Industry Day – Friday, October 27

11th Grand River Film Festival Industry Event

Friday October 27th, Communitech Kitchener

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1:00-1:15 – Welcome Address

Find a good seat and connect with your fellow attendees.


1:15-2:00 – Financing and Digital Marketing 101

The two topics go hand-in-hand when trying to produce a successful project. Where do you get the money to make content and how can you use social media to your advantage when trying to build your audience?

Confirmed Speakers:

Jason Butler, SubProdFirst Round Down

Karam Masri, Program Consultant, OMDC – Ontario Media Development Corporation

Michael Meredith, Senior Relationship Manager, Entertainment Division, RBC

Trinni Franke, Producer, Digital Media Manager, Willis Sweete Productions

Confirmed Moderator:

Samantha Clark, Public Relations Manager, Communitech


2:00-2:45 – Content Creation in KW

With the ever-evolving entertainment industry and tech integration the possibilities for content creators is endless. Hear from leaders in the media industry that hail from the Waterloo Region and how they incorporate the latest technologies into their projects.

Confirmed Speakers:

Timothy Muza, Commercial Photographer, Timothy Muza Photography + Films

Matt Hortobagyi, Video / Virtual Reality / Livestream Producer @ Astrodog Media

Allan Fernandes, Product Manager, Christie Digital Systems

Confirmed Moderator:

Jason Butler, SubProdFirst Round Down


2:45-3:00 – Break

Take a quick breather before jumping into the next session!


3:00-4:00 – Video Keynote: In Conversation with Colin McRae, Shopify Studios

Colin McRae, Head of Development at Shopify Studios has an extensive history working in Canadian media. Having started his career at MuchMusic and holding different positions within the (now) Bell Media Family, Colin spent time honing his skills next at the growing network The Score.

Heading into development positions at Pyramid Productions followed by VICE Media, his focus has predominantly been towards news within entertainment, sport and other doc style content. No stranger to different viewing platforms, Colin has been able to engage with viewers both on television and online, evolving with the Toronto media industry over the past 15 years during a time which crucial changes have occurred. Join us as we sit down with Colin to discuss his work, starting his own company Vapr Media and how evolving technologies have moulded his career.

Confirmed Speakers:

Colin McRae, Head of Development, Shopify Studios

 Confirmed Moderator:

Nabil Fahel, GRFF Board Member


4:00 – 5:00 – MCAP Shorts program

Join us as we screen our winning shorts from the MCAP SHORT Shorts Program thanks to our amazing sponsor, MCAP!

We will be presenting the Shorts Winners with their awards and celebrating the success of all our filmmakers.


5:00 – 6:00 – Reception

Network with your fellow attendees and celebrate the success of our multi-industry event!