2022
EVENT SCHEDULE

DAY 1

March 19, 2022

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.

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

 

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday, March 19, 2022
 

Networking Room

Enter our Networking Chat Room (open all day)

  • Live Networking

  • Connect

  • Exchange Ideas

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Speed Networking  
  • Meet and connect with other attendees at the
    beginning and end of each day. Starts in the main room then breaks out into randomized breakout rooms for 2 minutes. Reset and repeat for 30mins.


     

Zin Sze-To  & Taz Garcia Host

Movie Expo Co-Founders

 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday, March 19, 2022
Casting & Auditioning Panel
  • Learn audition secrets in an ever changing industry from top Casting Directors

Harriet Greenspan

Casting Director Harriet Greenspan is known for her work on Drake & Josh (2004), Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (2004) and The Clique (2008)

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0339182/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Ilona Smyth

Ilona Smyth (CSA, CDC) is one of the most experienced and connected Casting Directors in Ontario, Canada. She has worked on over 100 projects across North America. Ilona is known for her work in FatMan (Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins), House at the End of the Street (Jennifer Lawrence), February (Emma Roberts, Lauren Holly, Kiernan Shipka).

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3666027/

Lisa Parasyn

Lisa Parasyn is an award winning Casting Director, most recently for her achievement in casting for Shaw's 'Bomb Girls' at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards, and runs a highly-reputed agency (Lisa Parasyn Casting).

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

Moderators - Daryl Ledwon & Lars Classingtion

12:10 PM - 1:10 PM

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Indie Films From A-Z:
How To Get It All Done
  • Learn how these filmmakers leveraged low-budget sets to big screen successes.

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. Taz's experiences range from low budget productions to multimillion dollar budgets.

His most recent role is Maddock's Mercenary opposite Jackie Chan and John Cena.

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

Sergio Navarretta

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

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

Trish Rainone

Patricia "Trish" Rainone works both in front and behind the camera. She is one of the producers of A Christmas Letter that released on CBC & CBC Gem. She also Co-directed and a lead in Pink is In. 

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5232957/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Moderator - Tequoia Urbina

1:20 PM - 2:00 PM

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Actor real talk
  • A candid and raw discussion about the industry's good, bad, and ugly, as well as diversity in film and Television.
     

Vincent M. Ward

Vincent M. Ward is known for his work on The Walking Dead, Death House and True Blood.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1027309/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_1

Moderators -Angelica Alejandro

Actor (The Boys, Schitt$ Creek, Dark Matter & What We Do in the Shadows). Producer, On Set Liaison & Respect on Set Instructor, past ACTRA Toronto Councilor and Executive Vice President and ACTRA National Councilor.

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

Taz Garcia

A multi-faceted actor, director, producer and author, Garcia loves to give back and inspire the up-and-coming generations of filmmakers and creatives. His work spans from working as far east as Malaysia to as far west as Hollywood. His most credits include mobile video game starring Sylvester Stallone and a supporting role opposite Jackie Chan and John Cena (Project X-traction). 

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

2:10 PM -3:00 PM

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Talent Representation in 2022:

What do they look for in In an ever changing landscape?

 

A diverse group of professionals behind the scenes from Talent Management & Talent Agents.

Joe Lorenzo

Producer, Casting Director

Owner - https://societyperformers.com/

IMDB:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1881399/

Raynard Pearson

Lead Talent Agent & Founder of WORK! Talent- 

https://www.iworktalent.com/about

Mara Santino 

Talent Manager at Luber Roklin Entertainment

 - https://societyperformers.com/

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Lisa Meuser

Talent Agent, Creative Writer and Producer - Owner of WORK Talent Agency

http://theactorsgreenroom.weebly.com/mara-santino.html

Maya Ritter

Talent Agent at Ritter Talent Agency & Actor 

IMDB:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1881399/

Jackie Warden

Talent Agent - Head of Children & Youth division at Ritter Talent Agency

Instagram: https://sites.google.com/rittertalentagency.com/main/jackie-warden?authuser=0

Moderator - John Stevens

Veteran Actor, Producer, Casting Director and Coach. Owner and Founder of Act With Purpose Inc. 

https://www.instagram.com/ActWithPurposeintl/

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Gear Up:

Your A-Z for Filmmakers before you start Rolling.

