*in alphabetical order


Director, Promotion and Communications at Telefilm Canada
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Francesca Accinelli joined Telefilm in 2006 as Deputy Director, English Market for the Canadian Television Fund (now known as the Canada Media Fund), and was subsequently appointed director of the unit in 2008. Prior to joining Telefilm, Accinelli worked as a cultural administrator and theatre producer before moving on to television production, where she worked on big-budget TV series and TV movies produced by Alliance Atlantis and other production companies.


Director, animator, and writer
Nicolas Alan Barillaro is a Canadian director, animator, and writer best known for his work on the animated short film “Piper”, which earned him widespread acclaim and an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Barillaro is an extraordinary animator that has worked at some of Disney and Pixar’s most famous and beloved films; among them, “Soul”, “Incredibles 2, “Monsters University”, “Brave”, “WALL·E”, “The Incredibles”, “ Finding Nemo”, “Monsters, Inc.”, “A Bug’s Life”, and many others.


VP, Programming & Awards, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
Louis Calabro is the Vice President of Programming & Awards at the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, where he is responsible for supervising and producing elements surrounding the Canadian Screen Awards (formerly known as the Genie and Gemini Awards). In this role, Calabro oversees all aspects of the Academy’s year-round programming events and professional development initiatives including development, curation and execution. Calabro is also the Founder of the Prism Prize, a national arts award presented to the best Canadian music video of the year.


Director of Sales Operations, Blackmagic Design
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He began working in the film and television industry in 1985 as a part-time camera operator and editor on industrial videos. Bob finished school at night while working full time as a commercial producer/director at a local CBS affiliate. Eventually, Bob found himself in L.A. as an editor for The Disney Channel and 525 Post Production, later working on music videos for Prince, Madonna and Michael Jackson. Bob also helped Gore Verbinski with his director demo reel, telling him that he would be a feature film director someday. Leveraging his real-world industry experience, Bob made the transition to working with a variety of production and post production manufacturers, including Panasonic, Quantel, Snell, DaVinci Systems and Blackmagic Design.


Co-Founder and Artistic Director, ICFF
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Cristiano de Florentiis is the Founder and Artistic Director of the ICFF. The film festival inaugurated in 2012 spans across 9 Canadian cities and has become one of the most influential showcases for contemporary cinema in North America. Along with his passion for cinema, de Florentiis has always cultivated his love for television and journalism. Since 1997 he has been working for the Italian state television RAI, providing weekly news coverage from Canada for different programs.


Sociologist and Mass Media Expert
He is one of most world-renowned scholars in the realms of Media Studies. He worked with the philosopher Marshall McLuhan for over ten years as assistant, and co-author and is considered his most representative successor. Derrick from Toronto moved to Italy in 2007, where he now teaches “Sociology of digital culture ” and “Marketing and new media” in the Faculty of Sociology at the University Federico II in Naples. Derrick’s books, articles, data gathering, design developments, work with students, organization of conferences, art exhibitions and research proposals carried out with the support of international multidisciplinary groups open new and exciting perspectives to the understanding of our society and our times.


Director, SIRT- Screen Industries Research and Training Centre at Sheridan College
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As Director of SIRT, David Dexter, is responsible for creating a leading innovation player and a SmartStage for the film, television, interactive and gaming industry in Canada. Dexter has advanced the centre’s Virtual and Augmented Reality innovation capabilities, as well as developed Canada’s first Intelligent Digital Human Cluster. With over twenty-five years of experience, Dexter has worked at multiple innovative and cutting-edge companies in the mobile (Nokia), technology (IBM) and music industries.


President & Executive Creative Director, Guru Studio
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Frank Falcone has been bringing film and television projects to life as an animator, director and executive producer for over 25 years. Under his creative vision, Guru Studio has become a leader in character-driven storytelling and high-quality animated entertainment for kids and families around the world. Guru’s roster of hit shows include: True and the Rainbow Kingdom, Justin Time, Abby Hatcher, Ever After High and the global preschool smash-hit PAW Patrol. Frank also served as an Executive Producer on the Academy Award nominated film, The Breadwinner, where, under his watchful eye, Guru’s team contributed visual development which brought the rich ‘story world’ sequences to life.


Director, Producer, Writer
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He has worked as a producer and a director, creating many award-winning productions crossing multiple genres such as; documentary, drama, and performing arts. As a producer Gentile has won awards for his documentaries You Are Here: A Come From Away Story and Hurt, as well as his series of shorts, Shadow Pleasures. During the 2010 Gemini Awards he also received two award nominations for his films Nureyev and Clubland. A few more notable works of his are; Terranova, AmazinGross, The Outsider, and Noelle’s Journey, all of which he both directed and produced.


