PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

9-11AM Block

9-11am Documentary Filmmaking
with Christopher redmond

This workshop will cover wide-ranging topics on the funding, production process, and marketing of documentary films. The discussion will include subjects such as: What is your vision? How do you fund it? What potential audience segments would be interested in seeing your vision? How do you market to these groups?

Due to a Family Emergency, Najeeb Mirza is unable to facilitate the workshop but Christopher has kindly stepped in to give an excellent perspective on the documentary world.

About Christopher: Christopher Redmond is a freelance director, writer, and producer, whose award-winning films have played at over 100 international film festivals (including the Festival de Cannes). He grew up in small towns across the prairies, graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, and then, in 2007, founded a film school in East Africa (the Burundi Film Center). In 2011, CBC named him one of Canada’s Top 50 Champions of Change for his not-for-profit work overseas. Back home, he became the creative lead on major campaigns for Ottawa’s biggest brands, including the Ottawa Senators, Calypso Theme Waterpark, and the Canadian Armed Forces. He manages the popular film site Dear Cast and Crew, and has done acquisitions and marketing of feature films for the Capital Motion Picture Group, such as Citizen Marc (2013) which received the largest theatrical release for any Canadian documentary in 2015. He also did the marketing for Muneeza in the Middle (2015), a one-hour feature for CBC’s Documentary Channel, which he co-wrote and edited. In 2015, Bell Media hired Redmond to launch and run two new community TV channels in Ottawa (one English, one French). Through TV1, he produced 17 original productions. He is currently in production directing a new television series for TVOKids and producing a new project for the Documentary Channel. 

Location: Arts Court Studio
Recommended for: Documentary Filmmakers, All Filmmakers

9-11am Acting for the Camera
with Robert Bockstael

Film & TV veteran Robert Bockstael will give an intro to acting for television and film, including his insider tips, while also doing Q&A about what's next for beginner, intermediate and advanced actors to pursue their continued learning in the craft and art of acting.

About Robert: Robert Bockstael is known to millions as the sociopathic Corporal Brian Fletcher from his years as a leading character on CBC’s North of 60. He is also much loved for his portrayal of Jim Flett on Sullivan’s Wind at My Back and Mr. Dupree on Disney’s Famous Jett Jackson. During his 32 years in the industry, Robert has worked as an actor in theatres across Canada. He is also a director, a playwright, has been Associate Artistic Director of GCTC in Ottawa and founding member and Co-Artistic Director of the New Theatre of Ottawa. He has appeared as leading characters in 7 television series, over 60 films and provided voices for countless animated series. He has written for series television and spent several years creating and developing a series of his own with Global Television. Robert will be appearing for a limited return engagement in Ottawa after an acclaimed tour of British Columbia of his one man performance of Getting to Room Temperature from January 8-13 at The Gladstone.

Location: Arts Court - Courtroom
Recommended for: Actors

9-11am Filmmaker Feedback
with Max McGuire

Ottawa feature film director Max McGuire brings back this successful feedback session, exclusively for participants in the 2017 festival. Max will watch your film, review the jury notes and explain their meaning, provide feedback and critique, and answer questions. Walk away ready to bring your next short film to the next level.
*Exclusively for Digi60 Filmmakers' Festival Participants*

About Max: Max is a feature film director, producer and occasional writer.

As a writer and director he's been financed by Telefilm Canada, OMDC, Canada Council for the Arts, CJOH TV development fund, Harold Greenberg Fund, and a number of private institutions and distributors.

Foreverland, his most personal film, was distributed theatrically, on airplanes and on TMN by Eone in Canada, it was sold internationally by Vision Films and by FilmBuff in the USA. 

Foreverland stars Max Thieriot (Bates Motel), Laurence Leboeuf (Turbo Kid), and Oscar nominees Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear) and Demian Bichir (The Bridge) along with Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Frewer and Thomas Dekker.

Max is developing a feature length thriller, "Wounded", which was invited to the International Film Finance Forum at TIFF and the IFP No Borders Market in NYC with development funding from OMDC and Telefilm Canada. 

Max is slowly working on a passion project with his father, who got him into filmmaking. It's an indie-thriller about the perils of retirement, currently entitled, "Freedom 65".

Max recently wrapped production on three TV movies; "Precious Things", starring Victoria Pratt, Christina Cox and Sarah Fisher (The MOB Entertainment/Roma Roth); "The Sweetheart", starring Jessalyn Gilsig and Jon Cor (The Mob/The Tim Johnson Production Group), and "Sidelined", starring Christina Cox and Sarah Grey (The Mob/The Tim Johnson Production Group).

Check out his instagram www.instagram.com/maxwellmcguire for behind the scenes pictures and videos.

Location: Arts Court - Library
Recommended for: New & Emerging Filmmakers

11-1pm Block

11-1pm screenwriting: what you need to know
with Adam Cowley

In this workshop, participants will hear from working writer and professor, Adam Cowley, on what it takes to launch and navigate a screenwriting career. Learn the ins and outs of the screenwriting business and gain valuable insight on what you need to know to take the next steps beyond Digi60.

