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.
- Daniel Cross – Concordia University Research Chair in Interactive Documentary
- Marco Luna – Research Associate, Concordia University Research Chair in Interactive Documentary
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
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.
Meet the Decision Makers
Friday, May 25, 2018 – 1:30PM – 2:00PM
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.
- Charlotte Engel – CBC
- Joanne McDonald – Rogers
- Joy Loewen – NSI
- Steve Allen – Wavelength Entertainment
Creating a Champagne Show on a Beer Budget
Presented by SMPIA
Friday, May 25, 2018 – 2:15PM – 3:45PM
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.
Friday, May 25, 2018 – 4:00PM – 5:00PM
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)
Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 11:30AM – 12:00PM
Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Direct to Digital
Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Let’s be honest – it’s hard to get a broadcast deal and kudos to you if you do get one. But what if you still want to make your content outside of the broadcast industry – is there a market? You bet there is! Direct to Digital will explore some very unique content made by a variety of digital creators. From the bizarre to the brilliant, we’ll chat with producers who are pushing their content directly to digital platforms and finding new audiences and markets in the process. It’s time to open up your world!
Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 2:15PM – 3:45PM
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