So your film is finished and ready to be screened on the festival circuit.
But which festivals should you pursue? What are programmers looking for? How will you make your film stand out from the crowd? How do you work a festival once you’ve been accepted?
Get festival smart at DOC BC’s next panel discussion, featuring filmmakers Suzanne Chisolm (Saving Luna) and Julia Ivanova (Family Portrait In Black And White) and festival programmers Terry McEvoy of the Vancouver International Film Festival, and Dorothy Woodend of DOXA Documentary Film Festival.
Monday, September 12th from 7pm to 9pm
VIVO Media Arts Centre
1965 Main Street, Vancouver
Regular admission $10 – Students with ID $5 – DOC members get in free!
Suzanne Chisholm is a British Columbia filmmaker, and the producer and co-director of Saving Luna, a 2008 feature documentary about a young orca called Luna who tried to befriend people. Saving Lunascreened at more than 60 film festivals worldwide, won 25 awards from around the world, and was broadcast on BBC, CBC, NHK, France 2, Al Jazeera, and in more than 25 other territories. Prior to Saving Luna, she co-directed and produced over 20 documentary pieces for the National Geographic Channel. She has just produced another feature-length version of Luna’s story, narrated by Ryan Reynolds and executive produced by Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson, called The Whale. The Whale opens in US theatres in September 2011, and its Canadian theatrical run starts in October 2011.
Julia Ivanova and Boris Ivanov’s documentary Family Portrait in Black and White premiered at Sundance 2011and won Best Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs 2011. Since then the film has been playing the festivals from Korea, to Israel, to US, to Spain. Julia is also a longtime DOC BC Board Member.
Terry McEvoy is the Canadian Images programmer for the Vancouver international Film Festival. He is a bilingual writer, director, producer and host of film, television and live productions. His writing and directing credits include The True Intrepid, a biography of spymaster Sir William Stephenson, The New Titans, profiling some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs and The Living Coast, documenting a kayak trip from Alaska to Vancouver. His work has been featured on Global, CBC, Discovery, Arts & Entertainment and CTV, and broadcast in over twenty countries.
Dorothy Woodend is the Festival Programmer for DOXA Documentary Film Festival. Prior to joining DOXA, she worked with the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Whistler Film Festival and the National Film Board of Canada. Since 2004, she has been the film critic for The Tyee in Vancouver. Her writing has been published in magazines, newspapers and books across Canada and the US, as well as a number of international publications. Dorothy is a member of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, and currently sits on the board of directors for the Alliance for Arts and Culture.