imagineNATIVE Film Festival

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Thursday October 21
Meet the Buyers: Finding Your Fit
Miles Nadal JCC, 3rd Floor
Oct 21 2010 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Featuring visiting international and Canadian buyers attending this year’s imagineNATIVE festival, this panel gets down to business to find out exactly what buyers do and how they work with filmmakers – what programming they are looking for, what rights they want to secure, new digital arenas and how to reap the rewards to fund your next project. Ending with an informal “meet n’ greet,” this is a great opportunity to learn and ask questions to find a programming match made in heaven for both you and buyer.

Moderator: Daniel Northway-Frank
Operations and Programming Manager, imagineNATIVE

Jennifer Chen | Director of Programming
Movieola – The Short Film Channel
www.movieola.ca

Dena Curtis | Commissioning Editor
National Indigenous Television Ltd (Australia)
http://nitv.org.au

Kam Jey | International Sales and Acquisitions
OHM:TV (Germany)
www.ohmtv.com

Wen-Heng Lin | Buyer
Taiwan Indigenous TV (Taiwan)
www.titv.org

Susan Petersen | VP Global Film Sales & Business Development
Shorts International New York (USA)
www.shortsinternational.com

Haunui Royal | General Manager of Programming
Maori Television (New Zealand)
www.maoritelevision.com

Robin Smith | President
Kinosmith (Canada)
www.kinosmith.com

Nick Solowski | In-flight Entertainment Manager
Spafax Canada Inc. (Canada)
www.spafax.com

Sabrina Spence | Programmer,CJNT
Montreal Channel Zero Inc. (Canada)
www.cjntmontreal.com



RULEBREAKER: In conversation with Taika Waititi on Directing and Writing
Miles Nadal JCC, 3rd Floor
Oct 21 2010 12:45PM - 2:15PM

Programmer Danis Goulet grabs hold and pries open the creative mind of award-winning and “truly independent” filmmaker Taika Waititi in an enlightening (and bound to be entertaining) discussion. Through Taika’s filmmaking career, we’ll learn about his artistic vision, inspiration, the process and approach when transitioning from short to feature length film writing, how to transform your film from script to screen, and challenges to consider along the way. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn from one of the most successful Indigenous filmmakers today!

Moderator: Danis Goulet Filmmaker, Curator, Programmer

Guest: Taika Waititi | Director, Writer, Actor

Taika Waititi (Te-Whanau-a-Apanui) hails from the Raukokore region of the East Coast of New Zealand. He has been involved in the arts for several years as a visual artist, actor, writer and director.

Taika’s first short film, Two Cars, One Night, was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2005. His next short, Tama Tu, about a group of Maori soldiers in Italy during World War II, won a string of international awards, making it eligible for Oscar nomination. His first feature, Eagle vs. Shark, was released internationally in 2007 after selling to Miramax on the basis of a trailer.

Boy is Taika Waititi’s second feature film. It is the highest-grossing film in New Zealand history. It premiered at Sundance earlier this year and won the Grand Prix for Best Feature Film in the Generation Kplus section of the Berlin International Film Festival.

As a performer, writer and comedian, Taika has been involved in some of New Zealand’s most innovative and successful productions. Taika has won New Zealand’s top comedy award the “Billy T,” and also the “Spirit of the Fringe Award” in Edinburgh, with fellow comedian Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). Taika will next be seen in 2011’s highly-anticipated summer blockbuster Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds.


THE EVOLUTION OF CURATORIAL CONSCIOUSNESS
Miles Nadal JCC, 3rd Floor
Oct 21 2010 2:30PM - 3:45PM

Galleries and curators have awoken to non-traditional media as an essential facet of expression in contemporary art. What has triggered this new direction, and how can both collectors and creators of digital art benefit from it? Featuring an esteemed line-up of gallery icons and artists, this panel will also educate artists on how their video and new media work can have a continued life outside the festival environment in alternative exhibition spaces. The discussion will examine how the gallery curatorial process works and how can it further careers for new media and installation artists.

Moderator: Steve Loft
Artist, Curator, Programmer, imagineNATIVE Board Member

Jessica Bradley | Curator
Jessica Bradley Art + Projects

Gerald McMaster | Curator of Canadian Art
Art Gallery of Ontario

Lisa Steele | Founder and Creative Director
Vtape

Daina Warren | Canada Council Aboriginal Curatorial Resident
National Gallery of Canada



Friday October 22
ROCK YOUR DOC! Documentary Pitch Competition
Miles Nadal JCC, 3rd Floor
Oct 22 2010 10:00AM - 11:15AM

Come to learn, or better yet, pitch your short or feature documentary ideas to an audience of producers, commissioning editors and acquisitions executives from the major Canadian broadcasters! Pitches have been pre-selected by the imagineNATIVE Programming Team and participants 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 a $2,500 Gift certificate from William F. White International, a $500 cash prize from CBC News Network and a $250 voucher for in-kind services at Technicolor Toronto. The winner will be announced at the Closing Night Awards on October 24th.

