The feature- and short-film selections are chosen by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals from across Canada. Over the years, the panel has included many high profile directors and actors, including Patricia Rozema, Atom Egoyan, Jean-Marc Vallée and Liane Balaban. In 2012, panelists included radio host Matt Galloway (CBC's Metro Morning), actor and filmmaker Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky, Good Neighbours), and award-winning producer Jennifer Jonas (I'm Yours, Trigger).
Feature Film Panelists
Daniel Cockburn is a Toronto-based filmmaker, writer, and video artist. His first feature, You Are Here, won the top prize at the European Media Art Festival and played over forty festivals, including Toronto, Locarno and Rotterdam. His latest feature-length project, The Engineers, won the Telefilm Canada Pitch This! prize at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and is currently in development at the Canadian Film Centre.
Liz Czach is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, and a former programmer of Canadian film for the Toronto International Film Festival. She has been published in Cinema Journal, Journal of Canadian Studies and The Moving Image, as well as a number of edited collections including Transnational Stardom, Theorizing Film Acting, and Canadian Television: Text and Context.
Simon Ennis is the writer-director of the featureYou Might As Well Live and the documentaryLunarcy!. His films have played many festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, IDFA, and Edinburgh International Film Festival. As an infant he was once held by legendary German actor Klaus Kinski.
Martin Katz is one of the most prolific feature film producers in Canada. Prior to founding Prospero Pictures, he served as a senior executive at CBC, Atlantis Communications and Microsoft. His film credits include Bronwen Hughes’ Stander and the award-winning Hotel Rwanda. A longtime collaborator of David Cronenberg, he counts among his credits Spider, A Dangerous Method,Cosmopolis and the forthcoming Maps to the Stars.
Anita Lee is a producer with the National Film Board of Canada and the founder of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Her films have screened at major festivals worldwide, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, Venice and Berlin, and have been widely broadcast and theatrically released. Her recent credits include The Bodybuilder and I, FLicKeR,Home Again, and Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, which won Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards.
Jason Ryle is the Executive Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, where he oversees all aspects of the organization including programming, operations, finance, and the annual festival. He has written for the Smithsonian Institution and numerous publications throughout North America. Ryle currently sits on the Board of Directors for Vtape, an independent video distributor, and is a script reader for The Harold Greenberg Fund, which provides financial aid to Canadian filmmakers.
Alison Zimmer is the Coordinator for Film Circuit, TIFF’s programming outreach division, which brings Canadian and international independent films and artists to over 160 communities from British Columbia to Newfoundland. Originally from Halifax, Zimmer is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
Feature Film Panelists
Rafael Katigbak is a Montreal-born writer who cut his teeth in his hometown’s small but fervent Anglophone alternative-media scene as a columnist for the crucial and now-defunt Montreal Mirror. Since then he has been published in En Route, Strut Magazine, and XLR8R. As the Canadian editor of Vice magazine, he spends some of his time producing online video content, such as the recent three-part exploration of Canadian’s marijuana industry, B.C. Bud.
Nathan Morlando is a writer, director, and co-founder, with Allison Black, of Euclid 431 Pictures. His debut feature, Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster, won the Toronto International Film Festival’s Best Canadian First Feature award, and went on to earn five Genie nominations, two Director’s Guild of Canada nominations, and was honoured by TIFF as one of Canada’s Top Ten films of 2011. Morlando recently directed BBC America’s Copper, executive produced by Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana.
Magali Simard is the Manager of Film Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox, where she works on New Releases, TIFF Cinematheque and ongoing series. She also sits on several festival juries, and is part of the programming team for the Toronto International Film Festival's Short Cuts Canada programme and TIFF's Student Film Showcase. Simard is a regular guest on Radio-Canada programs and has hosted screenings for the National Film Board, the National Screen Institute and Ryerson University.
Mazdak Taebi is a writer-director who has been working in film production in Toronto for the past seventeen years. His feature debut, Mercy, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006 to great acclaim. Taebi’s second feature, Anomie, will be released in 2014, and he is currently in production on his latest project, The Blind Owl.
David Weaver is an award-winning writer and director of film and television. He is the director of the short film Moon Palace, which won fifteen international awards, the features Century Hotel andSiblings, both Official Selections of the Toronto International Film Festival, and The Samaritan, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Wilkinson. Weaver has also directed a number of TV movies, including Charlie & Me, which was nominated for the Gemini Award for Best Family Television Movie.