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Academy Talks: Close-Up | Music Video Production
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Presented by Telefilm Canada

In this Close-Up discussion, our panel of past MVP Project and Prism Prize recipients discuss what makes a strong music video, creative ways to pair sound and image, and transitioning between music video and film and television formats.

 

Date:

Monday, October 18, 2021

1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Zoom Webinar

 

Panelists:

Imad Elsheikh | Founder & Executive Producer, PIQUE

Imad Elsheikh is an Executive Producer and Creative Consultant based out of Toronto. He founded PIQUE, a Toronto-based production studio and creative space that produces branded content, films, special events, products, and activations. PIQUE is passionate in developing and collaborating with emerging creators and industry professionals to create content and experiences.

 

Alexander Farah | Director and Editor

Alexander Farah is an Afghan-Canadian director and editor currently between Vancouver and Toronto. His editorial work has screened at TIFF, Telluride, Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs and Sitges, as well as scoring nominations for the Student Academy Awards, CSAs, Berlin Commercial Awards and the UK Music Video Awards. His directorial debut, a short film entitled “Sahar”, premiered at TIFF before screening internationally and landing online as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Alex’s recent directorial piece was an MVP-funded music video “Meet You At The Light,” showcased through platforms that include Nowness, Booooooom, Director’s Notes, Shots Creative, and Director’s Library.

 

Chandler Levack | Filmmaker and Journalist

Chandler Levack is an award-winning filmmaker and writer from Toronto. She studied film and screenwriting at the University of Toronto and the Canadian Film Centre. Her music videos and short films have screened at festivals that include TIFF and SXSW, and have been nominated for multiple Juno and Prism Prize Awards. In 2021, she finished production on her first feature “I Like Movies” with support from Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program. She is a current film critic for the Globe and Mail.

 

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Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux  | Director/Editor

Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux is a Toronto based director / editor. His music video work, mainly with his friends in the band PUP, has garnered multiple MMVA / UKMVA / Prism Prize video of the year nominations as well as spots on Rolling Stone’s top 5 videos of the year and Billboard / Pitchfork’s top videos of the decade. In 2015 he was included in the Cannes Lions New Directors Showcase. His short film Rules for Werewolves was an official selection of SXSW 2020 and premiered at TIFF. His first documentary feature Handle with Care recently premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

 

Moderated by:

Amani Bin Shikhan | Writer and Producer

Amani Bin Shikhan is a writer and producer, among other things. Through her work, she aims to help tell meaningful stories about her world, and the worlds of those around her. Photo by Soko Negash.

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October 18
Academy Talks: Framing the Future | Amplifying the Canadian Indie Game Community
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Presented by Ontario Creates

 

Ways of access and audience demand for video games are only continuing to expand and diversify. This Framing the Future session looks at ways that independent Canadian game studios can continue to foster audience connection, discoverability, and access in today’s marketplace. Our panel of developers and community managers advocate for unique projects and narratives, speak to transferable lessons on discoverability and community event spaces for interactive and video game creators.

 

Date:

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

Zoom Webinar

 

Panelists to be announced.

 

Free for Academy members. $10 for non-members.

 

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November 02
Anti-Racism Training for Members: Session 2 - Introduction to Active Allyship
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Supported by the Bell Fund

This session, supported by the Bell Fund, will provide a baseline for understanding how taking an active stance is necessary to combat bias and discrimination. You will be introduced to the concept of allyship as a lifelong commitment to cultivating an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive and succeed. You will come away from this session understanding how to better recognize micro and other aggressions and with tools you can use to take action in the moment. This session is a first step to understanding how to be an authentic ally to colleagues who identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, a person with a disability, and other systematically marginalized groups.

 

Date:

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

ZOOM WEBINAR 

 

Speakers:

Spencer Gilbert | Senior Manager, Client Success, Diversio 

Spencer is Senior Manager of Client Success at Diversio. He holds a certificate in Team Leadership from Harvard University and has led several groups in implementing inclusion initiatives. He has worked with numerous Diversio clients, including Accenture, Danone, and the World Bank to bring their D&I initiatives to fruition. 

