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Engaging the professional community of Canadian and International filmmakers, writers, producers and broadcasters. Our goal is to provide stimulating, up-to-date information and access to the world of environmental films and funding. Professional modules include the Master Class, networking opportunities, the Green Pitch competition and DocBOX Toolkit sessions filled with an outstanding line up of VIP guests. Reception will follow the modules to close the day in a relaxing mix & mingle.

WHEN: Friday, October 20th, 2017

WHERE: St. Paul’s Bloor Street, 227 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W 1C8



This session provides a rare opportunity for 10 selected independent filmmakers to meet face-to-face with 10 major industry stakeholders including broadcasters, commissioning editors, producers, distributors and government & private funding agencies. The day starts with a breakfast mingle over registration and then filmmakers pitch their new projects one-on-one to each of the industry guests. Filmmakers receive professional feedback and form new relationships in order to move their projects forward and get them made. Applications are now closed for this event.

10:15 – 11:30 AM DocBOX 1 / FINANCING TOOLKIT

This session focuses on some of the key relationships necessary to get your film funded, produced & sold. Broadcasters, digital media providers, funding agency reps and distributors discuss the latest trends in financing, co-productions, distribution and the future of branded content, followed by an audience Q & A.

Panelists include: Dan Lyon, Robin Smith, Heidi Tao Yang, Lea Martin, Inga Diev, Sue Dando, Kelly Payne, Kirk Comrie, Linda Fong.


Moderated by PiF Programmer and Industry Conference Producer Julian Carrington (also of DOC Institute’s Festival Concierge), this session explores the many new and innovative platforms for alternative film distribution and community impact, followed by an audience Q & A.

Moderator: Julian Carrington, Programmer, Planet in Focus.

Panelists include: James Finlay, Juice Worldwide; Svetla Turnin, Cinema Politica; Greg Rubige, Syndicado.

1:15 – 2:15 PM DocBOX 3 / MUSIC IN MOTION

This panel explores the music of film, how the music contributes to telling the story, how to work with a composer and how to access and licence the best songs for your film, followed by an audience Q & A.

Moderator: Filmmaker Rama Rau

Panelists include: Scotty Taylor, Supergroup; Steve D’Angelo, Eggplant Collective; Oliver Johnson, Bedtracks; Bart Simpson, filmmaker.


Planet in Focus is pleased to present Canadian documentary filmmaker, writer, and educator Chanda Chevannes as the Instructor of the 2017 Industry Conference Master Class, an opportunity to gain insights from an experienced filmmaker. Chanda is passionate about media for social change. Her first feature documentary, Living Downstream, won multiple awards and was broadcast on six continents. Her second feature, UNFRACTURED, is an uplifting documentary that will have its World Premiere as the Opening Night Gala film at this year’s Planet in Focus.

Moderator: Marc Glassman, Senior Programmer, Planet in Focus.

Included in Industry Conference ticket and Festival Pass

$10 to attend the Master Class only 

3:30 – 4:30 PM GREEN PITCH

A highlight of Industry Day is the Green Pitch. Six selected filmmakers pitch their film idea to a panel of industry judges and in front of the conference audience. The winner receives a prize valued at over $35,000 in services & cash to put toward the production of their project provided by Ontario film production suppliers. Applications are now closed for this event. 

Jurors: Madeline Russo, Hot Docs; Svetla Turnin, Cinema Politica; Greg Rubige, Syndicado.

Green Pitch Prize Sponsors: Eggplant Picture & Sound, Muskoka North Film Studios, SIM Digital, PS Productions Services, William F. White, Dynamix SOlutions, Pie in the Sky Studios, The Source Shop, Duncan Morin, Trinity Square Video, Supergroup, Daniela Ponce Publicity and mentorship by Andrew Nisker.

See the 2017 Green Pitch projects here!


Along with the coffee and refreshments breaks throughout the day starting with an early morning registration mingle prior to the one-on-one sessions, and in breaks in between sessions, this post-conference reception will be chance for participants to mingle with industry guests over wine & cheese providing participants and guests an extra opportunity to unwind, mingle and network in a casual setting.



