Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION) is pleased to partner with Cinéfest Sudbury once again to deliver Cinema Summit, a free ancillary event that occurs throughout the week of Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival for filmmakers, media arts students, film crew, film industry members, and/or cinephiles. Cinema Summit includes live panels, music showcases, and a selection of film screenings from the 2022 Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival lineup.

To access this year’s events and festivities, apply for Cinema Summit accreditation today!

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Film and Television Panels

Available in person and virtually!

Film and Television Career Paths in Northern Ontario

Wednesday, September 21 at noon

Are you new to the film and television industry, or an established professional looking to take the next step? Join representatives of key industry unions as they share their experiences working on sets, and detail how to start a career or move further up in a growing industry.

    Panelists:
  • Micheline Blais,
    Producer/Casting Director
    Cast North
  • Scott Thom
    Assistant Business Agent Film
    IATSE Local 634
  • Jennifer Kiefaber
    Production Field Representative
    Directors Guild of Canada - Ontario
  • Peter Mihaichuk
    Art Director/Production Designer

From Horror to Holidays: Genre Filmmaking in Canada

Wednesday, September 21 at 4:00 p.m.

Within well-established genres including horror, holiday, sci-fi, and more, filmmakers throughout Canada – including Northern Ontario – leverage our nation’s diverse industrial landscapes, historical buildings, and natural vistas to craft stories that connect with audiences around the world. Learn why productions are sourcing scripts fit for national backdrops in this discussion that examines genre filmmaking.

    Panelists:
  • Andrew Thomas Hunt
    Producer/Writer/Director
    The Breach
  • Peter Mihaichuk
    Art Director/Production Designer
  • Micheline Blais
    Producer/Casting Director
    Cast North
  • Mark Kowalsky
    Production Designer/Art Department
    Zombie Town
    Moderator:
  • Thom Ernst
    Film Critic/Writer/Broadcaster

Innovative Approaches to Funding Your Project

Thursday, September 22 at noon

By sharing success stories from Northern Ontario’s film and television production industry, breaking down some of the essentials you need to know to secure funding for upcoming projects, and offering practices to manage cash flow through production and beyond, this panel addresses why productions continue to look North.

      Panelists:
  • Carolyn Allain
    Senior Account Manager
    National Bank
  • Melissa Gainer
    Program Coordinator
    Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
  • Anna Newallo
    Program Consultant – Film and Television
    Ontario Creates

Revitalizing the Industry Landscape: Green Action & Filmmaking

Thursday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Join this panel to learn how filmmakers are monitoring and reducing the carbon footprint of their projects through sustainable on-set management. Panelists will discuss the Ontario Green Screen, a collaborative initiative that offers innovative tools and training resources to promote sustainable film and television production practices in our province.

    Panelists:
  • Chris Dunn
    Production Consultant - Film Initiatives
    Ontario Creates
  • Steve Belford
    Producer/Director/Actor
    Becoming Tom Thomson
  • David Hardy
    Vice President, Sustainability & Stakeholder Affairs
    William F. White International Inc.
  • Leaticia Kaggwa
    Environmental Sustainability Lead
    CBC

From Adaptation to Completion: We're All in This Together Case Study

Thursday, September 22 at 4:00 p.m.

What does it take to see a film project from conception to completion? Join director, writer, producer, and lead actress Katie Boland, along with producers Jim Sternberg, Paula Brancati and composer Michael Boland, as they dissect the events that lead to the feature drama, We’re All in This Together – a narrative with roots in Amy Jones’ 2016 novel of the same name.

    Panelists
  • Katie Boland
    Director/Actress/Writer
    We’re All in This Together
  • Jim Sternberg
    Producer
    We’re All in This Together
  • Paula Brancati
    Producer
    We’re All in This Together
  • Michael Boland
    Composer
    We’re All in This Together
    Moderator:
  • Thom Ernst
    Film Critic/Writer/Broadcaster

Authentic Narratives: Practicing Honest Filmmaking

Saturday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Learn how industry leaders are furthering genuine, honest, and respectful representation in filmmaking as they share best practices toward authentic storytelling. Distancing film and television productions from harmful stereotypes, this panel examines current methods that promote nuanced and creatively strong on-screen narratives through the lens of representation in filmmaking.