 

Tara Rezvan | Client Success Manager, Diversio 

Tara is a Client Success Manager at Diversio. She has worked on training projects for organizations across multiple sectors including Finance, Entertainment and Tech. She focuses her strategy efforts with organizations on using data to inspire and act on D&I. She has led numerous Diversio engagements including Indigo and BDC.

 

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November 09
Anti-Racism Training For Members: Session 3 -Anti-Racism Deep Dive
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This interactive session will offer a look at the history behind systemic racism and use data to build an understanding of discrimination in the entertainment sector broadly. It will explain the pitfalls of intent vs. impact of actions. It will explore tactical suggestions for eliminating racism on sets and in other working locations.

Date: 

Thursday, December 9, 2021 

ZOOM WEBINAR

 

Speakers: 

Anya Klimbovskaia | Co-Founder and COO of Diversio 

Anya is the co-founder and COO of Diversio. Anya holds a degree in Psychology, with a concentration in organizational studies. Anya has developed, specialized, and delivered trainings for a wide-variety of organizations including ViacomCBS, 500 Startups, and Modern Niagara, and is the diversity and inclusion expert for the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) in Canada. 

 

Spencer Gilbert | Senior Manager, Client Success, Diversio 

Spencer is Senior Manager of Client Success at Diversio. He holds a certificate in Team Leadership from Harvard University and has led several groups in implementing inclusion initiatives. He has worked with numerous Diversio clients, including Accenture, Danone, and the World Bank to bring their D&I initiatives to fruition.

 

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Anti-Racism Training for Members: Session 1 - Introduction to Unconscious Bias
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This session will provide an introduction to the concept of unconscious bias and how it presents itself in professional settings. You will learn about the impact of gendered, ableist and otherwise harmful language in day-to-day interactions. You will learn more about systemic barriers and biases that professionals from communities who have long been under-represented in the Canadian media system face on a regular basis. Leaders will come away from this session with tools they can use to better understand and help eliminate the presence of bias in their own organizations and workplaces.

 

Date:

Thursday, October 14, 2021

ZOOM WEBINAR

 

Speakers:

Spencer Gilbert | Senior Manager, Client Success, Diversio

Spencer is Senior Manager of Client Success at Diversio. He holds a certificate in Team Leadership from Harvard University and has led several groups in implementing inclusion initiatives. He has worked with numerous Diversio clients, including Accenture, Danone, and the World Bank to bring their D&I initiatives to fruition.

 

Tara Rezvan | Client Success Manager, Diversio

Tara is a Client Success Manager at Diversio. She has worked on training projects for organizations across multiple sectors including Finance, Entertainment and Tech. She focuses her strategy efforts with organizations on using data to inspire and act on D&I. She has led numerous Diversio engagements including Indigo and BDC.

 

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October 14
Academy Talks: Framing the Future | The Future of the Creative Workforce
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Presented by Ontario Creates

A joint study from Ontario Creates and VICE Media Group, The Future of the Creative Workforce identifies Generation Z and Y professionals’ interest and awareness of the creative jobs and opportunities available to them.

Following a short presentation of the research, our panelists elaborate on their professional values, the roadblocks they have met, and the professional skills and support young creators need to enter and sustain themselves in the creative industries today. This session offers guidance on the resources and career counselling we can offer the post-pandemic, future creatives in front of and behind the scenes.

 

Date:

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

2:00 – 3:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT

Zoom Webinar

 

Panelists.

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Zaarin Bushra | Director of Operations, The Future of Film Showcase

Zaarin Bushra is a South Asian actor and filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. She held the role of Director of Operations at The Future of Film Showcase, where she worked extensively to build numerous industry workshops and developmental programs for young and emerging filmmakers, and especially those from the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community. She now works as the Director of Branding and Marketing at Fae Pictures, as well as the Programming Coordinator at Reelworld Film Festival.

 

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Varun Raj Gandhi | Picture Editor

Varun is an Editor based in Toronto. He completed his MFA in Picture Editing degree from Chapman University, California in 2015. He began his career editing Digital Media promos for Disney Studios in LA. Later he edited promos for a big budget VFX film in India. Since 2019 he has worked as an Assistant Editor in Toronto with clients such as NFB, Scott Brother’s Entertainment & Tier A DGC Productions. Varun is a mentee of the CCE’s Mentorship Program. He is currently wrapping editing on a CBC Originals Documentary based on the life of Toronto Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia.

