SpringBoard - Victoria Film Festival

Hussain Amarshi

Founder and President of Mongrel Media  

Mongrel Media is Canada’s leading arthouse film distribution company. A graduate of University of Toronto and Queen’s University, Hussain has been involved in film for over 30 years; he founded the Kingston International Film Festival in 1989; ran the Euclid Theatre in Toronto; worked on Atom Egoyan’ Exotica and Jeremy Podeswa’s Eclipse, before setting up Mongrel Media in 1994. Hussain is a producer on Deepa Mehta’s film Funny Boy and is an Executive Producer on Beeba Boys, Brooklyn, Everything Will Be Fine, and Maudie.

Arianna Bocco

President, IFC Films 

Bocco oversees acquisitions, production, marketing and publicity, as well as theatrical film distribution and the fast-growing IFC Films Unlimited subscription streaming service. Since joining the company in 2006, Bocco has spearheaded all acquisitions and productions for IFC Films, Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, the three multi-platform film distribution labels owned and operated by AMC Networks, Inc., acquiring the rights to some of the most critically acclaimed independent films from around the world.  

Rudy Buttignol

President & CEO of the Knowledge Network Corporation  

Since his appointment in 2007, he has transformed the public broadcaster into a popular commercial-free service available through television and streaming on websites and apps. This has led to the growth of annual donor revenues to $8 million. In 2008, he launched the Knowledge Endowment Fund, currently valued over $25 million. He currently Chairs the Canadian Association of Public Educational Media. 

John Cassini

Actor, Producer – UBCP – ACTRA 

John is an award-winning actor, TV & film producer & one of Canada’s most sought after acting coaches. A lifetime member of the renowned Actors Studio & Artistic Director & co-founder of Railtown Actors Studio. Alongside many other projects, John produced & starred in the critically acclaimed feature film Daughter, nominated for 7 Leo awards. John won the UBCP/ACTRA Award for Best Lead Actor in Daughter & the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Achievement.

Sally Catto

General Manager – Entertainment, Factual and Sports – CBC  

Catto oversees the strategic direction for all non-news programming that is commissioned, developed, and acquired for the network across its platforms including CBC TV and CBC Gem. This includes dramas, comedies, reality, factual, arts, documentaries, sports, and podcasts. 

Yung Chang

Director, writer, producer  

Yung Chang is the award-winning director of feature documentaries Up the Yangtze (2007), China Heavyweight (2012), The Fruit Hunters (2013), and This is Not a Movie (2019). His latest Wuhan Wuhan (2021) World Premiered at Hot Docs 2021 and won Best Int’l Feature at Doc Edge qualifying for the 2022 Oscars©. Chang is an alumnus of the 2018 TIFF Writers Studio and the 2015 Sundance Institute Screenwriting and Directing Labs for his feature script, Eggplant. He is a member of AMPAS, DGC and WGC.

Valerie Creighton

President and CEO of Canada Media Fund (CMF) 

Valerie Creighton is an industry leader in arts, culture and media, recognized for reenergizing some of the country’s most important organizations in the sector over the last thirty-five years. Currently serving as President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, Valerie positions Canadian programming at the forefront in world markets advocating successful, innovative Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms.  

Christa Dickenson

Executive Director & CEO – Telefilm Canada 

Dickenson has over three decades of experience spanning broadcast television, technology, telecommunications and interactive digital media, having worked at CTV, CPAC, Rogers and Interactive Ontario. Ms. Dickenson possesses an unparalleled talent for change management coupled with a strong business acumen. With brand advocacy expertise honed over many years, she is a highly effective screen-based industries advocate and spokesperson.

Trish Dolman

President of Screen Siren Pictures  

Producer, Director, and Writer Trish Dolman is the president of Screen Siren Pictures, an independent television and film company based in Vancouver. Trish has spent 27 years in the industry, carving out a niche as a notable documentary, feature film and television producer in BC, Canada and abroad. She’s produced over 13 documentaries, 14 feature films and several international treaty co-productions.   

Pat Ferns

President of Ferns Productions Inc.  

