Pitch Competition

Mentorship with Anita Lee

Overview

Innoversity is proud to present a six-month mentorship opportunity with Anita Lee, Ontario Executive Producer at National Film Board of Canada. This mentorship will last for up to six months and will be awarded to the winner of the TV Unscripted category of the 2014 Innoversity Pitch Competition.

About Anita Lee

A multi-award-winning producer with 20 years’ experience in the industry and founder of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Lee has a stellar track record of connecting and collaborating with top talent on work that pushes boundaries in form, story and technology, both at the NFB and in the independent sector.

As a staff NFB producer from 2005 to the present, Lee has produced some of the most acclaimed and inventive works in recent NFB history, including Sarah Polley’s genre-bending Stories We Tell―a film that has resonated with audiences (sold to 20 territories worldwide) and garnered awards at home and abroad, including a number of firsts for the NFB: the Best Canadian Film and Best Documentary awards from the Toronto Film Critics Association, the Canadian Screen Award for Best Feature Documentary, the Best Non-Fiction Film award from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Documentary Film.

Lee also led the NFB’s first foray into interactive production as creator/producer of North America’s first interactive feature film, Late Fragment (dir. Daryl Cloran, Anita Doron and Mateo Guez), made in collaboration with the CFC Media Lab. Other productions by Lee include the CSA-nominated 3D-documentary hybrid Let the Daylight into the Swamp (dir. Jeffrey St. Jules), which premiered at TIFF, Road Movie (dir. Elle Flanders), a documentary installation invited to TIFF and Berlin, Tiger Spirit (dir. Min Sook Lee), a co-production with Storyline Productions and winner of the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary, and The Bodybuilder and I, directed by Bryan Friedman, co-produced with January Films, and winner of Best Feature Documentary at Hot Docs.

Mentorship with Lea Marin

Overview

Innoversity is proud to present a six-month mentorship opportunity with Lea Marin, Producer at National Film Board of Canada. This mentorship will last for up to six months and will be awarded to the winner of the Short Film category of the 2014 Innoversity Pitch Competition.

About Lea Marin

Lea Marin’s film credits include a wide range of short dramatic films, documentary series and features that have screened at international festivals and on television, including: the 2014 CSA nominated documentary, My Prairie Home; The Portrait, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hubert Davis; the interactive documentary The Next Day; and Astra Taylor’s Examined Life.

Prior to joining the NFB in 2006, Marin produced the award-winning short film Escape, and was a line producer for Barna-Alper on the Discovery Channel series Mega Builders.

Mentorship with Jennifer Holness

Overview

Innoversity is proud to present a six-month mentorship opportunity with Jennifer Holness, Producer at HUNGRY EYES FILM FOOD AND TELEVISION. This mentorship will last for up to six months and will be awarded to the winner of the TV Scripted category of the 2014 Innoversity Pitch Competition.

About Jennifer Holness

Jennifer Holness is an award-winning writer and producer. She produced the feature film Home Again with co-writer and director Sudz Sutherland. The film stars Tatyana Ali, Lyriq Bent and CCH Pounder and won the prestigious PAFF–BAFTA Festival Choice Award. The film was also nominated for two Canadian Screen Academy awards and a DGC nod for Best Directing.

Jen also produced the feature Love, Sex and Eating the Bones that won 9 festival awards including the Best First Feature at Toronto International Film Festival in 2003.

She is currently developing two feature projects, the action-comedy Colour Blind and the crime comedy, Operation Red Dog. On the TV side, Jennifer co-created, wrote and produced the thirteen-part comedy series She’s The Mayor. Jennifer produced the two-part CBC miniseries, Guns, staring Elisha Cuthbert and Colm Feore that won five Geminis’ including a shared best writing award for Jen.

Jennifer is currently co-writing the TV series Shoot The Messenger for CBC about cops and journalists. She is also working on several digital projects including adapting her award-winning digital app The Music Biz into an animated series.

Bonus Mentorship with Fred Fuchs

Bonus Mentorship with Fred Fuchs

Overview

One of the finalists, not necessarily the winner, in the TV Scripted category of the 2014 Innoversity Pitch Competition will receive the mentorship. Develop your project over six months with the veteran film and Television Producer, Fred Fuchs.

About Fred Fuchs

Currently Fuchs is an independent Film and Television Producer and media consultant based in Toronto area. His focus is developing, financing, and producing films and television series for an international audience. Fuchs is uniquely situated, with strong ties with US networks and talent from his first 20 years based in Los Angeles and San Francisco and the last 14 years working with Canadian and European networks, to succeed in the independent international TV world.

Recent projects include the second season of The Transporter; a 12 x1 hour episode Canadian/French treaty co-production for TNT/HBO Canada/RTL/M6; other Up!; a 1⁄2 hour prime time animated series for Rogers Media in Canada and HULU in the US starring Eva Longoria; Camelot a 10 x1 hour episode Canadian/Irish treaty co production for Starz Entertainment/CBC, and World Without End a Canadian/German/Hungary 8 hour mini series for Shaw Media/Prosieben.