 

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Rebeccah Love | Writer/Director/Producer

Rebeccah Love is a Toronto-based filmmaker, writer, visual artist and community organizer. She studied at the University of King’s College, then completed a BFA in Film Production at Ryerson University, and an MFA at the University of Guelph in Creative Writing. She has produced eight short films, focusing on love, illness and neighbourhoods.

 

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Pari Ludin | Programme Manager, Reel Opportunities

Pari Ludin is an Afghan who was born in Germany and raised in Canada. With her background being in music education & arts management, she’s passionate about bringing communities together through the transformative power of the arts & making it accessible for all. Pari has worn many hats in Toronto’s arts and culture industry, from being an outreach and events coordinator at the Toronto Arts Foundation to the program assistant at the Goethe-Institut. She currently manages Reel Opportunities at REEL CANADA. This programme offers free workshops designed to inform youth nationwide about the many career opportunities in the Canadian film industry.

 

Moderator:

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Erin Smith | Manager, Research & Strategic Planning at Ontario Creates

Erin Smith is a strategic planning and policy leader with over fifteen years of experience in the creative media industries.

 

Research Presenters:

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Julie Arbit | Global SVP, Insights at VICE Media Group

Julie Arbit serves as Global Senior Vice President of Insights for VICE Media Group, where she helps both VICE and its clients better understand and engage with their youth audience. In this role she leverages VICE’s access to consumers and culture coupled with her expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies to uncover the most actionable learnings.

Prior to joining VICE, Julie spent over a decade in marketing research agencies working across industries to identify trends, segment target audiences, inform brand strategies, track brand perceptions, and develop communication strategies and new product offerings.

 

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Lauren Greenspan | Senior Director, Insights, North America at VICE Media Group

Lauren Greenspan is a Senior Director of Insights for VICE Media Group who helps VICE and its clients better understand the attitudes and behaviors of young people. She leads creative but rigorous qualitative and quantitative research projects across industries. A lover of all things data and human behavior, she believes in the power of transforming raw data into meaningful stories to reveal the complexities and tensions that illuminate why people do the things they do. The research projects she’s led have informed successful brand messaging and positioning, served as a roadmap for new corporate initiatives and outreach, and been presented to clients around the world and on stage at media and research events.

Prior to this role at VICE, she was a researcher at Ogilvy & Mather and the Association of National Advertisers. She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.

 

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October 06
Framing the Future | Networking Session
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Presented by Ontario Creates

Academy members are invited to join us after our 2021 Annual General Meeting to connect with Academy staff, new and returning board members, and other Academy members. Choose from a variety of virtual breakout rooms hosted by Academy staff and board members and meet and mingle virtually with other industry professionals.

 

Date:

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
3:00 – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 – 1:00 PM PT – Following our Annual General Meeting at 2:00 PM ET
Zoom meeting

 

Free for Academy members. 

 

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September 28
Academy Talks: Ways & Means | In Conversation with Donald Mowat
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Presented by The City of Toronto

In anticipation of Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Dune, Donald Mowat (make-up, hair and prosthetics designer/head of department) shares a glimpse of his work designing the extraordinary characters of Frank Herbert’s world. In this intimate conversation, Mowat will share experiences from his over thirty-five year career working internationally from LA, Toronto, and Montreal and the care and craft that goes into visualizing characters for every genre of film and television.

September 23
Academy Talks: Close-Up | Creative Collaborations on Querencia
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Presented by Telefilm Canada

Creator Mary Galloway and the creative team behind APTN Lumi’s Querencia discuss bringing script to screen and setting the look for the series’ vibrant locations and characters. Our panel provides an in-depth portrait of their process from production through post-production: from inspiration, writing, and funding to cooperatively shaping the story’s cinematography, costumes, and editing.

September 01
Academy Talks: Ways & Means | Framing Documentary Narratives through Editing & Sound
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Presented by the City of Toronto.

In this Ways & Means session, our panel of documentary creatives discuss how picture editing and sound enhance and influence an audience’s perception of images and how to artfully build an ethical documentary process to craft meaning and accurately represent story in non-fiction content.

