BANFF Spark Companies

BANFF Spark Companies

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Pocket Film School

Gina Simone

Gina Simone is an emerging Producer, Director and Editor in the film industry, working mostly in Toronto Ontario and Vancouver BC. Since graduating from York University’s BFA program, with honours, Gina has not stopped breathing life into a stream of features, shorts, commercials and music videos. 

Keen to create...more

Digital Journal Group (DJG)

Partner & VP Operations
Leigh Doyle

Kelly & Kelly

Head of Production & Operations
Lauren Bercovitch

Lauren Bercovitch is a Vancouver-based Canadian producer and director. After Production Managing at Adbusters Media Foundation for five years and being instrumental in starting the Occupy Wall Street movement, Bercovitch transitioned from print to film and television, producing everything from reality cooking shows to Hallmark movies, from indie docs to...more

Catapult Pictures

Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell is an alumna of ‘Top 25’ – Banff World Media Festival/CMF’s ‘Diversity of Voices,’ NSI, Shaw Rocket Fund Fellowship, Whistler Film Festival Digital Lab, and is currently a Banff Spark participant. She wrote and directed The Secret Society, her first feature documentary. Her directing highlights include broadcast documentaries Postcards from...more

Muslim Kids TV

Flordeliza Dayrit

I began my career in 2004 as co-producer of the documentary series A New Life in a New Land: The Muslim Experience in Canada (Vision TV, SCN, CLT). The series was pivotal to building understanding of Canada's Muslim community. The educational components of the project (website and guide) are used...more

Screen Siren Pictures Inc.

President, Producer & Director
Trish Dolman

Trish Dolman founded Screen Siren Pictures in 1997 and is a leading Western Canadian feature film, documentary, television, digital producer and director. With more than 30 documentary and feature film credits over her twenty-eight-year career, her projects have won acclaim, awards and have screened at various marquee international festivals.

Trish’s credits...more

OYA Media Group

Alison Duke

Alison Duke - Co-founder of OYA Media Group, is a storyteller known for illuminating Black Canadian history, social issues and pushing the culture forward. In 2019, Duke produced and co-wrote the CBC POV Documentary, 'Mr. Jane and Finch,' which won two 2020 Canadian Screen Awards. She also directed Rogers/CityTV’s 2-hour...more

A Token Entertainment Company

Trinni Franke

A graduate of AFTRS and NSI Features First, Trinni’s recent work includes the high-octane feature SUPERGRID by director Lowell Dean (WolfCop) and the award-winning comedy series TOKENS (by Winnifred Jong). Season 2 is set for 2020.

Location Fixer Productions Ltd

Founder and Co-Owner
Synnove Godeseth

Synnöve is the founder and co- owner of Location Fixer Film & Event Liaisons, a leading film location management company in Vancouver, BC. She has over 15 years of production and locations experience in Canada and the UK across Film, TV, and Advertising. Her personal experience covers an extensive range...more

LoCo Motion Pictures Inc.

Executive Producer
Lauren Corber

Lauren Corber is an International Emmy-nominated producer and the founder/president of LoCo Motion Pictures. One of Canada’s leading digital content producers, Lauren has produced several series including Canadian Screen Award winning, How to Buy a Baby. It won Best Comedy at the Indie Series Awards, Best Writing and Best Lead Performance...more

First Mark

Founder & Producer
Alexandra Bailey

Alex Bailey has been creating films since she was a teenager as a director, writer and producer. Her directorial work has been shown by TIFF, VIFF and various others and her photojournalism has been published by Al Jazeera, VICE, CBC, and CTV, among others. Alex became a member of the...more

Buffalo Gal Pictures Inc.

