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Adrian Bobb

Location: Toronto

 

Adrian is a visual storyteller. He has been drawing and writing about robots, aliens, and monsters, for about as long as he can remember. Adrian is a Toronto filmmaker who has written, produced, and directed short films such as The Carrier,  wrote and produced the full-length feature entitled Redshift and a short proof-of-concept short film entitled EXT.

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Alessandro Guarino

Location: Toronto

 

Alessandro passed his free time watching movies to break out from the Italian provincial, small- minded reality he was growing in. His stories brood in the darkness, bursting from stygian corners of society, twisting around his flawed characters to create provoking experiences and images that remain with the audience long after the last scene. His horror feature “METASTASIS” is currently being developed by Travis Stevens from Snowfort Pictures in LA, California.

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Anil Kamal

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Location: Toronto

 

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, hmmm, I wonder what the queer version of Kumail Nanjiani spliced with Mindy Kaling would look like, then congrats, you found Anil! Curious about a gay twist to The Big Sick? Call Anil. Looking for a rainbow infused nod to The Mindy Project? Seriously, CALL ANIL!

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Anthony Filangeri

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Location: Toronto

 

With a writing style that can be described as unpredictable, sometimes funny, and most times uncomfortable (if not a little twisted). He draws his point-of-view from growing up queer in a small town.  Anthony has credit for writing the web series, FAK YAASS, which was the #1 viewed show on OutTvGO in association with Amazon Prime. 

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Aren X. Tulchinsky

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Location: Vancouver

 

Aren is a born story teller. An out and proud transman and a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, he is a screenwriter, television writer, novelist and video editor. In grade school, he was the kid writing stories in class when he was supposed to be solving math problems. Aren has six feature screenplays in development, including I Shot the Sheriff, to be directed by acclaimed director, Clement Virgo. Aren was on the story team of The Guard (Global), and Robson Arms (CTV). His short film Ms Thing has screened in over 50 film festivals internationally and won Audience Choice Award at QueerFruits Australia. He is the author of the award-winning novel, The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky.

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Atefeh Khademolreza (WGC)

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Location: Toronto

 

Atefeh Khademolreza is an award-winning writer and director born in Iran and living in Toronto, Canada with over fifteen years of experience making films internationally. She studied under the late maestro, Abbas Kiarostami before immigrating to Canada. Atefeh’s films have been screened at prestigious film festivals around the world, including the Berlin International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, and the Vienna International Film Festival. Atefeh is the 2021-2022 Filmmaker-in-Residence at the Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF’21) Micki Moore Residency. She is also an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus (2006), the Asian Film Academy (2008), the Serbia Interaction Film Camp (2006, 2016), and Reelworld E20 (2019). She also served as a jury member on multiple festivals including the Oscar-qualifying Tehran International Short Film Festival and TIFF’22’s Micki Moore Residency selection committee. Atefeh is driven to tell stories about women, immigration, and identity. Her work explores the experiences of disorientation and reorientation, both culturally and socially.  Atefeh holds a Master’s Degree in Film Production from York University (2019)  and she is a member of the Writers Guild of Canada and a member of the Iranian Short Film Association (ISFA). 

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Chantal Forde

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Location: Toronto

 

Chantal Forde is a writer, stage director, and educator who is as passionate about creating multi-faceted and flawed characters, as she is about breathing life into bright and sweet family shows. She has never been able to sit still for very long and loves to explore every corner of her imagination. Her writing style spans from her interactive, digital, dystopian drama “The Complex”, to her upbeat Trini TYA musical “Boy Boy and the Magic Drum”. The one thing that never seems to change with Chantal is how often she starts a sentence with “Imagine if…”

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Chrystelle Maechler

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Location: Toronto

 

Chrystelle is a TV director, producer, screenwriter, radio columnist, narrator, and jazz vocalist. Her documentary work has led her to explore a wide range of issues, for networks such as Radio-Canada/CBC, TV5 Unis, TFO, and Bell. She created and directed documentary series A new place called home, À la bonne franquette and Urban Resilience Toronto. Maechler has created content in French, English, and German.

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Deborah Chantson  (WGC)

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Location: Vancouver

 

Deborah is a Canadian-South African-Chinese writer whose specialties include preschool TV and interactive digital media, such as video games and TV-branded web content. She has gathered a wealth of story-telling fodder through six relocations in eight years,  most recently, from LA to NYC in a minivan with her husband, then 3-year-old and newborn.

