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Amar Wala

Scarborough, Canada

With his debut feature The Secret Trial 5 (2014), Amar Wala established himself as a daring new voice in Canadian cinema. The film would earn him the 2014 Magnus Isaacson Award at RIDM, and the Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker at Hot Docs. A graduate of York University’s acclaimed Film program, Amar is known for his incredible eye and keen sense of social justice. His works often revolves around themes of race, immigration, and identity.

Firmly planted as one of Toronto’s top young documentarians, his scripted work has also garnered high praise at home and abroad. His first short film, The Good Son, premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival and caught the attention of TIFF Director Cameron Bailey, who named Amar one of Toronto’s Top 10 Filmmakers in 2008 (Now Magazine).

Amar recently directed the series PAYDAY for Viceland, as well a documentary series for the CBC entitled We Are Canada.

Salaam B’y
20 min | Doc | 2017
Friday, Sept. 15 2018 – 1:00 pm

 

Martyna Koleniac & Adam Halstrom

Winnipeg, Canada

Martyna Koleniec is an independent stop motion animator, character designer and photographer based in Warsaw, Poland. In 2017, Koleniec graduated from Clay Animation’s Stop Motion Animation course in Valencia, Spain and now continues her passion for building scenographies, designing puppets and storytelling. Martyna is currently experimenting with different textures and perfecting her unique “creepy-cute” style.

Over the past 20 years, Halstrom has developed a rich history in the music scene spanning Winnipeg and northern Manitoba. He has performed in a number of projects, most recently alternative rock group Plain as Ghosts, and is often found working behind the scenes supporting independent artists by way of audio production, album design and web design. In 2014, his production of Dee Erin Band’s album “Broken Road” was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award. In 2016, his production of Plain as Ghosts’ debut “Rendering” earned the band an opening spot for Tom Cochrane. In 2017, Halstrom has re-focused on promoting a batch of all new solo material as Brainwashed Proper Citizens.

Alien Scars
4 min | Animation | 2018
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 11:00 am

Adriano Perez

Spain

Adriano Pérez is an experienced creator in virtual and mixed reality. He has made more than 40 projects including cinematic virtual reality, gamification, software development and research.

He has been co-founder, virtual reality director, producer, post-production director and Team leader in several VR companies. Currently working as a creative director in the DKC of extended reality of the Sngular company.

As an expert in virtual reality, he has participated in events and conferences such as OVR 17, Sngular or Andalucía Open Future; talking about topics ranging from the current situation of VR production to the future of virtual reality and its implications.

Lost in Time

15 min | Animation | 2018

Anastasia Dyakova

Aspendale, Australia

Anastasia Dyakova is 2D animator from Melbourne, Australia. She moved to Melbourne from St Petersburg, Russia to be close to the ‘sun and the ocean’ life-style Australia has to offer. Anastasia is a director and writer, known for The Sky Between Us (2016), Ready for a Baby (2017) and The Home (2015).

Ready For a Baby
5 min | Animation | 2018
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 1:00 pm

Barzan Rostami

Iran

Barzan was born in 1992 in Iran.
He has made a historical documentary and several animations, worked for several years in theatre and acting, and has attended various theatre and cinema festivals.  He also has more than twenty-five national and international awards

Balance
3 min | Animation | 2018
Friday, Sept. 14 2018 – 12:00 pm

Brendan Peterson

Thunder Bay, Canada

Brendan Petersen has been a strong creative force within Northwestern Ontario since he picked up his first HD capable camera in 2009. Over 220 video projects have been created, including over 20 experimental short films, several documentaries, and many live music performances.

DARKSLIDE is a feature length experimental thriller about a young musician with Asperger’s syndrome named Damen Krow. It is the evolution of many experiments in film and narrative, and is the outcome of all the hard work and learning that has been accumulated. Darkslide is an entirely independent production which allowed complete freedom and creative control over the project. With the help of the talented artists and technicians who were involved it is expected to be the next step in a promising and unique artistic career.

Darkslide
60 min | Experimental | 2015
Saturday, Sept. 15 2018 – 9:00 pm

Chrisann Hessing

Toronto, Canada

Chrisann is a documentary filmmaker based in Toronto, dedicated to storytelling through fresh perspectives and new mediums. She has combined her love of travel and storytelling to produce award-winning short films that have screened around the world.

