The seventh edition of the Industry Series (Nov 7-11) at the 16th Annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is the premier training and networking destination for Asian Canadian filmmakers and producers in Canada. The Industry Series is generously supported by Lead Industry Series Sponsor Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund. Schedule is below.
|REGULAR PRICE||DISCOUNT PRICE*|
|Industry Series Pass*||$40||$36|
|Speed Dating & Meet Market||$20||Free w/ Pass, Badge|
|Meet Market||$5 at door||Free w/ Pass, Badge|
*discount available to students (with valid Student ID), seniors 65+ (no ID required) and for group sales (by
Use your Industry Series Pass to:
* Attend and network during all Industry-designated sessions & events on this page
* Redeem four tickets to any screening (excluding Opening & Closing Night films)
* Access the Festival Hub - Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St., south of College)
* Attend all of our Richmond Hill screenings (Nov. 16 - 17)
Unless otherwise noted, all Industry Series events are open to Industry Pass and Festival Pass holders Nov 7-11 during Downtown Toronto portion of the festival at:
Industry Series Hub - No One Writes To The Colonel (460 College St., at Bathurst)
Some events require pre-registration. Sign up online now.
INDUSTRY SERIES 2012 SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, NOV 7
WED NOV 7 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - MASTER CLASS (Pre-registration required. Sign up online now <<link to pre-reg form)
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM - SCRIPTWRITING WORKSHOP
Writer/story editor Elke Town leads this two-part session. Study one short film clip for the essential elements of a successful feature film, with a focus on structure and character. Participants may present their own projects and full participation is strongly encouraged. Workshop will be preceded by a Master Class (pre-registration required) in which two writers (or teams) will work one-on-one with Town to further develop an existing or a new feature film project.
With: Elke Town, Story Editor (Storyworks)
WED, NOV 7 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Learn how to leverage festival activity into a sale for your film. Get tips for creating a solid and realistic plan that incorporates a sound budget, effective marketing elements and distribution tactics. No film is too big or small to benefit from good strategy, so start here!
With: Shane Smith, Director, Public Programmes (TIFF Bell Lightbox)
WED, NOV 7 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | INNIS TOWN HALL (2 Sussex Ave., U of T)
Award-winning producer Michael Fukushima investigates the role of creativity and demystifies the producing process.
With: Michael Fukushima, Producer (National Film Board of Canada)
WED, NOV 7 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM | FREE | Open to the public
How can filmmakers use their skills to make a living outside of filmmaking or during its pursuit? These professionals use their unique talent and training to make the medium work for them. Perfect for anyone interested in career possibilities in our new media world.
With: Aleysa Young, Director (Untitled Films); Nathalie Younglai, Writer/Director; Alan Poon, Director/Cinematographer
Moderator: Sharlene Chiu, Host/Producer (MTV Canada)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
THURS, NOV 8 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | FREE | Open to the public
Internationally acclaimed indie filmmaker Kim Kyung-mook exhibits his dark, dreamy and fragmented parable set in the heartlessness of Seoul. Get ready to delve deep into the fringes of society where stories of tragedy and hope carve a distinct portrait of the South Korean city that is rarely illustrated in the work of Kim’s contemporaries.
Moderator: Jon Davies, Curator (Oakville Galleries)
With: Kim Kyung-mook, Director (Stateless Things)
THURS, NOV 8 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - MASTER CLASS (Pre-registration required. Sign up online now <<link to pre-reg form)
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM - BUSINESS & LEGAL WORKSHOP
Calling all emerging producers! Formulating your business plan is a fun, creative and essential process that will help drive your production to maximum financial success, with the right kind of guidance. From inception to production to distribution, proactive business affairs and legal experts will share advice on what factors need to be considered,
and their relationship to your project’s timeline. Workshop will be preceded by a hands-on Master Class (pre-registration required) where registrants’ business plans will be assessed in-depth.
