SpringBoard Schedule - victoriafilmfest

9.30am Pacific

Wherever You Go, There You Are:  The Media Multiverse 2022 

A peek inside the multi-screen wonderland from Harold Gronenthal, Executive Vice President, programming and marketing for AMC Networks International.  

Has streaming won? Is linear television dead? Are cinemas on life-support? Will production spending go on limitlessly? Is the appetite for content insatiable? Is consolidation inevitable? And what about inflation? When will this pandemic be over? And, who am I producing for and selling to? Where are we, how did we get here, and where do we go from here? Will any of these questions be answered in 60 minutes? Probably not, but these and dozens more will addressed in a timely review of the current state of the business, curated especially and exclusively for Victoria SpringBoard participants.

10.30am

The Future of Cinema after COVID
A panel moderated by Harold Gronenthal  

From major studios to boutique indies, from corporate multiplexes to the local arthouse screen, can the economics that drive cinema recover from the pandemic to compete with the endless rise of streaming? Do reduced distribution costs and rising profits mean that cinema has already slipped forever into the stream? How does cinematic vision and artistry play out against this backdrop? Will consumer demand for serialized drama mean the decline, and inevitable extinction, of traditional one-off storytelling? Will films matter in the future? More importantly, do films matter now? 

Hussain Amarshi, Founder and President, Mongrel Media
Robin Smith, CEO of Blue Ice Docs Inc., the Head of Factual Content at levelFILM
Arianna Bocco, President, IFC Films
Alex Garcia, EVP, Creative Affairs, Legendary Pictures

11.30am

Creating after COVID
A panel moderated by Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO, Knowledge Network Corporation  

How has the pandemic changed the perspectives and practices of filmmakers who have continued to work despite new protocols and requirements? Was COVID a temporary inconvenience or did it alter how one approaches production and post-production? 

Yung Chang, Filmmaker, Canada
Bettina Oberli, Filmmaker, Switzerland
Trish Dolman, President, Screen Siren Pictures Inc.
Steve Sxwithul’txw, President of Kwassen Productions / OCM Productions Inc.
John Cassini, Actor/Producer, UBCP/ACTRA 

1.00pm - Lunch Break

2.30pm

Pitching after COVID/What We Are Looking For?
A panel of broadcasters + funders moderated by Pat Ferns, Vice-President, Victoria Film Festival  

The pandemic has impacted the marketplace: pitching forums have been virtual, necessitating pre-recorded pitches and trailers. We explore how this has affected broadcasters and funders in making their decisions. We also find out what programming has been working and what new projects will appeal post-COVID. 

Kerry Moraes-Sugiyama, Manager Original Programming, Western Region, APTN
Rachel Goldstein-Couto, Head of Development, Original Programming, Bell Media
Lea Marin, Director of Development, Drama, CBC
Kathleen Meek, Manager, Original Content, Drama and Factual, Corus Entertainment
Patrice Ramsay, Producer, Independent Productions, Knowledge
Teri Snelgrove, Producer, BC & Yukon Studios, National Film Board of Canada
Mathew Parry, Interim Manager Creative Industry Programs, Creative BC

3.30pm

The Future of Canadian Content
Hank Intven, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria in conversation with  Ian Scott, Chair, CRTC  

With a new Broadcasting Act coming before parliament, the legislation may empower the CRTC to interpret key issues of Canadian Content that will impact the industry as a whole. The CRTC Chair will share some of his current thinking. 

Followed by a panel with key players in the Canadian industry sharing their hopes for the new Broadcasting Act and its impact on Canadian Content and their own organizations’ strategies. 

Valerie Creighton, President & CEO, Canada Media Fund
Christa Dickenson, CEO & Executive Director, Telefilm Canada
Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC
Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury
Carlyn Klebuc, General Manager of Original Programming, Bell Media
Sally Catto, General Manager – Entertainment, Factual and Sports, CBC 

One-on-One Meetings

Sunday, 6 February – 9.00am Pacific


Kerry Moraes-Sugiyama
, Manager Original Programming, Western Region, APTN  

Rachel Goldstein-Couto, Head of Development, Original Programming, Bell Media  

Lea Marin, Director of Development, Drama, CBC 

Kathleen Meek, Manager, Original Content, Drama and Factual, Corus Entertainment (Kathleen will be taking pitches on Monday rather than Sunday) 

Patrice Ramsay, Producer, Independent Productions, Knowledge  

Teri Snelgrove, Producer, BC & Yukon Studios, National Film Board of Canada  

Mathew Parry, Interim Manager Creative Industry Programs, Creative BC 

 

One-on-One Meetings notes:
Booking pitches for SpringBoard is on a first-come-first-served basis. Three meetings are guaranteed. If there are extra spaces after everyone is booked then we can offer more meeting opportunities on a last-minute basis.
Once you purchase a pass you will receive an email directing you where to send an email with up to 5 names of people you would like to pitch – in order of preference.