Chrisann was one of eight Canadian participants in the Corus Diverse Voices fellowship through Hot Docs and was one of twenty emerging Canadian filmmakers selected for RIDM’s Talent Lab. She is an alumni of the CMPA’s Screen Based Media Production Program as well as DOC Institute’s New Visions Incubator. In addition to producing her own independent films, her screen credits include Nicholas de Pencier’s BLACK CODE, SHATNER’S WORLD, a television special commissioned by The Movie Network, and I LOST MY TALK, a multimedia dance film for the National Arts Centre.

Turning Tables
16 min | Doc| 2018
Thursday, Sept. 13 2018 – 6:30 pm

 

Cody Westman

St. John’s, Canada

Cody Westman has been involved in the film and entertainment industries in Montreal, Vancouver and St. John’s since 1999. In 2001 Cody directed and produced his first piece, a web pilot entitled ‘Beyond Travel’. Since then he has worked in the film industry, while producing and directing commercials, corporate video, music videos, short films, and working as a touring musician.

In 2013, Cody began production on his first documentary ‘That LITTLE Room – The Story of Erin’s Pub’ which was picked up by Air Canada internationally, NTV, the Nickel Film Festival, and the Kerry Film Festival in Ireland.

Under the production company Cats Eye Cinema INC., Cody has produced/directed/edited 2 short films (Deadline & It Could Be You) and is starting production on a Telefilm supported short film CASEY in April 2017. Cody works full time in video production and lives with his wife and 2 boys in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

It Could Be You
12 min | Drama | 2017
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 1:00 pm

Damien Gilbert

Thunder Bay, Canada

 

Bringing Jazzy to the Top
3 min | Documentary | 2018
Thursday, Sept. 13 2018 – 6:30 pm

Dan Sokolowski

Dawson City, Yukon

Dan has produced over 24 short films and 1 feature film, blending documentary and animation. Dan lives in the Yukon in Canada’s north and is currently the producer of the Dawson City International Short Film Festival. He has taught courses on Painting & Drawing, Experimental Animation, Camera Technique, Picture and Sound Editing. Dan has also participated in over 40 independent film productions as Director of Photography, Picture and Sound Editor, Animator, Assistant Director, Production Manager, and Lighting Design.

Pond
5 min | Animation | 2017
Friday, Sept. 14 2018 – 6:30 pm

 

David Groom

Brentwood, United Kingdom

Michael Groom grew up on the fringes of the Lake District in north west England. He has worked in the film industry since leaving York University in 2003. He cut his teeth working with director Michael Winterbottom and went on to work on many British and American films that were shot in the UK, in a variety of roles covering pre-production, production, post-production, and delivery. Most lately he assisted director David Michôd, on Netflix and Plan B’s War Machine and The King.

In December 2009 his debut feature film as a writer – ‘Dogging: a Love Story’ – was made and released by Vertigo Films. Directed by Simon Ellis, it screened at festivals including Dublin and Rotterdam, where it was nominated for the Golden Tiger award.

Since then, Michael has had other scripts in development and has made short films, The Merciless Beauty being his most ambitious yet.

The Merciless Beauty
14 min | Drama| 2017
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 6:00 pm

Eileen O’Meara

Australia

Eileen O’Meara is an American artist known for her hand-drawn films “Agnes Escapes from the Nursing Home” and “That Strange Person”. She received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and Women in Film Foundation’s Hollywood Film & Video Grants.

She has produced and directed commercial animated spots for clients including Warner Home Video, Motown, HBO, and WEA Latina.

Panic Attack!
3 min | Animation| 2016
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 1:00 pm

Ellie Harvey

Vancouver, Canada

For the past 25 years Ellie Harvie has made a living as a TV and Film actress in Vancouver. She came through Theatre (Vancouver Playhouse School) and, with strong roots in local improv (Vancouver TheatreSports League) and the stand-up scene (Yuk-Yuks, Lafflines), comedy is her forte. From playing Morticia, in “The NewAddams Family” to Candace/Mrs. Bubkes in “Some Assembly Required” and the hundred other titles in between, she is a pro in front of the camera. In that time she has learned, watched and waited to make the transition to directing, backed with a huge wealth of knowledge and experience. A director on the board of UBCP/ACTRA, Ellie has huge regard for all the members of the sister unions, as well as the producers. Together we all make up this thriving, growing industry. Having achieved her goal of being a well respected actor in the city, her goal is now to be one of Vancouver’s best looking directors. Scattered marks her directorial debut.

