SPECIAL GUESTS

Programmers

Jason Anderson

JASON ANDERSON 

 

Director of Programming Jason Anderson is a programmer, writer and lecturer based in Toronto. He’s the lead programmer for Short Cuts, the Toronto International Film Festival’s annual program of short-form cinema. He’s also the director of programming for the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, the country’s largest standalone festival of Canadian movies. He’s served on juries for festivals such as Hot Docs, Vienna Independent Shorts, the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival and Nordisk Panorama. Previously a longtime critic and columnist for Toronto’s Eye Weekly and The Grid, he currently writes about film and music for such publications as Uncut, Sight & Sound and Cinema Scope. He teaches film criticism at the University of Toronto and feature journalism at Ryerson University. His first novel Showbiz was published by Toronto’s ECW Press in 2004. Raised in Calgary, he lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter and too many records.

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ANGIE DRISCOLL

 

Angie Driscoll brings over 15 years of film programming experience to her work as Programmer at Aspen Shortsfest. She has programmed for a variety of international film festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival, the Toronto Urban Film Festival, Hot Docs and Nordisk Panorama. She has curated for Babelgum, consulted for the Sundance Film Festival, Reel Canada, and the Prism Prize, and is currently Senior Shorts and Senior International programmer for Hot Docs, a consultant for the Athena Film Festival and Midtnorsk Filmsenter, and a writer for international sales agent Magnetfilm and online magazine Cinema Scandinavia.

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INNEY PRAKASH

 

Inney Prakash is a film curator based in NYC. He’s on the cinema programming team at Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem, and is the Founder/Director of Prismatic Ground, a new festival centered on experimental documentary launching April 2021. He’s worked with other festivals including Sundance, Ann Arbor, Freep, Human Rights Watch, DOC NYC, SXSW, and as a judge for the International Documentary Association.

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ANITA TAVAKOL

 

Anita Tavakol began her career as Program Coordinator for the Women in Politics and Government Career Learning Days at Youth in Motion. She has worked at the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival, was a member of the Programming Committee at the Revue Cinema, assisting in the selection process for the Short Shorts festival, and has served in a variety of roles at the Toronto International Film Festival, where she is currently the Short Cuts Programming Associate, including Jury Coordinator for the first Short Cuts Jury and, most recently, Associate Programmer, Industry.

The Jury

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MERYAM JOOBEUR

 

Meryam is an Academy Award nominated Tunisian director, based in Montréal, Canada. Her work includes both documentary and fiction. Her short films GODS, WEEDS AND REVOLUTIONS (2012) and BORN IN THE MAELSTROM (2017), starring Sasha Lane, screened internationally. Her academy nominated Short BROTHERHOOD (2018) screened at 150+ festivals and won 75 international prizes. She is co-owner of the Tunisia based production company Instinct Bleu with producer Sarra Ben Hassen and is currently developing her first feature project MOTHERHOOD.

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KEYA KHAYATIAN

 

Keya Khayatian is a Partner in the Motion Picture Literary department of leading talent and literary agency UTA. He began his entertainment career in 1995 as an agent trainee in the UTA mailroom. He was quickly promoted to departmental assistant specializing in film rights for literary properties, and in 1997 he was promoted to agent. He was promoted to Partner in 2017 and became an Associate member of the Academy that same year. He also Co-Heads the Media Rights Group at the agency. With a keen eye for spotting original artistic voices, Khayatian has helped develop the careers of many of the most sought after writers and directors, as well as representing established talent.

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RACHEL ROSEN

 

Rachel Rosen is a San Francisco Bay Area based independent film programmer and awards consultant. Rosen is currently a member of the selection committee for The New York Film Festival. Previously, she was Director of Programming for SFFILM which presents the annual San Francisco International Film Festival. She was Director of Programming for Film Independent and the Los Angeles Film Festival for eight years. She has worked in various capacities for New York’s Film Forum, the New York Film Festival, and Tri-Star Pictures. She is a graduate of Stanford University’s Master of Arts program in Documentary Film.

Industry Guests

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OPAL H. BENNETT

 

Opal H. Bennett has been a curator since 2014, when she joined the Programming team at Montclair Film Festival as Shorts Programmer. She is currently on the programming teams for Athena Film Festival and DOC NYC, and is a Programming Consultant for The March on Washington Film Festival. In January 2020, Opal became the Shorts Producer for POV, and in July, she was tapped to become the Director of Filmmaker Development, a newly-created position at DOCNYC. Opal is on the selection committees for shorts at Cinema Eye Honors and the International Documentary Association. Opal has served on juries for SxSW, IndieMemphis, NewFest, Leuven ShortsFest, New Orleans, Cleveland and Seattle International Film Festivals among others. She has also participated on selection committees for documentary programming and grants. A Columbia Law grad, Opal holds a Masters in Media Studies from the London School of Economics, and received her B.A. from New York University.

