SUPPORTED BY FILM LONDON

ONTARIO SCREEN CREATORS CONFERENCE

A series of live events designed to educate, entertain and inspire emerging filmmakers and film fans alike. It’s the next logical step in your filmmaking career.

Each event features successful industry professionals sharing their experiences and insights through instructional dialogue, cautionary tales and fascinating conversation. Learn what’s current and coming up in film and TV from the people in the know and meet your fellow filmmakers.

OSCC 2022

Event Calendar

12:30 – 2:00PM

Figuring Out Film Unions

Interested in a career in filmmaking? Pursuing a dream you thought was unachievable? Or even taking the next logical step in your career path. Join us to learn about the top unions in the industry and how you can start working professionally on the next blockbuster movie.

Hear from: ACTRA, IATSE, the DGC, and NABET 700-M UNIFOR.

2:30 – 4:00PM

Media Buyers Panel

Want to know what media buyers are looking for? Sit down with massive industry leaders, like Bell, CBC, Corus, and Vortex Media. This is your opportunity to meet the buyers, find out what kind of content they’re looking for, and move your projects forward.

Experts: Micah Kernan, Dan Pasqua, John Buffone, and Matt Ornstein.

4:30 – 6:00PM

Screen Creatives Networking Party

Connect and build relationships with industry professionals, funding organizations, and more. Don’t miss your opportunity to mix and mingle with the best in the biz!

8:30 – 10:00AM

Breakfast Mentoring

Come and have breakfast with us and enjoy exclusive conversations with our experts guests – each from different corners of the filmmaking industry. These casual mentoring sessions are incredibly valuable to both emerging filmmakers and film fans alike. Don’t miss your opportunity to engage with some of Canada’s top industry professionals!

Experts: Kelly Payne, Greg Jeffs, Jonas Chernick, Jeremy LaLonde, Jessica Shadlock, Christopher Giroux, Matt Ornstein, and Micah Kernan

10:30AM – 12:00PM

Come Get Your Money: Creative ways to make your project have a life

Let us show you where the money is for your next project! Whether you’re trying to get your web series off the ground or need more production money for your film. This panel of experts will give you all the ways to bring your project to life!

Experts: Sean Cisterna, Jonas Chernik, Kelly Payne, Jeremy Lalonde, and Matt Ornstein

10:00AM – 1:00PM

Music Sync Summit

The FCFF and London Music Office are back with a highly interactive and engaging Sync Summit. This not to be missed event, dives headfirst into the world of music synchronization featuring panel discussions, a workshop, pitch session and speed dating with industry leading professionals.

Experts: Margaret McGuffin, Everton Lewis Jr., Chad Courneya, and more!

1:00 – 2:30PM

Finding Your Audience: Development, Distribution and Marketing your Film

Begin with the end in mind! You have a great idea for a film so now what? Come to this panel to hear what a group of industry veterans, with many projects under their belts, say about finding your audience.

Experts: Jessica Shadlock, Kelly Payne, Sean Cisterna, Jeremy Lalonde, Jonas Chernik, Janice Dawe, and Nadia Hovan.

2:00 – 3:30PM

Music Video Panel

Dive into the world of music videos through funding, production, and disseminating to your audience. You’ll be hearing from the expert Judges of the FCFF Music Video Competition!

Experts: Neil Haverty, Sarah Burke, Everton Lewis Jr., and Paula Vergara.

2:30 – 4:30PM

Micro-Meetings

Three 30-minute meetings. One, two or all three may interest you. Pop in and out as you please!

Tax Credits: What are they and how do they work? – Learn about the intricacies of tax credits with one of the top professionals in Canada that supports passionate creators with their business and compliance elements to ensure successful production experiences.

Green Screen – As the number of film and television productions grow, so does the industry’s energy consumption and carbon footprint. The Ontario Green Screen Initiative, powered by Ontario Creates, is the province’s plan for reducing carbon emissions, decreasing waste, and bolstering environmentally sustainable education and production. Chris Dunn from Ontario Creates speaks on the economic and environmental importance of sustainability, its impacts on the film industry, and how you too can go green!

