ALFF and ALFF Industry Guests

Steve Bates

Steve Bates

Regional Feature Film Executive, Telefilm Canada’s Western Region

In his interim role as Regional Feature Film Executive at Telefilm Canada’s Western Region office in Vancouver, Steve is responsible for supporting emerging Canadian talent through production and post-production funding of lower-budget feature films. Steve joined Telefilm in 2007 after having previously worked at various film and television companies including Peace Arch Entertainment and broadcaster WIC Western International Communications’ Canadian content department, WIC Entertainment.

Murray Battle

Murray Battle

Director of Original Content, Knowledge Network

Murray Battle is the Director of Original Content and Brand at British Columbia’s Knowledge Network. Recent documentary commissions include the three seasons of the award winning series, Emergency Room: Life and Death at Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver: No Fixed Address, How To Bee, This Mountain Life , Dear Life, Shut Up and Say Something, Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, Just Eat It, Oil Sands Karaoke, Backward Class, Father Figures, Do You Really Want to Know? and Coast Modern. In a previous life, he was a filmmaker for over 30 years.

Renée Beaulieu

Renée Beaulieu

Director, Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin

Renée Beaulieu was born in Quebec, and is a professor of film studies at the Université de Montréal. Her films include the shorts Qui (2008), Coupable (2010), and Le Vide (2011), and the feature Le Garagiste (2015). Les Salopes ou le sucre naturel de la peau (2018) is her latest film which she directed, wrote, produced and edited.

Julian Carrington

Julian Carrington

Distribution Manager, Hot Docs

Julian Carrington is Distribution Manager at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. He oversees the Festival’s distribution marketplace, including the Distribution Rendezvous pitch meeting program, and the Doc Shop, the Festival’s on-demand industry screening library. Julian also currently serves as a film programmer with Toronto’s Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. Previously, he acted as an associate programmer with the Toronto International Film Festival, and, from 2015 to 2017, managed the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Festival Concierge service.

Elizabeth Castle

Elizabeth Castle

Director, Warrior Women

Dr. Castle brings almost 20 years of experience as a scholar, activist, and media maker working in collaboration with Native Nations and underrepresented communities. Warrior Women is based on the research done for her book “Women were the Backbone, Men were the Jawbone: Native Women’s Activism in the Red Power Movement.”

While completing her Ph.D. at Cambridge University, she worked as a policy associate for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race and in 2001 she served as a delegate for the Indigenous World Association at the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. While working as an academic specialist for UC Berkeley’s Oral History Office, she received the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Santa Cruz under the supervision of Professors Angela Davis and Bettina Aptheker.

Dr. Castle was a professor in the Native Studies Department at the University of South Dakota and is the founder and Executive Director of The Warrior Women Oral History Project. She is of Pekowi Shawnee heritage and Warrior Women is Castle’s directorial debut.

Millefiore Clarkes

Millefiore Clarkes

Director, The Song and the Sorrow

Millefiore Clarkes is a filmmaker from Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island. Through her company One Thousand Flowers Productions she produces a variety of media work: short and feature documentaries, music videos, short dramas, experimental shorts, and video installations.

She has directed three documentaries for The National Film Board of Canada: The Song and the Sorrow, Blue Rodeo-On The Road, and Island Green. The Song and the Sorrow won Best Short Atlantic Documentary at FIN - Atlantic International Film Board, Best Documentary at Silverwave Film Festival, and Best Atlantic Documentary at Lunenburg Doc Fest.

Her films have screened at festivals across Canada and the US and have been broadcast on CBC and Bravo! Her experimental short December in Toronto is featured on Vimeo’s Staff Picks, and her music videos have won a number of awards.

Nathalie Clermont

Nathalie Clermont

Director of Program Management, Canada Media Fund

Nathalie Clermont has worked for more than twenty years in the film and television industry, with extensive experience in financing. She acts as a key advisor on CMF policies and programs, ensures consistency in service standards and the application process, and ensures that file analysis is accurate, fair, and consistent, in accordance with the CMF guidelines. Previously, Ms. Clermont was team leader of the Business Affairs Unit at the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) for 15 years. Ms. Clermont holds a B.A. in Film, Communications, and Public Relations from the Université de Montréal.

