Guest Speakers

Film Festival Series

Takashi Achiwa

Title: Producer
Company: c/o Wataru OKADA, 株式会社 KADOKAWA

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Khadija Al-Salami

Title: Director
Company: c/o Matthias Angoulvant, WIDE Management

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Rami Alayan

Title: Producer

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Brad Allgood

Title: Director
Company: c/o Juliana Penaranda-Loftus

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Pablo Alvarez-Mesa

Title: Co-Director

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Born in Medellin, Colombia, Pablo Alvarez-Mesa moved to Vancouver, BC in 2001 to pursue a BFA in Film Production at Simon Fraser University. His films have since played at international film festivals including Rotterdam, Sheffield, Hot Docs, AFI Silverdocs, and RIDM. His credits include Presidio Modelo (Best Experimental Student Film Award, 2009 Montreal Film Festival); Jelena’s Song (Prix Pierre et Yolande Perrault, Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois), which he created with the National Film Board of Canada; and the short documentaries Cuando Suena el Clarín (Hot Docs 2012) and Speaking into the Air (International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015). Most recently, Alvarez-Mesa completed his first feature-length documentary, Nuestro Monte Luna (Hot Docs 2015), which follows a group of Colombian at-risk teens who choose the controversial sport of bullfighting as a way to escape the violence that surrounds their society. Alvarez-Mesa holds an MFA in Film Production from Concordia University.

Thom Andersen

Title: Director

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Abreu Ariagna

Title: Producer

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Alex Balkam

Title: Director

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Eliane Bandeira

Title: Producer
Company: c/o Mariana Marcondes

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Antoine Barraud

Title: Producer
Company: c/o Alberto Alvarez Aguilera, Reel Suspects

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Lewis Bennett

Title: Director

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Lewis is a Vancouver-based filmmaker whose comedic documentaries have screened at film festivals such as TIFF, Hot Docs, and Slamdance. The Sandwich Nazi had its World Premiere at SXSW where it was nominated for the Documentary Grand Jury Prize.

Gan BI

Title: Director

Matthew Taylor Blais

Title: Co-Director

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MAtthew Taylor Blais is an experimental filmmaker currently based in Vancouver, BC. His films are often about the people he loves and the places he is in.

Sonia Boileau

Title: Director

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Originally Kanesatake Mohawk, Sonia Bonspille Boileau is an award winning director and screenwriter who graduated from Mel Hoppenheim film school at Concordia University. Over the last few years, Sonia has developed and produced television projects in English and French from children’s programming to social issue documentaries. Her directing and screenwriting work has aired on several Canadian and international television broadcasters, and her projects have caught the attention of major film festivals around the world. Sonia won the PRIX DE LA DIVERSITÉ at the 2011 Gala des Prix Gémeaux for her documentary Last call indien. In 2014, Sonia was given the green light from Téléfilm Canada for production of her first dramatic feature.

John Bolton

Title: Director
Company: Opus 59 Films Inc.

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John Bolton is an award-winning filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. His company, Opus 59 Films, has produced performing arts pieces, literary adaptations, sports films and the occasional disaster movie. John is currently producing, writing and directing several projects, including the musical docudrama Aim for the Roses about Canadian musician Mark Haney and Canadian daredevil Ken Carter. Projects in development include E Day is Coming, a seismic comedy about earthquake preparedness and real estate anxiety in Vancouver, and Snowman, a hallucinatory black comedy/psychological horror film based on the play by Greg MacArthur.

James Brown

Title: Producer

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Liz Cairns

Title: Director

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Liz is a film & video artist from Vancouver, BC. Her short films have played at festivals internationally and her experimental work has screened in various galleries. In 2015, she was invited to participate in the Berlinale Talents program at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Liz Cardenas Franke

Title: Writer/Director/Actress/Producer
Company: Hungry Bear

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Alexander Carson

Title: Director

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Alexander Carson is a Canadian filmmaker and media artist. His work is characterized by its combination of experimental structures and traditional narrative modes of address. With a portfolio spanning nearly a decade, his films have screened widely at major festivals across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Preceding O, Brazen Age—Carson’s feature-length debut—his short format work has garnered considerable critical attention, both nationally and abroad. He received the Award for Achievement in Direction from the Air Canada En Route Film Festival for his 2011 film “We Refuse To Be Cold”. In 2013, his film Numbers & Friends premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before going on to win the prestigious Golden Gate Award for New Visions at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2014. Driven by lyrical storytelling and poetic imagery, Carson’s work has been produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the National Film

Board of Canada, the Toronto Arts Council, and Telefilm Canada. Carson holds a BFA & MA from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, where he met fellow filmmakers Kyle Thomas and Nicholas Martin. In 2005, they founded the North Country Cinema media arts collective, a director-driven organization based in Calgary, Alberta. The filmmakers collaborated to build a large body of short-format work leading up to a recent transition to feature filmmaking:

Carson produced Kyle Thomas’ debut feature, The Valley Below in 2014; a critical success, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and garnered two Canadian Screen Awards in 2015. Carson edits all his own films, including O, Brazen Age, believing that montage is at the heart of creating meaning in cinema.Carson occasionally performs in his own films, and he recently played a leading role (Mr. Oddi) in the theatrical production of Sheila Heti’s All Our Happy Days Are Stupid, directed by Jordan Tannahill. The show first opened at Videofag in Toronto’s Kensington Market in 2013, before a sold-out run at both the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, and New York’s historic off-Broadway mainstay, The Kitchen, in early 2015. Carson splits his time between Toronto and Western Quebec.

