The leading international film, television and digital co-production market in Canada is less than one month away. Strategic Partners, a presentation of
the Atlantic Film Festival, unveils a line-up of cutting-edge panels and esteemed panelists not-to-be missed at this year’s event, September 11 – 14 in
Halifax, Nova Scotia.
“We have put together a fantastic itinerary of panel discussions for this year’s program. Some of the world’s top trendsetters will descend upon Halifax to
deliver the very latest news on topics such as financing and distribution of digital first content and exploring why producers should consider producing
series for the web as part of their business model,” said Strategic Partners Director, Laura Mackenzie. “We are extremely excited to welcome the
Argentinean Producers and Director as well as the Canadian Producers of The Games Maker to present a Case Study on this Argentinean/ Canadian/
Italian co-production. We always aim to provide the most progressive and up-to-the-minute information available and I’m very proud to announce this year’s
I will be moderating the panel on the film “The Game Maker” on September 12th. See the full line up below.
Strategic Partners has announced the following program and panelists for 2014:
A Case Study of “The Games Maker”
When: September 12th, 1:20 PM
Where: Imperial Room, Lord Nelson Hotel
A complex Argentinian-Canadian-Italian co-production, “The Games Maker” is a true international success story, from script to screen. Released in
early July 2014 in Latin America, this family adventure film with universal appeal has dazzled at the box office.
Moderator Sydney Levine (SydneysBuzz) will lead an in-depth discussion with the stellar team behind the feature film. The discussion will shed light on the
project’s origination, the obstacles they overcame during production, how financing was achieved and how distribution and international sales were
determined and executed.
Panelists include: Argentinean Director, Juan Pablo Buscarini, Pampa Films (“Chinese Take-Away”); Argentinean Producer, Verónica Cura, Utopica Group
(“The Headless Woman”); Canadian Producers, Kim Roberts and Tina Pehme, Sepia Films (“In Their Skin“)
Web Series Wizards Weigh In – the magic behind creating successful online content
When: September 13th, 1:45 PM
Where: Imperial Room, Lord Nelson Hotel
Original web series appeared on the market with such landmark properties as Red vs Blue and The Guild, busting open the belief that
short-form web content would be YouTubers on skateboards and kittens in cardboard. Web series have since matured into their own art form and are recognized
as a legitimate format of content for mobile and internet audiences. But how are producers financing web hits like Video Game High School or Epic Mealtimeand is it a viable format for independents?
Traditional and new media companies are racing to ‘videofy’ their internet magazines and newspapers (think Vice, The Guardian, and Conde
Nast publications) as are many brands (think Red Bull, Amex and GE.)
Panel moderator, Catherine Tait, Producer/ Distributor at iThentic, will explore with her panel of web series wizards who the new buyers are now and
whether or not this is an avenue for independent producers to explore.
Panelists will include: Matthew Graham, Senior Director, PBS Digital Studios; Chris Skinner, Head of Digital, CTV; Ben Waller, Partner, RocketJump Studios
Beyond Broadcast — original programming in an increasingly digital-first world
When: September 14th, 11:20 AM
Where: Imperial Room, Lord Nelson
Today’s media landscape is arguably one of the most innovative periods in media history, and yet one that is fraught with confusion and possibly
disillusion, some of the best indicators of large-scale change. Currently, most online platforms are fully committed to commissioning original programming,
and many media companies are producing original content for online and mobile platforms. In response, many new and traditional broadcast players are now
commissioning original ‘digital first’ series, creating an ever increasingly symbiotic relationship.
How exactly are traditional broadcasters responding and what are the opportunities for their defense? How can broadcasters capitalize off this growing
trend and work together with creators to further develop their online offerings?
Panel moderator, Producer Damon D’Oliveira (“What We Have,” “The Book of Negroes”) will examine how the concept of ‘Content Everywhere’ is now
imperative for all media companies, and panelists will take an in-depth look at the burgeoning marketplace for ‘digital-first’ original content.
Panelists will include: Stephen Finney, Production Executive, Original Drama Content, Shaw Media; Fay Wells, Distribution Consultant; Sam Harowitz,
Director, Television Acquisitions & Development, Global Content, FreemantleMedia International
Each year, top Canadian and international industry players, including producers, investors, sales agents, funding agencies, broadcasters and distributors
are selected to attend Strategic Partners. Offering over 1,000 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings, co-production focused roundtable sessions, cutting edge
panels, visionary keynote speakers, and screenings and receptions – Strategic Partners is a convergence of talent and innovation, producing tangible
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About Strategic Partners: An International Film, Television and Digital Co-Production Market
The Atlantic Film Festival’s Strategic Partners is one of the world’s preeminent co-production/co-financing markets focusing on feature film, TV and web
based fiction. Strategic Partners offers an intimate, organized forum for projects looking for financing as well as those still at an early stage, looking
for the right partner.
Over the past 17 years, Strategic Partners has established itself not only as a one of a kind co-production market, but also as a cutting edge, intimate
environment that delivers solutions to existing and foreseeable industry challenges. The intelligence and program offered at Strategic Partners is
developed over many months of research into current global issues. However, this information is only a complement to Strategic Partners’ primary function –
to build, establish and nurture relationships between producers and their partners.
Strategic Partners is a part of the Atlantic Film Festival family of programs. Today’s Atlantic Film Festival is now a year-round celebration, growing
beyond our eight-day cornerstone event in September to include: ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth, the AFF Outdoor Film Experience, and
Learn more about the Atlantic Film Festival through the links below