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 filmmaking is mostly autoethnographic with a focus on processing trauma, either personally or collectively. She is playful in her approach to documentary as a form, blurring the lines between fiction and reality.
In 2018 her short Norman Norman received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, where critics described it as “a rich, fully developed narrative, bridging the gulf between denial and acceptance in a mere seven minutes.” The film was 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, and was selected as the best short film of the year by rogerebert.com critic Justine Smith.
Sophy has recently completed her Masters of Fine Arts at York University.
Albert Shin is a Korean-Canadian filmmaker who co-founded the Toronto-based production company, Timelapse Pictures, with fellow filmmaker, Igor Drljaca. His film, IN HER PLACE (2014), received 7 Canadian Screen Award nominations including Best Picture, Director and Original Screenplay, as well as the Jay Scott Prize for Emerging Artist by the Toronto Film Critics Association. Albert was also a producer on Drljaca’s KRIVINA (2012), THE WAITING ROOM (2015) and THE STONE SPEAKERS (2018) all of which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before screening at numerous festivals worldwide. His newest feature as writer & director is DISAPPEARANCE AT CLIFTON HILL (2019), a mystery set in Niagara Falls, which premiered at TIFF ’19 and is slated to be released in February 2020 by IFC Midnight and Elevation Pictures.
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.
Scott Miller Berry
Scott Miller Berry is a filmmaker and cultural worker. By day he’s Managing Director at Workman Arts an art + mental health organization in Toronto that presents Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival. Previously he was Executive Director at the Images Festival. He sits on the Board of Toronto Media Arts Centre [TMAC]; is on staff of annual Film Farm 16mm residency and programs films via the year-round re:assemblage collective. Recent screenings of his short films include: Manchester, Wales, Montréal, Lisbon, Bangalore, Jakarta, Ottawa, Vienna, Oberhausen, Québec City and a solo retrospective at Colectivo Toronto.