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Film Finance Forum 2018: Panel Conversations

May 21, 2018
Film Finance Forum 2018: Panel Conversations
Film Finance Forum 2018: Panel Conversations


Day One Panels
Thursday May 24, 2018
Bell Media Festival Lounge
Artscape Sandbox, 31 Widmer St.

Who Can Tell Our Stories and How Do We Get Them Made:
A Conversation with Effie Brown and Roberta Marie Munroe

Join producer Effie Brown (Dear White People) and director/producer/author/consultant Roberta Marie Munroe (How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer) in conversation discussing the unique challenges and opportunities facing underrepresented communities in film and television. Sharing first hand experiences, they will focus on the importance of diversity and inclusion from the development stages of a project through production. They will also discuss getting such work financed, as well as how mentoring emerging LGBTQ talent from diverse backgrounds will provide first-hand insights in exploring intersectionality of our communities on screen.

God’s Own Country and M/M:
A Case Study in Production and Release
Manon Ardisson, Producer, God’s Own Country
Karen Harnisch, Producer, M/M
Roberta Marie Munroe, Moderator

Join Roberta Marie Munroe as she discusses the development, financing, production and release with the producers of two Inside Out official selections: 2017 opening night film and BAFTA nominee, God’s Own Country (UK), and 2018 official selection M/M (Canada/Germany).

The case study will cover challenges and successes in financing queer work, co-production advantages, working with writer/directors from development through completion, as well as the role festivals play in release strategy for independent LGBTQ work.

Ardisson brings her UK project - Ex Sanguis - to this year’s forum seeking financing.

Harnisch was a participant in last year’s Forum with the project JUMP, recently shortlisted for Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program.

Panelist Bios:


Effie Brown

Effie T. Brown is an award winning film and television Producer, known for her highly acclaimed, multi-platform repertoire as well as championing inclusion and diversity in Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera.

Through her company, Duly Noted Inc., Brown has produced several critically acclaimed HBO Films and award winning projects including Stranger Inside, Jane Campion’s In the Cut, Real Women Have Curves, Everyday People and Rocket Science. In 2014, Brown Produced the critically acclaimed independent film Dear White People that went on to win numerous awards including the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent.

With a love of multiple platforms Brown focused on digital episodic content and produced over 130 episodes of WIGS, an award winning, original content channel funded by Google/YouTube. In 2015, Brown joined Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as Producer and Mentor in the controversial reboot of Project Greenlight.

Brown joined Lee Daniels Entertainment in 2016 to Executive Produce Season 1 of the hit series Star on FOX. In keeping with her commitment to inclusive and diverse content Effie is currently on board as the Executive Producer of Disney Channel’s Zombies, coming out in 2018. The high school musical delivers an inspirational story about tolerance, inclusion, individuality and conviction…but with zombies.


Roberta Marie Munroe

Director l Producer l Author l Consultant

Roberta Marie Munroe is the CEO of Captivated Artist Productions Inc., a production services company based in Los Angeles that specializes in mid level budgets.  She has produced and/or directed over 30 award-winning shorts film and several features for companies such as Fox Searchlight, AT&T and the United Nations (UNFPA), that have played at festivals worldwide, (Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW and Tokyo Short Film Festival), enjoyed a theatrical release and television broadcast. 

For a complete list: IMDB LINK

Recently, Ms. Munroe produced a series of films with for the 2017 AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program: an emerging filmmaker partnership where she is a creative mentor alongside Octavia Spencer, Shelby Stone (Freedom Road Productions), Common, Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) and James Lopez (Will Packer).

She also moderated the BFF Summit 2017 panel: Sending The Elevator Back Down, and The Blackhouse @Sundance 2018 panel, Hustle, Strategy & Perseverance: Make It Permanent.

Ms. Munroe is the author of How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer, (Hyperion 2009), which has been translated in several languages including Chinese, Korean and Spanish. Her latest book, How Not To Sign A Film Contract: Know What You’re Saying Yes To, provides indie filmmakers with an overview of film industry contractual law and was written with the expert counsel of The Film Collaborative’s executive director, entertainment attorney, Orly Ravid.

Roberta is Co-Founder of The Blackhouse, an educational and celebration space for Black filmmakers and their supporters at Sundance, and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). 

As a film festival consultant & programmer, Roberta spent 5 years programming film for the Sundance Film Festival helping to launch the careers of Aurora Guerrero (OWN’s Queen Sugar), Cary Fukunaga (True Detective), the Duplass Brothers (Togetherness, HBO), Tiffany Shlain (The Tribe, Connected Sundance 2005, 2011 #1 on ITunes), Taika Waititi (Thor), and many others.

In addition, she has programmed film at IFP New York (No Borders co-production section), Tampa LGBT Film Festival, Sundance, and the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF). She was Administrative Director of NewFest (NYC), Sales & Industry Theatre Manager at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and Managing Director of the Niagara International Film Festival (NIFF – Niagara on the Lake).

Roberta is highly respected, and beloved by filmmakers all over the world as a true champion, as she believes in providing them the best possible platform to shine their brightest light.


Manon Ardisson 

Manon is a BAFTA-nominated producer based in London, now the director of Ardimages UK.

She produced the BFI-backed feature film 'God’s Own Country' (2017) by Francis Lee, which premiered in Sundance, winning the Special Jury Award for Directing in the World Dramatic competition. The film went on to win awards in international festivals, notably Best British Film in Edinburgh, Best International First Feature in Galway, and the Audience Award for Best Feature at Frameline. It won 4 British Independent Film Awards, including Best Film, and has been nominated at BAFTA for an Outstanding British Feature Film Award.

The film is sold by Protagonist Pictures and released in the UK by Picturehouse Entertainment.