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Depth of Field panel discussion: "No Excuses" - A conversation about film financing

Feb 13, 2014, 8pm-9:30pm

A public panel discussion on feature-length film  financing in Toronto.

There are a vast number of funding options available to Canadian feature filmmakers, yet many government funding bodies seem to be concerned with the idea of regional specificity and national identity when choosing which projects to greenlight. With the rise of the Toronto International Film Festival and the creation of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, there seems to be more of an opportunity for local filmmakers to find an audience, yet English-language Canadian films still make up a very small percentage of our domestic box office.

This panel is designed to bring together these gatekeepers of Canadian culture with local filmmakers in hopes of understanding why certain films are financed by these agencies and to discover what criteria they look for in a project.

We're asking filmmakers to share their ideas, stories and tips on how to make a film on a tight budget, and funding agents for their thoughts on what makes an appealing grant application and how various representations of Canadian identity factor into their decisions.

Panelists:

Moderated by Christopher Heron, co-founder and producer of the video magaine The Seventh Art

Admission is free.

The Toronto Arts Council is an arm's length body that supports the development, accessibility and excellence of the arts in Toronto, offering grants programs to the city's arts organizations and professional artists. These programs, funded through the City of Toronto, invest in a broad range of activities from individual creation and small start-up projects to some of Canada's largest and most renowned arts institutions.

Telefilm Canada's Micro Budget Production Program targets emerging Canadian talent, supporting them in the production and promotion of their first feature-length film, with an emphasis on the use of digital platforms for marketing, distribution and audience engagement. Telefilm supports 8-10 projects through the main component, and up to three projects in the Aboriginal component, with a financial contribution of up to $120,000 per project.

The Seventh Art is an independently produced Toronto-based video magazine about cinema with profiles on aspects of the film industry, video essays and in-depth interviews with filmmakers set in casual environments. 


Location:Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Avenue
Sponsor:Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts
Web Sitehttp://film.finearts.yorku.ca/events
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