Industry Schedule


FOR FILMMAKERS

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

11:00am - 11:45am

On Deck with Sunny Side of the Doc

Mathieu Béjot, Director of Strategy and Development

On Deck with Sunny Side of the Doc

Mathieu Béjot, Director of Strategy and Development

When: Thursday, September 24, 2020 – 11:00am

ROUND TABLE
(Limited to 12 filmmakers) 

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).

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12:15pm - 1:00pm

On Deck with Corus Entertainment

Andrew Johnson, Executive in Charge of Production, Original Content, Factual

On Deck with Corus Entertainment

Andrew Johnson, Executive in Charge of Production, Original Content, Factual

When: Thursday, September 24, 2020 – 12:15pm

ROUND TABLE
(Limited to 12 filmmakers) 

Andrew Johnson 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.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

9:00am - 11:30am

Hot Docs Doc Ignite

Doc Distribution 101

Hot Docs Doc Ignite

Doc Distribution 101

When: Friday, September 25, 2020 – 9:00am

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(Limited to 20 filmmakers)

Julian Carrington, Distribution Manager, Hot Docs

The HOT DOCS distribution workshop will equip filmmakers with the tools they require to develop distribution strategies for their projects, helping them to identify key audience segments, hone their marketing messaging, better understand the roles that festivals, sales agents, and distributors play in bringing films to the marketplace, and what to expect from each of these partnerships.

12:00pm - 1:00pm

International Distribution Panel

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International Distribution Panel

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When: Friday, September 25, 2020 – 12:00pm

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As filmmakers struggle to understand the new landscape, these experts weigh in on how distributors are approaching 2021.

Sean Farnel, Consulting Producer, Marketing and Distribution
Andrew Noble
, Vice-President Distribution, Filmoption International
Will Stapley, 
Head of Acquisitions, TVF International
Simon Kilmurry, 
Executive Director, International Documentary Association

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Festival Strategy Panel

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Festival Strategy Panel

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When: Friday, September 25, 2020 – 1:30pm

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How do documentary filmmakers form a festival strategy in this ever-changing climate?  Join our expert panelists for a discussion about online festival strategy, finding the right path and festival fit, planning for a premiere, and more.

Sean Farnel, Festival Concierge Consultant, DOC
Bryan Glick, The Film Collaborative
Selin Murat, Programmer, Montreal International Documentary Festival
Jeffrey Winter, Co-Executive Director, The Film Collaborative
• Additional panelist TBA

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Financing 101 • RBC

Nan MacDonald, Senior Commercial Relationship Manager, Media & Entertainment, Commercial Financial Services & Michael Polak, MMIE | Commercial Account Manager, Media & Entertainment

Financing 101 • RBC

Nan MacDonald, Senior Commercial Relationship Manager, Media & Entertainment, Commercial Financial Services & Michael Polak, MMIE | Commercial Account Manager, Media & Entertainment

When: Friday, September 25, 2020 – 2:45pm

ROUND TABLE
(Limited to 12 filmmakers) 

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.

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4:00pm - 4:45pm

On Deck with Telefilm Canada

Telefilm Canada: International Discoverability

On Deck with Telefilm Canada

Telefilm Canada: International Discoverability

When: Friday, September 25, 2020 – 4:00pm

ROUND TABLE
(Limited to 12 filmmakers) 

Join Telefilm’s Melanie Hartley, Advisor – Business Development & Partnerships, and Marie-Claude Giroux , Advisor – Event Planning and Programming at the Dock Market Roundtable to talk about having your documentary films discovered internationally. Learn more about how Telefilm can support your projects with our international marketing programs, opportunities to have your film showcase at special screenings and international pavilions, and more.

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5:00pm - 5:45pm

On Deck with CBC

Sandra Kleinfeld, Senior Director of Documentary for CBC Television and Documentary Channel

On Deck with CBC

Sandra Kleinfeld, Senior Director of Documentary for CBC Television and Documentary Channel

When: Friday, September 25, 2020 – 5:00pm

ROUND TABLE
(Limited to 12 filmmakers) 

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SANDRA KLEINFELD

Senior Director of Documentary for CBC Television and Documentary Channel

As Senior Director of Documentary for CBC Television and documentary Channel, 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.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

10:00am - 10:45am

On Deck with Bell Media

Tina Apostolopoulos,Production Executive, Original Programming, Factual and Reality

On Deck with Bell Media

Tina Apostolopoulos,Production Executive, Original Programming, Factual and Reality

When: Saturday, September 26, 2020 – 10:00am

ROUND TABLE
(Limited to 12 filmmakers) 

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).

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11:00am - 11:45am

On Deck with Filmoption International

Andrew Noble, Vice-President, Distribution

On Deck with Filmoption International

Andrew Noble, Vice-President, Distribution

When: Saturday, September 26, 2020 – 11:00am

ROUND TABLE
(Limited to 12 filmmakers) 

Andrew Noble
Vice-President, Distribution
Filmoption International

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.

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1:00pm - 3:00pm

The Dock Market 1-to-1s

Bell Media, Blue Ice Docs Inc., Canada Media Fund, Corus Entertainment, Filmoption International, KinoSmith Inc., RBC, Syndicado

The Dock Market 1-to-1s

Bell Media, Blue Ice Docs Inc., Canada Media Fund, Corus Entertainment, Filmoption International, KinoSmith Inc., RBC, Syndicado

When: Saturday, September 26, 2020 – 1:00pm

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For filmmakers seeking support, exposure and opportunities for their documentary projects, the The Dock Market offers a valuable opportunity to meet one-on-one with industry partners and decision-makers.

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3:30pm - 6:00pm

Hot Docs Doc Ignite

Doc Ignite: Strategies For Building A Sustainable Career

Hot Docs Doc Ignite

Doc Ignite: Strategies For Building A Sustainable Career

When: Saturday, September 26, 2020 – 3:30pm

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(Limited to 20 filmmakers)

Stephanie McArthur, Senior Industry Programs Manager, Hot Docs

STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE CAREER

Documentary filmmaking is a métier; a career that one should in fact sustain a livelihood from. Evolving industry changes have made that more difficult. Core skill building, diversifying talents and strategic planning are at the heart of this workshop. Participating filmmakers do skill assessments, identify areas of growth and self-prescribe action plans to move their professional goals forward.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

10:00am - 12:00pm

The Dock Market 1-to-1s

Bell Media, Documentary Channel, CBC Docs, Telefilm Canada

The Dock Market 1-to-1s

Bell Media, Documentary Channel, CBC Docs, Telefilm Canada

When: Sunday, September 27, 2020 – 10:00am

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For filmmakers seeking support, exposure and opportunities for their documentary projects, the The Dock Market offers a valuable opportunity to meet one-on-one with industry partners and decision-makers.

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12:30pm - 4:30pm

The Dock Market 1-to-1s

CBC Atlantic, Corus Entertainment, NFB Atlantic | Quebec

The Dock Market 1-to-1s

CBC Atlantic, Corus Entertainment, NFB Atlantic | Quebec

When: Sunday, September 27, 2020 – 12:30pm

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For filmmakers seeking support, exposure and opportunities for their documentary projects, the The Dock Market offers a valuable opportunity to meet one-on-one with industry partners and decision-makers.

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