The Last Six invited to WFF feature project lab

Whistler Film Festival announces 2016 Feature Project Lab Slate (original release PDF)

Six producers offered unparalleled business and networking opportunity, invaluable project feedback and international marketplace insights from industry experts.

Whistler, B.C. (June 15, 2016) – Six producers from across Canada have been selected to participate in the Whistler Film Festival’s Feature Project Lab. Taking place in Whistler, British Columbia, this intense two­phase business and creative content development experience for Canadian producers is presented in association with Telefilm Canada. Phase I will take place over five days from June 19th to 24th and includes four months of ongoing feedback and project development with advisors. Phase II includes a three­day follow up, pitch boot camp and scheduled market meetings from November 29th to December 2nd during the Whistler Film Festival + Summit (WFF), one of Canada’s leading film festivals and industry gatherings.

Focused on strengthening dramatic feature projects from script to screen, WFF’s Feature Project Lab is intended to advance a producer’s dramatic feature project and facilitate relationships and investment in film projects that have US and international appeal. It’s all about getting content made!

“The six projects chosen to participate in this year’s Feature Project Lab represent a diverse mix of talent from across Canada. We are excited to launch the program with such a strong group whilst connecting them to our industry experts for invaluable feedback to support their journey to screen,” said Angie Nolan, WFF’s Industry Programming Manager.

The six producers and projects selected for the 2016 WFF Feature Project Lab include:

  • Joe Balass, Compass Productions (QC), winner of WFF’s 2015 Power Pitch Competition, with drama CALORIE, written by 2014 WFF Praxis Screenwriter participant Eisha Marjara
  • Jon Ornoy, Animal Mother Films (BC) with heart­warming dramedy COMEDIENNE, written by James Pickering
  • Harry Cherniak, Inflo Films (ON) with suspense filled drama LITTLE KINGS, written by Dusty Mancinelli, 2016 WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab participant
  • Jessica Adams, JA Productions (ON) with modern romantic drama MY HEART IS IN MY HEAD, written by Amy Jo Johnson
  • Jeremy Torrie, High Definition Pictures (MB) with film noir, OLD MAGIC, written by Carolyn Mamchur
  • Sara McIntyre, Kiss Dust Pictures (BC), with dark comedy THE LAST SIX, written by Sara McIntyre and adapted from the short story, Six Degrees of Altered Sensation by Kim Clark

Industry experts participating in Phase I of WFF’s Feature Project Lab include: Ariel Veneziano, Founder, Recreation; Ellen Pittleman, CEO, Hybrid Entertainment; Joe Jenckes, President, Bow Street Films; Kathleen Meek, Production Executive, Drama & Feature Film, Bell Media Inc.; Nolan Pielak, SVP, International Sales & Co­Production, Electric Entertainment; and Steve Bates, Investment Analyst, Business Affairs, Telefilm Canada.

WFF’s Feature Project Lab Marketplace Analysts and Facilitators include Berry Meyerowitz, Distribution Executive, and Peter Wetherell, President, Magus Entertainment.

Whistler Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support and commitment to the Feature Project Lab, presented in association with Telefilm Canada and sponsored by The Harold Greenberg Fund, Creative BC, I.A.T.S.E. 891, the Canadian Media Production Association and the Canadian Media Production Association – BC Producers Branch.

From November 30th to December 4th, 2016, the Whistler Film Festival + Summit (WFF) will celebrate its 16th edition with fresh films, special guests, unique industry initiatives, epic events, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination.