Pitch Decks – with Dale Andrews September 16th, 2020
Pitch decks are the first impression, the knock at the door, the initial attraction to a project. So often, filmmakers ignore the importance of a great looking deck with content that is compelling and visually appealing. It shows the investor that you care enough about your project that you are willing to put in the time and effort to create something worth considering. For this session, you will see examples of great pitch decks and get a chance to ask questions about what a deck should look like and the content that should be included. This session will be led by film Executive Producer Dale Andrews from The Bokeh Collective.
Links to work:
Short Film: Latched https://youtu.be/flW_alXzCXU
Short Film: Carved https://youtu.be/c0BvhGhkuvI
Feature Film Trailer: Making Monsters https://youtu.be/Iz-bKzNEmPI
Bokeh Promo: https://vimeo.com/206467611
Film Festival Insider Workshop – with Wendy Donnan October 21, 2020
One of the most useful weapons in an independent filmmaker’s arsenal is a general understanding of the way film festivals work. This workshop will teach you how to be successful in the festival landscape. Whether you are an experienced filmmaker or newbie to the festival world, you will learn tips for getting your film into your chosen festival, plus how to create a festival plan for your film, which festivals to target, and how to prepare your film for submissions. You will also get an insider’s view of what festival programmers are looking for! A Festival guide will be given out to all registrants before the workshop starts. Led by OFFA Exec Director/Lead Programmer and filmmaker Wendy Donnan.
Crafting a Sizzle Reel – with Editor/Filmmaker Christopher Mutton. November 18th, 2020
This workshop will explore strategies to produce an effective sizzle reel to showcase your talents. We will discuss how a reel fits into a larger promotional strategy for entertainment professionals that includes networking and social media. As we review examples of successful sizzle reels, we will discuss effective editing techniques and how to create a sizzle for specific job categories such as director, actor, cinematographer and editor. This workshop is suited for any film professional who is looking to boost their profile with an enticing visual portfolio of their work.
Chris is a Toronto based editor with four recent feature film world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and television series work for Hulu, History (US), Bravo, CBC, CTV, Slice and Ovation. On the commercial side, Chris has edited flagship campaigns for Scotiabank, RBC and HSBC. Chris’ television series work includes the Emmy nominated Hulu series HOLLY HOBBIE, the CTV comedy Stock and Awe, music documentary series ON THE RECORD and the CBC history series CANADA: THE STORY OF US. He edited digital series for CBC’s dramas X COMPANY, THE NEXT STEP and LOST AND FOUND STUDIOS. Recent feature film work includes HYSTERIA, EASY LAND, and LUBA, which have screened at festivals around the world. Chris is a full member of the DGC, an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre editors’ lab and has served as vice president of the Canadian Cinema Editors.
Selling Your Film 101: Finding a Distributor – with Vortex Media (Formerly A71 Entertainment) December 16th, 2020
Matt Orenstein, Vice President, Acquisitions and Strategy provides an Industry insider’s perspective on how to get your film distributed in this workshop that will help you to target-market your film, from creating a great One Sheet and trailer, to what is required for final delivery of your film, to completing your financing package, and getting insurance in place.
Bio: Vortex Media acquires award-winning and festival selected feature films applying high level strategic thinking to all acquisitions from the earliest possible stages of a film’s development. The company sets itself apart by virtue of a commitment to marketing a title on all levels, from industry to audience, with a specific commitment to reaching and building a broader audience in Canada, while considering the holistic saleability of the product internationally. Releases include the multi-award winning BLACKBIRD, THE HUSBAND Directed by Bruce McDonald, ALGONQUIN, IT WAS YOU CHARLIE, SIDDHARTH by Richie Mehta, Making Monsters (Bokeh Collective/Buck Productions/Ginger Cat Studios) and IN HER PLACE by Albert Shin