Moderator: Deborah Day
Digital and Social Media Strategist - Founder, Innovate By Day
www.canadianaccents.ca

Gerry Flahive | Senior Producer
National Film Board of Canada
www.nfb.ca

Jane Jankovic | Commissioning Editor
TVO
www.tvo.org

Andrew Johnson | Senior Producer, Independent Documentary Unit
CBC News Network
www.cbc.ca/docs

Samantha linton | Acting Director, Factual Content
Canwest Broadcasting
www.canwest.com



DRAMA QUEEN! Pitch Competition for Dramatic TV Series Works
Oct 22 2010 11:30AM - 12:45PM

Is your series pilot the next TV sensation? Get your idea heard by the people who can make it happen! This is your opportunity to pitch your idea to producers and broadcasters who will provide valuable feedback for your work. Pitches have been pre-selected by the imagineNATIVE Programming Team and participants 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), a $2,500 Gift certificate from William F. White International and a $250 voucher for in-kind services at Technicolor Toronto. The winner will be announced at the Closing Night Awards on October 24th.

Moderator: Deborah Day
Digital and Social Media Strategist - Founder, Innovate By Day
www.canadianaccents.ca

Stephen Finney | Production Executive, Drama Content
Canwest Broadcasting
www.canwest.com

Rachel Fulford.| VP Creative Affairs Entertainment
One Television
ir.entertainmentonegroup.com

Robin Neinstein | Executive in Charge of Production, Drama
CBC Television
www.cbc.ca

Danielle Audette | Manager of Programming, Central Region
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
www.aptn.ca



Funder/Buyer/Producer Micro Meetings
Miles Nadal JCC, 3rd Floor
Oct 22 2010 2:00PM - 3:30PM

Filmmakers attending the festival with a film, with a roster of titles ready for distribution, or seeking funding for a project in development, can apply pre-festival for scheduled one-on-one meetings with the attending buyers, broadcasters and festival programmers. An amazing opportunity to talk about your work and start business relationships with some of the industry’s key players!

The deadline to arrange your meeting is October 8 - please contact programming@imaginenative.org to request an application. Festival delegates who have missed the deadline for applications are welcome to attend the MEET THE BUYERS session on a stand-by basis.

An up-to-date list of attending buyers, broadcasters and programmers are available here.


Saturday October 23
RE:COUNTING COUP - New (Media) Tales of Bravery
Miles Nadal JCC, 3rd Floor
Oct 23 2010 10:00AM - 11:15PM

Or, from coup sticks to joysticks – our digital warriors recount their war victories. This panel is a rare opportunity to shed insight into the relationship of concept, materiality and identity in the midst of contemporary influences and how it informs a new media artist’s practice. Accounts of how their work has evolved to create participatory objects, interactive websites and legendary installations and performances will inspire us all to realize how our Indigenous languages, the land and our ancestors continue to shape how we can inventively present our ever-evolving worldviews for all to see and hear.

Moderator: Cheryl l’Hirondelle
multi/interdisciplinary artist, singer/songwriter and curator

Jordan Bennett | Artist
http://beatnation.org/Jordan-bennett.html

James luna | Artist
www.jamesluna.com

Archer Pechawis | Artist
www.apxo.net

Lisa Reihana | Artist
www.lisareihana.com



New "Broadcaster" on the Block: IsumaTV's New Licensing Partnership
Miles Nadal JCC, 3rd Floor
Oct 23 2010 11:30AM - 12:45PM

Isuma’s new position as a trigger financier with traditional production funds will change the face of Indigenous filmmaking in Canada. This information session featuring ISUMA TV and Canada Media Fund lays out all the details you need to approach and access funding, how they envision new production and partnerships and what they need from filmmakers to lead the creative way. Don’t miss out on this first public conversation about this new horizon of production!

Moderator: Jennifer Podemski
Actor, Producer and President, Red Cloud Studios Inc.

Norman Cohn | Producer and Co-Founder
IsumaTV
www.isuma.tv

Valerie Creighton | President and CEO
Canada Media Fund
www.cmf-fmc.ca

Zacharias Kunuk | Filmmaker and Co-Founder
IsumaTV
www.isuma.tv



LIGHTING, LENSES AND LOOKS: Cinematography Workshop
Miles Nadal JCC, 3rd Floor
Oct 23 2010 1:15PM - 2:30PM

Director/cinematographer Richard Story (Coast Salish) gives a one-hour intensive workshop on the new possibilities offered up by the latest technology in digital cinematography. Featuring examples from his recent work, Richard will show how different technical and creative choices effect the style and feel of your film, finding a ‘look’ for your project and learning the essential production tools to get that captivating aesthetic. Come learn about short-cuts, pitfalls, and tricks-of- the-trade. A must-attend workshop for those interested in achieving striking visuals for their next production!

Moderator: Richard Story | Filmmaker and President
Footpath Productions Inc.

BEYOND THE TALKING HEAD: New Ways to Doc
Miles Nadal JCC, 3rd Floor
Oct 23 2010 2:45PM - 4:00PM

Shake up your visual storytelling with a panel presenting new and creative approaches to documentary filmmaking. Invited festival directors and filmmakers present clips of their favourite programmed or produced works that challenge traditional approaches to non-fiction filmmaking. Presenting tools and methods to approach a subject that reflects the unique qualities of their story, panelists will shed a light on the creative diversity at the filmmaker’s hand, and how a unique take on an old subject can be a successful festival circuit crowd-pleaser.

Moderator: Gisèle Gordon
Filmmaker, Hot Docs Programmer, imagineNATIVE Advisor

Lisa Jackson | Filmmaker
Pushing the Line: Art Without Reservations (iN 2009)

Minda Martin | Filmmaker
Free Land (iN 2010)

Peter Mettler | Artist and Filmmaker
Petropolis, Gambling, Gods & LSD

Zacharias Kunuk | Filmmaker
Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change (iN 2010)