August 04
2021 Prism Prize
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The Grand Prize winner will be revealed and awarded $20,000 as part of a virtual presentation on Monday, July 26, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET, streamed live on the Prism Prize Twitter and YouTube channels, as well as PrismPrize.com.

July 26
Canadian Screen Awards Sports Programming
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July 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET

Watch this presentation live on Academy.ca, as well as the Canadian Academy Twitter and YouTube channels.

July 20
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
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A no-holds-barred discussion of the sustainability of having a film career in Canada. What are the reasons talent stays or leaves? What are the conditions that could make Canada a more enticing place in which to create?

The objective of the symposium is to crowdsource actionable strategy in an environment where voices from all sectors can be heard unfiltered by external concerns. Following the panel, the filmmaking community is invited to a moderated Reddit discussion where participants can freely voice opinions and vote on proposals while remaining anonymous.

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Une discussion sans réserve sur la durabilité d’une carrière en cinéma au Canada. Pourquoi certains talents restent au pays et d’autres partent à l’étranger? Quelles sont les conditions qui pourraient rendre le Canada plus attrayant comme lieu de création?

L’objectif du symposium est de réunir des idées applicables, dans un environnement où les voix de tous les secteurs peuvent être entendues sans filtres liés à des préoccupations externes. Après la table ronde, la communauté cinématographique est conviée à une discussion modérée sur Reddit où les participants pourront partager librement leur opinion et voter sur des propositions tout en préservant leur anonymat.

MODERATOR:

 

Claudia Hébert – Radio-Canada Host & Culture Reporter / Animatrice et Journaliste culturelle à Radio-Canada

Claudia Hébert graduated in film production from Concordia (BFA) and York University (MFA). As a director, she produced many short fiction films, like L’empreinte, Le Déni and Les Deuxième – which was adapted from the graphic novel by Zviane. With a background in dance, she also directed various dancefilms.  For many years, she was in charge of the cinema content for the franco-ontarien network TFO, as a host, journalist and programmer. She is now a radio host and culture reporter for Radio-Canada.

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Claudia Hébert est titulaire d’un baccalauréat de l’Université Concordia et d’une maîtrise de l’Université York en réalisation de films. À titre de réalisatrice, elle a produit de nombreux courts métrages de fiction dont L’empreinteLe Déni et Les Deuxièmes, qui a d’ailleurs été adapté sous forme de roman illustré par Zviane. Grâce à son expérience dans cet art, elle a aussi réalisé divers films de danse. Pendant de nombreuses années, elle a été responsable du contenu cinématographique de la chaîne franco-ontarienne TFO où elle a tenu les rôles d’animatrice, de journaliste et de programmatrice. Aujourd’hui, elle est animatrice à la radio et journaliste culturelle à Radio-Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 



PANELISTS:

 

Michael Greyeyes | Actor / Acteur

Michael Greyeyes is a Nêhiyaw actor, choreographer and director from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.  Greyeyes is the first Indigenous student to graduate from Canada’s National Ballet School and join The National Ballet of Canada.  He was also a soloist in the company of American choreographer, Eliot Feld before beginning his own work as choreographer and then actor.  As a choreographer and director, his work has been seen across Canada and internationally, including: Pimooteewin, the first Cree language opera, with libretto by Tomson Highway (Soundstreams) and Almighty Voice and his Wife (Native Earth Performing Arts).  In 2010, he founded Signal Theatre and premiering several full-length dance theatre works, including from thine eyes (Harbourfront Centre), A Soldier’s Tale (National Arts Centre) and Bearing for the Luminato Festival, a searing examination of Canada’s Indian residential school legacy.

As an actor, he has appeared in numerous roles across stage and screen, including acclaimed performances in Woman Walks Ahead (A24), HBO’s third season of True Detective, and as Traylor in Jeff Barnaby’s feature film, Blood Quantum (Elevation Pictures) for which he was awarded a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor.  He also appeared in the Emmy-winning HBO series I Know This Much Is True and can currently be seen as Terry Thomas in Rutherford Falls, a new comedy series on Peacock and Showcase in Canada.

Most recently he can be seen starring in Lyle Mitchell Corbine’s debut feature Wild Indian, which premiered in competition at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and is slated for a fall theatrical release.

