2019 Presenters and Panelists
Each year, the Yorkton Film Festival brings in some of the best and brightest in Canada’s film and cultural industries. From producers to cultural advocates, here’s a look at some of the individuals coming to this year’s festival.
Producer, Director and Screenwriter
Alexandra Lazarowich is a an award winning Cree Producer, Director and Screenwriter whose work has premiered at film festivals around the world. She is passionate about telling Indigenous stories. Her most recent documentary FAST HORSE won the Special Jury Award for Directing at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
One of Western Canada’s most respected documentary directors and cinematographers, Barry’s credits include producing, directing and shooting over fifty hours of documentary, commercial and informational programming. His most recent credits include directing and shooting “Get Marty” and “Kelekis 81 Years in the Chips” for MTS Television, “The Whistling Lawyer” for Rogers/Omni, “Day of Judgement” for VisionTV, “Sabrina’s Law” a Global/NFB co-production and “She’s Having Our Baby” for CBC’s Passionate Eye. Barry also shot and directed the highly acclaimed NFB documentary “Women on Patrol”. Barry has received numerous creative awards in the past including two Gold Medals at the Houston International Film Festival, a World Medal at the New York Festival, two Silver Medals at the US International Film and Video Festival in Chicago, a Cleo Award of Excellence, a Gold Quill Award at IABC in New Orleans as well as many other awards in Europe, Australia, Canada and the U.S.A.
Cam Bennett is Executive Producer at Bell MTS TV in Winnipeg. Working with community producers, Bell MTS creates local content for TV1. We support and license new documentary and lifestyle series that reflect the people and places of Manitoba.
Upcoming series include How To Be a Polar Bear Guide, Sustainable Structures, and Wabunukeeg: Daybreak People.
Prior to joining Bell MTS, Cam was an independent Writer/Director in documentary and lifestyle television. Select credits include Gemini-nominated As Seen on TV/The K-Tel Story, Avrocar: Saucer Secrets from The Past, Recreating Eden, Magnificent Obsessions, and The Sharing Circle. His work has aired on CBC, CTV, Global, Discovery, History U.K., The Sci-Fi Network, and APTN.
Most recently Cam has been directing episodes of the Eagle Vision series Taken for APTN and CBC.
Accessible Media Inc
Cara Nye, Director of Production, AMI-tv, for Accessible Media Inc.: Cara has close to 30 years of production experience, having previously worked for CHUM/Rogers supporting such networks as MuchMusic, Citytv, OMNI, FX Canada, OLN and Bio. Since joining AMI-tv in 2012, Cara is responsible for all internal and outsourced productions, including the weekly magazine-style show, AMI This Week; Challenges and Change with Craig Oliver; the documentary series Our Community and original documentaries like StopGap: The Luke Anderson Story and Still Beautiful. Additionally, Cara has acted as Production Executive on such commissioned AMI-tv series as Menu Match-Up, produced in partnership with the Scott Brothers; Season 1 of the ongoing series Mind Set Go; and the accessible gardening series, Growing Sense.
Cara and her team at AMI are dedicated to creating accessible content for all Canadians. Through a production process called Integrated Described Video (IDV), AMI embeds audio description directly into the programs they produce, providing a seamless and inclusive experience for the blind or partially sighted viewer. This is done without adding the traditional post-production Described Video track. Along with AMI’s team of DV/IDV Specialists, Cara’s production staff ensures that all internal productions, as well as content and programming created in partnership with outside production houses, is 100% accessible and qualifies as “described” in the eyes of the CRTC. Applying the IDV method of production ensures that the integrity of the program, as envisioned by the producers, is not altered in a post-production environment, but included in all stages: pre-production, production and post.
Executive in Charge of Production, Documentary Programming, CBC Television
Based in Toronto, Charlotte Engel has spent over 25 years working in the film and television industry. She cut her teeth working in the Indie Canadian film industry, working on the films like “Highway 61” and “The Adjuster”.
She moved onto a career in broadcasting, working as a production executive for CHUM Television, CTV and Bell Media for 10 years. Specializing in documentary and factual programming, she oversaw successful documentaries such as “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould” and “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey”.
After departing Bell Media, Engel set up her own production company, Rock Yenta Productions. During this time, she produced many documentaries for CBC and TVO including “Puffin Patrol”, “Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale” “Mugshot” for TVO.
