Thursday, April 7, 2011

2011 Worldwide Short Film Festival Symposium - schedule

The Worldwide Short Film Festival has announced the full schedule for its Symposium, the industry sessions that take place during the festival held annually in Toronto.

WSFF is the largest short film festival in North America. In addition to screening about 300 short films of varying lengths in 30+ programs, they run an excellent industry series that is a must attend event for any filmmakers who are in the area. Topics covered include funding, music, editing, cinematography and a master class with the Canadian Film Centre's Actors Conservatory on directing a performance.

The big session that filmmakers won't want to miss is the Who Buys What? panel where a series of broadcasters, distributors and buyers explain what their needs are. They always give useful information and it's a great opportunity to meet some key people who are very approachable.

The panels are $20 each, but you can buy a four-pack for $60 or an all-access pass for $100. Any industry ticket purchase also allows you to enter the Screenplay Giveaway which will award a $70,000 prize package of goods and services to the winning script.

The 17th edition of the Worldwide Short Film Festival runs from May 31 to June 5 in Toronto.

Schedule for the Worldwide Short Film Festival Symposium


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
MASTER CLASS: Directing Performance
Presented By The CFC Actors Conservatory
Join an established director-actor team in a lively and inspiring conversation around how to achieve great performances, their communication and working relationship.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
PANEL: They Shoot! They Score! Music & Film
Presented By Screen Composers Guild of Canada & SOCAN
Hear from working composers and filmmakers on creating the perfect marriage between sight and sound for your film, from both the creative and business perspective.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
POWER HOUR: The Art Of Grant Writing
A grant writing expert and project funders give you the inside scoop on getting the green to make it to the screen.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
POWER HOUR: Sound Design & Film
Presented By Deluxe
Gone are the days of silent film, so why is it that sound so often plays second fiddle when planning a production? Good sound can make (or break) your film. This session will explore how to incorporate sound design early and work effectively with a sound designer.


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
PANEL: The Art Of Cinematography
One of the most important relationships is between a
director and their DOP. Hear from cinematographer-director teams on how they communicate, when their relationship starts and take a look at visual design notes from their prep.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Presented By The National Screen Institute
Learn about short filmmaking opportunities in Canada from NSI’s program managers. Find out how to put your best foot forward and access their funding and mentorship.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
PANEL: Casting & Auditioning
Join established casting directors, agents, directors and
actors as they share tips on how to attract the best cast. Get the most from your actors in the audition room and translate what’s on the page to a stand-out performance.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
POWER HOUR: Telefilm
Telefilm is Canada’s largest film funding body, but accessing that money can be confusing. Learn how and when to approach Telefilm for your first or second low budget feature.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
PANEL: Editors On Editing
Hear from experienced editors who have cut drama, comedy and everything in-between on the decisions they make in dark rooms around pacing, story and character.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
POWER HOUR: CFC Shorts & Features
CFC Features and CFC Film Programs come together to share how you can expand your career from shorts to features. Make the leap in your career and hear how the CFC can support you.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
PANEL: Viral Marketing and the Small Screen
With films like SUPER 8 releasing their trailers first on TwitVid, the future of film marketing is wide open! Discover how you can find your audience through non-linear viral marketing and on the small screen.


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
PANEL: The Programmers’ Den
Filling out a submission form is easy! Actually getting
programmed is another matter. Festival programmers share tips and strategies to help you get your film on the circuit.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
POWER HOUR: Agents & You
Banish the clichés about agents you’ve gotten from watching Entourage; agents can be integral to your success. Learn what an agent can do for you, how they work in Canada, what expectations they have of you and when you should approach one.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
PANEL: Finding Your Audience – Meet The Distributors
If you’re interested in selling your film, this is the place to start. Learn how to best approach domestic and international distributors, find out what they are looking for and what they can do for you and your film.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
POWER HOUR: The Harold Greenberg Fund
Join the Harold Greenberg Fund in exploring the best way to get your script off the page and onto the screen.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
PANEL: World perspective – Italian film
Stories and themes are universal, but getting them made is different everywhere. Meet with Italian filmmakers and learn about film outside of the Canadian sandbox, including funding, collaborations and process.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
POWER HOUR: William F. White
Presented By William F. White
Provider of the most extensive inventory of equipment in the industry, William F. White will discuss how to use their state-of-the-art production equipment and how to make your next film a more eco-friendly production.

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
PANEL: Who Buys What?
Hoping to sell your film, but wondering who’s buying? And for how much? What are the terms? In short: wondering who buys what? Find out here, at our biggest and most popular panel of the festival.


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
PANEL: YouTube – Storytelling & Distribution Platform
Presented By CFC New Media
More than just cat videos and double rainbows, YouTube presents opportunities for interactive storytelling and new models for distribution that give you the power to connect with your audience directly.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
PANEL: Avoid The Paper Cuts – Legal & Film
As a filmmaker you don’t ever want to be in a situation where you or your film are vulnerable; these legal professionals will discuss music rights, E&O insurance, liability production insurance and all the basics to ensure you are dotting your ‘i’s and crossing your ‘t’s.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
POWER HOUR: Self Packaging & First Impressions
You have 30 seconds to impress! Learn the art of self-packaging: what the industry is looking for in your biography, how to write an enticing synopsis and what can be found in a good press kit – all of this on a shoe-string.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
PANEL: Documentary Shorts And Features
Passionate short and feature length doc filmmakers share how they create powerful stories, their challenges and the successes that shape their films.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Bravo!FACT is one of Canada’s premiere short film financiers. Find out how to access funding, and what it’s like to collaborate with Bravo!FACT in this popular session.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Using professional actors can be the difference between
having an audience believe in your film…or not. Find out from ACTRA what programs they have that can help filmmakers of all budget sizes work with the pros.

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