VP, Development
Jennifer Beasley

Jen Beasley brings a wealth of experience in a multitude of fields to her present-day endeavours. A WGC-nominated Canadian writer with comedy and drama television as well as web-based screenwriting credits to her name, Jen has been active in the film communities in both Toronto and Winnipeg for almost two...more

OYA Media Group

Ngardy Conteh George

Co-founder of OYA Media Group, Ngardy Conteh George is a two-time Canadian Screen Award award-winning filmmaker, a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Fellow and grantee, and recipient of grants from the Toronto and Ontario Art Councils and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is committed to working with marginalized,...more

Inspired Entertainment

Sarah Bolen

Sarah Bolen is a digital media expert with over 10 years of experience. Sarah manages operations, brand partnerships, and marketing for Inspired Entertainment’s digital properties. Prior to co-founding Inspired Entertainment, Sarah worked at RTR Media where she served as Digital Development Manager.

Lopii Productions Inc.

Georgina Lopez

Before founding Lopii Productions, Georgina López worked as a producer and/or production manager on all types of television programs including lifestyle, scripted and animation. Her passion and preference has always been working in kids television.

She won the 2016 Canadian Screen Award and received three Daytime Emmy nominations as Producer, for...more

Aux Mode Inc

President & COO
Jessie Behan

Innovator. Female Entrepreneur. Sales leader. Building strategic partnerships has been a strength of Jessie’s throughout her career and allowed her to build a professional network of loyal and trusting clients. Jessie joined Aux Mode in 2015 when it was a bootstrapping MediaTech startup out of the Founders house. Her responsibilities...more

Ceroma Films

Sara Blake

Ceroma Films is a boutique production company making critically acclaimed, award winning content for the Canadian and global audience. We focus primarily on debut director-driven arthouse content that is fresh and unexpected. Our hands-on approach to production is a collaborative and transparent one - always true to our values-based roots....more

Turtlebox Productions

Producer & Co-Founder
Kat Kelly Hayduk

Kat has over two decades of experience in media production. While still in college in the US, she interned as an assistant story editor in New York, reading novels and scripts for potential film adaptation. After college she moved to LA and worked in digital visual effects and then as...more

Lakeshore Media Services

Principal Owner
Joanne Henry


With 10+ years of experience working in the accessible media field, Joanne has produced thousands of hours of described video across multiple genres (movies, drama, children's programming, reality TV, documentaries and web series) in both English and French.  She was also a contributing member of the Described Video Best Practices (DVBP)...more

Through and Thru Films Inc.

Executive Producer | Business Affairs Consultant
Monique Hurteau, MBA

Monique Hurteau is an Executive Producer, Business Affairs Consultant, Producer, Director, Writer/Content-Creator, Former Mathlete and Lapsed Stand-up Comedian. She holds an MBA with a specialization in Management Consulting and has experience across multiple industries including advising lawyers on land deals ranging from $75M to $3B and, like a rare unicorn,

Violator Films Inc

Lori Lozinski

Lori Lozinski is an award-winning filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC and the President of Violator Films Inc, an independent production company that has been telling maverick stories since 2007. Recent films are the Canada/Norway Co-Produced feature film The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (Berlinale 2019 World Premiere, Rogers Award for...more

Stories First Productions/Cool World Technologies

Leena Minifie

Leena Minifie (Gitxaala/British) is an impact, media, film and television producer and digital strategist based in Vancouver, BC. Recent projects include the four-part series and interactive digital timeline British Columbia - An Untold History (Knowledge Network), interactive audiovisual webart Sense of Home (Best New Media ImagineNative 2012), ?E?anx ‘The Cave’...more

Theia Entertainment Inc.

Jenny Ng-Turner

Jenny is a Chinese-Canadian freelance Producer/Director. She began in the film industry as an actor and discovered her aspiration for producing and directing through works in Independent film projects. Her love of the creative arts began as a child in Hong Kong with the 1970’s era of Hong Kong style...more

Superior Description Services

Rebecca Singh

Rebecca is a founder, accomplished audio describer and seasoned performer.

