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Whistler Film Festival Society

Director of Industry Programming

Melanie Windle

Melanie Windle, she/her (BFA, MFA) is an award-winning producer, mentor, and media entrepreneur. She currently serves as Director of Industry Programming at Whistler Film Festival & Executive Producer for Green Spark Group's premiere event, the Sustainable Production Forum (SPF).

Prior to that she led the charge on Canadian Screen Week’s 5-day industry conference The Members Lounge, and ran the Canadian Academy Director’s Program for Women.

She produced the Carmilla Series, and The Carmilla Movie, garnering over 100 millions views on YouTube, and an engaged worldwide fandom, whilst producing with Shaftesbury. Her indie feature DIRTY SINGLES, written and directed by Alex Pugsley, was nominated for Best Canadian Film at the Vancouver International Festival, and garnered Lauren Ash (SUPERSTORE) and Ennis Esmer (CHILDREN RUIN EVERYTHING) Best Performance wins at the Canadian Comedy Awards.

Melanie was invited to join the inaugural cohort of the Banff2020 Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media and is an alumna of the Canadian Film Centre’s Cineplex Film Program – Producers’ Lab and the Short Dramatic Film Program.

During her tenure producing with Shaftesbury, Melanie was a lead creative producer on numerous successful branded & digital IPs including; CARMILLA, an award-winning multi-platform series that ran for 108 episodes + a feature length film; THE CARMILLA MOVIE, partially funded with pre-sales from the dedicated online fandom "The Creampuffs”.

Most recently she produced Whistler Film Festival’s Content Summit and spearheaded their virtual 1+1 Market Meetings, growing the event by 60%. Prior to that she produced Canadian Screen Week’s 5-day industry conference and ran the Canadian Academy Director’s Program for Women.

Melanie was selected for the inaugural cohort of the Banff2020 Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media, is an alumna of the Canadian Film Centre’s Cineplex Film Program – Producers’ Lab, and the Short Dramatic Film Program.

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