Allan Code

Allan Code

Allan Code is a filmmaker based in Northern Canada. He does production, direction, cinematography, long and short form series and features. He also creates social, historical, wildlife, biography, and drama. Awards include a Gemini, Golden Sheaf, Silver Apple, M.I.T.Y. (Made In The Yukon!).

aRTLeSS Collective

aRTLeSS Collective

Filmmakers + Producers

aRTLeSS Collective is Jay Bulckaert and Pablo Saravanja, 100% northern owned, based out of Yellowknife, NWT. The vast majority of our work has been producing documentaries, film festivals, TV programs, music videos, feature-length movies, and commercials that explore and promote Canada’s unique Northern culture. At aRTLeSS Collective, we work with the North’s top creative talent, and our primary goal is to see a world-class calibre of film and media production being created from the inside out, here in the Canadian Arctic.

Suzanne Crocker

Suzanne Crocker

Producer, Drift Productions

Suzanne Crocker is a documentary filmmaker living in Dawson City, Yukon. Suzanne’s first feature film, All The Time In The World (2014), won 22 Festival
Awards from around the world including Top 20 Audience Picks at Hot Docs and Most Popular Canadian Documentary at the Vancouver International Film Festival. With national and international theatrical and broadcast distribution, All The Time In The World has screened in 25 countries, on all continents, and been translated into 12 languages. It aired on Super Channel in Canada and continues to air on NHK in Japan. All The Time In the World was the first Yukon film to be selected for
Telefilm’s Talent to Watch Programme. Allthetimeintheworld.ca

Suzanne turns her camera on herself and her family once again in her new POV documentary First We Eat: Food Security North of 60, currently in post- production. Putting food security to the test, Suzanne banned all grocery store food from her house and spent one year feeding her family of five only on food that can be hunted, gathered, fished, grown or raised in her small remote community of Dawson City, Yukon. Add three skeptical teenagers, one reluctant husband, no salt, no caffeine, no sugar, no nuts and minimal grains. FirstWeEat.ca

Bryan Croft

Bryan Croft

Program Manager, Canada Council for the Arts

Sean Devlin

Sean Devlin

Director, When the Storm Fades

Sean Devlin (???) is a Filipino-Canadian writer/director/comedian. His film work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, CTV as well as online platforms like Buzzfeed and Upworthy. His first feature film Zach and Avery (2003) was a archived selection of the Paris/Berlin Rencontres Internationales for New Cinema and Contemporary Art and won “Best Comedy/Drama” at Illinois’ Black Earth Film Festival. In 2016 Devlin was commissioned by Cabaret Voltaire to participate in their celebrations of the 100 year anniversary of DaDa. That same year he wrote and directed a short film with Edward Snowden which was commissioned by Roskilde Festival, Northern Europe’s Largest Music Festival and exhibited at Copenhagen’s Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Sean worked as a writer and action co-ordinator on the majority of pranks featured in “The Yes Men Are Revolting” (2015 Berlin Audience Award Runner-up, dist: The Orchard). He is also a standup comedian who has opened for Zach Galifianakis, Tig Notaro, Reggie Watts, Hari Kondabolu and musical acts like MGMT and Of Montreal. Comedy festival appearances include Just For Laughs NW, Bumbershoot & Portland’s Bridgetown Festival.

Julie Dobbin

Julie Dobbin

Associate Program Officer, Canada Council for the Arts

Associate Program Officer at Canada Council for the Arts since 2017

Tracey Doyle

Tracey Doyle

Manager, CAVCO

Tracey has been a manager with the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) for 10 years. CAVCO co-administers two federal tax credit programs with the Canada Revenue Agency: the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit program and the Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit program. Prior to joining CAVCO she spent five years working in the Canadian Culture Online program (also at the Department of Canadian Heritage) and four years with the Canadian Media Producers Association.