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Michael Greyeyes est acteur, chorégraphe et metteur en scène nêhiyaw de la Première Nation crie de Muskeg Lake, en Saskatchewan. Michael est le premier étudiant autochtone à être diplômé de l’École nationale de ballet du Canada et à joindre le Ballet national du Canada. Il a été soliste au sein du corps de ballet du chorégraphe américain Eliot Feld avant de se lancer lui-même dans la chorégraphie, puis le jeu. À titre de chorégraphe et de metteur en scène, ses œuvres ont été présentées au Canada et à l’étranger, notamment Pimooteewin, le premier opéra en langue crie dont le libretto est signé par Tomson Highway (Soundstreams), et Almighty Voice and his Wife (troupe Native Earth Performing Arts). En 2010, il a fondé le Signal Theatre où il a présenté en primeur plusieurs œuvres de danse complètes, y compris from thine eyes (Harbourfront Centre), A Soldier’s Tale (National Arts Centre) et Bearing dans le cadre du Festival Luminato, une étude fulgurante de l’héritage des pensionnats autochtones au Canada.

En tant qu’acteur, il a tenu de nombreux rôles sur les planches et à l’écran, dont des prestations acclamées dans Woman Walks Ahead (A24), la troisième saison de la série True Detective sur les ondes de HBO, de même que dans le rôle de Traylor dans le film Blood Quantum de Jeff Barnaby (Elevation Pictures) pour lequel il a reçu un prix Écrans canadiens du meilleur acteur. Il a aussi fait partie de la distribution de la série de HBO primée aux prix Emmy, I Know This Much Is True, et tient actuellement le rôle de Terry Thomas dans Rutherford Falls, une nouvelle comédie de situation diffusée sur Peacock aux États-Unis et Showcase au Canada.

Au cinéma, il a participé récemment au premier long métrage de Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Wild Indian, inscrit au Festival du film de Sundance de 2021 et qui devrait prendre l’affiche en salles à l’automne.


Jade Hassouné | Actor / Acteur

Known worldwide for his role as Meliorn in the hit series Shadowhunters, broadcast on Netflix, and with a community of over 330, 000 subscribers on social media, Jade Hassouné has traveled the world to participate in various Comiccon and other events allowing to join his many fans. More recently, it is in “Alertes”, the new successful TVA series, that he unveils himself to the Quebec public in the role of Michael Abassi.

Colorful, vibrant and with a charisma that pierces the screen, Jade was one of the first guest judges of the popular show “Canada’s Drag Race” and in 2020 released a debut EP titled “Love Letter to a Fandom” which cumulates to date nearly 200,000 plays online. Currently in the studio, he is working on new songs in French for a second EP.

His new single “Éphémère” is available on all platforms, and has made the top 100 in commercial radios in Canada (francophone) and was added to the Canadian Billboard for most added song on the radio networks. It is now debuting to play in radios in France, Belgium and Switzerland.

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Connu mondialement pour son rôle de Meliorn dans la série à succès Shadowhunters diffusée sur Netflix et fort d’une communauté de plus de 330 000 abonnés dans les médias sociaux, Jade Hassouné a parcouru le monde pour participer à diverses conventions Comiccon et d’autres événements à la rencontre des fans. Plus récemment, il a été découvert par le public québécois pour le rôle de Michael Abassi dans la nouvelle série télévisée à succès Alertes, présentée sur les ondes de TVA.

Dynamique, animé et doté d’un charisme qui crève l’écran, Jade a été l’un des premiers juges invités à l’émission populaire Canada’s Drag Race, en plus d’avoir lancé un premier microalbum en 2020, Love Letter to a Fandom, qui cumule actuellement près de 200 000 écoutes en ligne. Il est d’ailleurs de retour en studio, affairé à la production de son deuxième microalbum, en français cette fois.

Disponible sur toutes les plateformes d’écoute, sa nouvelle chanson, « Éphémère », s’est hissée dans le palmarès des 100 plus grands succès des radios commerciales francophones au Canada et s’est inscrite au palmarès Canadian Billboard à titre de chanson la plus ajoutée aux réseaux radiophoniques. Ce premier extrait est maintenant lancé en France, en Belgique et en Suisse.

