Distribution for their Video and Theatrical Divisions and Blackwatch Releasing as Vice President of Marketing and Distribution. He has successfully executed the Canadian release of both international and domestic films such as CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, RUSSIAN ARK, SWIMMING POOL, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, SWEET AND LOWDOWN and POLLOCK.

Previous to Blackwatch, Robin worked in sales at Alliance Atlantis’ Motion Picture Division for 2 years and spent 8 years at the Toronto International Film Festival acting as their Jury Coordinator, the Theatre Staff and Operations Manager, and General Manager for the Film Circuit – an outreach program that initiated & developed the circulation and exhibition of Canadian and foreign films to smaller Canadian markets throughout the country. He was also employed by the National Film Board of Canada as Marketing Coordinator and Cinema Programmer.

Robin is also actively involved with various film festivals within the country. He currently is the Chairman of the Board for the First Weekend Club, was a board member the Canadian Feature Film Festival and the Moving Pictures Film Festival, consultant for Brit Pics Film Festival, juror for OFMDC Feature Film Fund and Calling Card programs, and panelist for Vancouver International Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, Cinefest Sudbury, ImagiNative Film Festival and Reel World Film Festival. Robin is currently teaching Feature Film & Video Distribution and Movie Marketing courses at Ryerson University

Robin graduated from York University's Film and Video Production BFA program.

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Felicia Litovitz
Programming Manager
Spafax Canada, Inc.

As Programming Manager at Spafax Canada, Felicia is responsible for
programming both movies and television for Air Canada's in-flight
entertainment system, licensing 600 hours of TV content and
approximately 180 feature films annually. Before coming to Spafax,
Felicia spent 4 years at the Toronto International Film Festival - her
most recent position being the Manager of Festival Programme
Administration. Felicia has also held positions at Alliance Films and
Circle Productions. She received her Bachelor of Arts from McGill

About Spafax and what they are looking for:

Working with over 70 airline clients worldwide, Spafax is a leader in the creation of branded content, specialized in-flight entertainment management,
custom publishing, advertising sales and duplication/encoding. Spafax is looking to program any film/video works between 10 - 60 min of any genre except experimental or horror. They offer non-Exclusive, Canadian inflight rights for distribution. Films acquired by Spafax play for 2 months. For recent acqusitions, check here for listings:

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Nick Solowski
In-flight Entertainment Manager
Spafax Canada, Inc.

For four years Nick has been responsible for programming movies and
television on Air Canada, licensing 600 hours of TV programming and
approximately 180 feature films annually. He is also Festival Director
of Air Canada's enRoute Short Film Festival. Previously he has held
positions in TV Sales and Publicity & Promotions with Alliance Atlantis
Motion Picture Distribution and Odeon Films. He attended Wilfrid Laurier
University and graduated with a BA in English and Film Studies before
moving onto Ryerson University where he obtained a Certificate in Film

About Spafax and what they are looking for:

Working with over 70 airline clients worldwide, Spafax is a leader in the creation of branded content, specialized in-flight entertainment management,
custom publishing, advertising sales and duplication/encoding. Spafax is looking to program any film/video works between 10 - 60 min of any genre except experimental or horror. They offer non-Exclusive, Canadian inflight rights for distribution. Films acquired by Spafax play for 2 months. For recent acqusitions, check here for listings:

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Sabrina Spence
Metro 14 Montreal for Channel Zero

Sabrina Spence manages programming and acquisitions for Metro 14 Montreal (formally known as CJNT Montreal).   She is constantly on the hunt for fascinating Canadian films, Documentaries, Ethnic content and not to mention the newest music videos from around the world.  With a background in film studies from Brock University, Sabrina is always excited to check out new films. When she is not watching movies or programming a television station; Sabrina can be found travelling, eating or doing a lot of yoga!

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Wanda vanderStoop
Distribution Director
Vtape (Canada)

As Distribution Director, Wanda vanderStoop provides continuing support to all of Vtape’s 1000 artists (representing 5000 titles) when marketing their independent projects, and acts as liaison between the artist and the museums, festivals, broadcasters, educational institutions and mobile media platforms by promoting screenings and sales of artists’ independent productions.

