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NEW! Lights, Camera, Action: How to Grow Your Career as an Emerging Filmmaker

May 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

Embark on a career-boosting journey in our condensed filmmaker workshop!

Dive into three case studies – a $750 no-budget film, a self-financed $10K project, and a $60K grant-funded film. Unpack the nuances of each, covering grant writing, personal marketing, film markets, festivals, awards, distribution and licensing.

Explore the funding landscape, from public to industry grants, and gain insights on kickstarting your career and growing your resume. Learn to plan your filmmaking path strategically. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, this workshop is your compact guide to navigating the industry and unlocking your potential!

Guest speaker: Gavin Seal, Award-Winning Filmmaker | Alumnus of TIFF Lab, Netflix DOV Pitch Program, Reelworld E20 Emerging Writer, Fiction Toolbox Program at Berlinale’s EFM 

About the speaker

Gavin Seal is a storyteller whose mission is to dissolve otherness using the universal language of cinema. His work as a writer/director includes the fiction films, Followers (Fantasia, Reelworld) and Case Claus’d (Montreal International Black Film Festival, CBC Short Film Faceoff); the documentary, Good Luck Have Fun (NSI, Just for Laughs); and as segment director for the International Emmy and Canadian Screen Award-nominated TV series, Interrupt this Program (CBC).

Gavin is an alumnus of the TIFF Filmmaker Lab, Berlinale Fiction Toolbox Programme at EFM, Netflix Diversity of Voices Pitch Program initiative, Reelworld E20 Writers program, and the Nouveau Marché competition at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma. The film is adapted from his own short film screenplay, “Do Not Resuscitate” which won the Writers Guild of Canada prize at SODEC’s Sprint for your Script competition.

His producer credits include show-running hundreds of episodes of branded series from development to distribution for Barbie, Hot Wheels, CBC, Shopify, HALO and Fisher-Price, and films including, The Long Way Home, commissioned by Hot Docs and directed by Oscar-nominee Ariel Nasr and Aisha Jamal. 

Register now for our exclusive workshop designed to empower you as a filmmaker. Don’t miss the chance to elevate your skills and take your artistry to new heights. Secure your spot today for only $20.00!*

Pre-registration is required.

This workshop is available online.

Once you have registered for the online workshop, you will receive an email with instructions on how to log on a few hours prior to the start time of the workshop. Please check your Spam/Junk folder if you have not received your email with instructions 1 hour prior to the start time of the workshop.

*This low registration fee is only possible thanks to our generous funders and partners.



May 15
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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