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Eleanor Albanese

Thunder Bay, Canada

Eleanor’s first film, Under the Pearl Moon is co-directed with Sonja Obljubek. The original score by Lise Vaugeois is performed by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Eleanor’s practice focuses on writing, arts education and theatre. Her radio drama, The Novena Sisters aired nationally on CBC Radio and her full-length drama, The Two Rooms of Grace was part of the 1999 International Women’s Playwrights Festival in Ireland. Eleanor’s writing is published in three Playwrights Canada Press anthologies.

Under the Pearl Moon
30 min | Drama | 2013
Friday, September 4 – After Sunset


Nadine Arpin

Sioux Lookout, Canada

Nadine Arpin is a Métis filmmaker. After completing the New Media program at the Ontario College of Art & Design, she moved to Northwestern Ontario. Nadine worked for over 15 years producing videos for local and regional non-governmental agencies.  Since 2011, she’s focused on her own practice of making independent short films in a variety of genres.

3 min | Drama | 2014
Thursday, Sept. 10 | 6:30 pm

Natasha Belisle

Thunder Bay, Canada

Natasha is an artist, a young entrepreneur, a trailblazer and the last one at the party. Her desire and love to create and share is her driving force and will forever remain. She is a graduate of the film program at Confederation College.

Finding Your Happy Place
12 min | Comedy | 2014
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 4 pm

France Benoit

Yellowknife, Canada

France is a policy advisor turned filmmaker who decided to become a farmer. She became aware of the song Kiri’s Piano while crossing the country by train in 2010. The song now inhabits her life. France lives self-sufficiently in the boreal forest outside of Yellowknife, pumping water from the lake, heating her home from wood and drawing energy from the sun.

Kiri’s Piano
12 min | Drama | 2014
Saturday, Sept. 12 | 2 pm

Scott Brachmayer

Toronto, Canada

Scott Brachmayer is a Toronto-based sound mixer and filmmaker. Kajutaijuq: The Spirit That Comes, which he wrote and directed, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014.

Kajutiajuq: The Spirit That Comes
15 min | Documentary | 2014
Saturday, Sept. 12 | 7 pm


Jeremy Braverman

Iqaluit, Canada

Jeremy Braverman is the Chair of the Cinema Arts Department at Point Park University in Pittsburgh and has been teaching the craft of filmmaking since 2000. Jeremy is an independent filmmaker and works as a freelance Director and Assistant Director. His short, fiction films – dramatic comedies which examine difficult moments in relationships from a comedic perspective – have played in many film festivals and received a number of awards. His freelance work includes videos and films for Bike Pittsburgh, The Geriatric Educational Council of Pennsylvania, and The Center for Bioethics & Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh and more. Previously, he worked in the Chicago independent film industry, and as an actor and television personality in Budapest, Hungary. He received his MFA in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago.

Take Care
18 min | Comedy/Drama | 2015
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 4 pm

Dianne Brothers

Thunder Bay, Canada

Dianne is relatively new to filmmaking following a career with the Federal public service. Her first filmmaking endeavour was working as script supervisor on Under The Red Star (2011), a feature length docu-drama with dozens of actors and over 200 extras. She followed this experience with two independent films with Flash Frame Film & Video Network, Chopsticks (writer and co-director), and Sticky Money (producer). She wrote and directed the Flash Frame film, Silent Invaders, which premiered at the 2012 Bay Street Film Festival and went on to garner several awards and screen at other festivals in North America. The Scratch is her most recent film, which she wrote and directed. It debuted at the 2014 Bay Street Film Festival and won a People’s Choice Award.

The Scratch
30 min | Comedy | 2014
Friday Sept 11 – After Sunset
Movie Nights in the Park
Prince Arthur’s Landing

James Brylowski

Toronto, Canada

Since 2003, James has written, produced and directed commercials, short films and a TV series for the Canadian broadcaster, YTV. In 2014, he wrote, directed, produced and was the cinematographer on the short film, A Mile in these Hooves, and won a Golden Sheaf Award for Best Comedy and nomination for Best Director at its premiere at The Yorkton Film Festival. The film continues to win awards and screen at festivals worldwide. In 2014, James was nominated for a prestigious KM Hunter Award in the Film/Television category and is an alumnus of Humber College’s Comedy Writing & Performing program.

