Deadly Exposure Industry Conference November 23-25, 2023 banner image with logo for Horror Development Lab November 20-22, 2023, image contains festival sponsor logos; Super Channel, Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates, IPF, Raven Banner, Red Water, Marquee Insurance, William F. White International, Michael Jari Davidson, Deadly Grounds Coffee, Scriptation, NYX


During the daytime of the festival join us in person for industry panels and power round tables with key industry professionals. This event has been financially assisted by Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates and the Independent Production Fund.

These events will take place at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2M7) in Toronto.

Panel Pass
(Full Deadly Exposure Passes are now SOLD OUT)

Information continues to be updated regarding panel guests as details are confirmed.


(Deadly Exposure Pass required for the Thursday round tables)

9:15 am - 9:45 am
Complimentary coffee and tea courtesy of Deadly Grounds Coffee
deadly grounds coffee

In this two part event, participants will have the opportunity to meet with some of Canada's industry leaders to discuss their experience in the fields of financing, sales, and distribution. Session one is an opportunity to meet with some of the key funders. Session two is an opportunity to meet with some of the key distributors, sales agents, organizations and producers in Canada.

Passes include a full delegate contact list (in excel) that will include panellists and attendees that will be sent after the event is over.

9:45 am - 12:15 pm

Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) | Hans Engel, National Directors Division & Directors Rights Collective of Canada

Film Market Access | Kirk Cooper, Founder

GC Casting | Glenda Clarke, Casting Director

Golio | Ian Nichol & Daryl Ledwon

Photon Films | Sard«± Hardie, Vice President of Acquisitions & Sales

Raven Banner Entertainment | Anelle Dehghani, Canadian Distribution and World Sales Coordinator

Red Water Entertainment | Reese Eveneshen, Head of Development

Wango Films | James Van der Woerd, Producer

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm (break)

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

ACTRA | Taisa Dekker, Manager - Industry Initiatives & Outreach

Highball TV | Niall Macpherson (He/Him) - Head of Programming and Acquisitions

Independent Production Fund (IPF) | Mark Shapland, Communications & Program Coordinator

McCam Insurance | Rorie McIntosh, President

NYX TV | Corinne Ferguson, CEO

Red Hill Entertainment | Dana Abraham, Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Super Channel | Kimberley Ball, Chief Content Officer

William F White International Inc. | Greg Jeffs, Client Services Coordinator, Emerging Filmmakers/Digital Content

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Stay for a networking drink with your colleagues at the Tranzac Club before heading over the screenings at the Isabel Bader Theatre.


(Deadly Exposure Pass or Panel Pass required for Friday industry panels)

9:15 am - 9:45 am
Complimentary coffee and tea courtesy of Deadly Grounds Coffee
deadly grounds coffee

Image of the guests for the Meet the Producers panel

9:45 am - 11:00 am
This panel includes an eclectic mix of producers in the Canadian film industry. How do they find projects and directors? What are their methods to bring a collaborative vision to the screen? Join us as we get those answers and more from those who get productions off the ground.

Guests include David Bond, Malachi Ellis, Ry Levey, & Pasha Patriki

Moderated by Sera-Lys McArthur

David Bond is an award-winning genre film writer, and producer. He is also a member of CMPA, Producers Network at Cannes and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Mr. Bond's career began with COOKERS and AMERICAN CRIME for Lionsgate Films. Since then, he has had many successful films such as, EXTREMITY from Dark Elegy Films, available on Shudder, and released by Sony in Germany and has oversaw the 1980s horror reboot hit, THE BOOGEYMAN as a producer and a writer.Mr. Bond executive produced the 70s-style arthouse horror film ANTRUM: The Deadliest Film Ever Made. In the spring of 2020, ANTRUM became the number one film on Amazon Prime. Having a Theatrical Release in JAPAN on February 9th and the UK on October 26th, and it already appears on three Top 10 lists. Also, in the spring of 2020, ANTRUM went viral globally by reaching over 200k on BuzzFeed and having over 70 million watches on TikTok videos. He executive produced Voice Pictures's BLOODTHIRSTY, it was part of the Frontieres Buyers Showcase at Cannes 2020. In the fall of 2020, BLOODTHIRSTY was sold to XYZ, and it was the closing night film for Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Mr. Bond was also an executive producer for THE BLACKSTONE, CREEPYPASTA. He has screened his films in over fifty major film festivals worldwide, including Sitges, Brussels, and Bucheon and has sold his films in 30 countries.

