With the internet rapidly changing traditional models of distribution and filmmakers increasingly sharing their work on sites like Facebook and YouTube, these panelists will share their insights into the smartest way to distribute your film in the 21st century. From the perspectives of film distributors, Internet distributors, festivals and broadcasters, get the lowdown on the best release strategy for your film and the dos and don’ts of releasing a film. This panel will also showcase two innovative Internet distribution forums: IsumaTV and DigitalDrum.ca
This workshop puts emerging writer and director Shane Belcourt in conversation with writer, director and executive producer David “Sudz” Sutherland. This intimate discussion will delve into the multiple layers involved in writing a feature length film, and allow these two artists to compare notes in terms of their processes, tips for good writing, and experiences working within the landscape of Canadian film.
Sudz Sutherland works on both sides of the fence as a freelance writer and director for dramas and documentaries. His latest feature film project, Toronto Stories, was conceived in conjunction with three other rising directors and was invited to the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. Sudz recently completed the dramatic miniseries Guns for CBC based on four families caught up in illegal gun trafficking. Sudz also wrote and directed the triple Gemini award-winning (Best Direction, Best Supporting actress, Best Television Movie) Doomstown, an MOW for CTV/Sarrazin-Couture. Sudz’ sophomore feature film Home Again, slated for production this year, is the follow up to his multiple award-winning and Genie nominated debut feature film Love, Sex and Eating the Bones. He is currently developing two other feature films, The Way The Ball Bounces and Operation Red Dog.
Shane Belcourt is an award-winning Métis filmmaker, writer and musician based in Toronto. His feature film, Tkaronto, has played many international film festivals, most recently winning the Best Director prize at the 2008 Dreamspeakers Film Festival and 2008 Talking Stick Film Festival, and has since been picked up by a national distributor (Kinosmith) which has released the film across Canada. Shane’s two short films, The Squeeze Box and Pookums have been picked up and sold to national Canadian TV networks and are featured on IsumaTV. Alongside the dramatic work, Shane continues to make documentary films as a director and cinematographer and has two projects in development, a half-hour documentary on problem gambling in Aboriginal communities and a short animated documentary about growing up the son of a Métis rights leader, Red Car, Blue Hood. Shane and his co-writing partner, Duane Murray, are developing a variety of projects, most notably the next feature film.
Shane was the recipient of the 2007 IFC Mentorship Award and one of 22 filmmakers chosen for the 2007 TIFF Talent Lab. Most recently Shane wrote and directed the 2008 imagineNATIVE festival trailer Indian Jane.
This jam-packed panel will feature visiting international and Canadian buyers attending this year’s imagineNATIVE Festival. Find out what they are looking for, how much they will pay, what rights they want to secure, and other important information to help your current or future projects reach their audiences?Moderator: Jason Ryle
Do you have a great idea for a film but are not sure how to get it made? Do you think about your future in media, but don’t know what steps to take to get there? This panel is an opportunity for youth to learn from emerging and accomplished Aboriginal media artists and filmmakers who will share how they got their start. Panelists will tell you about their exciting projects and share their
experiences in the Canadian film-industry. imagineNATIVE wants you to think about yourself behind or in front of the camera, and each panelist will be ready to answer your questions to help you make this a reality!
Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, the McLean Foundation, Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment & Training, National Film Board of Canada, and the Native Canadian Centre for Toronto
Do you have a great idea for a short (under 23 min) documentary? Come and pitch to an audience of
commissioning editors and acquisitions executives from the major Canadian broadcasters. Pitches have been pre-selected by the imagineNATIVE Programming Committee and pitch team representatives have received a free one-day intensive pitch training session from industry professional Deborah Day. If time permits, Wild Card pitches will be accepted from the audience. Wild Card pitches are not eligible for the award. The Documentary Pitch winner will receive the use of CBC Newsworld’s 3CCD HDV camera for one month. The winner will be announced at the Closing Night Awards, for more information Click Here.
Get your idea heard by the people who can make it happen! This is your opportunity to pitch your idea for a short, feature or series drama to broadcasters who will provide valuable feedback. Pitches have been pre-selected by the imagineNATIVE Programming Committee and pitch team representatives have received a free one-day intensive pitch training session from industry professional Deborah Day. If time permits, Wild Card pitches may be accepted from the audience. Wild Card pitches are not eligible for the award. The Drama Pitch winner will take home a $5,000
Development Deal from Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network (APTN). The winner will be announced at the Closing Night Awards, for more information Click Here.
Seeking funding for your next project? Looking for new ideas? Get the scoop on funding sources as this year’s panelists tackle everything from broadcast pre-sales, seeking private funds, seed grants, Aboriginal funding streams and raising money through the Internet.Moderator: Gisele Gordon
Lisa Meeches began her career in 1986 with the Winnipeg-based Native Media Network where she worked compiling radio reports for a native talk show. Her professional work experience then broadened to include news reporting for Craig Broadcasting Systems where she established a liaison team who connected the newsroom with surrounding First Nations communities. In 2002, Meeches completed the Alliance Atlantis Executive Producers’ Program at The Banff Centre, honing her skills with some of the top names in Canadian production. She is now an Executive Producer and the President of two Winnipeg-based production companies, Eagle Vision Inc. and Meeches Video Productions, and the Co-President of Century Street Distribution. Meeches was a Producer on Elijah - the true story of Elijah Harper, one of the greatest heroes in Canadian Aboriginal political history - which Eagle Vision co-produced with Anagram Pictures for CTV and APTN. She is also the Executive Producer, Producer, and Co-Host of the award winning series The Sharing Circle, currently in production of its sixteenth season. She is an Executive Producer of Tipi Tales, currently in its Third Season, and of the documentaries Polygamy’s Lost Boys, The Spirit of Norway House and Where Three Rivers Meet.
In 2007 Lisa Meeches was awarded and Aboriginal Achievement Award for her work. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Do Indigenous filmmakers have a responsibility to reflect positive images of themselves in order to counter negative stereotypes? In this panel, filmmakers will address what it means to express a story or explore a character in a meaningful and authentic way. The filmmakers will discuss whether or not they have an ethical responsibility to leave the darker aspects of a story, character or subject’s personality on the cutting room floor, as well as the challenges of fighting for the story they feel must be told.Moderator: Lisa Jackson