Representing Vtape and its artists at international festivals as panelist and presenter/curator, Wanda participates in markets such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, LOOP Barcelona, International Short Film Festival & Market Clermont-Ferrand and many others. She brings with her a dynamic cross section of independent Canadian programs, focused on reaching out to international markets creating greater exposure for Canadian artists in new media.

A graduate of Ryerson’s Image Arts New Media program, Wanda has worked with a number of arts organizations, including board and programming committees for the Independent Media Arts Alliance, the ImagineNATIVE First Nations Film and Media Festival and the Regent Park Film Festival and during her 16 years at Vtape and has provided programming and consultation for many others.

Wanda is a member of the Canadian non-profit distributors – The Definitely Independent Group, the international DINAMO Distribution List, an international non-profit distributor’s alliance. 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 new media.

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International Buyer/Funders:

Ruth Cantarero
Acquisitions, International Short Films
Metrópolis (Spain)

Ruth Cantarero is graduated in Humanities, Journalism and Audiovisual Communication. She currently manages international shortfilm acquisitions for Metrópolis, a television programme specialized on contemporary art and culture that has been broadcasted on Spanish Public Television (TVE) since 1985. Prior to join TVE, she was working in Advertising - Marketing departments as well as in Communication departments at different companies and publications. During the last years she has traveled to festivals and markets around the world seeking quality films for programming.

About METRÓPOLIS and what they are looking for:
Metrópolis is a weekly television programme about contemporary art and culture that has been broadcast on the 2nd Channel of TVE (Televisión Española - Spanish Public Television) since 1985, as well as on TVE Internacional, for the past 10 years. We acquire short fiction, documentaries, animation and experimental films and videoart, that are usually compiled thematically for their broadcast.
Metrópolis is about 25 minutes long; we, therefore, are looking for works with a maximum length of 15 minutes (in order to show at least two works in one program), although on some occasion we have also aired a complete 25’ documentary or included fragments of longer films if we consider them to offer an important additional point of view on the theme that is being treated. Our standard acquisition conditions are: 100 € for two terrestrial airings and four satellite airings, rights for 6 months (entire works) or 3 months (excerpts).
In this specific case we would like to acquire several works in order to compile a program on indigenous issues out of the festival’s films, but also start a list of films to be considered in the future for programs on the same or other themes.
Metrópolis is broadcast on Public Television and, therefore, covers a wide range of audiences, although art professionals and non-professionals interested in contemporary art and culture of every age group constitute about a 75%. More info: at and (where an article on Metrópolis can be found in English).
Some of our recently acquired films shown in Metrópolis:


  • DIX (by BIF) France/UK 2008
  • Smiling Addiction (by Brandon McCormick) USA 2006
  • ZENIT (by Damian Harmata) Deutschland 2007
  • Annual Report (by Cristina Braga) Portugal 2007
  • L’instinct de conservation (by Pauline Horovitz) France 2009
  • Procrastination (by Johnny Kelly) UK 2007

Low Tech Art

  • zZz is playing grip (by Roel Wouters, Holland)
  • ANIM 01 (by DSK: Juan Lesta y Belén Montero, España)
  • Notebook (Evelien Lohbeck, Holland)
  • Telematic Heroes (by Johan Karrento, Finland)
  • Invisible City: Amstel 88 III (by Kuang-Yu Tsui, Thailand)
  • Automotive Action Painting (by George Barber, Great Britain)
  • Packband als Tonband (by Timm Ulrichs, Deutschland)


  • OBRAS (by Hendrick Dusollier, France, 2004)
  • THE REPLICANTS 'USER' (France, 2007)
  • SILENCE IS GOLDEN by Chris Shepherd (France/UK, 2006)
  • ELECTRONIC PERFORMERS by Arnaud Ganzerli, Laurent Bourdoiseau y Jerôme Blanquet (France, 2003)
  • SILKEN by Yann Bertrand y Damien Serban (France, 2008)

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Jade Christian
Classification/Acquisition Manager and Commissioning Editor
NITV (Australia)

Jade Christian is an Indigenous woman from the Eastern region of the Torres Strait Islands of Australia. She is the Classification/Acquisition Manager and Commissioning Editor for NITV’s premier live television sports panel shows; The Marngrook AFL Show and The Barefoot Rugby League Show.

