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Filmmakers’ Lounge

Filmmakers’ Lounge is a new meeting space for Festival filmmakers and industry professionals.

Formerly the Match Club, this year Filmmakers’ Lounge takes on a new name, new location and a much higher profile. It’s the site for our panels and industry sessions, as well as a place to meet, work or take a break.

Establish connections with key industry people, hang out with old friends and make new ones in the global film community. Grab a bite, have a drink and talk films! Filmmakers’ Lounge provides both business opportunities and a relaxed atmosphere all day and night!

International industry consultants are available onsite to help set up meetings and offer advice. Our hosts are experts from the fields of world sales, festivals and production.

Filmmakers’ Lounge features free WIFI, so you can catch up with business and personal contacts further afield as well.

Join us for our daily Happy Hours from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, September 10 -17.

Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021 through Saturday, September 18, 2021
Time: Daily from 9:00am until late
New Location: 134 Peter Street, NW corner of Peter St. & Richmond St. West (just north of the Hyatt Regency Hotel)
Catering by: Lolita’s Lust

Filmmakers’ Lounge is open to all Sales & Industry, Guest and Press delegates.

Filmmakers’ Lounge is the venue for the following programmes:

2010 Industry Consultants:

Hayet Benkara Hayet Benkara has years of experience in North America, Europe and the Middle East. She spent six years as the Manager of the Sales Office at the Toronto International Film Festival. Landmark festivals such as Cannes, Berlin International Film Festival, Rotterdam (CineMart and the Film Office), the Dubai and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and recently Exprecion in Corto International Film Festival have also benefited from her expertise as a match maker and a film industry advisor. She has also worked for Immersion, the Canadian-European co-production market held by Telefilm Canada Europe in Paris. In 2007 she was appointed Director of Programming and Industry Series Director at ReelWorld Film Festival. Her company Prodigy 360, services and advises international producers and filmmakers at any stage of their project.


Peter Belsito
Peter Belsito grew up in New York City and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and from the Masters film program at UCLA. After graduating from UCLA he worked professionally as a cinematographer, produced feature films and feature documentaries and wrote screenplays.  He assisted Sydney Levine in founding Film Finders in 1988 as a blue chip film acquisitions tracking, consulting and publishing firm. He came on board full time in 1995 as a partner, Head of Sales and Marketing and as Executive Vice President. Peter travels extensively throughout the year to film festivals and markets worldwide. In July 2006 Film Finders merged with Withoutabox to develop new digital services for filmmakers, festivals and international sales and distribution.  After Film Finders/Withoutabox were sold to IMDb/, Belsito joined them and amicably left IMDb in April 2009 to pursue activities as an independent. Today he is a guest blogger on SydneysBuzz, which covers the international independent film business on Indiewire.


Nancy Collet Nancy Collet’s experience in the film industry spans over 20 years. With her extensive knowledge of working with studios and film festivals, she founded Cinema Collet in 2007. Her company offers strateg consulting services to film festivals, filmmakers and distribution companies. Her clients include the Toronto International Film Festival, the Middle East International Film Festival, the Goteborg International Film Festival, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, the Whistler Film Festival, the American Film Festival Poland, the Gasparilla International Film Festival, Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Film Center and Sharmill Films. Collet has regularly attended the major film festivals and markets since 1997 and also served as a juror and panelist for numerous film festivals, including the HBO Aspen Comedy Arts, Cleveland International Film Festival, American Film Market, Ashland Independent Film Festival and Kansas City Film Festival. From 1997 to 2007, Collet worked for the American Film Institute’s AFI FEST. She was promoted to Director of Programming in 2000 and produced seven editions in this capacity.


Sonja Heinen After studying languages and economics at the Euro Academy in Cologne, Sonja Heinen started her career in film business at Filmstiftung NRW in Düsseldorf in 1991. Until 2001 she was assistant to executive director Dieter Kosslick and in charge of maintaining the organization’s international contacts. During this time she organized co-production meetings with numerous European countries as well as international producers’ delegations and developed the International Co-Production Market Cologne, which celebrated its inaugural edition in 2000. From March 2001 to July 2003 she worked as a producer and project coordinator for Gemini Film and International West in Cologne. Since 2003 she has worked at the Berlin International Film Festival as Head of the Berlinale Co-Production Market. In addition, she has acted as Fund Manager of the World Cinema Fund since August 2004.


Slava Rubin Slava Rubin is CEO and co-founder of IndieGoGo, a collaborative funding platform which provides the tools and process for funding creative, entrepreneurial or cause projects. The service is now used in 133 countries. Slava is also a partner in Distribber, a digital distribution service providing access to iTunes, Amazon and Netflix while taking no rights or revenue share. He speaks regularly about the disruptive technologies impacting project funding and distribution, from media to small business or cause. Recent engagements include Skoll World Forum, Sundance and Berlin Film Fests, SXSW and Internet Week NY, while press includes BBC, AP, Reuters and CNN Money. Prior to IndieGoGo, Slava was a Strategy Consultant leading growth initiatives for clients ranging from MasterCard to Goldman Sachs to Fedex. He also started Music Against Myeloma, an annual charity event raising funds and awareness to fight this rare form of cancer.


Harris E. TulchinHarris E. Tulchin has practiced entertainment, communications and multimedia law since 1978.  He has lectured extensively at forums such as UCLA, AFI, ShowBiz Expo, IFTA and The Sundance Producer’s Conference.  He has served as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel for Cinema Group; Senior Counsel for United Artists; Director of Business Affairs at MGM Television; and Counsel for American International Pictures and Orion Pictures. Mr. Tulchin is an Adjunct Professor at the Entertainment Law Institute of Southwestern University Law School. As a private practitioner, his clients have included SONY, MGM/United Artists and Lion’s Gate Pictures. As a producer’s rep, Mr. Tulchin has sold and licensed hundreds of films. Moreover, he has co-authored the first three editions of The Independent Film Producer’s Survival Guide: A Legal and Business Sourcebook. Mr. Tulchin has produced or executive produced over a dozen motion pictures including the critically acclaimed To Sleep With Anger starring Danny Glover and directed by Charles Burnett.


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