Amar Wala, Chair
With his debut feature The Secret Trial 5 (2014), Amar Wala established himself as a daring new voice in Canadian cinema. A graduate of York University's acclaimed Film program, he believes deeply in cinema's ability to create awareness and facilitate social change. Passionate about both documentary and narrative film, Wala's dramatic work has also garnered high praise at home and abroad. Cameron Bailey, Director of TIFF, named Amar one of Toronto's Top Ten Filmmakers in 2008. The Secret Trial 5 received the 2014 Magnus Isacsson Award at RIDM, as well as a Jury mention in the Emerging Filmmaker category at Hot Docs. The film would also be named one of Now Magazine's Top Ten Films of 2014.
Lise Beaudry, Treasurer
Lise Beaudry is a Franco-Ontarian artist originally from Earlton, a rural town near the Ontario-Québec border. Now residing in Toronto, she works as cultural facilitator, educator and consultant. For seven years, she was the Executive Director of Gallery 44, a leading artist run center dedicated to the advancement of contemporary image practices. She continues to be an active artist exhibiting across Canada and internationally including Les rencontres internationales de la photographie (Arles), Grunt Gallery (Vancouver), A Space (Toronto), Biennial of Young Artists (Romania), Ice Follies, (North Bay), Art Gallery of Hamilton, and Art Gallery of Mississauga. In 2012, Beaudry won the BMW Exhibition Prize at the Contact Photography Festival. She currently is a professor in the Art and Art History program at the University of Toronto in Mississauga.
Mélanie Lê Phan, Secretary
Mélanie has worked at CBC Television in both Scripted and Unscripted programming for the past three years. She is currently the development coordinator for Factual programming, CBC Docs (Firsthand, The Nature of Things) and Digital Shorts. When completing her studies in film production at UBC, Mélanie worked as a researcher for Please Adjust Your Set an academic-led initiative to track the representation of women in film and television. She has produced a number of scripted and documentary shorts since 2010 and was Associate Producer on the feature The Backward Class (Hot Docs, 2014). While in Vancouver Mélanie also worked in production for a season of the NBC/Universal show Psych and joined the CMPA team (BC Producer's branch) as Coordinator of Communications and Administration for two years.
Ariana Ayoub is a Fundraising and Events Manager, currently at Sick Kids Hospital, and formerly at Canadian Art Foundation, working closely with artists, community leaders, patrons, corporate partners and art audiences. Ariana is an active participant in the Toronto arts community and particularly enjoys attending openings and auctions. Ariana has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and is currently completing a Certificate in Fundraising Management at Ryerson University.
Michael Chisholm was born in Toronto to immigrant parents from Trinidad and Tobago, and Scotland. He has an undergraduate degree in economics from York University, is currently a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) candidate, and Associate, Global Corporate Banking, RBC Capital Markets. He joined the Images Festival board in 2016 because of his passion for visual arts and film, and contributes to the organization as a financial advisor.
June was born in Seoul, South Korea, and now lives in Toronto, Canada. As a visual artist, she utilizes the assumed functions of hyphenation, as to both connect and divide two (or more) entities, and raises questions on the prescribed ethnic subject’s positioning in the current universalized and institutionalized construction of ethnic work. Her multi-disciplinary works (photo, video, sound, text, installation, performance and writing) have shown around nationally and internationally. She received numerous grants and awards from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council for her projects, including the K.M. Hunter Artist Award (2004) and the Chalmers Arts Fellowship (2016). She holds a BFA from York University, a MFA from University of Windsor, and a PhD (Practice-based research in Visual Arts) from York University. She currently teaches as a sessional lecturer at University of Toronto (Visual Studies program), at York University (Department of Visual Art and Art History), and OCAD University (Cross-Disciplinary Art Program).
Dylan Reibling, raised in Baden, Ontario, is an award-winning filmmaker who works across several genres - from documentary to drama. His documentary work focuses on science, technology, and environmental work. His recent investigative film Looking for Mike led to the solving of a 23-year-old missing person case and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Program. Dylan's short dramatic films have been featured at over 50 film festivals around the world including Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca, Palm Springs, and the BFI London Film Festival. Dylan won Best Director (Drama) at the Yorkton Film Festival for his short film "Record".