VAFF Industry Panel Series – Financing Your Film Project

Hear from public and private funders about what it takes for filmmakers to get their long form or short form projects made in this invaluable practical session. Find out directly from the source about funding opportunities available and get tips for getting your pitches and grants approved.


Kim Guise
Head of Local Content – Telus Storyhive

Kim Guise is the Head of Local Content at TELUS and the Executive in Charge of Production for TELUS Original Programming and STORYHIVE, overseeing a multi-million dollar portfolio supporting BC and Alberta filmmakers and cultural organizations. Kim is the recipient of the 2018 Women in Film and Television Vancouver Bron Iris award, which is given to a person who has demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of women creators and their screen-based work.


Lauren Davis
Regional Feature Film Executive – Telefilm Canada

As Telefilm Canada’s Regional Feature Film Executive for the Western Region, Lauren Davis is responsible for supporting emerging talent through production and post-production investments in lower-
budget feature films. Lauren joined Telefilm in 1998 after having worked as an independent producer. Over the last 15 years, she has held a number of management positions within the television, feature film and business-process management teams.


Robert Wong
Vice President – Creative BC

As Creative BC’s Vice President, Robert Wong markets British Columbia internationally as a destination of choice for projects and companies seeking a world class creative industries centre in which to do business. He leads the administration of Creative BC’s tax credit and granting programs, balancing attraction of international business with support for BC’s domestic content creators.


Patrice Ramsay
Coordinator of Independent Production – The Knowledge Network

Patrice Ramsay is the Coordinator of Independent Production for British Columbia’s public broadcaster, Knowledge Network. As a member of the programming team she helps bring Knowledge commissions such as Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH, Shut Up and Say Something, This Mountain Life, and Haida Modern to our Knowledge audience. She holds a degree in Business Administration and has received The Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law from York University.


Moderator: Phil Planta

Phil Planta filmmaker. He is producer of ‘Beyond Redemption’, STORYHIVE ‘Akashi’,‘Gong Ju’, ‘The Shipment’, Crazy8s films ‘Gemini’& ‘Parabola, the HGF short ‘In Loving Memory’.

Join us at the VAFF INDUSTRY PARTY the night before to network and mingle with filmmakers, actors, and other industry guests. 

Date: November 8, 2019, Friday
Time: 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Venue: Annex Theatre, 823 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC
Complimentary hors-d’oeuvres and Cash bar.

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