Jeremy Emerson

Jeremy Emerson

Producer, Elijah and the Rock Creature

Jeremy Emerson is a filmmaker based out of Yellowknife, NT who splits his time as a videographer/ Producer and coordinating film training. He started his career shooting and editing independent music videos and working as a Production Assistant on Vancouver based Television shows.

Since then he has been a videographer on dozens of short documentaries on location in remote locations across the NWT. In 2012 he worked as a B Camera operator and Key Grip on the feature thriller, Berkshire County in Toronto. Elijah and the Rock Creature, is Jeremy’s first feature film as a producer. He is currently producing and directing a feature documentary called, SOS Summer of Smoke, for television.

 

Ashley Evans

Ashley Evans

Co-Writer / Producer / Actor, Rise 'N' Shine

Ashley Evans is a passionate and fearless actor, writer and producer who was born in Whitehorse, Yukon, grew up in Teslin and now lives in Vancouver, B.C. Her goal is to make diverse, cinematic narrative films that push the boundaries of art, yet inspire mainstream audiences. Ashley is obsessed with protagonists who can’t quite find their bearings, and are trying, desperately, to find their place in the world. Her recent acting credits include the short film Rise n’ Shine that she co-wrote, co-produced and starred in; TV series Mech:X4 (Disney) Lucifer (Fox), I-Zombie (CW), Untold Stories of the ER (Slice). Ashley garnered a love for production from soups to nuts in her role as Communications Manager at Bardel Entertainment Inc. (Rick & Morty, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,). Ashley is a board member of Women in Film and TV Vancouver and is passionate about helping create greater diversity in film. She has a Communication Degree from Simon Fraser University and a silver labrador named Thor.

Sean Farnel

Sean Farnel

Documentary Organization of Canada

A curator, promoter and champion of creative nonfiction films over a 15-year career at the Toronto International Film Festival and Hot Docs, Sean Farnel provides marketing, sales and distribution services to independent documentary producers worldwide.

Marcella Gilbert

Marcella Gilbert

Guest, Warrior Women

Marcella Gilbert is the daughter of Madonna Thunder Hawk and a Lakota and Dakota community organizer with a focus on food sovereignty and cultural revitalization. She earned a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and currently works for Simply Smiles, a cultural revitalization non-profit on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation where she directs the community garden programming. She previously worked as the Community Development Field Specialist for South Dakota State University Extension on Cheyenne River. Gilbert was a 2014 Cohort of the Bush Foundation’s Native Nations Rebuilders Program.

Her formative years were influenced by the activism of her extended family’s leadership in the American Indian Movement. She was a seventeen-year old delegate to the newly established International Indian Treaty Council to Geneva in 1977 and a graduate of the We Will Remember Survival Group. This alternative school run by and for Native people, was a remarkable tool for decolonizing and healing the intergenerational damage caused by boarding school. Her goal is to reintroduce sustainable traditional foods and organic farming to her reservation as an expression of the most fundamental form of survival and empowerment. Her current work is the launching of the pilot project of her own survival school Waniyetu Iyawapi (Winter Count) Mobile learning experience.

Helen Haig-Brown

Helen Haig-Brown

Co-director, SGaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife)

HELEN HAIG-BROWN (Jaada Gyaahlangnaay)
is an award-winning Tsilhqot’in filmmaker. Her diverse body of work includes the 2009 short film “?E?Anx (The Cave)”, a Sci-Fi adaptation of a true Tsilhqot’in oral story, which was named to Canada’s Top Ten Shorts by TIFF and was an Official Selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Her feature documentary “My Legacy” (2014), winner of best documentary at 2014 imagineNATIVE Media & Arts Festival, focuses on transformation and healing of inter-generational trauma caused by Residential Schools. Her work has aired on APTN, CBC, and has been showcased at film festivals around the world. Her experience co-directing “SGaawaay K’uuna Edge of the Knife” has strengthened her commitment to community-based creative expression and using narrative film as a vehicle for language and cultural regeneration. She is currently developing a new narrative feature on the Tsilhqot’in War, the most significant armed conflict between Indigenous peoples and the British west of the Canadian Rockies.