Pat Ferns is President of Ferns Productions Inc. and has produced some of Canada’s finest award-winning programming and the world’s leading media events. He presents his signature pitching sessions worldwide. Pat was awarded The Order of Canada in 2005 for his services to the industry. 

Alex Garcia

EVP, Creative Affairs, Legendary Pictures 

Since joining Legendary in 2009, Garcia developed and served as executive producer on the company’s summer 2014 hit Godzilla, the start of the company’s ‘Monsterverse’ franchise, and produced Kong: Skull Island, the globally successful 2017 reintroduction of King Kong. He has been involved in several other films on the company’s slate, including producing the company’s 2015 Christmas horror-comedy hit Krampus, 2019’s box office hit Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and the 2021’s megahit one-two punch of Godzilla vs. Kong.

Prem Gill

CEO – Creative BC  

Prem Gill is Chief Executive Officer of Creative BC, the organization designated by the Province of British Columbia to unite, sustain and grow British Columbia’s dynamic and diverse creative sector, including motion picture, music and sound recording, interactive and digital media, and magazine and book publishing.  As CEO of Creative BC, Prem is responsible for delivering a wide range of programs and services that will expand B.C.’s creative economy to reach its economic, social and creative potential both at home and globally. 

Rachel Goldstein-Couto

Head of Development, Original Production, Bell Media  

Rachel Goldstein-Couto oversees scripted and unscripted program development for CTV, Crave and the Entertainment Specialty channels of Bell Media.  Rachel and the Development team work closely with independent production partners, writers and creatives to develop a slate of factual and scripted projects that are diverse, culturally relevant to Canadians and specific to the programming needs of the individual channels and services.  

Harold Gronenthal

Executive vice president, Programming & Marketing, AMC Networks International 

Gronenthal oversees programming, marketing, and acquisitions for AMC Networks International, with specific responsibility for the global AMC and Sundance TV brands and services.  He serves on the board of directors of The Canadian Film Center and of Shaftesbury, a leading Canadian production/distribution house recently acquired by AMC Networks.  He has several production credits to his name, most recently An Accidental Studio, a look at George Harrison’s Handmade Films, and Madness:  When We Was We, a three-part history of the British ska/new wave heroes.

Hank Intven

Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Victoria  

Intven has practised law and consulted in the areas of broadcasting, telecommunications, and the internet for more than 35 years. Hank has held senior positions at the CRTC and on three Government of Canada expert panels on communications policy and has advised on drafting Canada’s communications legislation.

Christina Jennings

Founder, Chairman and President of Shaftesbury   

Shaftesbury is a content company known for innovative storytelling and hugely successful productions both in Canada and internationally. Spanning the production of TV, feature film and digital content, Shaftesbury titles are sold in over 180 countries worldwide. Jennings currently serves as Chair of the Canadian Film Centre’s Board of Directors.  

Carlyn Klebuc

General Manager of Original Programming, Bell Media  

As General Manager, Carlyn Klebuc oversees development and production of all of Bell Media’saward-winning English-language independent programming and original digital content. Klebuc and her team work closely on productions commissioned from independent producers, as well as original digital production for Bell Media’s multiple English-language linear and digital properties and platforms. 

Lea Marin

Director of Development – Drama – CBC  

She is responsible for driving and overseeing the quality and diversity of the drama development slate. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Producers’ Lab, prior to joining the CBC, Lea was a Senior Producer with the National Film Board of Canada where she developed and produced several documentaries and interactive projects.  

Kathleen Meek

Manager, Original Content, Scripted and Factual for Corus Entertainment  

She is responsible for a portfolio of original scripted and factual series for Global Television, History®Canada, Showcase, Adult Swim and W. She is Production Executive on Global’s critically acclaimed event drama Departure, History’s hit show Vikings, YTV’s Emmy nominated Hardy Boys, Adult Swim Canada’s first original comedy Psi Cops,  factual series Salvage Kings, Lost Car Rescue and up-coming documentary series BLK: An Origin Story.

Kerry Moraes-Sugiyama

Manager of Original Programming, APTN -Western Region  

Kerry Moraes-Sugiyama has, over the course of a varied and exciting career, developed a diversity of skills in production and management in both television and film. She currently serves as the Manager of Original Programming-West for APTN. In this role, she assists the network in identifying and supporting the production of some of the hallmark award-winning programming airing prime time on APTN. 