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Gordon Loverin 

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Location: Tlingit and Tahltan Nations, BC

 

An Indigenous media content creator from Tlingit and Tahltan Nations of Northwestern BC with almost 4 decades in the industry. Gordon is a successful documentary producer/director and has created several projects over the years.  In 2020 he was chosen by Netflix to pitch his fictional series creation KANATA. In 2018 he placed in the top 25 for the Diversity of Voices Initiative at the Banff World Media Festival. In 2018, he received his narrative film Director Certification from Langara College's Film Arts program. In 2016, he co-wrote a short film script that placed in the top 10 at the Cannes Screenplay Contest. He's currently writing an Indigenous feature length screenplay which has an executive producer attached, and two TV series pilots. As an Indigenous media creator, he gravitates to telling stories that hold up the beauty and cultures of Indigenous peoples. "Our film arts should present our uniqueness to the world and not just focus on the effects of colonization. We are so much more than that."

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Graham Kent  (WGC)

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Location: Toronto

 

Graham Kent is a Toronto-based writer, creator, and (checks vitals) human being. Having branched from acting into writing, his on-screen work spans television, commercials, short and feature films, development on scripted projects, and VOD content for Bell Media. An alumnus of Humber College’s school of Comedy Writing and Performance, Graham sometimes makes with the ha-ha, focusing mainly on comedies and dramas. Graham was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at the age of 8, which taught him to look beneath the surface differences that divide us and seek the similarities that make us all human beings; a theme common within his original works. He believes we have more in common than in contrast, that we do better in cooperation than competition, and he swears for normal reasons. Graham is a proud member of both the WGC and IATSE 411.

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Hope Thompson

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Location: Toronto

 

Hope is a Toronto-based writer who works in theatre, film and television. As a genre-writer, she turns her queer eye to crime, horror, camp and comedy. Recent career standouts include the publication of her crime story “Stage Diary, 1953” (Cold Canadian Crime: Crime Writers of Canada’s 2022 Anthology) and two seasons writing on the CBC hit comedy series, Baroness Von Sketch Show. 

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Jamie Hrushowy

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 Location: Vancouver

 

Whether he is telling stories to a group of friends or entertaining audiences as a standup comedian, Jamie’s personality is known to fill a room. Adopted at birth into a Ukrainian family, Jamie's Irish-Trinidadian background, his sensitivity to the underdog, and the need to understand what makes people tick, inspires the worlds and characters that he creates. 

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Keenan Duke

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Location: Los Angeles

 

Keenan is a Los Angeles-based writer whose inspirations stem from his upbringing in the South. Growing up in and around a multitude of cultures has been the driving force of his perspective on the world, allowing him to tell stories through a unique lens.  Keenan credits involvement in sports, from the age of five through college, for shaping the person he is today. 

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Kim Manky

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Location: Vancouver

 

Kimberly Manky (she/her) is a writer based in Vancouver on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She is a Fellow of the Netflix Children’s Content Lab and RespectAbility's Entertainment Lab. Kimberly was a writer on Everybody’s Garden and MyABCmouse Classroom Live! She has written for Rakuten, Nickelodeon, ABCmouse and Disney, creating content and quizzes like, “Which Golden Girl Are You?” (Dorothy, FYI). Her TV pilots, specs, and features have placed in numerous screenwriting competitions, including the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting (top 100 of 7000+ entries). She studied Screenwriting at Oxford, Contextual Theology at St. Mellitus College, and received a Master’s Degree (Honours) from the University of London in Screenwriting. Kimberly aims to facilitate change and combat stigmas around mental health and disabilities, and hopes that her writing can bring awareness and understanding to these common human experiences.

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Lindsay Lee

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Location: Toronto

 

Lindsay is a writer, producer, and performer who specializes in practical filmmaking with puppets and model miniatures. Her recent credits Miikshi (TVOkids/Shaftesbury Kids) and Power Lines (in development with CBC Kids) feature quirky protagonists who don't always say the right things at the right times. A book-loving Chinese-Jamaican girl from Toronto, she loves to amplify the voices of misfit characters and give them a place to belong on screen.

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Lucy Belgum

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Location: Toronto

 

Lucy Belgum is a Transgender writer and director in Toronto. They have a fond love of miniatures, escapism and nature. Her stories are infused with her experiences growing up as a military brat who moved around a lot, rarely settling into one place, while also not being at home in their own body regardless of where they were swept off to.   She hopes to tell as many stories as she can that feature wonderful queer and trans characters while whisking them off into adventures across our world and many more.  When not telling stories, Lucy is a sculptor and thanks to the support of OAC has built several miniature based sculptures over the last few years. It’s either that, cuddling their cats (Riffraff and Luna)

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Melanee Murray-Hunt

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Location: Calgary

 

Melanee has been in front of and behind the camera since she was a kid. Her dramatic comedy short, Race Anonymous, about a recovering race-aholic who meets his brownskinned higher power, has won awards as has her gender bending solo stage show The ‘Hoodwink.  Whether its dystopian drama or absurdist satire, she uses her diverse, off-kilter perspective for some satisfyingly out-of-the-box storytelling. 