Malachi Ellis is a Black Film and Television producer based in Toronto who strives to tell stories revolutionizing the status quo for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ audiences. He was recently selected for the Reelworld Screen Institute's Producer Program and the Canadian Film Centre's Norman Jewison: Producer Lab. His producing skills have led him to work at some of the largest Canadian production companies, such as eOne and Bell Media. As an independent producer, Malachi has worked with some of Canada's most talented emerging writers/directors producing short films and proof-of-concept works. His most recent producing credits include I LIVE HERE (Aspen Shortsfest, CBC Gem), DIASPORA (TIFF 2022, Vimeo Staff Pick), FISH BOY (BFI Flare, Frameline47) and EXPRESS (TIFF 2023). In 2021, Malachi was named one of Playback Magazine's 10 to Watch. Malachi is an alumnus of Toronto Metropolitan University's RTA Media Production Program and the OYA Emerging Filmmakers Program.

Ry Levey is a 20+ year film industry professional who has publicized and or distributed over 100 Feature films, including award winning films like Emmy Award winner MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE, Oscar nominated THE INVISIBLE WAR, and films by iconic directors like Frederick Wiseman, Steve James, Christopher Munch, Bill Plympton, Frank Henenlotter, Andrucha Waddington, Bas Devos, Kleber Mendonca Filho, Barbara Hammer, Tony winning and Oscar nominated filmmaker/Theatre icon Julie Taymor and 2 time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. His documentary feature directorial debut, OUT IN THE RING was the recipient of 4 Intl. film festival awards.

With over 24 years of industry experience behind his belt, Pasha Patriki has worked his way through the industry ranks in many technical and creative positions. He has the CSC designation from Canadian Society of Cinematographers - where he received highest accolades for his visual work, and he is a member of Canadian Media Producers Association. In 2010 he founded PurpleDOG Post, famous Toronto-based boutique facility that caters to indie and festival films and Digital and TV content. Since the founding of Hangar 18 Media in 2017 alongside Raven Banner Entertainment, Pasha has produced over a dozen of feature films in Canada and USA, most recently serving as Lead Canadian Producer on You Gotta Believe, a theatrical release starring Luke Wilson, Greg Kinnear, Sarah Gadon & Molly Parker. Pasha has also worn a directorial hat, working with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren in a 2018 action thriller "Black Water", as well as directing a Tubi Original "The Threat Next Door" In 2022. With a focus on genre content production, Pasha and Hangar 18 Media continue to shape the Canadian and US film landscape, overseeing projects with budgets ranging from $2 million to $10 million, with titles like V/H/S/94, Brooklyn 45, Sorry About The Demon, and many others. In 2022, Pasha collaborated with guitarist Slash on The Breach, which gave a start to a new label - BerserkerGang Entertainment, a collaboration between Slash, Hangar 18 Media and Rue Morgue.

Sera-Lys McArthur is what would happen if you combined Olivia Munn and Gal Gadot and raised her in Canada's Indian Country. She's an ethnically flexible actor with deep Native American roots. She has a hometown sweetness with an air of fashionable mystery. Sera-Lys is a screen and stage actor, producer, model, martial artist, horseback riding enthusiast, and a musical theatre nerd. A prairie girl with big city dreams, Sera-Lys is a proud member of the Nakota/ Assiniboine Nation and was raised by her German-Canadian single mother in southern Saskatchewan. Despite growing up in the middle of nowhere, she managed to become a working actor at age 13. She later moved to New York City to study musical theatre, and then went on to gain an MA in Acting from East 15 Acting School, the University of Essex, UK. Sera-Lys has experienced success on both sides of the border, gaining Canadian household recognition with recurring roles on two series: Arctic Air and Hard Rock Medical. She recently had an unforgettable guest appearance on the hit Starz series Outlander, as Mohawk healer Johiehon in episode 412 "Providence." She also had a comedic turn on opposite Cobie Smulders on episode 203 of Netflix's Friends From College. She is the female lead in Robbery, an independent feature film, and a key supporting role in the film adaptation of the novel Monkey Beach. She is also an emerging producer, with several finished short films under her belt, including: Pharmalarm (producer & lead actor), Magic Madeleines and The Wolf of Waubamik Woods (co-producer and actor), with more projects in development.