In 2015, Engel joined CBC’s Unscripted department to oversee CBC’s new documentary strand called “CBC Docs POV” (formerly “Firsthand”). In its forth year, the strand has gone on to entertain and enlighten Canadians coast to coast.
Accessible Media Inc
Chris is AMI’s Accessibility Officer and head of the Media Accessibility Services department for AMI-tv. He is an accessibility professional with a decade of experience, and technologist for over 20 years. In addition, Chris is the Chair of the Described Video Best Practices Committee in Canada (DVBP), W3C Advisory Committee representative, W3C WAI Education and Outreach Working Group participant, as well as member of the Mohawk College Program Advisory Committee (PAC).
Christopher Triffo, CSC is a principal partner and a founding member of Wavelength Entertainment Group.
Christopher has developed and produced/directed over 400 hours of programming for broadcasters like, History Television, A&E, Discovery International, Warner Bros, Netflix, Travel Channel USA/Canada, Discovery Channel USA/ Canada, History UK, Smithsonian Channel, Zoomer-TV, HBO Europe, HBO, Foxtel Australia, ZDF, Vision, CBC, IFC, Reelz Channel, City-TV and many others. The award-winning programming is seen in more than 150 countries and heard in over 30 languages.
Chris’s current projects include co-producing and co-directing three seasons of the documentary series Nordic Lodge, two seasons of the docuseries Bridging Borders, and the VR360 documentary Bridging Borders-VR. Also, Chris was one of the producers on I Lived With a Killer a 20 x 60″ episode series with Reelz Channel and TVA.
Triffo has received many awards including an American Emmy® Award, Best Direction in a Documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards (formally the Gemini Awards), New York Film Festivals Finalist Award, Best Director and Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs, Best Director and Best Documentary at Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival, and Best Cinematography at the Canadian Society of Cinematographers awards. His films have been screened at prestigious festivals like INPUT 98 and the Australian International Documentary Conference.
Government Film Comissioner and NFB Chairperson
Claude Joli-Coeur has been an influential figure in the film and audiovisual industry throughout a career spanning more than 30 years. He is the 16th Governmemt Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada. As Assistant Commissioner at the NFB (2007 to 2014), he headed Government Relations and Strategic Planning as well as Business Affairs and Legal Services.
Mr. Joli-Coeur is known for his ability to motivate and inspire, a leadership style focused on results, and his strong commitment to Canadian communities. That commitment, combined with his interest in Canadian culture, has led him to undertake numerous initiatives, particularly with major national museums and cultural institutions. He has also supported many projects in French-speaking communities throughout Canada and other minority communities across the country, including the first multi-party agreement with English-speaking Quebecers.
In March 2016, he made a strong commitment to parity: the NFB, already an industry leader in gender equity, will commit 50 percent of its production budget to films by women and at least half of its productions will be directed by women by 2019. In March 2017, this commitment to parity was broadened to include the goal of having women occupy 50 percent of the NFB’s key creative positions for animated, documentary, and interactive works in production in the year 2020.
In June 2017, Mr. Joli-Coeur also announced a three-year plan to redefine the NFB’s relationship with Indigenous peoples. Guided by recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the plan outlines 33 commitments, such as allocating at least 15 percent of overall production spending to Indigenous-led production.
A law graduate from the Université de Montréal and member of the Quebec Bar, Mr. Joli-Coeur has been an entertainment law expert in the private sector, where he contributed to several international co-productions with a number of European countries and held various leadership positions within the Astral Entertainment Group, Groupe Coscient (Motion International), TVA International, and Zone 3.
Daniel Cross is co-founder of EYESTEELFILM in Montreal, named by Real Screen Magazine as a top 100 non-fiction production company in the world. He is a Professor and Concordia University Research Chair in Interactive Documentary at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. Cross is also a member of the Provost’s Circle of Distinction and sits on Concordia University’s Board of Governors. Cross is a multi-disciplined award-winning documentary filmmaker with a long history of directing and producing theatrical documentaries. Cross’ CURC will host a VR public showcase at this years festival.
His latest film I AM THE BLUES won 2 Canadian Screen Awards for Best Feature Length Theatrical Documentary, and Best Cinematography, the film also opened the 70th annual Yorkton Film Festival winning 2 Golden Sheaf awards. Cross is currently looking for a production unit to film the 2019 Stanley Cup Parade in downtown Montreal – Go Habs!
