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Aaron L. Gilbert

Chairman and CEO

BRON Media Corporation

Aaron L. Gilbert is the Chairman and CEO of BRON, a company he co-founded with wife Brenda Gilbert in 2010. Based in British Columbia, parent company BRON Media Corp. has global divisions which include BRON Studios, BRON Creative, BRON Animation, BRON Releasing, BRON Digital, BRON Life, and BRON Ventures.  Gilbert,...show more

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Al Cossar

Artistic Director

Melbourne International Film Festival

Al Cossar is the Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia, where he has previously held roles of Programmer, Acting Artistic Director, and Associate Artistic Director, since joining festival staff in 2011. 

In regular/pre covid circumstances, MIFF is one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most significant film festivals, presenting...show more

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Alan Wong

Festival Manager

Gimli Film Festival

Alan Wong is the recently appointed Executive Director of the Gimli Film Festival, Manitoba’s premiere film exhibition event and the largest rural film festival in Canada. He is also one of the founders of FascinAsian, a culturally specific film & media arts festival which aims to celebrate stories of the...show more

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Alec Ring

Manager

Cinetic Media

Alec Ring is a Manager at Cinetic Media representing writer, director, and multi-hyphenates across all media. Alec graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Economics and Hispanic Studies. He is from Baltimore, MD and based in NY.

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: Cinetic Media, Vuulr, Myriad Pictures; Speed Meetings: Mongrel Media, Elevation Pictures, Cinetic Media


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Alessandra Cannito

Programs Director

Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival

Alessandra is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts Program and joined the Planet in Focus team in 2013. Engaging audiences through art is her passion, and over the last two decades Alessandra has performed in film and theatre, and produced workshops and conferences across the country. She...show more

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Alex Lalonde

Producer/COO

Stratagem Rx

Alex brings 30+ years in Film, Television and Digital Media to her role as Chief Operating Officer at Stratagem Rx, The Stratagem Group’s global production and market intelligence services arm. She previously led Business Development and Operations as Vice President at New Metric Media (LETTERKENNY, BAD BLOOD), and as COO...show more

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Alison Cosgrove

Communications Director

Reelworld Screen Institute

Alison has built a 20-year career in media and the arts, starting in advertising and digital media and eventually extending her communications skillset to commercial production while working for top Canadian Broadcasters including CTV and Corus Entertainment. As a Humber College graduate of Advertising and Graphic Design, Alison brings an...show more

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Allison Hironaka

Agent, Media Finance

CAA Creative Artists Agency

Allison Hironaka works as an Agent in the Media Finance department at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Hironaka is based in the Los Angeles office and works on the financing and sales of independent feature films.

Hironaka began her career in film at Paradigm Talent Agency....show more

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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...show more

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Andrew Frank

VP Sales & Acquisitions

Mongrel Media Inc

Andrew Frank is Mongrel Media’s Vice President of Sales and Acquisitions. In addition to overseeing the release schedule and customer relationships, he acquires films and negotiates deals at festivals and markets. 

Prior to working at Mongrel, he was a consultant for Robert Redford's Sundance Cinemas flagship theatre in Madison, WI. From...show more

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: Mongrel Media, Elevation Pictures, Cinetic Media


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Anick Poirier

Co-President

WaZabi Films

Anick Poirier co-founded WaZabi Films with Lorne Price, last August 2019. She was previously SVP for Seville International, Entertainment One’s boutique film sales outfit, representing a portfolio of award-winning independent films and documentaries from around the world, including Xavier Dolan’s, Matthias et Maxime, The Death and Life of John F....show more

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Anne-Marie Gélinas

Founder, Producer, Beans

EMAfilms

Anne-Marie Gélinas, founder of EMAfilms, with her distinctive and diverse filmography, produces award-winning dramas (BEANS, 2021, Berlinale, Crystal Bear, Best Feature Film at the Canadian Screen Awards), captivating documentaries (CHIENNE DE VIE, 2015, Hot Docs) and buzzy genre films (SLAXX, 2020, Fantasia, Sitges; TURBO KID, 2015, Sundance, SXSW), that have...show more

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Berry Meyerowitz

Co-President

Quiver Inc.