Kirk Comrie

Vice-President Agency 71, A71 Entertainment, A71 Productions

Kirk Comrie joined Agency 71 in 2004 to head up Agency 71’s Motion and Interactive division. Comrie brought with him over twelve years experience in audio/visual design and technical production for both live theatre and musical concerts working for artists such as Kenny Rogers, Alice Cooper, Tom Cochrane, Kim Mitchell and Randy Travis. Additionally he brought a mission-critical ethos honed over an eight year period of providing internet/computer networking infrastructure consulting and support to a start-up internet service provider. Read More

Steve D'Angelo

Steve D’Angelo

Composer/Producer/Partner, Eggplant Collective

Steve Dangelo, an award-nominated and winning music composer with over 25 years experience, began his career as a composer and guitarist for advertising. He has lent his expertise on over a thousand commercials for clients such as: GM, Ford and Molson. Dangelo currently leads EggPlants Music division, where he is responsible for all development and production of music themes and scores for EggPlant Long Format (LF). Read More

CBC headshots in Toronto, Ontario Thursday February 18/2016. (Photo by Kevin Van Paassen for The CBC)

Sue Dando

Head of The Nature of Things, CBC

Sue Dando is the head of The Nature of Things, CBC’s award-winning documentary science series, broadcast across Canada and seen in countries around the world.  For three decades, Dando has produced, directed and written for Canadian television, both public and private.  Her work includes overseeing award-winning documentary series and international co-productions. Among her honours are an Emmy, a Hot Docs award, a duPont Columbia award, a Canada Screen Award and several Geminis.



Inga Diev

General Manager of Ouat Media

Inga Diev serves as the General Manager of Ouat Media, a Toronto–based international sales and distribution company specializing in short films. To date, Ouat Media has represented ten Academy Award nominated short films including three winners. In her role, Inga is responsible for the company’s business operations and oversees all the film sales and acquisitions.

James Finlay

James Finlay

Manager of Sales and Distribution, Juice Worldwide

James is currently the Manager of Sales and Distribution at Juice Worldwide. Juice is a top provider of both encoding and licensing services for the world’s leading OTT platforms including, iTunes, Netflix, Amazon and many others. Prior to his role at Juice, James worked in business affairs for RTR Media, digital services for Cookie Jar Entertainment then DHX Media, permit member of IATSE 873, and has also worked in the non-profit sector at both the Documentary Organization of Canada, and the Canadian Film Centre.


Linda Fong

Independant Production Officer, TVO

As TVO’s Independent Production Officer in the Documentary Unit, Linda Fong works with Executive Producer Jane Jankovic, programming the network’s award-winning Canadian social issue documentary anthology series.  Recent commissions include the provocative and critically acclaimed documentaries Migrant DreamsA Better Man and My Millennial Life.  Prior to joining TVO, Linda worked in Marketing, Distribution and Outreach Development at the National Film Board of Canada.


Dan Lyon

Regional Feature Film Executive (Ontario, Nunavut), Telefilm Canada

Dan Lyon is Telefilm Canada’s Regional Feature Film Executive, for the Ontario & Nunavut Regions. Prior to joining Telefilm Canada, Dan worked primarily as a distributor and executive producer.

Originally an entertainment lawyer, Dan joined Astral Bellevue Pathe Inc. in 1985 and ultimately became Executive Vice-President, Distribution for Astral and its successor companies Coscient, Motion and TVA. Read More


Lea Marin

Producer, The National Film Board of Canada 

Lea Marin is an award-winning Toronto based producer with more than 16 years of experience in the film and television industry. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Producer’s Lab, Lea joined the National Film Board of Canada as a producer in 2006. Her recent film credits include My Prairie Home which in 2014, premiered at the Sundance film festival, and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award; Read More

Kelly Payne

Kelly Payne

Industry Initiatives Consultant, OMDC

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) supports the province of Ontario’s (Canada) creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding for the film & television. As Program Consultant, Film and Television Ms. Payne brings nearly 20 years’ of industry experience to the administration and development of programs and strategies, helping to drive innovation and growth in Ontario’s creative industries. Prior to her current roll at OMDC, Ms. Payne was Team Lead for provincial tax credits and held various management roles in programming, production and business/legal affairs with some of Canada’s largest media outlets including Bell Media and Rogers Broadcasting.

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Rama Rau

Writer-Director, Moderator of Music in Motion Panel

Rama Rau is a Canadian Screen Award nominated director whose works feature strong female roles. Her film LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS opened Hot Docs in 2016 to rave reviews. Rau’s work has screened in more than thirty international film festivals and has been covered by The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Globe and Mail. She has been profiled as one of Canada’s Top Ten Women Filmmakers, winning awards like the Hot Docs Don Haig Award, the Stuttgart Best Director Award and the Golden Panda for Best Director.