National Film Board
David Christensen is an Executive Producer at the National Film Board of Canada. He manages the North West Studio, which looks after NFB documentary, animation, and interactive production in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, North West Territories and Nunavut. Recent films from the North West Studio include Tasha Hubbard’s “nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up”, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s “Angry Inuk”, “WALL”, directed by Cam Christiansen, and “Supreme Law”, directed by Kat Cizek. In total, the NWS has about 25-30 projects in development and production at any one time.
Erin Mussolum is a professional in the areas of film and television, digital media, communications, public relations and project management.
For close to 20 years she has been actively working in the film and television sector in a variety of roles. Erin ran her own documentary production company for 10 years pitching and selling content to national and international broadcasters. She has been an active story producer and development producer for many of the top television and radio companies in Vancouver, and most recently helped build up the TELUS STORYHIVE program in her past role as Project Manager. For the last 10 years she has given her eyes and ears to the Leo Awards as one of their jury members, and sits on the board at The Cinematheque in Vancouver.
With a unique career that has straddled both the production and communication sectors, Erin knows first hand the importance of not only creating quality content but also communicating that content in a way that will amplify efforts and find traction in the marketplace.
Producer/Director, Catapult Pictures
Frederick is an eclectic producer/director with a mix of documentary and kids content credits. His recent projects include the TV-series Queen of the Oil Patch, and Last of the Fur Traders, a documentary about his father’s experiences int he arctic. He has created numerous web series and short films, and most recently won an AMPIA Award for Best Non-Fiction Writer Under 30-Minutes. He also loves to film kittens.
Gavin Baird is an independent filmmaker based in Saskatoon, SK. Since 2017 he has produced and directed three feature-length films, two online series, and the recent short film, Behind the Windowpane.
Media Entrepreneur / Producer / Director
Passionate of telling local stories, George has held managing positions in both small and mid-market television stations. In addition, he’s produced and directed hundreds of hours of local and regional programs.
In 2005, he was a founding partner of Southwest TV News, a new media venture that provided Local TV News through a combination of online video and a TV show distributed through cable TV. Having recently surpassed over 1,500 episodes, Southwest TV News continues to provide local reflection to the residents of Southwest Saskatchewan.
Along with providing a valued community service, George is also proud of the broadcasters who started their career at Southwest TV News including Power and Politics Vassy Kapelos and the National’s Natalie Kalata.
Over the years, George has also developed both local and regional projects for broadcasters including SaskTel Max Local on Demand and Roger’s City TV Saskatchewan.
Greg Magirescu’s career portfolio embodies over 35 years in the arts, culture and heritage sectors in Canada and abroad. He has managed small, medium and large-scale events, from community arts programming to overseeing the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games’ Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver. He has worked as a touring recording artist, composer/arranger, producer, actor in theatre, film and television, and has crossed over into arts management, both in the non-profit and government sectors at the municipal and provincial levels. He is a cultural strategist and has drafted cultural and social policies/plans for the City of Mississauga, New Westminster (BC), Metro Vancouver, Harbourfront Corporation, the Royal Ontario Museum, Prison Fellowship International, and the United Way of Prince Edward Island. He is a past director on the Board of the Kelowna & District Arts Council, member of the Metro Vancouver Regional Cultural Development Advisory Committee, Board Chair of Culture PEI (now Creative PEI), and is a member of the Association of Provincial Funding Agencies. Greg lives in Regina, where he currently is the Chief Executive Officer of Creative Saskatchewan.
Jeff Stecyk is a principal partner, founding member and Executive Producer of the Wavelength Entertainment Group. Jeff has been working with the other shareholders since 1999 and is responsible for major decisions on key issues for the Wavelength Entertainment Group of companies. He is based in Vancouver, BC and leads the west coast division of Wavelength Entertainment
His role entails comprehensive definitive executive management of all functions related to the corporation and its subsidiaries. This involves an ongoing balance of business, creative, legal, marketing, financial and entrepreneurial leadership. His extensive range of key responsibilities have resulted in financing and executive management/supervision of over 400 hours of programming and over $100,000,000 in programming / sales. These productions have been seen in over 150 countries and 30 languages.
In addition, since 2003 he has also represented the company/productions at various major market events and film festivals including MIPCOM/MIPTV (Cannes, France), NATPE, National Association of Broadcasters (Las Vegas/Miami), RealScreen Summit (Washington, DC) and Banff Media Festival. Jeff had also completed many key national / international business deals (licensing, sales, co-production, distribution, etc.) and visited many locations throughout the world in conjunction with his many senior roles with the organization. Jeff also leads the development area of the company, as well as all components of the business and distribution divisions.