Berry Meyerowitz is the co-founder of Quiver Distribution, a film distribution company operating in the U.S., Canada and international markets which develops and distributes high-quality, talent-driven films with a focus on curating a highly selective film slate from both established and emerging talent.

Meyerowitz has Executive Produced over 30 feature films...show more

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Brenda Lieberman

Lead Features Programmer

Calgary International Film Festival

Brenda is the Lead Programmer for the Calgary International Film Festival and Festival Director for the Calgary Underground Film Festival. In addition, was Executive Producer of the Talent to Watch film Events Transpiring Before, During and After a High School Basketball Game (2020).

She has film production experience, a member of...show more

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Brendan McNeill

Co-Founder - Production & Finance

End2End Media Group

With over 20 years of experience in senior roles at the Canadian Audio-Visual CertificationOffice (CAVCO) and in production, Brendan McNeill is an industry leader in film and televisiontax credits, as well as the multiple financial and legal aspects of film, television and onlineproduction and distribution. With this knowledge, Brendan has...show more

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Brian Nitzkin

SVP, Business Affairs and International Operations

Myriad Pictures

Since 2017, Brian has worked for both Myriad Pictures and Photon Films (formerly Pacific Northwest Pictures) as the Senior Vice President of Business Affairs.  

Myriad is a leading independent entertainment company specializing in production, financing and worldwide distribution of feature films and television programming.  Recent credits include the Academy Award nominated...show more

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: Vuulr, Myriad Pictures, eOne; Speed Meetings: Cinetic Media, Vuulr, Myriad Pictures


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Brigitte Léveillé

Content Executive, Series and Features, Scripted Programs

CBC Radio-Canada

Brigitte Léveillé has been a Content Executive, Series and Features - Scripted Program, with Radio-Canada for the past six years. In this role, she has worked on many successful series such as District 31, C'est comme ça que je t'aime, Le monstre, Trop, Sans rendez-vous, La Maison-Bleue and Un lien...show more

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Cameron Bailey

Chief Executive Officer

TIFF

Cameron Bailey is the Head and Artistic Director of TIFF. He is responsible for TIFF’s programming and curatorial vision, as well as maintaining relationships with the Canadian and international film industries. 

Bailey grew up in England and Barbados before migrating to Canada. He began his career as a film critic, then...show more

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Cara Cusumano

Tribeca Festival Director & VP Programming

Tribeca Festival

Cara Cusumano is the Festival Director and VP of Programming for the Tribeca Film Festival.  She has been with Tribeca since 2008, during which time the festival has become a globally respected showcase, premiering major work including Oscar-nominated documentaries Virunga and Which Way Home, and first films from Damien Chazelle,...show more

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Chloé Marquet

Head of International Sales

StudioCanal


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Christa Dickenson

Executive Director & CEO

Telefilm Canada

She has over three decades of experience spanning broadcast television, technology, telecommunications and interactive digital media, having worked at CTV, CPAC, Rogers and Interactive Ontario. Ms. Dickenson possesses an un-paralleled talent for change management coupled with a strong business acumen. With brand advocacy expertise honed over many years, she is...show more

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Clement Virgo

Director

Conquering Lion Pictures


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Crystal Bourbeau

President, Worldwide Sales & Distribution

AGC Studios


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Curtis Woloschuk

Associate Director of Programming

Vancouver International Film Festival VIFF

In his role as Associate Director of Programming, Curtis Woloschuk articulates the Vancouver International Film Festival's artistic vision through curation, program development, and community building. Managing the organization’s film programming team and its activities, he also oversees the festival's expansive showcase of contemporary Canadian cinema and coordinates the adjudication of...show more

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Deanna Cadette

Advisor-Talent & Industry

WarnerMedia Access Canada

Deanna Cadette is a seasoned screen-based media professional, dedicated to advancing the careers of Canadian talent, and building an inclusive industry through strategic relationships and innovative programs. 