Jonas Chernick

Title: Producer/Writer/Actor

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Jonas Chernick wrote, produced and starred in the feature comedy My Awkward Sexual Adventure, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was picked up for a US release by Tribeca Film, and where Jonas was promptly signed by The Gersh Agency.

My Awkward Sexual Adventure was subsequently named one of TIFF’s Top Ten Films of the year, and went on to win the People’s Choice Award at the Calgary International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Whistler Film Festival. Jonas scored a Best Male Performance nomination at the 2013 ACTRA Awards for his role as Jordan Abrams. The film was also nominated for six Canadian Comedy Awards, including two for Jonas for Best Screenplay and Best Feature Film, and won for both Best Actress (Emily Hampshire) and Best Director (Sean Garrity). The film had its US premiere at the prestigious Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January 2013, leading into a very successful US release by Tribeca. My Awkward Sexual Adventure has been sold to over 30 territories worldwide, and was remade in Lithuania as Nepatyres, which had the third highest grossing opening weekend in that country’s history when released in January 2015. Jonas co-wrote, co-produced and starred in Lucid, a feature film that premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival and won the City TV Award for Best Western Canadian Feature Film at the 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival. He also collaborated on the screenplay and played the lead role in Inertia, which won the award for Best First Feature Film at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival and for which he picked up the Blizzard Award for Best Leading Actor. Jonas won a 2008 Gemini Award and was nominated for a 2009 ACTRA Award for his work as “Slade” on the hit CBC drama series The Border. He won a Canadian Screen Award for his work in the lead role of Daniel Addison in CBC’s acclaimed 2014 mini-series The Best Laid Plans, and had ongoing roles on the comedy series Living in Your Car (HBO Canada) and Degrassi (Teen Nick/Much Music). Other recent appearances include guest leads on Fargo (FX), Saving Hope (CTV), Covert Affairs (USA), Haven (SyFy/Showcase), Being Erica (Soapnet/CBC), and the films

Seven Times Lucky (Sundance Film Festival 2004), The Samaritan, the critically-acclaimed Blood Pressure, and the upcoming comedy How To Plan an Orgy in a Small Town.

Mabel Cheung

Title: Director
Company: c/o is Weihan, IM Global

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Hélène Choquette

Title: Director

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Nick Citton

Title: Director

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Nicolas Citton was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and earned his BFA in Film at Simon Fraser University, before attending Graduate school at Columbia University in New York. It was here that he earned his MFA in Film, and received the Simon Kinberg Award for Excellence in Screenwriting. Citton is an alumni of the Canadian Film Centre, as one of the initial six writers in their Just for Laughs Comedy Writers’ Program. Citton recently received the coveted BC Film industry’s MPPIA Prize for his short film script, The Future Perfect. Citton also directed this film, which was shot in BC. Citton has written or co-written short films that have been played at festivals worldwide, in addition to television productions. My Good Man’s Gone is Nicholas’ feature writing and directing debut - the project is a wholly independent, micro-budget labour-of-love art experiment shot over the course of 5 years in Citton’s life.

Jean Paul Civeyrac

Title: Director
Company: c/o Aude Hesbert, uniFrance

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Andrew Cividino

Title: Director
Company: Film Forge Productions, Inc.

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Ontario based director Andrew Cividino graduated from Ryerson University. His short film WE ATE THE CHILDREN LAST (2011) won Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival. His Feature SLEEPING GIANT, based on his short by the same name, was in competition at the Cannes IFF Critic’s Week 2015.

Jessica Clark-Bojin

Title: Producer
Company: Done Four Productions

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Charlotte’s Song is the inaugural feature film for Vancouver company Done Four Productions. Inspired by films like Alien, Pan\’s Labyrinth, and The Thing, we focus on the development of what we like to call intelligent genre: properties with exceptional art direction, inspired by folklore and grounded in real human drama. All of our properties are situated within universes that contain some unique magical construct. However, our stories focus not on the grand conflicts in these worlds, but on the micro, human level drama where the real truth about the human condition lies. Our methodology can be summed up with three words: Art Direction First. We focus on what we do best: practical FX, creature design, music, dance, fights, and beautiful (sometimes disturbing) settings. We take a collaborative approach to filmmaking in which our directors, writers, and all creative department leads work together to bring the most compelling worlds to life. Story and setting work hand-in-glove in defining the magic of our properties. Charlotte\’s Song was a huge collaborative effort between over 100 talented young people. The core creative team behind the project was Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, Lindsey Mann, Nicholas Humphries, Robert Woolsey, and Darren Borrowman, all of whom (along with the rest of the key creatives) can be found in our EPK\’s crew spotlight at www.donefour.com.">http://www.donefour.com.">www.donefour.com. What\’s next for Done Four? With Charlotte\’s Song newly completed we are excited to soon be able to share with fans all the places they can check out the film, as well as a host of new behind the scenes goodies. Equally exciting, we have just announced our next feature film project, Monster & Madman based on the IDW comic book by 30 Days of Night-creator Steve Niles, which will be directed by Done Four principal Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin and is slated to begin production in late 2016.

Bracken Hanuse Corlett

Title: Co-Director

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Clotilde Courau

Title: Director
Company: c/o Aude Hesbert, Unifrance

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James Cullingham

Title: Executive Producer
Company: Tamarack Productions

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Brionne Davis

Title: Actor
Company: c/o Victor Martinez Aja,

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