Scattered
9 min | Comedy | 2017
Saturday, Sept. 15 2018 – 1:00 pm

 

Eva Ziesman

Toronto, Canada

Eva Ziemsen has made several short films including YAHRZEIT, (WIFT-T Film Showcase and online SFJFF), the award-winning MAMA & PAPA (which also aired on CBC), A CONVERSATION WITH LARS VON TRIER (premiered at Le Festival du Nouveau in Montreal), and CHILD OF CHERNOBYL, (premiered at Planet in Focus in Toronto and DOXA in Vancouver).

Eva holds an MA in Feature Film from Goldsmiths University, London, England and a BFA in Film and Video from York University. She holds a PhD from UBC in Online Film Education. Eva Ziemsen has an extensive background in film education. She is currently the Program Co-Coordinator and a Professor in the Film & Television Production Program at Humber College and teaches workshops for WIFT-T, the DGC, and her own workshop through www.filmsurvival.com.

Romeo and Juliette16
17 min | Drama| 2017
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 1:00 pm

 

Gholamreza Kazzazi

Iran

 

Scarecrow’s Heart
11 min | Animation | 2017
Saturday, Sept. 15 2018 – 1:00 pm

Gonzalo Guajardo

Ethiopia

Always dedicated to the image field, Gonzalo started working with videos quite early during his childhood, when he discovered his love for movies, making several short films with his friends. He was soon concerned that he should dedicate his life to this field.

Born in Spain, Gonzalo got a degree in Audiovisual Communications & Liberal Arts, and continued his higher education in the USA and Central Europe, where he could explore new fields of photography, mainly architectural and entertainment

Gonzalo has spent the last six years in Ethiopia, been also involved in the cooperation field and learning every day something new about the Horn of Africa and its people. His projects in Ethiopia are many, he has worked for different NGOs and companies , such as France´s TV5Monde, Japan´s NHK (Japan Broadcasting Coorporation) TV or Spanish´s Movistar 0+.

I’ve Seen So Much
5 min | Documentary | 2017
Saturday, Sept. 15 2018 – 1:00 pm

 

 

Greg Scott

Brentwood, United Kingdom

La Caminata Extática (The Ecstatic Walk)
20 min | Documentary| 2018
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 6:00 pm

Hilary June Hart

Toronto, Canada

Hilary June Hart is an actor, singer, musician, clown, and comedic filmmaker. She started up the film company Cackle Comedy Productions in August 2017. For more about Hilary, visit www.hilaryjunehart.ca.

Cackle Me This
9 min | Comedy| 2018
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 1:00 pm

Jack Belhumeur & Ben Murray

Thunder Bay, Canada

Jack Belhumeur – is a life long visual artist who began working in film in 2007 and has made several short films, animations and stop motion films. He is an award winning director in Canada and selected at festivals world wide.
Benjamin Murray – Jack of all trades master of one (being human) Benjamin Murray aka Planbstrik9 does it all from teaching digital arts in fly in communities to scoring films and everything in between. He was this year’s recipient of the city of Thunder Bay’s respect award as well as one of this years presenters for the Ontario government’s YAAP Culture day’s program. Benjamin plans to continue moving forward opening a multimedia youth drop-in within the city to give youth a voice and a place to escape whatever they may be dealing with in the community. “Dying In Vein” is his first lead role.

Dying in Vein
8 min | Experimental | 2018
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 3:00 pm

Jack Belhumeur

Thunder Bay, Canada

Jack is a life long visual artist who began working in film in 2007 and has made several short films, animations and stop motion films. He is an award winning director in Canada and selected at festivals world wide.

War Pain
14 min | Adventure| 2017
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 3:00 pm

Jackson 2Bears

Lethbridge, Canada

Jackson 2bears is a kanien’kehaka (mohawk) multimedia installation/ performance artist and cultural theorist from six nations who is currently based in Lethbridge Alberta, Canada. Since 1999, 2Bears has exhibited his work extensively across canada in public galleries, museums and artist-run centres, as well as internationally in festivals and group exhibitions.

NDNs on the Airwaves
12 min | Documentary| 2016
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 3:00 pm

Jason Carter

United Kingdom

British Guitarist Jason Carter has toured in more than 100 countries and recorded 18 albums. Jason has a passion for building bridges through music and has performed in places such as North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia and Uzbekistan. Jason began his film career by making music videos and inevitably began using film to tell stories through music and narrative.

Grain of Salt
55 min | Documentary | 2017
Saturday, Sept. 15 2018 – 6:00 pm

Jenna Townson

Thunder Bay, Canada

Jenna Townson is a 23-year-old creative. Always looking for new ways to grow in several mediums, she has explored graphic design through Confederation College and film production at Fleming College. Always looking for new angles to take a project, Jenna now is looking at creating her own animated series for children.