She serves as the Executive Director of WarnerMedia Access Canada which builds career pathways between WarnerMedia and Canadian film, TV and digital talent from...show more

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Demetri Makoulis

VP, Sales

Film Movement

Demetri Makoulis is the VP of Sales at Film Movement.

Founded in 2002 as one of the first-ever subscription film services with its DVD-of-the-Month Film Club, Film Movement is now a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. We have released more than 250...show more

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: FilmNation, Film Movement, XYZ Films; Speed Meetings: FilmNation, Film Movement, Raven Banner Entertainment


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Diana Sanchez

Senior Director, Film

TIFF Toronto International Film Festival

Diana Sanchez is the Senior Director, Film, at TIFF, overseeing the programming strategy for the Toronto
International Film Festival and TIFF Cinematheque. During the Toronto International Film Festival, Sanchez is
also the Lead Programmer for Special Presentations, as well as the programmer for Spain, Latin America,
Portugal and the Caribbean....show more

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Erin Creasey

Manager, Industry Initiatives

Ontario Creates

Erin Creasey is Manager, Industry Initiatives, at Ontario Creates, where she oversees investment programs for the film, tv, books, magazine, interactive digital media sectors, that support development, production, marketing,  and business development activities, international business initiatives, and industry development. 

Previously, Erin was Director, Sales and Marketing at ECW Press, and is...show more

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Gina Vanni

Senior Vice President, Business Affairs

Stratagem Rx

Gina is an authority in the field of Canadian service and international co-production finance and business affairs. She got her start at the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OntarioCreates), analyzing and certifying tax credits for film, television and digital media projects. Later, as Director of Tax Credits and Financing, she oversaw the...show more

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Glen Basner

CEO

FilmNation

Glen Basner is founder and Chief Executive Officer of FilmNation Entertainment. A leading distributor, financier and producer of independent films and television, FilmNation has worked with many of the world's most renowned filmmakers and storytellers including Steven Soderbergh, Armando Iannucci, Pedro Almodóvar, Jonathan Glazer, Emerald Fennell and Denis Villeneuve. The...show more

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Greg Gertmenian

Head of Film Development & Script Analytics

Slated

Greg Gertmenian is the Head of Development at Slated and the co-creator of the Script Score and Screening Score, the first coverage tools proven to predict Rotten Tomatoes ratings. 

At Slated, Greg oversees the evaluation of thousands of film submissions for Slated's community of over 60,000 filmmakers and financiers. Greg is...show more

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Gregory Pang

Lawyer and Podcaster

RedFrame Law

Gregory is an Alberta-based lawyer who has been practising since 2009 in the areas of business, trademark and entertainment law. He was also a sessional instructor at MacEwan University. Before his law career, Gregory worked in film and television for five years in various roles from being a locations PA...show more

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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...show more

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Ian Mckee

CEO

Vuulr Pte Ltd

Ian McKee is the Founder and CEO of Vuulr, the online global Film & TV content marketplace. Vuulr connects buyers with distributors worldwide, allowing them to negotiate and complete deals online in days, not months.

Originally from the UK, Ian has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of technology,...show more

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: Vuulr, Myriad Pictures, eOne; Speed Meetings: Cinetic Media, Vuulr, Myriad Pictures


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Ingrid Veninger

Director/Producer

pUNK Films Inc.

Born in Bratislava and raised in Canada, Ingrid Veninger has produced fifteen feature films with premieres at TIFF, Rotterdam, Locarno, Slamdance, Whistler, Rome, Hot Docs, Karlovy Vary, Busan and MoMA in New York. She has received retrospectives of her work at the Canadian Film Institute (Ottawa, Canada) and FEMCine (Santiago,...show more



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James Fler

Managing Director

Raven Banner Entertainment

With over 25 years worth of sales experience, in a variety of industries, James co-founded Raven Banner Entertainment in 2010, overseeing Worldwide Sales, and Business Development. Having quickly established professional relationships with some of the industry’s leading distribution companies (Sony, Universal, IFC, Magnolia, Lionsgate, AMC to name but a few),...show more