 


Emma Seligman | Writer & Director / Scénariste et réalisatrice

Emma is a Canadian filmmaker and 2017 graduate of NYU. Her short, Shiva Baby, premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival in 2018. The feature adaptation starring Rachel Sennott, Polly Draper, Dianna Agron, Molly Gordon, Fred Melamed and Danny Deferrari was selected to screen at South by Southwest Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and OutFest LA, where it won Best US Screenwriting.

In 2020, Emma was named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch and one of Filmmaker Mag’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

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Emma est une cinéaste canadienne, diplômée de la NYU (Université de New York) en 2017. Son court métrage, Shiva Baby, a été présenté en grande première au Festival du film South by Southwest en 2018. L’adaptation en long métrage mettant en vedette Rachel Sennott, Polly Draper, Dianna Agron, Molly Gordon, Fred Melamed et Danny Deferrari a été sélectionnée par le Festival du film South by Southwest, le Festival international du film de Toronto et l’OutFest LA où le film a remporté le prix du meilleur scénario américain.

En 2020, Emma figurait à la liste des 10 scénaristes prometteurs du magazine Variety et à la liste des 25 artisans émergents du cinéma indépendant, compilée par Filmmaker Mag.

 


Tonya Williams | Actress & Founder of Reelworld Screen Institute / Actrice et Fondatrice du Reelworld Screen Institute

Tonya Williams is an award-winning actress and Founder and Executive Director of Reelworld Screen Institute, and Reelworld Film Festival now celebrating its 21st Year.  She has over forty-five years working in the entertainment industry in Canada and the USA. Reelworld was created to serve Canadian Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour in the screen-based sectors by providing platforms to develop and showcase emerging talent from underrepresented communities.  In 2020 Reelworld launched AccessReelworld.ca, now the largest searchable recruiting platform for racially diverse talent in North American.  Tonya currently sits on Wow Unlimited Media Board of Directors, The Black Academy Board of Directors, Telefilm’s Diversity & Inclusion Group, the Canadian Media Fund Black Industry Leaders Group, Ontario Creates Industry Advisory Committee and is one of the founders and a Board Member of the Black Screen Office.  A UK, Canadian and USA citizen she lives in Los Angeles
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Actrice primée, Tonya Williams est la fondatrice et directrice générale du Reelworld Screen Institute et du Reelworld Film Festival qui célèbre cette année son 21e anniversaire. Elle possède plus de quarante-cinq ans d’expérience dans l’industrie du divertissement au Canada et aux États-Unis. Elle a créé Reelworld afin d’appuyer les Canadiennes et Canadiens autochtones, noirs et de couleur des secteurs des médias en offrant des plateformes où cultiver et mettre en vitrine les talents émergents de ces communautés sous-représentées. En 2020, Reelworld a lancé AccessReelworld.ca, devenue la plus importante plateforme de recrutement interrogeable pour les talents d’origines ethniques diverses en Amérique du Nord. Tonya siège actuellement au conseil d’administration de Wow Unlimited Media, de The Black Academy, du groupe de Diversité et inclusion de Téléfilm Canada, du groupe des leaders noirs du Fonds des médias du Canada et du comité consultatif de l’industrie d’Ontario Créatif, en plus d’être membre du conseil du Bureau de l’écran des Noirs. Citoyenne canadienne, britannique et américaine, elle réside actuellement à Los Angeles.

 

June 10
Lessons From the World
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A high level perspective on the international marketplace exploring the way Canadian films are distributed abroad and how other countries are creating a space for domestic culture in a globalized paradigm.

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Une perspective de haut niveau sur le marché international qui explique comment les films canadiens sont distribués à l’étranger et comment d’autres pays créent un espace pour la culture locale dans un paradigme mondialisé.

 

MODERATOR:

Claudia Hébert – Radio-Canada Host & Culture Reporter / Animatrice et Journaliste culturelle à Radio-Canada

Claudia Hébert graduated in film production from Concordia (BFA) and York University (MFA). As a director, she produced many short fiction films, like L’empreinte, Le Déni and Les Deuxième – which was adapted from the graphic novel by Zviane. With a background in dance, she also directed various dancefilms.  For many years, she was in charge of the cinema content for the franco-ontarien network TFO, as a host, journalist and programmer. She is now a radio host and culture reporter for Radio-Canada.

