In October 2020, Screen Nova Scotia hosted the fourth 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 moved online as we presented a 100% virtual event, with all panels, sessions and 1-2-1 meetings executed via Zoom.
Thank you to our 2020 sponsors: Telefilm Canada, National Bank of Canada, and the Canada Media Fund. This event would not have been possible without their support.
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 included 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 focused on best practices to help producers pivot their pitching skills for a virtual marketplace.
Days Two – Four: 1-2-1 Meetings (Established & Emerging Producers)
Dates: October 27th – 29th, 2020
The main event, with almost 300 1-2-1 pitch meetings taking place between broadcasters, distributors, studio executives, and Nova Scotia film and television producers. New this year, we expanded the event program to include multiple days of pre-scheduled meetings. This provided our local producers with more opportunities to pitch their projects to a wider range of top-level executives.
For a full list of participating delegates, please click HERE.
Producer Applications: applications are now closed.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: 2020’s event included over 296 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings between 31 broadcasters, distributors, and studio executives, and 45 Nova Scotian film and television producers.
“The Nova Scotia Content Market has consistently offered well-packaged projects, represented by Canada’s best storytellers.” — Brian Nitzkin, SVP, Business Affairs, Myriad Pictures (LA, USA)
“The Nova Scotia Content Market is a wonderful place to connect with established and emerging talent from the region. The virtual event was really well run, with a great mix of participants at different levels.” — Hilary Hart, Director, Acquisitions & Distribution, Game Theory Films (ON, Canada)
“The Nova Scotia Content Market continues to do a great job connecting Nova Scotia creators and filmmakers with the world, even in the middle of a global pandemic.” — Michael Amo, Producer / Showrunner, Two East Productions (N.S.)
“Having a genuine TV market in our region is essential in developing new content for broadcasters. It allows producers like myself to test new ideas, discover co-production possibilities, and get more personal time with big decision makers. I am so grateful that Screen Nova Scotia has been able to introduce and expand such an incredible industry event.” — Caley MacLennan, Producer, Ocean Entertainment / Alright Pictures (N.S.)
“The Nova Scotia Content Market is absolutely an essential entry point for east coast filmmakers to get access to folks in Central Canada and the USA. It’s a great entry market for junior and senior producers alike — intimate and constructive.” — Noah Segal, Co-President, Elevation Pictures (ON, Canada)
“The Nova Scotia Content Market is essential for the continued growth of the screen industry in Nova Scotia.” — Doug Pettigrew, Producer, Emotion Pictures (N.S.)
“The Nova Scotia Content Market is truly an impactful event that helped connect us with a wide variety of filmmakers and projects from the east coast.” — Robin Smith, CEO, Blue Ice Docs / KinoSmith (ON, Canada)
“The Screen Nova Scotia team did a magnificent job arranging this year’s virtual Nova Scotia Content Market. The online meetings were run smoothly and professionally, and the delegates that were brought in for the market were top notch. We feel very fortunate to have a team at SNS who understand the industry and the important players.” — Jessica Brown, Producer, Peep Media (N.S.)
Questions: If you have any questions, please contact Tara at email@example.com / 902-229-1499.