New horizons for Virtual Production Filmmaking and Co-Productions


The 2020 Industry Day, Italy-Canada Shortening the “Social Distance”, will feature Italian and Canadian film excellences on a journey that crosses all barriers and reunites communities and countries through film, creativity and innovation, in a brand new online interactive format.

  • December 2nd, 2020
    ONLINE Live from Pinewood Toronto Studios





  • Claudio Taffuri,
    Ambassador of Italy in Canada
  • Cristiano de Florentiis,
    Co-Founder and Artisti Director, ICFF
  • Paul Golini,
    Chairman, ICFF
  • David Dexter,
    Director, SIRT
  • Roberto Stabile,
    Head of the International Department, ANICA
  • Matteo Picariello,
    Director, Italian Trade Agency, Canada
9:00AM-10:30AM (Italian Time 15:00-18:00)


Industry Day 2020 will keep its focus on co-productions and Italian-Canadian relationships. ICFF is a great platform for film professionals and filmmakers of all ages to meet and start collaborating, and Industry Day is the prime event for these kinds of connections. In the past, we have succeeded in creating opportunities for Canadians and Italians to cooperate and bring to life a project, born by the union of these two countries, and our goal is to continue down that path. Thanks to the outstanding support of ICE, ANICA and Ontario Creates, we will maintain our focus on co-productions, while also promoting Italy and its territories as a perfect candidate to host these co-productions. The panel discussion will include renowned producers and institutional representatives from both countries.

  • Nick Iannelli (Moderator) Executive Vice President, Take 5 Productions
  • Nataline RodriguesDirector of Original Programming for Rogers
  • Simone Catania, Co-Founder, Producer Indyca
  • James Freser, Vice President, General Manager, C03 Toronto
  • Francesca Accinelli, Director, Promotion and Communications, Telefilm
  • Justin Cutler, Ontario Film Commisioner, Ontario Creates
  • Marinella Montanari, Co-Founder and Project Manager, Jobel North America
  • Mariella Troccoli and Chiara Fortuna, MiBACT
10:30AM - 11:00 (Italian Time 16:30-17:00)


  • Nick Vallelonga, American Oscar-winning Producer for Green Book
  • Carlotta Calori, Producer, Indigo Film
  • Andrea Iervolino, Producer, AMBI
  • Luca Barbareschi, Director, Actor, Producer, Casanova Multimedia
  • Attilio De Razza, Producer, Trump Limited SRL
  • Michael McMahon, President & Executive Producer at Primitive Entertainment Inc.
  • Silvia Giulietti, Director, Producer
  • Jerry Ciccoritti, Director, Writer, Producer
11:00AM-12:00AM (Italian Time 17:00-18:00)


During the Match Making Session, producers, directors and filmmakers from both Italy and Canada will be able to meet virtually, network and over all begin to build a foundation for future collaborations. The match making session will host separate breakout rooms for each meeting, granting all participants the opportunity to speak privately and openly discuss their projects. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and speak directly with our industry experts by participating in our zoom meeting rooms listed below. Please select your preferred meeting room to finalize your registration.

1. Everything You Need to Know to Produce in Canada
– Sari Ruda (Moderator), ICFF Coordinator, Industry Day
– Lyne Côté, Co-Production Analyst for Telefilm Canada
– Erin Creasey, Manager Industry Initiatives, Ontario Creates

2. Everything You Need to Know to Produce in Italy
-Benedetta Marassi (Moderator), Trade Analyst Audiovisual & Editorial Arts, ITA

3. I’m a producer: Let’s Co-Produce
Cristiano de Florentiis (Moderator), ICFF Artistic Director
Paul Nonis (Moderator), Senior Executive
Moira Romano (Moderator), Executive Producer at ETV Film Inc
Nick Iannelli (Moderator), Executive Vice President, Take 5 Productions

4. Digital Entrepreneurship Collaboration
– David Dexter (Moderator), Director, SIRT

12:00AM-12:30PM (Italian Time 18:00-18:30)


Interview by STELLA ACQUISTO (On Air Host, Citytv)
and CRISTIANO DE FLORENTIIS (Journalist, RAI Italia).
The final portion of the co-production panel will feature the Italian film director, Edoardo Ponti, who will introduce his film, The Life Ahead. Ponti will share the personal experiences he faced throughout the filmmaking process, what inspired him to take on this venture and the challenges he had to overcome while dealing with an unprecedented worldwide health emergency.
About Edoardo Ponti: He is an Italian director and screenwriter known for Between Strangers (2002), Human Voice (2014) and The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars (2012). Ponti’s latest film, The Life Ahead (2020), is an enthralling drama based on the novel, The Life Before Us, by Romain Gary. The film, now available on Netflix, stars Sophia Loren, Ibrahima Gueye and Abril Zamora, and has already captured audiences worldwide.A brilliant film in which once again mother and son have teamed up.

12:30PM-3:00PM (Italian Time 18:30-21:00)


Virtual reality is not only the future for gaming, but is also an innovative strategy used by companies across the world to promote their products, as well as an incredible new tool for film productions. During Industry Day, ICFF is partnering with Take 5 Productions and introducing the new Matterport Technology, which allows scouting for virtual locations. In addition, Industry Day will present the new LED Wall Stage Production Technology, now used on different sets to facilitate production work flow. Together with the Italian companies, Onemore Pictures, Nema FX and Cinecittà, represented respectively by Manuela Cacciamani and Nicola Sganga, will give a new insightful picture of what future film set productions will feature in both Canada and Italy.

  • David Dexter (Moderator), Director, SIRT
  • Manuela Cacciamani, CEO Onemore Picture
  • Nicola Sganga, CEO Nema FX
  • Gennaro Coppola, Producer and Director, Onemore Pictures
  • Brendan Taylor, President/VFX Supervisor at Mavericks VFX
  • Andrea Spagna, Advisor for Marketing and Business development, Istituto Luce Cinecittà

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