2018 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.

VR Production for Filmmakers 101

Presented by SMPIA

Friday, May 25, 2018 – 9:00AM – 10:15AM

What is Virtual Reality? Augmented Reality? Mixed Reality? 360 Videos? Stereoscopic Video? Volumetric Video? Can a filmmaker explore these new technologies and workflows without the need of hiring an expensive new media company?

We will discuss Software, Coding, Cameras, Budgets, introducing the tools and workflows for getting started. This workshop will provide the basic knowledge for filmmakers interested in Virtual Reality environments.

The community of VR developers is growing and you’ll learn where to get the right information.

This session is created by filmmakers for filmmakers with a “Do It Yourself” approach created by the Concordia Research Chair in Interactive Documentary, helping filmmakers since 2016.


  • Cary Ciesielski – Twisted Pair Productions
  • Daniel Cross – Concordia University Research Chair in Interactive Documentary
  • Marco Luna – Research Associate, Concordia University Research Chair in Interactive Documentary

with Funding Support by the Rogers Digital Development Fund


Presented by Frantic Films

Friday, May 25, 2018 – 10:30AM – 11:30AM

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
  • Murray Battle – Knowledge Network

Creative Saskatchewan Networking Lunch

Friday, May 25, 2018 – 11:30AM – 1:00PM

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.

Creating a Champagne Show on a Beer Budget

Presented by SMPIA

Friday, May 25, 2018 – 1:15PM – 2:30PM

It’s not new that production budgets are shrinking and have been for years. Now more than ever creators need to find ways to do more for a lot less. But take heart – less is more! We’ll hear from several filmmakers that will share their tips, tricks, suggestions, and more importantly how they have been successful making champagne shows on a beer budget.


  • Chris Triffo – Wavelength Entertainment
  • Erin Cumming – Director
  • Kate Green – KGP Films
  • Tony Hrynchuk – Fahrenheit Films
  • Erin Mussolum – Producer (Moderator)

with Funding Support by the Rogers Digital Development Fund

Meet the Decision Makers

Presented by Creative Sask

Friday, May 25, 2018 – 2:45PM – 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.\Note: attendees are limited to a max of three bookings


  • Steve Bates – Telefilm – Interim Regional Feature Film Executive – Western Region
  • Murray Battle – Knowledge Network
  • Ed Hatton – Showrunner
  • Daniel Cross – EyeSteel Film
  • Sue Dando – CBC (The Nature of Things)
  • Mike Deluca, RBC
  • Will Dixon – City Saskatchewan
  • Charlotte Engel – CBC Docs POV
  • Zach Feldberg, CBC Digital
  • John Galway – Harold Greenberg Fund
  • Robert Hardy – Executive Producer
  • Shelley MacDougall – APTN
  • Mark Miller – Executive Producer & Co-President Thunderbird Entertainment
  • Jon Montes – National Film Board
  • Brendon Sawatsky – NSI
  • Chris Triffo/Steve Allen – Wavelength Entertainment

Straight from the Top

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 9:00AM – 10:15AM

A conversation with Claude Joli-Cœur, CEO of the National Film Board and Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund (CMF). Their conversation will be moderated by Daniel Cross.


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

Indigenous Voices

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 10:30AM – 12:00PM

Two award-winning directors, Tasha Hubbard (Cree) and Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe), discuss the ethics of working with indigenous communities and subject matter, opportunities for meaningful collaboration, and some ways that media organizations can meaningfully support indigenous stories.

Jon Montes will discuss the NFB’s Indigenous Action Plan, and examples of working with indigenous filmmakers and how they have implemented their cultural competency training for crew.

The discussion will be moderated by Charlotte Engel


  • Charlotte Engel – Moderator – CBC
  • Tasha Hubbard
  • Lisa Jackson
  • Jon Montes – producer with the NFB’s North West Studio

Saturday Luncheon

Presented by Creative Sask

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 12:00PM – 12:30PM

Artful Truth: A Primer on Science and Nature Documentary

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 12:30PM – 1:30PM

What makes for memorable programming in the science and nature genre? What happens when personal beliefs and pre-conceived notions come face to face with irrefutable fact? Learn how experienced filmmakers pursue beauty and truth to create compelling documentary for today’s audiences.


  • Ian Toews – Director / Producer / DOP
  • Leslea Mair – Zoot Pictures
  • Sue Dando – The Nature of Things
  • Paul Kemp – Paul Kemp Productions
  • Cam Bennett – Bell MTS (Moderator)

TV: It’s Not Just For Television Any More
Why your doc idea belongs on TV and how to get it there.

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 1:45PM – 2:45PM

Between all the new buyers out there and audiences who love to bing-watch, there’s never been a better time to be a storyteller. Filmmakers are turning what started out as ideas for one-off docs into TV series. But what’s involved in getting a great documentary television series off the ground, and collaborating with the partners you’ll need to work with?


  • Ed Hatton, Showrunner
  • Cheryl Binning, Showrunner
  • Murray Battle – Knowledge Network
  • Mark Miller, Co-President Thunderbird Entertainment
  • Robert Hardy, Executive Producer (Moderator)

Interactive Reality – VR and 360

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 3:00PM – 4:00PM

Join our esteemed panel for a discussion about storytelling in the 21st century, and how best to share your concepts or ideas through non-linear platforms.


  • Cary Ciesielski – Twisted Pair Productions
  • Daniel Cross – Concordia University Research Chair in Interactive Documentary (Moderator)
  • Marco Luna – Research Associate, Concordia University Research Chair in Interactive Documentary
  • Nyla Innuksuk – Founder, Mixtape VR

Life & Death on the Prairies discussion

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 4:15PM – 5:00PM

Join filmmaker Tasha Hubbard for a discussion around her latest project. An intimate exploration of the history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships in Saskatchewan since before the Treaties and up to the recent death of Colten Boushie, Life & Death on the Prairies is a co-production between Downstream Documentary Productions and the National Film Board. The film is currently in production, to be released in 2019, and will air on CBC POV in the Fall of that year.


  • Tasha Hubbard

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