A Mile in these Hooves
15 min | Comedy | 2014
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 2 pm

Andrée Cazabon

Ottawa, Canada

A Gemini nominee and inspirational speaker, Andrée’s films have screened on CBC Newsworld, TVA, Canal D, Radio-Canada, and CBC Television. Her films have also appeared at several film festivals, including: The Vancouver Film Festival, the Sudbury Film Festival, the Toronto Blue Light Film Festival and the Yorkton Film Festival. In 2006, her documentary Wards of the Crown received an award for ‘Best Social Political Documentary’ at the Golden Sheaf Awards. Her community work as a youth advocate has been featured on Canadian media. Andrée is a passionate volunteer on youth-at-risk and youth in foster care projects. Championed by the Senators Foundation and the Max Keeping Foundation, she has helped raise over $360,000 for youth in care.

Third World Canada
51 min | Documentary | 2010
Friday, Sept. 11 | 2 pm

Justine Clark

Thunder Bay, Canada

Justine has always had a deep interest in the film and media arts. She enrolled in the Broadcasting and Television Production program at Confederation College in the fall of 2013, flourishing in the creative environment, and winning the James Easton Writing Award in 2014. Interested in both documentary and motion picture film making, she is looking forward to graduating in spring of 2016 with a double diploma in both the Broadcasting and Film Production programs.

The Healing Drum
14 min | Documentary | 2014
Saturday, Sept. 12 | 7 pm

Dave Clement

 North Bay, Canada

Dave is the founder and co-owner of Thunderstone Pictures. He directs, shoots and edits his own work as well as collaborates with others. He has produced and directed several drama and documentary films including, The Remnant (2006), Seeking Bimaadiziiwin (2007) and Woodland Spirits (2008). He was Production Manager on the critically-acclaimed feature film Oliver Sherman. Dave is a full professor in Canadore College’s new Digital Cinematography and Applied Filmmaking Program in North Bay, Ontario. He is currently developing the feature film, Angelique’s Isle, a co-production of Thunderstone Pictures and Circle Blue Films.

Seeking Bimaadiziiwin
30 min | Documentary | 2007
Thursday, Sept. 10 | 4 pm

Moe Cordeiro

Thunder Bay, Canada

Moe is a young Thunder Bay filmmaker, who recently graduated from Confederation College. His passion for film started at a young age and has continued to grow. He hopes to work in both documentary and cinematic film.

Open Spaces
6 min | Drama | 2015
Saturday, Sept. 12 | 7 pm

Orson Cornick

United Kingdom

Take Your Time is Tim’s first serious film after spending years experimenting and writing short stories. He’s not a professional filmmaker nor has he had training in the industry. He enjoyed looking for amateur talent to make the film and says, “It was one of the best things about making this film for me, to find great people who perform well without any experience … we were kind of in the same boat”

Take Your Time
20 min | Drama | 2014
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 2 pm

Michelle Derosier

Thunder Bay, Canada

Ask Michelle is an award-winning filmmaker who brings her experience as a front line social worker to bear on her drama and documentary film work. Co-owner of Thunderstone Pictures, she works as a producer, director, writer, and occasionally even as an actor. She is Bear Clan originally from Migisi Sahgaigan, (Eagle Lake First Nation) in Northwestern Ontario. Michelle produced and directed The Life You Want: A Young Woman’s Struggle Through Addiction (2011) and the Community Arts, Heritage, Education Project’s Eagle vs. Sparrow (2011). She wrote and starred in the multiple award-winning Seeking Bimaadiziiwin (2007) and made her directorial debut with the The Healing Lens (2009). Michelle’s film, Return To Manomin (2011) chronicles the return of four generations of her family back to their traditional wild rice lake.