Vortex 101 – Here comes Vortex Productions! The award-winning team dedicated to developing and producing a diverse slate of features & made for TV movies, are coming to London and they want you to be a part of their next production!

Experts: Janice Dawe, Chris Dunn, and the amazing people over at Vortex Productions!

4:30 – 6:30PM

Locations Happy Hour

Happy Hour is the best hour! Calling all industry professionals to join us for a happy hour event at 100 Kellogg Lane. Let us show you all of the fresh and under utilized locations our amazing city has to offer!

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Just the Facts: Pitching factual TV series in a competitive market

This session will tell you how to take your reality, true crime, lifestyle, documentary, competition, limited series or one-off factual TV idea and craft it for a network pitch. How do you know what they’re looking for on their schedule? What do you need to prepare for a pitch? What’s in a sizzle reel, and when is it needed? What kind of team do you need to assemble to get it in the door and get noticed? Veteran producers share how they get projects green lit.

Experts: Kelly Peckham, Mark Johnson, and Christine Dlakos.

10:30AM – 12:00PM

Storytelling in Gaming and Film

Have you ever wondered how video games have such amazing and complex storylines? Come to this panel with some of the industries best writers to find out the ways of the world of writing for games and the differences between video game writing vs the film and television writing.

Experts: Alex Epstein, Mike Schmalz, Matthew Stewart

1:00 – 2:30PM

Making Of…

Join us as the key creative teams from feature films Ashgrove and Adult Adoption tell us about the trials and tribulations on their paths from idea to audience. 

Experts: Jonas Chernick, Jeremy LaLonde, Kristina Esposito, and Karen Knox

1:30 – 2:30PM

Gaming Industry 101

The video game industry has been around for decades and is one of the biggest industries in the world, as there is an estimated 2 billion gamers worldwide. Learn the ins and outs of the gaming industry from concept to creation and finance to distribution.

3:00 – 4:30PM

Project Pitch

This is your chance to hear from our Project Pitch finalists! The largest pitch prize in Canada will be awarded to the most compelling and original feature film pitch. The winner will receive a whopping $60K in cash and prizes to bring their project to life.

Learn from and connect with

Featured Speakers

Dan Pasqua

Production Executive,
Corus Entertainment

Janice Dawe

Co-President,
Bizable

John Buffone

Supervising Producer,
Bell Fibe

Micah Kernan

Development Manager of Comedy and Drama Scripted Programming,
CBC

Alex Epstein

Narrative Director,
Compulsion Games

Jonas Chernick

Writer, Actor, Producer

Kelly Payne

Director Business Affairs, Production Funding
Blue Ant Studios

Jeremy LaLonde

Director/Writer/Executive Producer

Matthew J. Stewart

Producer,
Big Blue Bubble

Neil Haverty

Senior Manager,
Prism Prize & MVP Project

Kristina Esposito

Producer, Actress, Writer

Karen Knox

Director, Actor

Sarah Burke

Canadian Broadcaster, Host, Producer

Everton Lewis Jr.

Wracket Music & Apple

Kelly Peckham

Documentary Filmmaker & Producer

Jessica Shadlock

TV Development, Boat Rocker Media

Greg Jeffs

Client Service Coordinator, William F White International

Sean Cisterna

Director & Producer

Margaret McGuffin

Executive Director, Canadian Music Publishers

Mark Johnson

Elay Media

Christopher Giroux

Head of Production, Vortex Productions

Angelica Alejandro

Actor, Producer, ACTRA Toronto Executive - Vice-President

Paige Murray

Executive in Charge of Development, Drama on the Scripted Content

Kris Pearn

Director & Producer

Matt Orenstein

Vice President of Acquisitions and Strategy at Vortex Media

Nadia Hovan

Director of Development, Vortex Media

Chris Dunn

Production Consultant, Ontario Creates

And more experts to be announced!

