A must-attend for emerging media makers. Meet major industry players in the Canadian landscape, as they break down the challenges of getting into the industry and thriving in it. Then sign up for our inaugural Tea Talks* for a more in-depth conversation with these working professionals.
*Tea Talks have limited slots available, and are on a first come, first served basis. Admission is $5, except for graduates of the Unsung Voices program and/or Emerging Pitch Finalists. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oliver Husain is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. In 2016 his installation Isla Santa Maria 3D was shown at Gallery TPW Toronto, Western Front Vancouver and in/future festival, Ontario Place. His work is represented by Susan Hobbs Gallery.
Independent writer/director Mina Shum, born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, calls Vancouver home base. She has written and directed four award winning feature films that have successfully touched international and domestic audiences. All of her features premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and two features made their US premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. They have been released commercially in over 50 countries.
Born in Ottawa, ON, Canada to Korean immigrant parents, Albert Shin graduated from York University in Toronto with a B.F.A. in Film and Video Production in 2006. After graduating, Albert began directing, producing and editing a variety of music videos, short films and short documentaries before directing his debut feature, POINT TRAVERSE in 2009. In 2014, Albert’s second feature, In Her Place premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before screening at numerous film festivals worldwide. In Her Place went on to receive 7 Canadian Screen Award nominations including Best Picture, Director, and Original Screenplay. In addition to his directorial efforts, Albert was a producer on Igor Drljaca’s Krivina (2012) and The Waiting Room (2015), both playing to worldwide festival acclaim. Together with Igor, they founded the Toronto-based production company TimeLapse Pictures, which specializes in producing artist-driven films to an international audience.
Karen Tsang is the Manager of Development for Scripted Content at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. As the key point of contact for all comedy and drama submissions, Karen actively looks for new projects and evaluates series pitches to fulfill CBC’s programming needs. She is involved in the development and production of various original series such as Mr. D, Baroness von Sketch Show, and My 90-Year-Old Roommate. Karen is also responsible for screening, acquiring, and scheduling short films for Canadian Reflections, Canada’s longest running short film showcase, and has sat on the selection jury for CBC’s Short Film Face Off, Telus Storyhive Digital Shorts, and Toronto Youth Shorts.
Sam Chou is an award-winning creator, director and founder of Toronto animation studio, Style5.tv. He co-created and directed the web-series CRIME: The Animated Series, premiering at Sundance, TIFF and winning Best Series for Adults at OIAF. Sam has won numerous awards as Director of Animation for the documentaries, The Real Superhumans for The Discovery Channel and Fly Colt Fly for The Movie Network. Currently, Sam is directing an animated series for Sprout, NBCUniversal, centering on a Chinese-American boy who spends the summer with his grandparents in China where, through Martial Arts, he learns ancient lessons of mindfulness.
Richard Young’s acting credits include the feature remake Flatliners (directed by Niels Arden Oplev), the feature The History Of Love (acting opposite Sir Derek Jacobi), American Gothic (CBS), Incorporated (SyFy) and The Strain (FX). He also won the award for Best Supporting Actor in the Asians On Film Festival for his performance in the film Virtual Hitman. Richard is also a co-creator/writer on the Bell Media OMNI/Rogers digital series Sudden Master, and he produced/wrote/acted in the digital series Off2Kali, which was profiled by CBC’s Punchline. He is an alumnus of the Writers Guild of Canada Diverse Screen Writers Program, and as an artist of South-Asian background, is also part of ACTRA’s Diversity Committee.
Milda Yoo is currently the Manager of Sales & Acquisitions at Pacific Northwest Pictures, a Canadian film distributor that releases international and Canadian content across all platforms. She has held previous positions at Warner Bros. Entertainment Canada, eOne Films and Alliance Films, Hot Docs and TIFF. Her producing credits include the short films Good Morning (2014) directed by Peter Knegt and Stephen Dunn and the forthcoming film Plus One, recipient of a BravoFACT award in 2016.
Serena Lee is an interdisciplinary artist, practising and collaborating internationally. She holds an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute (NL) and an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She works with cultural organizations and communities in Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany, and as an educator in Experiential Learning at OCAD University. Serena is third-generation Chinese-Canadian and was born in Toronto.