Greg Rubidge

North American Sales, Syndicado

Rubidge has spent most of his career at the confluence of emerging digital platforms and entertainment. After graduating with an MBA in Finance he started out in commercial banking. Two years later he followed his passion for entertainment by working in film and TV production before founding the digital entertainment company Hype!, an interactive agency in Toronto focused on online entertainment, games and Web sites for TV series.  Read More

Madelaine Russo

Madelaine Russo

Industry Programmer, Hot Docs

Madelaine Russo is Industry Programmer of Deal Maker at Hot Docs in Toronto. Deal Maker schedules 700 one-on-one meetings between producers and buyers at the Hot Docs festival. She also produces the Hot Docs crowdfunding event Pitch In, runs the blog – Hot Docs Jots, and produces the Hot Docs Guide to Decision Makers. Before joining Hot Docs, Madelaine ran the Alternate Realities Market at Sheffield Doc/Fest. She has also worked at short film distributor Ouat Media. She holds a Master of Arts in English and Cultural Studies.


Bart Simpson

Filmmaker, Brasilia: Life After Design & The Corporation

Bart Simpson is an award-winning filmmaker, interested in films that entertain, evoke and engage public debate. He produced and acted as 2nd unit director on the feature documentary The Corporation(winner at over 25 festivals including Sundance, Toronto and International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam). Bart moved to Brasília in 2013 and started production on 2017 Planet in Focus Official Selection Brasilia: Life After Design. Read More


Robin Smith

Owner & President, KinoSmith Inc. / Blue Ice Docs

Robin Smith is currently the owner and President of KinoSmith Inc. – Canada’s premiere boutique distribution and film marketing company – and CEO of the newly founded company Blue Ice Docs – a new distribution and equity funding company dedicated to funding, acquiring and distributing the best non-fiction work from around the world. Read More


Scotty Taylor

Music Supervisor & Producer, Supergroup Sonic Branding Co.

Scotty is a man of many hats. Quite literally he has an extensive hat collection but don’t get him started on that unless you’re ready to talk shop. The same goes for guitars and all things music and media, past present and future. He’s had the opportunity to work as a Music Supervisor across all media platforms from Advertising, TV, Film and Trans-Media to the new and emerging world of branded music curation.

Svetla Turnin

Executive Director, Cinema Politica

Svetla Turnin is the Co-founder, Executive Director and Head of Distribution at Cinema Politica, an exhibition and distribution network for political documentary. In 2016 she launched CP Productions with filmmaker Amy Miller. She writes about documentary activism, women in documentary and festivals, and her latest is a chapter in Intellect’s Activist Film Festivals entitled  “The Revolution Will Not be Festivalized: Documentary Film Festivals and Activism”. Read More

Tony Wosk

Tony Wosk

President, Middle Child Films

Tony Wosk  has been working in Canada’s film and television industry for over fifteen years. He has held positions including Senior Film & Distribution analyst at Telefilm Canada, Director Acquisitions & Development at Christal Films Distribution, and Executive in Charge of Production, TV Comedy at CBC Television. Tony’s short film The Hundred Year Old Whale is a 2017 Planet in Focus Official Selection as part of the Wildlife Shorts Program. Read More

Heidi Tao Yang

Industry Funds Manager, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Heidi currently manages the Hot Docs Film Funds where she oversees Hot Docs’ portfolio of documentary film funds for Canadian and international documentary films. In this role she works with filmmakers from around the world on their projects and oversee Hot Docs’ investment in their work and professional development. Heidi has a background in producing and developing fiction and nonfiction for film and TV. Read More



Julian Carrington

Julian Carrington is a freelance writer and film programmer based in Toronto. He has contributed to publications including The Globe & Mail, Indiewire, and Cinema Scope, and, in 2014, served as a programming associate with the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2015, he became manager of the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Festival Concierge initiative, supporting filmmakers in developing distribution and audience engagement strategies.

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Alessandra Cannito

Alessandra joined the Planet in Focus team in 2013 as a graduate of Ryerson University School of Media’s Radio and Television Arts Program. Engaging audiences through art is her passion, and in addition to Planet in Focus, Alessandra is an active singer and voice actor, with two decades in the North American entertainment industry. Her experience in production also includes coordinating media events such as Starwalkers: A Celebrity Tribute to MusiCounts and Crossmedia Banff.


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