Throughout the year these Guest Speakers will be providing in-depth views on topics, ranging from screenwriting to film financing, to the new age of movie marketing.
Amnon Buchbinder

October 13

Amnon Buchbinder

Director

Amnon Buchbinder is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film at York University.
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Gerry Flahive

October 14

Gerry Flahive

Senior Producer

Gerry Flahive has produced more than 75 films and interactive projects during his 30 years at the NFB, including HIGHRISE, a multi-year, many-media documentary project.
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Kerry Morrison

October 14

Kerry Morrison

Producer, Digital Designer

Kerry Morrison has transitioned a love of technology into a nearly twenty-year career in digital design, production and strategy.
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Katerina Cizek

October 14

Katerina Cizek

Director

Katerina Cizek is the director of HIGHRISE, the National Film Board of Canada’s Emmy-winning, cross-media documentary project exploring the human experience of global vertical living.
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Christopher Sandberg

October 27

Christopher Sandberg

CEO

Christopher Sandberg is the founder and CEO of the Emmy Award-winning television and new media production company The company P.
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Caitlin Burns

October 28

Caitlin Burns

Producer

Caitlin Burns is Transmedia Producer with Starlight Runner Entertainment, and the independent co-producer of McCarren Park.
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Razvan Radulescu

November 5

Razvan Radulescu

Screenwriter

Razvan Radulescu is one of the most prolific screenwriters among the new generation of Romanian filmmakers who’ve made a mark the international film scene over the past decade.
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Jason Anderson

November 5

Jason Anderson

Film Columnist

Jason Anderson is a film critic and columnist for The Grid in Toronto and writes a weekly column for The Toronto Star.
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Don Carmody

November 17

Don Carmody

Producer

Don Carmody has been producing films for close to forty years. His credits include over 100 films so far, including the Academy Award Best Picture-winner Chicago
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Cassian Elwes

November 17

Cassian Elwes

Producer

Cassian Elwes is widely considered to be among the most influential figures working in independent cinema today.
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Savine Wong

November 18

Savine Wong

Financial Analyst

Savine Wong recently relocated back to Toronto from Hong Kong, where she worked for the last four years in the Creative Industries division at Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong.
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Paul Brett

November 18

Paul Brett

Director

Paul Brett is a director at the UK integrated media company Prescience.
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Danny Glover

December 2

Danny Glover

Actor, Producer

Danny Glover has been a commanding presence in the entertainment industry for more than thirty years.
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Joslyn Barnes

December 2

Joslyn Barnes

Writer, Producer

Joslyn Barnes is a writer and Emmy Award–nominated producer. She is the author of numerous screenplays, including the upcoming Indian feature The Cosmic Forest…
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Luc Dery

December 2

Luc Déry

Producer

Luc Déry founded the Montreal-based production company micro_scope in 2002.
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Mark Pogachefsky

December 19

Mark Pogachefsky

President

Mark Pogachefsky is president of MPRM Communications
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Toni Öyry

January 5

Toni Öyry

Producer

Toni Öyry is an award-winning, Beirut-based Finnish producer and filmmaker. Toni’s work spans international broadcasters and news agencies…
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Ron Senkowski

January 5

Ron Senkowski

Producer

Ron Senkowski is currently producing a film based on Kahlil Gibran’s book The Prophet, along with producing partner Salma Hayek and director Roger Allers (The Lion King).
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Noam Dromi

January 5

Noam Dromi

Writer, Producer

Noam Dromi is a writer, producer, marketing executive and digital strategist, specializing in transmedia content development for corporations, brands and entertainment companies.
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J. Joly

January 6

J. Joly

Producer

J. Joly spent two decades in the media sphere as a musician, an award-winning short filmmaker, and a production-team member in Toronto’s film and television industry.
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January 6

Marc Schiller

Founder and CEO

Founder and CEO of BOND Strategy and Influence, known, until recently, as Electric Artists, is an accomplished advertising and marketing executive with decades of industry and entrepreneurial knowledge, in the areas of brand strategy...
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January 12

Ken Evans

SVP

A seasoned corporate communications specialist and media trainer, Kenneth has worked with a diverse range of communicators...
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February 2

Patrick Redding

Game Director

Patrick Redding is Game Director for Splinter Cell Blacklist.
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February 2

David Footman

Scripted Event Director

David Footman is Scripted Event Director at Ubisoft Toronto, currently working on Splinter Cell Blacklist.
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February 2

Navid Khavari

Narrative Designer

Navid began in story development for television properties at Toronto-based studios Lenz Entertainment and Story City, before graduating with a Joint Specialist degree in History and Political Science at the University of Toronto...
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March 2

Blake Steels

President

Blake Steels is President of Pinewood Toronto Studios. Blake is a seasoned business professional who joined the Pinewood team in 2009. He oversees both the development company and the studio business...
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March 2

Eoin Egan

VP International Sales

Eoin joined the company in July 2008 working at Pinewood UK in the TV department. He was appointed International Sales Manager in September 2010 based at Pinewood's first international location Pinewood Toronto Studios...
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March 3

Ilann Girard

Former Senior V.P. Legal & Business Affairs

Former Senior V.P. Legal & Business Affairs of Pandora Cinema, Ilann Girard set up Arsam in 2002 a one-stop services company offering business affairs consultancy and finance packaging services to the film and television production community...
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March 17

Frédéric Corvez

Managing Director, Urban Distribution International

He is the founder of and a partner in the entertainment law firm Sloss Eckhouse LawCo LLP...
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March 17

Lina Marrone

International Sales and Marketing executive

International Sales and Marketing executive with over 20 years of experience in the sales and acquisitions of independent movies. Currently VP of Sales at Arclight Films since 2003...
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March 23