He brings with him many years of management experience and has worked with a variety of private and public organizations across Canada. For over 18 years Jeff has completed business affairs, senior production executive, development, distribution and various other functions on many projects including: Crime Stories / Blood, Lies and Alibis / Deadly Intent (Investigation Discovery US and Canada/Canal D/AMC/AETN), The Re-Inventors History/Discovery/Smithsonian), Edge of War (Discovery/Rogers), Legend Hunters (Travel Channel US/Discovery), Countdown to the Future (Vision TV), Escape From Iran (History TV/Warner Bros/APT), Innovation Nation (SCN), Nordic Lodge (Rogers), Trading Places (Life) and American Emmy award-winning, 13 Seconds (TLC/History). Jeff was the Executive Producer on a new series entitled, Boomtowners (for the Smithsonian Network US/Blue Ant Media), Nordic Lodge (Rogers Broadcasting) and various other productions. He was recently the Producer / Executive Producer on the feature Genius Factory (CBC/DRTV), Nordic Lodge III and Bridging Borders (Rogers Broadcasting). Jeff is currently Producer/Executive Producer on Bridging Borders (season II) and I Lived With a Killer (20 x 60” episode series with Reelz Channel and TVA).
Jeff has acquired a Bachelor of Administration Degree from the University of Regina, with specializations / additional training in Finance, Law, Marketing and Human Resource Management. He is also a registered Notary Public, has attended a variety of workshops / seminars related to the industry (Ie. Banff Executive Leadership Program) and is taking the next steps towards earning his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of British Columbia.
Writer, Broadcaster, Producer and Speaker
Jesse Wente is an Ojibwe writer, broadcaster, producer and speaker. Born and raised in Toronto, his family hails from Chicago and the Serpent River First Nation. Jesse is best known for his 22 years as a columnist for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, Jesse spent 11 years with the Toronto International Film Festival, the last seven as the director of film programmes at the TIFF Lightbox. Jesse is currently co-producing his first film, a screen adaptation of Thomas King’s best-selling book, The Inconvenient Indian. An outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Metis and Inuit art, he has spoken at the International Forum of Indigenous Peoples, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Canadian Arts Summit, the Cultural Summit of the Americas, and numerous Universities and Colleges. In November Jesse delivered the annual Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum. Jesse currently serves on the board of directors for the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council. In 2017 he was named the inaugural recipient of the Reelworld Film Festival’s Reel Activist Award and recently received the Association of Ontario Health Centres’ Media Award for 2018. Jesse is currently working on his first book for Penguin Random House Canada and in February, Jesse started a new role as the first Director of the Indigenous Screen Office in Canada.
Sometime between the invention of colour television and the first HD broadcast in Canada, Joanne McDonald’s world has mostly been filled with screen-based media (which until recently was better known as film and television) and lots of coffee.
As the General Manager for Citytv Saskatchewan she’s involved in all aspects of broadcasting- from operations to programming. The station is a provincial educational broadcaster and was called SCN in a former life.
Over the years she has helped bring many hours of content from Saskatchewan and beyond to screens and audiences. A number of titles have won national and international awards –and have gone on to be licensed in other markets around the world.
When she’s not running a TV station, you can find her volunteering for arts and cultural organizations- at present she sits on two Boards of Directors: SaskCulture (Past President) and the Yorkton Film Festival. She also gets to vote as a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and belongs to Women in Communications and Technology. In the past she was on the board of the Saskatchewan Media Producers Industry Association and was a member of the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Creative Industries Advisory Committee. In her other spare time she likes to make jelly salads, pull weeds in the garden and travel. And watch TV- of course.
Although her dad remains skeptical to this day, there is proof that someone with a philosophy degree can get a real job.
Actor and Stand-Up Comedian
Jody is an award-winning actor and stand up comedian based in Saskatoon. His voice acting work on Wapos Bay won he and his cast mates a Gemini Award, and he has acted in many feature length movies where he worked alongside actors such as Kim Coates and Ryan Reynolds.
Jody criss-crossed his way across the prairies as host of The Prairie Diner on City TV for 3 seasons and has taken his comedy to the people from East to West, with appearances at clubs and festivals including the prestigious Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.
