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Board & Staff


 Lauren Howes
Executive Director

Lauren Howes has been working as the Executive Director of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre since 2006. She is also currently the Chairperson on the Board of the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO) 2009-present, she sits on the advisory committee for Visual and Media Art at the Toronto Arts Council, and served as Treasurer on the Board (2008-2010) of the Independent Media Arts Alliance. Through her work in distribution she attends numerous film festivals and media art markets worldwide promoting and presenting Canadian media art globally, including: Dublin, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Hamburg, Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Seoul, Bangalore and Buenos Aires.

 Aimée Mitchell
Distribution Manager
Educational Development + Outreach


Aimée Mitchell is the current Distribution and Office Manager for the CFMDC. She oversees Bookings and Print Traffic, Social Media, and Educational Outreach. She has been active with the Centre since 2005 through the Film Preservation Committee, the Young Canada Works Internship Program, and CFMDC Special Projects.  She is the Project Coordinator for The Visible City Project + Archive, The Leona Drive Project, and The Expo ’67 Expanded Cinema Project, supporting the work of artists and important research in Canadian film history and art practice. She has sat on the Executive Committee for the Film Studies Association of Canada (2009-2011) and the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies (2010-2012). Aimée is currently completing a PhD in Communication & Culture at York University, studying Canadian amateur cinema, the politics of the archive, cultural historiography, and film preservation. Oh, and she has two cats.

 Claire Egan
Membership + Acquisitions Coordinator

Claire Egan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University. Her work has shown in galleries across Toronto as well as in New York City, Panama City and Amsterdam. In addition to her position as Membership  + Acquisitions Coordinator at the CFMDC, Claire has worked for numerous festivals and not-for-profit organizations including: Subtle Technologies, aluCine Latin Media Festival, XPACE Cultural Centre and the International AIDS Conference. Claire also co-founded and co-facilitated conSECUENCIAS, an experimental animation workshop for at-risk youth in Panama. Prior to the CMFDC, she programmed the experimental sidebar for Inside Out, Toronto’s LGBT Film & Video Festival. Claire is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

 Candice Napoleone
Membership + Acquisitions Intern

Candice Napoleone is a recent graduate of the Art History BA program at the University of Guelph. She has been living and working in Toronto since 2012. Previous to the CFMDC, Candice has been involved with various art spaces/publications around the city including Art Metropole, C Magazine and Papirmass. She hopes to soon familiarize herself with the CFMDC collection, as well as maintain already existing relationships with its filmmakers and the community in general.

 Edward Fawcett Sharpe
Technical Coordinator

Edward Fawcett Sharpe is a Filmmaker, Freelance Videographer/Editor, and the Technical Coordinator at CFMDC. Just ask him about codec’s!

 Rebecca Gruihn
Technical Assistant

Rebecca Gruihn is a Filmmaker, Programmer, Video Editor and Educator located in the Toronto, Canada. She is a currently the Educational Programmer at the Images festival, the Programming Director of the Parkdale Film & Video Showcase, and holds regular teaching contracts at York University. As a freelance Video Editor, Rebecca has worked with such artists as Scott Miller Berry, Mark Pariselli, Matthew Hogue, Jennifer Dysart and Francis Lebouthillier. Her short films have screened at The Montreal World Wide Film Festival, The Moving Images Festival, The International Student Film Festival Hollywood and Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival where her film Birdbath was nominated for Best Short Film.

 Genne Speers
Print Maintenance Specialist

Genne has been with the CFMDC since 2007 and is currently Print Maintenance Specialist. She has worked on the technical team for several film festivals including; Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs and Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. Genne holds a Masters in Cinema and Film Archiving from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK and is pursuing a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies at York University, Toronto. She has worked on projects at the BFI National Archive, Berkhamsted, UK and UNESCO, Paris, France. Her research interests include: traditional and counter archival theory, critical theory and experience, and regimes of perspective in documentary practice. She lives with Hoito.

 John Armstrong

John is currently finishing up his Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto with a focus in Computer Science. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union, and has interest in integrating his art practice with computer programming.

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 Stephen Broomer

Stephen Broomer (b. 1984) is a filmmaker, film preservationist, and poet. He holds a BFA in Film and Video Production, an MA in Film Studies, and is presently engaged in writing his doctoral dissertation on the fate of difficult art and the Canadian avant-garde film. He has given public presentations of his film restoration work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Film Institute, and the Pleasure Dome (Toronto). His films are distributed by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (Toronto) and LightCone (Paris), and his films have screened as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's Wavelengths, EXIS (Seoul), the Images Festival (Toronto), and the New York Film Festival's Views from the Avant-Garde. He is presently the scholar-in-residence at the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre at Ryerson University.

 Mary J. Daniel

Mary J Daniel is a media artist and educator, with a 20-year history of making hard-to-categorize works focusing on the poetry and artistry of everyday experiences. She has a background in experimental film, intertwining interest in educational and community-based video, and held teaching positions at Purdue University, Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia--Okanagan. Her body of work encompasses an award-winning anthology of experimental shorts, a feature film, and a series of collaborative documentaries. Her films and videos have traveled international, queer, women's, and experimental festival circuits; screened at Cinematheques, universities, micro-cinemas and art galleries; and have featured in curated programmes of Canadian works, including at the Kassel Documentary Festival and the Anthology Film Archives in New York City.

 Inga Dievulyte

Inga Dievulyte is an Executive Producer with a Toronto-based production company Films in Blue. She has over 10 years of experience in the fields of film and television production, and, most recently, broadcast acquisitions and programming. Inga holds degrees from York University (BFA in Film & Video Production) and the University of Oxford (MSt in Film Aesthetics). She has been a member of the CFMDC since 2008 and joined the Board in 2013.

