Independent Filmmakers Day at TIFF | Raindance Film Festival


[NEW] Independent Filmmakers’ Day @TIFF

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What? Independent Filmmakers’ Day @TIFF
When? Sunday 8th September 2019
10am – 5pm Panel Discussions and masterclasses
5pm – 7pm Live!Ammunition! Pitching Competition
7pm – Raindance Secret Agent Party
11:00pm Carriages

Where? The Windsor Ballroom, The King Edward Hotel, 37 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1E9,
How Much? Day Pass just $100.00 [Day Pass includes Live Ammunition and Secret Agent Party]
* a limited number of free all day passes are available to TIFF Industry Passholders

Want a discount? Become a Member, or log in if you are a member.


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This event produced by: Eric Vollweiler

Join us for a series of seven panel discussions, keynote addresses and debate on a wide range of timely topics of interest to content creators and independent filmmakers at TIFF. The Independent Filmmakers Day is followed by Raindance’s Live!Ammunition! Pitching Compeition at 5pm. Close the day with the Raindance Independent Filmmakers Party from 7pm – 1am.

Come and join us in this entertaining and information-filled day.

All panels are moderated by Corky Kessler voted “Best Entertainment Lawyer in the United States”

1. Development and Art of the Pitch (10:00 am to 10:45 am)

How To Build Your Production Team and Attract Investors

Honnie Korngold – Producer and Director, known for Northern Lights, The Last Prodigy: The EW Korngold Story and Broken for Good.

Suzy Lenet – Branding and Storytelling Consultant for Lightbulb, LLC.

Lisa Munsterhjelm – CEO of At the Helm Productions in Toronto. She is the writer and producer of ‘Faction II: Blooden Gold’ starring Dan Cade (Knightfall, Extinction), Alaina Rochon (A Broken Soul) and Joachim Asboek (Bridge of Spies, Schindler’s List).

Terry Tompkins – Producer/Writer – Eggplant Music and Sound. Emmy Award winning songwriter and producer.

Ash Greyson – Digital Marketing specialist for over 65 films, including Oscar nominated Deepwater Horizon starring Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell.

2. Music in Film (11:00 – 11:45)

How To Transform Your Film Using Music

Charles Garris – Owner of Innovative Recordings. Innovative Recordings is a production company with over 20 years of experience creating compelling music and video productions.

Caron Nightingale – Director of Sales for APM Music/Canada and President/CEO of Nightingale Music, Caron has over 35 years of experience in the music industry; including: producing, supervising, licensing and publishing with thousands of worldwide placements including Handmaids Tale, 2 Broke girls, Deadpool, Nintendo and many more.

Darice G – CEO of Synapse Publishing and Entertainment LLC who creates original music and lyrics for film/media w staff composers Andrew Salgado & Adam Mackintosh whose co-writers include Kacey Musgraves, Brian Wilson, Darryl Worley, Jim ‘Moose’ Brown, Kirsti Manna, Jackson Brown, James, Hall and pAtmAcdonald & others.

Steve D’Angelo – Eggplant Music and Sound. Emmy Award winning songwriter and producer.

Heather Gardner – Head of Music Supervision + Licensing at Vapor Music. Award-winning creative directors, composers, engineers, and sound designers – covering every facet of audio, including original composition, music licensing, sound design, radio, voice casting, voice direction, audio branding, and extended realities.

3. Film Funding (12:00 pm to 12:45 pm)

How to Attract Funding To Your Film

Marc Gold – is an in-demand entertainment executive and producer of Fresh Cats Productions and currently oversees development, marketing, and finance for high quality independent films ranging from 500k to 15 million dollars.

Asjad Nazir – CEO of Dionysus Studios – a Blockchain platform that will fund TV and film projects around the globe. Writers will be able to submit their screenplays to the platform where producers can make deals with them for the right to produce it.

Dave Conlon – Partner and CFO of Eggplant Music and Sound – Award winning Post-Production House.

