Opportunities for Short Form Content

Opportunities for Short Form Content

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 11:45am

Whether it is for the digital space or TV, short films have unprecedented funding and distribution opportunities. Our panel of decision-makers will discuss their distribution strategies and financing opportunities for short form content in BC.

Selwyn Jacob
Filmmaker

Selwyn Jacob

Selwyn Jacob joined the NFB's BC & Yukon Studio in 1997, and has gone on to produce almost 50 NFB films. Among his many credits are Crazywater, directed by the Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen; Hue: A Matter of Colour, directed by Vic Sarin; Mighty Jerome, written and directed by Charles Officer; and the digital interactive app for Circa 1948, by Vancouver artist Stan Douglas. His most recent credits include Mina Shum's Ninth Floor, a feature documentary about the infamous Sir George Williams Riot of 1969 that was selected to TIFF's 2015 annual top ten list of best Canadian films. Prior to joining the NFB, Jacob was an independent filmmaker who directed two award -winning NFB releases, Carol’s Mirror, and The Road Taken which won the Canada Award at the 1998 Gemini Awards.

Erica Landrock
Industry Panelist

Erica Landrock

Erica Landrock is the supervising producer at Knowledge Network, overseeing production of 150 short films and a historical documentary mini-series for British Columbia’s sesquicentennial. She is an award-winning producer with credits including the documentary Rise of the eSports Hero, the documentary mini-series Working People: A History of Labour in British Columbia and the mockumentary feature film Sunflower Hour. Erica received her undergraduate degree from Ryerson University’s Radio & Television Arts program and a certificate in Entertainment Administration from the University of British Columbia.

Dana Dansereau
Industry Panelist

Dana Dansereau

Dana Dansereau is an interactive producer for the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio. Overseeing the production and ideation of many of the Studio’s core projects, Dana has helped bring to life innovative works such as Biidaaban: First Light, OK GoogleSeancesCirca 1948Bear71 VR, and War of 1812. With an artistic background and experience as a creative technologist in the advertising industry, Dana brings a unique perspective to the creation of world-leading interactive storytelling experiences.

Shaun Cathcart
Industry Panelist

Shaun Cathcart

Shaun Cathcart is a project manager for TELUS STORYHIVE which offers funding, training, mentorship and distribution opportunities to Alberta and BC content creators. After a director residency at the Canadian Film Centre, Shaun directed episodic television, documentaries and corporate videos. For the past several years, he has specialized in producing, writing and directing motion graphics animation. Prior to film and television production, Shaun worked in the engineering and medical research fields.

Joella Cabalu - Moderator
Industry Panelist

Joella Cabalu - Moderator

Joella Cabalu is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a DOC BC Board Member and more recently, Director of CineFest LIVE at the Vancouver Biennale. She produced the uplifting environmental short documentary FIXED! (2016) which premiered at DOXA 2017 and was awarded an Honourable Mention for Best Short. Her first broadcast documentary It Runs in the Family (2015) toured across North America and abroad, winning Audience Choice Awards at the 2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival and the 2016 Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Her documentaries have been funded and supported by the National Film Board, BravoFACT, CBC Arts, and OUTtv.