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and the rest of our amazing sponsors

Dan Pasqua

Production Executive at Corus Entertainment

As a production executive on the development team in the Original Lifestyle Content division at Corus Entertainment, Dan takes an active role in shaping the lifestyle content slate, developing projects for Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada and Slice.

Dan will be speaking at the following events:

Janice Dawe

Co-President of Bizable

As one of Canada’s most respected business-minded producers, Janice brings to Bizable Media years of expertise in developing and financing a variety of screen based content. Janice has produced and overseen hundreds of hours of dramatic, documentary, factual and interactive content that has won awards and sold internationally. From 2005-2013 she held the senior role of Vice-President Production for White Pine Pictures where she honed her skills in business management. Over her career, she has formed strong relationships with the creative community, broadcasters, buyers, financiers and lenders. Janice currently serves on the OMDC Screen-based Industry Advisory Committee and is an active committee member of the CMPA.

Janice will be speaking at the following events:

John Buffone

Supervising Producer at Bell Fibe

John Buffone is currently the supervising producer at Fibe TV1 – Bell’s video-on-demand community television platform. In his seven-year tenure, TV1 has expanded to create local content, with broad appeal in markets from Manitoba to Newfoundland and Labrador. He oversees almost 100 new series every year, in 4K and HD, and has seen viewership increase steadily over the same period. Prior to joining the TV1 team, John had a long career in news and information programming. He started his career as a writer and chase producer for Canada AM and CTV News Channel eventually becoming one of the youngest Executive producers in News Channel’s history. He revamped the format, expanded the roster of anchors and reporters and launched the innovative national prime-time news program “Kevin Newman Live”. Never able to stay in one place, he also had some detours that include the CBC documentary “Hunting Arrows”, a role as the senior producer at BNN, working as a producer and camera operator for the Gemini nominated “ShiftTV”, and a few other lifestyle shows. He got into TV because he spent most of his youth sitting in front of one and figured he might as well turn that into a career. When he’s not working, he’s spending time with his family, cooking (and eating) or cycling.

John will be speaking at the following events:

Micah Kernan

Development Manager, Comedy and Drama Scripted Programming at CBC

Micah Kernan is the Development Manager for both Drama and Comedy. She coordinates the management, tracking and distribution of projects. She supports the team by evaluating pitches and being the point of contact for creators to connect with CBC. Micah is the current Programmer for Canada’s longest running short film showcase, Canadian Reflections. At the CBC, inclusion and diversity are a priority. This means Micah works to reflect all of the regions and the country’s multicultural and multiracial nature, while programming for Canadian Reflections.

Micah will be speaking at the following events:

Jonas Chernick

Writer/Actor/Producer

Jonas Chernick recently co-wrote, produced and co-starred in Ashgrove, which had its world premiere at the 2022 Glasgow Film Festival, won Best Ensemble Cast and the William F White Reel Indie Awards at the Canadian Film Festival, and will be released theatrically in Canada, the US and the UK in December. He also wrote and co-starred with Emily Hampshire in the rom-com The End Of Sex, which world premiered at TIFF 2022. He wrote, produced and starred in sci-fi comedy feature film James vs His Future Self, which won four awards at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards including Best Original Screenplay. Chernick wrote, produced and starred in 2015’s Borealis, which won awards at the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Canadian Film Fest, was the Opening Night Film of the Brooklyn Film Festival, and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. He also wrote, produced and starred in My Awkward Sexual Adventure, which had its world premiere at TIFF and was subsequently named one of TIFF’s Top Ten Films of 2012. He will next be seen co-starring opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the upcoming Paramount Plus series Rabbit Hole, and as the writer, producer and lead actor in the drama feature The Time We Met, coming in 2023.

