2016 Festival Panels

We’re excited to bring you this year’s line-up of top-notch panels and workshops from industry leading people from across the the country at this year’s festival.

Back to the Future

Friday, May 27, 2016 – 9:30AM – 11:00AM

A technology update. Tom discusses what’s new in the world of digital cinema, Drones and more. By request, Mr. Davidson will also re-visit some of his more popular workshop topics of formats, aspect ratios and optical resolution. Don’t worry, its not as dry as it sounds! Tom is noted for packing a ton of useful and practical information into 90 minutes.


  • Tom Davidson – Director/Cinematographer/Photographer

Straight From The Top

Friday, May 27, 2016 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Only Yorkton can provide this kind of up close access to the most important people in the film industry! Join Filmmaker and Professor Daniel Cross, in a conversation with Valerie Creighton; President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund and Claude Joli-Coeur; Government Film Commissioner and Chair of the National Film Board of Canada In an informal discussion we will review the current state of affairs in our industry and explore future cultural aspirations from these 2 mavericks. There will be ample time for your questions and comments. You don’t want to miss this


  • Claude Joli-Coeur – National Film Board
  • Daniel Cross – EyeSteelFilm
  • Valerie Creighton – Canada Media Fund

Creative Saskatchewan Networking Lunch

Friday, May 27, 2016 – 12:00PM – 1:30PM

Our annual lunch with community members, filmmakers, and industry members. Join us as we celebrate past contributors to the Yorkton Film Festival and award our festival builder and volunteer awards.

Meet the Agencies, Broadcasters, and Buyers

Friday, May 27, 2016 – 1:30PM – 3:00PM

Looking for the right partner or buyer for your project? Sit down with broadcasters, development executives, distributors and executive producers to find out what they’re looking for, ask questions and talk about your projects.


  • Ana Serrano – CFC Media Lab
  • Andrew Hunt, Raven Banner
  • Andrew Johnson, Corus
  • Charlotte Engel – CBC
  • Creative Saskatchewan
  • Drew Mullin – Kids CBC
  • Jeff Stecyk – Wave Length Entertainment
  • Joanne McDonald – Rogers
  • Jon Montes, Producer, North West Centre, National Film Board of Canada
  • Katrina German – OneStory
  • Mark Schollenberg – RBC
  • Melissa Kajpust – Super Channel
  • Rachel Margolis, Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP
  • Will Dixon, City Saskatchewan


Friday, May 27, 2016 – 3:15PM – 4:15PM

Looking for the right partner or buyer for your project? Sit down with broadcasters, development executives, distributors and executive producers to find out what they’re looking for, ask questions and talk about your projects.


  • Charlotte Engel – CBC

Entering the Age of Experience: 2016 Keytrends Report

Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 10:00AM – 11:00AM

The content industry is now better equipped to face the profound changes occurring globally as a result of the digital revolution. While users have more choice than ever before, their attention span is decreasing. In its 2016 Keytrends Report, the CMF focuses on the growth of connectivity and the world of intelligent platforms, which have led to an even more obvious convergence between the consumption and production of media products. New ways of accessing content are on the rise, including virtual and augmented reality—media that are now being launched on a large scale. At the same time, monetizing digital content remains a challenge. During her presentation, Valerie Creighton, CMF’s President & CEO will outline what strategies can be adopted for developing viable commercial models and the next battlegrounds for major and small players in the television and technology sectors.


  • Valerie Creighton – Canada Media Fund

New Narratives

Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM

A discussion and demonstration of new interactive stories that are emerging, and how to adapt narrative strategies to fully exploit online storytelling possibilities. NFB examples to be discussed include: “Seances,” a new interactive piece that spawned Guy Maddin’s feature film “Forbidden Room” and “Invisible World,” an emotionally captivating interactive project that pushes the boundaries of visual storytelling in both structure and user experience.


  • Jon Montes – National Film Board

AR and VR: What’s going on and why should we care?

Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 12:15PM – 1:15PM

With exponential growth projected in the alternative technologies of Augmented and Virtual Reality, producers are looking at ways to tap into these platforms as a way to diversify their content and create new revenue streams. The interest is there, but where does one start? Ana Serrano, CFC Medialab, gives a detailed overview of exciting developments with these technologies, and how they can be applied to your projects to create new and exciting ways to reach your audience and the path that can lead to financial success for your company.


  • Ana Serrano – CFC Media Lab

Making a Living Building the Holodeck

Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 1:30PM – 2:30PM

Rob Bryanton discusses his company’s successful foray into Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality with their permanent installation recently created for the RCMP Heritage Centre. Using a mixture of synthetic and live action VR, users have the amazing experience of becoming a rider in the Musical Ride, which includes a physically activated saddle they climb onto to give them the feeling of horse hooves pounding beneath them as they ride.


  • Rob Bryanton – Talking Dog Studios

Working with Media Clearances

Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 2:45PM – 3:45PM

So you’ve written a movie set in beatnik-era San Francisco, or an enchanted museum, or a NORAD defense base. Whether your hero loves jazz, microbiology, drives a NY City bus or flies around the world in her private jet buying famous paintings – chances are you’ll have to convince someone, somewhere to give you stuff to make your movie. Building relationships with the companies, institutions, artists, experts, and sources of story related artwork and products creates opportunities that can help with budget as well as design.

While some filmmakers avoid dealing with the legal issues surrounding the stuff their stories need, smart filmmakers think about clearances and placement early in the creative process. Whatever you call it, getting access to the unique props, costumes, vehicles, brands, clips & footage, music, locations, and set dressings that support the design of your characters and the worlds they inhabit is the goal.


  • Peter Cummings – ClearShot Entertainment Inc.

How’d you do that (and why)?

Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 4:00PM – 5:00PM

Moderated by Lindsey Vodarek, this panel featuring nominated filmmakers, explores the challenges faced and overcome in the making of their nominated production, and the ideas, motivation and/or inspiration that got the project started in the first place.


  • Tara Hungerford, Vancouver
  • Eric Hogan, Vancouver
  • Justin Stephenson, Toronto
  • Ariadna Ochrymovych, Toronto
  • Julia Morgan, Toronto

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