Ping Jiang – CEO of Yellow Mountain Studios. YMStudios is a cutting edge multi-function film production facility located in Tianjin Eco-city, China. Specializes as the animation studio for James Cameron.

Michael Slifkin – Founder & Partner of Archstone Distribution. Archstone has a worldwide output deal with Sony Pictures to handle all of their home entertainment and ancillary rights. Archstone is currently acquiring 20 to 25 films a year to fill their pipeline with Sony.

Gerald Louis is the founder and owner of, Ploutous Equity Fund (PEF) a private international investment firm based in Dallas specializing in sports and entertainment. Founded this year Louis has already represented over 25 million in film investments.

4. Distribution and Sales (1:15-2:00 pm)

How To Find The Best Film Distribution Partner

Tom Malloy – CEO of Glass House Distribution. Glass House Distribution is an international distribution company specializing in feature films and television. Glass House’s original series Dropping the Soap won an Emmy for Star Jane Lynch, for Best Actress in a web series or comedy.

Tamara Bell – VP of Acquisitions of Koan Inc. – Experienced Distributor of Feature Films and TV. Have collaborated with HBO, Disney, and Showtime.

Scott Martin – Founder & Partner of Archstone Distribution. Archstone has a worldwide output deal with Sony Pictures to andle all of their home entertainment and ancillary rights. Archstone is currently acquiring 20 to 25 films a year to fill their pipeline with Sony.

Bill Straus – Producer for the acclaimed box office smash, Straight Outta Compton.

5. Women in Film (2:15-3:00 pm)

Discussing Current Issues Affecting Women in Film

Noemi Weis  Famed Documentarian who was invited to present her documentary at the Vatican. She met with Pope Francis, who expressed his support.

Jennifer Wallace – Made by an award-winning filmmaking team, WHO DO WE HAVE HERE?, is a feature-length documentary following director Jennifer Wallace and her search to find a true sense of belonging and community.

Vanessa Meadows – An American Actress who has starred in over 50 Films and Theatre Productions.

Candice McHugh – Senior Producer for Music and Sound – Award winning Post-Production House.

e. Nancy Peutz – President of Tennessee Women in Film

6. How To Make Your Film (Screenplay and Beyond) (3:15 pm to 4:00 pm)

How To Get Your Film On the Big Screen

Robert Deege – Producer of 14 feature films.

Rudy Langlais – Executive Producer of The Hurricane with Denzel Washington

Adam Fisher – Armed with a background in production and finance, Adam runs the day-to-day operations of Complete Production Group’s (CPG’s) West Coast office in Los Angeles where he currently serves as the companies President & Managing Partner.

David Rubenstein – Entertainment Attorney and Managing Partner of Rubenstein Business Law.

7. International Productions (4:15 pm to 5:00 pm)

How To Increase Your Audience Internationally

Alexandra Hoesdorff – Producer of 15 Feature Films.

Robert Menzies – Producer of 40+ films including “The House at the End of the Street”, starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence.

Lilliana Kawase – Producer LRK Film Productions specializing in Feature Films in Brazil.

d. Suzanne Lyons – Award Winning Producer of 13 Films.

e. Jacintha de Norbrega – Owner of Arclight Productions Producing TV and Film in South Africa.

8. Live!Ammunition! Pitching Competition (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm)

This is it! Your chance to pitch your idea to a panel of industry professionals – they are the people who matter. They are the ones who decide which films get made and which films get shown in cinema and on TV.

Drop a fiver in the hat and you have 2 minutes to convince the panel to read your script or fund your film.

At the end, the panel chooses the best pitch of the night and the winner gets all the fivers

* This event is FREE

  • to all attendees of this event,
  • to Members of Raindance
  • to TIFF Industry Pass Holders.

Details of current panelists and and to book: Live!Ammunition! Pitching Compeition

8. Raindance “Secret Agent”  Filmmakers Party (7:00 pm – 1:00 am)

Close off the Independent filmmakers Day at TIFF in style!

