INDUSTRY PANEL I: LATIN CANADIAN FILM CO-PRODUCTION
Saturday, April 4
Beaver Hall Gallery
29 McCaul Street , Toronto, Ontario
Pay What You Can ($10 suggested donation)
Includes Latin Brunch
Canada is considered one of the most proficient co-production partners, holding co-production treaties with over 55 countries, 13 in Latin America. In the past edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival, Canada brought a delegation of 12 producers with the purpose of securing partnerships with Latin American directors, producers and production companies, demonstrating Canada’s ongoing goal of partnering with the fastest growing national cinemas globally.
As part of aluCine’s mandate, and in celebration of its 15th anniversary, we are hosting a co-production panel that will introduce local filmmakers to how co-production treaties work and how to better use their resources. With a selection of guests from all sectors of the industry we hope to give participants an overview of the requisites and steps to follow for a successful co-production endeavour. We will also explore the importance of co-production markets and how projects are sold in those instances.
CEO of Peripheria, a director driven film Production Company he cofounded with filmmaker Diego Briceno Orduz. Létourneau is the Canadian co-producer of the Colombian film La Playa D.C., directed by Juan Andres Arango. La Playa D.C. was Colombia’s entry to the 86th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film; it premiered at Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival, and was aluCine’s opening night film in 2013.
Lisa Valencia-Svensson is an award-winning documentary film producer based in Toronto who has been involved in the industry for over a decade. Her first feature length documentary was Herman’s House, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award: Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/ Political Documentary. Herman’s House was broadcast on the PBS documentary series POV and on documentary channel in Canada. She associate produced several films, including The World Before Her, which have garnered Emmy nominations and Canadian Screen Awards, have been broadcast internationally, and been screened and won awards at festivals including TIFF, Tribeca, Hot Docs and IDFA. Her passion is for film projects which explore issues of inequality and social justice, and which encourage audiences to view their world through a constructively critical and creatively unique lens.
William Barron is currently Telefilm’s Deputy Director, Business Affairs – English Market where he oversees a team that receives, analyzes and contracts feature film production and post-production projects, in addition to fielding marketing applications for both Canadian release and for international festivals.
Michelle van Beusekom
Michelle van Beusekom is the Interim Director General of English-language production at the National Film Board, Canada’s public producer and distributor. She oversees creative direction, operations and finances for seven production studios from coast to coast. The NFB’s English Program has about 100 projects in production at any given time and releases approximately 45 works annually in its core genres: documentary, animation and interactive projects for new platforms. Through innovative works like Stories We Tell, Subconscious Password or Circa 1948, the NFB’s focus is on exploring the creative intersection between story, form and technology, and tackling subjects with strong social relevance.
Co-Presented by Ontario Latin Arts Festival