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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: Vancouver

 

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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Andrew Malabre

Location: Toronto

 

Andrew is a proud Winnipegger who, now based in Toronto, has written numerous comedic stage reviews with high success. As a screenwriter, he was a finalist at TIFF Pitch for his first feature film. Through the CFC Primetime television program, he has lent his talents to numerous writing rooms. Andrew also teaches screenwriting at three colleges.

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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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Atefeh Khademolreza (WGC)

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Location: Toronto

 

Atefeh was born in Iran and studied under the late maestro, Abbas Kiarostami before immigrating to Canada. Being a newcomer has profoundly affected her personally and professionally which, in turn, has greatly influenced her filmmaking. Her work concerns itself with the experience of disorientation, both culturally and socially, that one undergoes when relocating.

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Location: Toronto, ON

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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: New Jersey

 

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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Graham Kent  (WGC)

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Location: Toronto

 

Graham travels the road of Story. He's camped at Comedian and Actor along the way (great views!), but he's never strayed from Fiction Freeway. Graham is a Tourette-Syndrome-having, dark-and-witty-humour-espousing, five-dollar-word-using, master-hyphen-conjoining creator, writer, and human being who swears for normal reasons.

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Honey B Singh

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Location: Toronto

 

Honey is a tri-culture kid who spent her childhood in Delhi, teen years in Toronto and adulthood in Singapore. Honey attended NYU Tisch for her MFA in Film Production where she learned the craft of writing-directing (and pitching) romcoms. Honey’s focus is telling stories about women-of- colour navigating love, life and everything in between. 

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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, mystery, camp and comedy. Recent career standouts include the publication of her lesbian crime play, “Trapped!” (QueerPlay: Playwrights Canada Press) 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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Mark Govin

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Location: Toronto

 

Mark is a South African -Canadian writer and show creator. In 2018, after years in software sales, he decided to chase his dream of being in the entertainment industry. He creates and writes cop shows. Mark is always finding ways to surprise the audience. He says he writes police dramas because secretly he wishes he was Magnum P.I.

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Melanee Murray-Hunt

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Location: Toronto

 

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 Toronto based 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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Nattasha Shrestha

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Location: Vancouver

 

Nattasha is a comedy drama TV writer whose strengths stem from her deep connection to her mixed South and Southeast Asian heritage. Having been raised in both the east and the west, her stories seek to bridge the gap between the two worlds on the screen. 

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Raghed Charabaty

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Location: Toronto

 

Raghed is a Lebanese-Canadian filmmaker with a love for the magical realist, the romantic, and the thrilling. Having narrowly survived the 2020 Beirut explosion, Raghed returned to Toronto, developing multiple scripts and film projects through the various Canadian Art Councils. A TIFF Canada’s Top Ten alumnus, Raghed’s work deals with passion, loss, and surrealism through a colorful and intricate kaleidoscope.

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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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Sina Sultani

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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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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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Seth Mohan

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Location: Toronto

 

Seth speaks from a place of having overcome his shyness, being bullied in high school and how his experiences shaped his dream of becoming a creator in the world of Film/TV. He is a curious-minded individual with a passion for telling stories that uplift and inspire audiences. 

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Stephanie Hererra

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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: Toronto

 

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 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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