Wednesday, January 16

8:30-9:00 - 2nd Floor Foyer

Light Breakfast & Registration

9:00 – 9:10 - Midway Ballroom
Opening Remarks - Joanne Levy (Commissioner CRTC Manitoba/Saskatchewan)

9:10 – 10:00 - Midway Ballroom
Distributor or Aggregator – What is the Right Choice for Your Production?

Yael Strasberg (eOne); John Bain (Levelfilms); Pauline Mazenod (Windrose); Pierre-Alexandre Labelle (Under the Milky Way); Greg Rubidge (Syndicado) and James Finlay (Juice Worldwide) discuss the importance of finding the right fit for you and your project, whether you work with a conventional distributor, or directly with an aggregator.
Moderator: Isaac Clements, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Buffalo Gal Pictures

10:00 – 10:50 - Midway Ballroom
Humans, AI and Discoverability: How to Reach Your Audience

Tessa Sproule, founder of Vubble and with a background in journalism, shares her insights on the essential role humans play in making AI including metadata-tagging work to get their message out. Moyra Rodger, founder of Magnify Digital, will speak to her experience developing digital and processes tools to support discoverability efforts specifically for producers and content creators. 

Moderator: Mark Schollenberg, Manager, Skills & Development, RBC

10:50 - 11:00 - Foyer
Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:00 - HEC Rooms + East Ballroom
One-on-one Meetings

12:00 - 1:00 - West Ballroom
Lunch & Interview with Corrie Coe, Bell Media

1:00 - 2:00 - HEC Rooms + East Ballroom
One-on-one Meetings

2:00 - 3:00 - Midway Ballroom
First Contact Case Study: Adapting Formats and Tackling Challenging Subjects
In a candid discussion, Vanessa Loewen (Animiki See Digital Production Inc.); Jeff Newman (Nüman Films); and Stephanie Scott (Indios Productions Inc.) share their experience developing and co-producing First Contact for APTN, a format originally developed in Australia. 

Moderator: Jeff Peeler, President, Frantic Films

3:00 - 4:00 - Midway Ballroom
Making the Local (Story) Globally Appealing

Stories can travel across borders, cultures, languages and barriers. Why do they sometimes feel like they won’t leave our backyard? In this power hour of presentation and interactive activity, take away critical tools to lift your local story to international market and accessible to global audiences with Madelaine Russo, Industry Programmer and Olena Decock, Fund & Conference Industry Programmer, at Hot Docs.

3:15 – 4:30 - West Ballroom
Micro-session: What's Next? Responding to a Harassment Complaint – A Guide for Employers, Producers and Production Managers.
Through discussion and questions, Paul McDonald and Rachel Margolis of MLT Aikins will lead participants through their obligations and responsibilities as employers whether on set, in the production office or a session within the parent company.

3:00 - 6:00 - Foyer
Closing Reception