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: FilmNation, Film Movement, Raven Banner Entertainment


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Janne Barklis

Film Packaging and Sales Agent

The Gersh Agency

Janne Barklis is a packaging and sales agent at The Gersh Agency. She has worked for mini-major studios (Lionsgate, Pathé), foreign sales companies (Bankside Films, XYZ Films) and TV production companies (Dancing Ledge Productions) in both London and Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Exeter and London Film...show more

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Jason Davies

Co-Founder, Sales & Partnerships

End2End Media Group

With over 25 years of experience providing financial and foreign exchange services to the film and other international industries, Jason Davies' approach to developing trust and relationship with his clients has allowed him to deliver incomparable value to international film producers. Jason’s understanding of the unique challenges and hurdles of...show more

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Jen Gorton

EVP, Film Production and Sales

Sierra/Affinity


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Jenn Kuzmyk

Executive Director - BANFF, Publisher - Playback

BANFF / Playback


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Jennifer Blitz

Director Tax Credits & Financial Programs

Ontario Creates

Jennifer Blitz has served as the Director of Tax Credits and Financing Programs at Ontario Creates (formerly Ontario Media Development Corporation) since October 2006.  She began her tenure with Ontario Creates as a Team Leader in the Tax Credits and Financing Programs Department in 2004 managing a team of analysts. ...show more

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Jim Morrison IV

Development Producer

Jim Morrison IV is a Halifax N.S. born, LA-based international award winning director.  His award winning short film BONECRUSHER is currently lighting up the festival. It tells the story of boxing legend Sam Langford, and the feature film version of the story is currently in development. 

“I am driven to tell...show more


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Johanne Larue

Director General, Film and Television Production

SODEC European Office

Johanne Larue has been General Manager, Film and Television Production, at the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), in Quebec, since November 2016. She was also a project manager for this same department from 2002 to 2007.

Previously, Ms. Larue worked as a content producer at Attraction Images and as...show more

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Josephine Anderson

Filmmaker

Josephine Anderson is an award-winning filmmaker based in Vancouver, Canada, who works across documentary and interactive modes to address themes like conformity, deviance, aging, and female experience.

Josephine’s latest documentary, On Falling, was selected for Tribeca Film Festival 2020, in competition for best short documentary (World Premiere) and was later distributed...show more


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Joshua Jackson

Chairman of the Board

Liquid Media Group

Joshua is an actor, producer and director with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has starred in over 30 films and headlined in over 200 hours in acclaimed TV series such as Dr. Death, Fringe, Dawson’s Creek and The Affair, as well as performed both on...show more

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Joy Loewen

CEO

National Screen Institute

Joy is a media industry professional who passionately supports the development, production and exhibition of Canadian art and artists.

She previously worked as a broadcast and festival programmer at WTN (now W Network), CBC and Gimli Film Festival, and is an active volunteer with leadership roles on several community and non-profit...show more

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Judy Lung

Vice President, Communications & Marketing

Touchwood PR

Judy Lung is a communications expert and innovator, committed to building a more inclusive and equitable screen industry. With 20+ years of experience creating PR, marketing, and social media campaigns for Canada's leading arts & entertainment organizations, Lung is known for developing data-driven audience-building strategies and championing Canadian content and...show more

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Kate Fitzpatrick

Programmer

Melbourne International Film Festival

Kate Fitzpatrick is a Programmer at the Melbourne International Film Festival. She has worked in the Arts for over 15 years for organisations such as Australian Centre for the Moving Image and occasionally does film criticism on Triple R and ABC radio. She has served on the jury for Melbourne...show more

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Kate Jinx

Programmer

Melbourne International Film Festival

Kate Jinxis a writer, critic and film curator. She is a programmer at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) where she curates feature films & designs the talks program. Jinx is also the director of the annual All About Women in Film festival for the Sydney Opera House, and the...show more

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Katherine Bruce

Executive Director

Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival

A part of the Planet in Focus team from 2010-2012, Katherine was delighted to return to the festival in 2016. She has worked extensively in the arts sector as a producer in film, theatre and visual arts including the UK-based Cape Farewell – The cultural response to climate change as...show more

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Kelly Townsend

News Editor

Brunico Communications Ltd.