Starting her working life within the performing arts, she was introduced to a career in media after being contracted to work for NBC Universal's 'Today Show' during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She has worked on ABC Television productions The Message Stick program and The New Inventors Show as a production coordinator, researcher and researcher/associate producer and has produced a mini-doco "Aunty Kathy".

Coming to NITV she has moved through various positions from archiving, program classification and broadcast operations including scheduling within NITV's Content Management Division. In 2010, she undertook a short term contract managing the Indigenous Collections Branch of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, advocating and upholding the importance of preserving the audiovisual heritage of Australian Indigenous people.

Returning to NITV, as the Classification/Acquisition Manager she hopes that she can help shape the look of the channel in its next phase with quality programming and continue to advocate industry relationships.

About National Indigenous Television and what they are looking for:
The National Indigenous Television Service (NITV) is an Australian national narrowcaster and is guided by the NITV Charter. Content creation is locally produced to reflect multicultural and multilingual nature of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the first instance, and ensures that all programming covers the full range of programming genres.  All programming ensures that an inclusive model supports the existing and developing Australian Indigenous media broadcasting sector and is in the business of investing in capacity building and engaging in strong stakeholder relationships within Australia as well as internationally.

NITV is currently seeking Indigenous drama/doc series, features or small one offs.  As well as feature documentary’s, mini documentaries and comedy genre based programming.
NITV program acquisitions guidelines, can be found by visiting NITV’s website at:

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Kam Jey
International Sales & Acquisitions
ohm:tv (Spain)

Kam Jey is responsible for international sales and acquisitions at ohm:tv. Kam oversees the programming and acquisition process of ohm:tv's complete channel portfolio, including the evaluation of new TV formats and programs supplied by external producers.

Kam comes to ohm:tv with a background in short film distribution, as well as experience in film and television production. He is a graduate of the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson University.

About ohm:tv and what they are looking for:
ohm:tv focuses on the development and distribution of TV formats and digital content for mobile, web, IPTV and narrowcasting platforms with a focus on short edgy animation. Presently audiences in more than 60 countries around the globe can see ohm:tv's programs from more than 40 independent producers worldwide.
We are consistently searching for engaging and entertaining content of various genres to feed our mobile TV channels: Shortz! (short films), Loko (edgy animation), Freak Me Out (horror), 360 (lifestyle).  There is also potential for distribution if we see that a particular series has worldwide appeal.
On the TV side we are looking for innovative formats, for distribution, with unique twists that have a broad audience appeal. Shows need to be easily adaptable from territory to territory. Reality, cooking and lifestyle, dating and romance, game and quiz shows, and factual shows are welcome.

One of our recent successful formats is ‘The Prettiest Girl in the Class’ ( which has been produced in three countries to date with a production currently in progress in Spain and Germany. The key is to have a universal theme that can travel well regardless of different cultures.

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Georgiana George Lee
Assistant Director
Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (USA)

Georgiana Lee, a member of the Navajo tribe, is the organization’s Assistant Director. She manages NAPT’s programs created for PBS, including the organization’s open call for proposals, and works with independent Native American producers. She also oversees NAPT’s acquisition program, manages the Native Radio Theatre project and biennial VisionMaker Film Festival.

Georgiana received her Bachelor in Journalism from Creighton University in 2006 and a certificate in film producing from the College of Santa Fe in 2007. In 2006, Georgiana was the recipient of the University of Nebraska—Omaha Woman of Color Youth Leadership Award for her service in the Greater Omaha community.

Georgiana’s experience includes producer, location manager, and unit production manager with the New Mexico Filmmakers Intensive. Before joining NAPT, Georgiana worked in Montana as a field organizer for Barack Obama’s Campaign for Change on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Georgiana currently serves on the board of the National Alliance for Media Art and Culture (NAMAC).

About NAPT and what they are looking for:
Native American Public Telecommunications shares Native stories with the world through support of the creation, promotion and distribution of Native media. We are the primary broker of Native programs to U.S. Public Television stations. VisionMaker Video is our on-line video sales catalog that primarily targets the educational market. NAPT provides support for U.S. documentary filmmakers through an annual production fund, and support of professional development opportunities and technical assistance. On occasion, NAPT acquires narrative works, but we're primarily looking for documentary work. In addition, NAPT has an Internet service, the AIROS Native Network, which features a 24/7 audio stream and podcasts. We are exploring new ways to feature Native work on the web.

