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BROADCASTER & DISTRIBUTOR FORUM

On Monday, November 20th, Screen Nova Scotia hosted their first annual Broadcaster & Distributor Forum, a two-day event for emerging and established producers in Nova Scotia to meet with influential Canadian and US broadcasters and distributors. Formerly managed by Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia, this event provided Nova Scotia producers with direct access to industry gatekeepers at the national and international level, across all genres. Changes to this year’s event include the inclusion of emerging producers and the number of broadcasters and distributors in attendance.

As part of Screen Nova Scotia’s mandate to provide professional development initiatives, day one of the Forum (November 15th) was for emerging producers, who participated in a full day of information sessions and training programs (emerging producers were selected by a committee comprised of experienced and respected members of the screen industry, based on the projects they applied with and the delegates in attendance). Day one included an four-hour interactive pitch workshop by international consultant Jan Miller, and funding info sessions with Telefilm Canada and the National Screen Institute.

Day two (November 20th) saw more than 200 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings take place between broadcasters, distributors and producers. All events were at full capacity, and the high-level delegates in attendance included: AMC, Bell Media, CBC Drama, CBC Comedy, CBC Docs, D Films, Discovery Networks, eOne Television, Filmatique, IFC Films, New Form Digital, Pacific Northwest Pictures, Raven Banner Releasing / Northern Banner Releasing, Super Channel, SundanceTV, and VICE Media.

This event was made possible thanks to support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Province of Nova Scotia.

A full list of broadcasters and distributors who attended the 2017 event be found HERE. 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

There is no fee to apply to or participate in the forum but the applicant must be a Producer Member of Screen Nova Scotia. Any questions? Contact Tara McClair, Operations & Communications Manager, at tara@screennovascotia.com / (902) 229-1499.

Emerging Producers

Criteria: 

  • Must have a full producer credit on a film that has been selected by a recognized festival within the past year (short films are included) or have a full producer credit on a television series / one-off production with a minimum broadcast length of 30 minutes.
  • Must have a project currently in development.
  • Other equivalent experience will be considered an asset (e.g. sponsored training initiatives such as AFCOOP’s Film 5 Program, National Screen Institute, Canadian Film Centre Producers Lab, CMPA / Telefilm Producer Mentorship programs, etc.) Please identify this experience in your application.
  • Please briefly identify the steps you will take to advance your career as a producer in the next year.
  • Must be a Screen Nova Scotia Producer Member (for information on membership, click HERE)

Application Form: Emerging Producer Applicants must submit the following in a one sheet.

  • Resume/bio of applicant
  • A project short synopsis (50-60 words) and long synopsis (350-400 words)
  • Project status (e.g. in development, treatment, first draft etc.) Priority will be given to producers with projects that are in later stages of development.
  • The project genre (e.g. drama, documentary, comedy) and format (e.g. film, TV, short form, long form, web series, digital)
  • Any partners/funders attached to the project and a proposed financing structure

Please submit your one sheet via email to info@screennovascotia.com with the title: Emerging Producer Application Form.

PLEASE NOTE: Emerging Producer applicants will be selected by a committee comprised of experienced and respected members of the screen industry.


Established Producers

Criteria:

  • Must have a minimum of two full producer credits on completed productions within the last five (5) years of the following nature:
    • Television one-off production with a minimum broadcast length of 30 minutes
    • Television series production
    • Feature film that a) received financing from Telefilm Canada, Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia or NSBI or b) had a budget of $1 million or greater
    • Digital media production that a) received funding from the Canada Media Fund, Bell Fund, Independent Production Fund, Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia, or  NSBI or b) had significant marketplace exposure and/or reputable market partners
  • Must have at least one project in development
  • Must be a Screen Nova Scotia Producer Member (for information on membership, click HERE)

Application Form: Established Producers must submit the following in a one sheet.

  • Resume/bio of applicant
  • Full list of credits to date (IMDb links are acceptable)
  • What is the budget range of the project(s) on your current slate?
  • What is the genre (e.g. drama, documentary, comedy, kids) and format (e.g. film, television, short form, long form, web series, digital) of the project(s) on your current slate?
  • Please briefly outline what objectives you hope to achieve at this event.

Please submit your one sheet via email to info@screennovascotia.com with the title: Established Producer Application Form. Please note: if the producer meets criteria, they will automatically qualify for the pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings.