VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATORS PANEL DISCUSSION

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL COLLABORATORS PANEL

MONDAY, JUNE 06, 2022
1 – 2.30 PM EST

This panel was recorded live and is streaming on FeFF's YouTube channel
 

Festival and industry delegates will meet some of the leaders of international film festivals with whom the Female Eye Film Festival has developed collaborative relationships over the past 20 years. Each festival has a unique history and raison d’être. Learn what sets each festival apart, what they have in common, their take on collaboration, and how these innovative and determined leaders see the future of film presentation.

Guests include: Mariam Ohanyan, Director, KIN International Film Festival (Yerevan, Armenia); Heidi Basch-Harod, Executive Director, Women’s Voices Now; Rita Capucho, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Porto Femme International Film Festival (Portugal); Kelly Hargraves, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dance Camera West (Los Angeles); Sam Lahoud, Founder and Chair, Beirut Film Society and Founder and Director, Beirut International Women Film Festival (Lebanon); Tanvi Ghandi,  Producer, Creative Producer, E.P, Writer-In-Progress, Filmy FZ LLC, UAE, Usher Arts & Ent, Ninja Pixie Collab; and Leslie-Ann Coles, Founder, Artistic and Executive Director, the Female Eye Film Festival.

 

Moderated by Dr. Carol Whiteman, president and CEO, Creative Women Workshops Association (CWWA)/co-creator and producer, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) – and long-time FeFF collaborator.

Supported by

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Mariam Ohanyan

Director, KIN International Film Festival

(Yerevan, Armenia)

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Heidi Basch-Harod

Executive director, Women’s Voices Now

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Rita Capucho

Co-founder and co-director,

Porto Femme International Film Festival (Portugal)

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Kelly Hargraves

Co-founder and executive director,

Dance Camera West (Los Angeles)

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Sam Lahoud

Founder and chair, Beirut Film Society, and founder and director, Beirut International Women Film Festival (Lebanon)

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Tanvi Ghandi

Producer, Creative Producer, E.P, Writer-In-Progress, Filmy FZ LLC, UAE, Usher Arts & Ent, Ninja Pixie Collab

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Leslie-Ann Coles

Founder, Artistic and Executive Director, the Female Eye Film Festival

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DR. CAROL WHITEMAN

President and CEO, Creative Women Workshops Association (CWWA)/

Co-creator and producer, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) – and long-time FeFF collaborator.

Dr. Carol Whiteman’s passion for creating space for authentic creative voice to thrive has been recognized by two Governor General’s award nominations and multiple awards for promoting women’s equality in Canada’s film arts community. She was also nominated for the 2020 Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize. As the producer and co-creator of the acclaimed, one-of-a-kind professional development initiative, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC), Whiteman has helped advance the careers and scripted projects of a generation of women screen directors. Through WIDC she produced over 150 short films and executive produced eight auteur-driven feature films directed by Canadian women, including the multi-award-winning Lucille’s Ball (dir, Lulu Keating), The Birdwatcher (dir, Siobhan Devine), Never Steady, Never Still (dir, Kathleen Hepburn), Suck It Up (dir, Jordan Canning), Red Snow (dir, Marie Clements), Queen of the Moring Calm (dir, Gloria Ui Young Kim), Rustic Oracle (dir, Sonia Bonspille Boileau), and the upcoming Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor (dir, Shelley Thompson) now in post production.

Whiteman holds a BFA with Honours from York University’s Theatre Performance program. She is a member of a variety of professional organizations, including ACTRA/UBCP, Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA), the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, (ACCT), and Women In Film where she is a member of the Alberta, Atlantic and Toronto Chapters and a Life Member of the Vancouver Chapter. She has spear-headed collaborations and coalitions among like-minded organizations, led and served on dozens of committees and advisory boards including the ACTRA National Women’s Committee, Female Eye Film Festival, Langara College Film Arts, and the BC MPPIA Education and Training Committee.

In 2019, Whiteman completed her doctorate in education at SFU. Her dissertation chronicles the tenacity and transformative leadership behind WIDC’s decades-long efforts to achieve gender equity in Canada’s screen industry..

 

MEET THE GUILDS, AGENCIES, AND ORGANIZATIONS

MONDAY, JUNE 06, 2022
4 PM EST


FREE EVENT​
This panel will be recorded live and streamed on our YouTube channel for participant participation.  

Join us on FeFF's YouTube channel to view and participate
 

Representatives from local guilds, agencies, and not-for-profit organizations share their missions, and mandates, membership incentives and services, and other critical information that serves the local, national and international community working in film and television.

Industry guests: Aaron Unrau (he/him), Manager of Industrial Relations | Writers Guild of Canada; Michelle Michals,

(She/Her) Director of Member Services Directors Guild of Canada – Ontario; Taisa Dekker, ACTRA Toronto; Ron Zammit, President and Chief Executive Officer, AFBS; and Dr. Carol Whiteman, Co-creator & Producer, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Executive Producer, WIDC Feature Film Award.

 

Moderated by Laurie Januska, Director of Programming, Women In Film & Television - Toronto.

Supported by

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Aaron Unrau

Manager of Industrial Relations

Writers Guild of Canada

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Michelle Michals

Director of Member Services Directors Guild of Canada – Ontario

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Taisa Dekker

ACTRA Toronto

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Ron Zammit

President and Chief Executive Officer, AFBS

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Dr. Carol Whiteman

Co-creator & Producer, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Executive Producer, WIDC Feature Film Award

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LAURIE JANUSKA

Director of Programming

Women In Film & Television – Toronto

Laurie’s 30+ years of in-depth experience in the feature film, television and screen-based industry has prepared her for almost anything, scripted or improvised. Her experience climbing the ranks at a respected industry membership organization saw her creating professional development programming for the full range of creative workers, from entry level to career veterans, in an ever-changing work environment.