Rebecca has worked on fiction and factual programming with both live and recorded Audio description / Described Video. She has also written image descriptions for audio books and written and produced podcasts created with the Blind and partially sighted community in...more

Mercury Filmworks

President, Sungate Films
Nicole St.Pierre

Nicole St. Pierre is the President of Sungate Films, a new live action production company. Nicole is also Senior VP, Business & Legal Affairs for its sister company, Mercury Filmworks, an award-winning animation studio. Nicole is an entertainment lawyer and has been in the film and TV industry for over...more

High Priestess Publishing

Kim Temple

Kim Temple has over 20 years of experience in music publishing rights and royalty management. She is Head of Licensing & Publishing at Six Shooter Records, and Senior Manager, Member & Industry Relations at Music Publishers Canada. She was recently appointed to the City of Toronto’s Music Advisory Council. Her...more

Verite Films Inc

President, Partner & Executive Producer
Virginia Thompson

President and CEO of Vérité Films, Virginia is an award-winning executive producer and TV series creator who has created and produced comedies, dramas, animation, children’s and youth programming, documentaries, performing arts programming, and digital series.

Virginia is Executive Producer of Canada’s #1 comedy brand, Corner Gas. The brand includes the highest-rated...more

Nava Projects

Sahar Yousefi

Sahar Yousefi is a producer based in Toronto. Her latest feature, the Telefilm-funded documentary PLAY YOUR GENDER, won the Edith Lando Peace Prize, among other accolades, and is currently playing on CBC’s Documentary Channel.

Prior to establishing Nava Projects, Yousefi was a researcher and production coordinator at the National Film Board...more

Pink Moon Studio

Executive Director & Co-Founder
Emilia King

Pink Moon Studio is an upstart, end-to-end production company based in Toronto. We have an originals division, where we produce films, documentaries and podcasts and a branded division, where we create really cool content for some of Canada’s most exciting brands.

Headed up by writing and producing team, Emilia King,...more

Mosaic Entertainment

Camille Beaudoin

As Co-Founder and CEO of Mosaic Entertainment, Camille has guided the development, production, and post-production of over 100 episodes of TV comedy series’, three mobile games, countless hours of digital content, and three feature films including Canadian Screen Award-nominated and Kidscreen Award-winning #Roxy starring Booboo Stewart (Disney Descendants) and Danny...more

Black Watch Entertainment

Meghan Duffy

Meghan Duffy is an up and coming film and television producer located in Winnipeg, Manitoba - home of the largest production tax credit. After spending several years working in network television, she decided to move back home to Winnipeg to be with her friends, family, but to also launch her...more

P.V.P Games and Entertainment

Manager and Lead Consultant
Carina Kom

Carina Kom (she/her/hers) is a Canadian game producer and people manager - with 10+ years of experience marching through QA, Community Management, Game Design, and Game Production, she is also the founder of Vancouver’s first pitch circuit for games and entertainment. When she is not at her day job, she...more

Play Management Inc.

Lena Lees-Heidt

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Lena has had the pleasure of working with some of the countries most recognizable talent. Lena has exceptional relationships on both sides of the border with broadcasters, networks, studios, and the top agencies and management companies. She takes great pride and...more

Treaty 6 Productions

Sharlene Millang-Borst

I am still new to the film industry, having come from a theatre background and being introduced to film as an actor about 8 years ago. I started producing around the same time ... with my solid business background, and creative skills, producing came "naturally".

With my business partner, Daniel Foreman,...more

Inspired Entertainment Inc.

Sara Lynn Cauchon

Sara Lynn Cauchon is a host, producer, speaker, and entrepreneur. Since launching her YouTube cooking channel The Domestic Geek in April 2014, she has earned more than 1.75 million dedicated subscribers and 150 million video views. Thanks to the channel’s incredible reach Sara Lynn has had the opportunity to work...more

Clique Pictures

Lauren Grant

Clique Pictures is a vibrant film and television production company with a focus on working with female creative talent in front and behind the camera. Clique Pictures is currently in post-production on the Wendy Morgan/Kelly McCormack feature film Sugar Daddy and the Pat Mills/Alyson Richards feature The Retreat. 