Producer/ Chairman, ICFF
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He is the Chairman of ICFF and he is well versed in the film industry. He has spent several years investing and producing films, and has also has had a significant career in real estate as the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Empire Communities. The multi-talented Paul Golini has also been the executive producer of a few major productions; Meadowland (2015), directed by Reed Morano, starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson; Acquainted (2018), directed by Natty Zavitz, starring Giacomo Gianniotti, and Laysla De Olivera; and The Cuban (2019), directed by Sergio Navaretta, starring Louis Gosset Jr., and Ana Golja.


Actress / Producer
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Ana Golja is a Canadian-born actress and producer. Throughout her career, Ana has played a variety of roles in a number of film and television productions including THE FANATIC, alongside Oscar-nominee John Travolta, the inspirational sports drama FULL OUT, which earned Ana a Canadian Screen Award nomination, and the Emmy-nominated drama, DEGRASSI. Most recently, Ana decided to expand her horizons by taking on the role of a producer, as well as lead actress, in THE CUBAN starring Oscar-winner Lou Gossett Jr. and Oscar-nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo. The film won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival and Ana also received the Best Actress Award at ICFF Canada’s Lavazza Film Festival for her portrayal of Mina.


CEO, Cinémas Guzzo
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Vincenzo Guzzo is an entertainment mogul and TV personality who has disrupted the movie landscape by living and breathing ‘the Canadian dream. Guzzo is the president and CEO of Cinémas Guzzo, the largest independent operator in Quebec and the third largest movie exhibitor in Canada. Guzzo also expanded his operations, becoming a restaurateurand pivoting into the retail food space with Good Pantry, Giulietta @ Home, and Mr. Sunshine popcorn and chocolates.


Senior Vice President, Take 5 Productions
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With over thirty years experience, Nick Iannelli is a respected executive of the Toronto & international screen-based industries, and the Senior Vice President of Take 5 Productions, where he heads up all the post production and visual effects departments. Prior to joining Take 5 Productions, Iannelli was Senior VP at Deluxe Toronto, where he was responsible for the team which delivered Guillermo del Toro’s Academy Award-winning film Shape of Water and Pans Labyrinth, every SAW film installment from SAW 2 onwards, and Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil films.


Virtual Production Lead, Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT)
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Spencer Idenouye is the Virtual Production Lead at SIRT. As part of a collaborative team, Spencer is creating an integrated virtual production studio for training, applied research and commercial services. He provides leadership and expertise in applied research and technical research for the movie, television and gaming industries, and is focused on the application of VR technologies. Spencer’s education is extensive: A Masters in 3D animation, a BFA in Media Arts & Digital Technologies and two post-graduate diplomas in Directing and Editing in Advanced Television and Film and Computer Animation Digital Visual Effects. His expertise includes directing, editing, VFX artistry, cinematography, digital content production and motion capture.


ILBE’s Head of Animation and Visual Effects
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Peter Nalli has worked on over 20 international feature films as a Visual Effects Supervisor including, Black Butterfly starring Antonio Banderas, In Dubious Battle starring James Franco, and Academy Award Winner, Robert Duvall and Finding Steve McQueen, directed by Mark Steven Johnson (Ghost Rider). Peter has also written and directed numerous episodes of the wildly successful animated spin-off series, Arctic Friends and Puffins starring Johnny Depp. He was also instrumental in the ideation and visual development of its predecessor the animated feature film, Arctic Dogs. Peter Nalli has spearheaded the creation and implementation of studios and productions internationally in Canada, Rome, Serbia, Bahrain, Mumbai, and Singapore.


Sari Ruda is the Director of Creative Entertainment Industries at the Canadian Council on Africa. Her expertise is in business development, marketing, production & education across Film, Television, Videogames-Animation, and Music. She is a Film Producer at Corsair Entertainment Corp created with Bill Marshall, her late husband and founder of TIFF. They also founded Vortex Videogame Conference and Competition, and Niagara Integrated Film Festival. Her international media clients have included Rizzoli International and Mediaset (Italy), Les Jours de France and Fashion TV (France), Zee TV (India), ABS-CBN (Philippines), TV Globo (Brazil). Currently, she has a drama series in development of a Canadian author’s anthology of novels.