Jonas will be speaking at the following events:

Kelly Payne

Director Business Affairs, Production Funding Blue Ant Studios

Kelly Payne has over two decades of experience in the Film and Television industry. As Director, Business Affairs, Production Funding at Blue Ant Media she leads the Canadian and American production and development teams in the strategic approach to project financing, including facilitation of applications, negotiations and deal structure for Film and Television content developed and produced in Canada and the USA. Prior to joining Blue Ant Kelly spent 10 years at Ontario Creates in a variety of capacities. At Ontario Creates Kelly contributed to agency policies and strategies, driving innovation and growth in Ontario’s creative industries. Her portfolio contained a wide range of programs and initiatives including Tax credits, the Feature Film Fund, Industry Development initiatives, Export, Marketing and Distribution programs. Ms. Payne has also held management roles in programming, production, and business/legal affairs with Bell Media (CTV) and Rogers Broadcasting Limited (RBL), sits on the Board of Directors for Spacefy, a marketplace for inspiring short-term space rentals centered around the creative industry and is a founding member of the Halton Hills Arts and Culture Working group.

Kelly will be speaking at the following events:

Alex Epstein

Narrative Director, Compulsion Games

Alex Epstein was Narrative Director on WE HAPPY FEW for Compulsion Games, as well as its DLCs, and was Story Director on CONTRAST and Narrative Lead on STORIES: THE PATH OF DESTINIES for Spearhead Games. He is currently working on Compulsion’s latest, unannounced game. Alex started his career in films and tv. He co-wrote the film Bon Cop / Bad Cop, which broke the Canadian box office record, and co-created the comedy series NAKED JOSH, which ran for three years. His books, CRAFTY SCREENWRITING and CRAFTY TV WRITING, have sold over 30,000 copies in English and have been translated into Korean and Chinese.

Alex will be speaking at the following events:

Jeremy LaLonde

Director/Writer/Executive Producer

Jeremy LaLonde resides in Toronto, ON where he was awarded with NOW Magazine’s ‘Best Local Filmmaker’ Reader’s Choice Award. His films have screened internationally including Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Slamdance, Glasgow, Brussels, Busan, Cinequest, Santa Barbara, Dances with Films and Whistler. He is a four-time Canadian Screen Award Winner, three-time Canadian Comedy Award Winner, and a winner of the Director’s Guild of Canada’s Best Direction in a Comedy Series for his work on Baroness Von Sketch Show. His previous feature films SEX AFTER KIDS, HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN, and THE GO-GETTERS have all won Best Feature Film awards at various festivals and have gone on to be released internationally. His film JAMES VS HIS FUTURE SELF recently won Best Canadian Feature Film among other awards at the Toronto After Dark Festival as well as being nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards including Best Original Screenplay. He is currently touring festivals with his most recent film ASHGROVE which premiered at the Glasgow Int’l film festival and recently won Best Ensemble Cast and Indie Spirit Award at the Canadian Film Festival. He recently shot his seventh feature film, DANIEL’S GOTTA DIE and is developing several properties for television.

Jeremy will be speaking at the following events:

Matthew J. Stewart

Producer at Big Blue Bubble

Matt Stewart has been working in the video game industry for a decade. In that time, he has seen his duties and responsibilities grow from community engagement and marketing to full-fledged narrative design and creative direction for London-based Big Blue Bubble’s award-winning IP My Singing Monsters. Leveraging his education in theatre, his interest in storytelling, and interdisciplinary insights gleaned along the way, he is constantly seeking new and unconventional ways to uphold the studio’s mandate to ‘inspire worlds of creativity.’

Matthew will be speaking at the following events:

Neil Haverty

Senior Manager, Prism Prize & MVP Project

Neil Haverty is Senior Manager of the Prism Prize & MVP Project; Canadian music video support initiatives administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. The Prism Prize was established to recognize outstanding artistry in Canadian music videos, with an annual awards slate that includes a host of special awards and a juried, $20k Grand Prize. The MVP Project is a joint initiative with RBCxMusic established to support the intersection of emerging Canadian recording artists and filmmakers through music video production grants. Neil is also a musician and film composer, most recently scoring Brettan Hannam’s Wildhood and Melanie Oates’ Body & Bones.

Neil will be speaking at the following events:

Kristina Esposito

Producer, Actress, Writer

Kristina Esposito is a producer with her company KEME Productions. She has produced award winning content that has played across the globe. She conceptualized and produced VIRTUAL HITMAN, which screened at a number of festivals including the Vancouver Asian Film Festival where it won Best Canadian Short. As an independent producer she produced IRL The Series, which premiered on Bell Media’s FibeTV1, and HAZY LITTLE THING which premiered on SuperChannel. Kristina produced WHAT LIES BELOW starring Mena Suvari and Ema Horvath.  The film premiered on Netflix and shot to #1 in the US and #2 in Canada in its first week on the platform. It is currently distributed all over the world. Her most recent feature, ADULT ADOPTION, premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival and has screened at multiple film festivals in Canada and the US. The film is set to be released in Canada and the US in early 2023. 

Kristina will be speaking at the following events:

Karen Knox

Director, Actor

Karen Knox is a filmmaker based in Toronto. She has served as showrunner for two seasons of Slo Pitch (IFC/AMC+) and director/showrunner for HOMESCHOOLED (CBC Gem) and two seasons of BARBELLE (Shaftesbury). Her directorial debut feature film Adult Adoption premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival in 2022. Knox has directed/written several award winning shorts with her company Boss & Co including Borderline (Dances With Films), Case of the Massey Bodice Ripping (winner of best short film at Venice Short Film Festival and Budapest Independent Film Festival) Damage Control (best short at Toronto Pendance Festival) The Fates (TIFF) as well as Cons & Pros, which debuted on VICE.com, selected for the Telefilm Not Short on Talent Cannes 2020 edition. Knox’s writing work includes the six part series For The Record (CBC + Universal Music) which premiered at SXSW 2020, Falconette (Shaftesbury), as well as published work in the Globe and Mail, and Toronto Quarterly. As an actor Knox is best known for playing “Holly Frost” in SYFY’s Letters to Satan Claus, and opposite Gabourey Sidibe in Paramount’s All I Didn’t Want as well as appearances in her own work including HOMESCHOOLED, Slopitch, and BARBELLE.

Karen Knox will be speaking at the following events:

Sarah Burke

Canadian Broadcaster, Host, Producer

Sarah Burke is a Canadian broadcaster, podcast host, producer, and storyteller based in Toronto. She is a host for Indie88 (CIND-FM) in Toronto, the Women in Media Podcast, and formerly SiriusXM.

Sarah will be speaking at the following events:

Everton Lewis Jr.

Music Supervisor, Wracket Music & Apple

Everton Lewis Jr. is an industry veteran and the go to music supervisor for the hottest and most dynamic music syncs in the business. Over the past ten years, he’s forged his way as a thought leader and built an extensive rolodex of A List music industry connections. He created his own lane when he founded and launched EH! SIDE Music Supervision – a company solely dedicated to Canadian music syncs. Following the success of EH! SIDE, Everton, Jr. took on the role as Head Music Supervisor at VICE Canada where he ran the Canadian music department and worked on projects including Dark Side of the Ring, It’s Suppertime w/ Matty Matheson, Rat Park, Tattoo Age, Post Radical w/ Rick McCrank and Mr. Tachyon w/ Director X. He’s known for having a potent combination of creativity and charisma that makes the most of budgets big and small. Today, Everton, Jr has returned to music supervision on his own terms and runs his own company, Wracket Music Supervision Inc. with most recent projects CBC’s Anyone’s Game, YO! MTV Maps and Amazon Prime’s: All or Nothing

Everton will be speaking at the following events:

Kelly Peckham

Documentary Filmmaker & Producer

Kelly is a respected storyteller with decades of experience in factual television. She’s worked as a director and producer in genres from news and current affairs, to lifestyle, reality and documentary programming. Kelly has years of experience with Discovery Channel in Canada, creating award-winning features for Daily Planet in North America and abroad (Telly and Worldfest Houston Awards). She was nominated for the prestigious Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism – Features for her work produced in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. She has directed aviation documentaries internationally for Discovery’s Flightpath and contributed to several specials for Discovery US/Canada. Kelly’s editorial oversight was honed as a Production Executive with Life Network, giving a careful eye to storylines and character development to dozens of reality series. As a Senior Producer, she created and produced and delivered the highly successful series Til Debt Do Us Part, earning a Gemini Award for Best Lifestyle Series in Season One. Kelly is known as a solid creative voice, an exceptional writer and storyteller and an enthusiastic team player, coaching the best out of talent and situations to produce compelling television. She has an excellent relationship with the networks and knows how to deliver successful series for any audience.