Image of the guests for the DOUBLE TROUBLE: WORKING IN FILMMAKING PAIRS panel

11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Panel 2:
Filmmaking has always been a collaborative medium, and "filmmaking" directing or director/producer teams have recently become more popular. But what if that team consists of spouses or siblings? We'll explore the ins and outs and challenges of this close-knit dynamic.

Guests include Brett M. Butler & Jason G. Butler, Jesse Thomas Cook & Liv Collins and Chris Bavota & Lee Paula Springer

Moderated by Kat & Karissa Strain

Brett and Jason Butler, the Butler Brothers, are Writer/Director/Producers based out of Toronto, creating original content under their studio banner, Substance Production. The award-winning filmmakers last theatrical release, First Round Down, landed in the Top 5 for Canadian box office during its opening week and along with Purgatory Jack and their dark comedy, Unfriending, currently on the film festival circuit they have wrapped principal photography on another feature, Thanks For the Room. They have also recently opened a boutique distribution company, Tiny Cabin Pictures.

Jesse Thomas Cook and Liv Collins of Collingwood Film Company are a husband/wife indie powerhouse filmmaking tag-team. Cook is a prolific Canadian producer and director of genre cinema. His 15 features have garnered awards from Fantastic Fest, Fantasia, and many more. Collins is a writer, producer and performer, with leading roles in The Hexecutioners, DeadSight and their latest award-winning feature The Hyperborean. The duo have collaborated on 7 feature films, including 2022's Cult Hero, which received six nominations at the 2023 Canadian Screen Awards. They work and live in Collingwood with their four children.

Filmmaking duo (and married couple) Chris Bavota and Lee Paula Springer are the writer/director pair behind the short films Zomboni and Even the Darkness Has Arms. Their feature debut Dead Dicks premiered at the Fantasia International Film Festival in 2019, winning them the Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature. Dead Dicks went on to win several screenwriting and acting awards at home and abroad, including Fantasporto, Other Worlds, Another Hole in the Head and Vancouver Badass. Blood In the Snow holds a very special place in their hearts as the 2019 award winners for the festival's very own Best Script and Rising Star Awards.

Kat and Karissa Strain have most notably made appearances as actresses in the genre of horror, sci-fi and dark comedy. The sisters joined together to form "KarKat Productions" in order to bring their passion for storytelling to life as filmmakers with various web content on their Youtube channel "KarKat TV", their Instagram page "@sistersstrain" as well as writing/producing and directing short films that have been accepted to and won awards at film festivals all over the world.

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm (break)


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Panel 3:
Accessibility is no longer a "nice to have" - it is the law, and it is a human right. In this panel, we will discuss how you can make your film projects more accessible in your storytelling, casting and crew.

Live CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation) captioning will be provided for this panel.

Guests include Michael McNeely & Ophira Calof

Moderated by Keda Edwards Pierre

Ophira Calof (She/They) is an award-winning Disabled artist with credits including Generally Hospital and Literally Titanium. Ophira also works as a curator, educator, and consultant with projects including COVID-19 through a Disability Lens: Storytelling and Filmmaking Project, and Making Space: Stories of Disabled Youth in the GTA.

Michael McNeely is the first Deaf-Blind student to graduate from Osgoode Hall Law School. He understands that having a child with a disability can be both a gift and a source of tension for a family unit, especially with exorbitant costs for accessibility equipment. Michael is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and is aware of the many challenges facing queer families. Michael has taught advocacy skills at the Canadian Helen Keller Centre, delivered lectures on accommodations and accessibility to numerous post-secondary institutions, is the director of a documentary "Advocacy Club", is an accredited and published film critic, and is an accessibility advocate who works with those in the film, theatre and transportation industries to help improve their accessibility practices. Michael has served on the board of directors for Sensity, is a former member of Toronto's Accessibility Advisory Committee. He is also a former high school teacher. He currently works for the Department of Justice as a lawyer and hopes to make more films soon. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends and loved ones, playing video games, and lazing about on a raft made of pool noodles when he should be swimming laps.

