Join us for five days full of festival goodness April 24 - 28, 2013. All screenings will take place at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, located at 149 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.
Projecting Change Sessions
This year’s workshop has evolved into a full day of inspiration and knowledge sharing from storytellers across media platforms from local and international filmmakers. The sessions have been curated by VIFF board member and creative industry passionista Angele Beausoleil, with the goal of arming and inspiring participants with the knowledge and skills to enter, adapt and appreciate the world of film and storytelling today.
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Projecting Change Sessions Schedule:
9:30 am – Registration
This year’s PCFF workshop, influenced by the film festival’s “Stay Curious” theme, has evolved into a series of knowledge sharing sessions reflecting diverse thinking, cross-media storytellers and filmmakers, representing our local and international creative industry sectors. Registration is open at 9:30 am with the sessions starting at 10 am and ending at 4 pm
Master of Ceremonies Angele Beausoleil - Workshop Organizer & Knowledge Curator, Master of Ceremonies, Creative Industries pioneer and Innovation Agent
Brady Dahmer Co-Founder/Producer at Projecting Change Film Festival
Katie Schaeffers Executive Director at Projecting Change Film Festival
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10:15 am – Opening Keynote
The day begins with an inspiring storyteller, David Diamond, artistic director of Theatre for the Living (formerly Headlines Theatre), who has directed over 500 community-specific projects on issues such as racism, civic engagement, violence, addiction, street youth, intergenerational conflict and homelessness. David has worked throughout Canada, the USA and Europe, as well as in Namibia, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Rwanda, Palestine and Singapore, and has pioneered the development of live, interactive Forum television and web casting.
Speaker David Diamond, Inspirational Storyteller, Opening Keynote
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11:15 am – Art of Documentary Filmmaking
Our first panel, The Art of Documentary Filmmaking, moderated by SFU’s Film Studies Profession, Colin Browne will engage local and international filmmakers and explore the story behind the screen-based films that include Mongolian Bling and Liberia 77, part of this year’s festival.
Speaker Benj Binks Director of Mongolian Bling
Speaker Leah Nelson Co-Founder and Film Director, Giant Ant
Speaker Jeff Topham Director of Liberia 77
Moderator Colin Browne, Professor at SFU Film Studies
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12:15 pm – Art of Modern Storytelling
The Art of Modern Storytelling panel, brings together the award winning team behind Bear 71 — a multi-user, multiplatform interactive documenatry about the intersection of animals, humans and technology. The project features Mia Kirshner, Radiohead and Atlas Sound. http://bear71.nfb.ca/
Speaker Dana Dansereau Interactive Producer at the NFB
Speaker Jeremy Mendes, Vancouver based Artist, Film and Creative Director
Speaker Jen Moss Producer/Interactive Writer, Digital Platform
Moderator Alana ThorburnWatt, Center for Digital Media
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1:45 pm – Science of Funding
The Science of Funding panel provides conversations around the current film financing models from Telefilm, DIY film production and alternatives such as angel investment.
Speaker Bonnie Foley-Wong Impact Investment Advisor, Pollinator, and Founder of Pique Ventures
Speaker John Dippong Director, Industry Promotion – Western Region
Speaker Leah Mallen Twofold Films Inc.
Speaker J Joly CEO, Overactive Media and Cinecoup
Moderator Ted Lao Sauder MBA Graduate
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2:45 pm – Art & Science of Film Selection
The Art and Science of Film Selection and Screening discussion will have the local industry’s top program and festival directors discuss their methodologies for finding and ultimately showing films for both theatrical and digital screens.
Speaker Prem Gill Director, Content at TELUS
Speaker Dorothy Woodend DOXA Festival Program Director
Speaker Tom Charity, VIFF, Director, Industry Promotion – Western Region
Speaker Brady Dahmer, Co-Founder/Producer at Projecting Change Film Festival
Moderator Juan Manuel Sepulveda, Filmmaker
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3:30 pm – Closing Remarks
Angèle Beausoleil Master of Ceremonies
Angèle currently sits on several creative industry boards including the Vancouver International Film Festival, Merging+Media Association, Achilles Media and Canadian Women in Communications. She has spent the last two decades working with traditional and digital agencies, technology companies and consumer brands on identifying market trends, building new products and strategic services — to ensure companies are well positioned for the future — today. Formerly Dare North America’s VP of Innovation and VP of Strategy for Cossette West, she is currently teaching Design Strategies at the Sauder School of Business at UBC and is working on her graduate degree in Applied Innovation.
