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This year’s Silver Wave Film Festival Industry Series offers a full day of filmmaking inspiration.

silver-waveThe Industry Series has become a vital part of the Silver Wave Film festival. By creating a forum for filmmakers to meet and discuss their craft through presentations and lectures, festival organizers hope to inspire new, emerging and established filmmakers through this free, full-day event.

“The Silver Wave Film Festival’s free Industry Series brings together leading commercial and independent professionals in an intimate setting designed to help advance professional careers,” said Cat Leblanc, who helps coordinate the festival. “Taking place at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, we aim to strike a balance between art, commerce and critical thinking in a welcoming environment for the most novice or experienced media creator.”

This year’s Industry Series includes panel discussions on a variety of topics including nonfiction storytelling, story development, experimental filmmaking and production, with twelve accomplished filmmakers sharing their experience and expertise.

“Come learn from and engage with respected and talented professionals working in the industry today,” said Leblanc.

A reception will follow the full day’s programming with complimentary food and refreshments and entertainment provided by Fredericton’s own David In The Dark.


Documentary – Always Talk to Strangers: Telling True Stories | 10 – 11:15 a.m.

Host: CBC Journalist Christine McLean | Guests: Alex Vietinghoff, Kathy Gildart, Tim Davidson

Christine is joined by three documentary filmmakers in a candid discussion about nonfiction storytelling and what to do when you meet people whose life stories have to be told. How do you make an amazing true story into an equally amazing magazine piece, book, feature film, documentary, TV show or anything else? What are the secrets of finding great subjects, how do you get them to talk to you, and how do you connect the loose ends of real life when you need to tie up a narrative?

The Filmmaking Catalyst | 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Host: Dr. Robert Gray | Guests: Gordon Mihan, Amy Bourgaize, Bunthivy Nou

Join UNB Screenwriting Professor Robert Gray and three indie filmmakers as they discuss how they each brought their unique vision to the screen. From script development or finding the perfect writer with a great story to production to finding an audience and beyond, this is sure to be an engaging and informative panel.

Complimentary Lunch | 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Pushing Film Boundaries: Films on the Edge | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Host: Filmmaker Benjamin Dugdale | Guests: Kennlin Barlow, Dawn George, Ryan O’Toole

We are in a renaissance of filmmaking: filmmakers are taking artistic risks, experimenting with form and creating incredible work. Experimental filmmaker Benjamin Dugdale will have an in-depth conversation with three filmmakers that challenge the traditional short form by employing experimental techniques and styles in their films. These filmmakers are working outside of conventional labels and they want to tell their stories their way. Read panel bios.

WIFT-AT Presents: Seducing (attracting/finding) a Producer | 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Host: Filmmaker Louise Lalonde | Guests: Donna Davies, Andrea Levesque, Jillian Acreman

Producers are a rare breed, and as a creator, you have to learn to bring your A-game to the table if you’re trying to convince one to work with you. Chances are if you don’t have a producer, your project will never get off the ground. That’s how important that relationship is to your career. Join filmmaker Louise Lalonde as she examines the view from the other side of the table with two producers; one emerging and one experienced, and explore how you can sell yourself and your project when talking to a potential producer. Read panel bios.

SWFF Industry Series Reception | 5 – 8 p.m.

The Silver Wave Film Festival and ArtsLink NB present: The Industry Series Reception

Join us for our annual industry series reception with opening remarks followed by complimentary food, wine, beer and entertainment compliments of the Fredericton band David in the Dark.

Learn more about this year’s Industry Series and find details on tickets and passes here.

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