2018 JURY MEMBERS
Sharon Lewis is a director, showrunner, actor and writer. Her first leading role was Rude, a Jamaican DJ in the film Rude. She directed and co-wrote Sistahs with Maxine Bailey, a play that continues to be produced all around the world. Her first feature, the afrofuturist film Brown Girl Begins, inspired by Nalo Hopkinson's Brown Girl in the Ring has been winning awards and wowing audiences nationally and internationally. Her next project SPADE, is a neo-noir feature film with a modern twist.
Aisha Jamal is a Toronto-based filmmaker, programmer and college instructor. Her documentaries have screened at festivals and venues worldwide. She is currently working on her first feature-length documentary called A Kandahar Away for the Documentary Channel. She is also Head of Programming at the Syria Film Festival and Canadian Film Programmer at Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival. Aisha teaches film theory and history at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.
Born to Guyanese parents, Karen Chapman is a passionate lover of all things artful. Karen studied and graduated from Emily Carr University with a Bachelors in Media Arts and recently won the Audience Choice Award at the WIFT-T Showcase for her film Walk Good. She is a Hot Docs Fellow and has made over 30 short films which have screened in dozens of film festivals internationally and on thousands of mobile devices, in classrooms, movie theatres and from living rooms across the country. Last year, Karen was listed as 1 of 17 great Canadian filmmakers of the future.