The Future of Film Showcase (FOFS) is a Canadian not-for-profit media arts organization established in 2014 and founded by Canadian filmmakers Eric Bizzarri and Shant Joshi. FOFS screens short films by Canadian filmmakers aged 40 and younger. FOFS fosters the future of emerging Canadian filmmakers by providing a platform that celebrates their art with an audience as unique as they are, and one that allows filmmakers to network, cultivate, and share their talent.
Co-Founder & Artistic Director
Director of Marketing
Director of Accessibility
Director of Operations
President - Fae Pictures
Shant Joshi is a queer Indo-Canadian producer based in Toronto and Los Angeles. His credits include the features, Porcupine Lake (TIFF, Busan, Rome, Outfest), Last Car (director John Greyson), and Framing Agnes (Tribeca, Inside Out, Outfest - Best Experimental); the hit web-series, Teenagers, Dekkoo original series, I'm Fine, and more than 15 short films that have travelled the global festival circuit. Joshi co-founded the Future of Film Showcase as a launchpad for emerging Canadian filmmakers, and he previously worked in literary representation and packaging at Buchwald and Lit Entertainment Group (fka Madhouse Entertainment). He is a recent alum of the Canadian Film Centre's Producers' Lab and owns and operates Fae Pictures, a production company with a mandate to "engage audiences with stories rooted in the perspectives of the Other."
Executive Director - Banff World Media Festival
A seasoned senior executive with international experience across media enterprise, cultural organizations, publishing, fundraising & social change initiatives | Created, financed, executive produced Emmy-nominated documentary series | Strategic & diplomatic in working with public & private stakeholders | Originated & implemented large-scale gender equity & diversity programs | Advocate for creators & superfan of the film & TV industry.
Filmmaker - Founder of Exquisite Shorts Projects
Sophy Romvari is a filmmaker born in Victoria, B.C. and based in Toronto. Her critically acclaimed short films have travelled the international festival circuit and have earned her a reputation as a leading young talent.
Her 2017 hybrid documentary Pumpkin Movie premiered at True/False to considerable praise, as well as at Hot Docs and Sheffield Doc Fest. It has been praised by critics as "a lovely, subtle work of feminist protest." In 2018 her short Norman Norman received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was also the centerpiece of “Super Succinct and Radically Direct,” a retrospective of Sophy’s work at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. She has directed documentary films for such acclaimed outlets such as CBC Short Docs (In Dog Years, 2019) and Kino Lorber (Remembrance of József Romvári, 2020).
Sophy completed her Master of Fine Arts at York University, where she shot her thesis film Still Processing. The film had its World Premiere at TIFF in Sept 2020 where critics called it “her most masterful and heart-wrenching work to date; the kind of personal reflection on family and loss some directors and writers can spend their entire lifetimes striving to accomplish.” (The Gate)
Creative and Culture Officer - City of Vaughn
Currently a Creative and Cultural Development Officer with the City of Vaughan, Mirella is responsible for the management, planning, development and activation of initiatives and programs for the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Community Engagement Plan (VMC) as it relates to the economic development of Culture identified in the Culture and Public Art Strategy for City of Vaughan. As the lead for the development and implementation of projects/programs her work is instrumental in fostering and enhancing the cultural growth of the City of Vaughan as a vibrant and creative municipality, she provides her expertise and leadership in knowledge of cultural trends and development in the cultural sector; assesses any required resources; formulates strategies and proposes initiatives to increase Cultural impact on the economic and social aspects of the VMC and City of Vaughan.
Mirella is also the project lead for citywide National, Provincial and Local cultural initiatives and events. Mirella’s exceptional facilitation and negotiating techniques in innovative partnerships serves to support the advancement and development of Culture, tourism sectors and related creative industries as it relates to the Culture and Public Art Framework. She also serves as the Arts and Culture Liaison to the arts community of Vaughan and greater GTA, including working with various arts committees and creative industries to facilitate initiatives and programming citywide. Mirella consults and collaborates with external cultural industries and organizations, including the development of contacts with others at the Municipal, Provincial, and Federal levels, non-governmental organizations and interest groups, other agencies and the private sector.