NIFF Industry Day - Friday June 17, 2016

In Partnership with The Walrus Foundation and presented by OMDC

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NIFF Industry Day is comprised of informative and thought-provoking panels, designed to disrupt the traditional way of thinking in the Canadian Media Industry.

Industry Day will bring together speakers with a variety of perspectives on the important topics facing the industry today and we want you to join in on the discussions. The event is open to anyone looking to not only advance in their career, but those who are outside-of-the-box thinkers who value creativity and clever business tactics to keep on top of the ever-changing world of media.

Agenda | Speakers | Location | Travel Information | Tickets & Registration




9:00 - Doors Open for Check-in

9:30 - 10:00 - Connecting Over Coffee

Start your day off right by joining us for coffee and take the opportunity to network with your peers and check-in.

NIFF’s very own Bill Marshall will kick off the day by welcoming our guests and attendees and introduce our Opening Keynote Speaker.

10:00 - 10:30 - Future Thinking Keynote with Mark Shekter - CEO and Co-Founder, Think8 Systems

Mark Shekter is an industry veteran and thought leader. He is also a man with a plan. A plan to help develop the Canadian Media Industry’s business model and how best to move forward collectively with all parties involved from content creators to broadcasters and distributors and all the support systems.

Confirmed Speaker:
Mark Shekter, CEO & Co-Founder, Think8 Systems Inc.

10:30 - 12:00 - The Business of Culture: Re-Framing A New Partnership

Join us as we welcome our esteemed panel of speakers to share their diversified views on how Canada can take the lead in a next-generation model for the creation, broadcasting and distribution of Media.

Nathalie Clermont, Director of Programs, CMF

Confirmed Speakers:
David Cormican, EVP Business Development and Production, Don Carmody Productions
Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO, CMPA
Susan Kelly, Senior Director of Business & Rights, Scripted & Acquired Programming, CBC
Tim Smy, Director, Theatrical Sales, VVS Films

Confirmed Moderator:
Mark Shekter, CEO & Co-Founder, Think8 Systems Inc.

12:00 - 13:00 - Creative Regionalism: Niagara, The New Media Hub of Southern Ontario

The Niagara Region is primed and ready to be an international platform for filmmakers. With stunning landscapes, strong talent and excellent opportunities for financing, the region is ready to showcase their offerings. Connect with local champions of the region to learn more about the assets available.

Confirmed Speakers:
Adrian Thiessen, President, FourGrounds Media Inc.
April Mullen, Filmmaker, Farhope Tower
Steve Boese, Manager, the Generator at One
Michael Meredith, Senior Relationship Manager, Media and Entertainment, Commercial Markets, RBC Royal Bank

Confirmed Moderator:
Patrick Gagliardi, Film and Media Producer

13:00 - 14:00 - Co-Production Connections: Roundtable Discussions Over Lunch

NIFF will be offering roundtable discussions hosted by a variety of guests regarding the wonderful world of co-production over lunch, at which you can participate and learn more about their topic. But wait! The catch is that we will be timing you for 15 minutes each, so you will have the opportunity to move around to up to 3 tables and learn and meet a variety of new people.

Confirmed Table Leads:
Shannon Fewster, Associate Producer, New Real Films - Born to be Blue
Fred Fuchs, Executive Producer, Riverside Entertainment - Transporter the Series, Camelot

Nathalie Clermont, Director of Programs, CMF
Melissa Amer, Director, English Market, Program Administrator, CMF
Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO, CMPA
James Weyman, Manager, Industry Initiatives, OMDC
Karen Pare, Investment Analyst - English Market, Telefilm

Paul Connor, Manager, Economic Research and Analysis, Niagara Region

14:00 - 14:45 - Sight + Sound in a New Reality: A Case Study in VR Storytelling

Virtual Reality is the next wave of technology occurring in the industry. Accompanying it with music is extremely effective. Join the companies Jam3 + Grayson Matthews as they walk us through a demonstration of some of their latest work.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dirk Van Ginkel, Creative Director, Jam3
Heather Phenix, Producer, Jam3
Dave Sorbara, Co-Founder and Partner, Grayson Matthews

14:45 - 15:00 - Break

Take a break, get out and stretch your legs or exchange business cards with fellow Industry Day participants but don’t forget to rush back for our closing discussion!

