2017 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.

I’ve Seen The Light!

Friday, May 26, 2017 – 9:30AM – 10:45AM

“Light has no idea how beautiful it is, until it is invited into a space”

The words are Mann Ray’s, the sentiment is timeless.

“I’ve Seen The Light” is an examination of the changing role, light plays in filmmaking. Colour temperatures, hardware innovations, sensor sensitivity and the role of light in a CGI world. After five years of technical, info based workshops, Tom ventures into the world of the etherial. Follow him on this journey… because there is a good chance he will get lost!


  • Tom Davidson – Director/Cinematographer/Photographer


Friday, May 26, 2017 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Test your pitching skills and be judged by an esteemed panel of broadcasters, directors and distributors. This is not your regular pitch session so leave your pitches at home. Be brave and spin the Wheel of Spin and see what idea you and your team will be forced to pitch.


  • Charlotte Engel – CBC

Networking Lunch

Friday, May 26, 2017 – 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, 2017 – 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.


  • TBA

How’d you do that (and why)?

Friday, May 26, 2017 – 3:15PM – 4:15PM

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.


  • TBA


Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 10:00AM – 11:00AM



  • TBA

Coffee Talk

Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM

A conversation with Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Claude Joli-Cœur, Film Commissioner of Canada and President of the National Film Board (NFB/ONF), their conversation will be moderated by Daniel Cross, Concordia University Research Chair in Interactive Documentary and President of EyeSteelFilm. Q & A to follow until Lunch.


  • Daniel Cross, Moderator
  • Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund (CMF)
  • Claude Joli-Cœur, Film Commissioner of Canada and President of the National Film Board (NFB/ONF)

Finding Your Audience

Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 12:15PM – 1:15PM

Annelise Larson, of Veria Marketing, will present will present a session on techniques filmmakers can take advantage of in order to identify and connect with a target audience.


  • Annelise Larson – Veria Marketing

Telefilm Micro-Budget Panel

Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 1:30PM – 2:30PM

In this panel moderated by Annelise Larson, three filmmakers will talk about their experiences with the Telefilm Micro-Budget program.


  • Daniel Redenbach, producer of The Land of Rock and Gold
  • Lucas Frison, director of Talent
  • Kelly-Anne Riess, producer of the documentary Finding AI

Interactive Documentary

Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 2:45PM – 3:45PM

A talk with some once upon a time traditional filmmakers who are now making groundbreaking interactive projects. How to best select the appropriate medium, in this multi-platform era, to best tell your story. Think outside the (black) box. The panelists will also present clips from their award winning productions.


  • Daniel Cross – Moderator, Concordia University Research Chair in Interactive Documentary
  • Kat Cizek
  • Brett Gaylor
  • Marco Luna – Research Associate, Concordia University Research Chair in Interactive Documentary

Look to the Future

Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 4:00PM – 5:00PM

We will end the Yorkton conference with a state of the union discussion on the media landscape and offer this elite panel of creators an opportunity to gaze into the future and discuss how to best re-tool the agencies running the mothership to fulfill their dreams.


  • Kevin McMahon
  • Kat Cizek
  • Brett Gaylor

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