Kelly Townsend is a senior reporter and special reports editor at Playback, with previous experience in B2B and entertainment journalism. Before joining the Playback team in 2018, she worked in the editorial, marketing and communication departments at B2B publisher Dovetail Communications. She has a bachelor's degree in English from York University and is...show more

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Ken Dhaliwal

Partner

Dentons Canada LLP

Ken Dhaliwal is a Partner with Dentons Canada LLP, practicing in the Toronto office. Ken primarily practices in the film, television and digital media industries. His national and international clients are involved in a wide range of activities from financing to production and distribution. He acts for banks and other...show more

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Kyle Fostner

Executive Director

Vancouver International Film Festival VIFF

Kyle Fostner has built a career in the arts over the past 20 years, beginning as a musician, video artist, and recording artist in the vibrant and competitive Montreal music scene. He quickly found his strength in organizing, curation, and exhibition, through founding and operating several underground performance spaces amongst...show more

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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...show more

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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...show more

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Lindsay Peters

Industry Producer

St. John's International Women's Film Festival

Lindsay Peters has over 10 years of experience in festival management and film development. She is currently the Industry Producer for the St John's International Women's Film Festival, as well as the Director of The Genre Film Lab for Women in Film & Television - Vancouver. 

Previously Lindsay served as the...show more

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Liza Sardi

Editor-in-Chief

Playback


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Loretta Sarah Todd

Director, Showrunner, Producer, Writer

Loretta Sarah Todd is a visionary leader in Indigenous media, considered a true artist with entrepreneurial energy and deep cultural knowledge. Her first dramatic feature, Monkey Beach, based on the iconic novel by Eden Robinson, recently launched to strong audience and critical response, screening at TIFF (Industry Selects), opening the Vancouver...show more

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Lorne Price

Co-President

WaZabi Films

Lorne has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian and International Film and Television industry in development, production and distribution. Early in his career he worked alongside pioneers John Dunning and Andre Link in a development role. He then worked with producer Ina Fichman at Rock Demers’ Productions La...show more

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Luc Déry

Founder, Producer, Drunken Birds

micro_scope

After working in distribution for 5 years, Luc Déry founded micro_scope in 2002. The production company has produced more than 25 features such as CongoramaGabrielleInch’AllahTu dors Nicole and My Salinger Year, Philippe Falardeau’s latest film. All of micro_scope's productions have earned selections in the world's most prestigious festivals (in Cannes, Venise, Berlin, Toronto and Sundance) and they have cumulated over one hundred international...show more

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Marina Cordoni

Founder and Lead Producer

MCE (Marina Cordoni Entertainment)

Marina Cordoni is the Founder and lead Producer of MCE Inc., a Toronto based company that develops & produces original content as well as providing boots-on-the- ground production services for the feature film, television, and digital industries.

Previously, Cordoni worked for various entertainment companies including the film division of PolyGram Filmed...show more

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Marina Hanna

Programmer

Reelworld Screen Institute

Marina Hanna is a programmer at the Reelworld Film Festival who has been working in the arts & culture industry for over a decade with organizations like TIFF, Tribeca Film Institute, and The Gotham. She is also the brand marketing lead at Pacific Content

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Mark Edwards

Lawyer

Edwards Creative Law

Mark Edwards is the founder and principal of Edwards Creative Law, an entertainment law boutique with offices in Ottawa and Toronto and a practice that extends to every common law province in Canada. Mark’s personal focus is live-action and animated films and series, video games, and digital media.

Whether acting for...show more

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Mehernaz Lentin

National Director of Feature Films English Market

CBC Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

As Senior Director of CBC Films for Canada’s public broadcaster, Mehernaz Lentin is responsible for overseeing the funding and pre-licensing of Canadian features for broadcast and streaming on CBC platforms. 