Healing Lens
42 min | Documentary |2009
Thursday, Sept. 10 | 4 pm

Adam Dow


Adam Dow has worked as a professional theatre improviser in Seattle since 2000. After moving to Mumbai he founded India’s first improvisational group, Improv Comedy Mumbai.

Beyond Bollywood
55 min | Documentary | 2014
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 9 pm

Francesco Faralli


Francesco Faralli studied for five years at The International Academy of Image Arts and Sciences in L’Aquila, Italy. He now works as a freelance director and editor in Tuscany, Italy.

Like in the Movies
5 min | Documentary | 2013
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 4 pm

Selkin Fedor


Selkin was born  in Leningrad in 1978. He studied at the Saint-Petersburg University of Humanities and Social Sciences graduating as a dramatic actor of cinema and theater. He’s appeared in many Russian films and TV series as well as the Chinese feature film, Latitude 52. Selkin starred in and produced the short feature films, I’m from nowhere too and Dzen Drive. In 2013, he graduated from the Summer Cinema Academy of Nikita Mikhalkov.

Sprint to the Past
16 min | Drama | 2014
Saturday, Sept. 12 | 2 pm

Joanne Gail Johnson

Trinidad and Tobago

Joanne has worked in television, media production, theatre and children’s book publishing for many years. She has produced two feature length documentaries, The Journey Now Start and The Holy Man. Her passion is creating children’s content for and from the Caribbean. Her work includes: writer/director of two original stage plays, The Island, (published as a picture book Ibis Stew? Oh, No!) and The Last of the Super Models. Her growing catalogue of published children’s books and anthologized stories includes the illustrated reader, Sally’s Way . She is the series editor of the first Caribbean, “tween” novella series Island Fiction (Macmillan-Caribbean). Sally’s Way is Joanne’s first feature film. It premiered at the Northwest Film Forum’s 2015 Children’s International Film Festival Seattle in January where it was awarded the Global Zoom Prize for best promoting inter-cultural understanding.

Sally’s Way
74 min | Drama | 2015
Saturday, Sept. 12 | 4 pm

Teimour Ghaderi


Teimour was born in 1992. He graduated in screen writing and photography. He has written the short stories: The Address I’m Lost and Summer Cold and directed three short films: Pomegranate is the Fruit of Paradise, Picking The Down and It Hit Upon the Roof. He is the winner of 18 national and international awards (Canada, South Korea, Czech Republic and Turkey) for the films Pomegranate is the Fruit of Paradise and Picking the Down.

It Hit Upon the Roof
4 min | Drama | 2012
Saturday, Sept. 12 | 4 pm

Todd Gilbert

Thunder Bay, Canada

Todd doesn’t like writing bios or talking about himself. Todd does like telling stories about interesting things, though, and he really likes dinosaurs. Todd hopes you like those things too, because his short film is about interesting dinosaurs. He is a graduate of the film program at Confederation College.

 Mr. Dinosaurman
5 min | Documentary | 2015
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 2 pm

Fran Guijarro


Fran is a filmmaker and creative director based in San Francisco. He teaches as part of the BFA and MFA programs at the Academy of Art University and is co-founder of Free Range Puppies, a multicultural hybrid creative agency/production shop based in San Francisco. He holds a MFA in copywriting from the Academy of Art University and has studied screenwriting at Cuba Film School. He’s a member of the Honorary Board of Directors at the DSLR Filmmakers Guild. Fran’s work has been recipient of the prestigious Clio Award and the first CEO’s Echo Award for Social Action. His award-winning documentary, Mexican Cuisine has screened at festivals around the world, including Cannes, the American Film Institute Fest and three other Oscar-qualifying festivals. He’s about to finish his first feature-length film, Moses

The Mural
19 min | Documentary | 2014
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 4 pm


Kevin Hoffman

NorthBay, Canada

Kevin has been a part of the visual arts and music scene for over 20 years. After studying at the Ontario College of Art & Design and graduating from Sheridan College, he has had a career in communications and is currently a Senior Art Director for a marketing firm. With his strength in the arts, experience in creative direction and passion for storytelling, Kevin’s interest and talent are in making award-winning films.