Get the Worm
2 min | Animation | 2017
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 11:00 am

Jon Wesselink

Thunder Bay, Canada

Fresh out of high school, Jon Wesselink always had something he was working on media wise. He worked with two local video production companies in school and worked independently with various contracts and volunteer work. While recently working on documentaries up north, he found it to be important to reveal how the government and citizens treat First Nation people. He hopes through his documentaries that he can find justice for people suffering up north from many repressing laws and stereotypes.

Mishkeegogamang
30 min | Documentary| 2018
Thursday, Sept. 13 2018 – 6:30 pm

 

Justin Davey

Dublin, Ireland

Justin began producing/directing experimental short films in late 2014 in Los Angeles. He co-created the award-winning Irish short film ‘Adulting’ in 2016 after which he was commissioned to direct Seamus Scanlon’s ‘The Long Wet Grass.’ Currently, he freelances as a videographer for UNFCCC and is producing his first independent documentary on the issue of climate change. He graduated from the University of Exeter, UK and has a Master’s in Global Affairs from NYU.

The Long Wet Grass
14 min | Drama | 2017
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 6:00 pm

Karenza Ebejer

Northern Rivers, Australia

Karenza Ebejer is an independent filmmaker based in the Northern Rivers of NSW, Australia. Her focus is on Community and Educational video production as well as short films.

Since completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Film and TV in 2000, Karenza has worked in a different roles as Writer, Director and Producer on numerous short films, many which have had national festival success.
In 2001, her short drama “On Cue” came Runner-Up in the Brisbane International Film Festival’s Fast Film Competition. She went on to receive an award for “Most Original Script” for the same film at the Queensland New Filmmakers Awards in 2002.
In 2003, Karenza was given a New Filmmakers Award at Wildspaces National Human Rights Film Festival for her documentary on an Afghani asylum seeker “Portrait of Sakhi.” This mini doc was then distributed by The Magic Lantern Foundation in India, who specialise in Human Rights themed films.

Forming a video production business “Moving Image Media” in 2005, Karenza has since been making numerous films for council, landcare organisations and educational institutions. She has also been a Video Production Mentor for various youth and community groups.
After a break from filming when she became a mother, Karenza then completed a refresher course at North Coast TAFE in Screen & Media in 2015 and was given an Award of Excellence for her studies there.

Tilly’s Symphony
3 min | Documentary | 2016
Saturday, Sept. 15 2018 – 6:00 pm

Keegan Richard

Thunder Bay, Canada

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, filmmaker Keegan Richard is a graduate of the Confederation College Film Production program and the Interactive Media Development program. Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at a young age, Keegan has been very open about his diagnosis with ASD and considers the arts to be theraputic.

The Countryside 
6 min | Documentary| 2017
Thursday, Sept. 13 2018 – 6:30 pm

 

Khalid Ali

Baltimore, Maryland

Khalid Ali (Director & Editor) is a filmmaker and educator based in Baltimore, Maryland. Khalid studied filmmaking at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California with the intention of pursuing a career in Hollywood. That all changed when he travelled to China for the first time. Upon graduation, Khalid began taking yearly trips to China to collaborate with brothers Omar and Tariq on more ambitious personal projects. These trips evolved into a series of short documentaries exploring Chinese Kung Fu, street food, and music. Khalid has taught digital filmmaking at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology since 2010. He is currently pursuing his MFA degree at Towson University. His most recent film, Ballad of the Knife Sharpener, has screened internationally in Paris and Vancouver.

Ballad of the Knife Sharpener
19 min | Documentary | 2017
Saturday, Sept. 15 2018 – 6:00 pm

Lena Tosta

Copenhagen, Denmark

Lena Tosta is a Brazilian and French anthropological filmmaker and former lecturer at the Universidade de Brasília (UnB) and IESB, in Brasília, Brazil. She holds a doctorate degree in Anthropology and two master’s degrees, one of which is in Anthropological Cinema from Jean Rouch’s Anthropological Cinema Department at the University of Paris X. She has produced audiovisual work and conducted field research in Brazil, India, Canada, Nepal and France and currently works with film production, curation, exhibitions and gives speeches on Visual Anthropology and on her ethnographic fields of expertise.