Angèle has produced numerous industry events, was a judge for Manitoba’s Science and Technology Ministry’s New Media Fund for five years, is a guest faculty member at the Banff New Media Institute, and is an active member of the DigiBC and the Mobile Marketing Association. Angèle also runs a boutique innovation agency (Agent Innovateur Inc.) and is the editor-in-chief for the global Society of Digital Agencies’ trend report (The SoDA Report) and is an industry advisor for UBC’s continuing studies digital media programs.
Brady Dahmer, Co-Founder/Producer at Projecting Change Film Festival
Designer, strategist, social change champion.
As Creative Director for his own Vancouver-based strategic design agency, Brady Dahmer Design (BDD), Brady develops print, web and interactive projects for some of Canada's leading corporate and consumer brands. BDD also supports various non-profits, including Starlight Children's Foundation, Variety the Children's Charity, Speaker's Spotlight, and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. A fixture on Canada's film scene, Brady has produced and marketed 20+ events for the Toronto International Film Festival.
Brady has a history of combining his lifelong passion for film, photography and visual storytelling with his commitment to social causes. In 2006 he created the Toronto fashion photography exhibition Not Fit For Print - an exhibit which auctioned unpublished works by Canada's top industry photographers to benefit the charity Kids Up Front.
Brady hopes that Projecting Change Film Festival will create a legacy of increased community engagement in social and environmental causes.
Katie Schaeffers Executive Director
Entrepreneur-at-heart, strategic thinker, translator, producer, creator, activator – Katie has that unique mix of right-brain creative vision and left brain tactical know-how.
A graduate of McGill University and the London School of Economics, Katie’s experience + travels cross the spectrum from fast-paced political environments to high-end galas to outdoor music festivals. A seasoned event producer and communicator, Katie has produced events and multi-media experiences locally and internationally for over 8 years.
As the Executive Director of the Projecting Change Film Festival she has developed a compelling annual film and speaker program that explores big, bold questions and inspires change in the community. Katie’s specialty lies at the intersection between great ideas and flawless execution. Beyond her work with Projecting Change, she is currently developing projects that support emerging artists, uncover hidden potential, make the City of Vancouver more fun to live in, and inspire dialogue around important issues.
Inspirational Storyteller, Opening Keynote
David is a 1975 BFA graduate of the University of Alberta. He was a founding member of Vancouver's Headlines Theatre (1981) and has been Artistic Director since 1984. David has directed over 500 community-specific projects on issues such as racism, civic engagement, violence, addiction, street youth, intergenerational conflict and homelessness. He has worked throughout Canada, the USA and Europe, as well as in Namibia, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Rwanda, Palestine and Singapore, and has pioneered the development of live, interactive Forum television and web casting. He is the originator of Theatre for Living, a merging of Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, and his own life-long interest in systems theory. Theatre for Living recognizes communities are complexly integrated living organisms and invites them to engage in constructive social change, moving from various forms of violence to respectful engagement. David is the recipient of numerous awards, including the City of Vancouver's Cultural Harmony Award, the Jessie Richardson Award for Innovation in Theatre, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Fraser Valley and the Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre. In 2010 he was honoured to travel with the Governor General of Canada (Michaëlle Jean) as a Canadian Delegate in Africa. He is also a recipient of the Vancouver 2012 Mayor's Arts Award for Community Engaged Art. David is the author of Theatre for Living: the art and science of community-based dialogue, which has a foreword by renowned systems theorist, Fritjof Capra and was honored with the American Alliance of Theatre and Education 2008 Distinguished Book Award. In 2012 the book was published in German by Ibidem under the title Theater zum Leben and is also currently being translated into Spanish.
Benj Binks Director
Having travelled the world for the last 10 years, Director Benj Binks has expanded on his passion for relating stories - through photography, writing, and more recently film. Since 2006, Benj has worked on various film assignments as cameraman, director, and editor whilst pursuing his own projects. He conceived Mongolian Bling in 2007 and is the main creative force in bringing it to life. Benj’s passion and energy are infectious, his communication skills have ensured that the team remained on track, and his culinary prowess meant that no one was hungry on those cold Mongolian nights.
Leah Nelson Co-Founder and Film Director, Giant Ant
Leah runs a storytelling studio in Vancouver that develops and produces content for digital platforms and television. Giant Ant is a young team with shared ideals "to put love in our work, to take risks, and to be part of a studio where everyone has a voice". They are artists, writers, designers, animators, editors, cinematographers, and musicians. Video storytelling is a unique language that Giant Ant speaks fluently through film, animation, music and sound. They partner with brands to translate their stories into compelling, sharable and beautiful content.
