VAFF VIRTUAL Pre Festival Panel 1

  • 60 mins

Getting your Foot in the Door: How to Succeed in The Industry

Date: October 16, 2021 (Saturday)
Time: 11am (PST) | 2:00 pm (EST)
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NOTE: FREE event (Must register to receive the virtual viewing link)*

We are hosting a “Getting your Foot in the Door: How to Succeed in The Industry” in partnership with I.M.P.A.C.T during the I.M.P.A.C.T – 2 Day Magnify CommUNITY SUMMIT Event!  Event producer, Joel Fecht of C21 and Content Canada will give the nuts and bolts of what it takes to get in the door.  This will be followed by Carolyn Wu, a Production Executive at Bell Media with an intro to pitching once you get through the door. Q&A to follow


Joel Fecht, C21 and Content Canada: He is the Director of Sales & New Business at C21’s Canadian division, Content Canada, as well as VP of Sales & New Business for Access Canada, a content industry services company. With 10 years of experience in advertising and 10 years in events, Joel has helped the biggest brands in the industry and independent producers achieve their goals of creating the engaging and entertaining content. He has helped thousands of emerging producers navigate the content industry and make meaningful connections to further their careers.

Carolyn Wu, Bell Media: As a Production Executive in Scripted Original Programming, Carolyn J. Wu (they/them) works with the Development team to develop scripted content for CTV, Crave and the Entertainment Specialty channels of Bell Media. They collaborate with independent production partners, writers, and creatives to develop a slate of scripted projects that are diverse, culturally relevant to Canadians and specific to the programming needs of the individual channels and services.

Carolyn is also a writer, director, editor, and community organizer. Their short film IN MY MOTHER’S CLOSET has screened at NSI Online Short Film Festival and Wicked Queer: Boston LGBT Film Festival. They won Breakthroughs Film Festival’s 2019 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch. From 2015 to 2017, they moved from intern to Acting Senior Producer of Q on CBC Television. Carolyn uses filmmaking to make their bold POV as a Canto transmasc storyteller known, with a focus on intimate relationship dramas and character-driven stories led by QTPOC.


Barbara Lee, VAFF Founder & President: She has spent over twenty-five years as a community advocate for diverse representation and organizer of events to increase the profile and opportunities for Canadian Asian artists in film, television, media and music. She is the founder of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF). Co-founder of the Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM) in its 16th year and founder and producer of the Asians in Movies, Music and Media Summit (AIM3), and the Racial Equity Screen Office (RESO).

Barbara Lee is an independent filmmaker, producer and songwriter in Vancouver. She has worked as a broadcast journalist and has received the regional and national Radio and Television News Directors’ Association (RTNDA) Award for Best Editorial for her work entitled Mother’s Day. She is also the winner of the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada’s Diversity award Pacific/Yukon and her NFB produced documentary BETWEEN THE LAUGHTER aired on CBC and PBS Northwest.  Currently, she is completing her feature documentary SING MY SONG and her horror script.



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