Kelly will be speaking at the following events:

Jessica Shadlock

TV Development, Boat Rocker Media

Jessica Shadlock is the Development Manager at Temple Street, part of the premium scripted division of Boat Rocker Media. Jessica is responsible for developing television projects for the Canadian and international markets from concept to series order, collaborating with writers, creators and executives across Temple Street’s slate. Prior to joining the Temple Street team, Jessica was Development Manager at Back Alley Film productions where she helped develop drama series Coroner (CBC) and Bellevue (CBC, WGN America) in addition to managing the company’s development slate and sourcing new projects and IP. Jessica joined Back Alley in 2011, supporting the Executive Producers and company principals during the production of Bomb Girls (Global, Reelz) and the development and production of Played (CTV). A graduate of Ryerson’s RTA School of Media, Jessica got her start on set in the unscripted space on series including Canada’s Worst Driver.

Jessica will be speaking at the following events:

Greg Jeffs

Client Service Coordinator, William F White International

Greg Jeffs has spent the past decade producing award-winning short and web content, for which he has been awarded multiple filmmaking grants from organizations including Telefilm, Telus Optik, Telus Storyhive and Bravofact. His productions have received several award nominations and are available on platforms across the globe. He is an NSI Alumni (Features First), has participated in the Telefilm PITCH THIS! Program at TIFF, the 2020 Frontieres program and most recently he won the 2021 Telefilm JETS program. Greg’s current work with William F. White Int’l combines his vast knowledge of Canadian independent filmmaking with the world of professional filmmaking equipment and support. He actively develops long-lasting relationships with emerging and established content creators at all stages of their production to guarantee they obtain maximum value by providing mentorship and advisement on all possible funding opportunities. In working closely with and nurturing filmmakers, Greg ensures their finished product is the best as it can be.

Greg will be speaking at the following events:

Sean Cisterna

Director & Producer

Sean Cisterna is a multi award-winning director whose most recent film is From the Vine (2020), an international co-production starring Emmy winner Joe Pantoliano. Cisterna directed the acclaimed cancer drama Kiss and Cry (2017), which topped the Canadian box office, and is currently streaming on Netflix worldwide. His 2015 feature Full Out, starring Jennifer Beals, is based on the true story of gymnast Ariana Berlin. The film was broadcast on NBC, now residing with Netflix Worldwide and Disney Europe. Cisterna was awarded a Canada 150 Citizenship Award by the Federal Government for his dedication to and community engagement in the arts.

Sean will be speaking at the following events:

Margaret McGuffin

Executive Director, Canadian Music Publishers

Margaret McGuffin is the CEO of Music Publishers Canada. She loves diving into research and policy development related to the creative industries and has worked with a large number of music industry trade organizations and collective management organizations. She currently is Chair of the Board at Work In Culture and a member of the advisory board at MusiCounts. She is also always happy to talk to you about copyright or how music publishers are leading the way in making sure Canadian songs are heard around the world.

Margaret will be speaking at the following events:

Michael Schmalz

Executive Director, Canadian Music Publishers

Michael Schmalz is President of Digital Extremes, a top development studio in the interactive entertainment industry. Schmalz has over 17 years of experience in the digital media industry, focusing his attention on innovation in the gaming sector. Prior to that, he practiced as a civil engineer. He holds several degrees including a PhD, MA and MESc from Western University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. Dr. Schmalz is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Licensed Professional Engineer and a Chartered Director.