CBC Films encompasses the national public broadcaster’s continued investment in Canadian cinema and spans film initiatives including funding, pre-buys and acquisitions...show more


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Mélanie S Dubois

Screenwriter, Director, Producer

MéMo Films

Mélanie S. Dubois is a screenwriter, director and producer. Founder of MéMO FILMS, she notably produced LUNE, an internationally acclaimed short film directed by Zoé Pelchat (Dominos). In 2020, Mélanie received grants from SODEC for the development of two feature films: Les enfants de l’État and EMMAC Terre marine. In...show more


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Meredith Vuchnich

Screenwriter, Producer, Beans

Vuch Productions Inc

Meredith Vuchnich is a Writers Guild of Canada and Canadian Screen Award winning screenwriter/producer of feature films and television who was recognized on the 2020 Variety 10 Screenwriters To Watch List. Vuchnich co-wrote and Executive Produced the feature filmBeans, with director Tracey Deer. An Indigenous coming-of-age story set during the...show more

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Michael Hanley

Writer

Corus Writer's Apprentice Program

Michael Hanley is a writer and director based in Toronto. As a director, Michael’s films have screened at festivals internationally with his latest, You Will Still Be Here Tomorrow, winning Best Canadian Short at the 2021 Inside Out Film Festival. He has also written for multiple series including Apple TV’s...show more


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Michael McGowan

Writer, Director and Producer (All My Puny Sorrows)

Michael McGowan is a writer, director and producer. His credits include Saint Ralph, One Week, Score: A Hockey Musical, Still Mine and recently All My Puny Sorrows

He also created and was the showrunner on the first Netflix-Canada co-production, Between.

Speaking on: Case studies: All My Puny Sorrows, Brother, French Exit; Post-session Chatroom: Case studies


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Natalie Igelfeld

Senior Content Lead, Crave

Bell Media

Natalie works on the Programming team for Crave and STARZ. In her role as Programming Manager she works on content acquisitions and programming strategy, as well as working collaboratively with Bell Media’s Original Programming team in the selection and commissioning of Canadian scripted and documentary features for Crave.


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Natalie Wegner

Director of Development

FilmNation

Natalie joined the production/development team at FilmNation May 2021. Prior to FilmNation, she spent over 4 years at Focus Features identifying films for a specialty audience. Starting her entertainment career in the mailroom at William Morris Endeavor, she’s developed a taste for quality material with commercial appeal. Natalie is based...show more

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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 &...show more

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Nicolas Levene

SVP, Business Affairs and International Operations

HanWay Films

Born in London, Nicolas graduated from New College, University of Oxford with a degree in English Literature and Russian. As part of his university course, he spent a year in Russia where he studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked for several months at Moscow's Bolshoi...show more

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Niv Fichman

President & Founder

Rhombus Media Inc

Niv Fichman is the founder and president of Rhombus Media in Toronto - Canada’s preeminent producer of theatrical feature films and high-end television drama. 

Over the past 40 years Rhombus projects have been screened all over the world, received much critical acclaim and garnered countless international awards: including numerous Genies and...show more

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Noah Segal

Co-President

Elevation Pictures Corp.

Noah Segal is the co-president of Elevation Pictures. Founded in 2013 with finance partner Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures, Elevation Pictures has become one of Canada’s leading entertainment companies. Elevation is known for releasing award-winning films, including Academy Award winning The Imitation Game, screenplay by Graham Moore; Academy Best...show more

Speaking on: Case studies: All My Puny Sorrows, Brother, French Exit; Speed Meetings: Elevation Pictures, Bell Media, Radio-Canada; Speed Meetings: Mongrel Media, Elevation Pictures, Cinetic Media; Post-session Chatroom: Case studies


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Pahull Bains

Outreach & Marketing Manager

Reelworld Screen Institute

Born and raised in India, Pahull is an experienced magazine writer/editor with nearly 10 years experience in the industry and bylines in publications like Vogue India, GQ India, Wired and Billboard. Before coming to Reelworld, she was the Culture/Lifestyle Editor at FASHION Canada and remains a Contributing Editor at Vogue...show more

Speaking on: Post-session Chatroom: Getting on the circuit: meet the festival programmers


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Pamela Segger

Executive Director | Programmer

Lunenburg Doc Fest

Pamela Segger (she/her) is Executive Director and head programmer of Lunenburg Doc Fest, a 7-day documentary festival and 5-day market in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. As lead of the LDF Atlantic Canada Delegation of producers, Pamela is passionate about creating opportunities for emerging and established...show more

Speaking on: Post-session Chatroom: Getting on the circuit: meet the festival programmers


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Pauline Couture

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

BlockFilm Inc

Pauline Couture is:

  • Co-CEO and Co-Founder of BlockFilm, a B2B hub that links producers with investors and fans to support their projects.