We March to Remember
22 min | Documentary | 2014
Sunday, Sept. 12 | 2 pm

Jon Kapashesit

Moose Factory, Canada

Eulogy from the Whitehouse
16 min | Drama | 2011
Friday, Sept. 11 | 2 pm

Vilma Kartalska


Vilma graduated in Fashion Design in 1997. She was Bulgarian finalist in the Smirnoff International Fashion Awards ’96 and was nominated for the Golden Needle ’97 the by Bulgarian Fashion Academy. In 2000, she completed acting studies at Theatre College “Luben Groys”. She performed for the The Ivan Vazov National Theatre and has had internationally acclaimed independent performances. Vilma has been working as a voice artist.

Janne of Love
25 min | Comedy | 2013
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 7 pm

Eve Kinizo

Toronto, Canada

Eve’s film and television career spans over 15 years. She’s produced, directed and edited many films from music videos to short dramas to long format projects. Documentary filmmaking lets her express viewpoints, document strong impressions and share time periods that have made a difference in the world. Her love for dramatic projects is connected to her passion for the world of theatre. Eve was born in Israel and moved to Toronto in 2000. She also enjoys music and dance – art forms she has been engaged in professionally throughout her life.

Healey’s Hideaway
71 min | Documentary |2015
Thursday, Sept. 10 | 9 pm

Charles Konowal

Winnipeg, Canada

Charles Konowal an award winning cinematographer in both drama and documentary production. He has also directed and produced numerous documentary films. His first independent producer credit was with the NFB on the award winning production The Defender, directed by Stephen Low. He also produced and photographed the NFB Prairie Studio’s first feature length documentary Fat Chance, which won a Peabody Award. He produced, directed and photographed A Glimmer Of Hope on alternative justice for TVO and the NFB. He also worked with the IMAX Corporation producing the first IMAX Magic Carpet production, Flowers In The Sky for an international expo in Osaka, Japan and Mark Twain’s America a 3D IMAX production for Sony Classics produced by The Stephan Low Company. Charles produced and photographed Arctic Defenders, a feature documentary with John Walker Productions. He has recently completed five music documentaries, This is a Riot, Happily Dysfunctional, Chasing a Song, Visiting Day and Ain’t About the Money.

Ain’t About the Money
83 min | Documentary | 2015
Friday, Sept. 11 | 9:30 pm

Visiting Day
45 min | Documentary | 2014
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 4 pm

Kejd Kuqo

Toronto, Canada

Kejd was born in Albania in 1989. He immigrated to the United States in 2000 and Canada in 2002. He is currently enrolled in the Humber College Film and Television Program where he is majoring in Cinematography and Directing. Kejd is currently editing his upcoming war drama, Bosniak.

Building on Sand
8 min | Documentary | 2014
Saturday, Sept. 12 | 9 pm

Michelle Latimer

Thunder Bay, Canada

A Métis/Algonquin filmmaker, actor, and curator, Michelle’s goal is to use film and new media as a tool for social change. She directed and produced the short stop-motion animated film, “Choke” which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and received the Special Jury Honorable Mention for Best International Short Film before screening at Cannes, Rotterdam, and Oberhausen. The film was named by Toronto Film Festival as one of Canada’s Top Ten films of 2011 and was nominated for a 2012 Genie Award. Michelle is the recipient of a 2013 CAFKA/Christie Digital Projectors Artist Residency where she will be applying her filmmaking knowledge towards developing installations in the form of live video mixing and improvisational performance.