Clique Pictures recently released the documentary On...more


Founder & CEO
Sarah Juma

I am the founder and CEO of StyleID - a mobile app that identifies items worn and seen on screen.  Based out of the Communitech Datahub in Waterloo, Ontario, my team has participated in Fierce Founders, Joe Fresh Centre for Innovation, and Google4Entrepreneurs.

In 2017, StyleID won the DX3 Retail...more

Hodgee Films

Aly Kelly

Driven by a passion to realize filmmaker's visions, Alyson Kelly is a producer best known for award winning documentaries such as Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary (A&E), Who Let the Dogs Out (Telus) and Pharma Bro (Blumhouse Productions). She has also worked on The Amazing Race Canada and Drag Race...more

Leader Productions Services Inc

Michelle Gayse-Leader

Burlington Films

Account Management
Denise Lee

Denise is the founder of Burlington Films and has proudly served as the Company Director since its inception back in 2015. Her academic studies in Media Business & Post Production served her well during her earlier career path where she was a consultant for numerous television and feature post-productions for the past...more

Lopii Productions Inc.

Rennata Lopez

Before founding Lopii Productions in 2018, Rennata López specialized as a producer, writer, casting director and director for television with an emphasis on lifestyle/factual and childrens’ programming. She worked on many great children series including the award-winning Giver (TVO Kids), It’s My Party (TVOKids), What’s Inside? (TVOKids), Scare-Tactics (MTV), and...more

Zoot Pictures Inc

Leslea Mair

Leslea Mair is a writer, director and producer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has written, produced and directed award-winning documentaries in the genres of science, current affairs, social/political issues, POV and feature documentary with subjects as diverse as Shaolin monks, killer robots, preachers who don’t believe in god and...more

All In Pictures

Leah Mallen

Leah Mallen, a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre and who was also selected as one of six producers internationally to attend the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam. Leah's first produced film won Best Short Film at the Cannes International Film Festival's Critic's Week which was called Shoes off!...more

Good Influence Films

JoAnne Fishburn

JoAnne Fishburn has worked in media for 20+ years with a background in feature film production as well as documentary filmmaking. For the last 10 years her work has been focused in the area of impact producing and developing social impact initiatives centred around using the power of media to...more

Trembling Void Studios

Amy Fox


Tanya Gough

Tanya Gough has extensive experience in content management, interactive, multi-platform projects, and storytelling. She has been at the cutting-edge of emerging technologies, including dynamic web development, eCommerce, app development, social media, and data-driven interactive projects, and she brings a unique blend of tech-focused process capabilities and language-based communication skills to...more

Hungry Eyes Media Inc.

Jennifer Holness

Big Coat Media

CEO & Executive Producer
Maria Armstrong

Maria Armstrong is CEO and Executive Producer at Big Coat Media, formerly known as Big Coat Productions. In 2016, with Big Coat’s rapid growth in digital content, the company was rebranded and renamed Big Coat Media. Prior to Big Coat, Maria was Director of Original Productions for W Network, where

Fifteen Pound Pink Productions

Animation Producer
Carol Beecher

Having been intimately involved with the animation community in Alberta for almost 30 years I have gathered in-depth knowledge and experience that encompasses production in traditional and digital 2D and 3D modes, non-profit programming and administration, and post-secondary teaching and curricular development.

As an independent animator I have a solid understanding...more

Chatterbox Productions

Suzy Choueiri

Suzy is an experienced series producer who has been creating content for both US and Canadian broadcasters for over 13 years. As the showrunner for Holmes and Holmes 3/Holmes 911, Save My Reno, Canada’s Handyman Challenge and many more, Suzy has learned the ins and outs of renovation/design production.


Eagle Vision

Partner & Head of Development
Rebecca Gibson

Rebecca Gibson is a partner in Eagle Vision and Head of Development. Following graduation from the New York Film Academy, a CFTPA International Internship took Rebecca to Los Angeles at the start of her film career. As a writer, director, producer, and actor, Rebecca’s work in documentary, drama, and comedy...more

Pigeon Row

Chief Operating Officer
Alysse Glick

From a corporate background in technology and operations, Alysse has led an international innovation accelerator program and worked in talent management, digital product development and marketing, always focused on designing immersive, engaging experiences and quality content, by understanding audiences and how to connect with them. With a focus on engaging...more


Stephanie Ouaknine

Freelance creative producer and development executive, well versed in international co-pros, short form and audience outreach strategy. Experience and passion for telling queer stories. Looking to connect with writers and development execs.

