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AMPIA Producer Accelerator Program

AMPIA PRODUCER ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
April 8 & 9 | 10am-4pm | 
Red Deer College (100 College Blvd), Red Deer, AB

 

The AMPIA Producer Accelerator Program is an intensive, 2-day course for emerging and mid-level content creators. Over the weekend, you will receive training from established industry professionals on the topics of Story, Funding, Business Affairs, Export & Distribution and Interactive Media/Gaming. 

Day 1: STORY

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Power Narrative: Finding and Creating Great IP, with Michael Jorgensen

Although the world is consuming narrative at unimaginable rate, ‘good’ stories have little chance of getting produced. How can you ensure you’re choosing and developing ‘great’ IP that has the best chance of getting financed?

Storytellers often get side tracked and frustrated by one of the great fallacies of the industry – that choosing and developing stories is largely personal and subjective. So how do you remove the guess work so you can tap into what your audience and customers want quickly and effectively?

Michael Jorgensen will provide participants with powerful storytelling secrets and objective tools he’s shared with fiction and nonfiction producers and network executives for more than two decades.

In This Session Participants Will Learn:

• Why Story? The Human Equation • Finding and securing great IP • IP for a 360 Multi-Platform World
• Creating a personal Green-lighting Process • Genres – knowing what audiences and customers crave
• Premise Development • Story Development • Pitching – Telling not Selling

Michael is an Emmy® award-winning filmmaker and network storytelling consultant in both the fiction and nonfiction genres. As a producer, writer and director, his films have earned him more than 80 international, national and regional awards. He is also the current Vice Chair for AMPIA. 

Day 2: FUNDING & SALES

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Business Affairs with Helen Schmidt & Janet Hamley

The intricacies of business affairs can sometimes be daunting even for the most seasoned producers. This workshop will provide insight into business affairs requirements and best practices.

Topics to be discussed will include: Overview of Business Affairs during development & production
• Financing • Working with Government Funds (Telefilm/CMF, AMF & CAVCO) • Working with Private Funds (Bell Fund, Rogers Group of Funds, etc.) • Financial reports • Interim Financing 


Break Out Session 1: Sales and Export with Dylan Pearce & Scott Westby

Learn from Alberta Industry creators as they share their successes and failures in how to crack the daunting challenge of putting a feature length film together and getting it sold.

Topics to be discussed will include: How to get your project made • Working with Sales Agents and Distributors • What to look for in the international market • Working with the Telefilm Micro Budget program • Who is your market


Break Out Session 2: Funding for Interactive Digital Media & Games, featuring Alex Gault, Dave Chan,  Victor Rubba & Trent Oster

The business of Interactive Digital Content and Games will be explored in this session with three experts from the field.

Topics to be discussed will include: Working with the CMF / AMF / Tax Credits • Working with a Publisher or Bootstrapping it yourself • Crowd-funding and private investment • IP Protection


 

Registration

Registration is now at maximum capacity. Please email info@ampia.org to be placed on a waiting list and we will notify you of any cancellations. 


Accommodations

We encourage delegates to stay for the entire weekend. Discounts are available at the Holiday Inn Express for $94.99 + taxes. Breakfast is included.

Book your room here.

 

The Producer Accelerator Program is presented by AMPIA with the support of the Government of Alberta, in partnership with Telefilm Canada and TELUS.