  • A senior strategy and communications professional/executive with long experience in corporate, public policy, media, government and voluntary sector work in Canada and around the world

  • A respected and sought-after author, writer

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Speaking on: Cobbled together: new financing models


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Pauline Decroix is an award-winning Picture Editor based in Toronto with 20+ years of experience, in both Canada and France. In France, Pauline worked on a range of projects including documentaries, major game shows, a few TV series and a feature film. Pauline has been working in Canada since 2009....show more


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Pip Ngo

SVP, Sales and Acquisitions

XYZ Films

Pip Ngo is the VP of Sales and Acquisitions at XYZ Films, where he oversees the domestic sales slate and acquires projects for the company’s financing and global sales pipeline. An entertainment executive with over ten years experience in film, TV, and theater, he started his career working for Broadway...show more

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: FilmNation, Film Movement, XYZ Films


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Rebecca Gibson

Partner and Head of Development

Eagle Vision

Rebecca Gibson is a partner in Eagle Vision and Head of Development. Following graduation from the New York Film Academy, a CFTPA International Internship took Rebecca to Los Angeles at the start of her film career. As a writer, director, producer, and actor, Rebecca’s work in documentary, drama, and comedy...show more

Speaking on: Post-session Chatroom: Cobbled together: new financing models; Cobbled together: new financing models


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Rick Dugdale

President & CEO/Co-Founder of Vuele NFT Distribution

Enderby Entertainment/VUELE

Rick Dugdale is the President and CEO of Enderby Entertainment, a film finance and production company founded in 2006 by Dugdale and partner, Daniel Petrie, Jr.   Dugdale oversees all aspects of Enderby Entertainment’s business, finance and production and spearheads the company’s relationships with its worldwide community of financial partners.

Dugdale is...show more

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Robyn Citizen

International Programmer, Short Cuts

TIFF Toronto International Film Festival

Robyn Citizen is a film curator, scholar, educator, and notable Texan based in Toronto. Her eclectic
film background includes work as a publicist assistant in the Repertory office of New York City’s Film
Forum; guest lecturer on zombie cinema and the geopolitics of East Asian anthology horror films; an
invited...show more

Speaking on: Post-session Chatroom: Getting on the circuit: meet the festival programmers


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Ronald Thomson

CEO/Director

Liquid Media Group

Ronald Thomson has a legacy of experience in securing capital for companies in the global media/entertainment and technology communities. Ron is a transformative thinker who has proven time and again his ability to guide companies and accelerate their growth.

Speaking on: Keynote conversation: Joshua Jackson and Ronald Thomson, Liquid Media Group


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Rose-Marie Couture

Co-Founder & Head of Business Development

BlockFilm Inc.

Rose-Marie Couture is a European-based Canadian industry veteran with broad experience in festival programming, co-production and financing, and business development with many contacts worldwide.

Speaking on: Post-session Chatroom: Cobbled together: new financing models


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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,...show more

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


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Shasha Nakhai

Director and Producer, Scarborough

Compy Films

Shasha is a storyteller whose work has taken her to the Hawaiian coastline, the ski slopes of Davos, a Cold War bunker, the engine room of a decaying ship, Philippine sugar mills and the front lines of Nigeria’s energy crisis.

