As part the Whistler Film Festival’s continuous efforts to support local independent filmmakers, up to six producers from across Canada will be selected to participate in the Feature Project Lab, an intense two-phase business and creative content development experience for Canadian producers presented by the festival in association
with Telefilm Canada. This year the program will take place in two separate phases: Phase I will take place over four days from June 21 to June 24 and includes four months of ongoing feedback and project
development with advisors. Phase II includes a four-day follow up from December 1 to 4 during the Whistler Film Festival + Summit.
Focused on strengthening dramatic feature projects from script to screen, the WFF Feature Project Lab is intended to advance a producer’s dramatic feature
project, facilitate relationships and investment in feature film projects that have U.S. and international appeal. Their goal is getting content made.
“The Feature Project Lab provides an unique opportunity for producers to get rigorous market feedback from seasoned veterans at the most critically
important stage of their project’s development,” said Paul Gratton, WFF’s Director of Programming. “It’s a priceless learning and relationship-building
experience that helps build careers and advance individual projects.”
Up to six Canadian producers will be invited to participate through an application process and applicants may enter a maximum of three projects for
consideration. A selection committee consisting of two WFF representatives and two additional industry professionals, including a key international sales agent, will vet the applications and shortlist candidates for interviews before making final decisions. Two facilitators will provide a high level
of strategic advice and counsel to producers over the course of the Lab helping them to address feedback from Industry Advisors. Producers will be required
to revise and resubmit their packages by October 1, and will be assessed by October 15 to determine if they are eligible to advance to Phase II where they
will regroup with their advisors, participate in a pitch boot camp and receive the opportunity to meet with and pitch international sales agents during
the Whistler Film Festival + Summit.
Producers will receive individual and project specific feedback through a series of one-on-one sessions with Advisors, as well as group sessions in order
to strengthen their ability to position their project for investment. Feedback will include everything from where to take their script to next, to what
changes the project and package may require to attract investors outside of Canada, and what market resources are available to producers looking for U.S.
interest. Producers will also explore their own creative take on their project and develop skills and a process for evaluating, developing, and
implementing their material to reflect these ideas, and examine conventional and alternative distribution strategies, and learn what they need to do to
stay relevant as media distribution platforms continue to evolve. Scripts will be discussed alongside issues such as creative imperatives, marketplace
valuation and production challenges.
Canadian producers are invited to submit an application for the WFF Feature Project Lab by April 24, 2015. The application form and guidelines are available at www.whistlerfilmfestival.com
From December 2 to 6, 2015, the
Whistler Film Festival (WFF) will celebrate its 15thedition as one of Canada’s leading festivals. Featuring innovative and original films from around the world and opportunities to connect with the people
who made them, this year’s five day Festival will be filled with a solid lineup of premieres, star-studded guests, lively celebrations and unique industry
initiatives. The Feature Project Lab is presented in association with Telefilm
Canada and sponsored by The Harold Greenberg Fund, Creative BC, I.A.T.S.E. 891, the Canadian Media Production Association and the Canadian Media Production
Association – BC Producer’s Branch.