15:00 - 16:00 - Canada’s Cultural Thumbprint in Partnership with The Walrus Talks

Canada's known for its cultural products from book to film to music. There is an opportunity for creators to sell their content internationally, yet they choose Canada as their home. These media masters have the potential to define our country in a global marketplace and also greatly support their native land. In order to do that, It is critical that each of these cultural industry sectors sustain themselves and understand the need to become competitive and learn how to build capacity.

This is the Crossroads where the Business of Culture meets the Creation of Culture.

Confirmed Speakers:
What Did Effectsmen Do Before Computers and What Do They Do Now!: Colin Chilvers, Visual Effects Director, Film Director
From the page to stage and screen: Terry Fallis, Award-Winning Author and Communications Consultant
On Becoming A Fully Trained Professional Amateur: Nobu Adilman, Co-founder of Choir! Choir! Choir!

16:00 - 17:30 - Cocktail Reception

End your day of learning and successful networking with a glass of wine from the lovely Niagara region. Chat with your new contacts about what’s next and what films you are going to see at the festival!





Adrian Thiessen
Adrian Thiessen
FourGrounds Media Inc.
April Mullen
April Mullen
Filmmaker Farhope Tower
Colin Chilvers
Film & FX Director 
David Cormican
David Cormican
Don Carmody Television
Dave Sorbara
Dave Sorbara
Grayson Matthews
Dirk VanGinkel
Dirk Van Ginkel
Fred Fuchs
Riverside Entertainment 
Gayle Matthews
Walrus Foundation 
Heather Phenix
Heather Phenix
Karen Pare
Mark Shekter
Mark Shekter
Think8 Systems
Melissa Amer
Michael Meredith
Michael Meredith
Nathalie Clermont
Nathalie Clermont
Nobu Adilman
Choir! Choir! Choir! 
Susan Kelly
James Weyman
Patrick Gagliardi
Patrick Gagliardi
Film & Media Producer
Paul Connor
Niagara Region 
Reynolds Mastin
Reynolds Mastin
Shannon Fewster
New Real Films 
Steve Boese
Steve Boese
the Generator at one
Susan Kelly
Susan Kelly
Tim Smy
Tim Smy
VVS Films
Terry Fallis
Author / Consultant

Stone Mill Ballroom
Johnny Rocco’s / Stone Mill Inn
271 Merritt Street,
St. Catharines, Ontario L2T 1K1


Travel Information

Here's some details about joining us at NIFF at our screenings and events:

If you're coming from Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton or anywhere in between, GO Transit has a great bus/train service that offers hourly trips to and from Niagara.

Take a look at their schedule with departures from Union Station or pick your nearest stop:

You can catch the GO bus from Burlington (Fairview) Station and will want to get off at the Fairview Mall stop in St. Catharines for PAC or the Stone Mill Inn. To get to Seneca Queen Theatre, get off at the Hwy 420 at Stanley bus stop:

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
250 S Paul St, St Catharines, ON L2R 3M2
Catch the #9 or the #12 bus to head over to St. Paul Street

Stone Mill Inn
271 Merritt St, St Catharines, ON L2T 1K1
Combining a modern interior design with old world charm, the Stone Mill Inn is Niagara’s newest luxurious Inn, Resort and Spa. The Stone Mill Ballroom can accommodated up to 240 guests.
Catch the #9 bus then transfer to #11 (at 70 Carlisle St.)
St. Catharines Transit:

Seneca Queen Theatre
4624 Queen St, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 2L7
Take the GO bus to the stop at Niagara Falls (Hwy 420 & Stanley) and catch the #12 bus to Queen Street.
Niagara Transit:


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Information listed in this page is subject to change without notice.

Signature Sponsors

RBC, Royal Bank of Canada ralota technologies


Industry Day Partners & Sponsors

OMDC, Ontario Media Development Corporationwalrus


Programming Partners & Sponsors

FIFBInternational Shorts
HKETO, Hong Kong Economic and Trade OfficeHong Kong Programme
olgCanadian  Programme
imaginenativeThe Embargo Project
ICFFSpotlight Italy



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