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She is a comedy writer and punch-up artist whose stand-up was described as “smart and subversive” and was featured on CBC Radio One to over 1.4 million listeners. She served as Script Consultant on Rahela Jagric’s newly released dramatic feature, “The Space Within Us”. As a screenwriter, Daniela is a Top 1% Coverfly Red List writer who has won numerous International awards. Most recently, her screenplay JIYAN, based on a story by filmmaker, Mazdak Taebi, won Grand Prize in LA’s WE Screenplay Diverse Voices competition in Spring 2021, and was named Best Screenplay and Best Fresh Voice at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival in 2019.


Senior Director of Cinema Sales, Christie Digital
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Don Shaw works for Christie Digital®, the world’s leading manufacturer of digital cinema projectors, as Senior Director of Cinema Sales. Don earned a PhD in Computer Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and has published numerous technical papers in fields of electronics and semi-conductor technology. Past employment incudes several years in the semi-conductor industry, where he was a Video ASIC Architect and in Product Management for Gennum’s VXP line of ultra-high-end image processing chips.


Professor of the Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design, Sheridan College
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Tony Tarantini has been teaching at Sheridan College since the year 2000 and is currently the third year Layout and Art Direction teacher, Student Advisor, and Mentor to four production teams. Tarantini is a veteran of the animation industry with more than 20 years of creative and management experience. He has contributed to features and animated TV series such as Magi-Nation, Redwall, Timothy , Ewoks, Beetlejuice, American Tail, Dog City, Rupert, Tales From The Cryptkeeper, Eek the Cat, Neverending Story, Blazing Dragons, Sam and Max, Ace Ventura, Pippi Longstocking, Care Bears , Little Bear, Babar, George shrinks, The Magic School Bus, Franklin, as well as the award winning short film, Tomboy.


Director of Sales Distribution & Development, Elevation Pictures
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Sarah Timlick has been in the film business for over a decade. She is currently the head of sales, Director of Distribution & Development for Elevation Pictures. Elevation is one of the largest independent distribution companies in Canada, with titles such as The Imitation Game the 2014 TIFF People’s Choice Award and Academy Award for Best Screenplay, ROOM the 2015 TIFF People’s Choice Award and Academy Award for Best Actress, Moonlight 2017 Academy Award Best Picture and most recently this summer, Paw Patrol: The Movie now the highest grossing Cancon film of 2021.

Iftakhar Ahmad has 30+ years of experience in filming as a cinematographer. Certified ALEXA Mini & SXT Operator, he produced more than 100 ads, documentaries and films. He is a cinematographer, director, and affiliate member of CSC, mostly catering South Asian market.

Animation Production Manager
He is a filmmaker, and now a Blender Generalist, working in the world of Non-Photorealistic Rendering. He is specialized in all kind of Imaging pipelines. From Stop Motion to Live Action to 2D Animation and 3D Animation. My main focus now is on a 2D Animated web series.
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Zefred is an award-winning Canadian French director and cinematographer currently working and living in Toronto. After several short films, music videos and commercials, and between steadicam and cinematography gigs, he is now developing his debut feature film, ‘Abducted’, and a TV series, ‘La Fin du Monde’. In addition, Zefred writes for L’Écran Fantastique and L’Express de Toronto.
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Director, Producer
Christopher Beaulieu is an emerging Canadian-Italian filmmaker based in Toronto. His short film “No Connection” was screened at the Future of Film Showcase in Toronto, the Korean International Expat Film Festival in Seoul, Vertical Movie Festival in Rome, and Vertifilms Festival in Prague. Funded through the Canada Council for the Arts, Christopher’s debut feature film, “Otium,” is currently in pre-production.

Executive Producer
Producer of independent feature films. Jaze’s storytelling leans heavily towards strong female leads inspired by the many strong women who have influenced him over the years.
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Adjunct Professor – Creative Industries Management
Bernard Bourret is a senior producer and industry executive who has managed, line produced and overseen over 380 hours of broadcast television series, MOW’s and feature films shot across Canada, in LA and Europe. He served as Vice President and Head of Production for Blueprint (now E-One), Motion International, Knightscove and Verite Films, where he has developed production business models for interprovincial/international co-productions and co-ventures.

Sound Designer
Sergio Bringas is an Audio Engineer with over 12 years working on the audio for advertising industry.

Executive Director
Deanna Cadette is a seasoned screen-based media professional, dedicated to advancing the careers of Canadian talent, and building an inclusive industry through strategic relationships and innovative programs. She serves as the Executive Director of WarnerMedia Access Canada which builds career pathways between WarnerMedia and the film, TV and digital media talent from underrepresented communities in Canada.
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Executive Producer
Kenneth Cancellara is a member of the ICFF Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. Cancellara is also an Executive Producer known for his work on the Italian-Canadian film, From the Vine, adapted from his novel, Finding Marco.