About Adam: Adam Cowley is a screenwriter and teacher in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. After graduating from the Scriptwriting program at Algonquin College, Adam worked with Insight Productions, the Comedy Network and the Ottawa based Keshet Productions. After working on the "Jon Dore Television Show," Adam went on to work with the Emmy Award winning GalaFilm in Montreal. GalaFilm and Amberwood Studios optioned Mr. Cowley's "School for Ghouls" animated series. Currently, Adam is under contract to Studio 71 in Beverly Hills, where his one hour drama series "The Dream Factory" has been optioned. Adam has also completed projects for Studio 71 with James Patterson and several Youtube creators/stars.

Location - Arts Court Studio
Recommended for: Writers ready to take the next step

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11:15-1pm Working with ACTRA
with Chris Cornish

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community.

Everything you ever wanted to know about making low budget productions with ACTRA and more…
Come out and join in an informal discussion with ACTRA on producing and performing under ACTRA’s low budget and member initiated agreements.
 
If you’ve made your own film, planning one or just want to learn more, come out and hear from ACTRA. We will cover the ins and outs of indie filmmaking with ACTRA, from engaging performers, working conditions, costs and distribution options, and everything in between. It’s easier than you think and ACTRA is here to help.

About Chris: Chris Cornish is the Branch Representative for ACTRA Ottawa and has over a decade of experience working with performers, filmmakers and industry professionals locally and nationally. Chris also plays a lead role in government relations on behalf of ACTRA National liaising with Ministers, MPs, boards, agencies and industry stakeholders.

Location: Arts Court Library
Recommended for: Filmmakers, Producers, Directors, Writers, Actors

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11-1pm SCRIPT BREAKDOWN & SCHEDULING
with Bruce Harvey,
Ottawa Film Office Commissioner

This seminar will introduce you to the science of script breakdown and the black art of scheduling.  While there are several effective software tools available to help you in this process, this seminar will show you how to do these tasks without any technological help.

About Bruce: Bruce Harvey was appointed in 2014 as the Ottawa Film Commissioner with the mandate to increase film and television production in the city. At the time of his appointment, Bruce was the owner and senior producer of Illusions Entertainment Corp., a Calgary-based production company he set up in 1990. Bruce produced and co-produced more than 15 film and TV projects with budgets ranging from $600,000 to $34 million, and working with partners in Italy, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and France; his film “Almost America” won a Genie Award in 2001 for Best Production Design. Prior to becoming a producer, Bruce was a successful entertainment lawyer working with domestic and international clients on a variety of projects

Location: Arts Court Courtroom
Recommended for: Filmmakers ready to take the next step, producers, writers

2-4pm block

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2-4pm Legal Considerations for Filmmaking
with Byron Pascoe

This session is for independent video content producers of projects from web series to indie films. Byron will speak about some of the more common and practical legal considerations including chain of title, how to deal with music, cast and crew agreements, insurance, investor agreements, co-production agreements, and distribution.

About Byron: Byron Pascoe is an entertainment lawyer with Edwards PC, Creative Law (www.edwardslaw.ca). This Ottawa-based law firm provides legal services to Digital Media, TV, Film, Music, and other creative industry clients. Before law school, Byron managed a TV and new media production company that produced comedy programming for Canadian and U.S. TV networks.

Location: Arts Court Courtroom
Recommended for:
All filmmakers, writers, producers & people in the entertainment industry

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2-4pm TELEFILM HOW TO: MICROBUDGET FEATURE FUNDING
with Dan Lyon

Dan will help clarify the Telefilm Microbudget Program and how more experienced Ottawa filmmakers can access funds!

About Dan: Dan Lyon is Telefilm Canada’s Regional Feature Film Executive, for the Ontario & Nunavut Regions. Over 100 feature films have been co-financed by the Ontario office under his guidance, such as SLEEPING GIANT, MEAN DREAMS, BANG BANG BABY, AMAL, tBACKCOUNTRY, ONE WEEK, EDWIN BOYD, PICTURE DAY, YOUNG PEOPLE F&#KING and GUIDANCE. Prior to joining Telefilm Canada, Dan worked primarily as a distributor and executive producer. Originally an entertainment lawyer, Dan joined Astral Bellevue Pathe Inc. in 1985 and ultimately became Executive Vice-President, Distribution for Astral and its successor companies Coscient, Motion and TVA. He subsequently formed his own company Dandelion Entertainment Ventures Inc. As a distributor, Dan was awarded the Golden Reel for “The Art of War” (in respect of which he subsequently produced two sequels with Sony) and was the first independent buyer in the world (at the screenplay stage) for Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist” which went on to win the Palme D’Or and three Academy Awards. Credits as executive producer include “Ginger Snaps”, “Red Green’s Duct Tape Forever”, Jacob Tierney’s debut feature “Twist”, and “Everything’s Gone Green” written by Douglas Coupland. Additional awards include a Peabody (for “The Interrogation of Michael Crowe”). The first project he championed upon joining Telefilm in the fall of 2005 was “Away From Her”, which received two Academy Award nominations in January 2008 (Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress). Dan has been involved in many charitable and educational activities related to the film industry, and served as vice-president of the Board of the Performing Arts Lodge (PAL Toronto) for several years.

