CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019 FINALISTS!
Come watch the finalists, cheer them on and celebrate some awesome up-and-coming talent! It’s gonna be a PARTY!! DJ ---- plus prizes, plus drinks, plus snacks, plus swag, plus all your BFFs in one room!!!!
Saturday April 6, 7:00PM
TMAC, 32 Lisgar St.
BITA JOUDAKI writer/director of SISTERHOOD
Bita Joudaki is an Iranian-Canadian filmmaker and performer currently based in Toronto. She graduated from Emily Carr University in 2014 with a BFA in Film, Media + Integrated Media and is currently working on her MFA in Film Production at York University. Bita is interested in translating family memory into recorded history through film, explorations of intimacy, and issues around representation in media.
SISTERHOOD is a dark comedy about two young activist women of colour who decide that the only real meaningful contribution they can make to society is to kill all white men.
CAROLYN WU writer/director of TOE THE LINE
Carolyn Wu is a writer, director, producer and community organizer working in Tkaronto (Toronto). She led CBC’s national television show “Q” through a total rebranding as Acting Senior Producer. Since then, her film “In My Mother’s Closet” has screened internationally at NSI Online Short Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Wicked Queer: Boston LGBT Film Festival, and Trans Fest Stockholm while winning awards at Toronto Short Film Festival and Canada Shorts. In 2018, she produced short films in partnership with CaribbeanTales, Cinema Politica, and the Ontario Arts Council including Lu Asfaha’s “Paladin” and Taina Da Silva and Becca Redden’s “The Ceremony”. She also runs “Queer + Trans BIPOC Shorts Night”, the only event in Tkaronto that celebrates films of all sizes, genres, and budgets made exclusively by QTBIPOC filmmakers. All of her filmmaking and organizing seeks to empower the voices of everyone involved at every level, almost all of whom are queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and/or people of colour.
TOE THE LINE (working title) Teenage hockey heartthrob Gloria Chau navigates life as a closeted Chinese-Canadian, using poetry to make sense of her relationship with mom.
AMEN JAFRI director/producer of THE DAY I SAID I DO… TO MYSELF
Amen Jafri spent 10 years in communications and HR in the federal public service, before pivoting into film and television production. She is currently an Associate Producer at the Cable Public Affairs Channel. Her first film, The City That Fun Forgot?, was made without any prior experience and it had a sold-out premiere in 2014, garnering local and national media coverage. Since then, her other works have been shortlisted for the TVO Short Doc Contest and screened for TVO, the American Documentary Film Festival, The Pilot Light TV Festival and more. She is the creator and director of the seven-time nominated web series, The Secret Lives of Public Servants, and the director of Creatorland, a Wingd/Bell Media series on entrepreneurship. In 2018 she won for Best Directing in Non-Fiction at the IAWTV Awards and participated as a fellow in Hot Docs' Emerging Filmmaker Lab, as well as a particiant in WIFT-T's Ontario Creates IDM Fund Futures Program
THE DAY I SAID I DO… TO MYSELF (working title) Amy Ede has her whole wedding planned out, from the guests to the venue to the local band she plans to hire. The only item she doesn’t need? A groom. That’s because this coming Fall, Amy will marry herself.
BRINA ROMANEK director of PORTRAIT OF POCKETS
Brina Romanek is an emerging filmmaker and storyteller. At 23 years of age, she has directed and produced for RogersTV, True Calling Media and is currently directing a short documentary for Loud Roar Productions called ‘Counting on a New Crop’. The film offers a glimpse into the unconventional bond between ageing farmer and millenial electrician formed to keep the family farm alive, and will air on CBC this spring. Growing up in rural Ontario, Brina has always felt a strong connection with nature. She has gained a deeper respect of its wonderment and the importance of environmental preservation in her adventures across Canada’s vast wilderness. Her work aims to inspire the same love of nature in her viewers; encouraging them to find ways to live in harmony with the world around them. Working with Loud Roar Productions, award-winning stop-motion artist Cybele Young, and audio and animation company, Fixtpoint Arts and Media, has broadened her approach to storytelling through the use of animation and mixed media. She is eager to continue exploring the power of these mediums in story.
PORTRAIT OF POCKETS (working title) One woman. One monkey. And the paintings that made them famous.