Aisha Jamal is a filmmaker, programmer and college professor. She is Canadian film programmer at Hot Docs Documentary Festival and previously worked for TIFF and Syria Film Festival Toronto. Her feature documentary "A Kandahar Away" is now screening on CBC Gem and she is currently working on a documentary web series on emerging alternative death industries entitled "How We Die". Her previous short films have played at venues and festivals worldwide. Aisha teaches film theory and criticism at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.
Winner of the prestigious Jay Scott Prize for Emerging Filmmaker by the Toronto Film Critics Association in 2014, Albert Shin is a Korean-Canadian filmmaker based out of Toronto, Canada. He graduated from York University with a B.F.A. in Film Production and directed his debut feature, POINT TRAVERSE in 2009.
In 2014, Albert’s second feature, IN HER PLACE, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before screening at numerous festivals worldwide. The film earned major critical acclaim and went on to receive 7 Canadian Screen Award nominations including four nods personally for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay and Editing. The film also won jury prizes at the Festival Du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the Taipei Film Festival.
Albert is currently in post-production on his next feature, CLIFTON HILL, a psychological thriller set in Niagara Falls with award-winning production company, Rhombus Media.
Allison White is an award-winning producer whose films have screened at festivals across the world including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Fantastic Film Festival and Cannes.
Her first feature film, Cast No Shadow swept the awards at its Canadian premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival, taking home six awards including Best Feature Film and Best Director. It went on to receive four nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards including Best Motion Picture.
Allison is an alumnus of the Rotterdam Lab, Whistler’s Feature Project Lab, and IFP’s No Borders in New York.
Charles Officer is the founder and creative director of Canesugar Filmworks. His filmmaking career began with a slate of award-winning short films that premiered at International Film Festivals around the world. He is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre Director Residency where his debut feature Nurse.Fighter.Boy was produced (TIFF ’08, 10 Genie Nominations 2010). Charles followed with the feature documentary Mighty Jerome (4 Leo Awards in 2011, 2012 Emmy Award for Best Historical Documentary).
Officer directed Stone Thrower: The Chuck Ealey Story for the eight-episode documentary series Engraved on a Nation (2014 CSA Best Documentary Series). In 2017 he made The Skin We’re In, featuring journalist and activist Desmond Cole and the feature documentary Unarmed Verses (Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature Awards, Vancouver International Film Festival 2017, TIFF Top Ten People’s Choice Award 2018).
Charles has also directed multiple episodes of dramatic series such as Rookie Blue, Private Eyes, Netflix Original 21 Thunder and Ransom. He recently completed his third feature documentary Invisible Essence: The Little Prince based on the international best selling novella. His feature crime noir Akilla’s Escape starring Saul Williams begins production spring 2019, and he is developing the series adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s novel Son of a Smaller Hero with Generic Productions and Prospero Pictures.
Danilo Reyes is a Toronto-based actor and musician. His work in the 2019 film, Black Gold: Original Hard Oilers, earned him a win for Best Actor in the New York Film Awards, Best Ensemble Cast for the Global Film Awards and a nomination for Best Actor in the Queen Palm International Film Festival. He's also worked seasoned Canadian filmmaker and director, Warren Sonoda, in his 2020 film, Things I Do for Money. Danilo has trained with Lewis Baumander, Earl Nanhu, David Rotenberg and Second City Improv Academy.
Danilo studied classical piano for 10 years and has always gravitated towards the arts. However he pursued a Bachelor of Commerce degree at McGill University and a career in corporate marketing. After several years in the corporate environment, his passion for artistic endeavors led him to leave the industry to pursue acting.
Josh developed his family company, Amazing Factory Productions, with his brother and two cousins in 2007. Amazing Factory has produced music videos for bands all over the world, award winning and internationally distributed documentary projects, as well as commercials and network streaming content.
In 2012, Josh co-wrote as well as produced AFP’s first feature film, VIOLENT (a fully self funded film shot in Norway, mainly in Norwegian). VIOLENT premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to instant acclaim. It was lauded by The Hollywood Reporter as “hurling a brick for Canadian newcomers” before being awarded Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film at Vancouver International Film Festival and went on to garner prizes from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, several major accolades in France, and swept the Leo Awards with 8 wins.
Josh is currently in post production for AFP’s Telefilm supported sophomore feature film I’M NOT A BAD PERSON and in development for several feature films and documentary projects. Josh has been invited to the TIFF Talent Lab, Strategic Partners, and the Rotterdam Lab for professional development.
Mark Gingras is a multiple Genie, Gemini, and Director’s Guild award winning sound designer and co-owner of Urban Post Production Inc. a Toronto based full service post production studio founded in 2001.