Her work has aired on the BBC, CBC, ZDF, and Arte;...show more

Speaking on: Case studies: Beans, Drunken Birds and Scarborough; Post-session Chatroom: Case studies


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Sherien Barsoum

Filmmaker, Co-Founder

REMC (Racial Equity Media Collective)

Sherien Barsoum is a Producer with the National Film Board of Canada based in Toronto. As an independent filmmaker she directed and produced Cynara, Ride for Promise and Player Zero, winning the Hot Docs Short Film Pitch and Best Canadian Documentary at NorthWest Fest. She was the producer of Dreams...show more

Speaking on: Pathways, pitfalls, opportunities and outcomes: creating a more inclusive Canadian film industry


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Simone Urdl

Co-Founder/Producer

The Film Farm

Simone Urdl is an established Canadian producer, and co-founder of the production company The Film  Farm. She has a reputation for producing uniquely original films with vision and integrity, including such  acclaimed films as the Academy Award© nominated/Golden Globe winning Away From Her (Sarah  Polley), Venice winner Redacted (Brian De...show more

Speaking on: Post-session Chatroom: Open for opportunities: what’s next in co-productions; Open for opportunities: what’s next in modern coproductions


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Stephanie Azam

Vice President, Development & Acquisitions

MK2|Mile End

Stephanie Azam is the Vice President of Development and Acquisitions at MK2|MILE END,  an independent Canadian distribution company.  Before joining MK2|Mile End, Stephanie held the position of National Feature Film Executive at Telefilm Canada where she oversaw production financing for all of English Canada. Prior to that, she was the...show more

Speaking on: Post-session Chatroom: Global sales agents; Screen strategies: sales agents on how to get your film sold and seen


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Tamara Dawit

Producer

REMC (Racial Equity Media Collective)

Tamara Mariam Dawit is an Ethiopian-Canadian filmmaker and policy advisor in the creative sector. Her most recent film is the award-winning documentary Finding Sally which premiered in 2020 at Hot Docs. She is currently producing and co-producing a slate of feature documentaries and dramatic films.

Tamara works as a consultant in the screen sector...show more

Speaking on: Post-session Chatroom: Pathways, pitfalls, opportunities and outcomes: creating a more inclusive film industry


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Tiffany Hsiung

Director

Golden Nugget Productions

Tiffany Hsiung is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker based  in Toronto, Canada. She is a two-time Canadian Screen Award winner and one of DOC NYC’s 40 under 40. 

In 2018, Tiffany received the prestigious Peabody award for her debut feature ‘The Apology’ (2016) (Produced by the National  Film Board of Canada) along...show more


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Trish Dolman

President, Producer & Director

Screen Siren Pictures Inc.

Trish Dolman founded Screen Siren Pictures in 1997 and is a leading Western Canadian feature film, documentary, television, digital producer and director. With more than 30 documentary and feature film credits over her twenty-eight-year career, her projects have won acclaim, awards and have screened at various marquee international festivals. 

Trish’s credits...show more

Speaking on: Case studies: All My Puny Sorrows, Brother, French Exit


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Tyler Levine

President

Carousel Pictures

Levine is a producer of four critically acclaimed feature films, most recently ALL MY PUNY SORROWS, an adaptation of the Miriam Toews novel written/directed/produced by Michael McGowan. Levine’s other films are TRENCH 11, SUNDOWNERS and POPULATION ZERO, all of which made it onto the Hot List for theatrical receipts in...show more

Speaking on: Case studies: All My Puny Sorrows, Brother, French Exit; Post-session Chatroom: Case studies


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Weyni Mengesha

Director

Weyni Mengesha

Weyni Mengesha is a Canadian film and stage director known for her ground-breaking work and community engagement. Since graduating in 2005 with a BFA from York University, she has directed plays that have gone on to break box office records, tour nationally and internationally, and have been developed into television...show more


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Xavier Trudel

EVP, Sales, International Distribution

eOne

Xavier Trudel is a veteran in the film and television business in Canada. After overseeing the acquisitions for a conventional channel and their programming, he went over to Alliance Films in 2007 as Director of TV Sales. He grew in the company that was acquired by eOne in 2013 and...show more

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: Vuulr, Myriad Pictures, eOne; Speed Meetings: CBC, eOne, Quiver

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