Bettina Oberli

Director, Screenwriter and Producer  

Renowned director, screenwriter and producer from Switzerland, who has directed over 20 short and feature films during her career in the film industry. Her most successful and award-winning films are Late Bloomers (2006) and My Wonderful Wanda (2020), which were screened at various film festivals all over the world.

Mathew Parry

Interim Manager – Creative Industry Programs. Creative BC  

Mathew’s primary responsibilities lie within the Development Team where he oversees a number of programs including the Project Development Fund, and other partnership programs with external organizations supporting film and TV development. Mathew has a Master’s degree in history and is also a graduate of the Documentary Film Production program at Langara College.

Patrice Ramsay

Producer, Independent Productions – Knowledge Network Corporation.  

Patrice Ramsay is the Producer of Independent Productions at British Columbia’s Knowledge Network. Her portfolio includes overseeing Knowledge Originals as well as Canadian pre-licensed programs and international prebuys. She manages Knowledge’s CMF Development and Performance Envelopes. Recent Executive Producer credits include Search and Rescue North Shore, Dogsville, and Building Bastille.

Ian Scott

Chairperson and CEO of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)  

Ian Scott has over 25 years of policy and regulatory experience in broadcasting and telecommunications both in the public and private sectors. After working at the Competition Bureau, he joined the CRTC from 1990 to 1994. Between 2007 and 2008, as part of the Executive Interchange Program, he was Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman at the CRTC. Before rejoining the CRTC in 2017, Mr. Scott held various executive positions in the communications industry, including at Telesat Canada, Telus and Call-Net Enterprises. His term runs until September 4, 2022.

Robin Smith

CEO of Blue Ice Docs Inc., the Head of Factual Content at levelFILM   

Blue Ice Docs Inc. is a distribution and equity funding company dedicated to funding, acquiring and distributing the best non-fiction work from around the world. Robin is also the head of factual content for levelFILM – a multi-facet distribution company based in Toronto, Canada. 

Teri Snelgrove

Producer of The National Film Board of Canada, BC & Yukon Studio  

Prior to stepping into the producer position in August 2019, she worked as an Associate Producer at the studio for 7 years, working on a range of documentary and animation projects. Teri is currently having a fantastic time working on Lori Lozinski’s A Motorcycle Saved My Life, Jules Koostachin’s WaaPiiKee and Wahid Ibn Reza’s The Last Glacier among other projects.

Steve Sxwithul'txw

President of Kwassen Productions / OCM Productions Inc.  

Steve Sxwithul’txw (swee-thult) is from the Penelakut Tribe located just off Vancouver Island, Canada. His current project is a new series called “Ocean Warriors ~ Mission Ready” which focuses on volunteer Indigenous mariners who react to boaters in distress along BC’s vast coastline. This will be seen on APTN and CHEK Media.

SpringBoard 1-day Panels Pass • $99
SpringBoard 1-day Panels Pass • $99

Admit holder to online Panels on Feb. 5

SpringBoard 1-day Panels Pass at $99+tax (direct purchase through the link below)

CMPA Members 10% discount at $89+tax. 

Students Special Price (For ages 19 – 30 with Student ID) at $20+tax

CMPA Members should contact: jeremy.sorensen@cmpa.ca to have access to the discount code.

CineVic Current Members should contact: office@cinevic.ca for 50% reimbursement.

Students should contact: industry@victoriafilmfestival.com to have access to the special price code.

(*) Once you have made your purchase, you will receive an email with the information to access the panels.

SpringBoard 2-day Panels + 1:1 Meetings Pass • $139
SpringBoard 2-day Panels + 1:1 Meetings Pass • $139

Admits holder to online Panels on Feb. 5 + One-on-One Pitch sessions on Feb. 6-7

SpringBoard 2-day Panels + 1:1 Meetings Pass at $139+tax (direct purchase through the link below)

CineVic Current Members should contact: office@cinevic.ca for 50% reimbursement.

(*) 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 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 up to 5 names of people you would like to pitch – in order of preference.