Moderator: Karla Bobadilla, Lawyer (Lewis Birnberg Hanet, LLP) & Chair, Board of Directors (Reel Asian)
With: Eric Birnberg, LL.B. & Thomas Walden, C.A. (Behind The Scenes Services); Frank Manzo, Account Manager, TV & Motion Picture Group (National Bank)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
FRI, NOV 9 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | FREE | Open to the public
What is the role of food? While it is often the gateway to culture and tradition, this diverse group of cineastes and food lovers begin at the intersection where food meets film. Expect a cornucopia of insight into how communities are defined by their distinctive and delectable treats, how contemporary food culture has developed and a geek-out with the audience through a collective fascination with food.
With: Karon Liu, Food Writer (The Grid); Yung Chang, Director (The Fruit Hunters); Richard Fung, Director (Dal Puri Diaspora); Althea Balmes, Director (Suman Ladies)
FRI, NOV 9 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | FREE | Open to the public
Join the action with Hong Kong feature film veteran David Wu as he shares a personal behind-the-scenes look at the making of the action-packed Cold Steel, the art of editing and his longtime collaboration with genre legend John Woo (Bullet in the Head, Hardboiled).
Moderator: Alice Shih, Film Critic (Fairchild Radio)
With: David Wu, Director (Cold Steel); Colin Geddes, International Programmer (Toronto International Film Festival)
FRI, NOV 9 | 1:00PM – 3:00PM| University College, Room 179, University of Toronto
Hosted by the prestigious Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, questions about how sexuality impacts a filmmaker’s work will drive a broader discussion about today’s essential queer and identity issues.
With: Kim Kyung-mook, Director (Stateless Things); Aries Cheung, Director (Capital); Vivek Shraya, Director (What I LOVE about being QUEER); Sharlene Bamboat, Programmer (South Asian Visual Arts Centre), Mixed Media Artist
Moderator: Tad Doyle (DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival)
FRI, NOV 9 | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM | Pre-registration required. Sign up online now <<link to pre-reg form
$20 (includes Meet Market) / Free with Industry Series Pass
Get set up with that special someone (or two, or more) from our formidable slate of industry experts and seasoned professionals. Gain valuable knowledge, obtain game-changing guidance and make a great impression for your current or next project.
SPEED DATING MENTORS:
Brad Horvath, Head of Acquisitions and Domestic Sales (Ouat Media)
Brad manages international film acquisitions and North American sales for Ouat Media. Before joining the team, he directed and produced short and contemporary dance films, music videos and documentaries that have been licensed to television broadcasters and invited to screen at film festivals around the world.
Linda Fong, Independent Production Officer (TVO)
Linda works with Commissioning Editor Jane Jankovic, programming the network's award-winning Canadian POV documentary anthology series. Recent commissions include Smoke Traders, A Sorry State and The Defector. Prior to joining TVO in 2004, Linda worked at the National Film Board of Canada in Marketing and Distribution.
Magali Simard, Short Cuts Canada Programmer (Toronto International Film Festival)
Magali is the Senior Coordinator of Film Programmes who works on New Releases, TIFF Cinematheque, Canada’s Top Ten, and ongoing series at TIFF Bell Lightbox. She also sits on the programming teams for the Toronto International Film Festival’s Short Cuts Canada programme and TIFF’s Student Film Showcase.
Paritosh Mehta, Director, Independent Production Development (Rogers Media)
Paritosh joined OMNI Television, a division of Rogers Media Inc. and one of Canada’s largest integrated media organizations in December 1998. As Director of Independent Production Development, Paritosh is responsible for directing original programming from 28 community groups, enforcing compliance with OMNI’s licensing commitments, and managing the overall
budget and contract management function for independent productions. Prior to OMNI, Paritosh also worked at Vision TV.