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Claudia Hébert est titulaire d’un baccalauréat de l’Université Concordia et d’une maîtrise de l’Université York en réalisation de films. À titre de réalisatrice, elle a produit de nombreux courts métrages de fiction dont L’empreinteLe Déni et Les Deuxièmes, qui a d’ailleurs été adapté sous forme de roman illustré par Zviane. Grâce à son expérience dans cet art, elle a aussi réalisé divers films de danse. Pendant de nombreuses années, elle a été responsable du contenu cinématographique de la chaîne franco-ontarienne TFO où elle a tenu les rôles d’animatrice, de journaliste et de programmatrice. Aujourd’hui, elle est animatrice à la radio et journaliste culturelle à Radio-Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PANELISTS:

 

Nicolás Celis – Producer, Roma (Mexico) / producteur, Roma (Mexico)

Nicolás Celis, founder of Pimienta Films, is a Mexican producer who has gained a reputation for working on original and meaningful projects. His production company Pimienta Films was named one of the three best production houses in Mexico by the prestigious magazine Variety.

Nicolás has collaborated with renowned directors such as Tatiana Huezo, Elisa Miller, Paz Fábrega, Jonás Cuarón, Rafi Pitts and Amat Escalante. Among his recent projects is ROMA (2018) by director Alfonso Cuarón, which received over 200 prizes, including the Golden Lion for Best Feature at the 75th Venice Film Festival, four BAFTA awards, two Golden Globes and three Academy Awards®. Another recent project is Birds of Passage (2018) directed by Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego, which featured at the 71st Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight.

Nicolás has also worked to support the forthcoming generations of producers and distributors. He frequently gives workshops and master classes in Mexico and abroad. In 2019, he served on the jury for both the Shanghai International Film Festival and the Tbilisi International Film Festival and in 2020 he was part of Sofia’s International Film Festival Jury. Nicolás is member of both the Mexican and American Academies of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Currently, Nicolás is post-producing Tatiana Huezo’s first fiction film, Noche de Fuego. He is also continuing his collaborations with Amat Escalante on his new project, Estado del Imperio and Jonás Cuarón on The Gringo Champion.

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Fondateur de Pimienta Films, Nicolás Celis est un producteur mexicain qui s’est forgé une réputation solide pour son travail sur des projets originaux et importants. Le prestigieux magazine Variety a décerné à sa boîte de production, Pimienta Films, le titre de l’une des trois meilleures sociétés de production de Mexico.

Nicolás a collaboré avec des réalisateurs de renom tels que Tatiana Huezo, Elisa Miller, Paz Fábrega, Jonás Cuarón, Rafi Pitts et Amat Escalante. Parmi ses projets récents, citons ROMA (2018) du réalisateur Alfonso Cuarón, gagnant de plus de 200 prix, y compris le Lion d’or du meilleur film à la 75e Mostra de Venise, quatre prix BAFTA, deux prix Golden Globes et trois Oscars®. Un autre de ces projets récents est Les Oiseaux de passage (2018) réalisé par Ciro Guerra et Cristina Gallego, présenté dans le cadre de la Quinzaine des réalisateurs du 71e Festival de Cannes.

Nicolás s’efforce également de soutenir les prochaines générations de producteurs et de distributeurs. Il donne régulièrement des ateliers et des cours de maître à Mexico et à l’étranger. En 2019, il a siégé sur le jury du Festival international du film de Shanghai et du Festival international du film de Tbilissi, puis en 2020, il était membre du jury du Festival international du film de Sofia. Nicolás est membre des Académies américaine et mexicaine des arts et des sciences du cinéma.

À l’heure actuelle, Nicolás travaille à la postproduction du premier long métrage de fiction réalisé par Tatiana Huezo, Noche de Fuego. Il poursuit également sa collaboration avec les réalisateurs Amat Escalante (Estado del Imperio) et Jonás Cuarón (The Gringo Champion).

 


Robert Cousins – VP, Film, Cineplex / Vice-président, filmé, Cineplex

Robert Cousins oversees all Film and Event Cinema programming for Cineplex.  He has been with the company for over 18 years and was instrumental in the development of Cineplex’s international programming bringing Hindi, Punjabi, Chinese, Korean and Filipino films to Canadian audiences.   An industry veteran for over 30 years he has worked in Government, Production and Distribution prior to joining Cineplex in 2002.

