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DEADLY EXPOSURE 2020



Please join us again for our 2020 Deadly Exposure industry events at Blood in the Snow. Due to COVID-19 we will be hosting all our events on-line this year from November 4-7. All passes will include a full delegate contact list (in excel) that will include panelists and attendees. Login info will be sent out to delegates shortly.


WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4th



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12:00 pm to 1:30 pm - Panel #1 - PRODUCTION IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

This panel will focus on strategies for how productions will have to adjust their schedules and adapt safety measures to shoot safely in 2021, in the age of COVID-19.

Panelists include:

Annie Bradley (Director/ Chair of the DGC)
David M. James (Producer)
Navin Ramaswaran (Director)
Stephanie Herrera (Actor / Marquee Insurance)


Moderated by Kelly Michael Stewart (Festival Director/Producer)


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3:00 pm to 4:30 pm - Panel #2 - DISTRIBUTION IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

The distribution model for films has been changing rapidly over the past decade and now with COVID-19 it has sped up many of those changes even further. We will speak with leading distributors and sales agents about the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead.

Panelists include:

Amanda Gauvin, Manager of Distribution (LevelFILM)
James Fler, Managing Partner (Raven Banner)

Samantha Richardson, President (Devilworks)
Matteo Rolleri, Head of Distribution (Devilworks).

Moderated by Mariam Bastani (Writer/Filmmaker)



THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5th



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12:00 pm to 1:30 pm - Panel #3 - MEET THE FESTIVALS

Meet the Festival Directors and programmers of some of the leading film festivals in the world. Find out strategies for your film and details on how the landscape will be changing in the coming years.

Panelists include:

John Allison, Festival Director (Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival)
Bears Rebecca Fonte (Other Worlds Austin / Film Festival Consultant)
Peter Kuplowsky (Fantastic Fest / TIFF: Midnight Madness)
Brenda Lieberman (Calgary Underground Film Festival)


Moderated by Heidy Morales (Hye's Musings)

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3:00 pm to 4:30 pm - Panel #4 - UNDOING TROPES WITH CULTURAL SENSITIVITY

Horror has always had formulas: The white Final Girl, the "Magical" P.O.C., gender-confused killers, and the Black Guy who dies first. All of these tropes have endured over the years, with some filmmakers poking fun at them with the Scary Movie franchise, or scholars talking about their history in the Horror Noire documentary. How, in this world of bankable screenplays, can we change them? This panel is designed to dissect and rewrite these tropes, and how to approach BIPOC themes to abolish the fear of "the other" and represent BIPOC stories accurately within genre film.

Panelists include:

Robyn Citizen (TIFF Programmer)
Roger Boyer (BIPOC TV & Film)
Jerri Thrasher (Filmmaker and Blood in the Snow Programmer)


Moderated by Carolyn Mauricette (Blood in the Snow Development Coordinator/Programmer)


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6th



2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - ONLINE POWER ROUND TABLES (SESSION 1)

Small groups will meet on-line in different (virtual) breakout rooms for 20 minute sessions over a three hour period. Session 1 will deal with funding bodies and related organizations.

Guests (subject to change) include:

Bell Media - Mitch Geddes, Coordinator, Original Programming, Drama & Comedy
Canadian Film Centre (CFC) | Nafisa Murji, Manager, Programs & Content
Canadian Film Centre (CFC) | Dena Razapoor, Assistant Manager, Programs & Content
Canada Media Fund (CMF) | Jill Samson, Deputy Director, Portfolio Management
Independent Production Fund (IPF) | Mark Shapland, Communications & Program Coordinator
NSI Canada | Chris Vajcner, Director, Partner Support
Ontario Creates | Karam Masri, Program Consultant
Telefilm Canada | Barbara Chirinos, Project Leader National Promotion - Western Region, Ontario and Nunavut
William F. White (Whites) | Greg Jeffs, Client Services Coordinator, Emerging Filmmakers/Digital Content



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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7th



2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - ONLINE POWER ROUND TABLES (SESSION 2)

Small groups will meet on-line in different (virtual) breakout rooms for 20 minute sessions over a three hour period. Session 2 will deal with distribution and sales agents.

Guests (subject to change) include:

Black Fawn Distribution | CF Benner, Sales Manager
CBC | Paige Murray, Development Manager, Comedy and Drama and Canadian Reflections Programmer
IndieCan Entertainment | Avi Federgreen, President
Raven Banner Entertainment | Anelle Dehghani, Physical Distribution and VOD Manager
Tello Films | MarieAnn O'Neill, Director of Acquisitions
Super Channel | Jackie Pardy, Chief Content Officer
Syndicado | Greg Rubidge, President & Founder
Vortex Media | Matt Orenstein, Vice President, Acquisitions and Strategy
Vortex Media | Courtney McAllister, Head of Development





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