What is needed to start production? Where and how to get it.

Bruce Dale

A multi-disciplinary learning and development professional with over a decade of experience in the areas of learning strategy, program development, design, and delivery utilizing different models including technology to solution training (VILT, ILT, eLearning, etc.)

About Bruce Dale - https://whites.com/about-william-f-white/our-staff/bruce-dale

 

Moderator - Tazito Garcia

A multi-faceted actor, director, producer and author, Garcia that loves to give back and inspire the up-and-coming generations of filmmakers and creatives. Taz has worked internationally  from the far east to the far west.

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

4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Saturday, March 19, 2022

RIGHT your SCRIPT

Learn how to polish up your scripts, structure, characters and plots.​

Kalman Szegvary

Writer and Producer, best known for Solid Cover (2000), Cannibal Rollerbabes (1997), A Date with Fear (2011) and The Drive-by Ventriloquist (2006)

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

Yusuf Gad

Yusuf Gad is an award-winning and multiple-optioned screenwriter with a knack for plot twists and sharp dialogue.

Yusuf has had several of his scripts optioned for film and television in between global pandemics.

His short film THE ROBBERY caught the attention of Amazon Studios, and his feature biopic BROWSER WARS has been optioned several times.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1299443/

Moderator - Matt Hall

Canadian writer, editor and producer for Corus Entertainment Inc., a driving force in the media industry with a diverse portfolio ranging from animation to specialty television channels reaching a worldwide audience. 

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Saturday, March 19, 2022

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 (10 minute rounds each) to 3 industry producers. 

 

Beryl Huang

President, CEO of Bruber Media, 5x Emmy Award Winner (Belle, Death Wish, Wonders of the Sea)

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

George Lee

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

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

https://www.storyoscopicfilms.com/

Zin Sze-To

Film Producer and Founder of the Movie Expo, Zin Sze-To has the ability to take visions and make it reality. This year Zin is in search for the next project to fund and will be taking part in the pitch sessions.

https://www.movie-expo.com/meet-zin-sze-to

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Networking Room 
  • Live Networking

  • Connect

  • Exchange Ideas

Speed Networking 

Meet and connect with other attendees at the
beginning and end of each day. Starts in the main room then breaks out into randomized breakout rooms for 2 minutes. Reset and repeat for 30mins.

Zin Sze-To  & Taz Garcia Host

Movie Expo Co-Founders

MOVIE EXPO FILM FESTIVAL FINALIST SHOWCASE
NOW SHOWING SUNDAY MARCH 20, 2022

DAY 2

March 20, 2022

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 - 6:00 PM

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Networking Room

Enter our Networking Chat Room (open all day)

 

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Lounge 
  • Live Networking

  • Connect

  • Exchange Ideas

Speed Networking 

Meet and connect with other attendees at the
beginning and end of each day. Starts in the main room then breaks out into randomized breakout rooms for 2 minutes. Reset and repeat for 30mins.

Zin Sze-To  & Taz Garcia Host

Movie Expo Co-Founders

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Cinematography
  • Capturing the Image

  • Cinematography and aligning with the vision

  • How to capture your subject in action

 
Francois Aubry

François Aubry entered the world of filmmaking at the National Film Board of Canada where he spent 10 years training with pioneer of the medium such as Sydney Goldsmith, Colin Low, Eric Chamberlain, and interacting with Wally Gentleman, Gille Tremblay and Sue Gourley (for special visual effects techniques).

He founded his own effects studio in association with Film Opticals of Canada, where he supervises the visual effects of over 50 movie productions.

 

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0041443/

 

​Moderator - Taz Garcia

Actor, Director and Film Producer - Dead End , The Briefcase, Trust, El Camino - FIFA World Cup 2014. Taz's experiences range from low budget productions to multimillion dollar budgets.

His most recent role is Maddock's Mercenary opposite Jackie Chan and John Cena.

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

12:10 PM - 1:00 PM

Sunday, March 20, 2022

2nd Unit Direction & Stunt Coordination
  • Physical storytelling

  • Stunts, Choreography, Training and Safety

Brett Chan

Brett Chan is known for his work on Warrior, Marco Polo, Skyscraper and HALO.

 IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0150812/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Angelica Lisk-Hann

Angelica is the the first black female stunt coordinator in Canada and one of a mere handful in the world.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0514076/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Moderator - Tazito Garcia

Actor, Director and Film Producer - Dead End , The Briefcase, Trust, El Camino - FIFA World Cup 2014. Taz's experiences range from low budget productions to multimillion dollar budgets. Taz prides himself in performing all his own action scenes and stunts. His most recent role is 'Maddock's Mercenary' opposite Jackie Chan and John Cena.

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

1:10 PM - 2:00 PM

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Producers and Film Funding Panel:
Pitch Perfect

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 do and look for.

 
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/

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

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/

Moderator - Bobby Del Rio

Actor and producer veteran that has recently headlined national news in Canada for getting an agent in Hollywood from the social audio app Clubhouse . He has become one of the top social audio influencers in the world.
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0215816/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

4 :10 PM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Action Design - 
  • Learn how to create an exciting and intense action scene from a man who took matters into his own hands by beginning a YouTube channel and eventually being taught by Jackie Chan Stunt Team member Brad Allen, which led to him working on films like The King's Man and Marvel's Shang Chi.

Yung Lee

Best known for Shang-Chi, The Kings Man, SOLO: A Star Wars Story.

Yung has an extensive background in the entertainment industry and production of creative content. Starting in 2011, he started a YouTube channel by the name of GakAttack which featured short action films that focused on action choreography and visual effects both done by Yung himself.

 IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0150812/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Moderator - Tazito Garcia
 

Actor, Director and Film Producer - Dead End , The Briefcase, Trust, El Camino - FIFA World Cup 2014. Taz's experiences range from low budget productions to multimillion dollar budgets.

His most recent role is Maddock's Mercenary opposite Jackie Chan and John Cena.

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

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Power Women In Film & Television

A discussion about experiences in the film business with these incredible women in the industry. How it all came together, challenges, achievements, and advice for aspiring filmmakers.

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

 

Penney Finkelman Cox

Penney is the former Co-Head for Dream works and the Executive Vice President at Sony Animation. Best known for The Prince of Egypt (1998), Shrek (2001), Snakes on a Plane (2006), Terms of Endearment (1983). 

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0277896/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Jocelyne Meinert

Jocelyne Meinert is an 8 time Emmy award winner and 21 time nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design, Production Design and Technical Achievement, and her most recent Netflix project made the Oscar shortlist for animated short documentary.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7586834/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Moderator - Stephanie Herrera

Stephanie Herrera (Actor/Writer/Producer) is a BIPOC creative with a specialty in Improv comedy. She is a screen and voice talent while also focusing on writing for television (comedy and animated Kids TV).

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6565798/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Episodic Filmmaking: Creating Content for Television, Streaming, & Episodic​: 

Turning Ideas to reality​

 

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

 
Sebastian Lee

Television Producer (The Good Doctor, Dramaworld, Suits and Pachinko)

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 - Tazito Garcia

Actor, Director and Film Producer - Dead End , The Briefcase, Trust, El Camino - FIFA World Cup 2014. Taz's experiences range from low budget productions to multimillion dollar budgets. Taz prides himself in performing all his own action scenes and stunts. His most recent role is 'Maddock's Mercenary' opposite Jackie Chan and John Cena.

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

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Sunday, March 20, 2022

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

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/

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

Gabriele Monticelli

Gabriele Monticelli is the President and Founder of Firework Productions and Mediaslate Entertainment. From then on became a Director of Development funding films for producers and as a producer himself. He is trusted by dozens of clients across North America in creating content for their businesses. Having worked in partnership with entertainment companies such as Hallmark Channel, Reel One Entertainment, and Corus Entertainment, Gabriele is always on the look out for new and fresh ideas.

5:30 PM

Sunday, March 20, 2022

CLOSING CEREMONY - AWARD PRESENTATION

MOVIE EXPO SHOW

 
Join us as we highlights speakers.
Movie Expo Film Festival &
Script Contest winners.
Awards Ceremony

            Be Seen.

               Be Heard.

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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.

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