Location: Arts Court Studio
Recommended for: Filmmakers, writers, producers interested in microbudget feature films

4:15-5:30pm Pitch to Producers & panel

Producers & Filmmakers Derek Diorio, Annie Coutu and Max McGuire want to hear your pitches! They will talk about the projects they are working on right now and in the past, and what they look for in a show, film or video project. This is a chance to practice your pitching skills, for a max 5 min elevator pitch! Please send in a sample of your pitch once signed up to info@digi60.org. There will be a chance for Q&A. Registration required for all participants. Space for 40 participants. Pitches capped at max 10 - first come, first served. 
Les présentations peuvent aussi être en français.
Location: Arts Court Studio

Derek Diorio Executive Producer, Director, Writer

Derek Diorio
Executive Producer, Director, Writer

Derek Diorio is the Executive Producer, Director and Writer of TVO & APTN's Hard Rock Medical (2011-2017) and is on the producing team for an upcoming Telefilm funded French-language feature film. He has produced, directed and/or written over 300 hours of dramatic, animated and live-action television programming and five feature films starring the likes of Ernest Borgnine, Eli Wallach, Graham Greene and Terri Garr. Fluently bilingual, he has directed dramas and comedies for Radio-Canada and TFO, helming 42 Episodes of Francoeur and 50 episodes of Météo+ and recently started shooting “Les Bleu de Ramville”, a 45 part dramady set in Northern Ontario.

In 2009 he wrote and produced “The Quantum Tamers: Revealing our Weird and Wired Future” an innovative documentary on Quantum Physics featuring among others Stephen Hawking. The Quantum Tamers won the Prix Audace, 2009 Pariscience International Science Film Festival in Paris, France and was nominated for 2 Gemini awards in 2010.  He is currently developing the drama series Hard Rock Medical for TV Ontario.

His work as a producer, director, writer and performer has earned him many international awards, including a Cable Ace Award in the U.S., a Banff Television Festival Award and three Gemini nominations in Canada. In November 2007 he was inducted into the Algonquin Media Hall of Fame. In January 2008 he was presented with ACTRA’s Lorraine Ansell award of Excellence for his outstanding contribution to the Ottawa film and television community. 

Max McGuire Director, Producer, Writer

Max McGuire
Director, Producer, Writer

Max McGuire is a feature film director, producer and occasional writer.

As a writer and director he's been financed by Telefilm Canada, OMDC, Canada Council for the Arts, CJOH TV development fund, Harold Greenberg Fund, and a number of private institutions and distributors.

Foreverland, his most personal film, was distributed theatrically, on airplanes and on TMN by Eone in Canada, it was sold internationally by Vision Films and by FilmBuff in the USA. 

Foreverland stars Max Thieriot (Bates Motel), Laurence Leboeuf (Turbo Kid), and Oscar nominees Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear) and Demian Bichir (The Bridge) along with Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Frewer and Thomas Dekker.

Max is developing a feature length thriller, "Wounded", which was invited to the International Film Finance Forum at TIFF and the IFP No Borders Market in NYC with development funding from OMDC and Telefilm Canada. 

Max is slowly working on a passion project with his father, who got him into filmmaking. It's an indie-thriller about the perils of retirement, currently entitled, "Freedom 65".

Max recently wrapped production on three TV movies; "Precious Things", starring Victoria Pratt, Christina Cox and Sarah Fisher (The MOB Entertainment/Roma Roth); "The Sweetheart", starring Jessalyn Gilsig and Jon Cor (The Mob/The Tim Johnson Production Group), and "Sidelined", starring Christina Cox and Sarah Grey (The Mob/The Tim Johnson Production Group).

Check out his instagram www.instagram.com/maxwellmcguire for behind the scenes pictures and videos.

Annie Coutu Filmmaker, Director, Producer

Annie Coutu
Filmmaker, Director, Producer

Annie Coutu is a Gatineau based filmmaker. In 1999, she decided to take a chance by directing her own script called From A Distance which was broadcasted on local stations. Loving the experience but wishing to further her skills of the industry. She challenges herself at the Hollywood Film Festival by taking part of pitch session with the studio.  Afterwards, Annie decided to tackle on her big project: Unexpected. To do this, she started her own production company, Aïsha Productions, and in June 2000, she invested everything she had to start the action. She won the Indie Spirit Award – award given simultaneously to both the movie and filmmaker. Since then she worked on many productions such as A Woman’s Passion, directed Femmes De Pouvoir in the series Ça Clique for APTN, , Les Trésors de la Petite-Nations for TVA and produce the series Consensus for Tv5.

She is now taking her passion to a new level. She finds that a good way to change the world is by choosing projects that reflect her engagements: family, environmental issues, complexity of the human being like a fish story and recently Les heures blanches co-prod with France.