GOOD TO GO

Supported by

 

- a closed-door session for screenwriters -

20th FEMALE EYE FILM FESTIVAL, "Always Honest, Not Always Pretty"

THURSDAY, JUNE 09, 2022
10 – 11.30 AM EST

- THE HYATT REGENCY TORONTO -

Good To Go is a vital part of the Script Development program at FeFF. It gives screenwriters an opportunity to discuss their projects in intimate, one-on-one sessions with a roster of stellar industry guests whose areas of expertise include distribution, casting, financing, production, and literary management, among others. It’s like speed dating, only writers are pitching their projects to potential collaborators. This year, screenwriters will have an opportunity to meet industry delegates in person and following this live event, the screenwriters' one sheet will be reviewed by other industry guests who will then follow up with the screenwriters.

Screenwriters:

And A Child Will Lead written by Jamil Akim O'Quinn

Dancing With Plato written by Nahyr Galaz Ruiz

We Good written by Keisha Phoenixx-McLeggon

Opposite Sides written by  Kim Broderick

The Life of a Raindrop written by Kelly Abbott

Media Circus written by Paige K Boudreau

Aqua Tofana written by Kate Lockwood

Cherries written by Matt Sadowski, Amelia Wasserman

Her Giant Self written by Catharine Parker.

  

Industry guests: Byron Martin, Producer; Jinder Chalmers, Creator & Writer, Executive Producer, Diversity Consultant; Meaghan Denomme, Literary Agent at Gary Goddard and Associates (GGA); Sam Schleifer (she/her) Development Executive, Scripted Programming - marblemedia, and Deborah Nathan, Director of Creative at Shaftesbury.

 

Joining us post FeFF: Erin Sharpe, Head of Production, Banger Films; and Leah Mallen, Producer, All In Pictures. 

Facilitated by CK Love and Leslie Ann Coles

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BYRON MARTIN

Producer.

Byron A. Martin is an award-winning producer who develops independent film, television and documentary projects. To date he has produced over 100 hours of television, filming projects in over thirty countries. He has produced projects for Disney, Sony, Universal, Lifetime, Turner, Bell Media, DHX, Great American Country and Crown Media. From THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, LAND OF THE DEAD, RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE (3D) to AMERICAN PIE presents THE NAKED MILE, Byron has a tremendous scale and scope of production experience, producing and managing over $300M.

He has managed productions for some of Hollywood's leading producers. including Jerry Bruckheimer, Sam Raimi, Raffaellla De Laurentis, Laurence Mark, John Singleton, Mark Canton, Lauren Shuler Donner, Dick Wolf,

Ralph Winter and Don Carmody.

In 2021, he was honoured as the Best Canadian Film and TV Production Company by Corporate Vision at their annual Media Innovator Awards. Most recently, his feature project SOMETHING LIKE TRUTH was the

Canadian winner at the 2022 JETS initiative during Berlinale.

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JINDER CHALMERS

Creator & Writer, Executive Producer, Diversity Consultant.

Jinder Oujla-Chalmers of Inner Vision Productions Inc. is a writer, producer, director and facilitator.  Jinder and her privately owned company have been working on Diversity issues in the media sector for over thirty years.  Jinder was instrumental in creating and designing the WGC Bellmedia Screenwriter’s Diversity Program.  Its aim was to engage young screenwriters from diverse backgrounds so that they could further their careers and content by working writer’s room across Canada.  That program saw 225 new screenwriters over a ten -year period, complete it.

Jinder also helped create and design the Bellmedia Diverse Producer’s Program. Their aim was to engage diverse producers so that they could compete in the marketplace.  That program was started by Phil King and Corrie Coe and administered by Karen King.

She was the first board member to help start the Asian Heritage Film Society in Vancouver, BC which gave screen time to all Asian’s films.  She is the past VP of The International Female Eye Festival which gives women a platform to showcase their stories from third world countries.  She created the young industry sessions that helps those voices find distribution in North America.

