Inventive Ways Forward: Innovation, Intention, and Creativity


The events of 2020 have introduced new challenges to all aspects of our lives and work, and have only further magnified the social, racial, and political inequalities that exist both in our industry and society as a whole. With each pivot, the Canadian screen industries have harnessed their strength and creativity to adapt, and have continued to invigorate their individual communities.

Join us at this year’s Members Lounge to celebrate and learn from the industry’s boldest leaders that are paving the way, seizing opportunity, and moving forward with integrity, diversity, and authenticity.

 

Monday, May 10 – Friday, May 14, 2021

 

ALL EVENTS at the Members Lounge are FREE for members of the Canadian Academy, CMPA, and DGC Ontario.

Networking events and film screenings require RSVPs and will be available on a first come, first served basis exclusive to members.

Tickets for panels are available for the public to purchase; filmmaker Q&As with Best Motion Picture Nominees are free to the public.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Future of Entertainment: Creating Content that Resonates
(3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

Presented by Boat Rocker Media

With more streaming services, endless content options, and a more discerning audience than ever before, how can we understand the viewer and create content that resonates? As a producer, how do you identify your audience and how early in development should you know?

This panel shares the tools for an effective understanding of a viewer’s needs on a platform, where to acquire data and leverage it in your pitch, and how to balance the creative with the analytics.


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Online Screening: Beans, directed by Tracey Deer
Screening available for 48 hours from Saturday, May 8th, 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT to Monday, May 10th, 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT

 

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Q&A with Beans Director Tracey Deer
(7:00 PM – 7:45 PM ET / 4:00 – 4:45 PM PT)

In this intimate conversation, Tracey Deer shares her insights on the legacy of The Oka Crisis, coming of age stories, and how her unique creative voice blends both in her unflinching first feature Beans.

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Home Team Advantage: Fostering a Canadian Talent Ecosystem

(12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT)

Presented by Canadian Media Producers Association

How can Canada create a self-sustaining talent development network, where individuals working in all areas of production have the opportunity to build long-term, meaningful careers in this country? Set against the backdrop of the federal government’s pending updates to the Broadcasting Act, this panel will explore how stakeholders from across the industry can collaboratively seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a strong and self-sustaining Canadian talent ecosystem.

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Coffee Break: TimePlay
(2:00 PM – 2:15 PM ET / 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM ET)

Provided by TimePlay

Show off your knowledge of movie trivia in this exclusive game of TimePlay. Compete against fellow Members Lounge cinephiles to win SCENE points and bragging rights.

Prior to the 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT showtime, open the TimePlay app on your mobile device, and launch your second screen browser and go to media.timeplay.tv.

Free and open for all movie fans to participate!

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Peer to Peer: Short Form Content Development from Starting Line to Awards Stage
(3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

Presented with the participation of the Independent Production Fund

Producers take the reins to ask the real, relevant questions in this candid and dynamic two-way interview between Canadian Screen Award nominees Heidi Lynch and Perrie Voss (Avocado Toast) and 2020 IPF funding recipients Zarqa Nawaz and Claire Ross Dunn (Zarqa). From proof-of-concepts to awards notoriety, these peers re-examine the top takeaways of their short form projects. Focusing on their development processes, how they’ve leveraged financing, finding the right collaborators, and their best pitching tips, these teams investigate each others’ projects and processes that have forged their paths to success.

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Q&A with Funny Boy Director Deepa Mehta
(7:00 PM – 7:45 PM ET / 4:00 – 4:45 PM PT)

Titan of Canadian filmmaking Deepa Mehta digs deep into how she navigates the complex themes of prejudice, culture, and coming into your own identity in Funny Boy (nominated for nine 2021 Canadian Screen Awards, including “Best Motion Picture”, “Best Adapted Screenplay”, and “Achievement in Direction” for Mehta).

This event will be in English, with French interpretation provided. / Cet événement se tiendra en anglais avec une interprétation en français offerte.