Martina Halik

Martina Halik

Guest, This Mountain Life

Tania and Martina Halik are part of a unique family. Martina, quietly put her job as a professional photographer and avalanche technician on hold deciding to take on the greatest challenge she’d ever faced. Martina and her mother’s story inspired thousands of people throughout their journey. The expedition was not about woman vs. nature or conquering a remote mountain range. Instead, it was a journey into the self. Conquering personal fears, and discomforts like hunger and significantly adverse weather. Their definitions of “challenge”, “suffering” and “impossible” were redefined along the way. It was about teamwork, family bonds, chasing your dreams, and never, ever, giving up.

Tania Halik

Tania Halik

Guest, This Mountain Life

Tania and Martina Halik are part of a unique family. At 60 years old, an age where most ladies are happy to retire to gentler sports like golfing, Tania Halik a paramedic from Invermere, BC undertook the biggest expedition of her life along with her daughter Martina. Their story inspired thousands of people throughout their journey. The expedition was not about woman vs. nature or conquering a remote mountain range. Instead, it was a journey into the self. Conquering personal fears, and discomforts like hunger and significantly adverse weather. Their definitions of “challenge”, “suffering” and “impossible” were redefined along the way. It was about teamwork, family bonds, chasing your dreams, and never, ever, giving up.

Daniel Janke

Daniel Janke

Director, Homecoming Song

Daniel Janke is active both as composer and filmmaker. Films include the feature performance doc. Grubstake Remix [2015, 72 min.] which toured Canada performed in Berlin.  Daniels film How People Got Fire [NFB, 2009, 14 min.] received numerous awards and toured internationally. He was writer/producer on the TV series Northern Town [2006, CBC, 6 X 30 min.] At ALFF 2019 he presents Homecoming Song .  Film scores by Daniel Janke include Mountain of SGaana [NFB, 2016, dir. Christopher Auchter];  Subconscious Password [2013 NFB, dir. Chris Landreth], short-listed for an Oscar award; and Touch [2001, Rebel Films, dir. Jeremy Podeswa].

Kat Jayme

Kat Jayme

Director, Finding Big Country

Kathleen Jayme is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC, who is passionate about telling meaningful and personal stories. Her latest project “Finding Big Country” has been a resounding success and has energised sports fans both in Vancouver and across North America. It is the story of a childhood dream to track down her hero, and tell both her story and entwining it with that of Bryant “Big Country” Reeves, a 90’s NBA legend. The movie has screened to sold out theatres and met with critical acclaim. It was the winner of the Vancouver International Film Festivals (VIFF) prestigious Audience Choice Award as well as the Must see BC award as voted by the VIFF audience.

She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Film Production Program and also worked at the National Film Board of Canada where she coordinated and oversaw over thirty documentaries, animations, and digital projects through all stages of production. She is a fellow of the 2016 Inspirit Foundation’s Story Money Impact program, the 2017 Hot Docs Documentary Channel Doc Accelerator program, and the 2017 Telus Storyhive Banff World Media Festival program.

Kathleen is also a member of the Executive team of Surfrider Vancouver, a non-profit environmental organization, dedicated to protecting our oceans and beaches. She is a motivational speaker, a high school basketball coach, and passionate about bringing the Grizzlies back to Vancouver.

Odile Joannette

Odile Joannette

Executive Director, Wapikoni Mobile

Odile Joannette has been an advocate for Indigenous rights for close to 20 years, striving to improve the quality of life of Aboriginal people. She serves on the Order of Montreal’s Board and has been handpicked to be one of 15 members of Montreal’s Table on Diversity, Inclusion and the Fight Against Discrimination. She is a founding member and administrator of both DestiNATIONS: Carrefour International of Indigenous Arts and Cultures, and the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK.