La Débutante is her first medium-length documentary, though Tosta has directed a number of multimedia ethnographies and short documentary films and art videos, as well as participated in over 20 festivals, seminars and exhibitions in places such as: Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France; Alliance Française in Toronto, Canada; The National Museum and National Theatre, Brasília, Brazil; Conjunto Cultural of Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília, Brazil; The French Embassy in Brazil and at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India. She is the founder of the production companies Femídia and Etnofoco and has had articles published internationally, both in academic periodicals and in magazines. She’s the recipient of the 2002 Pierre Verger Prize for Visual Anthropology.

La Débutante
45 min | Documentary | 2017
Friday, Sept. 14 2018 – 6:30 pm

Luis Tinoco Pineda

Spain

Scriptwriter and director of CARONTE, started with 3D animation and visual effects more than twenty years ago. Luis have supervised the visual effects of more than twenty feature films and worked on more than fifty titles for cinema and TV. Some of them are remarkable Hollywood productions such as INTERSTELLAR by Christopher Nolan (Best Visual Effects Oscar Award winner film) or HERCULES by Brett Ratner. Nominated in 2009 for his 3D animation shortfilm MALACARA at the Goya Awards and Gaudí Awards as director and writer of the project.

Caronte
15 min | Action| 2017
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 11:00 am

 

Mark Brown

Minneapolis, United States

Twin Town Media’s Mark Brown is a producer and filmmaker based in Minneapolis. He has over 15 years of experience as a photographer, director, cinematographer, editor, journalist and visual marketing expert. Mark focuses on telling exceptional stories in every visual medium. His work has been featured in national ad campaigns, respected film festivals and numerous publications.

Gaelynn Lea – The Songs We Sing
10 min | Documentary | 2017
Thusday, Sept. 13 2018 – 6:30 pm

Martin King

Thunder Bay, Canada

      I’m an Artist and Movie Director from Thunder Bay, Ontario. I had some art in some exhibits and art shops around Thunder Bay. I’ve been selling art as a Commission Artist since 2011. I’m also a Broadcasting and Film graduate of Confederation College.

As for my Movie Director career, I made my first film “Wake Up” in 2017. The movie took 2 years to make, fun times. I also did some acting on the side.

Bright Sunny Light
14 min | Comedy | 2017
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 1:00 pm

Megan Murphy

Peterborough, Canada

Megan Murphy has had an interesting and varied career in the performing arts for over two decades. Since graduating from York University’s Fine Arts program, she has worked as an actor in both the Peterborough and Toronto, Ontario, film, television and theatre scenes. She is currently a morning show co-host on two Peterborough radio stations, 93.3 MyFM and 107.9 Classic Rock and an afternoon drive co-host on Oldies 96.7. Megan received the TD Canada Trust Scholarship for Outstanding Community Leadership in 1998. She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program and of the Documentary Filmmaking Institute at Seneca College. Her short film, Shelf Life, won an audience choice award at the Peterborough ReFrame International Film Festival. Murphy’s Law is her first feature film and was honoured with the award for Best Documentary at the Fingal Film Festival in Ireland in 2016.

Towns End
24 min | Documentary| 2018
Saturday, Sept. 15 2018 – 6:00 pm

 

Meghdad Akhavan

Iran

Meghdad Akhavan born in Saveh Iran in 1984 April and studied photography and thought painting.

Fox Ground
1 min | Animation | 2016
Sunday, Sept. 16 2018 – 11:00 pm

Eric Collins

Thunder Bay, Canada

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Northern Meltdown – Uncovering the Thunder Bay Airport
4 min | Documentary | 2017
Thursday, Sept. 13 2018 – 6:30 pm

Megan Murphy

Peterborough, Canada

Megan Murphy has had an interesting and varied career in the performing arts for over two decades. Since graduating from York University’s Fine Arts program, she has worked as an actor in both the Peterborough and Toronto, Ontario, film, television and theatre scenes. She is currently a morning show co-host on two Peterborough radio stations, 93.3 MyFM and 107.9 Classic Rock and an afternoon drive co-host on Oldies 96.7. Megan received the TD Canada Trust Scholarship for Outstanding Community Leadership in 1998. She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program and of the Documentary Filmmaking Institute at Seneca College. Her short film, Shelf Life, won an audience choice award at the Peterborough ReFrame International Film Festival. Murphy’s Law is her first feature film and was honoured with the award for Best Documentary at the Fingal Film Festival in Ireland in 2016.

Towns End
24 min | Documentary| 2018
Saturday, Sept. 15 2018 – 6:00 pm

 

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