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Networking Session
(2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT)

Presented by NABET 700-M UNIFOR

Meet new collaborators in this versatile virtual networking session geared towards Costume, Hair, Makeup, Props, Set Decoration, Lighting, and Sound professionals. Ideal for producers looking to connect with talent in these departments, and for emerging or established professionals looking to meet their peers and expand their network.

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A Tapestry of Voices Rises Up: Representation in the Writers’ Room
(3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

Presented by Bell Media

In celebrating the tapestry of voices that are rising up in our industry, we hear from an exceptional group of BIPOC writers and creators to connect the threads of their journeys in and out of the writers’ rooms in Canada. Our panel offers insight on diversifying the writers’ room, creating an equitable and responsive team, and advice to emerging BIPOC creators in the room.

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Online Screening: Nadia, Butterfly, directed by Pascal Plante
Screening available for 48 hours from Monday, May 10th, 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT to Wednesday, May 12th, 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT

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Q&A with Nadia, Butterfly Director Pascal Plante
(7:00 PM – 7:45 PM ET / 4:00 – 4:45 PM PT)

In this one-on-one conversation, Pascal Plante shares his insider view on the pressures of competitive swimming, casting and shooting in the pool, and unpacks the central dilemma of Nadia, Butterfly’s character study: following expectations or blazing your own trail.

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A New Era: Celebrating New Canadian Series & Their Directors
(3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

Presented by Directors Guild of Canada in Ontario

While many of our favourite shows have come to an end this year, 2020 also introduced a wealth of new pilots dominating our TVs with style, joy, and panache. Join the directors of some of the new series that have made an impact this year as they discuss taking the helm, shaping a new project, and investigating the international identity of Canadian storytelling.

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Online Screening: The Nest directed by Sean Durkin
Screening available for 48 hours from Tuesday, May 11th, 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT to Thursday, May 13th, 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT

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Q&A with The Nest Director Sean Durkin
(7:00 PM – 7:45 PM ET / 4:00 – 4:45 PM PT)

An innovator at the fore of psychological thriller, Sean Durkin revisits the complex and chilling high stakes of marital decay in The Nest, nominated in 5 categories at the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards, including “Best Motion Picture”, “Best Original Screenplay”, and “Achievement in Direction” for Durkin.

This event will be in English, with French interpretation provided. / Cet événement se tiendra en anglais avec une interprétation en français offerte.

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PRESENTED BY WILLIAM F. WHITE INTERNATIONAL INC.

The Art of Con/Destruction: Sustainability and Circularity On Set
(12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT)

Presented by William F. White International Inc.

In this discussion, our panel offers ethical and sustainable practices to exercise circular waste management and recycling within production design, set building, and hair & make-up.

This practical discussion will examine best practices for implementing the sustainability checklist, including destruction, dismantling, and reuse of materials after a shoot and how you can design with materials in mind, while still maintaining the vibrant look and feel of your production.

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Networking Session
(2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT)

Presented by William F. White International Inc.

Follow up on your connections and close the week off with some mixing and mingling in our virtual closing networking session. Connect with emerging talent and established screen professionals in your choice of breakout rooms.

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Technology on the Rise: Virtual Production
(3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PT)

Presented by William F. White International Inc.

A new visual effects and gaming technology, virtual production empowers cast and crew to be transported digitally to far-off locations. With new studios in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, this technology allows filmmakers to visualize virtual effects in real time and encourages quick collaboration between departments on set. Our panel delves into how to prepare for a virtual production, its uses and opportunities while filming with COVID protocols in place, and how Canadian filmmakers can attain relevant training and access to the technology when visualizing their productions.

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Online Screening: Underground | Souterrain, directed by Sophie Dupuis
Screening available for 48 hours from Wednesday, May 12th, 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT to Friday, May 14th, 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT

 

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Q&A with Underground | Souterrain Director Sophie Dupuis
(7:00 PM – 7:45 PM ET / 4:00 – 4:45 PM PT)

Join acclaimed director Sophie Dupuis as she discusses her gut-wrenching feature Underground | Souterrain, the oppressiveness of guilt and personal demons, and the tension between masculinity and male friendship.

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