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Tuesday May 8, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Toronto City Hall | 100 Queen Street West | Toronto, ON

Toronto is internationally known to be a world class production and post-production destination.

Hear from several of Toronto’s leading VFX studios about the technology they’re developing, the ever-evolving landscape and how they are producing top quality content within a shrinking timeline. Find out what’s next from award-winning visual storytellers.


5:30 PM – Registration

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Academy Talks


Free for Academy members, $30 for non-members

Space is limited | All are welcome







Moderated by: Audrey Velichka

Senior Director of Animation and Digital, Boatrocker Media


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Dennis Berardi

Global Managing Director/Visual Effects Supervisor/Producer, Mr. X
From innovative beginnings with IMAX and the National Film Board of Canada to visually driven blockbusters like Fight Club and The Cell, Dennis Berardi has lived and breathed the visual effects industry for nearly three decades. Now, Berardi innovates within the walls of his own company, MR. X. World-renowned and respected, both MR. X and Berardi boast over one hundred completed film credits and employ more than four hundred artists and staff across studio locations in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York, and Bangalore.
Most recently, Berardi served as the Visual Effects Supervisor on Guillermo del Toro’s Academy Award-winning best picture, The Shape of Water, where he oversaw the design and production of over an hour of visual effects for the landmark film. This marked the fifth time that Berardi has collaborated with the highly esteemed filmmaker.


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Matt Bishop 

Partner and Producer, Sinking Ship Entertainment


Matt Bishop is an Emmy Award-winning producer and partner at Sinking Ship Entertainment. Matt began his career in live-action, focusing on pushing technology from HD to 8K. From there he moved into animation and visual effects, where he started and leads Sinking Ship’s animated production division. At Sinking Ship, Matt and his partners have created 15 original series and over 600 half-hours of children’s television. With shows airing in every country and in over 40 languages, Sinking Ship has grown to become one of North America’s premier kids’ entertainment companies and has been selected as Playback’s 2016 Kids’ Company of the Year. Matt has been the recipient of the prestigious Emmy Award, Gemini Award, Canadian Screen Award, Banff Rockie Award, Shaw Rocket Prize, Kidscreen Award, Ryerson Top 30 Under 30 Award, and the Youth Media Alliance Award.

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Amanda Lariviere
VFX Producer, SpinVFX


A graduate of Humber College’s Film & Television Production Program, Amanda has had a varied career in the film industry. Beginning as an on-set worker in the camera department, Amanda was able to develop her knowledge of the practical capabilities, as well as the limitations, of a film production.


This experience positioned her well for her first foray in to VFX production, starting in 2005. Amanda served as a commercial VFX Producer, working on a variety of high profile television advertising campaigns, including several Super Bowl commercials.


She later moved in to VFX production for feature films and television, with her early credits including Inside the Mind of Leonardo (2013), a stereoscopic feature.


Since joining SpinVFX, Amanda has delivered Disney’s Descendents 2 (2017), and the currently airing third season of The Expanse (Alcon Ent./Syfy), which the media has called “one of the most compelling small-screen sci-fi shows in the past decade” (The Ringer).


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Nathan Larouche

VFX Supervisor, Intelligent Creatures Inc.
The son of steampunk magicians born and raised in a church outside of Montreal. Enjoyed being the weird kid, making home movies and eating candy. He landed In Toronto where he was plucked from obscurity and landed a sweet gig making movie magic.
Currently directing, designing, and creating Visual Effects for a multitude of media including feature films, documentaries, commercials, and music videos.  He has contributed his time to a large volume of projects including Watchmen, Orphan Black, Battle LA, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Journey to the West: Demon chapter, Mamoru Oshii’s Garm Wars: The Last Druid, Paul Gross’ Hyena Road, London Has Fallen, the Emmy nominated documentary Battlefield Cell, and many more.
His work has been featured in Cinefex, CG World Magazine, and FX Guide.