VIFF, SXSW pact on gaming panel collaboration

Assassin's Creed writer Cory May of Ubisoft will discuss video game writing at the West Coast film festival's upcoming industry conference.

The Vancouver International Film Festival has pacted with the rival South by Southwest Festival to focus on next-generation gaming.

Programmers from both events will combine on a panel at the upcoming Vancouver festival, Storify Your Game, where Assassin’s Creed writer Cory May at Ubisoft will discuss writing for video games in a fast-changing industry.

And VIFF executives will in turn have a presence at SXSW 2015.

As Vancouver unveiled its industry program on Wednesday, programmers also said Archer creator Adam Reed will head up a panel on theatrical comedies, All Kinds of Funny.

The VIFF industry conference, to run from Oct. 1 to 4, will include appearances by industry gatekeepers like John Morayniss, CEO of Entertainment One Television, and Nicole Clemens, SVP and head of series development at FX Networks.

The festival also plans a screenwriting panel that features Oscar-nominated Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club) and Snowpiercer scribe Kelly Masterson.

Other industry panelists include Sons of Anarchy head writer Chris Collins, Jack Amiel, co-creator of The Knick on HBO and Jay Duplass, co-writer and co-director of Jeff, Who Lives at Home.