Imagine this! A room filled with independent filmmakers, screenwriters coupled with producers and agents. everyone is pitching like mad! You’ll only know if you have pitched an agent or producer if they like your script and give you a drinks token!

* This event is FREE

  • to all attendees of this event,
  • to Members of Raindance
  • to TIFF Industry Pass Holders.

*Dress code: To Party
Details and to book: Secret Agent Party

About Rubenstein Business Law

Rubenstein Business Law is an Entertainment and Business Law Firm. By offering a global perspective to handle all the problems your film or business would face, Rubenstein Business Law sets itself apart from the competition to add value to your film or business.

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10 reviews for


[NEW] Independent Filmmakers’ Day @TIFF

  1. Shaawen E. Thunderbird

    The presentations were great and quite useful. Making business contacts, however, does not seem to be. Try to make contacts… no one calls back… or emails back. Beer promises. I wish it were not so. So what’s the point?

  2. Imbi Kannel

    I would prefer classroom type tables instead of the big round ones.

  3. eric (verified owner)

    I found the filmmakers day incredibly informative and a great place to network and meet like-minded film contacts. Overall the day and a great pace and covered a variety of relevant topics in the entertainment industry.

  4. P.S

    It was a great event! Very informative and a lot of insight into what film makers look for in a good script and what investors seek, which is all about numbers to them. It was also interesting to learn about music contracts and rights as an artist.

  5. Keith Berry

    Hi there. My friend and I enjoyed the event, but there could be improvements. For the sake of time I’ve made them point-form.

    – remove the law firm from the name badges (stickers), at the start of the night, attendees thought I worked for the firm; I’d suggest you pre-print attendees name, profession/company on the stickers in advance so they’re easier to read and one can quickly see what exactly everyone does

    – the initial waiting area was cramped and stuffy; get the main area open quickly so there is room to move

    – the microphone/speaker system made it hard to hear those trying to make announcements/announce raffle winners

    – there were issues with the debit/credit machine at the start so people had to use cash or an ATM to buy drinks

    – drink tokens were a pain to buy as there was only one small table selling them (see above), provide a cash bar or an easy way to pay with debit or credit

    Lastly, if there were “secret agents”, we never found any and talked to dozens of people. Have an ability to actually pitch people or not. Like speed-dating maybe? I get it was a way to get people talking to each other, but we really we were there to meet possible producers.


  6. Elaine Stirling (verified owner)

    Elliot, that was, without exaggeration, the best full day workshop I’ve ever attended in any field. You and Corky made all of us, newbies to seasoned, feel welcome. The events flowed seamlessly. The pitch contest was fabulous, and to top it off with a party–wow! I’m delighted to hear you’ll be back in 2020.

  7. Robert Pelt (verified owner)

    Too much about women in film issues and not enough about filmmaking. Questions to the panel were predictable and not very helpful in general.

  8. Monique

    Great event, a lot of useful information I can use and follow up in the future. I have taken notes throughout the event. Spoke to a lot of people at the after party and interacting with what I do vs what I want to get into. Thank you Raindance and Filmstars for this educational amazing event

  9. Liliana Kawase

    I’m a film executive producer from Brazil but I’m new to the international film
    Industry and all the information I gathered during the presentations is very important for my new learning process. It was a great opportunity to meet and interact with different professionals in the area. The pitching session was very educational. The party was amazing where I could know more people in a relaxed way.

  10. Ucal S.

    The networking at the ‘Secret Agent’ Mixer Party was the only good part; making contacts and connections, some of which replied.
    The event could have been MUCH better if 1) there was food or at least hors d’oeuvres provided – many ppl were complaining and disappointed about the lack of food.
    2) there should have been at least one or two free drink tickets with the ticket entry cost. To have to pay a premium ticket price then pay again a premium drink cost was off putting.
    The venue was nice but I would definitely not go again unless one or both of those changes were implemented.
    3) there also seemed to be very minimal oversight as to who had tickets for the event or who didn’t, people were walking into the Venue freely.

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