Jody Peters is an adopted black man raised by white [Mennonite] folks on a farmin Saskatchewan… Charming, likeable and energetic, his unique world-view is as endearing as it is funny.” – Just for Laughs
NFB North West Studio - Producer
Based in Winnipeg, Jon has been a producer with the NFB’s North West Studio since 2016, working on a slate of projects in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories. Current productions include the short documentary Stories are in our Bones (dir Janine Windolph) and the theatrical documentary We Will Stand Up (dir Tasha Hubbard), a co-production with Downstream Documentary Productions. Completed projects include the short docs Talking at Night (dir Eric Thiessen), To Wake Up the Nakota Language (dir Louise BigEagle), and Ride (dir Kristin Catherwood), all produced through the Doc Lab Saskatchewan project, as well as Breaths (dir Nyla Innuksuk) and Music in the Prairie Night (dir Mike Maryniuk), both for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. As associate producer with the NFB in St. John’s and Montreal, Jon’s projects include the feature docs Gun Runners (Hot Docs 2016), Danny (Hot Docs 2015), the short animation 54 Hours (Founder’s Award – Yorkton Film Festival), the interactive documentary Bubble Dancers (32nd Int’l Environmental Film Festival, Paris), and the 10th and 11th editions of the animation intensive Hothouse. A transplanted east coaster, Jon holds an MA in Communication & Culture from York and Ryerson Universities.
Photo Credit: NFB/Taryn Snell
As Distribution360’s Senior Manager of Acquisitions & Operations, Jordan Cavallo is responsible for finding and developing producer partnerships and content acquisition for Distribution360. Alongside acquisitions, Jordan also manages operations for D360, where he uses his vast amount of technical knowledge and experience to ensure that D360’s technical operations stay ahead of the curve to better serve producers and broadcasters alike.
Jordan has a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from Queen’s University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Television Writing and Production from Humber College. He has worked in the Television industry for close to a decade, and has experience in both production and distribution.
Kitan Amao is a Senior Commercial Account Manager at RBC specializing in technology and media companies. He is a self-starting, team player and result-oriented banking professional & chartered professional accountant with proven success in credit structuring & syndication, financial analysis & cash flow modeling and credit risk & portfolio management. With over 12 years of corporate banking experience executing over $500 million in financing transactions across various industries; Kitan continuously demonstrates capacity for building trusted relationships and communicating effectively, coupled with a passion of assisting clients to meet their growth ambitions. Kitan holds a Masters of Business from Manchester Business School in the UK and he is married with two children.
Executive In Charge of Production, CBC Short Docs
As Executive in Charge of Production for CBC Docs at Canada’s public broadcaster, Lesley spearheaded CBC’s digital-first strand CBC Short Docs, commissioning short-form documentary content from emerging filmmakers from across Canada. Under Lesley’s leadership, commissions including Frame 394, Finding Fukue, Fast Horse, Vika and Babe I Hate to Go have resonated with Canadian audiences on CBC Gem and with worldwide audiences on CBC Docs Youtube channel. They have also been celebrated by international festival audiences including the Yorkton Film Festival. For linear television, Lesley has overseen high-impact shows including four seasons of the award-winning comedy series Still Standing, and the feature documentary Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind.
Lindsay McIntyre is a film artist from Edmonton, Alberta of Inuk and Settler descent. Working primarily with 16mm film and experimental, handmade and documentary techniques, her short films circle themes of portraiture, place, form and personal histories. She has created 30 short films and also does film projection performance. She generally prefers to do things the hard way and her current obsessions involve handmade emulsion, light play, animation and celluloid manipulation. She has an MFA in Film Production from Concordia in Montreal and a BFA from the University of Alberta. She was a member of The Double Negative Collective and the recipient of the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Excellence in Media Arts for 2013 and a REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation in 2017. Her award winning work and performances have been shown at many international venues including Ann Arbor, Anthology Film Archives, Pleasure Dome, Mono No Aware, Rotterdam, l’Alternativa, WNDX, imagineNATIVE, Images, Exis, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Raindance and Black Maria and can be found in several permanent collections. She teaches Film + Screen Arts at Emily Carr University.
