2021

EVENT SCHEDULE

DAY 1

March 20, 2021

Pre-Production: Bringing Ideas to Life

Learn the secrets and importance of of pre-production work. From film funding, set design, writing from idea to screen, audition secrets, and insights into the industry.

Speakers include Hollywood's top Casting Directors, Art Directors, Music Composers, Acting Coaches, and Wardrobe Designers.

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Networking Room

Enter our Networking Chat Room (open all day)

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Lounge 
  • Live Networking

  • Connect

  • Exchange Ideas

Daily Networking Games

Perfect opportunity to meet with other industry individuals 

Draws & Give-A-Ways

Enter our chat and networking room and see what fun give-a-ways we have in store

 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2021
Casting & Auditioning Panel
  • "Audition Secrets: Impress the Casting Director".

  • Hollywood's Top Casting Directors Reveal "How to Book That Audition".

  • Submissions to get into the audition room.

  • Casting Secrets: Get that next role.

Nancy Nayor

Casting Director & Film Producer (Songbird, Survive, The Perfect Date, Young & the Restless)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0623314/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Sergio Alvarado

Casting Director & Film Producer (Haunted Hospitals, Save My Reno, The Weather Flies and Battle of the Blades)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3147422/

Ron Leach

Casting Director & Film Producer (Award - Top Casting Director (2018),  best known for Christmas Unwrapped, Winter Castle, Human Town, The Hazing Secret)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0494862/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Moderator - Emily Kirby

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Pitch Perfect: Producers Film Funding Panel: Independent Film Start to Finish (Hollywood and Canada)
  • Join as these amazing producers discuss how to get your project off the ground.

  • Focusing on development and film funding.

  • Find out the secrets of what producers look for.

  • Panelists from this section will be apart of the pitch sessions

Marcus Englefield

Executive Producer, Co-founder of Venture 3D (Danger Close, Animal Crackers, Beyond the Velvet Rope)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2083784/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

George Lee 

CEO & Co-Founder of Venture 3D and Storyoscopic Films - Animal Crackers, Danger Close, Trouble, Charming

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2083784/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Andrew Miano

Film Producer (The Farewell, Columbus, A Single Man)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0583948/

 
Moderator - Max Cerchi

12:10 PM - 1:10 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Producing Television, Streaming, & Episodic​: 

Turning Ideas to reality​

 

Join us as we explore the differences of producing television, streaming & episodic content 

Insights on the experiences of working on the set

 
Sebastian Lee

Television Producer - The Good Doctor, Dramaworld, Suits, Siti Hyunteo

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2876845/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

 
Steve Binder

Television Producer (NCIS, Star Trek: Discovery, Dead Zone)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0082811/

Moderator - Yusuf Gad 

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Talent Representation in 2021:

In an ever changing landscape who can help me navigate the business?

 

A diverse group of professionals behind the scenes from Talent Management to Talent Agencies

Lynne Marks

Talent Agent - Piper Kaniecki Marks Talent

Pam Fisher

Talent Agent - A3 Artist Agency

Jeff Goldberg

Talent Management - Founder of Jeff Goldberg Management, Former talent agent at William Morris (WME)

Moderator - Emily Kirby

1:50 PM - 2:50 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2021

​Previz, Concept Design & VFX

From the page to the screen and everything in between

A look into the preparation and planning for in live action and animated film. Panel will be discussing PreViz and Storyboarding in live action and animation. Concept design from start to finish

Kevin Conran

Art Director and Designer - Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Dragons - Riders of Berk, and Blazing Samurai

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1329123/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Luis F. Carrasco

VFX Art Director & Concept Designer - The Revenant, Ready Player One, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8645822/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Moderator - Adrian Bobb

2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Voices In Animation

Bringing characters to life through voice

Be astonished as you join these amazing speakers on a journey of bringing characters to life through voice acting. Learn how they got started and what it takes to make it all happen.

