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.
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Guillermina Buzio is a Toronto-based artist. She holds a BFA from the National University of Fine Arts (Argentina), a Bachelor of Media Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, and an MFA from OCAD University. Her work focuses on identity and human rights through a diverse range of mediums including video installation and performance. Her pieces have been shown in festivals, exhibitions and screenings both nationally and internationally. Recently, Buzio has curated screenings for The Museum of Modern Art (Buenos Aires), BIM (Bienal de Arte en Movimiento), New Toronto Works, Fundacion Telefonica (Argentina). She teaches Intro to Video Editing at Continuing Studies at OCADU.
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.
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".
Suzanne Carte is a curator and art critic. Her exhibitions have appeared across Canada and Australia, and her critical writing has been published in Magenta Magazine, Art Writ, and Huffington Post. After working for the Blackwood Gallery and the Art Gallery of Mississauga, she joined the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) in 2008 as Assistant Curator. Within Suzanne¹s independent practice, she has curated exhibitions in public spaces, artist-run centres, commercial and public art galleries including All Systems Go!, Under New Management, MOTEL and Man’s Ruin. Suzanne sits on the Board of Directors for Images Festival, the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture. She holds an MA in Contemporary Art History from Sotheby's Art Institute in New York and a BFA from the University of Windsor.
Anthea Black (b. 1981) is a Canadian artist, writer, and cultural worker based in Toronto. Black has exhibited in Canada, the US, France, Germany, and The Netherlands, Norway, and most notably as part of the Oh, Canada program at Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival, the National Queer Arts Festival, and Gestures of Resistance at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Her texts on contemporary art, craft, and performance appear in numerous publications, and she was a contributing editor for FUSE Magazine from 2008-2014. Her collaborative writing with Nicole Burisch is included in The Craft Reader (ed. Glenn Adamson, Bloomsbury) and Extra/ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art (ed. Maria Elena Buszek, Duke University Press). Black’s curatorial projects include SINCERITY OVERDRIVE (2005), SUPERSTRING (2006), and the ongoing research platform and touring exhibition No Place: Queer Geographies on Screen (initiated in 2011), which have focused on embodied perspectives and politics in relational practice, contemporary textiles, and queer film and video respectively. Black is dedicated to artist-run models for culture and has presented the work of over 150 artists in her roles as Director of Stride Gallery, Board President of M:ST Performative Art Festival, Assistant Curator at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at ACAD all in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Exhibitions Manager at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada. As a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2003 (BFA, Drawing), Black was recently named the 2015 ACAD Board of Governors Alumni of Excellence. In 2012, she was the Viola Frey Visiting Artist-Scholar at the California College of Art and currently teaches printmaking, book arts, and publications at OCAD University in Toronto Canada.
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.
Mélanie Lê Phan
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.