    Panelists
  • Lenin M. Sivam
    Director/Writer
    The Protector
  • Kyle Schmalenberg
    Producer/Director/Writer
    Braided Together
  • Laura Friedmann
    Producer/Director/Writer
    Braided Together
    Moderator
  • Glen Gould
    Actor/Producer/Director
    Yellow Lantern Productions

Short Films: Your Calling Card to the Industry

Saturday, September 24 at 11:00 a.m.

Known for their pathos and poignancy, short format productions allow filmmakers to articulate personal visions and examine the human experience through budget-friendly development. Join this panel to learn from filmmakers the benefits of short films and their ability to launch your career.

    Panelists
  • Steve Belford
    Producer/Director/Actor
    Becoming Tom Thomson
  • Katie Boland
    Director/Actress/Writer
    We’re All in This Together
  • Paula Brancati
    Producer
    We're All in This Together
  • Kyle Schmalenberg
    Producer, Director, Writer
    Braided Together
    Moderator:
  • Thom Ernst
    Film Critic/Writer/Broadcaster

Selected Film Screenings

Approved Cinema Summit participants gain access to a selection of films from the 2022 Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival lineup! Film packages included in this year’s Cinema Summit accreditation include:

Sunday, September 18

noon
POLARIS, directed by KC Carthew
Canada, 89 minutes
12:30pm
THE ISSUE WITH TISSUE, directed by Michael Zelniker
Canada/USA, 126 minutes
2pm
FREE SKATE, directed by Roope Olenius
Finland, 120 minutes
3pm
LA SWITCH, directed by Michel Kandinsky
Canada, 90 minutes

Monday, September 19

noon
TENZIN, directed by Michael LeBlanc & Joshua Reichmann
Canada, 74 minutes
3pm
ECHO, directed by Mereike Wegener
Germany, 98 minutes

Tuesday, September 20

1:30pm
FRAGILE (HARD SHELL, SOFT SHELL), directed by Emma Benestan
France, 99 minutes
3:30pm
DOUG AND THE SLUGS AND ME, directed by Teresa Alfeld
Canada, 88 minutes
4pm
A FLEETING ENCOUNTER, directed by Romed Wyder
Luxembourg/Switzerland, 85 minutes

Wednesday, September 21

2:30pm
OKAY! (THE ASD BAND FILM), directed by Mark Bone
Canada, 86 minutes
4pm
THE KLABONA KEEPERS, directed by Tamo Campos, Jasper Snow-Rosen & Rhoda Quock
Canada, 70 minutes
8pm
À TERRE PROMISE (GROUNDS OF HOPE), directed by Lionel Bernardin
France, 92 minutes

Thursday, September 22

noon
AU GRAND JOUR (IN BROAD DAYLIGHT), directed by Emmanual Tardif
Canada, 151 minutes
1pm
SHORT CIRCUIT I: CRUSHING WEIGHT
89 minutes
1:30pm
WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, directed by Katie Boland
Canada, 86 minutes

Friday, September 23

noon
TO KILL A TIGER, directed by Nisha Pahuja
Canada, 125 minutes
12:30pm
SHORT CIRCUIT II: GENRES COLLIDE
85 minutes
7pm
GALA, NORTH OF NORMAL, directed by Carly Stone
Canada, 90 minutes

Saturday, September 24

noon
FOREST FOR THE TREES, directed by Rita Leistner
Canada, 91 minutes
1pm
SHORT CIRCUIT III: INTERIOR EXPRESSIONS
92 minutes
9:30pm
THE PROTECTOR, directed by Lenin M. Sivam
Canada, 92 minutes

Additional film screenings details are available at: https://cinefest.com/2022/schedule.

Please note that individuals attending Cinema Summit virtually have access to panels only. To receive complimentary access to the Cinema Summit film screenings at Cinéfest Sudbury, applicants must attend in-person screenings at SilverCity Sudbury.

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