One of Canada's "5 to Watch" in 2018, Steph Ouaknine is an award-winning producer and development executive specializing in...more

A Token Entertainment Company

Writer & Director
Winnifred Jong

Named 2018 Playback’s 5-to-Watch, Winnifred Jong is a Toronto-based filmmaker and an alumna of the Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) and Ryerson University. Her recent work can be seen on CBC’s highest rated new one-hour drama, CORONE, on Hallmark Channel's MYSTERY 101: DEAD TALK and on eOne/Global Television’s...more


Fiona Rayher

People know Fiona as a filmmaker (last film, Fractured Land), public engagement specialist and entrepreneur (previous company, Gen Why Media). She studied political science and communications, and then social innovation at the University of Waterloo. Now she’s Co-founder and CEO of Hoovie.

Here’s what sparked Hoovie: While touring Fractured Land across North America, Fiona discovered...more

Askem Talent/Askem Productions

Cjay Boisclair

Cjay Boisclair is a writer, director and producer from Kamloops BC. As part of a very small film community she branches out into many areas of filmmaking. Cjay started her career as a background performer and actor and quickly progressed to writing her first short script, The Bench, which performed...more

Carly Underwater Film & Safety Inc.

Carly Brenner Hunter

Carly Brenner Hunter is the leading Underwater Specialist, in Eastern Canada. Working her way up the ladder through the camera department, Carly has combined her love of the underwater world and film/ In 2015, Carly studied commercial diving, which has opened the door to underwater filmmaking. As a member of...more

Sherana Productions

Carla Bridgewater

As an independent Producer/Director/Writer, I am honored to be a part of the BANFFspark Showcase. I bring extensive television experience to the table when producing projects. I have produced, directed and written hundreds of television and video projects, including award-winning television documentaries, commercials and promotional campaigns and multi-camera live events.


Tohkapi Cinema

Writer, Producer, Director
Petie Chalifoux

Petie is a gifted natural storyteller, a craft honed and developed through years of performing the hoop dance. She is a Cree filmmaker from Northern Alberta who has chosen to be a filmmaker because it is a powerful and creative medium to shed light upon the realities of the social...more

Black Screen Office

Executive Director
Joan Jenkinson

JOAN JENKINSON - Executive Director Joan is the inaugural Executive Director of the Black Screen Office where she works to support Black Canadians in developing talent, accessing funding, and in assuming decision-making roles in television, film and digital media. She fosters relationships with federal funding agencies, broadcasters and distributors to eliminate...more

Rainy Storm Productions

Marylou Mintram

Marylou Mintram is Cree and from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. She is a graduate of the Toronto Film School and has extensive broadcast experience with CityTV, CTV, Toronto 1, Discovery Channel, and APTN. Selected to take part in the Canadian Media Producers Associations National Mentorship Program, where she gained insight from...more

The Writing Department

Jill Roberts

Jill has 20 years of experience as a successful writer, producer, and director of content ranging from scripted to documentary, book projects to brand films. A fan of monster and kung fu movies with strong female characters, Jill is adapting her marketing communications experience into producing original content for scripted...more

Laughing Cat Productions

Founder & Mama Cat | Actor | Director | Screenwriter
Emily Schooley

Emily Schooley is an award-winning actor, emerging filmmaker, and badass creative changemaker working to build a kinder and more inclusive world. In 2020, she was selected as one of just 100 women from across Canada to be part of Banff Spark, a development accelerator for women in media. She is...more

Fenix Film & Television

Kaitlan Stewart

Kaitlan Stewart is a producer, writer and creator in the film and television industry and the founder of Fenix Film & Television.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Creative Writing at the University of Alberta, Kaitlan later focused her studies and creative talents in the Northern Alberta...more

gYu Films International

Director, Producer
Ying Wang

Ying Wang is a Chinese Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver BC, Canada, A migrant navigating between multiple cultures, Ying is fascinated by stories that reveal the geopolitical complexity of global migration.