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Milan Somasundaram

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Location: Toronto

 

Milan's creativity spawns from an understanding that lives can change abruptly and laughter and acceptance needs to be a key focus in everyone's lives. His writing explores the spirituality in the mundane and the comedy in the solemn. Milan's current project is a series called Namaste which won a place in the Reelworld E20 incubator.

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Moniquea Marion

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Location: Saskatchewan

 

Moniquea is a Metis actor, comedian, writer, and director. She’s a graduate of the Second City Conservatory in Toronto and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in NYC. Moniquea was selected for 2019 BANFF Netflix-Diversity of Voices, 2019 Reelworld Emerging 20 program, and for 2018 Women On Screen Web Series Incubator. 

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Nikki Saltz  (WGC)

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Location: Toronto

 

Nikki Saltz is a South African-born screenwriter and story editor based in Toronto, Canada. She is the founder of script consulting boutique, House of Stories, and an alumnus of the Writers’ Lab at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre. Nikki holds an MFA in screenwriting and has taught at Toronto Film School and York University. She has served as a script consultant for the TIFF Writers’ Studio, a juror for the TIFF- CBC Screenwriter’s Award, and has lectured on Story and screenwriting across Canada. Nikki is currently in development on a one-hour comedy with director Lindsay MacKay (Ghost BFF, The Swearing Jar). When she's not writing, Nikki volunteers in dog rescue (she's fostered 14 dogs to date), and trains in boxing, Krav Maga and Brazillian Jiu Jitsu.

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Rennata Lopez

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Location: Toronto

 

Rennata is the creative force behind Lopii Productions. Her passion is creating content and telling stories. She wears many hats as director, showrunner, story editor, writer and casting director. Rennata loves working within the unscripted world (especially with children)  as she finds that the best kind of magic happens when it isn’t written down.

Prior to co-founding Lopii Productions with her sister Georgina in 2018, Rennata has worked on many productions  including the Emmy award-winning Giver (TVOkids), It’s My Party (TVOkids), What’s Inside? (TVOkids), Scare-Tactics (MTV), The Zone (YTV), Property Brothers (HGTV) and Pick a Puppy (YTV)..

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Samuel Kiehoon Lee

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Location: Toronto

 

Lee's parents escaped North Korea as children and immigrated to Toronto. He rewarded their lifetime of hardship by pursuing a life in the arts as a filmmaker. After spending a decade in Seoul, Lee produced the feature film GYOPO (NNNN review from NOW magazine).  A graduate of the CFC and York MFA film production, he's now collaborating with his Iranian filmmaker wife Atefeh Khademolreza.

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Scott McGuirk  (WGC)

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Location: Toronto

 

Scott is a Toronto-based writer whose credits include several hit kids TV shows such as Dino Ranch, Kingdom Force, and Dot. His animated sensibilities derive from his 5 years teaching kindergarten in Korea, and also from his lifelong hobby of collecting comic books. When he isn’t writing, Scott likes to be involved with as many queer sports leagues as is humanly possible, and can usually be found creating the next epic masterpiece for his drag alter ego TrayLa Park.

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Sina Sultani

Location: Vancouver

 

Sina was raised on science fiction with Persian music blasting in the background. That mix of Afghan-Canadian cultures formed the backbone of every project and has written a number of sci-fi, drama and comedy screenplays/pilots with Trans, Indigenous and Afro-Canadian artists, his unique blend of narratives has earned numerous awards at international competitions as a writer, director and producer.

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Stephanie Herrera  (WGC)

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Location: Toronto

 

Stephanie is a Latina comedian, multi-award-winning writer/performer, born and raised in downtown Toronto. An Honors graduate with a Double Major B.A. in Humanities and Playwriting, Stephanie has won her University’s “President Prize for Screenwriting,” a “Cross-Cultural Scholarship” for the Conservatory Program at Second City, and a Canadian Comedy Awards nomination.  

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Stephen Hunt

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Location: Calgary

 

Stephen comedic, coming-of-age solo show about being a white guy that the Public Theatre produced, which ended up scoring Steve and writing partner - and wife - Melanee an invite to Quincy Jones’ house in the hills of Brentwood, along with a development deal. Steve likes rom-coms, telling funny stories, sports, cooking and running road races slowly.  

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Ty Freedman

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Location: Boston

 

Ty Freedman is a writer, educator, and former circus clown. He always had an inkling that he experienced the world a bit differently… He received a late-in-life ASD diagnosis. He's spent over 15 years teaching pre-school teacher and  performed in children’s theatre across the US.  Ty created, wrote, and starred in his own kids' cooking show, Ty the Pie Guy. He plans to change the world by makings kids laugh for a living.

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Wahid Ibn Reza  (WGC)

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Location: Vancouver

 

Wahid has been an actor and writer on television in Bangladesh, which he dearly misses. While working in the Animation/VFx for shows such as Rick and Morty, Game Of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Wahid had his animated short on the climate crisis optioned by The National Film Board of Canada (NFB). 

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