Alberta’s Write Stuff: Books and Screens Line-Up Announced

AMPIA and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta will host a coming together of Calgary/Southern Alberta television, film and digital platform producers with writers and publishers. This is a unique opportunity to further the collaboration of written content with potential screen adaptations and expand Alberta storytelling across multiple platforms.

As we ‘warp’ into the digital world of multi-media content, this workshop will identify new ways to tell and share our stories; create new partnerships and audiences; look at use new business models and; generate new revenue streams.

Industry leaders from multiple disciples will use successful case studies collaborations between ‘book and screens’ to look at new sources of funding and marketing/distribution opportunities. There will also be a fun pitching session designed to match writers with producers of film, television and digital media.

Join us for this initial workshop: Saturday January 28th, from 1pm – 4pm in the Gallery Hall, in the University of Calgary’s new Taylor Family Digital Library.

Registration Fee: $25 for AMPIA and BPAA members, $40 for non-members, $15 for NAIT, SAIT & RDC Students. Registration form HERE

SCHEDULE:

1:00pm            Intro & Overview: BPAA & AMPIA

1:15pm            Cross-over Case Study: How Writers cross over into film and/or TV and what are    the pros, cons and surprises? Filmmaker Gary Burns and author Joel Bakan will discuss their    collaborative process and their experiences turning books into films.

Panelists:        Gary Burns, Radiant City, Waydowntown; Joel Bakan, The Corporation, Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children

2:15pm            Following the Money: A session designed to answer the nagging question asked by writers everywhere – how do I make money doing this? Our panel will guide you through the red tape and hidden mine fields of their respective funding programs.

Moderator:       Shirley Vercruysse, Harrow Films

Panelists:        Jeff Brinton, Alberta Film; John Galway, Harold Greenberg Fund; Val Creighton, Canada Media Fund

3:15pm            Pitch Fest/New Title Showcase: Titles from four (4) writers will be presented/pitched to producers. Each successful applicant will have 3 minutes each to ‘pitch’, followed by 10 minutes of question and answer from film & television professionals. Applicants are required to submit a synopsis of their story ideas for consideration by AMPIA and the BPAA. Fill out attached Pitch Template HERE. Pitches must be submitted by 9:00 am Friday January 27.

Moderators:     Bill Evans (AMPIA) & Lyn Cadence (BPAA)

Panelists:        Shirley Vercruysse, Harrow Films; Joe Novak, Bow River Productions; Randy Bradshaw, Certain Films; Michael Jorgensen, Myth Merchant Films

4:15 – 5:00pm  Reception

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