We are pleased to host a competitive film festival with a jury of industry professionals who recognize excellence in Canadian and International film. Thank you to our dedicated jurors.


Darlene Naponse

Darlene is an Anishinaabe from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. Her film work has been viewed nationally and internationally. She owns Pine Needle Productions, an award-winning production studio, and Baswewe Films Inc., located in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.  Darlene has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and a Hon. BA from Laurentian University. She was a Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize Finalist for “She Is Water” published in The Malahat Review. Her latest feature film, Falls Around Her (2018), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and opened the imagineNATIVE Film Festival (Air Canada Audience Choice Award Winner). 

Haydn Wazelle

Haydn is the lead at ZedDrive, a web-based dailies/cuts/screeners tool built to give content creation teams the ability to design their own secure media collaboration workflows: concept -> delivery. The company has managed over 350 productions across the globe to date. He has accumulated extensive Canadian Film & TV Production financing experience, including  5 international co-productions, 2 inter-provincial co-productions, and would liken himself to be proficient in navigating the BC film & TV & interactive production space and tax credit systems. His projects include award winners YELLOWHEAD (2013), HELLO DESTROYER (2016), the CBC documentary DADS (2013), VIOLENTIA (2018), and the video game EON ALTAR (2016).

Kathleen Newman-Bremang

Kathleen Newman-Bremang is a Toronto-based writer and producer. She has produced many high-profile productions like The Social, eTalk: Live at the Oscars, the iHeartRadio MMVAs and Crave original series Cravings: The Aftershow. Her writing has appeared in Lainey Gossip, Cosmo, Elle, Corduroy Magazine, and The Kit. She is currently the senior writer at Refinery29 Canada and a frequent culture commentator for various CBC and CTV programs. 

Sidney Chiu

Sidney Chiu is a feature film producer based in Toronto who’s credits include LOVE JACKED a Canada South African romantic comedy. COCONUT HERO (Munich 2015), and BANG BANG BABY (TIFF 2014). Sidney was also the PM on the Chinese feature FINDING MR RIGHT, which grossed over 80 Million USD. THREE DAYS IN HAVANA shot in Havana Cuba with E1 distributing. Sidney’s first feature was A NIGHT FOR DYING TIGERS (TIFF 2012). He is also the Vice Chair on the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival’s Board of Directors.


Ian Steaman

Ian Steaman is a recovering music executive turned screenwriter passionate about telling stories about underrepresented people and communities.  After a decade-plus music industry career in the US followed by two years at CBC Music he switched to television writing. A graduate of the CFC Prime Time TV program he has also been selected for the Magee TV Fellowship, the Toronto Screenwriting Conference’s Breakthrough Artist Award, the Telefilm New Voices Award and as a Reelworld E20 participant. 
Currently, he is developing SNKRHDS, a half-hour workplace dramedy with CBC Television and is also a part of the Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program. 

Mariah Inger

Mariah Inger has been an actress for over 30 years. She works in Film/TV, Voice, Video Game Caption, Radio and Theatre. She has had the chance to work with some of the industries finest. Today, she is VP & GM of Black Wealth Media, a company she helped build four years ago, which focuses on producing & distributing Afro-Centric content for Film/TV & Web. She is also a director, mentor to emerging marginalized artists, a member of multiple boards helping to implement better diversity and inclusion policies... and the proud single mother of her adult son, Dezmond.

Tiffany Hsiung

Tiffany Hsiung is an award-winning filmmaker. Her debut feature documentary The Apology (2016) produced by the National Film Board of Canada, has won over a dozen awards internationally, including the Peabody Award, Dupont Columbia award, and best documentary at Busan International Film Festival and Oslo International Film Festival. Hsiung is also the recipient of the Allan King memorial award and a Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Digital Production for The Space We Hold (2017). Hsiung’s passion both in filmmaking and education sparks a unique energy to change the status quo and bring critical stories to worldwide audiences.

The awards to be given this year include: Outstanding Feature Film Award, Outstanding Short Film Award, Audience Choice Award, Standout Feature Film Producer, Standout Short Film Producer, Standout Feature Film Director, Standout Short Film Director, Standout Feature Film Actress, Standout Short Film Actress, Standout Feature Film Actor, Standout Short Film Actor, Standout Feature Film Writer, Standout Short Film Writer, Standout Feature Film Cinematographer, and the Standout Short Film Cinematographer.

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