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INGA DIEV

 

Inga Diev serves as the General Manager of Ouat Media, a Toronto-based international sales and distribution company specializing in short films. To date, Ouat Media has represented eleven Academy Award® nominated short films including three winners. In her role, Inga is responsible for the company’s business operations and oversees all the film sales and acquisitions. Prior to joining Ouat Media, Inga spent over a decade working in film production and broadcast programming, most recently, at Sundance Channel Canada.

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SUDEEP SHARMA

 

Sudeep Sharma is a Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival with a focus on documentary feature films. He is also Co-Director of Programming for the Palm Spring International ShortFest. He has worked in programming for many eclectic and recognizable festivals and was Director of Public Programming for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science. He holds a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA and has taught film and television courses at universities throughout Southern California.

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DIANA WILLIAMS

 

Diana Williams is an award-winning producer and co-founder of Kinetic Energy Entertainment. She develops IP and produces creative content for distribution across all storytelling media. Throughout her career she has been at the forefront of working with emerging and established talent to ensure that all voices are included in the entertainment industry. Kinetic Energy’s project slate includes the sci-fi cross-platform storyworld of The Gatecrashers, The Takeover podcast based on Ureeka/1863 Ventures focus on entrepreneurs of color, and recipe-memoir ADVENTURES IN STARRY KITCHEN. Previously she produced the critically acclaimed feature film OUR SONG (directed by Jim McKay, starring Kerry Washington), and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, among other credits. A graduate of Georgetown University, Diana is the Chairperson of a newly-formed Interactive board for the Peabody Awards, and is a member of the DGA and the Academy.

Filmmaker Guest

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REINALDO MARCUS GREEN

 

Reinaldo Marcus Green is a writer, director, and producer. He was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film (2015). His first feature, MONSTERS AND MEN had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film received a Special Jury Prize for Outstanding First Feature. Reinaldo directed the first three episodes of the NETFLIX series, TOP BOY executive produced by Drake and SpringHill Entertainment. Since, he has completed his sophomore feature JOE BELL written by BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN scribes Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, starring Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton. The film premiered at TIFF 2020 and sold to Solstice Studios for $20M. Reinaldo is currently in post-production with Warner Brothers film KING RICHARD starring Will Smith, set to be released Thanksgiving 2021.

Workshop Guests

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GLENN KISER

 

Glenn Kiser is the Director of the Dolby Institute, Dolby’s initiative to bring education and inspiration to filmmakers and artists about the creative use of sound and image in storytelling. He is the host of the Dolby Institute Podcast, now in its seventh season, featuring in-depth conversations with artists about how they use technology. He created the Dolby Institute Fellowships, supporting exciting new films from directors including Rebecca Hall, Alma Har’el, Benh Zeitlin, Taika Waititi, Dee Rees, and Reed Morano. Previously, Kiser was the VP & General Manager of Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound, where he oversaw sound teams on numerous films including AVATAR, THE INCREDIBLES, WALL-E, and the STAR WARS prequels. Before joining Skywalker, Kiser was a post-production executive at Propaganda Films, where he worked with directors including David Fincher, Spike Jonze, and Jane Campion.

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JAMES LUCARELLI

 

James Lucarelli knows RED cameras well, but he also knows a whole lot about the industry. With over 15+ years of cinema sales and professional on-set experience, James has evolved into a technical and creative go-to in the “high-end digital film” revolution and continues to push the bar through traditional filmmaking and advanced technologies.

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IDDO PATT

 

As co-founder of Eventive, Iddo Patt has been on a mission to provide more and more people access to a better and better independent film experience. With the launch of Eventive Virtual in 2020, the platform now serves over 850 festivals and organizations around the world creating virtual and in person cinema experiences, and Iddo has had a unique vantage point on the rapid transition to digital exhibition. Iddo’s prior experiences as an independent filmmaker and film producer, a founding board member of Indie Memphis, and work as a commercial director and producer have all informed the work that he and the Eventive team are doing to connect audiences, organizers, and filmmakers in meaningful new ways.

Volunteer Screeners

Aaron Adelman, Anna Binkley, Penny Brown, Martin Champagne J. Jr, Ziska Childs, Cara Dyksen, Ginny Epsten, Jesse Garcia, Talita Garcia, Lisa Gerstner, Monica Gleberman Rose, Carolyn Golbus, Philip Golden, Siddhanta Goswami, Julia Haugan, Karen Hawkes, Gretchen Hayduk-Wroblewski, Tracy Hritz, Gilbert Khoury, Jared Leighton, Pamela Mackey, Jeremy Martin, Olive Nwosu, Lexi Paparo, Aubrey Polliard, Tracey Powell, Gail Sachson, Bonnie Shappell, Natalia Snider, Emily Taylor, Kathy Weiss, Jamie White, Wendle Whiting, Lisa Wolfe, Jane Zinner