Day 1 – Friday, 9 March

2:00 – 3:30 pm (Husky Energy Foyer, Max Bell Building)
Registration Opens

3:30 – 5:00 pm (Auditorium, Max Bell Building)
Opening keynote

Welcome: Allison Yearwood, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity & Bill Evans, AMPIA

Conquering Content
Jon Giegengack, Founder & Principal, Hub Entertainment Research
In a world where content is consumed on a wide selection of platforms, and with an array of viewing behaviors, this keynote discussion will cut through the clutter and outline what is being watched, when, and on what platform, and will outline surprising trends that are leading the way for opportunities in the media and entertainment industry.

Moderator: Kristin Petrovich, Createasphere

5:30 – 7:00 pm (Husky Energy Foyer / Elder Tom Crane Bear Room, Max Bell Building)
Welcome Reception

Day 2 – Saturday, 10 March

9:00 – 10:00 am (Husky Energy Foyer, Max Bell Building)
Registration, Coffee & Tea

10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Rice TV Studio, JPL – Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Building)
Lunch 12:00 – 1:30 pm – Lunch table top discussions

The Future in Hand – Entertainment Technology Workshop

This workshop will address the current and future media technologies in storytelling through immersive formats such VR, 360, MR, and large screen technology. You will gain the knowledge of how to creatively use immersive technology, and more importantly, why to use it. We will also address the rising trends and anticipated uses, giving you the ability to apply them to your upcoming projects, and find new funding opportunities.

Presenters: Stefan Grambart, Justin Lassen, Dave Chan, and Dylan Pearce

10:00 am – 12:00 pm ( Max Bell 251, Max Bell Building)

Starting At The End – A VFX Workshop
This workshop will cover the ins and outs of visual effects, and what a content creator/ producer needs to know for VFX options, budgeting, timing, and production planning.  Clips will be viewed and discussed, demonstrating the storytelling power of VFX in addition to walking through budgeting and timetables.  Attendees will walk away with the skills to incorporate VFX, and when and when not to use VFX for storytelling.

Presenters: Chris MacLean and Trey Harrell

Coffee break 11:00 – 11:30 am Husky Energy Foyer, Max Bell Building

10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Max Bell 253, Max Bell Building)

Getting The Agent and Getting The Deal
How does a producer find and retain an agent?  What does the agent bring and how are deals structured?  What are the benefits of a good agent?  This workshop will discuss the important choice of finding the right agent for you and your projects.

Presenters: Eric Fineman and Zachary Halley
Moderator: Michael Jorgensen, p.g.a., President, Myth Merchant Films

Coffee break 11:00 – 11:30 am Husky Energy Foyer, Max Bell Building

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Vistas Dining Room, Sally Borden Building)
Lunch & Table Top Discussions with Speakers and Experts

2:00 – 4:00 pm (Max Bell Auditorium, Max Bell Building)

Camera, Lens, and Lighting  – Creating That Look
This production workshop will present the tools needed in getting that specific look with cameras, lens, and lighting.  Learn how to work with your Director of Photography and camera operator to get the style and feel of your next projects.  What tools are available, how to properly budget with the new tools, and how to review those epic looks.

Presenters: Stephen Campanelli, SOC and Gilles Corbeil, SOC
Moderator: Stosh Durbacz, Fujifilm Canada

Supported By:

2:00 – 4:00 pm (Max Bell 253, Max Bell Building)

Funding in Alberta
What are the latest updates on the funding available to assist you to produce your projects in Alberta? Do you have questions about the new Screen-Based Production Grant from the Alberta Media Fund? What is the new Film Financing Program available through the new Branch for Arts and Culture at ATB Financial? What kinds of supports are available for content creators through TELUS STORYHIVE? Join us for a lively roundtable discussion with the people with the answers!

Presenters: Jeslene Quinn, Program Manager, Alberta Media Fund; Ben Spencer, Director, Branch for Arts and Culture, ATB Financial; Smita Acharyya, Project Manager, TELUS STORYHIVE, and Mitch Johnstone, Business Leader, Branch for Arts and Culture, ATB Financial
Moderator: Michelle Gayse-Leader, Leader Productions

4:30  – 7:00 pm (Kinnear Centre, KCCI 103)

Day 3 – Sunday, 11 March

8:30 – 9:00 am (Husky Energy Foyer, Max Bell Building)
Registration, Coffee & Tea

9:00  – 10:15 am (Max Bell Auditorium, Max Bell Building)
Panel Discussion

The Nuts & Bolts of Getting Your Content Made
Join this panel of studio and production executives, discussing how to get from an idea to the final product, specifically for independent film co-production arrangements and within the studio system, both traditional and non-traditional.

Presenters: Eric Fineman, Sr. Vice President, Pascal Pictures; Zachary Halley, Producer, Drunk History
Moderator: Luke Azevedo, Commissioner, Film, Television & Creative Industries

10:15 – 10:30 am (Husky Energy Foyer, Max Bell Building)
Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30 am  (Max Bell Auditorium, Max Bell Building) Non-Scripted: Building & Selling My Project How does a creator put together the deal to get their non-scripted project on a screen? What are the business models, and key indicators of a successful non-scripted project? Listen to this panel of show runners, studio executives, content owners and producers, discussing the ever-changing environment of non-scripted. Presenters: Marc Pierce, CEO, Warm Springs Productions; Jared Hoffman, Founder, Executive Producer, Forge; Tracey Finley, Executive Producer; Carl Buehl, Executive Producer Moderator: Michael Jorgensen p.g.a., President, Myth Merchant Films

10:30 – 11:30 am  (MB 253, Max Bell Building)

Technology & Future-Proofing Your Project
What does a producer and content creator need to know about working with post production and VFX regarding future-proofing your project, to ensure that the intellectual property will withstand the delivery requirements over time.

Panelists: Chris MacLean and Trey Harrell

11:30 – 12:30 pm (Max Bell Auditorium, Max Bell Building)

Conscious Content & Authentic Voices
Content has power. How can we all take responsibility and further and support stewardship in future generations to carry the torch of indigenous and authentic storytelling.  As content creators, how do we use our voice, where, and when?

Presenters: Melissa Mollen Dupuis and Reneltta Arluk

Sponsored by:

12:30 – 2:00 pm (Vistas Dining Room, Sally Borden Building)
Lunch & Table Top Discussions with Speakers and Experts

2:15 – 3:30 pm (Max Bell Auditorium, Max Bell Building)

Creative Inspiration
Listen to these leaders discussing where their creative genius stems from, and how they stay inspired from project to project. What gives them the idea that grows into the next big thing? How do they nurture creativity as a commodity, and what do they do when they find themselves stuck, lacking inspiration. Listen, learn, and watch this group of true creative leaders discuss their tips.

Panelists: Stephen Campanelli, SOC, Gilles Corbeil, SOC, Chris MacLean, Jared Hoffman, Eric Fineman, and Melissa Mollen Dupuis