Jeff Topham Director
Vancouver based writer, photographer and documentary filmmaker Jeff Topham has fought bugs in the Amazon, ridden camels in Timbuktu, talked African politics with George Clooney, fished with David Suzuki, and tailed William Shatner around a Star Trek convention. He recently directed his first feature length documentary for the Knowledge Network - the award-winning Liberia '77. Other TV credits he's proud of include Eat St. for the Food Channel; the CTV Olympics documentary series The Difference Makers; Carbon Hunters - a documentary for CBC/BBC on carbon offsetting, and the award-winning CBC teen activism series Make Some Noise. A frequent contributor to Westworld magazine, he once spent six months producing TV news in Accra, Ghana with Journalists for Human Rights. Jeff also enjoys surfing, guitars, cheeseburgers, wine gums, and the work of actresses Léa Seydoux and Jessica Chastain.
Colin Browne Professor at SFU Film Studies
Colin's areas of interest include documentary and innovative film production, poetry, writing for the screen, poetics, critical writing, art history, Surrealism, the ceremonial art of the NW Coast and Alaska, opera, fiction, interdisciplinary performance, British Columbia and Canadian film history, documentary film history, archival film and film archives. His films have been invited to national and international festivals. His has been nominated for the Governor-General's Award for Poetry; his recent books include Ground Water, The Shovel and The Properties, all from Talonbooks. He has made films for the NFB, is co-founder of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters and is active in the preservation and conservation of archival film. He serves on the boards of B.C. Film, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Kootenay School of Writing and The Capilano Review. Teaches production, screenwriting, critical writing and courses in Canadian and documentary cinema.
Dana Dansereau Interactive Producer at the NFB
Together with Loc Dao, Dana produced the multi-award winning interactive film, Bear 71. Dana is a Master of Fine Arts graduate from University of Waterloo and was the former creative technologist from Dare Digital and technical director at Fjord Interactive, Cossette's digital group.
Jeremy Mendes Vancouver based artist, film and creative director
Jeremy is a Vancouver based artist with over 10 years experience working on interactive projects. An accomplished art director and illustrator, Jeremy focuses on crafting interactive projects that truly capitalize on his collective experience - requiring an understanding of story, culture, art and design. And importantly, how these elements are conveyed through interactive experiences.
Jen MossProducer/Interactive Writer, Digital Platform
As an interactive writer,Jen works closely with the interactive team at the NFB to ensure that whatever the complex presentation of the digital projects under consideration, the stories at the heart of them remain clear. Jen has worked on a number of NFB Digital Studio projects, including Bear 71, The Loxleys and The War of 1812, and Hyperlocal. Prior to this she worked as a contributing writer for The Vancouver Sun, and Associate Producer and freelance writer broadcaster for CBC Radio in Vancouver.
Moderator: Alana ThorburnWatt Center for Digital Media
In 2012, she received a BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design with a major in Media Arts + Digital Technologies. Currently, she is enrolled in the Masters of Digital Media program at the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver. During her studies at ACAD she co-founded a media production company, Umbrella Pro, which creates media arts that incorporate video, photography, motion graphics and music for industry, education, charities, and the local arts community.
Leah Mallen Twofold Films Inc
Leah Mallen's career and credits span over 15 years, producing award-winning films and television. Her most recent production, Coast Modern, a documentary film is enjoying a successful theatrical, TV and VOD release across Canada and the US. She also recently produced the feature film Camera Shy with director Mark Sawers which has won at numerous festivals and is currently being distributed in the US. She has produced many hours of both dramatic and documentary films which have sold to broadcasters all over the world, including HBO, BBC, ARTE, IFC and Sundance Channel. She has served on the board of the Hot Docs International Film Festival, and was the long-standing the Chair of DOC BC. Last year, she was one of six international producers selected to attend the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam as a Creative Producer. She has recently joined forces with Reunion Pictures where she heads up development of scripted drama.
Bonnie Foley-Wong, CA, CFA
Bonnie is the Chief Investment Innovator and Founder of Pique Ventures, a network of investors committed to a more integrated way of investing. Bonnie has influenced investment decisions as a Chartered Accountant and CFA Charterholder, as an investment banker in London, UK, and as a consultant to social entrepreneurs and impact investors. In 2011, she joined a team at Vancity and implemented a high impact lending and investing program. Bonnie is currently developing a venture fund for women and piloting an angel investor training program with Ogunte, a social innovation development company in the UK. Follow Bonnie on Twitter @BonnieOWong and @Pique_V.