Her younger sister developed a mental illness after immigrating to North America. Inspired by...more

Brandy Y Productions Inc.

Documentary Filmmaker and Travel Show Host
Brandy Yanchyk

Brandy Yanchyk is a Journalist and Edmonton-based independent documentary filmmaker. Since 2009, Brandy has made fourteen documentaries and nine series for television and an app. Ms. Yanchyk’s productions cover a wide range of social and factual genres. Brandy is the director, producer, writer and host of her films.

Her documentaries have aired...more

Little Engine Moving Pictures

Owner, EP
Maria Kennedy

Little Engine Moving Pictures is an award-winning, creator-driven media production company specializing in live-action CGI hybrid, animated series and companion interactive content for an international audience. We pride ourselves in producing and distributing original, progressive kids and family series that travel the world, like Cutie Pugs, Canada Crew and...more

CineFocus Canada Inc.

Director and Founder
Joan Prowse

I have three decades experience as a writer, producer, director and video editor. I co-founded CineFocus Canada to tell thought-provoking, Canadian stories worldwide and to deliver them on accessible platforms. With sales to broadcasters around the world, CineFocus programs have aired on A&E, TLC, PBS, and Oxygen in the United...more

Animated Film Gardens, Inc.

Nicolette Saina

Nicolette Saina, is an award-winning writer, producer and director of live action films, with experience in CGI animation and entertainment law. Animated Film Gardens Inc. (AFG) is an original-content startup animation studio.

Over the years, she has developed an expertise on both the creative/storytelling and financing sides of the business and...more

Piramide Productions//Made With Love Productions

Producer/Music Supervisor
Kerri Borsuk

Kerri Borsuk, Canadian film and television producer and music supervisor, is Co-Founder of Piramide Productions. With offices in USA, Canada, and Italy Piramide offers an authentically international perspective for global storytelling and co-production. Kerri produced several films including documentary feature I WANT MY MTV (A&E, Tribeca premiere); documentary feature HENRI DAUMAN:...more

White Bear Films

Tanya Brunel

Tanya Brunel, Métis from south west Manitoba, has been developing and producing motion picture, television and digital media content with a focus on Indigenous stories since 2001.

Tanya started as a Production Manager and Line Producer on multiple documentary series and in the fall of 2005 she produced her first...more

My Precious Pictures

Producer, CEO
Rachelle Chartrand

My Precious Pictures, Inc. is an award-winning production company based in Vancouver, Canada, which develops, finances, and produces commercially successful, critically acclaimed films and series that start critical conversations, and with its unique innovative go-to-market online platform - The Ignite Universe, is positioning itself to be an industry leader in...more

No Problem Productions Ltd

Eva Colmers

Eva Colmers is an experienced director and producer of award-winning films in the dramatic, documentary and animation genre – including The Suburbanight, Happy Birthday, Mango!, 2.57k, Granny Baby, Not a One-Way Street and The Weightless Traveller. She has also written and directed long-form NFB documentaries: The Elder Project, The Enemy...more

North Country Cinema

Sara Corry

Sara Corry is an independent Production Manager and Producer in Alberta, working mostly with North Country Cinema in Calgary. She has numerous credits with NCC over the past decade, and was Co-Producer on Kyle Thomas’ critically-acclaimed debut feature-film, The Valley Below. Corry has also had a lively career working in...more &

Annelise Larson

I come from a background as an independent filmmaker, with training at such prestigious institutions as the Canadian Film Centre and Banff Centre for the Arts. Since 1995 I have been working in the field of online marketing and have always been an avid gamer and consumer of digital content....more

Headspinner Productions Inc.