Luanne has been producing television commercials and documentaries for over twenty years through Lank/Beach Productions. She has produced programs for Rogers/OMNI, VisionTV, Global Television, CBC, CTV and numerous public and private sector clients. Recent productions include “Get Marty” and “Kelekis, 81 Years in the Chips” produced for MTS television. Other producer credits include a one hour doc entitled “The Whistling Lawyer” for Rogers/OMNI Television and “Day of Judgement” for Vision Television. She also co-produced a Global Television and NFB doc entitled “Sabrina’s Law” and a documentary produced for CBC’s Passionate Eye entitled “She’s Having Our Baby” and a documentary for CTV entitled “Helping Hands.”Luanne has received numerous creative awards in the past including two Gold Medals at the Houston International Film Festival, a World Medal at the New York Festivals, two Silver Medals at the U.S. International Film and Video Festival in Chicago, a Cleo Award of Excellence, a Gold Quill Award at IABC in New Orleans as well as many other awards in Canada and the U.S.A. since joining Lank/Beach Productions.
Indigenous Governance Consultant
Marcia Nickerson is a leader in the field of Indigenous governance, providing high-level advisory services to Indigenous governments and organizations, federal and provincial governments, and other public sector clients. Marcia was on the board of imagineNATIVE from 2004 to 2018, serving as Board Chair for 8 years. In addition to her position as Chair, Marcia served on the Programming Committee, headed the Development Committee, and helped to launch the imagineNATIVE iNstitute. In 2016 the Canada Media Fund (CMF) tasked Marcia with conducting an environmental scan to identify options for implementation to support and develop the Indigenous screen-based industry in Canada. In 2017 Marcia worked with several partners, including the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio-Canada (CBC), the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), to create a national Indigenous Screen Office. In 2018 Marcia performed a national consultation process to develop On Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories.
Born in Lima, Peru, Marco is a social engaged documentary filmmaker who believes on the power of filmmaking as a tool for social change. He participated on the first editions of the Peruvian Documentary Caravan (Caravana Documental) as well as the Independent Documentary Film Exhibitions (Muestra de Documental Independiente Peruano), venues that promote human rights and social engagement of documentary films in the Peruvian culture.
In 2007 he moved to Montreal to pursue a master’s degree on film production at Concordia University and since then he has worked in different social film projects. From 2008 to 2010 he trained homeless people in the use of digital cameras and new media tools for the project HOMELESSNATION.org, the first website by and for the street community in Canada. In 2011 he joined the WAPIKONI MOBILE team and traveled to several First Nation communities teaching filmmaking as a form self expression to at-risk youth. He currently works at EyeSteelFilm, a documentary film and interactive media production company dedicated to the use of cinematic expression as a catalyst for social and political change, and he is also the research associate of the recently established Concordia Research Chair in Interactive Documentary filmmaking.
RBC Media & Entertainment Team
Mike DeLuca is a tenured Commercial Account Manager on the Media and Entertainment Team at RBC based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Mike specializes in providing banking and interim financing solutions for Television and Film Projects of all sizes across different platforms and genres. Mike enjoys chatting with Producers about their projects and is passionate about the industry in which he works
Mike Rollo work explores alternative approaches to documentary cinema — methods which thematize vanishing cultures and transitional spaces through references to memory, history, religion, and autobiography. Mike’s films have shown at festivals, galleries, and conferences across Canada and internationally. He is a founding member of Montreal’s experimental film collective Double Negative, and currently participates as a member with Independent Visions in Regina and WNDX: Festival of Moving Image in Winnipeg. Mike’s latest film is Farewell Transmission (2017).
Multifaceted in all aspects of the arts Nicola Baldwin works hard to go above and beyond expectations. Since studying at three Manitoban universities for music performance, acting, theatre production, art and design she has become a well rounded filmmaker and storyteller. Since graduating from the University of Winnipeg’s Film and Theatre program Nicola has chosen filmmaking as her main career focus while still pursuing her love of music.
Her recent endeavours have been training through the local film unions in Manitoba (DGC, IATSE 856/669). She has recently become an official union member of the International Cinematographers Guild IATSE Local 669. Her many projects have led her to winning a grant from the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition towards the creation of the film ‘If It Ain’t Got’ which is now running the festival circuit. She enjoys creating music videos for local musicians and collaborating with them on ideas that best pair with their aesthetic and tonal qualities. She commonly works weddings as a second shooter for extra income and writes scripts for short films on her down time. She is in the midst developing two short film scripts with her writer, touching up edits to post on Vimeo, and composing tracks for her future first album. Her current documentary project pertains to her brother, Alec Baldwin, and his autism diagnosis. This has started to take a priority as the media has been giving Alec’s artistic talent a lot of attention on several news platforms.