The Underground
14 min | Drama | 2014
Saturday, Sept. 12 | 9 pm

Victoria Lean

Toronto, Canada

After the Last River is Victoria’s first feature documentary. Her work explores notions of time and national identity, and the complex interrelationships that define them. Beyond her filmmaking practice, Victoria is also a consultant for the creative industries, with a focus on Northern Canada. She has led managed several projects for the Governments of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, including conducting strategic planning for screen-based media and the visual arts sectors. She holds an MFA in Film Production and MBA in Arts and Media Management from York University

After the Last River

86 min | Documentary | 2014
Thursday, Sept. 10 | 6:30 pm

Clarke Mackey

Kingston, Canada

Clarke Mackey is an award-winning Canadian producer-director with the credits, The Only Thing You Know, Taking Care and Degrassi Junior High. He is the former Head of The Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University. Filmmaker, Lenny Epstein, editor and elementary school teacher Elaine Foreman and veteran journalist, Jamie Swift also worked on Til The Cows Come Home.

Til the Cows Come Home
59 m | Documentary |2014
Saturday, Sept. 12 | 9 pm

Antoine Marc

United Kingdom

Antoine obtained his Licentiate Degree in Filmmaking at University Lyon lumière. His travels have inspired him to develop a style that integrates cultural plurality to nourish unique concepts. As an experienced choreographer, in 2014, Antoine received the Choreographer to Choreographer Award through the Marion North Memorial Fund.

5 min | Short | 2015
Thursday, Sept. 10 | 9 pm

Ruchika Muchhala


Ruchika Muchhala’s directorial debut is The Great Indian Marriage Bazaar, after which she has worked on several community media projects and as a new media producer.

Beyond Bollywood
55 min | Documentary | 2014
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 9 pm

Liivo Niglas


Liivo Niglas was born in Estonia in 1970 and is a lecturer of ethnology at the University of Tartu, Estonia. With his independent production company for anthropological documentary films, Mp Doc, he’s made films in Siberia, Africa, Central Asia and North America. His films award-winning films include; The Brigade (2000), Yuri Vella’s World (2003), Adventure High (2004) and Making Rain (2007).

Itelmen Stories
68 min | Documentary | 2011
Friday, Sept. 11 | 8 pm

Journey to the Maggot Feeder
68 min | Documentary | 2015
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 7 pm

Andrew Oster

Thunder Bay, Canada

On Ice
7 min | Drama | 2015
Friday, Sept. 11 | 8 pm

Keegan Richard

Thunder Bay, Canada

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Keegan is a graduate of the Confederation College Film Production program and is now enrolled in the College’s Interactive Media Development program. Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at a young age, Keegan has been very open about being a person with autism. As the first recipient of the Bay Street Film Festival’s Hatch A Film contest, Keegan is thrilled to direct a film about the positive side of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the arts.

Autistic Artistic
12 min | Documentary | 2015
Thursday, Sept. 10 | 6:30 pm

Daniel Roher

Thunder Bay, Canada

Daniel Roher is 22 years old and lives in Toronto, Ontario. Through his company, Loud Roar Productions, he strives to create content that entertains, engages and educates audiences. His films have screened at festivals around the globe including Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival where his new film, Survivors Rowe, premiered to great acclaim.

Survivor’s Rowe
30 min | Documentary | 2015
Saturday, Sept. 12 | 7 pm

Kelly Saxberg

Thunder Bay, Canada

Kelly is an award-winning film producer, director and editor who has worked on over 80 films. Her credits include both dramas and documentaries. In addition to producing a number of her own films with ShebaFilms, she has directed and edited films for the National Film Board of Canada, Les Productions Rivard and several independent producers. Among the highlights of her directing career are Rosies of the North (1999), Letters from Karelia (NFB 2004), Banana Split (2002), Dorothea Mitchell: A Reel Pioneer (2008), Citoyens du Monde (2009), Life is But a Dream (2010) and Under the Red Star (2011).