President/Executive Producer
Michelle Melanson

Emmy And Bafta Nominated, Michelle has over 25 years’ experience in the production business with hundreds of episodes produced and over 50 awards and nominations. Most recently Michelle was President of Radical Sheep Productions, executive producing such shows as the worldwide hit The Next Step, as well as Fangbone!, The...more

Pender PR

Nicola Pender

Nicola is a public relations professional and writer with 15 years of experience in communications, marketing and publicity and the Director and Founder of Pender PR. With a specialization in film and television, she has helped launch television series, led publicity campaigns for theatrical releases of feature films and has...more

Dona Ana Films & Multimedia

Co-Founder and Producer
Sheena Rossiter

I'm the co-owner of Dona Ana Films & Multimedia. My career started as a journalist 16 years ago. I've produced projects in 20 countries over the course of a decade. During that time, I lived as a correspondent in Brazil for almost seven years. In Brazil, my career in film...more

Media Business Institute (MBI)

Founder & Co-CEO
Patricia Scarlett

Patricia Scarlett is Founder and Co-President of Media Business Institute (MBI). This role allows her to draw on her depth and the breadth of insight and experience in television sales, distribution, development and production. Over the years, she has developed an impressive list of clients, partners and colleagues around the...more

1844 Studios Inc

Nauzanin Knight

Nauzanin Knight is a Canadian woman of Caribbean and Middle Eastern descent. Her nuanced stories reflect the uniqueness of her heritage as well as her international life.

Nauzanin began her career in creative writing before directing her attention to film projects. Upon completing her MSc in Countering Organized Crime and Terrorism...more

GarageGirl Media Ltd.

Executive Producer/Creative Producer/Director
Joanne Loton

Documentary maker, immersive/interactive investigator, and engaging team leader - I believe that stories must be designed from within outward. Past projects include immersive full dome experiences, interactive VR filmmaking, photographic installations; short and long form documentaries with topics ranging from sky jackers to feminist pornographers to weather bomb chasers; creating...more

Digital 55

Chief Creative Officer
Lauralee Sheehan


Lauralee leads Digital 55, a collective of award-winning designers, developers, researchers, and content producers working together to create unique, innovative digital interactive products and learning experiences. Lauralee is a design thinker, a digital addict, but above all an artist. With years of experience...more

Tooth Pics

Katy Tooth

Katy is an established, award-winning filmmaker with extensive experience directing and producing high-end documentary and unscripted content for broadcasters like Netflix, BBC, PBS, Discovery, Animal Planet, ITV, Channel 4, ABC and Channel 5. She has Directed BAFTA winning series, Long Lost Family for ITV, and Grand Designs for Channel 4 and directed the Grand Designs spin off...more

Story Box Movies Inc.

Trish Neufeld

Snapshot Studios

Laura O'Grady

Laura O’Grady likes to keep busy. The award-winning director and producer has travelled the globe to find great stories. She boarded icebreakers for the the prime-time documentary "Thin Ice: Saattuq", voyaged to Sri Lanka for "After the Tsunami," and attended some of the biggest red carpets in the world for...more

Edge Entertainment

Jennifer Pun

Jennifer Pun is a producer at Edge Entertainment. Together with producing partner, Rosalie Chilelli, they develop original content for Film, Television, and Digital Platforms.  Jennifer's producer credits include the award-winning tween series HOW TO BE INDIE, tween action/adventure series CONNOR UNDERCOVER, the Canadian Screen Award nominated best feature FALL and cult horror THE...more

Curious Features

Executive Producer & Director & Writer
Judith Pyke

Judith Pyke is president of Curious Features, a full-service production company. As a multi-award winning executive producer, director, showrunner and writer of documentary series and films, Judith has built and worked with many talented teams. She has tackled a huge range of stories, often directing and producing in diverse and challenging locations.

Judith recently executive produced/directed and...more

Magnify Digital

Moyra Rodger

Moyra is an award-winning producer, entrepreneur, and media industry innovator. She is the founder and CEO of Magnify Digital, a strategy agency specializing in services, training and technology that enable businesses to build large and engaged audiences around their content.

