On Friday, June 17th, Niagara Integrated Film Festival's (NIFF) Industry Day will present 'Striding Forward - Structuring the New Road Map'. In a world of centralization of media, disruptive technologies, and volatile consumer habits, Industry Day promises to be highly interactive and trans-formative as the very survival of the Canadian media industry is at stake.

In addition, to the lead-off session on the theme of Future Thinking with a Key Note by Mark Shekter, internationally credited writer and producer, followed by a panel on the Business of Culture - Reframing a New Partnership, with some of the industry's cultural leaders, NIFF is proud to announce additional speakers including our highly anticipated lineup in partnership with the internationally-respected Walrus Foundation and their famous Walrus Talks. Canada's Cultural Thumbprint will bring together three remarkable cultural icons, all of whom have achieved stardom in their own fields of Canadian Culture.

Participating in this special not-to-be-missed session are:

Colin Chilvers is an Oscar-winning Visual Effects Director and Film Director whose work includes X-Men (2000), Superman (1978) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Chilvers was Grammy-nominated for directing the Smooth Criminal segment from Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker. He has also won Clio and BAFTA awards. Chilvers invented Pre-Viz which is the go to technology process to animate story boards. His is the head of a dynasty of Visual Effects artists - five nephews and nieces are all in the business including Neil Corbould who works with Ridley Scott has 2 Oscars, Chris Corbould has an Oscar too and has worked on the last ten James Bond films. Chilvers is the recent recipient of the Living Legend Award in Florence, Italy and has an honorary doctorate from Brock U.

Terry Fallis is an award-winning author of five national bestsellers. Two-time winner of the Ste-phen Leacock Medal for Humour and the 2013 Libris Award winner for Author of the Year from the Canadian Booksellers Association. From Politics to Communications, Terry also created and co-hosted over 200 episodes of the popular business podcast, Inside PR. His novel, The Best Laid Plans was made into a mini-series for the CBC in 2014. It debuted as a stage musical in Vancouver in September 2015. Fallis spent many years working in Canadian politics, starting his career as full-time staff for the future Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s 1984 federal Liberal Leadership campaign and then launched Thornley Fallis, a major Communications firm.

Nobu Adilman is known for being the co-founder of Choir! Choir! Choir! an all-inclusive sing-ing group from Toronto that has performed at Carnegie Hall, with Patti Smith at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Rufus Wainwright at Luminato Festival. With the help of BravoFactual, he is currently making SHORT ROUND UP, a short documentary that will find and chat with all the Asian men who, as boys, auditioned to be Short Round in Indiana Jones Temple of Doom. Apart from wowing audiences at TED-x, in his past life, he made, wrote, and starred in a number of television programmes from The Trailer Park Boys and the popular Food Network series Food Jammers and directed films that have been shown internationally.

Lastly, Gayle Matthews, the Director of Business Development for the Walrus will be on hand to discuss the future of the foundation and its media entities. In line with our theme of striding forward, Gayle will speak to the Walrus’ future work in the ever-changing Canadian media landscape.

Speaking to our theme "Striding Forward - Structuring the New Road Map" our highly-regarded guests will spark the discussion of working with and against the traditional Canadian media model and exploring diversification in their work to maintain sustainability. Rounding out NIFF’s impressive Industry Day lineup is our Co-Production Roundtable Discussions and Virtual Reality Demonstration featuring Jam3.

We are delighted to announce our live virtual reality demonstration Sight + Sound in a New Reality: A Case Study in VR Storytelling featuring Jam3, a multi-award winning Toronto-based Virtual Reality company with offices in New York, Nevada, and Montevideo, Uruguay. Leading the demonstration will be Producer Heather Phenix and Creative Director, Dirk Van Ginkel. Dirk and Heather bring along with them a special guest from Grayson Matthews, the creative sound and music company, to discuss their collaborative work and incorporating music into VR.

Finally, to further your networking opportunities, NIFF is pleased to launch our, new for 2016, Co-Production Connections: Roundtable Discussions Over Lunch, featuring major association and funding leaders:
Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO of the CMPA, Nathalie Clermont, Director of Programs, CMF and Melissa Amer, Director, English Market, Program Administrator, CMF and Karen Pare, Investment Analyst - English Market, Telefilm, as well as independent producers, Fred Fuchs (Transporter: The Series, Camelot) and Shannon Fewster (Born to Be Blue). Joining us from the Niagara Region to discuss bi-national opportunities and what is available in the area is Paul Connor, Manager, Economic Research and Analysis, Economic De-velopment, Niagara Region.

Industry Day events will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Stone Mill Inn at 271 Merritt Street, St. Catharines, Ontario. The series of groundbreaking discussions is made possible with the generosity of the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), RBC Royal Bank Foundation and the Niagara Region.


Media Contact & Interview Request: 

Chris Dabrowski
High Impact PR
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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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