John Sloss

Founder of Cinetic Media & a co-founder of FilmBuff

He is the founder of and a partner in the entertainment law firm Sloss Eckhouse LawCo LLP...
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April 15

Chris Selak

EVP, Lionsgate TV

Chris Selak was named Executive Vice President, Lionsgate Television in July 2011, spearheading all creative aspects of the studio, including the development of new content for traditional and new media platforms, as well overseeing all current television series.
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April 15

Isabelle Fauvel

Producer, Initiative Film

Isabelle Fauvel first worked as a producer for Flach Film.
In 1993, she launched Intitiative Film, a consultancy agency dealing with all film development issues.
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April 15

Patrick Reed

Head of Documentary Developement, White Pine Pictures

Director/Producer Patrick Reed has directed and collaborated on several award-winning documentaries for White Pine Pictures...
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April 15

Peter Raymont

President, White Pine Pictures

Filmmaker, journalist, writer, activist, Peter Raymont has produced and directed over 100 films and TV series during his 38 year career...
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April 15

Allison Black

Producer, Euclid 431

Based in Toronto and Los Angeles, producer Allison Black founded boutique production company euclid 431 pictures with director/writer Nathan Morlando...
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April 15

Rachael Horovitz

Producer

Rachael Horovitz began working in film in 1985 when she handled publicity campaigns for David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, Michael Cimino’s The Sicilian and Roman Polanski’s Pirates.
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April 16

Karine Martin

Producer, Media Biz

Following over ten years of work in international film and television financing, Karine Martin produced her first feature film entitled The Moth Diaries in 2009...
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April 16

Laura Clunie

Vice President, Creative Affairs, Entertainment One Family

Recently relocated to Toronto after 10 years working in the kids industry out of the UK, Laura is the executive in charge of creative affairs internationally for eOne Family...
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April 16

Deborah Day

Innovate By Day

Deb is an award-winning television and film director and producer with over 20 years in the entertainment industry...
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April 16

Michelle Melanson

VP Production and Development, Radical Sheep

Michelle Melanson Cuperus is VP Production and Development for Radical Sheep Productions and Supervising Producer on the award-winning hit Stella and Sam and the new Disney Junior production Yup Yups...
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April 16

Hüseyin Tabak

Director, Horse on the Balcony

Hüseyin Tabak studied directing and scriptwriting at the Vienna Film Academy under Peter Patzak and Michael Haneke. He completed his studies with the feature-length film Your beauty is worth nothing before making A Horse on the Balcony (12).
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April 16

David Steinberg

Partner, Heenan Blaikie

David Steinberg is a partner in the Toronto office of Heenan Blaikie, specializing in the areas of entertainment, media and intellectual property...
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April 19

Steven DeNure

COO, DHX Media

Steven Graham DeNure, President and Chief Operating Officer of DHX, is responsible for overseeing overall operations of DHX and its subsidiaries...
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April 19

Loredana Cunti

Executive Producer

Loredana Cunti is a specialist in children's and family programming with a rare blend of both creative production and international distribution expertise.
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May 11

Wendy Bernfeld

MD of Rights Stuff

Wendy Bernfeld, Managing Director of Rights Stuff Consulting, is a passionate film buff who specializes in content acquisition/distribution, and related international strategy and deal advice.
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June 1

Licia Eminenti

Story Editor

Licia Eminenti serves as a story editor, creative script advisor, and script development expert for numerous organizations and festivals.
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June 1

Noel Baker

Story Editor

Noel Baker is a Toronto-based screenwriter and story editor.
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June 1

Maureen Dorey-Lukie

Story Editor

Maureen Dorey-Lukie is a freelance analyst and story editor who helps writers renew their inspiration and find their voices.
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June 1

Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten

Story Editor

Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten is a story editor, script consultant and screenwriter connected to Binger Filmlab, TorinoFilmLab, Script Lab Moscow and various independent film companies as well as international institutes...
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June 1

Eric Collins

Story Editor

Eric Collins a story editor originally from the Village in New York City, and is the offspring of a Libertarian beatnik and a Midwest hippie.
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June 1

Charlotte Mickie

Executive Vice President, Entertainment One

Mickie was previously the Managing Director of Maximum Films, which sold movies in the international market and distributes in all media within Canada.
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June 8

Nansun Shi

Executive Director

Nansun Shi is one of Asia's most accomplished, influential and respected film producers.

Photo Courtesy of Teo Keng Beng
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June 22

Tony Cianciotta

TC Film Marketing And Distribution

Tony Cianciotta is one of the leading experts in the theatrical distribution and exhibition of motion pictures.
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June 22

Sarah Gadon

Sarah Gadon first appeared on stage at age seven, as a lamb in the National Ballet School of Canada's production of 'The Nutcracker'. Since then she has worked consistently on Television from 'La Femme Nikita' to 'Being Erica'.
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June 22

Daniel Iron

Daniel Iron began his career as legal counsel at Telefilm Canada. After five years there, he left to head up business and legal affairs at renowned production and distribution company, Rhombus Media.
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June 22

Franklin Leonard

creator, The Black List

Franklin Leonard is the founder and CEO of the Black List, the yearly publication highlighting Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays, and the startup birthed to continue its mission.
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June 22

Kari Skogland

Writer, Director, Producer

Kari’s most recent film Fifty Dead Men Walking, as writer/director/producer premiered at a Gala at the Toronto International Film Festival, won Critics Top Ten, the Vancouver Film Festival top prize and DGC Best Director and a Genie for Best Adapted screenplay.
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July 14

Johnnie To

Writer, Director, Producer

One of the pre-eminent genre directors in the world, Johnnie To has had a long, diverse and prolific career. Born in Hong Kong, he made his name with a series of crime movies, including The Mission (99), PTU (03), Fulltime Killer (01, co-director), and Exiled (06).
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