She has also created and facilitated curriculums for film and television screenwriting programmes for Kingston University, London, UK and at BCIT School of Journalism. She taught and created her course ‘The Manipulation of the Media” for young adults at the King George School of English in Vancouver, BC.

As the writer, director and executive producer of a one-hour documentary, Colour Blind, Jinder was the first Indo-Canadian tackling racial inequality in our high schools throughout Canada.  That documentary went on to receive many accolades and awards and was distributed throughout the world by the NFB. 

Jinder also went on to create and write a one-hour drama series entitled Combat Hospital for CanWest Global Media. She is the 2018 recipient of the FRESH NEW VOICE award for her script ELVIS AND MRS. SINGH. In 2019 she was the recipient of the WGC Sondra Kelly Award for her creation of a four-part mini-series for CBC entitled, Ocean’s Apart-Komagata Maru Incident and many more credits.

She is a published author of the SIKH IMMIGRANT STORY the true story of the first billionaire in Canada who worked in the forest Industry. A historical perspective of South Asians contribution to the forestry economy in Canada.  Jinder continues to push for diversity in all she creates.  She is currently a Board Member of the City of Toronto Film, Television, Digital Media Board and on the Writer’s Guild of Canada Diversity Committee where she is compiling data on the new Inclusion and Equity Report on Diversity on Showrunners and Writing Rooms across Canada.

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MEAGHAN DENOMME

Literary Agent at GGA.

Meaghan Denomme is a Literary Agent at GGA. Based in Toronto, this prestigious boutique agency is well-known as a home for many of Canada’s top Artists. Initially an Assistant in the Playwrights’ Licensing Department, Meaghan accelerated quickly within the company and now also represents Screenwriters, Directors, and Producers. Meaghan began her career in publishing at McClelland & Stewart.

SAM SCHLEIFER

Development Executive, Scripted Programming - marblemedia.

Sam Schleifer is a development executive at marblemedia in scripted programming. Prior to joining marble, she produced an acclaimed YouTube series called Speechless with Carly Fleischmann which included a segment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. 

 

Sam has a Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television from Ryerson University as well as a post-graduate degree in Corporate Communication from Seneca College. Sam has recently returned home to Toronto after living in Los Angeles and Vancouver where she worked with showrunners, writers, and producers on projects such as The Good Doctor, Shut Eye, and Deadpool.

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DEBORAH NATHAN

Executive in Charge of Production at the CBC.

Deborah Nathan joined Shaftesbury following five years as an Executive in Charge of Production at the CBC where she shepherded productions like Diggstown, Fortunate Son and Alias Grace as well as dozens of projects in development.  Deb has been a writer, story editor, producer and consultant in both the U.S. and Canadian television industries.  She has extensive experience in dramatic series and has consulted on TV movies and miniseries such as Book of Negroes (CBC) and Jesus (CBS), as well as feature films like Cairo Time by Ruba Nadda.  Deb has served on WGC and industry juries and has been an instructor in television writing courses at SCS, University of Toronto.

Meet the writers and hear scenes from their screenplays
on FRIDAY, JUNE 10 and SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 9AM - 7:30PM
at Hyatt Regency Hotel Toronto, Studio D

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Welcome to the 20th Edition of the Female Eye Film Festival! Ontario Creates is proud to be a long-time supporter of Female Eye’s professional program – including expert panels, workshops, master classes and networking sessions that support and elevate the voices of female filmmakers in the world of cinema.

Huge congratulations to everyone whose work contributes to the success of Ontario’s creative industries. From music to publishing and, of course, the screen industry – Ontario is home to an incredible wealth of talent that is thriving on the international stage.

On behalf of the Ontario Creates Board and staff, we congratulate all of the featured FeFF filmmakers as well as the festival team who’ve put together another terrific program line-up that champions and showcases women filmmakers to the world.

Wishing everyone a great festival

Karen Thorne-Stone, President and CEO, Ontario Creates.