She recently joined the Board of Directors of the Montreal Native Health Center project. She had been Director of Partnerships and Communications for the Assembly of First Nations Quebec- Labrador’s Commission for Human Resources Development, Employment and Training since 2014.

She was recently appointed Executive Director of the Wapikoni mobile, a travelling audiovisual and musical creation studio dedicated to Indigenous youth.

Lulu Keating

Lulu Keating

Director, Foretold

Lulu Keating is an independent writer, director and producer through her company, Red Snapper Films.  Her films cover all genres: documentaries, dramatic features, animated and experimental films.  In addition to producing independent work, she has directed for the NFB, CBC and History Television.  Her films have screened at festivals from Chicago to Copenhagen and her work has been honored with numerous awards around the world. Keating’s debut feature film,  The Midday Sun (1989), was shot in Zimbabwe.  The internationally acclaimed animated documentary The Moody Brood (1999) was commissioned by CBC’s Rough Cuts.  Her second feature,  Lucille’s Ball (2013), won Best Canadian Feature at the Female Eye Film Festival as well as other recognition.  Keating is active on regional and national organizations, serving on numerous juries and boards. She has taught across the country and has curated programs of films.  Currently, she is in development on a feature-length drama, Klondike Kandahari

Silver Kim

Silver Kim

Director, Rise 'N' Shine

Silver Kim is a director who’s fanatical about pushing boundaries. He’s won awards for his short films Pressure to Play and Cost of Paradise. He directed a web series: Resistant Virus starring Emily Tenant (Motive, Supernatural), Landon Liboiron (Degrassi) & Robert Clarke (Murdock Mysteries). In 2016, Silver directed/produced a parody music video of Michael Jackson’s Thriller that screened at Miami Urban Film Festival, Toronto Independent Short Film Festival, Queens City Film Festival and the Comedy Film Festival in L.A. Prior to directing, Silver was an actor in the TV series Metropia with Maestro Fresh Wes. He appeared in V, Fringe, The Pacifier, New York Minute. Silver has a passion for the north and has been visiting the Yukon for the last decade. He’s an outdoor enthusiast and has been on numerous hunting excursions. Silver went to Ryerson University for Film Production and has Master’s Degree from Yonsei University in South Korea.

Julia Kwan

Julia Kwan

Director

Julia Kwan is the Director of The Zoo, which screens with The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

Suzanne Lacey

Suzanne Lacey

Program Manager, Bell Fund

Suzanne is the Program Manager of the Bell Fund, a private, independent production fund.  Since 1997 the Fund has received over $200 million in financing from Bell TV to support the development and production of high quality Canadian content.  Suzanne has combined creativity and management throughout her career from Executive in charge of production for the dramatic series “Hard Rock Medical” and factual series “The Water Brothers” to Production Manager of multiple genres and director/videographer of shorts. She is a graduate of Queen’s University Film Studies with a certificate in Digital Media from OCAD and was a decision maker at the Hot Docs forum for several years.  She studied writing through the Robert McKee Story Structure course and directing through Maruska Stankova’s Acting and Directing for the Screen.

Francois Lemieux

Francois Lemieux

Director, Tournée et Lab Québec Cinéma

Marc-Antoine Lévesque

Marc-Antoine Lévesque

Assistant Director, Tournée et Lab Québec Cinéma

Neil Macdonald

Neil Macdonald

Producer, A.R.C.H.I.E. 2

Born and raised in the Yukon, Neil is an alumnus of the UBC Film Program and the National Screen Institute. Neil spent a decade working in the Vancouver Film Industry as a DOP and Lighting Technician on projects such as The Killing, The Twilight Saga, and Tron Legacy. In 2010 Neil returned home and focused on Producing and Directing. He has Directed commercials, music videos, and episodes of Hors Des Sentier Battus for TV5 and Gold Rush for the Discovery Channel.  Neil was a Producer on A.R.C.H.I.E. 2 starring Michael J. Fox, and he also launched a new production company Outpost 31 Media with partners David Hamelin and Jayden Soroka.