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Susan Petersen
Vice President of Global Films Sales & Business Development
Shorts International (USA)

Ms. Petersen has 20 years experience in the entertainment industry with expertise in Film Distribution, Television Research & Marketing, Advertising and Business Development. Currently, Ms. Petersen is the Vice President of Global Film Sales & Business Development for SHORTS INTERNATIONAL and HEAD OF SPONSORSHIPS for SHORTSHD TV. Ms. Petersen oversees film licensing across all platforms worldwide, including the annual Academy Awards Nominated Shorts Program. She also oversees the development of Sponsorship partners for
SHORTSHD TV. Separately, Ms. Petersen is a sales representative on independent feature films and documentaries.

About Shorts International and what they are looking for:
SHORTS INTERNATIONAL ( is largest short film Entertainment Company in the world with a library of over 4000 films. The Company is headquartered in the UK with offices in New York, France, and Los Angeles. SHORTS has launched SHORTSTV France, SHORTSTV UK and SHORTS HD U.S.A. The Company programs the short film channel on iTunes USA, UK, Canada, and Germany.

Shorts International is looking for films of all genres, lengths, all languages. High Definition short films are priority acquisitions. Looking for films that fit both our Film Sales clients as well as TV Channels and iTunes. Commission varies dependent upon film and upon territories.

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Haunui Royal
General Manager, Programming
Maori Television (New Zealand)

Haunui Royal is an experienced producer and director of programmes for TVNZ, TV3 and Māori Television who has been involved in the television industry for more than 20 years.
His television production experience includes writing, directing and producing documentaries, reality television series, children’s programmes and entertainment shows as well as educational resources and corporate videos.
Haunui joined Māori Television in 2003 as Executive Producer and was instrumental in setting up the organisation’s internal programming function. He is also a former acting General Manager of Programming, a role he temporarily filled in 2004-2005 before returning to independent production.
About Maori Television and what they are looking for:

The Programming department is responsible for Maori Television’s programming strategy – including Te Reo channel – and drives the schedule structure, programme production, commissioning and acquisition, and on-air promotions. The key focus of this department is the provision of quality programmes, in both Maori and English, which attract a broad viewing audience.

Maori Television has consolidated its reputation for broadcasting outstanding international documentaries and films showcasing inspirational stories of other indigenous peoples from throughout the world. These programmes continually rates as some of Maori Television’s most watched and the strategy to acquire these programmes as a means to attract viewers to the channel has been proven to be sound. A total of 101 original hours of international documentaries and movies were broadcast during the period from a range of overseas markets including Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and the Pacific.

Maori Television also seeks out other high quality international and local programming. These include the acquisition of children’s and youth programmes from overseas suppliers which are reversioned into the Maori language.

  • Broadcast 3,000 hours Maori Television channel
  • Broadcast 1,000 hour in Te Reo Maori
  • Broadcast 10 hours per week programmes for tamariki participating in reo immersion education
  • Broadcast 8 hours per original programming per day (average)
  • 80% programmes are locally produced
  • Attract audience 50% Maori watch Maori Television (34,000)
  • Attract audience 40% New Zealanders watch Maori Television (1.6 million)

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Mr. Lin, Wen-heng
Taiwan Indigenous Television (Taiwan)

Mr. LIN, Wen-heng, born in Kaohsiung City of southern Taiwan, is an Amis, one of Taiwan Indigenous Tribes. Mr. LIN has been working in Taiwan Indigenous TV(TITV)for seven years. He is the producer of “Unforgotten Melody” of TITV, a program introducing traditional melody using a dramatic format.

About TITV and what they are looking for:

Taiwan Indigenous Television (TITV) is a satellite cable channel operated by Taiwan Broadcasting System (TBS) in Taiwan, launched on July 1, 2005.
In January 2007, TITV joined the operation of Taiwan Broadcasting System (TBS) and transformed into a non-commercial public media platform for indigenous people and to provide special audio and visual service for audiences.
Mr. LIN and TITV are very interested in programs performed via Motion Graphic and Computer Animated works, and seeks for such programs, especially those that provide engaging content and interaction with the audience.

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