On Deck with Round Tables & Panels

Casual round table discussions with industry experts.


Filmmakers receive free-admission to industry sessions with the purchase of an All Access Pass. $25 suggested price.



11:00 – 11:45am
On Deck with Sunny Side of the Doc

Join Mathieu Béjot, Director of Strategy and Development for an overview of industry opportunities at Sunny Side of the Doc. Mathieu Béjot is an international media executive, founder and CEO of Connoisseur Media, a consulting company. He has been Director of Strategy and Development at Sunny Side of the Doc since January 2020. He was Executive Director of TV France International, the association of French TV program exporters, from 2000 to 2018. He was previously cultural attaché in charge of creative industries at the French Embassy in Japan (1997-2000), Hong Kong (in charge of SE Asia, 1994-1997) and Canada (1988-1993).

12:15pm – 1:00pm
On Deck with Corus Entertainment

Andrew Johnson, Executive in Charge of Production, helps develop & commission factual & documentary programming for Corus channels HISTORY and Global. He has overseen current & recent programs like Rust Valley Restorers, History Erased, 100 Days to Victory, Border Security, Hunting Nazi Treasure, Yukon Gold, Real Vikings, War Story and Ice Pilots. Previously, he was Commissioning Editor of the CBC Newsworld doc series The Lens and Rough Cuts and Senior Producer of The Passionate Eye.  He began his career in independent production and has won numerous prizes as a Producer and Director, including a Peabody Award and several Geminis, and an International Emmy nomination.



2:45 – 3:30pm
Film Financing 101 • Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Review the core criteria of film and media financing specific to RBC. The objective is to provide a clear understanding of the way the bank views risk related to project based financing and how to mitigate those risks. The steps involved from early application, loan approval, to completion and delivery. How to deliver a complete financing package that ensures a deal can move through the application process as fast as possible.

4:00 – 4:45pm
On Deck with Telefilm Canada: International Discoverability

Join Telefilm Canada’s Melanie Hartley, Advisor — Business Development & Partnerships, and Marie-Claude Girouz, Advisor — Event Planning and Programming, at this “On Deck with …” round table to talk about having your documentary films discovered internationally. Learn more about how Telefilm Canada can support your projects with international marketing programs, opportunities to have your film showcase at special screenings and international pavilions, and more.

5:00pm – 5:45pm
On Deck with CBC Television and Documentary Channel

Meet Senior Director of Documentary for CBC Television and documentary Channel, Sandra Kleinfeld. Sandra is responsible for CBC Docs available on television and on CBC GEM. Her career as a broadcast executive encompasses three conventional, three analog and two digital specialty channels. Sandra was Director of Development for CBC’s Unscripted Content where she was responsible for finding new formats, overseeing development and production of formats, original factual entertainment series, and documentaries. She helped establish a new programming presence in prime time, supervising the Canadian iterations of several international formats: the award-winning and long-running Dragons’ Den, The Week the Women Went, and Test the Nation, development of the first English language version of Still Standing and Village on a Diet, the first North American iteration of Keeping The Nation Alive, development and production of Hello Goodbye.


10:00am – 10:45am
On Deck with Bell Media
Tina Apostolopoulos, Production Executive, Factual and Reality

Tina Apostolopoulos is a Production Executive, Factual and Reality on Bell Media’s Original Programming team. In this role, Tina works with Canadian production companies and filmmakers on the development and production of various original unscripted series and documentaries for Bell Media’s family of channels and platforms including CTV, Crave and CTV Life. Currently, Tina is production executive on CTV’s hit series MasterChef Canada, Mary’s Kitchen Crush and upcoming Mike Holmes series for CTV. She is also an executive on a variety of award-winning and critically-acclaimed feature documentary programming for Crave including The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, Sharkwater Extinction, as well as Crave’s upcoming doc series We’re All Gonna Die! (working title). Prior to joining Bell Media, Tina was an independent director/producer for a number of award-winning, high profile and highly-rated reality and factual entertainment series such as Canadian Idol (CTV), So You Think You Can Dance (CTV), and Project Runway Canada (GLOBAL).

11:00am – 11:45am
On Deck with Filmoption International
Andrew Noble, Vice-President Distribution

A producer and distributor working as Vice-President of Distribution at Filmoption International where he is responsible for development, production, acquisition and distribution. He has released hundreds of films from Oscar winning features to acclaimed documentaries at various distributors including Alliance, Behavior and Film Tonic. He has also produced several features. He is President of the Quebec independent distribution Association and has been a member several Boards of Directors in the cultural and educational sectors.

All industry sessions require applications or registrations.
Filmmakers receive free-admission to industry sessions with the purchase of an All Access Pass. $25 suggested price.