Jamie Thomason

Voice Director  - Disney Aminations, Daytime Emmy Nominee, Young Justice, The Little Mermaid II, Cinderella III, Mulan II, Tarzan II and many more...

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0859708/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

James Arnold Taylor

Voice Actor - Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Obi-Wan Kenobi), TMNT (Leonardo), Johnny Test ( Johnny Test), LEGO DC Shazam: Magic and Monsters (Flash / Dummy)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM4RMo0R2Vc

Ron Rubin

Voice Actor - X-Men (Morph / Kevin Sydney), Sailor Moon (Artemis / Central Control), Beetlejuice (Additional Voices), The Care Bears Big Wish Movie (Messy Bear)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0747865/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Moderator  - Jeff Wright

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2021

2nd Unit Action Direction - Stunt  & Action
  • Action Design & Direction, Stunts, Choreography, Training, Safety.

  • Panel will be discussing Previz and Rehearsals for live action and motion capture

  • Working in studio VS on location

Rigan Machado 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master, Celebrity Coach and Stunt Coordinator (John Wick, Fast & Furious) 

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0532498/?ref_=rvi_nm

Silvio Simac 

Martial Arts Master, Actor and Stunt Performer (Undisputed, Transporter 3, Unleashed)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0799272/?ref_=rvi_nm

Wayne Wells

Wayne Wells Stunt Performer and Coordinator (Blood and Water, EFC, Covert Affairs, Trailer Park Boys)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0920466/?ref_=rvi_nm

Moderator - Taz Garcia

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Voices of Colour (BIPOC):
  • Diversity in film and Television

  • Evolution of Casting

  • Being seen and being heard

 
Tim Cogshell

Veteran LA FilmWeek Critic, Producer and filmmaker

http://www.lafca.net/critics/Tim_Cogshell.php

 
Sherman Augustus

Actor and Producer - Stranger Things, Westworld and Into the Badlands

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0041978/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Angelica Alejandro

Actor & Producer, ACTRA Executive Council Vice President (Schitt's Creek, The Boys, The Handmaid's Tale

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5505303/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Moderator - Trevor Ramai Jr.

4:10 PM - 5:30 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Indie Film From A-Z​: 

How to get it all done​

A close look at the trials and tribulations of filmmaking in Canada and abroad. Learn how these filmmakers made it all happen.

Brigitte Kingsley

Actor and Film Producer - Dark Side Rising, Night Cries, Making a Deal with the Devil

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0455502/

Max Cerchi

Film Director and Producer - Mayday, Lockdown, The Penthouse and Adrenaline

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0148482/

Tazito Garcia

Actor, Director and Film Producer - Dead End , The Briefcase, Trust, El Camino - FIFA World Cup 2014

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4405460/

Tom Antos

Director, Producer and Cinematographer- The Big Wild North, Killing Love, Campers Be Warned and Under Black Skies

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1782396/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1#producer

Sergio Navarretta

Film Producer/ Director (The Cuban, Arctic Dogs, Lamborghini)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1729175/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Moderator - Stephanie Herrera 

5:45 PM - 8:00 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Pitch Session:

A one-on-one chance to pitch your scripts and ideas to our experts

Pitch Panel Experts include industry producers, agents, network executives and acquisition specialists.

Pitch Session provides attendee with 3 individual pitch opportunities to 3 industry producers

 

Marcus Englefield

Executive Producer, Co-founder of Venture 3D (Danger Close, Animal Crackers, Beyond the Velvet Rope)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2083784/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Jamie Shen

iQIYI North America Content Manager. iQiYI is one of the largest online video sites in the world, with nearly 6 billion hours spent on its service each month and over 500 million monthly active users. They have recently setup their head office in Canada and will be taking pitches at the Movie Expo.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IQIYI

https://www.iq.com/

Max Cerchi

Film Director and Producer - Mayday, Lockdown, The Penthouse and Adrenaline

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0148482/

5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Networking Lounge 
  • Live Networking

  • Connect

  • Exchange Ideas

Daily Networking Games

Perfect opportunity to meet with other industry individuals 

Draws & Give-A-Ways

Enter our chat and networking room and see what fun give-a-ways we have in store

Zin Sze-To - Host

Movie Expo CEO & CO-Founder

Taz Garcia - Host

Movie Expo Vice President & CO-Founder

Disclaimer: Speakers are subject to cancellation or schedule change, due to professional commitments.

