Spend an evening chatting with TO-Film heavyweights, Dan Lyon (Telefilm Canada), Karen Knox (Barbelle) and Chad Archibald (Black Fawn Films).

Are you looking to raise your filmmaking game? Have you ever wanted to ask experienced producers how they solved the tough problems on set? Are you interested in applying for Telefilm funding? Join us May 15th for the "How To Get Your Movie Made" AAP Film Panel Series.

This panel is perfect for those looking to create their own content. Whether you are wanting to produce high quality Short Films, Digital Series or maybe you are breaking into the Feature Film market - our panelists will be able to shed a light on some of the obstacles you will face along your way.


Starting at 6:30pm, we will be moderating an hour long panel with a 30 minute Q&A period.

The panel will be followed by a cocktail hour & fundraising party - where you will have an opportunity to speak with other filmmakers, creating valuable contacts and learning from your peers.

**Panelists in no way support or endorse the following fundraising party.

Our All-Star Panelists include:

Dan Lyon

Dan Lyon is Telefilm Canada’s Regional Feature Film Executive, for the Ontario & Nunavut regions. Over 125 lower-budget feature films have been co-financed under his guidance.

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

As a distributor, Dan was awarded the Golden Reel for "The Art of War" and was the first independent buyer in the world (at the screenplay stage) for Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist” which went on to win the Palme D’Or.

Credits as executive producer include “Ginger Snaps”, Jacob Tierney’s debut feature “Twist”, and “Everything’s Gone Green” written by Douglas Coupland. Additional awards include a Peabody (for “The Interrogation of Michael Crowe”). The first project he championed upon joining Telefilm in the fall of 2005 was “Away From Her”, which received two Academy Award nominations.

Karen Knox

Karen Knox is an actor and filmmaker based in Toronto. She has made that hot cash money working for the following companies: Shaftesbury, Smokebomb, CBC, Ubisoft, Mad Ruk, Muse Entertainment, Bell Fibe TV, and Ithentic. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Toronto based production company Boss & Co. Boss & Co has produced work that has screened around the world at festivals including TIFF, Canadian Film Festival, Venice Short Film Festival, Queer X, OutFest LA, TO Webfest, The Pilot Light Festival, and Stareable Fest NYC. For Boss & Co Karen wrote/produced and guest directed two seasons of the award winning hit series BARBELLE (Amazon Prime, Revry, KINDAtv)

As a director Karen’s debut film, The Case of the Massey Bodice Ripping, won best short film at the Grand Budapest Film Festival (2019) and the Venice Short Film Festival (2018.) She continues to develop a body of work that subverts traditional narratives – through the female gaze – with an aesthetic that draws from French impressionism and Gucci adds. Lol.

On stage Karen has performed across Canada, as well as in London UK. Selected theatre credits include: Stupid F****** Bird (Vinetta Stromberg/Pop Up Theatre), The world premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s A Woman is a Secret (Andrew Shaver/Theatre Centre), Venus in Fur (Sam Gibbs/Tristian Bates Theatre U.K), The Things We Do For Love (Laurie Stevens/Odyssey Theatre) for which she received a Rideau Award Nomination for Best Actress.

Chad Archibald

The creator and co-owner of the Canadian production companies Black Fawn Films and Black Fawn Distribution. Along with producing over 20 feature films, Archibald has, to date, directed 8 feature films include Neverlost, Ejecta and The Drownsman. In 2015, Archibald directed the insect body-horror film BITE, which erupted into the festival circuit after ambulances were called to it’s sold out world premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival due to a number of people fainting. This was celebrated by horror fans as a “Falling Ovation”. Ain’t It Cool News said “BITE is over the top gross and amazing to witness!”.

2016 led Archibald to the cult horror The Heretics which travelled the world in festivals and was picked up by TMN/HBO for SVOD. In 2018 Archibald went on to direct his biggest feature to date, the horror/thriller I’ll Take Your Dead which stars Aidan Devine (A History of Violence, Suicide Squad), Ava Preston (The Odd Squad, The Kennedy’s), Jessica Salgueiro (Letterkenny, Workin’ Moms, Mary kills people) and Ari Millen (Orphan Black, Rupture).

We hope to see you there for what is sure to be a fun and eye-opening event!!


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