Advisory Board

Advisory Board Members

Amos Adetuyi

CEO & Executive Producer
Circle Blue Entertainment

Amos Adetuyi is an award wining Canadian Producer and Executive Producer with over 20 years of experience in the film and television industry. 

Amos is the producer of the ground breaking television drama series DIGGSTOWN currently airing on CBC and BET. His other notable television credits include two internationally awarded TV...more

Speaking on: Past imperfect, present tense: what’s next for Canadian Film

Hussain Amarshi

President & Founder
Mongrel Media Inc

Hussain Amarshi is the Founder and President of Mongrel Media – Canada’s leading arthouse film distribution company.  A graduate of the University of Toronto and Queen’s University, 

Hussain has been involved in film for over 30 years; he founded the Kingston International Film Festival in 1989; ran the Euclid Theatre in...more

Daniel Bekerman

President & Founder
Scythia Films Inc

Daniel Bekerman, founder and president of Scythia Films, is a producer based in Toronto, Canada with broad experience in creative producing, financing and service productions having completed over 25 films in the last 5 years. 

Mostly notably, "The Witch", that won the Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival, as...more

Lauren Grant

Producer
Clique Pictures

Clique Pictures is a vibrant film and television production company with a focus on working with female creative talent in front and behind the camera. Clique Pictures is currently in post-production on the Wendy Morgan/Kelly McCormack feature film Sugar Daddy and the Pat Mills/Alyson Richards feature The Retreat. 

Clique Pictures recently released the documentary On...more

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Lauren Howes

Executive Director
Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival

Lauren Howes (non-binary) is the newly appointed Executive Director of Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival. Inside Out is one of the largest 2SLGBTQ+ festivals in North America and the single largest promoter of 2SLGBTQ+ content in Canada. Howes has more than 20 years of Executive not-for-profit management experience.

Previous to joining...more

Shant Joshi

President
Fae Pictures Inc

Shant Joshi is a queer Indo-Canadian film producer based out of Toronto & Los Angeles. His work is geared towards engaging audiences with stories rooted in the perspectives of the Other.

In the world of feature films, Shant was Associate Producer on the fem- queer coming-of-age tale PORCUPINE LAKE (TIFF, Busan,...more

Speaking on: Past imperfect, present tense: what’s next for Canadian Film

Laurie May

Founder and Co-President
Elevation Pictures Corp.

Laurie May has been in the film business for over twenty years. She is currently Co-Founder and Co-President of Elevation Pictures, a Canadian distribution company launched at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Elevation is one of the largest independent distribution companies in Canada, with titles such as The Imitation Game winning...more

Speaking on: Past imperfect, present tense: what’s next for Canadian Film

Charlotte Mickie

Vice President
Celluloid Dreams

Since 2017 Charlotte Mickie has acted as vice-president of Celluloid Dreams, taking an active role in both acquisitions and sales. Recent Celluloid Dreams titles include Panah Panah’s “Hit the Road” (Cannes, Directors Fortnight 2021) Majid Majidi’s “Sun Children” and Shannon Murphy’s “Babyteeth”, both featured in Venice Biennale Competition (2019, 2020) 

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Naveen Prasad

President & Co-Founder
Impossible Objects

Naveen Prasad is a media executive and content producer. He is the Co-Founder of Impossible Objects, a film and television production company launched in 2017. He was also the President of  VICE Media in Canada up until 2020. Prior to VICE, Prasad helped launch and build Elevation Pictures, serving as its EVP &...more

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Jesse Wente

Executive Director
Indigenous Screen Office

Jesse Wente is a highly-respected broadcaster and cultural industries leader, having worked at major Canadian cultural organizations. A film expert, he has spent two decades working in the creative community and advocating for Indigenous rights. He is the current Director of the Indigenous Screen Office. He has been Director of...more

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