Camilla MacEachern

Camilla MacEachern

NWT Film Commissioner

Northwest Territories (NWT) Film Commissioner, Camilla MacEachern is a third generation Northerner so promoting the NWT as a filming destination is second nature to her. She has been fortunate to travel throughout the territory to gain first hand exposure to the Unique Stories, Colourful Characters and Natural Backdrops that make the NWT the perfect film location.  She is honoured to be a part of this exciting industry and looks forward to continued work and collaborations with northern film producers and neighbouring territories to see the Northern Film Industry grow.

Naomi Mark

Naomi Mark

Director, How To Bee

Naomi spent the majority of her twenties crafting stories for screen in both drama and documentary. Influenced by her upbringing in Northern Canada Naomi has produced and directed a wide variety of content including music videos, commercials, short films, experimental films and short and long form documentaries. Naomi has produced and directed films for CBC, Knowledge Network and Northwestel Community TV. Her recent work includes co-directing and producing the short fiction film Grey Mountain, the short documentary Underdog and producing the critically acclaimed feature documentary Aim For The Roses. How To Bee is Naomi’s feature debut.

Stephanie McArthur

Stephanie McArthur

Industry Programs Manager, Hot Docs

Stephanie McArthur is a ten-year veteran of industry programming at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival and market. In her role as Industry Programs Manager Stephanie oversees Hot Docs’ Emerging Filmmaker Lab Doc Accelerator, manages Hot Docs’ International Delegation and Alumni programs. Stephanie recently oversaw Hot Docs’ 2018 Documentary Audience Research. Stephanie has been instrumental in the development and launch of several key Hot Docs programs including the Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund for filmmakers living and working on the continent of Africa, and most recently the Canadian Storytellers Project which is supported by Netflix. Since 2015 Stephanie has been traveling throughout Canada leading Doc Ignite workshops which offer filmmakers insights into marketing and distribution, market readiness, pitch preparation and festival strategies.

Chris McNutt

Chris McNutt

Manager, Northwestel Community Television

Chris considers himself a hunter/gatherer/farmer of northern video content as he creates, licenses, programs and produces a wide array of original projects in his role as Manager and Producer for Northwestel Community TV. Over recent years, Chris has worked with northern producers to trigger substantial funding through both Canadian Media Fund and Territorial funding programs in both production and development helping evolve Northwestel into a broadcaster of diverse programming in today’s North.

Iris Merritt

Iris Merritt

Manager, Yukon Media Development

Iris is a second generation Yukoner who began her career in the media industries quite by accident when her bottomless knowledge of the Yukon and its history landed her gigs providing locations expertise to visiting film and television crews during the Klondike Gold Rush Centennials (1990-1998). Realizing she had found her passion and that she could make a career of it, she started working for Yukon Media Development (formerly known as Yukon Film & Sound Commission) in 1999. As the Manager, Media Development, Iris is responsible for six funding programs and oversees two staff members.  Iris holds BSc in Computer Sciences and received her Certified Film Commissioner designation from the Association of Film Commissioners International in October 2014.  When not working on her own projects, she enjoys boating, gardening, and exploring Yukon with her Yorkies, Lexi and Regann.

Robin Mirsky

Robin Mirsky

Executive Director, Rogers Group of Funds

Robin Mirsky joined Rogers Communications in 1989. She was responsible for the Rogers Telefund, the interim financing fund established by Rogers in 1980 to assist in the production of high-quality Canadian programming. Today, Rogers Telefund has approximately $33 million available for bridge financing and has committed in excess of $330 million to hundreds of Canadian programs. Much of the success of Rogers Telefund can be attributed to Mirsky’s dedication and her understanding and support of the industry. Under her guidance, the Telefund expanded its interim loans to include feature films as well as television programming. Mirsky was also was instrumental in setting up the Rogers Documentary Fund established in 1996 by Rogers to foster the growth and creation of Canadian documentaries. To date, this fund has given grants, totalling more than $24 million, to more than 500 original, provocative and revealing documentary films. Mirsky is also responsible for the Rogers Cable Network Fund; an equity investment fund created to help develop the kind of specialized and original programming which Canadian cable channels need, in order to increase the number of distinctive program choices Canadian audiences want and expect. The Rogers Cable Network Fund will support the independent production of first play cable network programming. To date, the fund has invested more than $86 million in more than 400 projects. In addition to the day-to-day management of Rogers Telefund and Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund, Mirsky has provided strategic input into a number of successful filings by Rogers to the CRTC. Additionally, she is very active in the telecommunications and screen entertainment industries; she is currently Co-Chair of the Hot Docs Documentary Festival Board of Directors, and Vice-Chairman of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television board of directors. She also sits on the Boards of the Banff World Media Festival and The Canadian Film Centre (CFC).