Moyra’s passion is a fusion of media, storytelling, arts and business....more

Group of Rogues

Creative Producer
Marliss Weber

Marliss is an award-winning writer and producer, based in Edmonton, AB.

She started her career as an actor and broadcaster. She worked with Global Television for several years as on-air talent, and also as a writer/producer. In that role, she produced more than 200 regional and national commercials, many of which...more


Co-Founder, Partner
Melanie Windle

Melanie Windle (she/her) is an award-winning producer, mentor, and media entrepreneur. Melanie is known for content creation, as well as sector development, and industry programming. CreativeDNA, her new venture with long time collaborator Steph Ouaknine, is a consultancy firm and media company that identifies, harnesses, and serves global audiences with...more

Company of Women on the Screen

Theresa Wynnyk

COWS tells stories focusing on social justice issues, women’s stories, the Arts and the environment. Our work seeks to inform and change attitudes, whether it is in the area of children’s rights, addressing the complex issues of drug addictions or in fostering new attitudes towards the earth as in...more

Dancing Caribou Productions Inc.,

Emma Catalfamo

Emma Catalfamo is an accomplished, creative and visually-oriented person with extensive artistic interests. She is a graduate of Concordia University's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema; specifically the prestigious Specialization in Film Studies program. This allowed for her to both study film in an academic context and apply this knowledge to filmmaking. She has also studied an MA Filmmaking...more

The Donaldson Company

Mackenzie Donaldson

MACKENZIE DONALDSON is a Toronto and Los Angeles based director, producer and writer. Mackenzie began her career the moment she was born, learning to walk on sets and slowly graduating to actress all before the age of twelve. It wasn’t until she was an undergrad at McGill that she realized...more

Kate Green Productions Inc.

Executive Producer
Kate Green

Kate is an award-winning director/producer and selected as one of the BANFF SPARK participants 2020/21.

Kate Green is an award-winning director and producer whose rare storytelling ability captures audiences with its honesty. As a female leader in entertainment, Kate works tirelessly to carve a path for other women within the industry.

Vendetta Entertainment Inc.

Executive Producer
Chantal Jackson


Amy Saunders

Amy Saunders is the founder, CEO, and award-nominated leader of the women-identified-led media and publicity firm, AlphaPR. Having worked with reputable companies such as Diva International (makers of the DivaCup), American news organization PBS, Emmy-winning production company White Pine Pictures, horror powerhouse Raven Banner films, Nickelback-founded record company 604 Records...more

Comfy Shoes Media Inc

Pamela Slavin

The Comfy Shoes Team are diverse writers, directors, animators and content creators lead by Executive Producer Pamela Slavin, a two time Emmy and BAFTA nominated Producer with multiple CSA and Gemini awards and nominations in Childrens and Documentary content. Starting her career producing and directing corporate films and commercials...more

Moving EDGEucation

Creator, Educator, Consultant
Amy Tepperman

I began my professional life as an animator working on a range of shows from "The Backyardigans" to "Total Drama Island"/"Action", while also on faculty at Centennial College's Digital Animation program. After nearly a decade in the industry, in 2011 I found myself unexpectedly returning to my childhood passion, "dancing",...more

Dreaming Bird Productions

Bonnie Thompson

As owner of, and producer with Dreaming Bird Productions, Bonnie Thompson is a veteran Canadian film producer. She has produced numerous television and feature POV documentaries with directors and co-producers across Canada, most projects focusing on social issues and character driven POV feature documentaries. She worked with the National Film...more

Black Birds Entertainment

President & Producer
Sarah Timmins

Sarah Timmins is a producer of film, television and interactive media. Projects include two seasons of the half hour, horror comedy TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL and the international award-winning feature film THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS starring Elliott Page (winner Manfred Salzgeber Prize Berlin International Film Festival, Best Canadian...more

Pink Moon Studio

Creative Director
Maggie Reid

Location Fixer Productions Ltd

Rachael Dudley

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