 

Her current role at WIFT Toronto as Director of Programming has allowed her the opportunity to expand her professional development audience, and provide service and insight all across the sector, both established professionals as well as emerging professionals from equity-seeking communities.

 

She lives the WIFT Toronto motto: Lift While You Climb.

DIRECTORS’ ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
- a closed-door session for festival delegates -

TUESDAY, JUNE 07, 2022
1 – 3PM EST

In this edition of the Roundtable, we will discuss the director-producer-screenwriter relationship, creating successful collaborations, networking, relationship-building, and strategies for building new business opportunities in this ever-changing landscape. We also aim to generate discussion and feedback on key issues in the screen-based media industry.

The Directors’ Roundtable will be co-moderated by Leslie Ann Coles, FeFF Founder and Artistic and Executive Director, and Dr. Carol Whiteman, President and CEO, Creative Women Workshops Association (CWWA)/Co-creator and Producer, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC).

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Hope to see you all there!

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​LESLIE ANN COLES

Filmaker/FeFF Founder and Artistic and Executive Director.

Coles is an independent filmmaker and the founder and executive director of the Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF), which she founded in 2001 to address gender inequality in the film industry. She has executive-produced 46 short films directed by at-risk female youth through FeFF’s Young Filmmaker Development Workshop (YFDW). In her capacity as festival director for the past 17 years, she has overseen the rigorous evaluation and selection of independent films from more than 2,500 entries every year.

Telefilm Canada recently awarded Coles two script-development grants: for the feature screenplays “Soiled Dove,” winner of 10 finalist international screenwritingawards, and “Love in Vein.” She also received a Creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for her short film “The Curtain,” which she wrote and will direct in summer 2021.

Coles’s multi-award-winning documentary “Melody Makers” (2018), which she wrote, directed, and produced, was released in 2019, along with a companion app, in Canada, the United States, and the UK. Coles has garnered several best-film awards for “Melody Makers” and is the recipient of the Lois J. Weber Legacy Award from the Bare Bones International Film Festival for her dedication as a producer, director, festival director, and mentor. She is an alumnus of Women in the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program, and a member of the Writers Guild of Canada and the Directors Guild of Canada.

Leslie Ann dedicated 18 years to modern dance as a choreographer/performer, and arts Educator before transitioning from the stage to the film in 2001, with her debut drama, “In the Refrigerator,” which she wrote, directed, and starred in which coincided with the inaugural Female Eye Film Festival. She has been producing FeFF, acting, and making films ever since!

 

DR. CAROL WHITEMAN

President and CEO, Creative Women Workshops Association (CWWA)/

Co-creator and producer, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) – and long-time FeFF collaborator.

Dr. Carol Whiteman’s passion for creating space for authentic creative voice to thrive has been recognized by two Governor General’s award nominations and multiple awards for promoting women’s equality in Canada’s film arts community. She was also nominated for the 2020 Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize. As the producer and co-creator of the acclaimed, one-of-a-kind professional development initiative, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC), Whiteman has helped advance the careers and scripted projects of a generation of women screen directors. Through WIDC she produced over 150 short films and executive produced eight auteur-driven feature films directed by Canadian women, including the multi-award-winning Lucille’s Ball (dir, Lulu Keating), The Birdwatcher (dir, Siobhan Devine), Never Steady, Never Still (dir, Kathleen Hepburn), Suck It Up (dir, Jordan Canning), Red Snow (dir, Marie Clements), Queen of the Moring Calm (dir, Gloria Ui Young Kim), Rustic Oracle (dir, Sonia Bonspille Boileau), and the upcoming Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor (dir, Shelley Thompson) now in post production.

Whiteman holds a BFA with Honours from York University’s Theatre Performance program. She is a member of a variety of professional organizations, including ACTRA/UBCP, Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA), the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, (ACCT), and Women In Film where she is a member of the Alberta, Atlantic and Toronto Chapters and a Life Member of the Vancouver Chapter. She has spear-headed collaborations and coalitions among like-minded organizations, led and served on dozens of committees and advisory boards including the ACTRA National Women’s Committee, Female Eye Film Festival, Langara College Film Arts, and the BC MPPIA Education and Training Committee.

In 2019, Whiteman completed her doctorate in education at SFU. Her dissertation chronicles the tenacity and transformative leadership behind WIDC’s decades-long efforts to achieve gender equity in Canada’s screen industry..

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Welcome to the 20th Edition of the Female Eye Film Festival! Ontario Creates is proud to be a long-time supporter of Female Eye’s professional program – including expert panels, workshops, master classes and networking sessions that support and elevate the voices of female filmmakers in the world of cinema.

Huge congratulations to everyone whose work contributes to the success of Ontario’s creative industries. From music to publishing and, of course, the screen industry – Ontario is home to an incredible wealth of talent that is thriving on the international stage.

On behalf of the Ontario Creates Board and staff, we congratulate all of the featured FeFF filmmakers as well as the festival team who’ve put together another terrific program line-up that champions and showcases women filmmakers to the world.

Wishing everyone a great festival

Karen Thorne-Stone, President and CEO, Ontario Creates.