In 2012, along with his producing partners, he founded Vigilante Productions Inc. in order to provide production assistance and investments in independent Canadian filmmaking. Since that time he has served as an Executive Producer on Bruce McDonald’s “The Husband” and Jeffrey St. Jules’ “Bang Bang Baby”, both of which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Other Executive Producer credits include “The Witch”, winner of the best director honors at Sundance 2015, “ The People Garden”, “Don’t Talk to Irene”, “Giant Little Ones”, “The Other Half” and the first Canadian-Norwegian co-production “The Good Sister”
He has supervised post production sound on a wide array of feature film and television projects ranging from the "Saw" horror franchise to the Emmy award winning "The Kennedys" mini-series. Most recently garnishing an Emmy nomination for the History channel mini-series “Texas Rising”.
Urban Post Production recently acquired the 400 seat Royal theatre on College St. where they will continue it’s long tradition of operating a post facility by day and a cinema for independent, second-run, and local film festivals by night.
Luke Black, first connected with Hart and Woods while attending the Canadian Film Centre. He has previously produced a dozen short films and was a board member for the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative and the Independent Web Creators of Canada.
Mauro Mueller is a Mexican-Swiss filmmaker. He received his MFA in directing from Columbia University. His short film A WOLRD FOR RAÚL won a Student Oscar® and he is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS). His projects have received the support of Tribeca, IFP, IMCINE and Sundance. His latest film DEAR CHICKENS, starring Philip Baker Hall was a contender for the Oscars 2019.
Mauro was a creative assistant to Mark Raso on the TIFF 2017 entry KODACHROME starring Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olsen and a 2nd unit director on AWAKE, starring Gina Rodriguez and Jennifer Jason Leigh. He is an alumnus of the Rotterdam Producer’s Lab, attended the Trans Atlantic Partners producer’s program as well as the Cannes Producer’s Network. Mauro has produced five features including the award winning COPENHAGEN and COSMIC DAWN. He is co-founder of Fidelio, with which he co-produced CANDELARIA, winning the Giornate degli Autori top prize at Venice Film Festival 2017.
Marc is an independent producer and writer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a producer and co-owner of Shut Up & Colour Pictures Inc with his partner Jason Levangie. At S&C Marc has produced countless music videos, including the Prism Prize winner "Brian Wilson is A.L.i.V.E." by Rich Aucoin, a handful of short films including “Benjanmin” (TIFF ’16) and “I Am Coming to Paris to Kill You” (CUFF ’16) In 2013 Marc premiered his spanish-language feature film "Saudade" which in 2015 sold to Starz in the US.
In 2014 Marc was accepted and completed the Canadian Film Centre's Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Producer's Lab where he spent six months developing feature and television projects with experienced producer mentors from all over the world. Out of that program, Marc developed and produced the feature film “Suck It Up” by director Jordan Canning, which just premiered at Slamdance 2017.
In 2016 Marc was co-Producer of festival darling and multiple Canadian Screen Award winner “Weirdos” directed by Bruce McDonald. “Weirdos” went on to premiere at TIFF ’16 and play Berlin ’17. In 2017 Marc produced “Spinster” starring Chelsea Peretti and co-produced “A Fire In The Cold Season” starring TIFF rising star Michaela Kurimsky.
Nicholas Tabarrok is a prolific film and television producer whose company, Darius Films, has offices in Los Angeles and Toronto.
His company has produced over 30 feature films which have premiered at the most prestigious film festivals and have been sold around the world. He has worked with cast including Ethan Hawke, Woody Harrelson, Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Harvey Keitel, Noomi Rapace, Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Sam Bee, Sandra Oh and others.
Highlights of some of his productions include STOCKHOLM, ART OF THE STEAL, THE PADRE, WEIRDSVILLE, DEFENDOR and THE CALLING.
More recently Nicholas has moved into television and has sold series to Canada’s CBC and Bell as well as ABC, BBC America, and Sky Atlantic. His company currently has a diverse and exciting slate of projects in development for both the large and small screen.
Sarah studied filmmaking as part of her bachelor degree at the Université du Québec à Montréal (Québec, Canada). She then co-founded her own production company, Colonelle films, with her two partners in crime Geneviève Dulude-De Celles (projects development) and Fanny Drew (administration, production).
The young company supports emerging filmmakers and relies on film projects of all formats (short, feature, fiction, documentary), supported by a strong, singular, free and innovative author-driven vision. Colonelle Films has so far produced more than twenty films that have been selected and awarded at various international festivals, such as Sundance, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, TIFF, in addition to being nominated at the Quebec Film Gala and Canadian Screen Awards.
Tom Spriggs is originally from San Jose, CA and graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies.
In late 2006 Tom joined Talent Management Firm Luber Roklin Entertainment as an Executive Assistant quickly rising up the ranks before moving to Elevate Entertainment as a Talent Manager. There he developed a unique talent list of multi-faceted Actors, Writers and Directors.
Tom now works with The Coronel Group as a Manager and Producer. His credits include the Feature Films Mean Dreams (Cannes 2016), Giant Little Ones (TIFF 2018) and Population Zero. On the series front, Tom Executive Produced the series The Amazing Gayl Pile, Dan is Dead and most recently Youth & Consequences with Mark Gordon Company for Youtube Red.