In the future she aspires to create feature films and documentaries, release them to festivals, along with collaborate with a vast array of different artists from all backgrounds and skill sets. She wishes to make an impact on the world in a way that brings her fulfillment and to work with people that are truly loving and talented.
Director, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer
Patricia Marcoccia is a Toronto-based director, producer, editor and cinematographer nominated for best emerging filmmaker at the 2019 Yorkton Film Festival. Her premiere feature documentary, SHUT HIM DOWN: The Rise of Jordan Peterson, broadcast on CBC Docs POV in fall 2018 and was also nominated for best Social/Political Documentary at the festival. Before her foray into documentary film, Patricia worked as a journalist and digital media producer with agencies that focus on social change mandates. She collaborated on innovative projects such as a Telefilm multi-city national workshop series on online marketing and multiplatform distribution for film, and Melting Silos, a transmedia development workshop sponsored by NFB, Telefilm, CMPA and BC Film. In 2011 Patricia participated in DOXA Documentary Film Festival’s Kris Anderson Program for emerging female filmmakers. She went on to work as associate producer for the interactive component of Canadian Screen Award nominated action documentary series, Battle Castle. Battlecastle.tv won the Blue Drop Award for best entertainment website in 2013. Patricia earned an honours bachelor of science degree in psychology, neuroscience and behaviour at McMaster University and a master degree in journalism at Ryerson University.
Perfect Day Productions - Executive Producer
Robert Hardy is a writer, producer and executive producer. He also provides creative and development consulting. Before launching his development company Perfect Day Productions, Robert served as the SVP and Head of Development at Force Four / Entertainment One; VP of Development at Paperny Entertainment; and as a production executive for Bell Media, where he oversaw documentary, series and MOW development and production. He is currently serving as a consulting creative producer on several series in production and developing a series with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Previously he was an Executive Producer and Supervising Story Producer on the new History Television series Rust Valley Restorers and helped create such shows as Border Security: America’s Front Line (Netflix / Nat Geo), Keeping Canada Alive (CBC), Emergency (Slice/GlobalTV), Shannon & Sophie (W Network/UPTV), Battle Cats (Blue Ant Media) and First Dates (Slice).
As a 20 plus year veteran of the film and television industry Scott R. Leary continues to try and make his mark in the business. Starting out on air as a sports reporter/anchor and transitioning to behind the camera his award winning work can be seen in over 100 countries. Having produced one off documentaries, feature films, documentary series, scripted drama and lifestyle television his filmography is deep, rich and varied.
ISEE Motion Picture Company
Shayne has had a hand in the creation of over 100 short film projects from concept to distribution. He has spent the last 20 years in the film industry creating, writing and directing a wide range of film and video content. Shayne is an alumnus of the National Screen Institute. He is founder of ISEE Motion Picture Company, a Canadian production company with experience delivering to broadcast and industrial markets and has worked on numerous award-winning productions from documentary to drama.
Shayne has taught filmmaking and written curriculum for three post-secondary schools and is considered an expert in the field of video by the Department of National Defense for whom he has delivered a course titled “Advanced Video” training. He is Head Instructor of the Motion Picture Arts program at the Recording Arts Institute of Saskatoon.
APTN, Manager of Programming, Central Canada
Based at APTN’s headquarters in Winnipeg since 2015, Shelley MacDougall has accumulated more than 20 years of experience in the Canadian film and television industry. She began her career in 1997 in the Indie production offices of Vancouver and later specialized in script clearances and business affairs for both television series and feature films.
As APTN’s Manager of Programming for Central Canada, Shelley oversees documentary and dramatic projects in development and production for first and second window licencing commissioned from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories.
APTN is committed to enabling Indigenous Peoples to share their stories and convey them to a domestic and international audience.
Stéphane Cardin is a forward-thinking industry executive with over twenty years of experience in the cultural sector. He excels at the development of strategic policies for the creative industries, and has consistently demonstrated strength in relationship building and managing diverse stakeholder interests.
In September 2018, Stéphane joined Netflix as Director, Public Policy for Canada.
Prior to that, Stéphane successively held the positions of VP, Strategic Policy and Stakeholder Relations at the Canadian Television Fund and VP, Industry and Public Affairs at the Canada Media Fund (CMF) with an annual program budget of 350 million dollars, triggering 1.2 billion dollars in financing for the development, production, marketing and export of audiovisual content including films, television, games, web series, and immersive content. In this role, he led strategic policy and program development; maintained an ongoing dialogue with industry and government stakeholders, including the CMF’s private and public funders; and reinforced the positioning of the CMF within the industry, the media and the Canadian public.
