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.
Jaclyn Bruneau is a writer, editor and organizer based in Toronto. She's currently the editor of C magazine. www.jacbruneau.net
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.
Julieta Maria is a Toronto based media artist with an MFA from York University. Her work has been shown in several screenings and exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Her practice includes a variety of media, including video performance, film and installations. Julieta has worked in the field of media arts as a facilitator, teaching workshops in video production, video editing and interactive video. She has also co-curated several Internet and media exhibitions, including Voz a Voz - hosted by YYZ in Toronto in October 2015- and the Symposium of Decolonial Aesthetics, hosted by the University of Toronto in 2013. She was a co-founder of e-Fagia Visual and Media Art Organization in Toronto, which she directed until 2016.
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".
Max completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at McGill University, and a J.D. at Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. While in law school, Max was a recipient of the 2012 Gowlings WLG Law & Technology Prize, awarded in the course “Law and Technology” for his paper “Corporate Cyber-Censorship: The Problems with Freedom of Expression Online,” published in 2013 in the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology. In addition to Images, Max is also on the board of the Artists' Legal Advice Services (ALAS), an independent organization of lawyers working with volunteer law students from the University of Toronto to provide free summary legal advice and resources to artists living in Ontario.
Manolo is a Mexican born Toronto-based artist and educator working in performance, video, photography, and installation. His work speaks to the conditions of migrancy, precarity and queerness in advanced capitalism. He has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally in venues including the University of Toronto’s Art Centre, AGO's First Thursdays, Sur Gallery, TRANSMUTED International Festival of Performance Art (Mexico City), LIVE Biennial of Performance Art (Vancouver), Visualeyez Performance Art Festival (Edmonton), amongst other venues. He received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University and completed a Masters of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto in 2013. He has worked as a faculty in the Visual Studies Department at the University of Toronto and at OCAD University; he is currently the Digital Media Technician in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
Mani Mazinani (b.1984, Iran) is a Toronto-based artist working in installation, video, film, photographs, multiples, sound and music. His practice evolved from an early interest in sound recording, and now explores the process of translating thoughts into recordings. His visual work is concerned with scale and perception, often combining subject matter and medium. In 2019, his Aerophone Recordings label issued the LP Shift, made in collaboration with Sanaz Mazinani and Michael Snow. Recent exhibitions and performances include Tate Modern, London (2019); Tehran International Electronic Music Festival (2017); Suzhou Industrial Park Culture & Expo Square (2016); Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2015); and Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2015).
Julia Huynh (b. 1993, Peterborough, Ontario) is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Toronto. Huynh received her HBA from the Art and Art History joint program between the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. She is a graduate candidate of the Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management Program at Ryerson University.