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Robert Cousins supervise l’ensemble de la programmation de films et d’événements cinématographiques chez Cineplex. Il œuvre au sein de l’entreprise depuis plus de 18 ans et a joué un rôle essentiel dans l’établissement de la programmation internationale de Cineplex qui a permis la diffusion de films en hindi, en pendjabi, en mandarin, en coréen et en filipino auprès d’auditoires canadiens. Vétéran de l’industrie depuis plus de 30 ans, il a travaillé au sein de la fonction publique, de même qu’en production et en distribution, avant de se joindre à Cineplex en 2002.

 


Liza Diño – Chairperson and CEO of the Film Development Council of the Philippines /présidente-directrice générale, Bureau du développement du cinéma des Philippines

Liza Diño is the Chairperson and CEO of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the Agency in charge of developing programs to develop the local film industry and promote it for global collaboration and growth. She is also an award-winning film, TV and stage actress who has appeared in numerous independent and commercial films. 

As Chairperson and CEO, she is hard at work in promoting the country’s film export services, creating more opportunities for Philippine cinema to be exposed to the world, and developing policies for the growth of the film and audiovisual industry.

She is a member of the Board of Director of the Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNET) and an active collaborator in the ASEAN-ROK Film Organisation and the BPX (Best Practice Exchange), an initiative that brings together heads of film agencies from around the world to brainstorm on best practice in public funding for filmmaking.

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Liza Diño est présidente-directrice générale du Bureau du développement du cinéma des Philippines, l’organisme responsable d’élaborer des programmes de développement de l’industrie cinématographique et de sa promotion en vue d’une collaboration et d’une croissance mondiales. Elle est aussi une actrice primée qui s’est produite au petit écran, au théâtre et au cinéma dans un grand nombre de films indépendants et commerciaux.

À titre de présidente-directrice générale, elle œuvre à promouvoir les services d’exportation d’œuvres cinématographiques du pays afin de créer plus d’occasions pour le cinéma philippin d’être exposé au monde. Elle travaille aussi à l’élaboration de politiques pour la croissance de l’industrie du cinéma et de l’audiovisuel.

Elle est membre du conseil d’administration du Réseau des commissions du film de l’Asie (AFCNET) et une collaboratrice active au sein de l’organisme de cinéma ASEAN-ROK et du BPX (Best Practice Exchange), une initiative qui réunit des dirigeants d’organismes du cinéma de partout au monde afin d’échanger sur les pratiques exemplaires en matière de financement public du cinéma.

 


Anick Poirier – Co-Founder and International Sales Agent, 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. Donovan, Juste la fin du Monde (Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize) and Mommy (Cannes Jury Prize);Festival favorite Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey and Global Metal from Sam Dunn; and Award winning Waste Land from Vik Muniz. Before eOne acquired Les Films Seville, Poirier was VP International Sales since 2002. Anick also held senior sales roles at Cinar Corporation and Buena Vista Home Entertainment Canada, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

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En août 2019, Anick Poirier a cofondé WaZabi Films avec Lorne Price. Auparavant, elle était vice-présidente principale de Seville International, une division spécialisée de la société Entertainment One, où elle représentait un portefeuille de films et documentaires indépendants et gagnants de prix de partout au monde. Parmi ceux-ci, citons les œuvres de Xavier Dolan (Matthias et Maxime, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, Juste la fin du monde [Grand Prix du Festival de Cannes] et Mommy [Prix du jury à Cannes]), deux documentaires de Sam Dunn prisés des festivals (Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey et Global Metal), ainsi que le film primé de Vik Muniz, Waste Land. Avant l’acquisition des Films Seville par eOne, Anick Poirier était vice-présidente, ventes internationales chez Seville depuis 2002. Anick a également occupé des postes de direction chez Cinar Corporation et Buena Vista Home Entertainment Canada, une filiale de la Walt Disney Company.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Canadian Screen Awards
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Canadian Screen Awards - Cinematic Arts, Presented by Telefilm Canada, Supported by Cineplex
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