Seeking Bimaadiziiwin
30 min | Drama | 2007
Thursday, Sept. 10 | 4 pm

Aneesh Shivanekar

Thunder Bay, Canada

Aneesh worked as an automotive photographer and motorcycling journalist in Mumbai, India before pursuing his love for filmmaking, something he had been dreaming of since he was 14. 6 x 6 is his first proper venture and an ambitious one at that. The zero-budget short film was only possible with extremely creative improvisation and smart resource management. Aneesh currently works in the film industry in Toronto. In his down time, he’s either dreaming of travel, reading about obscure topics, drinking craft beer or lusting over motorcycles. He is a graduate of the film program at Confederation College.

6 x 6
10 min | Drama | 2015
Saturday, Sept. 12 | 2 pm

Burleigh Smith


Burleigh Smith is a screenwriter, film director and actor. His films centre on relationships between men and women and often emphasize dry wit and desperate characters. His strongest influence is Woody Allen. Burleigh’s work has screened at over 200 film festivals in 25 countries. He lives in Perth, Western Australia, where he lectures in filmmaking at SAE Institute.

7 min | Comedy | 2014
Sunday, Sept. 6 | 9 pm

Jason Spun

Thunder Bay, Canada

Jason is a multidisciplinary, enterprising,  creative photographer, cinematographer and social media enthusiast. When it comes to ideas, strategy and design … he’s obsessed. Jason is currently teaching Photography and Graphic Design in Broadcasting Television Production at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Classic Roots: It’s You
5 min | Music Video | 2015
Friday, Sept. 11 | 9:30 pm

Amanda Strong


Amanda is an illustrator, photographer and filmmaker who divides her time between Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. She’s also directed the short films Alice Eaton (2008) and Honey for Sale (2011).

9 min | Animation | 2014
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 2 pm

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Vancouver, Canada

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sami) is a filmmaker, actor, and writer. Her films have screened at numerous international festivals including imagineNATIVE and the Vancouver International Film Festival. In 2012, her short film Red Girl’s Reasoning won the Best Canadian Short Drama at imagineNATIVE. In 2013, she was selected for the Indigenous Film Fellowship by the International Sámi Film Centre in Norway to develop her first feature-length screenplay. She is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus.

Red Girl’s Reasoning
11 min | Drama | 2012
Thursday, Sept. 10 | 4 pm

Priit Tender


Born in 1971, Priit is an award-winning writer, animator, director and designer of many short animated films. His films are driven by surreal imagery, black humor and dark existential journeys. Priit’s films include A Message for the Neighbors (2005), Vares ja hiired (1998) and Mont Blanc (2001).

Journey to the Maggot Feeder
68 min | Documentary | 2015
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 7 pm

Lynn Tomlinson


Lynn is an independent animator and interdisciplinary artist. Her clay-on-glass animated shorts have been official selections in international festivals and have aired on children’s public television, MTV and Sesame Street. She’s taught animation at Cornell University, MICA, and the University of the Arts. She currently teaches at Towson University in Maryland. Her current work addresses environmental change by shifting the point-of-view away from human beings onto animals and inanimate objects. She wrote the lyrics for The Ballad of Holland Island House and began the animation while on an artist residency at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, across the bay from the remains of Holland Island.

The Ballad of Holland Island House
4 min | Animated Documentary | 2014
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 2 pm

Benjamin Turnbull

Toronto, Canada

Benjamin was born in Toronto. He grew up in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan before returning to Ontario to attend Queen’s University. After receiving his BA in Film & Media he attended Toronto Film School to hone his technical skills. His short student film, Ruler of the Roost has played at over twenty film festivals in Canada and abroad, winning several awards and honours.

Ruler of the Roost
10 min | Comedy | 2014
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 2 pm

Codey Wilson


Fixed is Codey Wilson’s first film as a director. He studied film at SAE Institute, where he met co-director Burleigh Smith and producer Rob Viney. Codey lives in Mandurah, Western Australia, and has a keen interest in cinematography and surfing.

7 min | Comedy | 2014
Sunday, Sept. 13 | 9 pm

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