Previously, Stéphane was Director of Tax Credits with Quebec’s cultural funding agency, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), and was a member of SODEC’s management committee. During his tenure in that role, he led the establishment of tax-based incentives across several cultural industries including foreign location shooting, digital animation and visual effects, music (recordings and live shows) and book publishing, supporting production activity of over one billion dollars annually.
Stéphane serves on the boards of Cinéma NDG in Montréal and the Cuisine, Cinéma & Confidences film festival in Baie Saint-Paul, Quebec.
Tina Apostolopoulos is a Production Executive, Factual and Reality on Bell Media’s Original Programming team. In this role, Tina works with Canadian production companies on the development and production of various original unscripted series and documentaries for Bell Media’s family of channels and platforms including CTV, Crave, Bravo, and Gusto. Currently, Tina is production executive on CTV’s hit series MASTERCHEF CANADA and MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH. She is also an executive on a variety of feature documentary programming for Crave including ANTHROPECENE, SHARKWATER EXTINCTION, CARMINE STREET GUITARS and THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES. Prior to joining Bell Media, Tina was an independent director/producer for a number of award-winning, highly-rated reality and factual entertainment series such as SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (CTV), CANADIAN IDOL (CTV), and PROJECT RUNWAY CANADA (GLOBAL).
Manager, Programs & Development, NSI
As program manager of CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI, and co-manager of NSI IndigiDocs, Ursula has been instrumental in helping NSI develop and deliver film and television training to emerging Indigenous film and content creators.
In 2013 Ursula was honoured with the YM-YWCA Women of Distinction Circle of Inspiration award along with Lisa Meeches and Melissa Kajpust for their contribution to the CBC New Indigenous Voices course. She is currently a nominee for the 2019 Making a Difference Award presented by the Winnipeg Arts Council.
Ursula previously managed the NSI Aboriginal Journalism pilot program; coordinated NSI Global Marketing, NSI Totally Television, NSI Aboriginal Cultural Trade Initiative and NSI Pitch to Win! She is also secretary of the NSI Board of Directors.
Canada Media Fund
Valerie Creighton is an industry leader in arts, culture and media, recognized for reenergizing some of the country’s most important organizations in the sector over the last thirty five-years. An expert in organizational change, Valerie has been recognized as a visionary in promoting Canada’s cultural wealth.
Currently serving as President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, Valerie positions Canadian programming at the forefront in world markets advocating successful, innovative Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms. Valerie has taken part in foreign trade missions, and is regularly called upon to present the CMF model internationally. She has been recognized with numerous awards nationally and from her home province of Saskatchewan, most recently she was invested into the 2016 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, was named one of 2016’s 20 most powerful women in global television by The Hollywood Reporter, and was awarded as the Honorary Maverick for the 2017 Female Eye Film Festival.
Valerie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, has served on a variety of regional, national and international juries and boards and has produced radio dramas for the CBC in Saskatchewan where she owns and operates the Red Horse Ranch.
Wendy Rowland is a documentary director/editor whose credits include: 14 & Muslim, (CBC, POV); Living Forever (CBC, The Nature of Things), Bloodlines (CTV), Jailhouse Romance (CBC), Raising Rover (CTV) and Packing Heat (NFB). Rowland’s most recent documentary 14 & Muslim aired in September, 2018 on CBC’s documentary series POV and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award – Best Director, Documentary Program. In addition to her television work she has created web-videos for the Canadian Virtual Hospice, Heart House Hospice, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Ovarian Cancer Canada and the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Wendy received her MA in Cinema Studies from NYU and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University.” – Just for Laughs
Will Dixon has spent the past 6 years as City Saskatchewan’s Program Manager overseeing the development and production of original homegrown programming for the Rogers owned station. Prior to that Will spent 3 years as a Regional Development Executive for the premium pay television network Super Channel. Before that Will worked primarily in TV production spending almost twenty years writing, directing, story editing, and producing series and movies everywhere from Toronto to Vancouver to Montreal to Edmonton to Regina to Los Angeles…including “Guitarman”, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”, “Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal”, “Earth: Final Conflict”, and “The Outer Limits”.