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Vancouver International Film Festival Trade Forum celebrates 20th


By Robert Alstead - Posted on 09 September 2005

Running parallel with the Vancouver International Film Festival is the Trade Forum, a four-day industry event that takes place between 28-30 September.

The Forum, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, will be the first event to rent the new Vancouver International Film Centre.

As in previous years, the Forum will host panels, workshops and debates on various aspects of film and television from raising money to negotiating distribution deals. The final day, the ever popular New Filmmakers Day, is an excellent way for new filmmakers to hear stories from industry veterans as well as meet other local filmmakers.

Panellists and guests that have been announced in this year's "streamlined" programme include James L. White, screenwriter for Ray, giving a masterclass on writing the biopic; Oscar-winning production designer Dennis Gassner (The Ladykillers, Road to Perdition, O Brother Where Art Thou) focussing on The Art of Production Design; West Wing writer Michael Oates Palmer addressing Narrative Television 2005; writer-director Neil LaBute (Nurse Betty, Your Friends and Neighbours) giving a masterclass on screenwriting on New Filmmaker's Day; and director Catherine Hardwicke talking about her successes with Lords of Dogtown and Thirteen, also on New Filmmakers Day.

In panel events, speakers will discuss whether Canada's cultural funding system is serving it as well it could; how to fix films in the edit suite; what makes a good trailer; breaking into the Asian market; and Bill Stephens, an international sales agent, will explain what people like him do and why they matter.

To mark the opening of the new VIFC the Trade Forum is also running a one minute motion picture contest, sponsored by Kodak, for all filmmakers who complete a film of not more than a minute, that features the exterior of the VIFC. Thirty selected films will be shown at the Forum and the winner will be awarded $2,500 worth of Kodak film. VIFF's web site carries the competition details and the 4-day VIFF Trade Forum program and registration details.

Meet the Filmmakers

Local film co-op Cineworks holds its annual Meet the Filmmakers events at the New Vancouver International Film Centre & VanCity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, October 4th-11th.

This series provides an opportunity for film goers to meet the people behind the lens and gain a bettering understanding of Canadian film.

THE NEXT WAVE October 6th
The panel will focus on a new generation of Vancouver directors and producers and how they tackle issues of production and subject matter and their innovative approaches to financing and distribution. This panel will feature filmmakers making the transition from shorts to features. Panelists:

Allison Beda - Fallen
Simon Davidson - what's up with the kids?
Anneli Ekborn (producer) - Big Girl, Saved
Jamie Travis - Patterns

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS 6th
The panel will focus on short filmmakers who are not creating calling card shorts, but are using the short format as an artistic medium, taking risks, incorporating new technology and reinventing old techniques. As well as talking about their creative processes panelists will discuss traditional and innovative distribution methods for this kind of filmmaking. Panelists:

Bruce Alcock - At the Quinte Hotel
Deco Dawson - Dumb Angel
Rena del pieve gobbi - Degradation
Rúben Möller - Sheol
Moderator: Rob Brownbridge

AT HOME IN THE WORLD October 11th
BC Filmmakers have made serious inroads towards building an audience locally, nationally and internationally for Canadian cinema. These panelists will discuss their distinctive creative approaches to filmmaking and how they view themselves and BC on the international cinematic landscape. Panelists:

Dylan Akio Smith - The Cabin Movie
Larry Kent - The Hamster Cage
Julia Kwan - Eve and the Fire Horse
Ann Marie Flemming - The French Guy
Aubrey Nealon - A Simple Curve
Moderator: David Spaner

THE INDIE ACTOR October 8th
With a panel chalk full of talented actors, this seminar will discuss the importance of making meaningful work and the importance of making a living.

A Conversation With

These conversations with individual filmmakers provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion on a filmmakers craft and creative process.
James Benning - October 4th
Amnon Buchbinder - October 8th

The Female Autuer - October 11th
Doumentary Panels - TBA

More on Meet the Filmmakers from Cineworks website. More coverage of the Vancouver International Film Festival

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