Devaashish directed and produced a feature film in Fondi Italy in 2011 which was Distributed across Canada. He also had two short films screen at TIFF in 2007 and 2009. He currently has a script in development to be co-produced via Canada and Italy.

Program Assistant
Diarra Konaté is a Programs Assistant at Warner Media. She is charge of comms and operations for WarnerMedia Access Canada.
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Creator and Producer of musical and other episodic scripts. Through her specialization in communications and creative consulting, Diana Di Mauro have coordinated various initiatives and coverage for performing artists and performing arts organizations. This includes producing and hosting Television segments, conducting live interviews, creating digital content, crafting social media strategies, producing promotional content for brands and companies, copywriting and public speaking.

Head of Operations
Karoli Grenman is a Toronto-based Estonian production professional. She is the Head of Operations & Producer for The Other End Inc., a virtual production solutions provider in Toronto, Canada. In her position, she manages operations for the Toronto-based non-profit Farsi Cinema Center as well as a new global streaming service Watch Nook.

CEO GAT Productions Inc.
Ingrid Hamilton, owner/operator of GAT PR, is well known in the Toronto and Canadian film communities as a champion of screen-work large and small. Hamilton has shepherded what amounts to entire libraries of feature films, television series, documentaries and short films to Canadian audiences for more than 25 years.
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Writer, Director
She has published several theatre anthologies. She produced educational media, several dramatic shorts and documentaries. Worked as artistic director in the Philippines. Her screenplay, “Fine Print”, is presently in various screenplay competitions in the US.

Virginie Lévesque is the Head of the Public Affairs and Advocacy department of the Embassy of Canada to Italy where she takes care of promoting Canadian schools, academies, culture, and arts in Italy.
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Musician, Composer
Musician, composer, arranger, orchestrator and pianist. Original Soundtracks, Film Music and Documentaries. Adaptive music for video games.
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Since 2003, Jared Lorenz has produced, written, framed, and edited linear video stories. He firstly started by working on news projects and documentaries, then for corporate and commercial companies, and most recently he has jumped into producing long-form music videos and fine art. In 2012, Lorenz launched a program where media production expertise and equipment arrive on location by cargo bicycle. Since then, the team has delivered support by bike, transit, and train to hundreds of productions around the GTA.
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Head of Communications for Filmmaking and Post, Americas
Kenna Liguri is the Head of Communications for Filmmaking and Post-production (Americas) at Blackmagic Design

Barry May writes, directs, and produces for TV and film. Self-taught in the art of filmmaking, Barry May brings his own creative visions to life through his work with 16 mm film. His first short film, “Serverance”, was screened at the Ming Short Film Festival 2007 and established the momentum that would drive him to complete his second film, “Manipulating the Heart” which was chosen to screen at Winnipeg’s Reel Pride Film Festival 2008. Barry is currently crafting his third short, “Endless Desires”.

Cinematographer, Editor
Tony Morrone has been filming & editing since 1984 and filmed in over 25 different countries worldwide. Among his other endeavours, he mentored and tutored students at the renowned, York University, Ryerson University, and Sheridan College.

Francesca Pala is a producer and the co-owner of Totally Unnecessary Prod. Inc, based in Montreal. With Roberto Zorfini, in 2020, they produced the feature film, “Within a week” and are currently looking for a distributor.

Laurent Pitre is a Canadian actor who starred in the award-winning ‘Peace by Chocolate’ by Jonathan Keijiser, which won the Jury Prize at the 2021 Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival.

Laura Pontieri is an alumnus of the University of Toronto and a graduate of Yale University, where she got her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literature. Since then, she has worked as an instructor of Russian Language at Yale and has then become a Professor at the University of Toronto, teaching Cinema and Animation.

