Funders, Private Investors & Crowd Funding: How can I Finance My Indie Film?

Great idea? Check. Passion? Check. Money? Umm… Not so much. In this panel we will discuss ways to finance your independent film; the resources, obstacles and success stories.
Where: Gerrard Room @ The Eaton Chelsea Hotel – 33 Gerrard St W, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z4

02:00pm – 02:45pm



David Miller: Producer & President of Agency 71 Productions Inc.

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[citem title=”Bio” id=”citem_90″ parent=”collapse_20″]David Miller is an internationally established producer, who has overseen independent productions both within Canada and abroad. His films have collected many prestigious awards around the world including a 2009 Genie nomination for Best Motion Picture for the feature film AMAL. His latest project BLACKBIRD, garnered much acclaim – including Best First Feature at 2012 TIFF, the Canadian Screen Claude Jutra Award and the Grand Prix at Cannes Ecran Junior.

Miller has recently completed three new feature films – SIDDHARTH (Richie Mehta), ALGONQUIN (Jonathan Hayes) and IT WAS YOU CHARLIE (Emmanuel Shirinian). He is currently in development on BASEBALLISSIMO (written by Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot), MY FOOLISH HEART (Emmanuel Shirinian) and BURDEN (Hubert Davis). Miller also has two dramatic TV series and a comedy in development, and recently helped launch a new initiative called MAPLE GRAVY – a production entity that includes CAA, A71 Productions and five of the top Canadian writers and executive producers living in Hollywood.

David Miller is a standing member of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), sits on the CMPA Feature Film Committee, resides on the Board of Directors for Channel Zero Inc., and is a partner in Agency 71 Inc.



Lee Kim: Producer – Resolute Films and Entertainment

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[citem title=”Bio” id=”citem_91″ parent=”collapse_21″]Lee Kim’s producing career began in 2006 with the feature film This Beautiful City, which was nominated for four Genies at the 29th Genie Awards in 2009.  His second film Small Town Murder Songs premiered at TIFF in 2010 and was a prize-winner at the Torino International Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival and Phoenix Film Festival.  The film catapulted director Ed Gass-Donnelly into Hollywood’s up-and-coming list, following his inclusion in Variety’s Top 10 Directors-to-Watch list.  Other feature film producing credits include The Conspiracy, released by eOne Films Canada in July, 2013 as well as I’ll Follow You Down, directed by Richie Mehta starring Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson and Rufus Sewell, to be released in Canada and the US in early 2014.

In addition to feature film production, Lee has ventured into TV production, having just closed a deal with Working Title and NBC Universal for a TV pilot and possible series pick-up for the CONSPIRACY, to be written by Scott Z Burns (BOURNE ULTIMATUM, THE INFORMANT, SIDE EFFECTS).  He is also finalizing the terms on a $10m dollar production fund to assist with co-financing slates of film and TV project, to be ready for early 2014.




Jeremy Lalonde: Director/Producer

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[citem title=”Bio” id=”citem_92″ parent=”collapse_22″]By the age of nineteen Jeremy had already won the Lighthouse Festival Theatre’s Young Playwright’s Award three times, in addition to having won an Award of Excellence and Outstanding Production award in the Sear’s Drama Festival.


Shifting focus from the theatre to film, Jeremy studied film and television at Niagara College (he would later return as a visiting professor) where he made his award-winning short film Selfless, Cold, & Composed.  In the summers between school years he co-founded the Ontario Visual Heritage Project an award-winning documentary series that explores the history of Ontario.  Though he has stepped away from it, the project continues to be produced and parts of it air on TVO.


After moving Toronto, Jeremy has kept busy in the film and television industry working as an editor for films, Bolly Double, starring Sitara Hewitt, Saturday, starring Carlos Diaz and Tony Nappo, and television series including Carlawood, featuring Carla Collins and Ty Power Jr., as well as the Gemini award winning Princess, Wipeout Canada, and You Gotta Eat Here.


As the goal has always been to work on his own projects, Jeremy wrote and directed the award-winning short film Mrs. & Mrs. Moosewood  followed up by his award-winning short film for Bravo!, Hoff’s New Direction, before directing his first feature film, The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard.  It has screened internationally at film festivals and was given a limited theatrical run in Canada, in addition to playing on Super Channel.  In 2011 Jeremy was nominated for Best Director at the Canadian Comedy Awards, in addition to being recognized by the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010 with the Irving Avrich Award for Emerging Talent in Canadian FilmSex After Kids is Jeremy’s second feature film as a writer/director and he is in development on a slate of television and feature film projects.



Sean Cisterna: Director/Producer – Mythic Productions Inc.

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Sean Cisterna is a Toronto-based filmmaker.

His 2011 feature film road trip comedy, Moon Point, featuring a number of well-known Canadian stars, played the festival circuit (Cinefest Sudbury, Film North, Calgary International Film Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival, and more internationally) to great success, winning several awards. Moon Point was acquired for broadcast television by The Movie Network, as well as a national DVD/digital home video release through Anchor Bay Entertainment.

A graduate of York University’s Film and Video Production/Screenwriting program, Cisterna began his directing career behind the camera on the PBS Kids’ show, Ricky’s Room (1999-2001). After directing commercials and on-air promos for Corus Entertainment for four years, he produced the feature film My Brother’s Keeper (2004) starring Aaron and Shawn Ashmore. In the fall of 2007, Cisterna was given a greenlight by YTV to co- produce and direct the teen musical, King of the Camp (2008). His current project, 30 Ghosts, is a feature documentary on a struggling paranormal investigator. The film will be released theatrically in 2013 through IndieCan Entertainment Inc.




John Galway: English Language Program President – The Harold Greenberg Fund

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[citem title=”Bio” id=”citem_10″ parent=”collapse_10″]John Galway’s twenty-five year career in the Canadian film and television industry began with a position at the Toronto International Film Festival. His interest in development and production led a position with Independent Pictures, and contract work on several film and television projects. He then moved into financing, working with the Ontario Film Investment Program and the CTF. During his time there, he graduated from Schulich School of Business’ MBA program. Afterwards, he worked with Telefilm Canada as the National Television Sector Head and the Regional Director for Ontario and Nunavut. In 2005, he joined The Harold Greenberg Fund as the English- Language Program President. As a member of The Harold Greenberg Fund’s Board of Directors, he has been involved with investments of more than $25 Million in support of Canadian writers, directors, producers and performers. He has helped develop over 750 feature film and television projects, including Away from Her, Barney’s Version, In Darkness and One Week. He is also the co-founder/Chair of the Canadian International Television Festival and the Toronto Irish Film Festival, and sits on various industry board, juries and advisory committees.[/citem]

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