David Wu, Director (Cold Steel)
David is a prolific director, editor, producer, actor and writer who first established his name as a creative force in his native Hong Kong before bringing his impressive talents to the North American film and television industry. Wu has teamed with long-time collaborator John Woo on action classics including A Better Tomorrow and Hard Boiled and Woo’s television series Once a Thief, as both editor and director. Recently, he has helmed many TV series and directed and edited Plague City, a CTV feature movie about the SARS epidemic in Toronto, for which he was nominated for Best Director at the 2006 DGC Awards.
Frank Manzo, Account Manager, TV & Motion Picture Group (National Bank)
With 10 years working in Canadian production financing in Canada, Frank has administered Ontario’s film & TV tax credits, as well as having managed Corus Entertainment’s Production Finance team responsible for all internal production financing. Frank currently is an Account Manager with National Bank’s TV & Motion Picture Group. The mission of the National Bank's TV and Motion Picture Group is to offer a wide range of made-to-measure banking products and services to the Canadian film, TV, multimedia, video game, and entertainment production and distribution industries. The team specializes in financing large-scale projects in the entertainment industry and has a clientele ranging from producers, distributors and film studios to post-production, special effects and equipment leasing companies.
Polly Beel, Director of Kids & Family (Phase 4 Films)
Polly Beel is the Director of Kids and Family at Phase 4 Films, which distributes feature films and special interest content across all traditional theatrical and new media platforms in North America (including Kevin Smith’s Canadian tour of RED STATE, VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR). She oversees Phase 4 Films’ family label, kaboom! Entertainment, which distributes all Treehouse-branded and kids label, home entertainment for Canada and all family features, which includes episodic properties, feature animations and live action features (THE JUNGLE BOOK, HORRID HENRY and THE GRUFFALO).
Chi-hui Yang, Film Programmer
Chi-hui Yang is a film programmer, lecturer and writer based in New York. As a guest curator, Yang has presented series at film festivals and events internationally, including the MOMA Documentary Fortnight and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. From 2000-2010 he was the Director and Programmer of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Yang is also the programmer of “Cinema Asian America,” a VOD service offered by Comcast and a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute
Anderson Le, Director of Programming (Hawaii International Film Festival)
Splitting his time between Los Angeles and Honolulu, Anderson Le has worked diligently in the global promotion of independent and world cinema as director of programming for the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), which is now heading into its 32nd year. In addition to his duties at HIFF, Le also serves as Festival artistic director for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. In addition, he is a curator for the YOMYOMF Network, headed by Hollywood director Justin Lin, YouTube stars Ryan Higa, Kevin Wu and Chester See
Gary Chou, Executive Producer (Daylight Savings), General Manager (Union Square Ventures Network)
In addition to being Executive Producer of SURROGATE VALENTINE and DAYLIGHT SAVINGS, two films by Dave Boyle featuring Goh Nakamura that premiered at SXSW in 2011 and 2012, Gary Chou works at Union Square Ventures, an NYC-based venture capital firm that has invested in large online networks like Twitter, Tumblr, Etsy, SoundCloud and Kickstarter. Over the past decade he has held product development and design positions at Trilogy, Tribe.net and Cisco, building web applications for both consumers and enterprise customers. He also co-teaches the Entrepreneurial Design course at the School of Visual Arts Masters in Interaction Design program.
Nancy Yu, Publicity & Promotions (NYU Communications)
Nancy is a seasoned Publicist and Promotions professional in Film, TV and Music. She has worked with an international and domestic slate of artists and filmmakers to maximize their coverage in the Canadian marketplace at past and present companies including Alliance Films, V Kelly & Associates, Canadian Film Centre, Architect Films Inc., The Global Enrichment Foundation, GATPR, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Virgin Music Canada, ATV Music Publishing and Nettwerk Music Group. Nancy has also worked on various festivals and events for clients such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs International Film Festival, Toronto Film Critics Awards, 32nd Genie Awards, Cinefranco Film Festival, Worldwide Short Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Toronto Just for Laughs, Lilith Fair Canada and Canadian International Music Week.