DAY 2

March 21, 2021

Production on Set: Storytelling Through the Lens

Take a deeper look into the marvels of filmmaking. Bring out the filmmaker in you, get the chance to be up close and personal to the world's greatest filmmakers.

Speakers include Hollywood's Academy award winning: Directors, 2nd Unit Directors, Distribution Panels, Line Producers, Sound Editors, Special Effects, and writers.

 

Disclaimer: Speakers are subject to cancellation or schedule change, due to professional commitments.

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Networking Room

Enter our Networking Chat Room (open all day)

 

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Lounge 
  • Live Networking

  • Connect

  • Exchange Ideas

Daily Networking Games

Perfect opportunity to meet with other industry individuals 

Draws & Give-A-Ways

Enter our chat and networking room and see what fun give-a-ways we have in store

Zin Sze-To - Host

Movie Expo CEO & CO-Founder

Taz Garcia - Host

Movie Expo Vice President & CO-Founder

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Power Women In Film & Television

Join these amazing women in film in the discussion about their experiences in the film industry. How it all happened, Challenges, triumphs and words of wisdom to young filmmakers.

Ann Carli

Film Producer ( I like it Like That, Crossroads, Former President of Will Smith Enterprises)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004653/

Beryl Huang

President, CEO of Bruber Media, 4x Emmy Award Winner (Belle, Death Wish, Wonders of the Sea)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8805901/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Bernice Liu

Actress (Ip Man: The Legend Is Born, The King of Fighters, The Hitman Never Dies)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1292847/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Joanne Rubino

Producer (Sun Records, Brando and Gene Simmons Family Jewels)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0498513/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Moderator - Zin Sze-To

Moderator - Brigitte Kingsley

12:10 PM - 1:10 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Director - Television / Streamer
Why storytelling on the small screen is more impactful than ever.
Bill Johnson

Director & Editor (The Expanse, The West Wing, Justified, The Rookie, Taken)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0424594/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_5

Moderator - Yusuf Gad

 

 

1:10 PM - 1:40 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Cinematogrpahy
  • Capturing the Image

  • Cinematography and aligning with the vision

  • How to capture your subject in action

 
Paul Cameron

Cinematographer (21 Bridges, Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell NO Tales, Collateral, Man on Fire, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Swordfish)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0131700/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

 

​Moderator - Taz Garcia

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Director - Feature Film
  • From Script to Screen
  • Aligning with the vision.
  • Directing talent and bringing characters to life.
Walt Becker

Director (Alvin and the Chipmunks, Old Dogs, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Glory Days)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0065608/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

 
Kevin Lewis

Director ( Willy's Wonderlalnd, The Dark Heart)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0507425/

Moderator - Sergio Navarretta 

1:40 PM - 2:40 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Fit the part - Superhero Transformation
  • Learn the nutrition and workout secrets of the stars

  • The disciplines and routines

  • Get to know the heroes behind the capes

 
Rehan "Ray" Jalali

Celebrity Body Transformation Expert, Producer and Best Selling Author (Batman, Rocky, Rambo, Wolverine, Thor and Pussy Cat Dolls)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2504002/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Eric "The Trainer" Fleishman

Hollywood Physique Expert, Host of Celebrity Sweat (Martin Kove, Def Leppard , James Maslow)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2687048/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

 

Moderator - Tazito Garcia

2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Sound Design & Mixing & Music Editing
  • Amazing Stories and Anecdote.