John Dippong Director, Industry Promotion - Western Region
John Dippong is Director of Industry Promotion for the Western Region. He joined Telefilm Canada in 1997 after having been involved in feature film production, film festival organization and programming. He has taken on roles of increasing responsibility since joining Telefilm, including Regional Feature Film Executive, where he was responsible for the Western Region's development and production decisions for the past 12 years. In his current position, John is responsible for identifying and implementing regional strategies, partnerships and special initiatives which respond to Telefilm Canada's corporate and promotional objectives - to stimulate demand for Canadian content and help to build a vibrant audio-visual industry in Western Canada.
J Joly CEO, Overactive Media and Cinecoup
From his first job as an usher at a cinema on a Canadian base in Germany, J has spent two decades working in professionally media, mostly: music, film and television. In 2009 he founded dimeRocker (OverInteractive Media) an award winning digital agency focused on branded gamification and social TV strategies for clients llike the CBC, Disney/ABC, Weinstein Company, Telus and PwC. Industry panels and talks include: Banff WMF, Merging + Media, nextMedia, X-Summit, Digital Dialogues, Petchakucha, Prime Time and SXSW. J. sits on the board of the Vancouver International Film Festival, and as a National Advisor for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Merging + Media & X-Summit. In May 2012 he founded CineCoup that was accelerated and received intial investment GrowLab. The Canadian pilot launched to the public on February 28th with plans to roll out internationally in late 2013.
Moderator: Ted Lao Sauder MBA Graduate
Ted is recent graduate of the MBA program at the University of British Columbia. Before pursuing his MBA, he worked in the film production industry in a variety of roles and later on in visual effects as a Production Manager at a facility in Toronto. Ted recently travelled around Europe while on his MBA exchange program and was the self appointed President of the Gelato club. He is obsessed with INstagram, and is seeking opportunities where he can blend his passions for business and all things media. He has been bitten by an African Lion, swum with great white sharks and been beaten up by Batman.
Prem Gill Director of Content at TELUS
Prem Gill directs the curation of TELUS' Optik TV's video on demand storefront across screens. Additionally, she drives the development and nurturing of innovative, unique local programming initiatives in BC and Alberta for Optik Local, TELUS' contribution to community television.
Prem previously spent almost a decade at CHUM Limited, her last position was as Director of Regulatory Affairs. Prior to that she was Director of Public Affairs and Multi-Cultural Programming at Citytv Vancouver where she supervised the production of local favourites such as CityCooks and CineCity. Prem was also the creator and host of ColourTV. A Vancouver talk show. ColourTV focused on underrepresented Canadian voices and stories. In 2006 Prem received the Special Jury Award from Women in Film and Television Vancouver for her commitment to diversity in Canadian media.
Prem serves on the boards of the Vancouver International Film Festival, The National Screen Institute and Women in View.
Dorothy Woodend DOXA Festival Program Director
Dorothy Woodend is the Director of Programming for DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver. Dorothy has an extensive background in film, arts management and event production. In 1999, she co-founded Eponymous Productions. Since 2004, she has been the film critic for The Tyee in Vancouver. Dorothy's writing has been published in magazines, newspapers and books across Canada and the US, as well as a number of international publications. She has worked with the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Whistler Film Festival, The National Film Board of Canada and is a member of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.
Tom Charity VIFF Vancity Theatre Program Coordinator
Tom has programmed VIFF's Vancity Theatre since March 2010 and combines those duties with his work as a freelance film critic for CNN.com, Lovefilm.com, Sight & Sound and Cinema Scope. He has served on film festival juries at the Vancouver and London film festivals, among others, and was a programming consultant for Critics Week at Cannes. He has also programmed several programs the the British Film Institute's National Film Theatre and South Bank Centre. He is the author of the books "John Cassavetes: Lifeworks", "The Right Stuff", and "50 Greatest Filmmakers", and was a contributing editor to "The Rough Guide to Film" and "Time Out Vancouver". Prior to moving to Vancouver nine years ago he edited the film pages for Time Out London magazine.
Moderator: Juan Manuel Sepulveda Filmmaker
A graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico Film School, Juan Manuel Sepúlveda has being directing and producing documentary films since 2006. BAJO LA TIERRA (Under the Ground), his first short film, received the Ariel Award from the Mexican Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2008, LA FRONTERA INFINITA (The Infinite Border), his debut feature film, was selected to participate in the Berlin International Film Festival, and also won the Joris Ivens Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Cinema du Réel in Paris. He also works as a cinematographer, and in 2010 he worked as a cinematographer on the film AÑO BISIESTO (Leap Year), which won the Caméra d´Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. In 2011 he won the Best Short Documentary Award at the Cinema du Réel Festival in Paris, with the film EXTRAÑO RUMOR DE LA TIERRA CUANDO SE ABRE UN SURCO (The Strange Sound Of The Land Being Opened In A Furrow).