Guest Lectures

Guest Lectures

Every semester we bring in a variety of guest speakers to the program. Industry speakers have included:

Michael Conway Baker is one of Canada’s leading Film Composers whose awards and credits span numerous works. His feature films include: One Magic Christmas (Disney); The Grey Fox ; Kingsgate and John and the Missus. TV series themes include: Double Exposure; The Nature of Things with David Suzuki; The Vicki Gabereau Show and Cross Currents.

Lael McCall is an independent producer based in Vancouver who spent seven years at Alliance (now Alliance/Atlantis), most recently as VP of Alliance Pictures, where she oversaw acquisitions and produced/co-produced a number of international co-productions (Turning April, On My Own, Boys Club). She has also held the position of Creative Affairs Executive at United Artists Development(Castaway, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Windprints) and was a charter resident at the Canadian Film Center.

Velcrow Ripper is a Genie award winning filmmaker, writer, and sound designer. He has directed over thirty films and videos, both fiction and issue oriented documentary. In addition to sound designing his own films, he sound designed such documentaries as A Place Called Chiapas (Best Sound Hot Docs, Best Sound Leo Awards), CultureJam (directed by Jill Sharp; nominated for a Leo) and The Falls (directed by Kevin McMahon), as well as sound fx work on The Adjuster, (by Atom Egoyan) Highway '61 (by Bruce Macdonald) and sound consultant on Nettie Wild's Fix. Among his own films are In The Company of Fear (Vision T.V.), the Golden Gate Award-winning Open Season (co-directed with Heather Frise, CBC), the multi-award winning non-fiction feature Bones of the Forest (co-directed with Heather Frise; TVO; winner of over seven awards, including Best of the Festival and Best Over-all Sound at Hot Docs), and I'm Happy, a feature fiction. His feature length theatrically released documentaries include Occupy Love; Fierce Light and ScaredSacred.

Independent director, Harry Killas credits include the documentary Picture Start and two documentary films for the CBC Rough Cuts series, Stand up Samurai and Superkids. His short drama, Babettes Feet has been screened in more than twenty five international film festivals. He is a graduate of NYU’s Film Program.

Michael McKinley works as a journalist, author, documentary filmmaker, and screenwriter. A Vancouver native, he was educated at the University of British Columbia, and then at Oxford University. McKinley's first feature film as screenwriter was "Impolite", winner of British Columbia Film’s New Views Award. He has also written for the TV series "Due South" and "Nilus the Sandman", and wrote and co-produced the CBC TV documentary film "Sacred Ballot", about the successor to Pope John Paul II. He also co-produced and co-wrote “The Mystery of Jesus,” a documentary examining the historical Jesus that aired on “CNN Presents” . CNN subsequently commissioned a sequel documentary, “The Two Marys: The Madonna and the Magdalene” which won a Gracie Award for Best Hour-long Documentary aired in the US. He wrote and co-produced “After Jesus” for CNN, and has written for the docu-drama series “Survivors” (Channel 4 UK and Discovery US) and “Possible Disasters” (Channel 5 UK and Discovery US).

Independent producer/director, Jeff Moneo has completed the independent feature film Big Muddy (2014) and the short Going South (2013). Going South marked the second time in three years that he had a short film screen at Cannes in the Cinefondation programme. He is a graduate of Columbia University.

The Digital Film Group is a local company with an international reputation for solutions to the increasingly complex and converging worlds of digital and film. They have developed a strong reputation for creating road maps for virtually any production that requires technical and creative budgetary solutions, whether originating in film or video. Their core technical focus is on advanced large-scale media presentation and distribution; such as film projection, digital projection, television broadcast, and the future markets of internet/broadband delivery. Credits include: Atanarjuat -The Fast RunnerThe CorporationThe TakeSee Grace Fly and many more.

Patti Poskitt, Second Son Productions Inc. has worked on a variety of series and individual productions as an executive producer, supervising producer and production manager. Recent credits include that of supervising producer of Nehiyawetan, an aboriginal language children's television series for APTN.

Robert Landy is a prolific television editor with numerous documentary, reality based series credits for international broadcasters including CBC, CBC North, The History Channel and Discovery.

Janice Talbott is a media consultant and former independent production executive at City TV. She has worked with many of British Columbia's emerging independent filmmakers developing their first projects for broadcast.

Ryan Mah, photographer/filmmaker and documentary director From Lead To Gold, a portrait of Jim Rimmer.

Varied Representatives, Knowledge Network to discuss on going broadcast and online screening/distribution opportunities.

Jon Ornoy, independent filmmaker and the former facilities representative at Cineworks Film Cooperative.

Luisa Wen. Outreach Coordinator for the Vancouver Short Film Festival.