 Francisca Duran

Francisca Duran (MFA Film York, BAH Film Queen’s) is a Toronto based filmmaker, experimental media artist and educator. Her media arts work combines digital and analogue formats and explores the intersection points of memory, history, politics and technology. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous film festivals, galleries and group screenings. Born in Chile in 1967, Francisca came to Canada as a refugee following the 1973 military coup. Related design interests in graphic arts production led to a seven-year professional practice where she produced promotional print materials for cultural sector and non-profit clients Francisca is currently teaching as adjunct faculty in the York/Sheridan Department of Design.

 David Frankovich

David Frankovich is a Toronto based artist working in experimental film, video and performance art. He holds a BFA in Film and Video from York University. His work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, in both traditional art venues as well as non-traditional public spaces.

 Tess Girard

Tess Girard is a Toronto and Prince Edward County-based filmmaker and cinematographer. Girard's work lies somewhere between documentary and experimental, exploring subject matter from a philosophical perspective with techniques that challenge audiences to engage in the work on a highly personal level. Her recent films include Old Growth (TIFF 2012, Canada’s Top Ten 2012), A Simple Rhythm (Hot Docs 2011) and Benediction (TIFF 2005, Best Production at FFM 2005, Best Cinematography WSFF 2006).

 Janice Heath

Janine Heath began her career with a BFA in Film from York University. Soon she was producing short films, notably the 35mm drama Frog Pond by Director Bradley Walsh, which screened at TIFF in 1999. Since then, she has spent time honing her core skills in the business of film finance through roles at the OMDC and Shaftesbury Films. In 2006, her spirit for documentary filmmaking led her to Yap Films where she became the Head of Production. In this role she line produced the Gemini award winning feature documentary Vimy Ridge: Heaven to Hell that premiered at Canada’s War History Museum and was broadcast on History television.

In 2010, Janine’s expertise in creative non-fiction was sought by the NFB and she was hired to production manage Stories We Tell, a feature film by Director, Sarah Polley (TIFF 2012, Canada’s Top Ten 2012). She is an active member of Women in Film &Television Toronto and the Documentary Organization of Toronto. In 2013, Janine looks forward to co-producing an auteur driven pov documentary by Marc de Guerre titled AD:After Digital.
 Sally Lee

Sally Lee has worked in the not-for-profit arts sector for over 20 years. Past affiliations include LIFT (Membership Coordinator), the Reel Asian International Film Festival (Executive Director), the Images Festival (Board), the Toronto International Film Festival (Public Affairs Manager) and Soulpepper Theatre Company (Government Relations and Foundations Manager). She currently serves as the Director of Development for Artists for Peace and Justice Canada. She is also sits on the Advisory Board of Reel Asian and the Advocacy Committee of the Toronto Arts Council.

 Frank Manzo

Formerly the Manager of Production Finance at Corus Entertainment/Nelvana in Toronto, Frank currently works as an Account Manager for the Film & TV Finance group at National Bank. From 2001 to 2007, he was a Tax Credits Business Officer with the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Frank produced, wrote and directed the short film FunNight in 2000. He has an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Film and Television Diploma from the Trebas Institute.  Frank is also a trained dancer, teacher and choreographer. In 2009 he acted as Artistic Director for the Business for the Arts (bfta) Awards Arnold party and his dansical With Somebody Who Loves Me will debut with a preview run at Toronto’s Fringe Festival 2012, before a two week run in August, 2012.

 Gigi Morin

Gigi holds degrees from the University of Guelph (B.A.H.1990) Dalhousie University (MA 1992) and the University of New Brunswick (LL.B. 1995) and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997 after articling with Fraser & Beatty (now Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP). Gigi joined John Duncan & Assoc. in 1998 and became a founding partner in Duncan Morin LLP in 2000. Gigi acts for a variety of television and film live action, documentary and animation producers on a broad range of matters including rights acquisitions, broadcast and licensing matters, financing including Canadian content structures and international co-productions, Errors & Omissions insurance and clearance matters.

 Tess Takahashi

Tess Takahashi specializes in experimental media and technology. Her research focuses on the historical and discursive construction of technologies of the image including photography, celluloid film, television, video, animation, and digital media.

Her teaching and research interests include: theories of technology, theories of the subject, community and collectivism, transnationalism, postcolonial theory, globalization, international avant-garde cinemas, third cinema, and experimental documentary. She is currently working on a book based on her prize-winning dissertation, Impure Film: Medium Specificity and the North American Avant-Garde (1965-2005).

Selected publications include: "The Imaginary Archive," Camera Obscura; "Writing the World: Medium Specificity and Avant-Garde Film in the Digital Age," Visible Language; "'Meticulously, Recklessly Worked-Upon': Materiality in Contemporary Experimental Animation," The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema; and "Conversations with Julia Meltzer and David Thorne on Experimental Documentary;” Millennium Film Journal.

 Gina Vanni

Gina is currently the Vice President of Take 5 Productions, a Toronto based television production company whose credits include international series The Tudors, Camelot, the Borgias and the upcoming mini-series, World Without End. Prior to joining Take 5, Gina was the Vice President of Production Finance at Dufferin Gate Productions where she managed development and financing for the company’s considerable slate of productions.

Previous to that Gina worked with the Ontario Media Development Corporation in several capacities including Team Lead in the Tax Credits and Financing Department as well as Director of Tax Credits, where she oversaw the administration of Ontario’s six cultural media tax credits. Gina has a background in Management Accounting, and has sat on the board of the CFMDC as Treasurer since 2007.