Previous to becoming an independent, Fuchs was Executive Director of Arts and Entertainment at the CBC, Canada's public broadcaster, for 4 years, where he was responsible for developing, commissioning and supervising production of all scripted content including shows like The Tudors, one hour drama series with Showtime, Pillars of the Earth, 8 hour mini series with Starz Network, Little Mosque On The Prairie, Being Erica and Republic of Doyle. His responsibilities at the CBC also included Children’s programming and Arts and Variety shows.

Fuchs began his career as a producer in LA working on award-winning television series like Faerie Tale Theatre for SHOWTIME and Vietnam War Story for HBO. Fuchs then segued into the feature film industry producing Tucker: The Man and His Dream and executive produced by George Lucas.

For 10 years Fuchs was President of American Zoetrope Studios (Francis Ford Coppola’s company) and was Executive Producer of 17 features including The Godfather: Part III, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Secret Garden, Don Juan Demarco, The Virgin Suicides, and John Grisham's The Rainmaker. While at Zoetrope Fuchs also started a TV division and was Executive Producer for internationally successful mini-series The Odyssey, Moby Dick, Kidnapped, Titanic and several TV movies and a multi season episodic series, First Wave.

Want to know more? To apply for the bonus mentorship with Fred Fuchs, please download the PDF.

Bonus Mentorship with Ana Serrano

Bonus Mentorship with Ana Serrano

Overview

One of the finalists, not necessarily the winner, in the Digital Media category of the 2014 Innoversity Pitch Competition will receive a mentorship with Ana Serrano. Develop your projectover six months with veteran Digital Media/Transmedia Producer, Ana Serrano.

About Ana Serrano

Ana is the Chief Digital Officer of the Canadian Film Centre and Founder of the CFC Media Lab, the world­renowned and award­winning institute for interactive storytelling created in 1997 at the Canadian Film Centre.

With her visionary direction and digitally­forward approach to organizational growth, Ana built the CFC Media Lab into a unique blend of training facility, incubator, and creative production house, that continually re­invents itself as new media demand new approaches – from the early exploration of Web­based entertainment, to today's world of mobile smart­phones and iPads.

To date, she directed the development of over 130 interactive media projects, mentored over 50 start­ups and produced some of Canada’s seminal works in interactive media including the influential Great Canadian Story Engine, one of the world’s first digital storytelling sites and Late Fragment, the first interactive dramatic feature film to be featured at the Toronto International Film Festival and distributed by Mongrel Media.

Ana is a three­time winner of awards from the Canadian new media industry, and frequently speaks at digital media and film festivals around the world about the emerging realms of interactive art and entertainment. She has sat on boards as varied as the Canadian Conference of the Arts, Virtual Museums of Canada, Laidlaw Foundation, and McLuhan International Multimedia Festival.

Currently, she is active on the boards of Artscape, Kapisanan Arts Centre and several start­up companies focusing on interactive entertainment. She is also an Advisor in the Information, Technology and Entertainment Practice at MaRS Discovery District.

Want to know more? To apply for the bonus mentorship with Ana Serrano, please download the PDF.

Bonus Mentorship with Peter Raymont

Bonus Mentorship with Peter Raymont

Overview

One of the finalists, not necessarily the winner, in the TV Unscripted category of the 2014 Innoversity Pitch Competition will receive a mentorship with Peter Raymont.

About Peter Raymont

Peter Raymont is an Emmy Award-winning director, producer, journalist and writer who has produced and directed over 100 documentaries and TV drama series during his 43-year career. Raymont’s productions are often provocative investigations of hidden worlds in politics, the media, and big business. His films are informed with a passion for human rights and social justice.

His productions have won over 40 international awards, including the Sundance, Berlin, Genie, Gemini and Directors Guild of Canada Awards.

Raymont’s documentaries include Shake Hands With The Devil, a harrowing film on the Rwandan genocide as seen through the eyes of former Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, and Bhopal: Search For Justice on the 1984 Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India, co-directed with with late wife and partner, Lindalee Tracey. Causing the death of over fifteen thousand people, and permanently disabling hundreds of thousands more, the Union Carbide tragedy remains the world’s worst chemical industry disaster. He has filmed in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, India, Chile, the High Arctic and elsewhere.

Other films directed by Raymont include A Promise To The Dead: The Exile Journey Of Ariel Dorfman, and Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glenn Gould, co-directed with Michele Hozer. Both were shortlisted for an Academy Award and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Raymont has multiple projects in development and production including Guantanamo's Child, a documentary on Omar Khadr, co-directed and co-produced by journalist Michelle Shephard and filmmaker Pat Reed, and All Governments Lie: Truth Deception, and the "Children" of I.F. Stone, co-produced with Fred Peabody ‎and Jeff Cohen, a film on how Stone’s career has influenced the current, new wave of independent investigative journalists.

Raymont has also recently crossed over into TV drama series producing the hit shows “The Border” and “Cracked”.

Want to know more? To apply for the bonus mentorship with Peter Raymont, please download the PDF.