Patricia Lee, Manager of Development, TV Interactive (Corus Entertainment)
FRI, NOV 9 | 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
$5 / Free with Industry Series Pass
You never know who you’ll meet whether you’re fresh from your Speed Dating rounds or coming straight from work. Why not cool off at our Industry Hub, chat with a Speed Dating Mentor over a drink or make a few creative connections with new acquaintances? Remember, what happens in the Industry Hub doesn’t stay in the Industry Hub.
FRI, NOV 9 | 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM | Jackman Hall AGO (317 Dundas Street West)
Free Admission. Open to the Public.
Hot button questions – “why shoot in Canada or China?” or “how does one prepare for co-productions in either country?” will be answered during this intimate conversation between the president/founder of China Lion Entertainment, a key distributor of Chinese films in North America and Telefilm Canada, our country’s developer and promoter of the audiovisual industry. The exchange of essential co-production basics in their respective markets such as: seeking financing on the other side of the world, how to source a proper co-production partner, utilize tax credits for your co-production and international co-production treaties are the perfect primer for our Co-Productions: Asia & North America panel.
Moderator: Alice Shih, Film Critic (Fairchild Radio)
With: Jiang Yanming, President (China Lion Entertainment); Dave Forget, Director, Business Affairs and Certification (Telefilm Canada)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
SAT, NOV 10 | 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM | Jackman Hall AGO (317 Dundas Street West)
Next stop: transmedia success! With such a wide array of interactive tools available to filmmakers, we highlight hybrid projects while discussing what they’ve been getting right, the challenges involved in producing for multiple platforms, utilizing the popular web series format and making real connections with an audience. Co-presented by Transmedia
Moderator: Anthea Foyer (Transmedia 101)
With: Romeo Candido, Director (Prison Dancer); Ana Serrano, Producer (Prison Dancer); Jay Ferguson, Creator (Guidestones)
SAT, NOV 10 | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM | Jackman Hall AGO (317 Dundas Street West) | FREE | Open to the public
How can 3D be used to further storytelling with independent budget constraints? This type of filmmaking technology demands a fresh breed of director to harness unprecedented levels of creativity and resourcefulness. The rich possibilities of 3D filmmaking on a budget will spur lively discussion on visionary filmmaking that incorporates technology to extraordinary effect. 3D examples will be shown.
With: Park Hong-Min, Director (A Fish); Laurie Wilcox (3D Flic); Tim Dashwood, Stereographer
Moderator: Dean Vargas, Creative Director (Motion Pantry)
SAT NOV 10 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM | Jackman Hall AGO (317 Dundas Street West)
With strong ties being forged between North America and East, Southeast and South Asia, filmmakers join industry professionals to share valuable insight about their ‘co-pro’ experiences, what to watch out for and the mechanisms that facilitate these partnerships such as the China Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement.
Moderator: Alice Shih, Film Critic (Fairchild Radio)
With: David Wu, Director (Cold Steel); Sidney Chiu, Producer; Gloria Lo (Hong Kong Economic Trade Office); Yung Chang, Director (The Fruit Hunters); Han Yan, Director (First Time); Yim Ho, Director (Floating City); Jiang Yanming, President (China Lion Entertainment)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
SUN, NOV 11 | 11:00 PM - 12:30 PM | Royal Cinema (608 College St) | FREE | Open to the public
SUN, NOV 11 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | No One Writes To The Colonel
Join us as we announce the winners of our So You Think You Can Pitch? competition. Mingle and network with 3D filmmakers, industry professionals and festival delegates while we toast all Pitch finalists in our wrap-up of yet another successful annual Industry Series at Reel Asian.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
TUES, NOV 13 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM | Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place, North House, Room 108N)
Moderator: Bart Testa, Professor, Cinema Studies (University of Toronto)
With: Yim Ho, Director (Floating City)