Jasmin Mozaffari

Jasmin Mozaffari

Director, Firecrackers

Jasmin is an award-winning Toronto-based filmmaker who studied film at Ryerson’s School of Image Arts. A number of her short films including FIRECRACKERS (2013), WAVE (2015), and sleep on the tracks (2017) screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival and numerous other festivals across Europe and the US.

In 2018, Jasmin’s feature film debut, FIRECRACKERS (based off of the short) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to great acclaim, with the Globe and Mail calling it “a bold and incendiary feature debut.” The film continues to screen around the world - most notably at the Zurich International Film Festival, and took home the top prize at the Stockholm International Film Festival for Best Film in Competition. Jasmin has since been nominated for the 2018 DGC Discovery Award and the 2018 Vancouver Critic’s Circle Awards in their “One to Watch” category.

Marty O’Brien

Marty O’Brien

Director, Grey Mountain

Marty grew up in Melbourne where he completed his bachelor of Film and Television and worked as a cinematographer for serval years before moving to the Yukon. The shift North expanded Marty’s focus as he began writing and directing, as well as continuing to develop his own visual shooting style. Most recently, Marty completed Grey Mountain which plays at ALFF 2019. Last year his film Camera Trap played at festivals around the world. He has worked as a cinematographer on several feature documentaries and has his first feature project in development.

Steve Oliver

Steve Oliver

Associate Program Officer, Canada Council for the Arts

Katya Preto

Katya Preto

Quality Assurance Officer, CAVCO

My name is Katya Preto, and I am currently Acting as a Quality Assurance Officer at the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO), within the Department of Canadian Heritage. CAVCO administers two federal tax credit programs, the CPTC and the PSTC. I have been with CAVCO since 2010, occupying various positions in my time here. CAVCO’s main office is headquartered in Gatineau, Québec, in the National Capital Region.

Shayne Putzlocher

Shayne Putzlocher

Producer, A.R.C.H.I.E. 2

Shayne has worked in both producing and production in the film and television industry for the past 20 years. With over 25 feature films and 200 episodes of television experience, Shayne works in all aspects of production including script development, financing, pre-production through to final delivery, sales and collections.
In 2009 Shayne started a film and television production company Trilight Entertainment. While taking the helm to drive films into production, Shayne and his Trilight partners have been directly involved in raising 10 million dollars over the last 3 years to produce 8 films and a television series.

Shayne’s production and financing experience have garnered him strong relationships with investors, bankers, distributors and funding agencies.
Shayne’s producing credits include; A.R.C.H.I.E. 1 and 2 (Michael J. Fox), Cold Brook (William Fichtner, Kim Coates), Dead Shack (Lauren Holly), The Adventure Club (Billy Zane, Kim Coates), Vampire Dog (Norm MacDonald, Ron Pederson), Space Milkshake (Billy Boyd, Kristin Kreuk), Step Dogs (Ryan Belleville, Joris Jarsky), Bark Ranger (Jon Lovitz), Welcome to Nowhere (Sara Canning, Chantal Kreviazuk) and Treasure Hound (Norm MacDonald)

Shayne has been nominated for six and has won four Director’s Guild of Canada Awards for Best Team Achievement in a Television Series.

