Space is Filling Up for Festival Pitch Sessions

Reserve a Spot Now and Sell Your Ideas!

Don’t pass up this amazing opportunity to pitch your film and media ideas to a stellar panel of professionals at the festival. A pitch session is a one-on-one non-public session that is conducted in an open room in a “speed dating” style. You may book one-on-one 10 minute pitching sessions and pitch your project directly to the leading film industry professionals introduced below.

Friday, March 9, 2012 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Milano Espresso Lounge Gastown

36 Powell Street, Vancouver BC

WIFTV Members $10 + hst | Regular Rate $15 + hst To reserve click here.


Please ensure that the person who you are pitching to relates to your project. Before signing up, do your research ahead of time, both on the company you are interested in pitching to and on the pitch professional personally, to see if it’s a good fit.


For full profiles on the companies and their experts, please click on their names to go to the Women in Film Vancouver website.


The NFB is interested in Documentary, Digital stories (see and Auteur Animation (no TV animated series).

Tracey Friesen joined the National Film Board of Canada as producer almost 11 years ago and in 2007 became executive producer at the Pacific & Yukon Centre, which is now relocated in the landmark Woodward’s district. In this capacity, she works with the independent community to create innovative and socially relevant documentaries, animation and original digital content.

Jen Moss joined the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio in Vancouver in 2011, after working as a freelance writer on a number of their digital projects. At the NFB Jen works closely with the interactive team to ensure that whatever the complex presentation of the digital projects under consideration, the stories at the heart of them remain clear.


Super Channel is interested in Comedy Series, Documentary, Feature Film, Reality Show, and Scripted TV.

 Maureen Levitt joined Super Channel, Canada’s only national English Pay TV service, at its inception in 2007. As Creative Development Executive she works with the independent production community in Western Canada and the Territories to develop their feature length films and documentaries intended for theatrical release.


Tim Brown photo

Joker Films is interested in receiving pitches for Feature Films. In July 2009, Tim Brown  founded Joker Films from the basement of his home in North Vancouver. Although the company was new to the global production/distribution landscape Tim was not. In his first 24 months since founding Joker Films Tim has Executive Produced over 11 films. In addition, Tim is currently producing 2 feature films.


Media Capital Group provides specialized lending solutions to the Media and Entertainment sector. Their extensive network of relationships and collective knowledge has positioned Media Capital Group as a leader in our sector. Ross Mrazek, Managing Director is looking for high quality producers with film and television productions requiring interim financing against tax credits, broadcast license agreements and/or distribution agreements. Ross has proven experience in evaluating and providing senior and subordinated debt, corporate finance and advisory services and interim production financing for film and television.  Their clients include a wide variety of independent film and television producers.


Telefilm will only be accepting Feature Film proposals for all genres (drama, comedy, horror etc.) Bill Hurst has been with Telefilm Canada for 19 years as a Content Analyst where he has contributed to funding decisions mainly by evaluating the creative aspects of feature film projects, both in development and production. He also served as Interim Regional Feature Film Executive during a period in 2011. His background is as a writer and story editor.


Omni Film’s unscripted department develops and produces factual and lifestyle television series in a variety of genres as well as documentaries. We tend not to develop series for teens or children. They do not produce feature films nor animation. For more info please see  In her role as Development Manager for Omni Film Productions, Corinna Hagel supports the Partners and the scripted and unscripted departments in the development of factual and lifestyle series, documentaries and scripted drama and comedy for television. This includes reviewing pitches, collaborating on developing new show ideas, strategy and research support for new projects, developing and designing pitch materials, and providing corporate and production publicity and marketing support.

Breaking Through the Celluloid Ceiling

Women in Film collaborate with The Sundance Institute

A recent collaboration between The Sundance Institute and Associate Institute Women In Film (LA) was designed to promote female filmmakers by tracking female filmmakers showing their work at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Their intention is to use the data to increase women’s presence in all areas of filmmaking.

Still from the Sundance Film Festival

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. Photo Credits: Stephanie Matthews

On Tuesday, January 24, 2011 a panel discussion titled: Tomorrow Starts Here: Raising Female Voices Through Technology and Creativity, was held featuring distinguished directors and artists.

The aim of the project is to “initiate a real hard look at why this constant lack of parity seems to exist in terms of the amount of women working in film and media and the amount of men,” said Cathy Shulman, president of Women in Film International. “What does it really mean and why is it happening, and instead of talking about it every year as a fact, start to see if we could be part of a solution.”

VWIFF’s press release states: “Today, more than ever, women behind the lens are playing a significant role in the film industry; however, in contrast to their male counter-parts, women still face the challenge to receive recognition for their films. According to Telefilm Canada’s 2010 report on the state of women in the Canadian Feature Film Industry, women professionals report they are disadvantaged with respect to visibility at Canadian film festivals.” 

Telefilm report author Marilyn Burgess concludes: “We have also seen that women may be negatively impacted in their career development by a lack of access to professional networks, fewer opportunities for on-the-job training, lesser visibility at film festivals, that family obligations may play a greater role in the unfolding of women’s careers than men’s, and that social attitudes towards women supported by cultural representations work against them in the workplace, undermining their credibility and making it difficult to attain roles of leadership.”

Burgess also suggests that “Project-based analysis of box office outcomes by gender is interesting in that it may be instrumental in dispelling myths and negative attitudes towards women that keep them out of key creative positions.”

Keri Putnam, Sundance Institute president

“Keri Putnam, president of the Sundance Institute, said the organizations were motivated by statistics that show that only 5 percent of the top 250 films last year were directed by women. That figure hasn’t changed since 1998. Female filmmakers are better represented at Sundance, where 27 percent of the films presented were made by women,” writes AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. For her full article, click here.

Film producer Susan Cartsonis

WIF Foundation Chair and successful producer Susan Cartsonis writes in Vitamin W that while only 16 per cent of films are made with women audiences in mind, fully half the ticket buying public is female. She states: “Here’s what I know in my bones: Women have a need to hear their stories told in an authentic way. And they’re also interested in the inner lives of men. I know because I’m an audience member as well as a movie-maker and there are too many Friday nights when I feel that there’s nothing I really want to see. Nothing that speaks to me personally. And if a movie is made that speaks to me, my friends and I throw a party and go en masse!”

 Title	Corpo Celeste Year	2012 Program	Sundance Film Festival Category	Spotlight Director	Alice Rohrwacher Credits	Film Movement

Corpo Celeste, from Director Alice Rohrwacher, Photo Credits: Film Movement

Who better to know what women want to see, and how they want it portrayed, than female filmmakers? Cartsonis also states: “There are many reasons why there’s a dearth of movies made for women: it has to do with how women are treated in the business in the boardroom, the pressures and logistics of the business, and “conventional wisdom” as opposed to facts and the reality of the changing audience landscape.”

By tracking the progress and challenges of female filmmakers participating in Sundance programs this year, the Sundance Institute and Women In Film hope to discover the why women filmmakers still face extraordinary challenges competing in the film and television industry, and identify ways to make change happen.

“We’re going to get real-life data,” Shulman said, “and we are going to formulate a vision ultimately to support, within the scope of both institutes, programs this challenge to change these, at this point, boring lack of positive statistics and make a difference.”

For the full press release on the initiative, click here.