Wednesday 15:45 – 16:45

Film Here!

On the creative side, location is one of the most important aspects for many film and TV projects, embedding a distinct tone and sense of place that deepens the theme of the story. Budgets and scale of production clearly matter, but shooting on location can also bring revenue, jobs and infrastructure development, not to mention the potential boost to the economy from tourism once released. In this session we’re joined by 3 unique film commissions from Iceland, Louisiana and Nova Scotia, for an insightful discussion on the importance of location from a range of creative and commercial perspectives - and how this extends to developing and supporting the growth of the screen sector in that geography.

Speakers:

Julie Bordelon

Laura Mackenzie

Einar Hansen Tómasson

Chair:

Brodie Pringle

Speakers

    Julie Bordelon
    Executive Director, Southern Screen

    Julie Bordelon is a proud Cajun from Lafayette, Louisiana who loves swamp pop, boudin, and champagne and raw oysters. She is a freelance producer, consultant and live production coordinator, with over 12 years’ experience working in the film and music industry. During that time, she founded and became the executive director of Southern Screen, a nonprofit organization that curates year-round events and organizes an annual festival showcasing and cultivating storytelling through film, music, podcasts and more. Julie is the executive director of #CreateLouisiana, a Louisiana nonprofit supporting indigenous talent and the entertainment industries through the use of grants and development programs. She is also the co-owner of Pronounced Sound, a music licensing, publicity, and booking agency. Julie spent five years heading the Lafayette Entertainment Initiative, once a department of the Lafayette Consolidated Government, tasked with assisting film, music and digital media projects. Over the years she has worked on the production of several feature films and music videos and has coordinated multiple events including the Louisiana International Music Exchange (LIME), the Louisiana Contingent event at Sundance and the Lafayette Live Official Sheauxkaze at South by Southwest (SXSW).

    Laura Mackenzie
    Executive Director

    Laura Mackenzie currently serves as Executive Director of Screen Nova Scotia, a film commission and industry association. Laura has a demonstrated history of activating growth for both independent film and television producers and non-profit screen industry organizations across Canada. Leading up to her taking the helm at Screen Nova Scotia she held such positions including the Director of the Atlantic International Film Festival's, FIN Partners. Her role over the decade involved creating the vision for and delivering all aspects of one of the world's preeminent international film and television co-production markets. Between 2015-2018 she served as the programming consultant for the Canadian Media Producers Association's annual conference, Prime Time in Ottawa. Laura is the Vice-Chair of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, whose mandate includes advising the government on policies and making recommendations on programs to promote arts and culture in her home province.

    Einar Hansen Tomasson
    Film Commissioner, Icelandic Film Commission

    Film Commissioner, Icelandic Film Commission

    Einar has been Iceland’s Film Commissioner since January 2004. He is also the Head of Energy and Green Solutions at Business Iceland which operates the Icelandic Film Commission.

    Einar holds a BSc degree in Business and International Marketing and Masters in Project Management from the University of Reykjavik.

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