Jordana Ross

Jordana Ross

Production Executive, documentary Channel

Jordana has worked in television and documentaries for 25 years. As Production Executive at documentary Channel she oversees the creative and production management of all commissioned production and development projects. In this position she has shepherded dozens of award winning and internationally acclaimed feature length documentaries.
Prior to joining CBC and documentary Channel in 2006, Jordana spent five years as a producer and director for Discovery Channel’s nightly science program Daily Planet.

Dan Sokolowski

Dan Sokolowski

Director, 17 Days in May

Dan Sokolowski has produced over two dozen short films and one feature film featuring a blend of animation, experimental and documentary since 1983. He currently lives in Dawson City, in Canada’s Yukon, and is the producer of the Dawson City International Short Film Festival. He has taught courses in 16mm and digital filmmaking, animation and studio arts. He was a board member of the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa, the Canadian Film Institute and the Yukon Film Society. In addition to his own films, Dan has worked on over 40 independent productions as cinematographer, animator, assistant director, lighting director and editor. www.sokcinema.ca

Jayden Soroka

Jayden Soroka

Virtual Reality Technician

Jayden Soroka was born and raised on the Canadian prairies but after moving here almost 10 years ago, he has never felt more at home than in the wilderness of the Yukon. With almost two decades of experience, he may have taken the road less traveled and became one, if not the only, animator, 3D artist, digital technologist and VR/360 content producer in the territories. An Alumni of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Jayden now brings his proficiency for digital creativity and exploration to frontier of Canadian content.  As Outpost 31, a new Whitehorse based production company that is thriving in Film, TV, and Digital Media content, Jayden is pushing the boundaries of what can be done in the North while at the same time building local capacity, industry and opportunity.

Matthew Tiffin

Matthew Tiffin

Program Officer, Canada Council for the Arts

Program Officer at Canada Council for the Arts in the Explore & Create Program

Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp

ALFF Keynote Speaker & Writer, Three Feathers

Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT, Canada from Fort Smith, NWT. He is a graduate of the En’owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing BFA Program, and the Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

He is an internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author. His novel, The Lesser Blessed, now a film, premiered in September of 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. He is the author of four collections of short stories, Angel Wing Splash Pattern, The Moon of Letting Go, Godless but Loyal to Heaven and Night Moves, as well as two children’s books with Cree artist, George Littlechild: A Man Called Raven and What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses?

Shirley Vercruysse

Shirley Vercruysse

Executive Producer, National Film Board of Canada, Pacific & Yukon Studio

Prior to joining the NFB in February 2014, she was independent film and television producer based in Calgary Alberta. Credits include; Fubar II, the first Canadian film to open the high profile “Midnight Madness” section of the Toronto International Film Festival; Radiant City, winner of the Genie Award for Best Theatrical Documentary and Waydowntown winner of the prestigious Toronto City Award for Best Canadian film at Toronto International Film Festival. Other feature credits include The Future Is Now!; Angels Crest; Comeback Season; A Problem with Fear. Television credits include Gavin Crawford’s Wild West; My Rona Home, Season’s I and II and The Secret of the Nutcracker.

Jennifer Walden

Jennifer Walden

Director, Elijah and the Rock Creature

Jen Walden is a Yellowknife filmmaker and one of northern Canada’s most noted painters. Her unique eye for aesthetic detail and captivating storylines has resulted in three award-winning short films since her move into film media in 2015. She now creates visually stunning full-length features with substance, character and heart.

Walden’s first feature film, Elijah and the Rock Creature was shot entirely on location in the Northwest Territories with a northern cast and crew. The film is set for release in September 2018.

Her first short, Painted Girl, appeared on CBC’s Short Film Faceoff as one of nine national finalists in 2016. Follow-up Preservedtook cinematography and editing awards at that year’s Dead North Film Festival and her most recent short, Dal Segno, earned a Northern Lights Emerging Talent award from the Alaska Film Festival. In 2017, Walden became one of six women selected for the inaugural Academy Apprenticeship for Woman Directors run by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

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