Keda Edwards Pierre brings a unique and authentic voice to her consultancy and content development work. Her content studio, Broken Whole Media, creates, develops and produces provocative scripted and unscripted content to transform the industry through A.R.T.S. (Amplifying diversity, Revolutionizing narratives, Transformative stories and Surpassing expectations). Keda Edwards Pierre has recently joined Blood in the Snow in 2023 as our Assistant Development Coordinator for the BITS Development Lab and Deadly Exposure.

Image of the guests for the MEET THE DISTRIBUTORS panel.

2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Where does your film go after the festival circuit? With streaming services at an all-time high, the distribution of a movie can bring new opportunities and challenges. Get the latest in distribution strategies with our esteemed guests.

Guests include: Greg Rubidge (Syndicado), Sarde Hardy (Photon Films), Anelle Dehghani (Raven Banner Entertainment)

Moderated by Heidy Morales

Greg Rubidge has spent most of his career at the confluence of emerging digital platforms and entertainment. After graduating with an MBA in Finance and two years in commercial banking he followed his passion for movies and entered the film and TV industry. Over the next 20 years his career crossed into tech, network television, and telecom until when he founded his second startup, Syndicado, a digital distribution company with over 4000 hours of feature films and television series available for VOD globally. Since then the company has grown to include theatrical distribution in North America and in 2016 Rubidge co-founded a boutique documentary world sales agency Syndicado Film Sales with a presence in North America and Europe.

Sard«± Hardie is a Toronto based writer, producer, community organizer and film executive acquiring new content and securing sales on broadcast and digital platforms for Photon Films (formerly Pacific Northwest Pictures). Prior to Photon, she was at Entertainment One as a Sales Executive within the Film and Television division.

Anelle Dehghani has been an avid horror fan since she was a child. Her introduction to horror was Wes Craven's ¡ÆNightmare on Elm Street,' and she's been hooked on the genre ever since. She joined Raven Banner shortly after graduating from the Toronto Film School Production Program. She has handled physical assets and deliveries for over 6 years, managing the company's Canadian VOD and Theatrical distribution as well as Festival print-traffic. She also coordinates international sales and marketing, providing invaluable support to the many films that Raven Banner represents.

Heidy Morales is the founder of Hye's Musings, an alternative media website covering film, theatre, along with other arts and culture events. Heidy is a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Born in Guatemala, Heidy now resides in Toronto (Treaty 13), Ontario where she has been writing and discussing the film scene locally and abroad for over 12 years.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Stay for a networking drink with your colleagues at the Tranzac Club before heading over the screenings at the Isabel Bader Theatre.


(Deadly Exposure Pass or Panel Pass required for Saturday industry masterclass)

9:15 am - 9:45 am
Complimentary coffee and tea courtesy of Deadly Grounds Coffee
deadly grounds coffee


10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Canadian Low-Budget Independent Film Producing & Distribution: The pitfalls and payoffs of making and distributing independent movies in Canada.

In this intense and interactive workshop, Avi Federgreen, Producer and Distributor of low-budget Canadian films, walks you through what you need - and what it takes - to produce and distribute low-budget, independent films in Canada today. This is producing experience from the trenches - not the stuff they teach in film school.

Avi Federgreen's almost 30 years of experience in the Canadian film industry includes over seventy films produced. Federgreen is currently in post on his third feature as a director, titled HOME FREE. In November 2011, Federgreen opened his film distribution and sales company, INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT. In the summer of 2022, Federgreen launched a Genre Distribution Company, RED WATER ENTERTAINMENT, servicing horror, sci-fi, action and thriller titles. Indiecan and Red Water have now released over 200 films in Canada and over 100 films in the US. Recently, Federgreen launched an international sales division, Indiecan Entertainment International, which is currently handling a number of feature films for sales internationally.

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Stay for a networking drink with your colleagues at the Tranzac Club before heading over to the screenings at the Isabel Bader Theatre.


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