Michael will be speaking at the following events:

Christopher Giroux

Head of Productions, Vortex Productions

Christopher Giroux’s oeuvre spans over a multitude of projects throughout the past decade. Notably, a Sheridan graduate in the Advanced TV and Film program in 2009, where he specialized in producing and production management. Giroux moved quickly up the hierarchy ladder and began working as a producer on music videos for bands like Theory of a Deadman, Big Wreck, The Trews and Megadeth with Black Fawn Films. Giroux transitioned to producing features in 2013. Between 2013 and 2019 Giroux produced such back to back breakaway independent features film such as Antisocial, The Drownsman, Antisocial 2, The Sublet, Bite, Bed of the Dead, Let Her Out, The Heretics, I’ll Take Your Dead and The Oak Room with Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment.

In 2018 Giroux began producing for Vortex Media. Since joining Vortex, Giroux has overseen production on such films as A Perfect Plan, Grounded for Christmas, Learning to Love Again, Inn For Christmas, Anything For Jackson, Heart of the Holidays, Riverfront Romance, Dying to Be Your Friend, Cabin Connection, It Takes A Christmas Village, A Perfect Match, Baking All The Way, Christmas in Trinket Town, A Tiny Homes Christmas and The End of Sex.

Chris will be speaking at the following events:

Angelica Alejandro

Actor, Producer, ACTRA Toronto Executive – Vice-President

Working internationally Angelica, a Toronto based actor has appeared in Film, Television and Commercials. She is also an award winning producer, accomplished presenter, reporter and host. She is a member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) engaged in various initiatives for the membership. When not working on a production, her time away from camera is spent using her voice and experience as an active member working in her union, promoting Member Education and supporting Safe Spaces on Set. She is a member of various Committees within the union including the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, hosting workshops at the union Member Conferences working as part of the Conference Committee. She goes to Production sets as an On Set Liaison Officer (OSLO) supporting all performers including, Minor Performers, Background Performers and engaging with Intimacy Coordinators. She is also a facilitator for ACTRA’s Respect on Set Training for members. Through ACTRA she was able to get her Mental Health First Aid Basic Certification. After successfully being elected to ACTRA Toronto Council in the last elections, she is currently serving as an ACTRA Toronto Councillor and National Councillor and is Vice-President on the ACTRA Toronto Executive.

Angelica will be speaking at the following events:

Paige Murray

Executive in Charge of Development, Drama on the Scripted Content

Paige Murray has worked at the CBC for over ten years within the content areas. She is currently Executive in Charge of Development, Drama on the Scripted Content team. In this role, Paige oversees the development of one-hour dramas and actively looks for creators and stories that reflect the spectrum of the Canadian experience to entertain and enlighten CBC audiences. Previously, she was Executive in Charge of Production, YA Digital Originals, overseeing production and development of short and mid-length series for CBC Gem such as For Heaven’s Sake, Queens, Decoys and Kenny & Spenny: Paldemic Special. Prior to this role she worked with the scripted content team as the Development Manager for Comedy and Drama and was the Canadian Reflections Programmer. Additionally, Paige currently sits on the board of Breakthroughs Film Festival. Breakthroughs is the only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to showcasing short films made by emerging women and non-binary directors. 

Paige will be speaking at the following events:

Kris Pearn

Director & Producer

Kris Pearn was born in London, Ontario, Canada. After graduating from Sheridan College, Kris has spent most of his life making cartoons for both film and television. His credits include Open Season, Surf’s Up, Arthur Christmas, Shaun the Sheep, Pirates: Band of Misfits, and Home to name a few. He was Head of Story on Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, and co-directed Cloudy Two: Rise of the Leftovers. He has most recently written and directed the Netflix animated feature The Willoughbys based on the novel by Lois Lowry. Kris has been nominated for several Annies, has taught at Sheridan College, lectures all over the world through Schoolism, and has given a Ted Talk called “The Optimistic Opportunity of Failure”. He has illustrated several books including Edward The Tree Climbing Dog, Project Superhero, and Tales of Spiffing. He still loves to draw.

Kris will be speaking at the following events: