Judges & Panelists
Paige Murray | Judge
Paige Murray has worked at the CBC for eight years within the content areas and is currently the Development Manager, Comedy and Drama for CBC English Television. As the key point of contact for comedy and drama submissions, Paige actively looks for new talent and projects and evaluates series pitches to fulfill CBC’s programming needs. Paige is also the programmer for Canadian Reflections, the longest running Canadian short film showcase on national broadcast television. She oversees the film acquisition, programming and scheduling strategy of this weekly show. Paige currently sits as Vice Chair of the Breakthroughs Film Festival Board. Breakthroughs is the only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to short films directed by emerging, women-identified directors.
Jason Anderson | Judge
Jason Anderson is the lead programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival’s Short Cuts programme. He’s also the director of programming for the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. A longtime critic and arts journalist in Toronto, he writes regularly for Uncut magazine, Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope and POV and was a writer and script consultant for The VICE Guide to Film. He teaches at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.
Thyrone Tommy | Judge
Thyrone Tommy is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been supported with grants from NBC Universal Canada, Kodak Motion Picture Film, and the Ontario Arts Council. Thyrone’s films have been celebrated internationally at over 30 festivals, including his most recent short, Mariner, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and was named one of TIFF Canada's Top Ten shorts of the year. He is currently in development of the feature films To Live and Die in Rexdale and Learn to Swim, the latter of which through Telefilm's Talent to Watch program. Thyrone is an alumnus of TIFF Talent Lab and the Canadian Film Centre's Directors Lab.
Tiffany Hsiung | Panelist
Tiffany Hsiung is an international award-winning filmmaker based in Toronto. She recently received the prestigious Peabody Award for her documentary The Apology. Her socially conscious work and dynamic artistry sparks a unique energy in the stories of marginalized individuals and communities. Hsiung’s approach to storytelling is driven by the relationship that is built with the people she meets both in front and behind the lens. By shooting much of her own work, Hsiung obtains unobtrusive access to the stories she captures. Hsiung is a graduate of Ryerson University, where she studied film production. She was the recipient of the Norman Jewison award. Her award winning short film ‘Binding Borders’ (2007), screened in film festivals internationally and propelled her to direct the RCI/CBC six-part mini series on Beijing’s first ever Olympic Games A New Face for Beijing (2008).
Luis De Filippis | Panelist
Luis De Filippis is a Canadian-Italian trans femme filmmaker whose work celebrates otherness and employs a fierce female gaze. Their work has played internationally at festivals such as TIFF, Rotterdam, and BFI. Their most recent work, For Nonna Anna, won the Best Short Narrative Award at the Atlanta International Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at Sundance. With generous assistance provided by the TIFF Canadian Women in Film Fellowship they attended the Tiff Filmmaker Lab in September 2018.
Karen Chapman | Panelist
Born to Guyanese parents, award-winning filmmaker Karen Chapman has screened her work everywhere from subway displays and airplanes to classrooms and international festivals. A graduate of Emily Carr University, Chapman is an alumna of the Banff Centre, a Hot Docs Accelerator Fellow, and was named one of Playback’s “5 Filmmakers to Watch” in 2018. Chapman honed her craft in the Directors Lab at the Canadian Film Centre and her film Lesson Injustice won Best Screenplay Award at WIFT's 2019 Showcase. Currently she is preparing to shoot her first feature film, Village Keeper, through Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch Program.
Kazik Radwanski | Judge
Kazik Radwanski studied film in Toronto, completing a BFA at Ryerson University and an MFA at York University. In 2008 he co-founded the production company MDFF with Dan Montgomery. His short films screened at the Berlinale Shorts Competition for three consecutive years. In 2012 Radwanski directed his first feature film Tower which had its world premiere at the 65th Locarno International Film Festival. The film went on to screen at many festivals including The Toronto International Film Festival, The Viennale, and New Directors/ New Films presented by MoMA. His second feature How Heavy This Hammer had its international premiere at The 66th Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Canadian film of the Year by the Toronto Film Critics Association. Most recently his short film Scaffold was invited to screen at the 70th Locarno International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival and New York Film Festival.
Alicia K. Harris | Judge
Alicia K. Harris is Toronto-based filmmaker. She graduated from Ryerson’s film studies prohram in 2016, and was awarded Best Director and the Norman Jewison Award for Best Production for her thesis film “Love Stinks.” The film won a Golden Sheaf Award (Yorkton Film Festival, 2017) and was licensed to CBC for broadcast. Collectively, her work has also been broadcast on TVO, Bell Fibe TV1, and at numerous festivals, including the Festival du nouveau cinéma, Vancouver International Film Festival and Atlantic International Film Festival. Her upcoming short, PICK, has been supported by the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils and the NFB, and was featured in The Toronto Star and on CTV News. She was recently chosen as one of The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s directing apprentices, out of 400 applicants from all over Canada. Alicia is the co-founder of SUGAR GLASS FILMS, dedicated to creating films about women and marginalized groups.
Ashleigh Rains | Judge
Ashleigh Rains has appeared in more than 30 films and television series including The Handmaid’s Tale, Kim’s Convenience and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Continuing to challenge herself and have a greater role in the creative process, Ashleigh began producing. Her work includes music videos, commercials, shorts, digital series and features that have screened at international film festivals, selected by Telefilm Not Short on Talent at Cannes, Claremont-Ferrand and SXSW, and received multiple nominations and awards including winning WIFT’s Best of Showcase. Ashleigh is Co-Programmer for the Canadian Film Fest, a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, ACTRA and WIFT, where she volunteers as a mentor.
Greg Jeffs | Panelist
Greg Jeffs has spent the past decade producing award-winning short and web content, for which he has been awarded multiple filmmaking grants from organizations including Telefilm, Telus Optik, Telus Storyhive and Bravofact. His productions have also received several nominations from the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association (AMPIA). In 2016, he was asked to join the TIFF stage as part of the 2016 Telefilm PITCH THIS! program. Greg’s current work with William F. White Int’l combines his vast knowledge of Canadian independent filmmaking with the world of professional filmmaking equipment and support. He actively develops long-lasting relationships with emerging and established content creators at all stages of their production to guarantee they obtain maximum value by providing mentorship and advisement on all possible funding opportunities. In working closely with and nurturing filmmakers, Greg ensures their finished product is the best as it can be.
Stuart Campbell | Panelist
Stuart Campbell is a cinematographer who currently resides in Toronto but shoots globally. He discovered his love for the arts is his 20’s and spent years as an art director at some of Canada’s top advertising agencies, being recognized for his work internationally. Stuart’s route to becoming an awarded cinematographer was by no means traditional but it’s that indirect path that brings the unique vision to the films, commercials, music videos, and documentaries that he works on.