2006 Program

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Fantasy Worldwide International Film Festival Seminar


Friday October 27th, 2006
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. (Just South of Bloor and St. George)

4:00pm to 4:15pm Welcome and Introduction
Johanna Kern, Fantasy Worldwide Film Festival Executive
Director, introduces Debbie Pagliuca, Seminar Coordinator
  Debbie Pagliuca, Seminar Coordinator- Introduces Panel


Julie E.Czerneda – Fantasy Writer
Karl Schroeder – Fantasy Writer
Terence M Green – Fantasy Writer
Hoku Uchiyama – Director
Sibel Guvenc – Director/Writer
Perry Mucci – Actor (Sidekick Norman)
Michael Sparaga- Producer/Writer/Editor

  Debbie Pagliuca introduces Sarah Brebner, Moderator
4:15pm to 4:25pm Sarah Brebner speaks briefly on purpose of seminar
4:25pm to 5:00pm Panel Discussion
5:00pm to 5:35pm Panel discuss current projects
5:35pm to 5:50pm Q& A Session with Audience
5:50pm to 6:00pm Adjournment




Julie E.Czerneda – Fantasy Writer

Julie E. Czerneda (born April 11, 1955) is a Canadian science fiction and fantasy author. She has written at least 9 SF novels, including the Prix Aurora winner In the Company of Others, a number of short stories; and has edited several anthologies.
Czerneda is a biologist by education, and has been active in writing and editing non-fiction. She has edited and authored a number of educational books targeting career guidance, and the teaching of science.

Karl Schroeder – Fantasy Writer

Karl Schroeder was born in 1962 in Brandon, Manitoba. He moved to Toronto in 1986 to further his writing career. In 1996, he was elected president of SF Canada. His awards include the Context '89 Short Story contest for his story "The Cold Convergence" (then titled "Live Wire") and "The Toy Mill" won the 1993 Aurora award for best short work in English.


Terence M Green – Fantasy Writer

Terence M. Green (BA, BEd, MA) of Toronto, the author of seven books, is profiled in Canadian Who's Who, Contemporary Authors, Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, The Encyclopedias of Science Fiction and Fantasy, etc. He has guest lectured at the University of Toronto (where his novel, Shadow of Ashland is currently being taught--ENG 236S), and given readings and talks throughout North America. A specialist in family-memoir novels and science-fiction/fantasy, he has been the subject of numerous TV, radio and print interviews. In 2003-2004 he was writer-in-residence at Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario. Currently, he teaches creative writing (part-time faculty) at the University of Western Ontario.


Sibel Guvenc – Director/Writer/Producer

President of Kybele films, she overseas the development, financing and production of feature films and TV series for Kybele Films. She recently co-wrote, directed and produced Hungarian Salami first episode of ‘Magic, Myth, and Dreams’ series starring David Sparrows, Toni Ellwand and John Kozak. She is currently developing features Broken Eggs, a Sci-fi and Eyes of Dreams, a psychological thriller. In 2006, Sibel received Best Cinematography in New York and Bronze Award in Houston with her film In the Penal Colony she directed and produced adapting a Franz Kafka short story and in 2005, Best Abstract Film in Toronto with Palette. A graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design, Sibel directed and produced short films and videos that are internationally screened and awards at numerous events. Having a B.Sc. degree in Statistics, she worked at executive level responsible for project coordination, marketing and sakes in Istanbul and Toronto.


Hoku Uchiyama – Director (Rose will be screening at our festival)

Hoku Uchiyama began writing, directing and editing short films at age 12. Those little pictures led him to his first job as a production assistant at Alchemedia, Ltd. when he was 15. Continuing to direct throughout high school. His movies landed him a stint working as an assistant sound editor at the Saul Zaentz film center where he worked on several major motion pictures for directors such as Sean Penn and John Waters.

His first feature, Bliss, got him accepted into the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he earned an undergraduate degree in film. During his time at Art Center he directed eight short films, two documentaries and two commercials, collectively winning over nine film festival awards worldwide, including 2nd place at the Cannes Young Directors Award in 2003.


Michael Sparaga - Producer/Writer/Editor (Sidekick )

An Honours graduate of York University's Film & Video Department, Michael spent his first few years out of film school writing for children's animation and industrials. Michael soon returned to his first passion, writing feature screenplays. He started with the romantic-comedy, IN THE STARS, which was developed with funding from Telefilm Canada.

With his next screenplay, the superhero dark-comedy, SIDEKICK, Michael decided to form his own production banner, Victory Man Productions, and produce the film himself. After numerous, award-winning, North American film festival appearances as well as a theatrical cross-Canada tour, SIDEKICK's remake rights were optioned by Universal's Focus Features and Maple Pictures acquired Canadian Home Video and Television rights.

Michael is currently at work on the screenplay for his follow-up feature, the Bigfoot-themed horror-comedy, FOOTPRINTS, with funding from both Telefilm Canada and Maple Pictures. Michael is also hard at work directing an hour-long documentary on the Canadian film industry.

Perry Mucci – Actor (Sidekick Norman)

Perry is a graduate of Queen’s University and New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared onstage in plays for Theatre Etobicoke, Scaramouche Theatre, and Touring Players and can once again be seen performing in this year’s St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. In front of the camera, he has been in shows aired on the CBC, The Discovery Channel and HBO as well as the short film The Human Number and the 2006 feature Blood Creek. Originally from Hastings, Ontario, Sidekick was Perry’s feature film debut.

Seminar Donations:

Gift Bags- Clearview Industries – Thank you to Angie Gucciardi.
Gift Bags- Bakka Book Store- Thank you to Chris
Cookies for Panelist- 2smart Cookies Thank you to Anna Tata & Linda Tommasino

Raffle Donations:

Home staging/Interior Design Service- Design Style- Thank you to Patti Pagliuca
Painting – Keanue Reeves- Margaret Irving- Thank you to Margaret

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