The Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) Industry Day returned to Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre again this year as SIRT hosted an interactive day of workshops, panels and a technology showcase taking place on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
Industry Day provides a rare opportunity for ICFF guests to spend a day at SIRT’s research soundstage at Pinewood Toronto Studios. This year, participants got hands-on experience with the latest tools and techniques in VR, 360 filmmaking and storytelling with industry experts. Presented by ETV Film Inc. and SIRT, this immersive, one-day event allowed interaction with a spectrum of industry leaders from big and small budget projects, features and documentaries, traditional and VR filmmaking, producers, directors, funders and technology providers.
Industry Day attendees got an intimate, behind the scenes access to this rapidly changing world of storytelling – from funding sources, to evaluating storytelling techniques for various audiences, and creating content that puts audiences in the centre of the action.
Guest speakers included:
Don Carmody, legendary Canadian Oscar-winning producer (Chicago) and first adaptation of videogame to film (Resident Evil)
Gareth Seltzer, Co-founding Investor RYOT (now HuffPostRYOT) and associate producer of 2016
Oscar-nominated film BODY TEAM 12
Matt Lyon, Creative Director of 3D big budget animated feature Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad, AMBI Pictures / AIC Movie Inc.
Zaib Shaikh, Toronto's Film Commissioner
Martin Lord, The Ontario Centres for Excellence (OCE)
Jeff Preyra, Writer / Director and head of 360 story labs
The on-site VR Showcase featured interactive exhibits by Legend 3D VR, HuffPostRYOT, Eye-LIVE Media, AMBI Pictures / AIC Movie, CEV presenting Nokia OZO, The Post Office, itsme 3D Avatar, and Sheridan College student work. SIRT also showcased HTC Vive and Oculus VR content, Facebook’s Two Big Ears VR sound solution, GoPro VR Rigs, and Microsoft's HoloLens.