  • How Sound and music play a pivotal role in film

 
Jim Schultz

Music Editor (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Suicide Squad, Godzilla, A Good Day to Die Hard, Inglorius Bastards)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1312824/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Daniel Pinder

Music Editor ( Priest, Dark Knight, Big Hero 6, Jupiter Ascending)

Moderator - Brian Eimer

2:50 PM - 3:50 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Writing Breaking into the business
Feature, PVOD, Animation

The art of writing and why stories have gone global

  • Ideas to script​

  • Putting your ideas into words

  • Creating a fictional universe

  • Character vs Story Personal anecdotes

Rob Edwards

Producer and Writer (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Full House, The Princess Frog)​

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0972395/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Eric Wald

Writer & Producer (Siren and View from the top)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0264150/reference

Steve Bencich

Writer (The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, Cats & Dogs, Brother Dear, Cinderella 3, Chicken Little)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0070368/

Modertor - Kal Szegvary

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0843890/

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Producing Television, Streaming, & Episodic​: 

Turning Ideas to reality​

 

Join us as we explore the differences of producing television, streaming & episodic content 

Insights on the experiences of working on the set

 
Steve Binder

Television Producer (NCIS, Star Trek: Discovery, Dead Zone)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0082811/

Moderator - Yusuf Gad 

4:00 PM - 6:10 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Pitch Session:

A one-on-one chance to pitch your scripts and ideas to our experts

Pitch Panel Experts include industry producers, agents, network executives and acquisition specialists.

Pitch Session provides attendee with 3 individual pitch opportunities to 3 industry producers

George Lee

CEO & Co-founder of Venture 3D and Storyscopic Films  (Animal Crackers, Charming, Danger Close)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2083784/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

https://www.storyoscopicfilms.com/

Brent Baum

Executive Producer & Writer (The Wedding Planner, Charming, Finding Noah, Thomas the Magic Railroad) 

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0062069/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

William Wall

Director, Producer & Writer. Head of Production at Bruber Media

https://www.brubermedia.com/leadership

Steve Shapiro

Producer, Head of Production for Das Films (The November Man, Winter's Bone and into the Forest)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1648927/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

https://www.dasfilms.com/

6:00 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2021

CLOSING CEREMONY - AWARD PRESENTATION

MOVIE EXPO SHOW

Join us as we showcase the talent in front and behind the camera.
Highlights of Speakers
Special performances from all over the globe
Script contest winner announcement

 

            Be Seen.

               Be Heard.

 
MC - Rika Vuong
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4:30 - 5:30 PM

Sunday, March 21, 2021

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

REGINALD HUDLIN

Reginald Hudlin is an Oscar Nominated Director and Executive Producer best known for The Black Godfather, the 88th Annual Academy Awards, Marshall, and Django Unchained.
He is also the former President of BET and former Vice President of the Producers Guild.

Get Up close and personal with Reggie Hudlin.

Directing and Producing Award Winning Productions 

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0399737/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Moderator - Yusuf Gad

Disclaimer: Speakers are subject to cancellation or schedule change, due to professional commitments.

11:30 AM - 12:30 AM

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Distribution - Foreign Markets/Film Sales in Digital Era
  • Seminar will be on how to seek and negotiate distribution deals, as well as tips on what the major players look for in terms of content acquisition. 

  • Distribution 101 (Amazon, Hulu, Netlifx)

Mark Lindsey

President of Distribution Goldcrest / Saboteur (Sin City, Finding Neverland, Kill Bill)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5072862/?ref_=fn_al_nm_3

Curt Marvis

CEO & Co -Founder of QYOU, Former Lionsgate’s President of Digital Media (Traditional and Digital Media Distribution)

https://www.qyoumedia.com/about

Moderator - Marcus Englefield

Bringing It All Together

Hollywood's top Producers take the stage to discuss the aftermath. What happens after filming? How do you get distribution. How do you market your film? Get the chance to ask your favorite filmmaker questions on the spot. Journey through the fascinating world of special effects and how the pros bring it altogether.

Speakers include Hollywood's Academy award winning: Producers, VFX Supervisors, Art Directors, Sound Designers, and Editors.