Script to Screen Summit is a half-day program being hosted during the Toronto International Film Festival for aspiring filmmakers and producers looking to learn more about best approaches in getting their projects from the pages of a script to getting distributed on big and small screens.
12:30 - 1:00 pm
Registration and Networking
1:00 - 1:30 pm
What it Takes to Get from Script to Screen: A Keynote Conversation with Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis, Award-winning Director, Writer and Producer
Matthew Belloni, Executive Editor, The Hollywood Reporter
1:30 - 2:15 pm
From Script to Talent: How Packaging Really Works
It’s time to start thinking differently about your career. Your project doesn't stop at your script. Build relationships with potential stakeholders and discover the importance of networking when it comes to packaging your film and raising funds. Pitch solid talent likely to respond to your script. Develop strategies that appeal to major financiers and film distributors. This session will provide tips on packaging material and attracting the right people to your venture.
Joseph Cohen, President, American Entertainment Investors
Jonathan Bronfman, Founder & Producer, JoBro Productions
Brent Sherman, Literary Agent, The Characters Talent Agency
Christina Piovesan, Producer, First Generation Films
2:15 - 3:15 pm
Money Talks: Where to Find Financing and How to Ask for It
In a time when borrowing money is difficult and asking for financing with no surefire way to pay it back is an insurmountable task, finding the money to make your film can easily become a full time job. Which is why the sooner you learn how to ask for money and where to find it, the better. Discover the best ways to finance your project and navigate the grant system. Learn about government incentives for film and television production, tactics to keep your budget low, and creative resources of capital.
Tifanie Jodeh, Founder & Managing Partner, Entertainment Law Partners
David Acosta, Senior Vice President and Team Leader, City National Bank
Stephanie Azam, National Feature Film Executive, Telefilm Canada
Paul Hanson, Chief Executive Officer, Covert Media
William Santor, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Productivity Media
3:15 - 3:45 pm
3:45 - 4:30 pm
Getting it Done: Aligning Interests with Suitable Co-Production Partners
Stop losing sleep over how you are going to protect your vision. Instead, discover the secret art of dealing with production partners and the most efficient ways to make sure your team is on the same page. This discussion will dive into the various opportunities of co-production and how it applies to attracting new markets and leveraging financial resources.
Robert Darwell, Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Miranda Bailey, Producer, Cold Iron Pictures
John Penotti, President, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment & Co-Founder, Ivanhoe Pictures
Peter Saraf, Co-Founder, Big Beach
4:30 - 5:00 pm
Promoting your Film: What it Takes to Become a Marketing Machine
The filmmaking industry often spends more money on marketing films than making one. Identify what separates the strategies and structures of superior marketing organizations from ho-hum, standard press. Become an expert on selling your vision by learning the ins and outs of traditional marketing, PR, digital advertising, social media outreach, film marts and festivals. Through this presentation, find out how to utilize your resources and turn yourself into a marketing machine: go from being a businessman to a business, man.
Dennis Dembia, Senior Vice President, Rogers & Cowan
Judith Baugin Senior VP of International Marketing & Communication, Content Media
Matthew Liebmann, Senior Vice President, Movio
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Size Doesn’t Matter: Getting on Every Screen, Big and Small
It’s time to face the dreaded “D” word, distribution. In today’s world, it’s not just about gracing the big screens of every AMC and Carmike, but more about accompanying someone on a commute home via a mobile screen. Become an expert on how to leverage your film in major markets, while splitting the rights among multiple stakeholders. Familiarize yourself with the ever-changing online platforms and capitalize on these markets correctly. Draw on the connection between the value of original ideas and the multitude of screens available to plan out a surefire success.
Jessica Lacy, Head of International and Independent Film, ICM Partners
Julie Dansker, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, The Orchard
Laurie May, Co-President, Elevation Pictures
Dan Fisher, Senior Director, Acquisitions, Gravitas Ventures
Matthew Shreder, Managing Partner, Concourse Media
John Zois, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions, IM Global
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Private networking reception for summit speakers, sponsors and registered attendees only.
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