He is a Canadian producer who has produced many award-winning films, including the short film, Distilled Love, a National Screen Institute Drama Prize winner, and the wrestling drama short television pilot BODYSLAM starring Bret Hart. Ryan was selected, as an Emerging 20 filmmaker by the ReelWorld Film Festival, the Reykjavík International Film Festival’s Talent Lab, and the winner of the Real Asian “So You Think You Can Pitch” competition for the film Searching for Wonder which he later produced. Ryan produced and premiered the Harold Greenberg short-to-features fantasy-comedy Portal to Hell! staring Roddy Piper at the Toronto International Film Festival and in 2018 released two features films this year; Birdland and Blood Honey.
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Co-Creator ICFF Industry Day. Founding Sponsor ICFF with Castlepoint. Film Producer “Compulsion” 2016. Creator Myetvmedia website. Actively developing new film material & always interested in the right partnership
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Writer, Director
Tamara Scherbak has written and directed numerous films across the genres of documentary, fiction and experimental cinema. Notable works include “Dedashka” (2009), winner of Best Director at the Montreal Festiv’elles Film Festival for women filmmakers, “Only Sky & Water” (2011), which screened in competition at the Hot Docs International Film Festival and “Lost Postcards” (2016) which played at the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome. Her most recent fiction film, “Is Your Teen a Homosexual?” (2018) has traveled to over 30 film festivals around the world including winning the Best Humour award at the 2020 Out & Loud Pune International Queer Film Festival.
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Consultant and Event Promoter
Joanne Smale is a Consultant and Event Promoter, and works in the field of public relations for tourism, arts & culture, entertainment and social concerns.
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Director, Producer
Michael Soragnese is an experienced Creative Director, Director, and Producer who has worked with Fortune 500 brands to promote and educate through Video, Digital Media, and Experiences; while also balancing his passion for Film, Television, and giving back to his community.
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Shael Stolberg is a producer currently working on a Canadian-France co-production with an interest in including other countries. He has worked as Associate Producer for ‘The Martini Shot’ starring Matthew Modine, John Cleese and Fiona Glascott, among others, which will be released later in 2022. Shael has also moderated and attended panels, given seminars, written reviews and been a guest lecturer about independent film, marketing and promotion at New York University – Tisch School for the Arts, REEL School in New York City, Los Angeles Film School and the Georgian College Film Summit (GCFS).
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Mazdak Taebi is an award winning writer, director and producer, actively working in the film industry in Toronto since 1995. Their films have been screened at Tiff and around the world.
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Luca Tarantini is a multidisciplinary filmmaker creating highly visual short-form content with new technologies. Work includes award-winning documentaries, music videos, television series, animation, hybrid fiction, mixed-reality live-visuals, and cinematography. He is the founder of AOK – a steadily growing family of storytellers and visual innovators.
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Singer, Actress
Constantina Theodora, better known by her stage name Deena Theodora, is a Greek-Canadian singer, songwriter and actor.Theodora made her professional acting debut as Anna Jones in the 2021 film M4 Road and has appeared in a number of television advertisements.

Producer, Director
Pasquale Marco Veltri is a Canadian filmmaker and photographer whose unique vision crosses the boundaries of culture and language. Veltri’s films have screened nationally and internationally in Canada, USA, Britain, France, Italy, and Egypt. ‘Measuring Tape Girl’ has screened at the Cannes Film Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival. ‘Words to Remember’ won the Chris Award for Narrative at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. His feature film ‘Drowning’ is now available in North America on Apple TV, Google Play, Amazon Video.
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Connector, Collaborator
Perry Voulgaris creative and innovative leader with extensive experience in screen-based, XR, digital, and emerging media. He is skilled in creating new partnerships, driving investment and funding opportunities, reaching new audiences, and developing new revenue channels. His artistic practices include Digital Arts, Media Arts, and Immersive Curation.

Hank White is a Social Activist and film industry veteran with over forty-five years of experience as an Actor, Producer, Writer, Casting Director and Director. Hank is Acadian, Mi’kmaq, Cree and member of Nova Scotia Native Council Zone 12 and Eastern Woodland Metis. He started Hank White Productions in 1979 and was a founder of the Aboriginal and Visible Minority Shadow Program. He was a founding member of the Alliance of Aboriginal Media Professionals (AAMP), Anti-Racism Committee (PSAC) created in 1986, and The National Indigenous Peoples’ Circle (NIPC), created in 2003.

Project Leader, National Promotion, Telefilm Canada
She is responsible for providing financial support to different types of promotional activities held in Canada that showcases Canadian content and talent. Prior to working at Telefilm, she has worked in multiple capacities in the Canadian and Asia in the film and television industry, including holding executive roles at film festivals, film/TV financing and consulting services to filmmakers on festival and financing strategy. She has been invited to speak on panels and serve on juries at the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and local Government-organized events.
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Animation Technologist
Aldines Zapparoli is an animation technologist at Sheridan College for 20 years. She has been in the film /animation and educational field for over 30 years

Animation Director
I am a filmmaker that specializes in animated storytelling. I have co-directed and animated two award winning stop-motion shorts, alongside an original 2D animated web-series.
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