In October 2019, Screen Nova Scotia hosted the third annual Nova Scotia Content Market, an industry event for emerging and established producers in Nova Scotia to meet with influential Canadian and U.S. broadcasters, distributors and studio executives. This market provides Nova Scotia producers with direct access to industry gatekeepers at the national and international level, across all genres.
Due to the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, this year’s Nova Scotia Content Market will go online as we present a 100% virtual event. While the outline of the market will remain mostly the same, the sessions, panels, and 1-2-1 pitch meetings will all be executed via virtual conference technology.
Day One: Pitch Training (Emerging Producers)
Date: October 19th, 2020
As part of Screen Nova Scotia’s mandate to provide professional development initiatives, this training day for emerging producers will include online info sessions hosted by national funding agencies (Telefilm and the Canada Media Fund) along with a virtual interactive pitch workshop, hosted by international industry consultant, Jan Miller, which will focus on best practices to help producers pivot their pitching skills for a virtual marketplace.
Please note that participation on this day is mandatory for emerging producers who wish to take meetings during the market.
Days Two – Four: 1-2-1 Meetings (Established & Emerging Producers)
Dates: October 27th – 29th, 2020
The main event, with over 200 1-2-1 meetings taking place between broadcasters, distributors, studio executives, and Nova Scotia film and television producers. New this year, we’re expanding the event program to include multiple days of pre-scheduled meetings. This will provide our local producers with more opportunities to pitch their projects to a wider range of top-level executives.
Please note that we’re still in the process of confirming resource delegates, but current participating companies include: AMC Networks, Attraction Distribution, Bell Media, Blue Ant Media, CBC, Corus Entertainment, Discovery Canada, Elevation Pictures, eOne, Game Theory Films, Gunpowder & Sky, Hallmark, IFC Films, KinoSmith / Blue Ice Docs, levelFILM, Mongrel Media, Myriad Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Participant Media, Raven Banner Entertainment, Rogers, and SuperChannel.
Producer Applications: we are now accepting applications from both emerging and established producers. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 2nd, 2020. Due to tight timelines, late applications will not be accepted. Please read below for eligibility criteria and application requirements.
This year, we will be waiving all producer fees for the market.
After being selected, producers will receive a list of all attending resource delegates and make their top meeting selections which will then be scheduled by the SNS team based on information provided in producer applications and resource delegate availability over the three days. Please note that we do our very best to schedule each producer’s top meeting picks but can not guarantee specific meetings, especially with highly requested delegates and those with limited availability.
Meetings will be facilitated via Zoom, so please ensure that you have access to the program in advance of your meetings.
1.) Emerging Producers
1.) Must have a full producer credit on a film that has been selected by a recognized festival within the past two years (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.
2.) Must have a project currently in development.
3.) 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.
4.) Must be a Screen Nova Scotia Producer Member in good standing (for information on membership, click HERE)
Application: Emerging producer applicants must submit ALL the following information electronically in a one sheet (.PDF file) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title: Emerging Producer Application Form. Emerging producers who were selected in 2019 may reapply for this year’s market, but with a different project.
1.) Resume/bio of applicant.
2.) Briefly identify the steps you will take to advance your career as a producer in the next year.
3.) A project short synopsis (50-60 words) and long synopsis (350-400 words).
4.) 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.
5.) The project genre (e.g. drama, documentary, comedy) and format (e.g. film, TV, short form, long form, web series, digital).
6.) Any partners/funders attached to the project and a proposed financing structure.
Fee: There is no fee this year for emerging producers.
Please Note: Emerging producers will be selected based on specific criteria and through a competitive application process. Applications will be evaluated and selected by an independent committee comprised of experienced and respected members of the national screen industry.
2.) Established Producers
1.) Must have a minimum of two full producer credits on completed productions within the last five (5) years of the following nature:
a. Television one-off production with a minimum broadcast length of 30 minutes
b. Television series production
c. Feature film that received financing from Telefilm Canada, Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia or NSBI AND/OR had a budget of $1 million or greater
d. Digital media production that received funding from the Canada Media Fund, Bell Fund, Independent Production Fund, Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia, or NSBI AND/OR has achieved distribution on a reputable nationally recognized platform.
2.) Must have at least one project in development.
3.) Must be a Screen Nova Scotia Producer Member in good standing (for information on membership, click HERE).
Application: Established Producers applicants must submit the following information electronically in a one sheet (.PDF file) via email to email@example.com with the title: Established Producer Application Form.
1.) Resume/bio of applicant
2.) Full list of credits to date (IMDb links are acceptable)
3.) What was the budget range of your most recent completed project?
4.) What is the budget range of the project(s) on your current slate?
5.) 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?
6.) Please briefly outline what objectives you hope to achieve at this event.
Fee: There is no fee this year for established producers.
Second Delegates: If an established producer wishes to include a second delegate (director/writer) in their 1-2-1 meetings, please include this in your application so we can approve and ensure our resource delegates are aware of who they will be meeting with. The second delegate must also be a member of Screen Nova Scotia.
Please Note: If the producer meets criteria and submits all the requested application materials, they will automatically qualify for the pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings. However, Screen Nova Scotia can not guarantee the number of meetings that will be scheduled for each producer.
Success Stories: 2019’s event included over 230 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings between 19 broadcasters, distributors, and studio executives, and 42 Nova Scotian film and television producers.
“Screen Nova Scotia does more than just encourage content creators to make their film and television projects within their province; they truly support filmmakers, both homegrown and externally. When we are searching for projects to produce and develop, we will now look to Nova Scotia as a viable option to make that happen.” – Brian Nitzkin, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, Myriad Pictures (LA, U.S.)
“The Nova Scotia Content Market is a pitch-perfect event. Incredibly well organized and curated, it allows for truly meaningful time with the local creative community, and it’s the ideal event to foster new relationships while nurturing existing ones.” – Tom Hastings, Director, Original Programming, Drama, Bell Media (ON, Canada)
“The Nova Scotia Content Market is a well-run, highly productive day-long event that provides face-to-face contact with a wide range of Nova Scotia producers — from experienced veterans to the next generation of talent — who bring forth a rich basket of production ideas. It’s a great way to share the latest trends in media and learn about new programming concepts and talent in the province.” – Andrew Johnson, Executive in Charge of Production, Original Content, Factual, Corus Entertainment (ON, Canada)
“The Familiarization Tour at the Nova Scotia Content Market was a fantastic snapshot of Halifax-adjacent filming opportunities for HBO. The Screen Nova Scotia team are spectacular, knowledgeable, and welcoming.” – Sally Harvey, SVP, Production, HBO (LA, USA)
Questions: If you have any questions, please contact Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org / 902-229-1499.