Category: Events, Sat Oct 1



with Alex Rogalski & Lauren Howes – moderated by Irene Bindi

[dropcap style=”font-size: 52px; color: #efd77d;”]H[/dropcap]ave you ever wondered how the people behind your favorite film festivals select the films for their programs? What are they looking for? What is their process? With hundreds, often thousands of submissions to go through, how do they stay focused, sane, and able to think creatively? What should filmmakers entering into the submission process be aware of?

In this engaging panel discussion, authorities Alex Rogalski (Programmer for TIFF, Hot Docs, One Take Super 8 Event) and Lauren Howes (Executive Director, CFMDC) will offer their unique perspective on that most mysterious of topics – the festival selection process; how to best market your work to catch a programmer’s eye, what type of films festivals are looking for, and how the programmer makes their decisions. Whether you are a filmmaker yourself or an interested viewer, you’ll find this discussion informative, and perhaps a little surprising!


 with Alex Rogalski & Lauren Howes

$25 | Only 5 spots available!

Friday, September 30, 2011
45min spots available from 12pm – 5pm | at On Screen Manitoba

Manitoba film and video artists at any point in their career will have the opportunity to discuss their work, their approach, and how to best market their works with a seasoned film festival programmer and distributor. This unique paring will offer one of a kind development for local Manitoba artists looking to gain feedback on their works and will assist in demystifying the festival process.

To register for this workshop, please contact:

Claudia Garcia de la Huerta, Programs Manager, On Screen Manitoba


ALEX ROGALSKI  is a Short Cuts Canada Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival. In this role, he is responsible for introducing audiences to excellence in short-form Canadian films. Rogalski also programmes for the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Toronto.

Rogalski regularly travels across North America as the Co-ordinator of the One Take Super 8 Event. His Super 8 programmes have been included in the Images Festival, Pop Montreal and the WNDX Festival of Avant Garde Film. Rogalski coordinated Canada’s Top 10 – Short Films in 2008, and curated film programs for the Pacific Cinematheque (Vancouver) and Winnipeg Cinematheque.

Rogalski has a Masters of Arts in Communications and Culture from York University in Toronto and continues to participate in academia. Most recently, Rogalski was an invited guest lecturer at Ryerson University, Concordia University, Montreal, University of Regina, Saskatchewan and Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. He is also a board member of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.

LAUREN HOWES has been working as the Executive Director of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre since 2006. Previous to her move to Toronto, she worked as the Distribution Manager of Video Out Distribution part of VIVO Media arts in Vancouver.

Through her work in distribution she attends numerous film festivals and media art markets worldwide promoting Canadian media art. She has presented curated programs in Dublin, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Hamburg, Paris and Seoul. She graduated in 1996 with a BFA in Film Production from Simon Fraser University.

Howes is currently the Chair of the Board of the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO) and served on the Board (2008-2010) of the Independent Media Arts Alliance.


Presented with the support of the Province of Manitoba